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2014 NHFC Election Guide

by NHFC, Inc. on November 1, 2014

Dear NHFC Members and Friends,

I am reaching out personally to thank you all for the victories that we have had this year and for taking the fight to the enemy even during some low periods.

Also, our long awaited candidate grades are available on our website and hardcopies will be in the mail this week. Click here to see our new grades.

Generally, when NHFC assigns a grade to a candidate during a primary election that grade stays with the candidate through November. However, in some cases, we are able to obtain additional information about a candidate’s views on Second Amendment issues after we have published.

In the case of Gubernatorial Candidate Walter Havenstein, he has been very vocal about his support for “Constitutional Carry,” promising to sign such a bill into law if it came to his desk as Governor.  Due to these public statements, even though there are still issues where we may disagree, we have decided to raise Candidate Havenstein’s grade to a B.

The right to keep and bear arms is the foundation protecting all of our freedoms. No fundamental right is more cherished, and there is and no greater responsibility than to fight in defense of that right.

No election is cut and dry, nor should they be, but this election is particularly troublesome for us here in NH. Let me tell you what I am choosing to do.

Back in December 2013, rallied by NHFC, over 150 faithful gun owners, chilled to the bone, joined in downtown Nashua to protest Scott Brown’s attendance at a New Hampshire Republican party fundraiser. We were told by the anti-gun, party Chair, Jennifer Horn that Mr. Brown wasn’t a candidate!!! He’s just here to help out. We knew otherwise.  Horn was obviously recruiting him to run.

We’ve read that playbook and know the tactics; the subtle and the obvious ‘checker’ moves. Brown was the establishment’s man from day one. By his deeds, his words, his inaction and his silence, we know where he stands on Second Amendment Civil Rights issues.

Which is worse, the devil you know or the devil you don’t? Jeanne Shaheen is a known quantity. She will impose any gun control that she and Obama can get away with. It is the very fact that she is known however, that we have risen to the occasions; we have fought together and beat back the ceaseless drum for gun control. When the enemy is known we can easily identify and fight; when the enemy claims to be one of us, he can infiltrate and undermine our rights and we will be forced to have a far more difficult intra-ideological battle.

Scott Brown is less known and what we do know is not good. He has no problem with the idea of banning guns from law abiding citizens on the strength of an absurd proposition: that it will prevent violent criminals from committing violent crimes. The appearance of safety over actual safety is what Brown buys into. He is a known compromiser and has the potential to legitimatize gun control and pass gun control legislation that Shaheen never could.

>From the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition’s foundation we have stood on principle and “No Compromise” is not just a catchy slogan for us.

I said I would tell you what I was going to do, personally. I am going to vote for Bob Smith as a write-in candidate. He is the best representative of a gun rights advocate and I refuse to concede to the establishment their notion that they know better than I, the lone citizen, as to what’s best for New Hampshire and this country.

Whoever wins, we will still be here to fight!

In Liberty,

Jonathan R. Evans, Esq.

President – NHFC

2014 General Grades

by NH Firearms Coalition on October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races.

These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s views on Second Amendment issues, such as a downgrade for public support of other anti-gun candidates. Examples of the candidate surveys can be found on our website.

The NHFC, Inc. hopes that you will find this information useful when you vote in our state’s General Elections on November 4th.

A+ 2nd Amendment leader, sponsors and promotes pro-gun legislation.
A Solid 2nd Amendment supporter, votes with NHFC, Inc. position 100%.
B Basically pro-2nd Amendment, but lacks understanding or solid conviction.
C Not considered a good grade. Has voted, or probably would vote against NHFC, Inc. position.
D Expected to always vote against gun owners’ civil rights.
F Sponsors or promotes legislation hostile to 2nd Amendment civil rights.
? Failed to respond.
RS Indicates a deliberate refusal to accept or respond to survey. Indicates open hostility to the Second Amendment.
PB Has broken written promises concerning actions on Second Amendment Issues.
*S After an “A” or “A-”, grade is solely based on survey, without a voting record to back it up.

Governor

B

Walt Havenstein (R)
Alton

F

Maggie Hassan (D)
Exeter

United States Senator

D

Jeanne Shaheen (D)
Madbury

F

Scott Brown (R)
Rye

Representative in Congress

District 1

C-

Frank Guinta (R)
Manchester

D

Carol Shea-Porter (D)
Rochester

District 2

A

Marilinda Garcia (R)
Salem

F

Ann McLane Kuster (D)
Hopkinton

Executive Councilor

District 1

A

Joseph Kenney (R)
Union

RS

Michael Cryans (D)
Hanover

District 2

A*S

Timothy Dillon (R)
Concord

RS

Colin Van Ostern (D)
Concord

District 3

RS

Robin McLane (D)
Portsmouth

RS

Christopher Sununu (R)
Newfields

District 4

A*S

Robert Burns (R)
Manchester

RS

Christopher Pappas (D)
Manchester

District 5

A+

Dave Wheeler (R)
Milford

RS

Diane Sheehan (D)
Nashua

State Senator

District 1

B+

Mark Evans (R)
Berlin

C

Jeff Woodburn (D)
Dalton

District 2

D

Jeanie Forrester (R)
Meredith

RS

Carolyn Mello (D)
Holderness

District 3

D

Jeb Bradley (R)
Wolfeboro

RS

John White (D)
Wolfeboro Falls

District 4

F

David Watters (D)
Dover

RS

Eddie Edwards (R)
Dover

District 5

F

David Pierce (D&R)
Lebanon

District 6

C-

Sam Cataldo (R)
Farmington

RS

Richard Leonard (D)
New Durham

District 7

A-

Kathleen Lauer-Rago (R)
Franklin

C

Andrew Hosmer (D)
Laconia

District 8

C

Jerry Little (R)
Weare

D-

Linda Tanner (D)
Georges Mills

District 9

B-

Andy Sanborn (R)
Bedford

RS

Lee Nyquist (D)
New Boston

District 10

D-

Molly Kelly (D)
Keene

District 11

A+

Gary Daniels (R)
Milford

RS

Roger Tilton (D)
Milford

District 12

A

Kevin Avard (R)
Nashua

D+

Peggy Gilmour (D)
Hollis

District 13

A

Doris Hohensee (R)
Nashua

D-

Bette Lasky (D)
Nashua

District 14

D

Sharon Carson (R)
Londonderry

RS

Kate Messner (D)
Hudson

District 15

RS

Dan Feltes (D)
Concord

RS

Lydia Harman (R)
Concord

District 16

PB

David Boutin (R)
Hooksett

RS

Maureen Raiche Manning (D)
Manchester

District 17

B-

John Reagan (R)
Deerfield

RS

Nancy Fraher (D)
Chichester

District 18

A

George Lambert (R)
Litchfield

C+

Donna Soucy (D)
Manchester

District 19

B

Regina Birdsell (R)
Hampstead

RS

Kristi St. Laurent (D)
Windham

District 20

A

Eileen Landies (R)
Manchester

D-

Lou D’Allesandro (D)
Manchester

District 21

F

Martha Clark (D)
Portsmouth

RS

Phil Nazzaro (R)
Newmarket

District 22

D+

Chuck Morse (R)
Salem

?

Richard J. O’Shaughnessy (D)
salem

District 23

C-

Russell Prescott (R)
Kingston

D-

Donna Schlachman (D)
Exeter

District 24

D

Nancy Stiles (R)
Hampton

D-

Chris Muns (D)
Hampton

2014 General Grades State Rep. Belknap

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Carroll

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Cheshire

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Coos

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Grafton

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Hillsborough

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Merrimack

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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2014 General Grades State Rep. Rockingham

October 24, 2014

The NHFC is pleased to offer this Election Guide for U.S. Senate, Congress, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and Representative races. These grades are the result of each candidate’s answers to an extensive questionnaire and any available voting records. In addition, we our grade may also use any other reliable information regarding a candidate’s [...]

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