My Opponent's Record

My Opponent's Record

My opponent and I have both been involved in local politics for years and are well informed about issues that are important to Sunapee and Croydon voters. We won’t need personal attacks or identity politics for this contest. The Democrat party has lurched far to the left and there is now a wide gulf between our two major parties. Avowed socialist Bernie Sanders was well on his way to amassing enough delegates to become the Democrat nominee for president before the other candidates in the race conspired to prop Joe Biden up on the podium last spring. My opponent’s voting record shows a clear devotion to Democrat leaders rather than our district’s voters. Scroll down for examples of my opponent’s voting record before being sent home by voters two years ago.

My opponent and I are both Americans and Granite Staters. We have both been involved in local politics and are well-informed about issues that are important to Sunapee and Croydon voters. You won’t hear any personal attacks or identity politics from me. Our political differences should provide more than enough contrast for voters to make an informed decision on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, 2020.

We disagree on the best approach to most issues. Before losing a reelection bid two years ago, my opponent produced a clear voting record in the NH House that left no doubt about political loyalties. In our Sullivan House District 2 (Croydon and Sunapee), registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats by almost a 67% margin (1,092 to 652). Yet my opponent voted in lock step unison with Democrat House leaders rather than asking voters where we stood.

In 2020, there is a wide gulf between our two major parties. The Democrat party has been ambushed by the far left. Avowed socialist Bernie Sanders was well on his way to amassing enough delegates to become the Democrat nominee for president before the other candidates in the race conspired to prop Joe Biden up on the podium. At the DNC nation convention in late March, delegates omitted the phrase “one nation under God” when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Democrat platform approved the DNC's August convention includes a host of far-left wing policies on issues such as climate change, open borders, minimum wage, gun control, and making Washington DC the 21st state.

Can you imagine that? Washington DC would become a 61 square mile “state”! Pittsburg, New Hampshire is a town spanning 291.2 square miles – 4.8 times the area of Washington, DC. Should we divide Pittsburg into four new “states”, each one 72.8 square miles – 19% larger than Washington DC? I don’t think so.

We don’t need to imagine what America would look like under far-left Democrat control however. We can just turn on the evening news and watch looters, rioters, killers, and other “peaceful protesters” (according to Joe Biden and other Democrat “leaders”) destroying private and public property in multiple American cities run by Democrat mayors. Does this seem like a good time to defund police and simultaneously restrict our second amendment rights for law-abiding citizens to defend ourselves? I don’t think so.

Here’s a sample of how my opponent voted on our District’s behalf before being ousted from office by voters two years ago:

2013      against education choice and scholarships for low-income families
[HB370 repealing the education tax credit program.]

2013      for higher business taxes
[HB434 relative to renaming the business enterprise tax, capping the amount an employer is liable to pay under such tax, and annually reducing the rate of the tax.]

2013      for higher energy rates
[HB630 & SB148 relative to the use of proceeds from the regional greenhouse gas initiative program.]

2013       against free speech near abortion clinics
[SB319 relative to access to reproductive health care facilities.]

2014      against informing a jury of its rights
[HB1452 relative to jury nullification.]

2014       against the Second Amendment
[HB1438 relative to the burden of proof for exceptions or exemptions in actions brought under the firearms laws of this state.

2015      for higher taxes
[CACR1 Relating to taxation.  Providing that a 3/5 vote is required to pass legislation imposing new or increased taxes or license fees, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds and providing that the general court shall appropriate funds for payment of interest.]

2015      for taxpayer funding of abortions
[HB677 prohibiting the use of public funds for abortion services.]

2016      against healthcare freedom and competition
[SB481 relative to a special health care service license and establishing a fund.]

2016      against letting people buy health insurance across state lines.
[HB128 authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies.]

2016      against local control of education
[HB1644 relative to screening and treatment for dyslexia and related disorders and establishing a reading specialist in the department of education.]

2016      against parental rights.
[HB1471 relative to parental rights.]

2016      against protecting infants born alive during an abortion
[HB1627 relative to the protection of infants born alive.]

2016      against Right to Know about public meetings
[HB1417 relative to records of convenings of public bodies.]

2016      against the Second Amendment
[HB512 prohibiting confiscation of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories during a state of emergency.]

2016      against the Second Amendment
[HB582 repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.]

2016      for abortion even after fetus can feel pain
[HB1636 prohibiting abortions once an unborn child can feel pain.]

2016      for abortion even after viability
[HB1625 relative to banning abortion after viability.]

2016      for higher business taxes
[HB1590 relative to the regulation and taxation of short-term rental businesses.]

2016      for higher taxes
[HB634 relative to applying the interest and dividends tax to trusts, increasing exemptions, and extending the tax to capital gains; and relative to homeowners property tax relief.]

2016      for micro-managing businesses
[HB1605 prohibiting the use of latex gloves and utensils in the food service industry.]

2016      for selling body parts from abortions
[HB1663 prohibiting buying, selling, and experimenting on unborn infants or bodily remains resulting from abortion.

2017       against education choice and scholarships for low-income families
[HB647 establishing education freedom savings accounts for children with disabilities.]

2017      against healthcare freedom and competition
[HB633 allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates.]

2017      against parental rights
[HB103 relative to school district policies regarding objectionable course material.]

2017      for higher individual taxes
[HB644 extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains, increasing exemptions from the tax, and providing for retirement system contributions on behalf of employers other than the state.

2017      for using taxpayer money for lobbying
[HB223 prohibiting recipients of county or municipal funds from using such funds for lobbying.

2018      against collecting abortion statistics
[HB471 relative to induced termination of pregnancy statistics.]

2018      against right to know about collective bargaining
[HB1344 relative to collective bargaining under the right-to-know law.]

2018      for a carbon tax
[HB1230 establishing a commission to study the economic impact of national carbon pricing on New Hampshire.]

2018      for allowing men in women’s bathrooms
[HB1319 prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.]

2018       for an income tax
[HB628 program relative to family and medical leave insurance.]

2018      for higher energy rates
HB1611 establishing a committee to study off-shore wind energy development.

2018      for higher energy rates
[SB365 relative to the use of renewable generation in default service.]

2018      for prohibiting cell phone use even while stopped at a light
[HB1270 relative to the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.]

2018      for sex change surgery for minors
[HB1532 prohibiting gender reassignment surgery for minors.]

2018      for taxpayer funding of sex change
[HB1560 prohibiting Medicaid from paying for sex reassignment drug or hormone therapy or surgery.]

Which side of those issues are you on? I would need to study the details of each bill to be sure I hadn’t missed an elephant in the room, but at first glance, I believe that our district and NH would be better off with the exact opposite of each of the above votes. Let’s explore how voters in our district feel about these issues – before and after the election, using the weekly surveys on this website. (Find the link to the survey on the Home page and take a few minutes to complete it when you have time.)

My opponent was sent home two years ago by voters for a reason. If you agree, please vote for me on November 3rd to ensure that your interests will be represented in Concord.

Email

Don@DonBettencourt.com

(802) 952-0362
(Don't be concerned about the 802 area code -- I've never lived in Vermont but NH has run out of 603's.)

Don Bettencourt for State Rep

Address

PO Box 608
Sunapee, NH 03782