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How your local Northern Grafton representatives voted on EDUCATION

In order to keep voters in Northern Grafton communities apprised of how their local representatives are voting in Concord on various issues, this list provides some transparency.  Two weeks ago, the topics of TAXES & FEES were presented for your inspection.  The topic for this message is: EDUCATION.

EGAN, Timothy (Democrat, Sugar Hill):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • AGAINST: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • AGAINST: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).

MASSAMILLA, Linda (Democrat, Littleton):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • AGAINST: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • AGAINST: requiring students in the university and college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US Civics Naturalization test (HB 319);
  • AGAINST: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).

SIMON, Matthew (Republican, Littleton):

  • AGAINST: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194).

RUPRECHT, Denny (Democrat, Landaff):

  • ABSENT: giving parents more information about students’ assessments (HB 194);
  • ABSENT: expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools (HB 388);
  • ABSENT: requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US Civics Naturalization test (HB 319);
  • ABSENT: requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students (HB 278).
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How Your Local Representatives Have Voted

In order to help voters in northern Grafton County towns learn more about how their local representatives are voting in Concord, the following list gives some meaningful explanation. These are the results in the category of TAXES and FEES.

Egan, Timothy (Democrat, Sugar Hill)

  • FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR 1)
  • AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • AGAINST requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)

Massamilla, Linda (Democrat, Littleton)

  • FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR 2)
  • AGAINST requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions and ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB 351)

DePalma IV, Joseph (Republican, Littleton)

  • ABSENT: Shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • ABSENT: Requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)

Ruprecht, Denny (Democrat, Landaff)

  • ABSENT: Requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the State Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • FOR: Shifting property taxes from some property owners to other owners. (SB102)
  • ABSENT: Prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • ABSENT: Prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • AGAINST: Requiring a super-majority vote to override a property tax cap via city charter exclusions or ordinances. (SB52)
  • ABSENT: Reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • ABSENT: Reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)
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Flag Day ‘Flag Waving’

The Northern Grafton County Republican Committee will be conducting a Flag Day event honoring the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the time of the Revolutionary War in 1775, many colonists were not fighting under the colors of a single flag, but under their own flags.
The Second Continental Congress created the Continental Army, a unified colonial fighting force, which led to the creation of the first “American” flag, which was known as the “Continental Colors.”

This flag was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the upper-left-corner which was similar to the British flag.  General George Washington rejected the idea of a flag which even remotely looked like the British flag!  

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from creating the Articles of Confederation, and passed a resolution stating that the “the flag of the United States of America be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, and that the Union in the upper left-corner be 13 stars white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In 1885, Bernard Cigrand, a small Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14th.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14th as Flag Day.  The American flag is synonymously referred to as “The Stars and Stripes” as well as “Old Glory.”

Please bring your own flag, and join the NGCRC in honoring our flag on June 14th at the Mascoma Bank Knoll across the street from the Littleton Opera House from 12:00 pm, noon, to 2:00 pm, rain or shine.

And, remember the NGCRC will be conducting our monthly meeting that later that night at 6:00 pm at the Littleton Elks Lodge in Bethlehem

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How New Hampshire Democrats are voting in Concord

This list represents how New Hampshire Democrat representatives scattered throughout the state have been voting in the New Hampshire General Court in Concord through April 9, 2021.

On all of these votes, more than 90% – in most cases 97% – of Republicans voted the other way.

TAXES & FEES

  • 97% AGAINST prohibiting an income tax on earned personal income. (CACR1)
  • 97% AGAINST prohibiting any broad-based sales tax. (CACR2)
  • 100% FOR requiring state taxpayers to make up for poor investments by the Retirement Board. (HB274)
  • 98% AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB614)
  • 99% AGAINST reducing the cost of electricity. (HB351)

EDUCATION

  • 99% AGAINST giving parents more information about students’ assessments. (HB194)
  • 98% AGAINST expanding the choice of school options in an educational hardship to private schools and not just public schools. (HB388)
  • 96% AGAINST requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the US civics naturalization test. (HB319)
  • 100% AGAINST requiring schools with unused space to make it available to approved charter school students. (HB278)

GUN CONTROL

  • 96% AGAINST permitting self-defense within a vehicle. (HB197)
  • 97% AGAINST requiring political subdivisions to obey state law regarding firearms regulation. (HB307)
  • 85% AGAINST allowing law-abiding persons to carry a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile. (HB334)
  • 97% AGAINST strengthening the right to keep and bear arms. (CACR8)
  • 93% AGAINST stating that displaying a firearm to warn away a trespasser is not a crime. (HB196)
  • 97% AGAINST clarifying that displaying a firearm does not constitute reckless conduct. (HB195)

ELECTION INTEGRITY

  • 99% AGAINST improving voter checklists to remove people who have moved or died. (HB285)
  • 100% AGAINST requiring the same level of identity for absentee ballot requests as all other voting. (HB292)

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • 99% AGAINST requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature for the taking of property in a declared emergency. (HB402)
  • 97% AGAINST guaranteeing free exercise of religion even during a state of emergency. (HB542)
  • 97% AGAINST protecting religious services as essential services that may not be unduly burdened. (HB440)

OTHER

  • 98% FOR presuming the defendant is guilty until proven innocent. (HB246)
  • 97% AGAINST allowing school nurses to have associate (community college) degrees rather than bachelor’s degrees. (HB349)
  • 91% AGAINST prohibiting municipalities from requiring a license for children to operate a lemonade stand. (HB183)
  • 91% AGAINST allowing after market window tinting to the same degree as can be ordered on new vehicles. (HB224)
  • 100% FOR spending public funds for abortions. (HB2-1068)
  • 91% AGAINST requiring that any baby born alive shall not be killed just because it was unwanted. (HB233)
  • 98% AGAINST prohibiting abortions after 24 weeks. (HB625)