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The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance 2012 Liberty Rating is online

August 10, 2012

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance 2012 Liberty Rating is online.  Of note, Representative Paul Brown won the Legislative of the Year award for having the most pro-liberty voting record in the New Hampshire legislature.  In 2011, Paul Brown was rated the runner-up for the award.  Senator James Forsythe had the highest rating among the senators.

Here is what the NHLA printed on the 2nd page of the Liberty Rating.

This is the ninth annual Liberty Rating issued by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, based on 84 roll call votes in the House and 30 in the Senate. Bills have been carefully selected for inclusion which clearly demonstrate the level of respect our elected representatives show for our individual rights and liberties.

This year we offer our sincerest thanks to the NHLA Legislator of the Year, the Honorable Representative Paul Brown for his unwavering support of liberty. Paul’s voting record proves his dedication to the principles upon which this great state, as well as this organization, were founded.

This report card is based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes and their impact on the State of New Hampshire—actual, recorded floor votes on legislation in the House and Senate.

Pro-liberty votes protect individual freedom of choice and personal responsibility; recognize the superiority of freedom over coercion; respect the citizen’s right of self ownership; promote governance that is transparent, accountable, and adheres to the Constitution; and recognize the value of voluntary economic decisions.

Anti-liberty votes replace self-governance with interventionist regulation; assume rules made by agencies backed by force are superior to voluntary choices backed by personal accountability; and assume a better economy can be managed by a central authority that compels people and businesses to pay for policies they may not willingly support.

The Liberty Rating is the result of hundreds of hours of work by many volunteers who have read and analyzed bills, testified before committees, called and written their representatives, worked on our other signature publication, the Gold Standard, and culled extensive data from legislative voting records.

We encourage New Hampshire citizens to learn the facts about how their elected representatives are voting in Concord and to use this tool to hold them accountable. This report card serves as a valuable voter guide when these same representatives are running for re-election.

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