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Yes, Reince Priebus, that’s just about right….let’s talk price

by Skip August 8, 2014

Watching FoxNews “Special Report” is a staple for me – while it seems that they do try to report the news fairly straight up (yes, sometimes shaded a bit or bit more to the Right – let’s be honest here, as do the others shade (or in the case of MSNBC, leap) to the Left), it […]

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Does This Violate the NHGOP By Laws?

by Steve MacDonald July 15, 2014
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Jim Foley is running for New Hampshire State Senate.  His campaign recently paid for mailers to advertise a free event that claims to be in honor of some former NH State Senators from his State Senate district. The Treasurer listed on the campaign funded mailer is Jim McEachern (still listed as the Derry GOP Town […]

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40-60 is the New 80-20

by Steve MacDonald June 22, 2014
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Republicans as a party, the establishment variety in particular, are like awkward children of privilege who get upset when their money isn’t enough to make them popular. They stamp their feet and whine, even threaten. How dare you do this, you’ll rue the day that. It’s all very annoying. But more than a few Republicans […]

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Blogline of the Day – Sending a Clear Message to Democrats…

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2014
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With regard to the demand by party leadership for GOP unity regardless of principle…. It…sends a clear message to the Democrats.  If you have a candidate with money, and you can run them as a Republican, regardless of parity to party principles, the NHGOP leadership will take the money, support the candidate, and demand that […]

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Groktionary – Brownnoser

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2014
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Brownnoser – Any member of the GOP who ignores how a majority of the voting history and positions of Senator Scott Brown contradict the Republican party platform in hope of scavaging a few name-recognition or campaign-coffer table scraps.  

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Bill O’Brien Running Again – And Yes, The Speakership of the NH House is an Option

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2014
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NH Journal is reporting that Bill O’Brien (R- Mont Vernon) will run for the House again.  O’Brien has also stated that if the Republicans get the majority he will run for Speaker. NH Democrat state party Circus Master Ray Buckley was ahead of the curve on this. He started fundraising on the rumor last week. […]

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The difference is tactics vs policy? Only in YOUR fantasy world!

by Skip May 27, 2014

Tactics vs policy – a meme that has been floating around this primary season as various politicos and talking heads try to rationalize the difference between the Establishment and the TEA Party wings of the Republican Party.  It is their attempt to try to soften or blur what is a rather sharp edge between the […]

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John Cornyn – so far off base, its a ludicrous “demand”.

by Skip May 25, 2014

Yeah, this will certainly inspire the base: Anyone who calls themselves Conservative or Republican, who doesn't vote for the nominee of the party in the general election is neither. — JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 21, 2014 That’s from US Senator John Cornyn – a demand. I’d suggest that you click on over.  I really do wish that […]

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Why The GOP Is So Divided

by Steve MacDonald May 11, 2014
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There’s a great piece over at TownHall by Steve Deace (c/o Scott McGrath who emailed it to us) about why the GOP is so divided. Here’s a taste… To them leadership isn’t about setting an example of boldness and courage in advancing our principles; it’s about getting the people and constituencies you presume to be […]

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Brown Note

by Steve MacDonald April 4, 2014
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I like some variety in the posts but sometimes you have to follow the wave, so here’s my latest contribution. I took a look at GovTrack.org to see where some folks fell on their US Senate ideological graph–based on voting records.  Visuals can be very helpful in times like these. Senator Brown is left of […]

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GrokSHOTS! – You Can’t Win Without Us So Your Plan Must Be To Lose?

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2014
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When Radio host and long time Grok Friend Pete ‘Da Tech Guy’ Ingemi joins us, the talk turns to the Republican War with the Tea Party… The Establishment Went to War With The TEA Party…(78 sec) Listen to this weeks GrokTALK! here Watch for Pete’s individual segment – posted tonight at 8pm. Full Episodes of […]

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WHIPping The Party Into Shape
(What Is A Whip?)

by Mike March 23, 2014

Who, or what, are Party Whips? Why do they matter, and why do I think that the GOP should be embracing the British approach? The concept of the Party Whip was introduced into the British Parliament in the 18th century, and into Congress at the very beginning of the 20th century. The job basically consists […]

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GrokTALK! March 15th 2014 – Where Our Readers Become Our Guests

by Steve MacDonald March 20, 2014
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In Segment Four,  two of our most prolific (local) commenters at GraniteGrok.com join us in studio for a wide-ranging discussion on finding a conservative voice in New Hampshire, how we do not censor comments or ban folks we disagree with, getting involved in political activism, The Sons of Stark, small r’s small d’s, ruling class, […]

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GrokTALK! March 15th 2014 – Starting a PAC and 250 Pages From the Feds

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2014
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In segment Two Strafford County GOP Chair (and former state rep) Bill O’Conner joins us to talk about Saber PAC, their new radio ad on NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and the political battle space in Strafford County.  We talk ‘Free Speech,’ the 250 pages of documents you get when you try to start a PAC, […]

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GrokTALK! March 15th, 2014 – The Podcast

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2014
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This week Strafford County GOP Chair (and former state rep) Bill O’Conner joins us to talk about Saber PAC, their new radio ad on NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and the political battle space in Strafford County. Scott Wilson, the President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL),  brings us up to date on the state […]

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GrokTALK! March 8th, 2014 – The War on The GOP Platform, The Booger Bill, and more…

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2014
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NH State Rep. Pam Tucker continues in Segment Two as we wonder, “does Jennifer Horn listen to GrokTALK!”  We’ve got the war on the GOP platform, Shaheen care to Bradley Care, The party of choice–they choose you lose.  Liberty v. Libertine.  The (now) infamous ‘Booger Bill.’  Education, Jobs, Beer and Wine, Rogue Republicans…and, by the […]

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Merrimack Republican Town Committee Opposes Medicaid Expansion In NH

by Steve MacDonald February 25, 2014
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Following in the footsteps of the Manchester City and the Rockingham County Republican Committees, the Merrimack Republican Town Committee (MRTC) passed a unanimous resolution last night in favor the State Party platform and in opposition to Republican efforts to Expand ObamaCare and Medicaid in the State of New Hampshire.  The message to the NH (Republican […]

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Traditional Families – We’ve Got to Defend them

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2014
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Tyler Deaton used to work for the same people who paid Mo Baxley.  Baxley was a progressive shill for out-of-state, NYC based, liberal gay-rights money.    Deaton took over to push the same agenda, with the same money, but as a Republican.  Without getting too technical, the goal was to use political influence to normalize the […]

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Data point – Obama is at 37% Approval by the American People. Republicans give GOP only 36% approval…sheesh

by Skip January 26, 2014

From the Washington Post (no conservative rag, that; emphasis mine): Just 37 percent say they have either a good amount or a great deal of confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the country’s future, while 63 percent say they do not. Those numbers are the mirror image of what they were […]

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Conservatives Expect Immigration Pressure At GOP’s “Congress Of Tomorrow” Retreat

by Mike January 22, 2014

Just a look at the resort will tell you that our ‘elected representatives’ consider themselves to be our elite rulers, entitled to be pampered. Politico reports: The “Congress of Tomorrow” House Republican Conference retreat will take place Jan. 29 through Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, […]

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I’ve heard of Republican Republicans, Conservatives, Moderates, RINOs, Squishs, Purists – but “Acela”??

by Skip January 16, 2014

I have never heard of this variant before (emphasis mine): Christies’s problem is that he’s 2016′s Acela Republican…and he believes his own press. Who is the Acela Republican? The Acela Republican is as comfortable in the green rooms of MSNBC as he is at a green energy conference. The Acela Republican isn’t one of those […]

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Where do I join?

by Susan Olsen January 5, 2014

H/T Weasel Zippers

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Just the thing to help adhere to Republican values.

by Skip January 4, 2014

Standing up straight rather than slouching is far better for your [political] posture…. (H/T:  Powerline)

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THE clarion call / Resolution for the Grass Roots this year?

by Skip December 31, 2013

From The Corner: Farewell to 2013, one of the worst years in the history of the nation, and hello to 2014, one of the most crucial. For it is now that the campaign to dismantle Obamaism must begin if conservatives are to have any hope of victory in 2016. Winning in 2016 won’t be easy, […]

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A fact – but not an answer

by Skip December 29, 2013

Advantage Guinta in the “Answer the Question” category.  Host of WMUR’s Closeup, Josh McElveen, asked what I thought was a simple straight-forward to US Senator Kelly Ayotte:  Is there a collective unity or is it still as fractured as it was Nov 7? Well, you know, just like any place, there are divergent views within […]

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What makes that a great idea?

by Skip December 29, 2013

The NH GOP should go “X Contests” a la the Ansari X Prize that was offered by the X Foundation Frank Guinta was on WMUR’s (just like the logo says) “Close Up” – no big surprise as like all shows, we are now in the “wrap up for the year” time slot for all the […]

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Illegal Voter Anmesty For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2013
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Republicans often promote the idea of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens but the numbers are not in their favor.  Over 70% of Hispanics in the US legally already vote Democrat and have for years.  Amnesty would just make it easier for the 30 million or so illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows to add […]

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Conservative’s Beef w/Establishment GOP is NOT Over Tactics

by Scott Morales November 15, 2013
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Since just before the HealthCare.gov faceplanted just out of the starting gate, there’s been an on-going debate about the split or supposed split in the GOP, where you have the TEA Party or “hard line conservatives” on one side and the establishment or moderates on the other (for clarity, I’ll lump these two latter groups […]

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GrokTALK! 11-9-13 More With Skip, Steve, and Josh…

by Steve MacDonald November 14, 2013
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In the final half-hour…Josh, Skip, and Steve visit a few more foxholes including angels for office, what if Bill O’Brian mowed down a 67 year old woman on the sidewalk, Object lesson Frank Guinta and not cutting spending after running on cutting spending, the real role of government- simplified, outsourcing, free assoicaition, the other roles […]

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GrokTALK! 11-9-13 Guest Josh Youseff

by Steve MacDonald November 13, 2013
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In segment Three Josh Youseff joins us (be sure to check out the video version–when Skip posts it-for what transpires during the break before this segment). Skip, Josh, and Steve talk about finding conservative candidates, the problems with running for office, what you can or should expect from the state Republican Party as a candidate, […]

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