Pelham - Windham News 4 - October 22, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Supporting Jordan Ulery for
State Representative I am writing to urge the reelection of Representative
Jordan Ulery to the New Hampshire House. I have known Jordan for several years as a man firmly committed to serving the people of New Hampshire by standing for the principles of keeping spending under control and offering the most reasonable services to all citizens within a balanced budget. As a college teacher and a historian, I have had
many fruitful conversations with Jordan concerning the purposes of our government as set out in our Constitution and how these may apply to our current circumstances. He has spoken at my history classes several times and engaged the students on this very topic. It has been a great learning experience for them to actually hear from a legislator who is doing the people’s business in Concord.
In these interesting times, we need a man of Jordan’s
character and understanding serving us in Concord. I urge voters to return Jordan to the New Hampshire House this November 2.
Dr. Kenneth G. Arndt - Windham The Real HRA Agenda
The HRA is the largest block of informally affiliated members within the Republican caucus. The organization has recently come under attack by the disgruntled Tony DiFruscia after losing in the Primary Election. He has without cause maligned the HRA and some of its members because he suspects they are responsible for his failed campaign for reelection. Mr. DiFruscia has never been part of the HRA and he is completely devoid of any reliable firsthand knowledge about the HRA’s objectives for next year. Nevertheless, he authored
Ed Hurrell Pelham, NH
a letter to the editor in which he made numerous false statements about the HRA’s Legislative Agenda for 2011. Please see the HRA’s press release below that was announced at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on October 20, 2010. It clearly shows how reckless and unreliable Mr. DiFruscia’s statements are. HRA’s press release: The House Republican Alliance (HRA) announces its
legislative agenda for 2011, focusing on: Jobs and the Economy; Education; Personal Liberty; and Affordable Government. “Besides providing a budget balanced without accounting gimmicks or additional taxes, we believe these are the most important areas for legislation this coming session. We have proposed bills in each of these four key areas that will help to restore prosperity, reestablish New Hampshire as a state that attracts newcomers, and encourages its citizens to live their lives with minimum government interference,” said Representative Pam Tucker, R-Greenland, HRA co-chair. Listening sessions were held this summer to collect information from various constituencies, focus attention on the most critical areas, and identify needed legislation. Over fifty Representatives and candidates for the State House met with business and social groups, state agencies, employers, taxpayers, and other interested parties, then filtered hundreds of ideas into these, the most critical legislative needs of the next biennium. “Of course, we’re individually submitting other bills, and many of those will be supported by the HRA. The Legislative Agenda defines the bills that the HRA members will be leading, lobbying for, and working together to pass. These are the big ones.” said HRA co- chair Representative Bob Mead, R-Mont Vernon. The House Republican Alliance is a caucus of Republican Representatives committed to the US and New Hampshire Constitutions and the Republican State Platform. HRA members analyze all bills introduced for adherence to these fundamental documents, and recommendations are distributed before every voting session. Then all Representatives receive a rating on the HRA scorecard to show how often they vote consistent with the Party Platform and the Constitution. For more information, visit www.nhhra.org
. The 2011 HRA Legislative Agenda: Jobs & Economy
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4. Reduce Business Profit Tax rate.
5. Repeal health insurance mandates (LSR 2011-H-0090-R).
6. Reform reasonable compensation allowances for business tax purposes (LSR 2011-H-0160-R).
7. Study ALL business taxes to make NH more competitive.
Analyze streamlining business licensing and permitting.
Education 9. Constitutional amendment to correct Claremont decision. 10. Redefine educational adequacy (LSR 2011-H-0122-R).
11. Provide property tax abatements for home or private schooling (LSR 2011-H-0070-R)..
12. Remove the Department of Education’s authority over home schooling (LSR 2011- H-0013-R).
13. Resolution rejecting foreign educational standards, such as the International Baccalaureate.
14. Impeach the Commissioner of Education for creating rules contrary to law.
Personal Liberty 1. Parental notification before performing abortion on a minor (LSR 2011-H-0008-R).
2. Parental rights declaration (LSR 2011-H-0081-R). 3. Repeal same sex marriage (LSR 2011-H-0003-R). 4. Alaska-style concealed carry handgun permits (LSR 2011-H-0012-R).
Allow video and audio recording of public officials (LSR 2011-H-0068-R & LSR 2011-H-0089-R).
6. Healthcare freedom (LSR 2011-H-0084-R). 7.
9. Proclaim State’s Rights.
10. Jury nullification (LSR 2011-H-0091-R). 11. Allow defendants to appeal rulings of the human rights commission to court.
Affordable Government 1. Change rule-making process so all rules meet legislative intent (LSR 2011-H-0086-R).
2. Reform Election Law: require a photo ID to vote; show inhabitant status on ID; clarify domicile requirements.
3. Authorize state enforcement of immigration laws. 4. Reform the state employees’ pension system (LSR 2011-H-0137-R & LSR 2011-H-0144-R).
5. Create a defined contribution pension plan for government workers.
6. Disentangle state and federal government. 7. Repeal evergreen clauses in government employee contracts (LSR 2011-H-0088-R & LSR 2011-H- 0099-R).
8. Authorize municipal spending caps (LSR 2011-H- 0073-R).
Representative David Bates - Windham
The Truth Behind DiFruscia In Tony DiFruscia’s recent press release, he asks
Windham and Salem residents to join him in “encouraging truth rather than fiction”—an incredibly audacious request as it comes at the end of a missive overflowing with bald- faced lies and misrepresentations.
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DiFruscia’s rant was devoted to attacking the New Hampshire House Republican Alliance, the conservative caucus in the NH legislature (of which I was a member when I served). DiFruscia attempts to portray the HRA as an “extremist” organization by offering a series of gross distortions of HRA positions. For example,
accuses the HRA of wanting to “eliminate labor unions” when, in fact, the HRA merely opposes *mandatory*
Join Obamacare lawsuit (LSR 2011-H-0072-R).
8. Repeal state acquiescence to Obamacare (LSR 2011-H-0166-R).
union membership. DiFruscia also accuses the HRA of working to “eliminate same day voting” when, in fact, they merely support ending same-day *registration*, which is open to fraud and abuse. Other examples in DiFruscia’s laundry-list of false accusations bear absolutely no resemblance to reality, including supposed proposals to reconstitute a militia, “insert language in the State’s constitution regarding Christian heritage,” or efforts to eliminate the Commission on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Commission, and voting machines. In all my years in the HRA, I have never witnessed the organization support any of these positions, nor will you find a single such bill endorsed by the HRA. In reality, the HRA has only two criteria by which they judge every legislator: adherence to the NH Constitution and to the NH Republican Party Platform. If you want proof, please visit www.nhhra.org
. DiFruscia’s real gripe with the HRA is that they hold Republican legislators to the standards of the Republican platform; a test which DiFruscia routinely fails. In the last term, DiFruscia scored an abysmal 47 percent, which is an improvement over his 2007 score of 34 percent. By contrast, every other legislator in this district consistently scores above 70 percent, and the vast majority score in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
In order to hide the fact that it is he, not they, who is
radically out of step with Windham and Salem voters, DiFruscia has resorted to slandering his colleagues and the House Republican Alliance. So let’s set the record straight. Here is just a small sampling of the votes that earned DiFruscia his failing grades: DiFruscia voted to speed up implementation of Obamacare in NH (SB 455 in 2010), opposed a constitutional amendment prohibiting broad-based taxes (CACR26 in 2010), supported redefining marriage (HB 73 in 2009), and voted against parental consent for an abortion (HB 1662 in 2010). But don’t take my word for it. I encourage voters to
verify these votes at the NH House of Representatives Website: www.gencourt.state.nh.us
. For years, DiFruscia campaigned as a Republican, but
voted like a Democrat. Finally, the voters caught on and threw him out. Now he’s throwing a temper-tantrum and slandering a respected organization in a desperate bid to get back into office. Fortunately, the voters can see through his sad charade. What’s so unfortunate is that DiFruscia did not follow the example of former representatives Russ Ingram and Margaret Crisler, both of whom showed grace and class after their electoral losses. They have both expressed support for the Republicans nominated in the primary and pledged to work on their behalf. They should be commended for putting the best interests of New Hampshire first.
Jason Bedrick - Windham
Supporting D.J. Bettencourt for State Representative
I hope my fellow residents in Windham and Salem will consider joining me in supporting State Representative D.J. Bettencourt’s re-election. Last fall, I contacted him about the condition of New Hampshire’s small state parks as they are too often overlooked, but are treasures for our local communities. D.J. not only listened, but showed leadership in sponsoring legislation to allow for private- public partnerships and created an “adopt a state park” program, which allows local leaders and businesses to partner with the state to maintain our parks. D.J. is a rare breed of Republican serving in office
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