GSP State House Report Card: Your Guide to 200+ Roll Call Votes

Well, friends, it’s the “year of the state” and at Granite State Progress we think it’s about time – our down-ballot races deserve as much attention as those at the top-of-the-ticket, especially judging by the fiasco in Concord the past two years.

Let us introduce our latest contribution to the good fight: the Granite State Progress State House Report Card.

It’s more than 200 roll call votes from the past session, categorized by legislator and issue in all their glory. We’ve stripped out the confusing legislative jargon and instead explained each bill in a straight-forward way, so that you don’t have to be a State House insider or reach back in memory to understand what they really mean for Granite State families and small businesses.

Many of the legislator pages also include references to press releases, news articles and videos that legislators appeared in. (Video links from Granite State Progress? Shocking we know!) As well as information about whether that legislator is running for re-election and, if so, what districts and communities they are seeking to represent.

Basically: we hope it captures everything you and others need about who did what these past two years, and what they plan to do going forward. The Report Card currently contains the voting records of State Representatives from 2011-2012. In the coming weeks we’ll also add this year’s candidates for  the State House as part of our regular Progressive Voter Guide, which compiles endorsements from our allies. (Granite State Progress doesn’t actually do endorsements.)
So, take a look, let us know what you think and hopefully, like it enough to send it around. We can’t let people forget how damaging the current House Leadership has been to the New Hampshire way of life, and how important it is that we restore balance and common sense in New Hampshire.

(Special H/T to BH’s own Mike Hoefer, whose Hoefer Web Internet Marketing and Strategy Agency in Keene provided all of the site layout and design – and made it so you can share this resource on Facebook, Twitter and the like directly from whatever page you’re on. Thanks, Mike! And also your teammate Matt!)

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  • Lucy Weber

    who worked to turn out this incredibly detailed and readable guide.  I can’t imagine the work it took to put it all together.

    Kudos to all of you!

  • pberch

    needs to go viral. Very, very, very useful.  Thanks to all who made researching votes so easy.

  • cyndychase

    Thank you so much for this incredible document.  I have long wanted something factual and usable.  This is amazing!  Thanks for all your hard work.  Into my campaign book it goes.  

  • Zandra Rice Hawkins
  • Mike Hoefer

    That little camera has mad database skills.

    Technology gets easier and easier but collecting and curating content like this does not it just takes lots of hours. GSP is to be commended for their efforts!

    • Lucy Weber

      for the use of his skills as well!

  • JonnyBBad

    Thank you Zandra and the folks at GSP…Caitlin and Tim.
    With so many Reps and so little time, this is in invaluable.

    Trivia Question:  Did anyone else besides our Rep. J.R.Hoell file a bill that O’Brien found ‘too extreme’??

  • SethCohn

    Having compiled lists like this myself, I know how much work goes into them…

    Which makes it all the sadder that the outright factual errors (some call them lies, I’ll call them misunderstandings to be kind), are rampant in this document.

    Looking over the votes it says I took, it make statements I know (from having actually read the bills) to be incorrect.  HB1574 for example, one of many I could point toward.

    Votes where I agreed with GSP aren’t clear, due to poor wordings at times.  “Governor’s Lynch vetoed a bill that would ban abortion even when a woman’s health is in jeopardy. Rep. Cohn voted against overriding that veto in an attempt to establish this controversial law. (HB1679, Roll Call #303, 6/27/2012)”  I voted against overriding that veto in an attempt to establish it?  WHAT?  That makes no sense, putting the word ‘against’ into a sentence that expects a ‘for’, because of the bias in the underlying statement.

    And BTW, it lists me as a candidate in 2012, except I’m not (which a quote at the bottom makes clear, so it’s not like you didn’t have that info)

    As someone who helped ensure data dumps of this info were easier to get, I applaud the attempt to educate people… but the blatant problems make this far from useful for anyone not already ‘on your side’ to understand the issues of any of these bills.

    • SethCohn

      Nice to see this running on Drupal 7…
      and using the Omega theme.

      Likely some of my coding in one way or another is in helping to power the site.. the beauty of open source.

      We now return you to your normal Blue Hampshire political discussion, already in granite state progress.

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