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GrokTALK! Republicans Anonymous

by Steve MacDonald December 13, 2014

This week the Bloggers from GraniteGrok.com are the guests as we explore the Conservatarian verses Establishment Republican throw-down nationally and in New Hampshire. And we announce our commitment to be the tip of the spear for those Republicans who’ve had enough of the GOP’s capitulation to media narratives and their support for the progressive agenda […]

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Ramirez Skewers GOP Leadership: “They Might Blame Us”

by Mike November 23, 2014
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“…just a little bit less bad than the Democrats” is not a strategy in governing

by Skip November 10, 2014

It’s intellectually weak, morally bankrupt, and self-delusion.  Selling oneself that way Sidenote: which, tangentially, was the basic theme of Walt Havenstein’s campaign – “I can manage it better”.  Perhaps true.  But it also shows a complete acceptance of the status quo.  Voters across the nation said “not enough” to that, a complete rejection of the Leftist […]

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Matt Kibbe – Freedomworks

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2014
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This is from Matt Kibbe at Freedomworks talking about the priorities of the GOP Establishment.  It sounds familiar… The GOP are all in Kansas trying to save Senator Pat Roberts, who doesn’t live in Kansas.  Sucking money from New Hampshire and Colorado.  GOP spent $40 million to save Mitch McConnell (in his primary in Kentucky) […]

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GrokTALK! The Political Evil In the Room

by Steve MacDonald October 7, 2014
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SNHU Professor Kevin Kervick started a massive debate on Facebook about where we should be directing our energy in the run up to the November Election, which he takes up with us in this segment of GrokTALK!  Do we let the GOP off and focus only on Democrats or should we turn up the heat […]

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GrokTALK! Live Stream for October 4th, 2014

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2014
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This week SNHU Professor Kevin Kervick Joins us to talk about Republican politics, party division, the 1000 comment facebook status update he started on the subject, and what that says about where we are just weeks before the November Elections.  There’s also  rumor that Brian Demyanich (Jen Horn’s pool guy) will be on, and perhaps […]

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“These are the people the GOP is losing. “

by Skip October 3, 2014

Yeah, One Note Skip – as I told Steve on his Shaheen posts, I’m on a “post roll” – a post, followed by another one, by another on the same topic; yer on a roll!  And I believe, on a very important topic that is splitting the NH GOP apart – more this cycle than most […]

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Dun, Dun – If Only The GOP Harassed Elected Members This Way!

by Mike October 3, 2014

Email, snail mail, phone – the GOP continues to hound the very same people whose opinions they rejected during Primary Season for “Membership Dues”. The GOP has no sense of self-awareness, and is completely oblivious to the fact that we, the grassroots, consider membership and dues to be voluntary and optional, and the Party is […]

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What if The GOP Wins Without Us?

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2014
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From Pete Ingemi ‘DaTechGuy.‘ But what (if) we stay home and they still win? What if the GOP fails to win NH & NC and loses Kansas and still manages to get the net +6 seats to win the senate and increases their lead in the house? If this happens what will happen to any […]

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GOP seeing the money dry up – and unwilling to voice the real reason

by Skip September 30, 2014

Once in a while (a rare while, I will post up a complete post from elsewhere – this time, from Bill Quick at Daily Pundit (via Instapundit) (emphasis mine): Stinking Chickens Coming Home to Roost for Gentry GOP Republicans See Money Drying Up in Final Weeks – NationalJournal.com The disparity has led to mounting frustration […]

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“wants them to just shut up and vote for whomever the Establishment decides”

by Skip September 30, 2014

More and more, I am seeing posts at the national level on a topic that I have been writing and talking about for months now: Trust.  The lack thereof.  From the grassroots to the Republican Establishment there is little Trust (or as I told someone tonite (so many calls tonite, very little blogging!) that having zero Trust […]

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Dun=Done: The GOP Bludgeons (Former) Members For Money

by Mike September 27, 2014

It wasn’t just one dunning email, it was a whole flurry of them, all with (in)famous names attached to the address: On Sep 25, 2014, at 13:03, “Speaker Boehner” <info@nrcc.org> wrote: Dear Michael, We’ve been emailing asking that you renew your membership for 2014. On Sep 24, 2014, at 13:35, “Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ” […]

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Is NH State Senator David Boutin the equivalent of “doddering” US Senator Pat Roberts?

by Skip September 20, 2014

Yes, the equivalency / similarities hit just as soon as I read it: THE NRSC’S WORK PROPPING UP DODDERING NONRESIDENT PAT ROBERTS WORKING OUT AS EXPECTED: In Kansas, Incumbent Pat Roberts Down 5 Points Against “Independent” Candidate. “This all raises a bigger question as to Roberts’ viability. He’s just a horrible campaigner, and doesn’t seem comfortable in his […]

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GrokTALK! Aug 30th, 2014 Segment One

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2014
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This weeks segment one free-for-all touches on Ann Kuster, Maggie Hassan, The Coffee party, RINO’s, Senate Majority PAC’s, Stiles and Boutins, Fergy, The GOP Brand, The Wave, the  “small dog” Skip ‘Lost,’ Unity, and that’s just the first half of the segment. There’s more… You Can Also Listen or Download This Segment Here. The segment […]

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Let’s pile on, shall we – Part II

by Skip August 27, 2014

This from Erik Erikson at RedState – more indication that the Republican Wave may turn out to be a drip (reformatting (some) and emphasis mine): Throughout primary season, the National Republican Senatorial Committee in alliance with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Partnership have treated the Republican base as their enemy. Running […]

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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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