GraniteGrok: Conservative? Check! ‘Grok: TEA Party? Check! Bill O’Brien supporters? Check! Mark Hounsell seeking out the ‘Grok as a platform? Hypocrite!

by Skip April 6, 2018

During the Womens’ Defense League of NH‘s annual Gun Rally, Mark Housell ( now FORMER candidate for US Congress in NH’s CD-1) actively sought me out (not hard to miss – ‘Grok hat on, camera in tow) almost as soon as a “late arrived) to have me do an interview.  We tried to do it right then but […]

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Yes, NH Rep Joe LaChance, you did it. The NH Advantage just died a little more as you wielded that knife

by Skip April 6, 2016

Nice to see how easy it is for the Republicans mentioned above to backslap themselves in advancing the Democrat agenda item in moving socialized medicine forward. Limited Government? Less intrusive Govt? Free Markets? Ah….nope.Just once again proving to the base that the NH GOP is really the Bipartisan Fusion Party (aka, the Jr. Lackeys of […]

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“Could Moderate Republicans Join With Democrats to Elect a Speaker? One Member Floats the Idea”

by Skip October 23, 2015

With the advent of the US House Republicans caving into Paul Ryan’s demands in order to just get a new Speaker to replace John Boehner Sidenote: why is it that Republicans hate to fight ANYone for principles? Sidenote: except, of course, when it is Establishment fight TEA Party folks – then it seems the fight […]

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A Seat At Our Table

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2015
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It amuses me to no end when Republicans (individuals, groups, so-called advocates, candidates, politicians, party leadership) tell us that we must compromise on our principles to “have a seat at the table.” Compromise is part of politics but shouldn’t we be looking for leaders who are more interested in getting the opposition to sit at our […]

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Victors Want to Compromise? Fine. Do It The Right Way

by Scott Morales November 8, 2014
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I’ve been hearing a lot of noise regarding “working across the aisle” and the like from Tuesday’s victors and others in the new majority, like Ayotte, and it’s got me thinking. You want to work across the aisle, fine. Compromise can be good. Here are two distilled examples of compromise, acceptable and unacceptable. Here’s the […]

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Demokrat Diktionary – Compromise

by Steve MacDonald November 21, 2013

House Rep Steve Vaillancourt thinks we should toss the NH Medicaid expansion out and bail on the special session.  I agree with Steve, Hey! it happens. Organizing For Acorn spokes-kid Harrell Kirstein (who is also the spokes-kid for the New Hampshire Democrat party; not to worry, I am sure they are not coordinating political resources […]

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Just try it, it won’t hurt you.

by Susan Olsen October 22, 2013

Representative Cindy Rosenwald on expanding Medicaid: We can quit if we don’t like it…

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NH Dems already killed off the DC Dem argument: “settled law!”

by Skip September 30, 2013

Here in NH, we have heard the NH Dems cry “SETTLED LAW!  SETTLED LAW!” when they thought that  Republicans were going to “re-legislate” the homosexual marriage law.  And a bunch of others.  And yet, when they took control this session, immediately they started in “re-legislating” in either watering down or removing laws that the Republican […]

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US Senator Kelly Ayotte – “Our Republican”?

by Skip June 27, 2013

National Review: Fourteen Republicans joined every Democrat in support of the bill: Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D., Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Marco Rubio (Fla.). […]

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Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me One Hundred Times….Call Me A Republican Senator

White Flag of Surrender by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2013

The Sunday Union Leader has a staff editorial in which it comes to the defense of Senator Ayotte accepting and attending  an invite to dinner with Mr. Obama and a number of other ‘Ranking’ (see also Rank) GOP Senators. To suggest that there is no value in conveying that message to the President in person, […]

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Let Us Dine On the Rotten Fruit of Compromise With the Left

by Steve MacDonald December 11, 2012

If you ignore all the marketing and PR that surrounds the fiscal cliff and just boil it all down to the bones, what happens on January first is what Democrats wanted. Ace Gets it right Here. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed […]

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Jeb Bush On This “Temporary” Hyper-Partisan Moment

by Steve MacDonald June 12, 2012

Jeb Bush is out there shilling for compromise. “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for […]

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The CACR Trojan Horse: “The perfect is NOT the enemy of the good in this case.”

by Tim Condon June 5, 2012

Here’s an email exchange I’ve had with a good friend and a great conservative earlier today about the CACR-12 vote coming up tomorrow. It responded to my earlier post in GraniteGrok about why CACR-12 must be killed this year. “Tim: I am not sure I understand your reasoning.  The Claremont decision shifted power from the […]

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Congressional Stalemate is better than Financial Disaster

by Don March 27, 2012

Is Congress at a stand-still?  If so, is that good or bad? Americans elect representatives whose views, they believe, are best for our country and our people.  Since Americans disagree about these things, there will be disagreements, conflicts and even stalemates in Congress. Our nation’s founders wanted to ensure that extreme legislation, violating their principles, […]

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Yay for Gridlock! The word “compromise” is not bad, but “compromising principles” is a bad phrase. Throw in “social contract” and there’s a big problem.

by Skip December 18, 2011

Social Contract: an actual or hypothetical agreement among the members of an organized society or between a community and its ruler that defines and limits the rights and duties of each I have been noodling on the phrase “social contract” for quite some time ever since Elizabeth Warren had her misbegotten rant denigrating capitalism and […]

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