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Attention New Hampshire State Reps: Your Voting Record Matters

by Op-Ed September 12, 2018

by James Kofalt Too many State Reps get away with positioning themselves one way and then voting an entirely different way. On the “R” side of the fence, we always seem to have a handful of Republicans who vote with the Democrat platform more often than they vote with the GOP. CarolynGargasz (R, Hollis) has straddled […]

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September 11 – We still remember (bumped)

by Skip September 11, 2018

Updated (again) and bumped from 9/11/12: I just reread this – angrily.  For you see, our President, whose main responsibility is to the Constitution, the nation, and its people – to keep them safe.  Yet, this President, whose main policy is Determined Weakness, has no problem in using the might of the United States to […]

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We’re Creeping Up on the Conway Daily Sun…

by Steve MacDonald September 3, 2018

With August showing so much improvement in traffic it seemed like a good time to update our Alexa rankings and announce some changes. I’ve been including WMUR since the start but it occurs to me that a Television Channel website is not exactly a goal of ours. I’m not saying we couldn’t ever compete just that […]

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Uh-oh! Did somebody forget to pay their domain registration bill?

by Skip September 2, 2018

BUMPED from 6/6/2012.  Moron. Better stuff coming back in a while – VOTE Bill Kuch! Somebody wasn’t paying attention to details, were they?  It does happen – and it more often than some folks will admit to.  However, this is not what I expected to see when I went over to David Boutin’s NH Senate […]

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The Grok Top Ten for August: Woodburns and Sullivans and Whiteness, Oh My!

by Steve MacDonald September 2, 2018

August was a great month for our readers as a number of interesting Democrat scandals provided gist for the blogging mill. We also had heavy traffic on stories linked to both New Hampshire Republican primaries in CD-1 and CD-2. Then there’s the fledgling “New Hampshire is too white” commission which drove so much traffic that a post […]

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GrokEndorsement Executive Council, District 4. This is Very Impressive!

by Skip August 20, 2018

To date, we have only issued one endorsement: Steve Negron running to represent New Hampshire from NH’s Second Congressional District (“CD-2”).  Today, we add another. While all writers have the freedom to endorse anyone they want as individuals, official GraniteGrok endorsements require a majority of all of the writers voting (not everyone votes).  While we […]

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Data Point – Retail sales indicating a much more robust economy?

by Skip August 16, 2018

Retail sales—a measure of spending at U.S. stores, websites and restaurants—rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in July from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was well ahead of economists’ forecasts for a 0.1% increase. Compared with a year earlier, they grew 6.4% in July. That’s more than double the pace of inflation, which […]

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Ranking Numbers Improve But Position Remains the Same

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2018

If I may take a moment of your time for a quick update. In the past month, GraniteGrok’s Alexa numbers have improved. Our National numbers are better, and our global numbers took a healthy leap in the right direction. But we did not advance in our list of statewide internet media portals. Of the fourteen sites […]

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“Creative Destruction” – the end of my beginning. The beginning of my middle.

by Skip August 11, 2018

Creative Destruction: Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) first coined creative destruction in his work, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy.  It refers to the process in which technology and innovation create new ways of doing things and, in the process, leave the old ways behind. Technological innovation might destroy entire businesses, industries, or streams of employment while allowing new enterprises to grow in […]

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Email Doodlings – Conservatives should do Press Interviews – but watch the “how”

by Skip August 2, 2018

BUMPED/UPDATED based on my attendance at a training session where I was helping a couple of nights ago: from 1/5/13: “Kiddie tricycle riding journalist met up against a tank with a laughing blogger at the wheel”.  Read the bottom of this post – it’s my description of Steve being interviewed by a cub reporter that thought […]

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Rockingham County GOP: NH CD1 Debate, By Question

by Mike July 20, 2018

From Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH – Candidates: Eddie Edwards, Andy Sanborn, Bruce Crochetiere – 7pm on July 11th 2018. Presented question by question:   The opening statements, and just for fun, the lightning round:

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Question: GraniteGrok Meetups

by Skip July 19, 2018

BUMPED from July 14th: Reminder, the poll closes on Saturday! As we try to ramp GraniteGrok to the next level, one of the things being contemplated is doing Meetups – instead of you coming here, we Groksters would come out and meet with you folks.  Purpose?  Just to yak, talk, converse – you know, share […]

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CNHT Taxpayer Family Reunion Picnic – “Send us your stuff!”

by Skip July 13, 2018

No, I wasn’t on the roster of speakers but I decided to try anyways – and Keith Hanson of WNTK, the MC for the CNHT Annual Taxpayer Picnic, allowed me a few moments.  As I pointed out here, I’ve been making this offer for a while: So, knowing the reach of GraniteGrok, why not use […]

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Today: Grok at the CNHT Taxpayer Family Reunion Picnic

by Steve MacDonald July 7, 2018

With almost no time to prepare we will be taking a test flight of some new equipment at this years CNHT Annual Taxpayer Family Reunion Picnic in Hillsborough. If you are there, and you should be, we’ll be (most likely) set up in the far left corner from the main entrance (by the emergency exit). […]

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GraniteGrok’s Top-10 Heavy Hitter’s for June 2018

by Steve MacDonald July 1, 2018

You had over 250 new posts to choose from for “June 2018” our first full month back to reporting on reader favorites after a brief respite at the hands of hackers in faraway lands. And yes, there are a few that just went up in late June that could “make the cut,” in July. So. I’ve […]

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It Only Took 10 Days to Overtake The Nashua Telegraph

by Steve MacDonald June 29, 2018

Back on June 18th, I rebooted the battle for dominance among New Hampshire internet ‘media’ footprints. More specifically, our mission to fight our way into the top five. To get there, or back there, we have a few local newsy-nameplates to vanquish and ten days into the new quest we’ve taken our first “prize.”

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Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Taxes – It Hits Home. Badly

by Skip June 22, 2018

Some new and nice things will soon be happening to GraniteGrok, chief amongst them being a new site with better security, newer features for authors to better get our message to you, better ways for readers to get feedback to us – lots of things to look forward to including items not in cyberspace (but […]

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As Grok Prepares To Take it to the Next Level It’s Time to See Where We Rank With Alexa

by Steve MacDonald June 18, 2018

Before we were hacked in April GraniteGrok climbed up the Alexa Rankings (for Online news or media sites in New Hampshire) to do battle with the top 5. The redirect did some damage to that, and we almost dropped out of the top ten. That was not great, and we’ve written about the redirects that plagued readers, but […]

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We’ve Updated The Daily ‘Grok! So If You Haven’t Signed Up Yet Now’s the Time

by Steve MacDonald June 13, 2018

With the new site and new features on the horizon and our subscriptions outgrowing our existing email “plan,” it became evident that it was time to update that too. If you’ve waited to sign up to receive daily updates now’s a great time.

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23 Hours Without New Content – OMG!

by Steve MacDonald May 2, 2018

Sorry. We get busy too, sometimes. We’ll try not to let it happen again.

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The Interviews, Week Ending 3-3-2018

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2018

Another week’s worth of interviews in one convenient package on topics from parents, kids and the culture, gender equality legislation, the epic breakdown in Broward County, catching vote-stealers, and building up a political website with reach. (Plus, an extra six minutes with CNHT chairman Ed Naile.) More ways to listen from the blog post page or […]

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The Interviews, Week Ending 3-3-2018

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2018

Another week’s worth of interviews in one convenient package on topics from parents, kids and the culture, gender equality legislation, the epic breakdown in Broward County, catching vote-stealers, and building up a political website with reach. (Plus, an extra six minutes with CNHT chairman Ed Naile.) Subscribe to our Spreaker RSS feed Also Available on […]

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Top Ten Heavy Hitters for February 2018

by Steve MacDonald March 1, 2018

We’re back for another round of heavy hitters. These are the posts that got the most attention which means the most unique page hits in February 2018. News about the Windham School Board Transgender bathroom policy captured three spots in this February top-ten. Republicans voting for income taxes, the Florida Shooting, and the Death of […]

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GraniteGrok Breaks Alexa Top 5 For Internet “Media” Sites In New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2018

Back on January 2nd, 2018 we set a goal of improving from number nine on our list of Media sites in New Hampshire to number seven. We did that, and a little bit more. As of this morning, February 13th, 2018 GraniteGrok.com has moved up to number 5 on our list in Alexa site rankings […]

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GraniteGrok Improves to Eighth Place in Alexa NH Media Rankings

by Steve MacDonald January 24, 2018

Twenty-Two days ago I announced a Grok ‘Resolution’ of sorts. Our effort to overtake the Keene Sentinel in Alexa’s US Rankings. Everyone needs goals, right? I’m happy to report that we’ve made some progress. The Berlin Daily Sun, which was between the Keene Sentinel and us is no longer in our way (at least for now). […]

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A lesson from the First Thanksgiving

by Skip November 23, 2017

I like reading John Stossel as often he proclaims a down to earth message with common sense appeal.  In addition, what he talks about is grounded in results rather then an ideological background.  When I saw his column, so apropo for today, it does need to be reviewed. Why?  Allow me to inject a bit […]

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Is It Time for Some New Trolls?

by Ed Naile November 21, 2017

The moderators at Granite Grok have allowed trolls to gum up the works of the comments section for a long time. These trolls have a pattern of behavior which is easy to see. It is tedious, repetitive, repetitive, and repetitive. The saddest of our trolls live in Boulder, Colorado, couch surfing at a private home of […]

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So How’s This Working Out So Far?

by Steve MacDonald July 25, 2016
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The Granite Grok TOP Twenty for 2015

by Steve MacDonald December 27, 2015
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Another year of blogging and another year of comments, so it must be time for the annual top 20 most commented-upon posts. As a reminder this list is based entirely on comments as of Dec 27th at 11 am EST.  It is not a top 20 of best posts for content, reporting, influence, or style […]

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Why not? “WHY NOT HOLD A CONSERVATIVE BLOGGER GOP DEBATE?”

by Skip October 30, 2015

That’s the headline over at Big Government.  Heck, I beat them to it – have been saying this for years and actually, for a general election, willing to do such with the Left of center bloggers here in NH (Blue Hampshire kept turning me down): Get some conservative bloggers to ask the question – they […]

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