To The Daily Sun,
Our Republican colleagues are the masters of political spin, using so-called facts and numbers to tell stories that are not actually true.
While the majority of the incumbent Republican House reps did eventually vote for a state budget that included funding for the state university and community college systems as well as a limited expansion of Medicaid coverage, they did so to meet the state constitutional mandate of passing a budget by July 1.
Individual votes, however, tell a different story.
On SB-576, which included penalties for possession of fentanyl and funding for the state's controlled prescription drug monitoring program, these state reps voted "No": Glen Aldrich, Robert Fisher, Ray Howard, Peter Spanos, Mike Sylvia, Herb Vadney and Peter Varney.
On HB-1696 which proposed the continuation of Medicaid expansion, including coverage for substance abuse disorder services, these state reps voted "No": Glen Aldrich, Robert Fisher, Valerie Fraser, Ray Howard, Peter Spanos, Mike Sylvia, Herb Vadney and Peter Varney.
On HB-1000, which allocated funds to fight the state's opioid crisis, these state reps voted "No": Glen Aldrich, Ray Howard and Herb Vadney (and Robert Fisher, Mike Sylvia and Peter Varney were absent).
Please check to see how your state rep actually voted on the issues important to you before you vote on Nov. 8.
Belknap County Democratic Committee
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