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Voting – 11/6/2012 Results compendium

Fox News calls it: President Obama has been re-elected

Romney does not have a mathematical road to victory

My unexpected guests have left, the ‘Grok dogs have had some attention paid to them, hopefully the laptop problems have gone to sleep.  Long nite ahead, so time to see what polls are doing.  Pretty much will just update this post with observations, pithy words, and anything else considered “election kitchen sink”.

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NH Exec Council – 3 to 2 R to D thus far

Fox announces US House to remain in Republican hands

NH Kuster is leading almost 2-1 over Bass

NH Constitution: Banning income tax is leading

NH Constitution: Legislation to have oversight over Judiciary losing

No Constitutional Convention is winning

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WMUR, Associated Press has just called the race for Maggie Hassan

Governor
NH Ovide Hassan Babiarz
WMUR 08:22 PM 575 1,862 85

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Interesting way to think about it:

One of the claims was that he had a “first-class temperament.” And I was thinking, yesterday, “That’s possibly the thing I like least about Obama — his temperament.” His big-government policies are bad enough. But the temperament? “Mitt Romney: Not one of us,” and all that? I think he’s a nasty and divisive figure.

Mitt Romney — there’s a first-class temperament, come of think of it. At least I have that impression. If he has four years in the White House, we’ll see.

I believe that Obama hates the likes of us — Reagan conservatives. I believed the same about Al Gore. I remember saying during the 2000 campaign, “I’d rather be stranded on a desert island with Bill Clinton for a year than have a brief, delicious lunch at the Four Seasons with Al Gore.” You could tell that Al Gore hated you: It was on his face and in his tongue. Joe Lieberman, I felt, did not hate you. Hillary did. Kerry did. John Edwards loved himself, mainly, I thought.

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So, RINO Republican Alida Milham of Gilford decides to endorse the Democrat in the race – instead of the Conservative Republican in the NH House race

To regular readers of the ‘Grok, this should have come as no surprise at all – in fact, this is almost expected (think Ray Burton in drag.  Or is that the other way around?  I dunno, all RINOs not only talk and vote alike, they seem to look alike….) as she has won our RINO of the Week award in the past.  This is what happens when the Republican Party Leadership (such as it is) continues to do head-in-the-sand reactions when Democrats-with-Rs-next-to-their-name sully the Republican Party brand.  Oh, I’ll ask the Belknap County Chair, and I’ll ask the Area Vice-Chair (a two-fer, in this case) and I will ask the NH GOP Chair for what they will do, but I bet I already know the outcome of doing such – words, maybe even a lot of words, but in the end, it’s back to a mush muddle of middlingness madness of self-denial.  I would use Jim Bender’s magnificent phrase of “self-assured incompetence” but that seems to be a bar too high for this crop.

So, Alida has seen fit to endorse someone that openly financially threatened the entire Town of Gilford simply because voters would vote Her Highness’s spending ways?  Yup.  Way to go, Alida – endorse not the person who wants you to keep your own money and make your own decisions, but someone who had no problem DEMANDING that others pay for her demand.  To wit, Lisa DiMartino, NH Democrat Extremist from the Town of Gilford.  She wants to go to Concord to spend your money.  She says so herself – and RINO Alida agrees.

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Jan Schmidt – Democrat candidate for NH State House from Nashua, hates religion. That includes Muslims, so it seems.

That’s us on the right. – Tesha

Tesha has a habit of saying things in such a way that I’d be censoring her a lot (here’s a screen cap):

“The Catholic Church in a powerful force in Maine so when the men in dresses who f*** little altar boys told their parishoners[sic] that gay marriage was wrong and a sin, the rubes in the pews believed it and voted as they had been told”

Nice sentiment there, Jan.  It doesn’t stop there, either – keep going downward and she has a hit against Islam / Muslims too!

Seems like Jan Schmidt (aka “Tesha“) is a rather opinionated person – and not always all that civil about it.  No, I’m not talking meeting the normal “Blogosphere is still the Wild Wild West” variety – it seems that in many cases, that would actually be taking the High Road.

And she is running to be a NH House Rep from Nashua.  I wonder if voters in Nashua understand this?  If not, I’m willing to oblige.  She has a “handle” by the name of Tesha at the Democratic Underground site.  On the Right side of the Blogosphere, we just refer to them as the DUmmies.  Trite, but we do manage to stay out of the gutter – the DUmmies? It is not known as a circle of highbrow discourse, to put it bluntly.  Oft times, I’m not sure who gets dirtier – the participants there or the swine in a stockyard.

That’s a picture of her and Mr. Tesha on the right side of the pic (from DU, where she posts A LOT!).  It seems she’s a software code pounder; he is the same.

Now, some might say that this Jan is not the one running; well, Mr. Tesha is pictured here at A Perfect Loaf and the pic matches that in his LinkedIn profile.  Which also mentions that he is a part owner in Web Fixers.  Which is registered at GoDaddy to Jan (or JanJan) Schmidt.  And yes, it is her blog:

So I started a food blog … I know there are a gazillion out there but this isn’t for fame or fortune, it’s for my daughters. They’re in their mid 30’s and I still get the desperate call just around dinner time… “Mom, how do you…?” or “Do you remember that thing you used to make…?”

And this establishes Tesha to be in Nashua.  These help too!

  • Jan Schmidt “Seamus, I used to post as Tesha until I realized that pseudonyms were childish”
  • Jan Schmidt “Funny, the nickname I carry from childhood is Tesha. It’s pronounced tee-sha.”

So, what else does she have to say about Catholics and those of faith in general?

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So Dan Eaton wishes to “To restore transparency, civility and fairness to the institution”. Fine – how about Ethics, Dan?

The Sentinel asked why Democrat Dan Eaton, who resigned from the NH House due to ethics charges, why he was running.  Well, the guy seems to have a pair (if nothing else):  “To restore transparency, civility and fairness to the institution

Riiiiiiight.  If I remember right, he resigned when he became under an investigation of a “lapse in ethics” – does this mean he’ll be “transparent” as to the charges AND why he resigned?  And the stories are that he wasn’t all that civil about things, either.  So, what IS fairness, Mr. Dan?    And why now is a better time for you to be back in the NH House, again, now that you are a “resignee”?   A mailer that went out to folks in that area was forwarded to me (note: you HAVE to like the name of the PAC – “the “Do You Know Who I AM” PAC.  And that’s his brother, the Chair??):

Well, seems like Dan might have been the bad boy, eh?   The PAC goes on to list the Top 5 Reasons To REJECT Dan Eaton for State Representative:

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Second Amendment friends aiming at the NH House in one week. Put them there!

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.  – Pericles (430 B.C.)

Doing the political blogging since 2005, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of the folks that go to Concord that make decisions that affect you and your family.  In that time, as well, I have become interested in the shooting sports. as well as the importance of my Constitutional Rights and the values with which the Founders originally crafted as the our basis of our Laws.  Well, every location seems to want to toy with the Second Amendment – ranging from those in Chicago and D.C. (which effectively ruled out the ownership of guns by the ordinary person) to that of Vermont (wanna conceal carry?  Make your day and do so – no govt interference needed).

Now, I’m not a member of the NRA – I have a problem with them only speaking up and wielding their Big Political Stick when THEIR right is threatened but rather silent when any of the other Rights come under attack from Progressives, Socialists, Liberals, and Democrats that wish for Big Government to become more controlling (and thus, making individual citizens smaller).  However, they did survey the folks running for the NH House as to their feelings about the Second and gun rights in general.  So, I went through the list and pulled out the folks that I happen to have struck up friendships.  it turned out to be a long list, but let me start with a Grokster with a great NRA grade:

 

 

 

So, if you live in Warner or Webster, we at GraniteGrok ask that you please vote for Susan Olsen (R, NH House Merrimack District 7)!  And we do so for the rest of the folks in the following list:

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Guess who else is joining Andy Sanborn in going “Beep Beep” as they campaign for the NH House?

Susan Olsen campaign scooter - 3

Like I said before, I just giggled when I learned that big Andy Sanborn was going around his NH Senate District 9 on a wee scooter  in his bid for re-election to the NH senate (watch his explanation here).  Well, another candidate is now following in his footsteps burnt rubber (can a scooter actually lay rubber down??) example: Susan Olsen!

 

Nice touch, however – having the message ON the scooter instead of that big old campaign sign on the south end of the scooter like Andy (less drag for Susan, who is not quite tall as Andy (heh!)).

You can listen to our interview with Susan – start here and go “backwards” through the links.

 

Guest Post by Mac Kittredge – Endorsement for Sam Cataldo

Mac has been a good friend to the ‘Grok as well as a long time advocate for individual Liberty and Freedom.  When he asked if we would post this, the answer was “absolutely!”

Sam’s the Man for NH State Senate (District 6)

Representative Sam Cataldo is running for NH State Senate. He brings the same focus and dedication that he brought to the NH House, because these jobs are critical to the welfare of New Hampshire! Tasks requiring far more than just good intentions, they require an extensive, diversified background and education; leadership and communication skills; hard work and dedication; and lots and lots of time.  The time requirements are very much greater in the Senate; it’s a full time job, and then some. Sam has a proven work ethic in the NH House, where he serves as Clerk for the Science, Technology and Energy Committee. He has the upbeat, collegial attitude of a cheerful warrior. He should, he’s a pilot and a Vietnam Era USAF veteran. He’s running because his oath to “Preserve and Protect” our nation and its Constitution didn’t come with an expiration date.

With wise and frugal spending, NH can balance its budget, but this alone is not enough to create a positive climate for free enterprise and job creation. Over-regulation, bureaucratic delays and massive red tape can discourage dynamic growth just as much as ruinous taxation. In view of this, Sam brings a wealth of practical, real-life experience; including six years in the legislature and over 50 years as a leader in business, engineering and technology. He wants to streamline state government, to continue lowering taxes and fees, to make NH future friendly and enhance the NH Advantage so that ours is the best state in which to live, get an education, find a job, raise a family or start a business.

To insure a bright future for our children, Sam will strive to return sovereign control of schools to the localities whenever practical. He recognizes that parents are the first and primary teachers of their own children, and that the job of the state legislature is to support this role. We must also empower local jurisdictions to provide for, fund and administer public schools; and that this must be decided by local voters, parents and their duly elected representatives; not by distant, unelected judges, however well intentioned.

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 11 – Live Free or Die – too harsh?  Do we follow it?  Are some trying to get rid of it?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 11 – Live Free or Die – too harsh? Do we follow it? Are some trying to get rid of it?

This was our final question for Susan and once again, we thank her for taking valuable time in talking with GraniteGrok!  Progressives want us to pay for what they Government to do for (or to) us.  How does that square with our legacy of individualism and the idea that we have a government and not a government that has subjects.  Specifically with our State Motto, Live Free or Die, how does their vision square with that?

Question 11:

Live Free or Die – too harsh?  Do we follow it?  Are some trying to get rid of it?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 10 – He who makes the Rules gets the Gold??

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 10 – He who makes the Rules gets the Gold??

In the last question, Progressive Democrats truly believe that the proper role of Government is to save us from ourselves because we, as individuals, are incapable to take care of ourselves or operate in our own self-interest as life is too hard and too complicated.  Thus, since Progressives have decided that, to force you to pay them to do so is, well, expected and of no controversy at all, right?

Question 10:

Progressive say they have the right to legislate behavior because we have to pay it!  Response?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7)- Question 9 – Proper role of Govt – To save us from ourselves?  Or should it butt out?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7)- Question 9 – Proper role of Govt – To save us from ourselves? Or should it butt out?

Democrat NH House Rep. Kris Roberts of Keene uttered on the floor of Representative Hall these fine words concerning Government and his fellow citizens:

“Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.”

Thus, the question to Susan Olsen (Candidate for the NH House in Merrimack-7) was what her version of the answer should be:

Question 9:

Proper role of Govt – To save us from ourselves?  Or should it butt out?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 6 – GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 8: Platform – Top Issues?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 8: Platform – Top Issues?

This interview series with Susan Olsen (Candidate for the NH House in Merrimack-7) has seemingly concentrated not on State Government and looking outward to its effects on citizens (e.g., what new laws are we passing or should pass?) but on the relationship between State Government and its citizens – does it work and does it work well?  And if not, what to do about it?

Sidenote: I dryly note that we are running 4 sets of interviews / events already (which is keeping me too busy from opining much) and we are about to add another.  Steve and I did a GrokTV interview with NH State Senator Andy Sanborn last nighthttp://granitegrok.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=28096&action=edit&message=1, and much of his time was spent on a similar theme – looking inward at the operations of State Government, and finding it out-of-date.  He ALSO had some words about Susan – you’ll see!

So it was logical to ask, in Question 8:

Reviewing State processes part of your Platform?  Top 1 or 3 issues?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 7: How to put more accountability into State Agencies?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 7: How to put more accountability into State Agencies?

Question 5 that I asked of Susan Olsen (Candidate for the NH House in Merrimack-7) dealt with the idea / concern of whether or not State Agencies are sufficiently open and approachable by ordinary citizens.  Of course, it made sense to follow up – if there is a problem, how to solve it?

Question 7:

How to put more accountability into State Agencies?  More Oversight by Legislature or Gov. Office?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 6 – Too big, too small, or just right?  Scale State agencies up or down?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 6 – Too big, too small, or just right? Scale State agencies up or down?

After talking about if State Agencies are responsive to citizen requests or needs (and what could be done if they don’t), it made sense to move from ground zero to the 10,000 foot level and ask the next appropriate topic:

Question 6:

Proper Role of Government: Too big, too small, or just right?  Scale State agencies up or down?

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Note:  Heh!  In grabbing the embed code for the video, a Mitt Romney ad came up – of Obama saying “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”.  Right.  The only thing doing fine is the Obamessiah’ s growth of Government; in his eyes, Government cannot grow big enough fast enough….

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 5: Make NH State agencies more  responsible to citizens?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 5: Make NH State agencies more responsible to citizens?

How many State Representatives talk about “reforming government” (as opposed to Obama, with his Pack of Regressive Progressives, which to “reform” us) – and the look in their eye says “and more than with lip service??  I got that opinion from Susan Olsen as she kicks off her run to get into the NH State House.  Having been a lobbyist in the past, and having had to deal with different State agencies otherwise, she has more experience than most of what the average person does – and has a better insight into the machinations as well.

Question 5:

Make State agencies more responsible to citizens?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 4: Go to be someone, or go to accomplish something?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 4: Go to be someone, or go to accomplish something?

There are those, as we who watch politics know, who say they wish to do something but turn out later to be more in love with the title than with the doing.  Face it, politicians have become, as one moves “up” the ladder to higher and higher office, our courtiers (harkening back to the Royal Courts of the Old World).  Even though their term of office may be well in the past, they are introduced with their former work titles (“Ah, Senator / Representative / Governor”) instead of the Founders vision of the citizen / politician where one laid down their tools in the field, went to do their civic duty (even reluctantly, as George Washington has said to have been), and then returned, simply a citizen again.

But our government too often has become too large, it seems, echoing and paraphrasing that old WW I song “How can you keep them down on the farm when they’ve seen gay Paris” (sidejab: and yes, that was also a time when words meant something and didn’t constantly change in meaning to fit some political connected sub-group’s agenda as it so seems so often nowadays).  So it is an appropriate t as the question:

Going to be someone, or go to accomplish something?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 3:

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 3: Governing Principles

Unlike most interviews that we do with candidates, which tend to just touch on philosophy, this one with Susan Olsen stayed mostly philosophical.  Think about it – we have asked candidates all kinds of questions about all kinds of issues, and then we backtrack those answers to figure out what their foundations are.  And where ever those foundations are can give us a fairly reliable indication on how they would vote on future issues.

Which is, when we get right down to it, why the heck GraniteGrok takes the time to do these interviews in the first place.  So why not start with that to begin with?  And yes, we will be asking Susan about issues later on.

Question 3:

What about Governing Principles?

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 2: Contrast other governance with that of NH?

GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7) – Question 2: Contrast other governance with that of NH?

Well, it has been a few days since Question 1 (“Why are you running”) was asked of Susan Olsen (last Thursday).  On the other hand, when starting this post, I thought it had been several days since Question 1 had posted (only yesterday).  In some ways, this question is led from part of her answer from Question 1, given her extensive international business travel:

Question 2:

As a former world traveler, contrast some of the governance you’ve seen vs here in NH?

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