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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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GrokTALK! 11-9-13 Segment Two with Lenette Peterson

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2013
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In segment Two we continue the conversation with NH House Republican Lenette Peterson.  Lenette tells us about three bills she has sponsored this session; one on prohibiting federl gun laws which ban certain firerms or limit magazine size; a bill relative to vulnerable users of NH highways, like pedestrians who might suddenyl find themselves bounced […]

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GrokTALK! 11-9-13 Segment One – Skip, Steve & NH House Rep Lenette Peterson

by Steve MacDonald November 11, 2013
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In Segment One Republican NH House Rep Lenette Peterson joins the conversation as Skip and Steve touch on some local headlines–Chris Christie aid hired by the NH-GOP, Democrats voting on bills without reading them, Committee chairs who are not in office to defend people’s liberty, Republican spin on a greedy grab for Federal dollars, and […]

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Why The GOP Should Start Over With First Principles

by Mike November 11, 2013

Piling on Skip’s point in “The Schism“: If our platform means something, and if that meaning attracts members and voters, then doesn’t it behoove party leadership to apply those standards and demand that the folks who the party promotes, and the People elect, should follow those standards? In the various legislative bodies, why do we […]

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GrokTALK! November 9th, 2013

by Steve MacDonald November 9, 2013
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This week we tackle regional planning, starting with some very revealing audio that tells us exactly what to expect if we just sign on to a Granite State Future or anything like it. Guest Lenette Peterson (NH House Rep Hills-21 Merrimack) drops in to talk RPC’s, top down planning, federal strings, personal responsibility, and then […]

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With “Adults” Like These…

by Steve MacDonald October 28, 2013
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Jeffery Lord The real stain comes with the question of just why is it exactly that the Establishment GOP turns out to be all thumbs all of the time? Appointing liberals to the Supreme Court as did Gerald Ford (John Paul Stevens), Richard Nixon (Roe v. Wade’s Harry Blackmun), Dwight Eisenhower (Earl Warren and William […]

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He’s right – which is more important: being liked as a moderate or fighting like a Conservative (and winning)

by Skip October 26, 2013

Daniel Greenfield over at Frontpage Mag has his take on what ails the GOP.  Like Steve, like me, he sees what’s wrong and the inertia that stands in the way to start winning again.  A few excerpts (emphasis mine): If you don’t fight, you can’t win. That’s what the Party of Lincoln, a party that […]

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The Party Exists Because of the Principles, Not the Other Way Around

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2013
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Free association in any group is based on the presumption that those who choose to join will promote the groups “charter.’  They will support its mission.  That those charged with leading that mission will develop and deploy strategies to advance those shared goals. The current leadership of the GOP and the NHGOP has a platform […]

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GrokTALK! 10-19-13 Segment Four – Traps, Pre-K, And The Push to End Local Control of Education

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2013
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In segment Four we continue with Ann Marie and Max…on Common Core; redesigning public education, universal pre-k, the move to digital education, re-empowering parents in education, the push to eliminate local school boards, the curriculum trap for local districts in New Hamphire, and how Common Core affects private schools and Home Schoolers, and what College’s […]

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If you follow these rules, you may want some time for reflection…

by Skip October 22, 2013

‘Grok friend John Hawkins has a new column over at Townhall that outlines the 10 most essential rules that you have to follow if you want to be an “Establishment Republican” (other than blue blazers for men and pearl necklaces for women): 1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies: If you’re […]

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