With the New Hampshire legislative session firmly behind us (is it really?); it’s time for various rating agencies to come out with scores for the 400 Representatives.
The one I most appreciate, from the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (those liberty-minded folks who appear with yellow sheets on session days), should be out soon.]
In the meantime, we have numbers in various forms from the ultra right wing House Republican Alliance. You can get the scores alphabetically by Represenative or from the highest to the lowest by going to nhra.org.
In the past, each year is scored individually but it appears that the 262 votes alluded to here are for 2011 and 2012 combined. This score sheet it worth a look because not only does it tell us who is the most conservative, but with such a wide base of votes considered, the result also serves as a good proxy for attendance (the House should be releasing those official figures very soon).
Charles Sova, from the small Grafton County town of Orange, is the only Rep with a perfect 100 score. He was present for 261 votes and sided with the HRA each and every time. I’m not sure that’s such a good thing; in fact, I suspect it is not, but hey, I’m only the messenger with this report.
HRA co-chair Dan McGuire, of Epsom, and his wife Carol, EDA Committee Chair, both scored 98, Carol siding with the HRA 257 times, Dan 254. Others with 98 (but with less stellar attendance) were Thomas Howard, of Croydon; Stephen Palmer, of Milford; Paul Ingbretson, of Pike; Guy Comtois, of Center Barnstead; and Walter Kolodziej, of Windham, all Republicans of course.
At the other end of the scale, we should expect to find all Democrats, and in fact we do—Marsha Pelletier, of Dover, 6 percent; William Hatch, of Gorham, Marcia Moody, of Newmarket, Robin Reed, of Portsmouth, and Charles Weed, of Keene, all at seven percent. Leader Terie Norelli, of Portsmouth, had 9; Mary Jane Wallner, of Concord, 8; Susan Almy, of Lebanon, 10.
I suspect that will be a badge of honor for them among their colleagues.
I’ll run down (both literally and figuratively) the entire Manchester delegation on the next edition of The Liberty Express (Monday at 10 p.m. on Channel 23, also available on line at vimeo.libertyx.com).
While we’ve hit the extremes here, we probably should get some comparative scores from people in the middle. I always begin with Neal Kurk, of Weare, former Finance Chair. I suspect he’s fallen off this year as the HRA has gone more to the right…the envelope please. Yes, I am correct; Rep. Kurk gets 63, 15 points less than my score of 78. I was actually above 90 for the first year, but with so many social issues coming forth in the second year, I slipped back in the pact…78 remains higher than I would like to be with this group. Seth Cohn, of Canterbury, got an 84, so let’s say something in the 80 range would be a good Libertarian score.
We anxiously await the Liberty score sheets.
Disgraced GOP leader D.J. Bettencourt got 84 from the HRA; Peter Principle Silva, Deej’s last minute replacement, 88; Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker, of Greenland, 84; Shawn His Vileness Jasper only a 75 (lower than but close to my score, but you can be sure, we were on the opposite side of many, many issues; Finance Chair Ken Weyler 84; Ways and Means Chair Steve Stepanek 86; David Hess, of Hooksett, only 65; the late Leo Pepino 74.
The lowest scoring Republican (this will make her happy) appears to be Julie Brown, of Rochester, at 33; David Kidder, of New London, was at 35. Hey, my friend Irene Messier got above 50 percent this year; 53.
The highest ranking Democrat appears to be one not running for re-election, Manchester’s John Gimas at 36; Dom Domingo, of Dover, was at 34; Roger Berube, of Somersworth, 30.