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Balsams Sits Idle While Otten Fishes for More Investors

by Steve MacDonald May 8, 2017

Remember the fight to block taxpayer-backed loans for Les Otten’s Balsams Boondoggle? The legislature and then Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan gave it their thumbs-up*. Well, it’s still sitting idle while Les hunts for more private investors. That’s not a good sign. But this is. As for my asterisk, the $28 Million is in the hands of […]

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Maybe because it is part of the NH GOP Platform, Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler??

by Skip March 26, 2015

So yesterday, the Republican Leadership trick of stripping out most of a bill (HB 357) and make it a DOT funding bill / Gas Tax increase was severely shamed – the NH House Republicans trounced the attempt of foisting twice the level of the gas tax passed last year (yes, by Republicans, first started in the […]

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HB 357 Was Hijacked To Fund DOT and Create New Gas Tax

by Steve MacDonald March 20, 2015
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A bill to allow 30 days for a name or address change to a drivers license or vehicle registration (instead of 10) has undergone a miraculous transformation.  It is now a DOT funding and g’ass’ tax bill.   HC_23 Starting on page 646 Amend the title of the bill by replacing 1 it with the […]

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DId you know that Obama has declared every neighborhood to be racist?

by Skip October 27, 2014

“The Orwellian-sounding regulation would force some 1,200 municipalities to redraw zoning maps to racially diversify suburban neighborhoods” Indeed!  And one more thing that Obama will do via Executive Order (via the Federal Sustainable Communities Initiative by the Federal Depts of  HUD / EPA / DOT) is take over all local zoning.  We’ve been sounding this […]

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Shaheen “Remember When” Part 3: Bureaucrats Before Bridges

by Steve MacDonald October 20, 2014
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Not that long ago, when given the opportunity to keep hundreds of millions of dollars annually from leaving New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen, Barack Obama’s Senate envoy to New Hampshire, voted to back the plundering pirates from Washington over state and local control…of transportation dollars. Which party is it that demands a steady increase in taxpayer-tithing […]

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ObamaCare, ObamaZone – The Big Lie: ” It was disguised as something that would be almost completely voluntary”

by Skip July 27, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ And that is not the expression of one that values or cherishes Freedom; instead, it is THE  seedling of Totalitarianism.  Obamacare, ObamaZoning – different facets of the same evil – those that have the hubris of incomplete knowledge that feel they have the right […]

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GrokTV: Lakes Region Planning Commission Law Lecture – Daniel Crean

by Skip June 29, 2014

Granite State Futures (the US Federal Govt HUD/EPA/DOT “Sustainable Communities Initiative” here in NH):  Identifying and Overcoming Barriers – One of the steps in the visioning and planning process to be used by each region will be to identify existing and potential barriers to ensuring sustainable communities and to articulate the strategies the regions will […]

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GrokTV: Lakes Region Planning Commission Law Lecture – Bernie Waugh

by Skip June 29, 2014

Kerrie Diers (Exec. Dir. of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Regional Planning Commission) doesn’t care much that your land gets in the way of her planning (for your own good as in “WHY do our perceptions of the needs of the Collective have to give way to what Individuals own?”): “Private Property Rights get in the […]

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Workforce Housing – Bob Ward: “YOU HAVE YOUR FUTURES! YOU HAVE YOUR AGENDA 21s!!!”

by Skip May 19, 2014

That would be Bob Ward, the SanborntonTown Planner screaming those words at NH State Rep Jane Cormier when the Planning Board held an “information session” on May 1st on six amendments that wound themselves making more of the town open for workforce housing.  It was obvious that actually educating folks as to what was really below […]

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Sanbornton – Workforce Housing: discussion and voting results

by Skip May 14, 2014

Yes, mea culpa – I spelled Sanbornton wrong in every single one of the following videos; I apologize!  On Thursday, May 1st, the Sanbornton Planning Board held a session in which the town’s residents could ask questions about the upcoming voting on zoning Amendments, especially as Workforce Housing (e.g., low cost, higher density, clustered developments).  […]

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And HUD/EPA/DOT’s Sustainable Communities Initiative wants even denser populations?

by Skip March 31, 2014

Otherwise known as “Stack’em and Pack’em” – SCI wants zoning changes such that higher density living will be mandated – high rise living for all with retail on the first couple of floors, sidewalks galore, and if you like public transportation, you will be in love with your only source.  The single family homes of […]

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Are you listening, NH Regional Planning Commissions and NH Water Commission? We GOT WATER!

by Skip December 13, 2013

Every single “crisis” (either real or man-made) always seems to be solvable ONLY with the introduction of a larger bureaucracy, more intrusive Government, and even more abusive intelligensia (are ya listening, NH Listens?) when it concerns the Right to Private Property.  After all, “it’s for the children” is the siren call for more collectivism and […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier: Bah Humbug!

by Skip December 10, 2013

Seems like the Lakes Region Planning Commission is distressed about all the “misinformation” being disseminated recently. During a Nov. 20 meeting, directors spouted the need to turn on their public relations machine to “…get the word out…there are efforts to divert the local planning effort for political reasons…those people write prolifically and it’s a misinformation […]

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Once again, Government has acted to both split up families and have smaller ones if they survive

by Skip December 4, 2013

As Rush points out, it is the Left that has been, continues to, and will continue to attack what used to be seen as the main building block of both Civil Society and our Republic – the traditional family of a committed husband/ father and wife / mother that own the main responsibility of raising […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier: “Regional Planning Commissions: Planning for WHOM?”

by Skip October 23, 2013

As a Rep. for Belknap District, I have been working on a bill in our state house trying to repeal and replace the NH Regional Planning Commissions. (I know, I know – I’m crazy…) However, after doing voluminous research, it is quite apparent these commissions are instrumental in Federal agencies fulfilling their “smart growth” agenda […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Parts 4 & 5

by Skip September 29, 2013

It was a long night and a long meeting – but if a topic is important, isn’t it important to take the time to discuss it correctly?  It was obvious when looking at the faces of the attendees that a lot of the information was brand new.  It was also clear, when some of the […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Part 3 “Wowie – Zowie!”

by Skip September 29, 2013

Well, I said that there would be some fireworks – and there was.  Long time Planning Board member and long term Lakes Region Planning Commission member Mr. Tom Hoopes decided that he was going to take exception to the evening’s information.  Really, how did expect that he’d do arguing against the plain language of the […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Parts 1 & 2

by Skip September 29, 2013

The people who were in attendance at the ABA Workforce Forum just did not want to stop.  Normal for this kind of an event might be 15 – 30 minutes of a Question and Answer period – this one went well over an hour (with some fireworks as well!).  Well, people are fired up, had […]

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GrokTV: Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ken Eyring Part 4

by Skip September 29, 2013

The previous parts to Ken’s talk at the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum were kept to around 10 minutes each so I should let you know that this goes about 25 minutes.  The topic was Westchester County, NY – a “lower level of government” that actually believed the Federal Govt’s “Sustainability Community Initiative” was […]

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GrokTV: Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ken Eyring Parts 2 & 3

by Skip September 29, 2013

Well, back at it.  Too many things going on at once and I’ve fallen behind on getting the video of the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum this past week.  I put up the Intro, remarks by NH State Rep. Jane Cormier, and Part 1 of Ken Eyring’s presentation (the bulk of the time used […]

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Gee, all this and not a Government / city / town planner to be seen….

by Skip August 31, 2013

Yeah, just a random thought. Oh, I’m quite sure that this iteration of Burning Man got planned – you don’t have 68,000 people in one area, even in the desert, and have it look this orderly.  One also has to keep in mind that these folks, um, don’t always follow the same drummers the rest […]

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About that “Sustainable Development Programs ARE a Part of Implementing the UN Agenda 21” thing…

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2013

Yeah, that’s like, totally true.  It’s right in the Federal Register… Federal Register / Vol. 63, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 1998 / Notices    45157 (link) The Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program is consistent with other community-based efforts EPA has introduced, such as the Brownfields Initiative, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, Project XL, the […]

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Rail Propaganda Campaign Approved By NH Executive Council

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2013

If a big pharmaceutical company was given $40,000.00 by the New Hampshire’s Executive Council to advertise the benefits of a drug therapy that had not only not yet been approved but was not even known to be viable, would people be up in arms about that?  I think they probably would.  So how about some […]

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EMail Doodlings – SB11

by Skip May 17, 2013

SB11 – the bill ostensibly written to allow Exeter and Stratham to cooperate on a water system.  However, as we have written here on the ‘Grok, we have seen a lot of problems with the bill as it is too broadly written.  With the Feds and the NH regional planning commissions pushing the Federal “Sustainable […]

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Granite State Future – Not really just “Advisory only”

by Skip March 22, 2013

We keep hearing from those that are in favor of Granite State Future (the NH version of the Federal Government’s “Sustainable Communities Initiative” pushed by the EPA, HUD, and DOT that aims to Federalize our local homegrown zoning regs so “we can live better) that is is merely advisory.  Just hints, directions, guidance – take […]

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NHListens – the non-profit FOR the sustainable Granite State Future plan which HATES our NH environment!

by Skip March 21, 2013

Or for another take, this subtitle:                        NHListens – the “Run Away!” edition! Gosh, and last week was JUST.SO.MUCH.FUN!  So this week was supposed to be the next one in the North Country series of “listening” sessions.  Get out of work on time (and an unexpected “happening”)?  Yup – Check!  Good weather?  Snow?  Rain?  Fire? Raining […]

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GovernmentOversite: NHListens / Granite State Future – another viewpoint

by Skip March 19, 2013

Both the ‘Grok and GovernmentOversite went to the same event last week: a “listening” session conducted by NHListens (an offsoot of the Carsey Institute at UNH, where “Carsey” is the uber-Progressive TV producer, Marsey Carsey).  Here is the video that ‘Grok friend Ed over at put together over at GovernmentOversite (a mashup of some of […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Wrapup

by Skip March 18, 2013

The last of the NHListens session at the Plymouth Senior Center on behalf of the Granite State Future plan, which is the local instance of the Federal Government’s way to Federalize local zoning codes via bribing us with our own money as the HUD / EPA / DOT throws money (with strings attached via the […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Parts 10 and 11

by Skip March 18, 2013

Pretty much more of the same – Part 10: Business startup issues: ease of startup credit, banking issues / regulation (to customers, on themselves), reduce barriers to entry, Train the workforce – not to be the cogs in a machine but to design that machine, teach them to be entrepreneurs You should be willing to […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Parts 8 and 9

by Skip March 18, 2013

And we start right in with Part 8: continuing on the economy was a lady that asked the question “what is the next thing?” as if an entire State’s economy could be planned to succeed.  An older gentleman answered but I could not hear what he said,but true to form, The Enforcer went right after […]

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