January 2014

For Those Interested in Sharing Links From GraniteGrok On Facebook…

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014

…We believe we (by that I mean Skip) have resolved the issue that was preventing the Facebook API from correctly seeing images from Granite Grok. The default image should now be a Grok Logo, but if there are multiple images available to include from the site in the status update (you’ll see translucent arrows on […]

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Unanimous Consent For Richard “Stretch” Kennedy

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014

Delivered Jan 29, 2014 by Dan McGuire Madam Speaker and colleagues, former Representative Richard “Stretch” Kennedy sadly passed away two weeks ago.  In preparing this speech I’ve had the great pleasure of reminiscing with some of Stretch’s friends, colleagues, relatives, neighbors, employees and acquaintances.  The same adjectives were mentioned time and time again: unique, larger […]

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Wendy Davis Campaign Aborts Texas Media

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014

I think we all know how ‘sensitive’ New Hampshire Democrats get when you start playing games with ‘press access.’  So I wonder what their thoughts are with regard to  what their Abortion Goddess Wendy Davis just did in Travis County, Texas. The Travis County Democratic Party held a fundraiser with Wendy Davis on Tuesday, and […]

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Notable Quote – Self Indulgence vs. Basic Rights

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014
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I found this interesting; thought it might stir up some debate. The last sentence, in particular, caught my attention. “The idea that freedom is merely the ability to act upon one’s whims is surely very thin and hardly begins to capture the complexities of human existence; a man whose appetite is his law strikes us […]

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GrokTV: Hemingway for NH Gov: Andrew Hemingway

by Skip January 31, 2014

And of course, there was Andrew Hemingway‘s address to the crowd announcing that he was running and what his reasons were for running: Previous video here.

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GrokTV: Hemingway for NH Gov: Pam Tucker, Jim Luther, and Joe Kenney

by Skip January 31, 2014

At last nite’s event where we livestreamed Andrew Hemingway announcing his run for NH Government, you also saw three other speakers as well (Grokster Steve has posted the audio only here): NH State Representative Pam Tucker Former NH State Senator Jim Luther Former NH State Representative & Senator & US Marine Colonel Joe Kenney (candidate, […]

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What Would Alana Biden Do?

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014

One of the most serious problems confronting us, with regard to New Hampshire meaningless notions of residency (domicile or presence), as they apply to non-residents being permitted to (encouraged, allowed, not prevented from ) voting here, is that these votes are decisions whose consequences are a State legislature and local governments which then acts as […]

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Audio – Andrew Hemingway Announces Run for Governor of New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014

If you missed the live stream last night we will have full video of the entire event posted sometime later this evening.  For now, here is the audio of Andrew Hemingway’s entire speech and his announcement that he is running for governor of New Hampshire.  

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Grok TV – Andrew Hemingway Announces Run for Governor -Live Stream

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2014

Live Stream (Running updates and interviews throughout the proceedings): Live broadcast by Ustream

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Si vis pacem, para bellum

by Susan Olsen January 30, 2014

After today’s sub-committee “hearing” on HB 1589, Universal Background Checks, I am saddened to have to admit to myself that any foolish beliefs I held about representative government and due process are the stuff of children’s dreams. I’ve always liked to believe that I am a logical, rational person who is able to connect dots; […]

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Inmate Democrat Lawmaker…Sounds Like Progress!

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2014
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Massachusetts state Rep Carlos Henriquez (D) must have his eye on the speaker’s chair.  He’s serving six months of ‘practice’ in a Billerica jail cell.  Henriquez was convicted for backhanding, punching, and choking a girlfriend, but refuses to resign. The Boston Herald is reporting that the Massachusetts House is trying to get him to resign, […]

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Oh, and By The Way, Andrew Hemingway Is Probably Running For Governor of NH

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2014
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The Union Leader has already reported this, so why should we wait. Bristol high-tech entrepreneur and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway will announce his candidacy at an event in Manchester, a source close to Hemingway’s fledgling campaign told the New Hampshire Union Leader. Hemingway, 31, will make the announcement at a “Solutions First” rally at The […]

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Ruh-Roh! No Democrat Money Left Over For House Races?

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2014
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There is an article up at Michael Graham.com that talks about the concern among Democrat strategists that they can’t win the House and they could lose the Senate. They are.. .”..so dispirited about any chance of picking up the US House–that they’re writing off the latter and shoving all their chips (and cash) on the […]

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Shovel Ready?? Not quite what most of us were led to believe…

by Skip January 30, 2014

I think that the Obamacare IPAB will have something on this: (H/T: Powerline)

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Senator Shaheen – Tell Me again. What Exactly Do We Need You For?

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2014
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The most Partisan President rambles on in unspecific platitudes with but one exception.  He is prepared to act like a king to get what he wants if Congress won’t give it to him.  It’s his most consistent theme of late. So how does New Hampshire’s Senior Senator respond? While other Democrat Senators up for re-election […]

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GrokTALK! January 25th, 2014 With Ian Underwood

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014
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If you only have time to listen to one segment, this is it. Ian Underwood joins us to take the distractions out of the debate (almost any debate, actually); words mean something and if you are going to keep changing the meanings of words there is no reason to even write laws and no reason […]

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Urgent: Hearing on HB 1508 – An Act Terminating State Participation in Common Core…

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014
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There will be a hearing on HB 1508, a bill to terminate New Hampshire’s participation in Common Core. From Ann Marie Banfield via Facebook IT IS URGENT that we get as MANY PEOPLE to attend this hearing next THURSDAY (11:30am at the Legislative Office Building room 207) Bring your friends and neighbors !! We need […]

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Ed Naile on Girard at Large to talk…Vote Fraud

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014
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Rich has been keeping City Clerk Matt Normand busy answering questions about the Manchester voter checklist.  Rich reports that there were 231 people registered to vote from 1200 Elm Street in 2012 and not one of them had an affidavit challenged. But as Ed points out, the way the laws were written by Democrats, challenging […]

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New Hampshire’s Lost Decade (and a third).

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014
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Charlie Arlinghaus, writing in the Union Leader, talks about stagnation in New Hampshire becoming “the new normal.” In the course of his discourse on the years before and during our current stasis, business tax reform appears to coincide with job growth before the lost decade, and a lack of business tax reform for a lack […]

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Pretty much.

by Susan Olsen January 29, 2014

H/T Judy Aron

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NH Legislature Seeks to ‘Maximize’ Benefits of 1st in Nation Primary100th Anniversary

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014
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Manchester Union Leader At a public hearing on House Bill 1400 Tuesday, Norelli told the House Election Law Committee the state’s first-in-the-nation primary is a source of great pride and has put New Hampshire at the center of many historic events. “The formation of this commission is an important step to position our state to […]

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Media Matters Responds To Story On Caitlin Ann Legacki

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2014

Media Matters sent out an email in response to an item in the Manchester Union Leader that was their follow up to what we’d been writing about someone voting for Caitlin Ann Legacki in Manchester in Nov 2012 when she says she was not here.  She was working in Missouri. Greetings, I wanted to make […]

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Notable Quote – Kevin Williamson

by Susan Olsen January 29, 2014

“The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen […]

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Blogline of the Day – Erick Erickson

by Skip January 28, 2014

“Barack Obama is learning what it is like to be a tree falling in a forest. Only with the tree, no one is around to hear it. With Barack Obama, no one cares anymore.” – Erick Erickson, RedState Managing Editor, talk show host, lawyer

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Tweets / Observations / Snark from watching Obama’s 5th small ball State of the Union

by Skip January 28, 2014

You know, it’s been while since being on Twitter – good tool for times like this.  And a good workout for the fingers (which are pooped!).  A couple I need to follow up on for fun and adventure:  #GROK #SOTU #NHPOLITICS Yes, I am ready to rumbleeeeeee! What’s the over / under on the number […]

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Progressivism really is Totalitarianism

by Skip January 28, 2014

Like I said:  DCE’s (Weekend Pundit)  “Thoughts on a Sunday” is a mandatory read for me every week; this week was one of his best.  Next – he does a riff on what Tom Perkins said that today’s 1% are the new Jews facing a Kristallnact, given all of the class warfare that Obama, Occupy […]

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GrokTALK! January 25th, 2014 with CNHT Chairman Ed Naile

by Steve MacDonald January 28, 2014
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Last Week I hinted at a special non-resident voter, registered from the same apartment as Michelle Bensignor in 2008.  Learn who he is in this segment (hint-It’s Geoff Wetrosky) as well as why Caitlin Legacki “voting” in New Hampshire when she admits she was not here is such a big deal. We also talk about […]

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Notable Quote: Dalrymple – The Modern Liberal Intelligentsia…

by Steve MacDonald January 28, 2014
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One might extend La Rochefoucauld’s famous maxim that neither the sun nor death can be stared at for long, by saying that no member of the modern liberal intelligentsia can stare at a social problem for very long.  He feels the need to retreat into impersonal abstractions, into structures or alleged structures over which the […]

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Communication Specialist? Seriously?

by Susan Olsen January 28, 2014

Until today, I had no idea that Speaker of the NH House of Representatives Teri Norelli had a communications specialist.  Truth be told, I suppose I hadn’t really bothered to think about until this afternoon when a young man decided to lean over my shoulder while I was talking to a House committee secretary. After […]

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The Democrat “Three-State Project”

by Steve MacDonald January 28, 2014
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Hats off to DJ Dave the engineer extraordinaire for Girard at Large.  When Rich started talking about the voter registration habits of Democrat Caitlin Legacki, who is now confirmed as registered to vote in New Hampshire, Missouri, and North Carolina, Dave said… “So then she’s not a Free Stater, she’s a Three Stater.” Thank you […]

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