Merrimack

GrokTALK! Dan Hynes – NH State Senate Candidate

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2014

Next Up on GrokTALK! – Dan Hynes is running in a Republican Primary for the NH State Senate.  Dan is in a four way race with Gary Daniels, Maureen Mooney, and Dan Dwyer.  Dan stops in to share some thoughts about the race, policy, the proper role of government, and Republican principles.  (And an apology.) […]

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A New NH Brewery And Sounding Like A Patriotic One At That…

by Scott Morales June 14, 2014
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Check out the story below. It’s pretty interesting and one that I never heard before–and as a history buff, I appreciate that. Then if you’re thirsty and in Merrimack at 1:00 today (31 Columbia Circle Merrimack), consider attending the free opening ceremony.  The only potential downside is that Governor Hassan will be there, but if […]

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Gary Daniels – Candidate for NH State Senate – GrokTALK! June7th, 2014

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2014
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In segment Three Gary Daniels joins us to talk about his NH State Senate Race (Dist 11). He is in a three-way Primary (was four, may not be anymore) to be the Republican who replaces the retiring Peter Bragdon (King RGGI).  Gary speaks with us about his experience in the House, spending, budgets, private sector […]

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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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Did The Merrimack “Dump” Just Wreck Getting Free Stuff?

by Steve MacDonald December 1, 2013
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A while back the town of Merrimack changed how they accepted recycling.  Instead of asking residents to sort it into many different bins they went to single stream.  All recycling can go together.  The town packs it all up and sends it off and someone else sorts it. They did this to get more people […]

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Merrimack NH Ranks #23 in Best Places to Live in USA

Thumbnail image for Merrimack NH Ranks #23 in Best Places to Live in USA by Steve MacDonald August 12, 2013

My town, Merrimack, NH, was just ranked the 23rd best place (small town) to live in the US by CNN Money. Not bad considering all the places there are.  And they didn’t dock us for electing one Democrat out of 8 seats to the NH House this year.  (Don’t worry, we’ll be rid of her […]

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Brenda Grady – OFA Shill and Democrat Party Mule?

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2013

New Hampshire House Rep Brenda Grady (D- Merrimack) has proven herself to be exactly what I claimed she and her husband were (he did not win office) before the election last November; mules for the state Democrat Party’s partisan agenda. While the Grady’s tried to style themselves as less partisan, moderate candidates, who would work […]

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Merrimack Gun Store Calls Obama Salesman Of The Year

by Mike March 3, 2013
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It’s about twelve weeks since the Left took unholy advantage of the Newtown tragedy, with hyperbolic gun control rhetoric. It’s about 6 weeks since “

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About Merrimack’s Town Tax Rate

by Steve MacDonald February 17, 2013

More than a few folks in Merrimack probably had heart attacks when they saw the front page article “Council OKs 23.5 million budget” in the Merrimack Telegraph Journal.  In the second paragraph, right below the front page fold, it claimed this new budget would mean a  $5.25 increase per $1000.00 of assessed value. That would be an increase of approximately […]

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EPIC Early Turnout in Merrimack New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2012

Moving to one polling location cannot begin to account for the massive voter turnout in Merrimack this morning.  Huge parking areas and no place to park–unless you want to walk a mile.   A line outside the school several hundred feet long–that’s before the line inside and then the line to check in and then […]

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Brenda and John Grady – Toeing the Liberal Lie in Merrimack

by Steve MacDonald November 4, 2012

I wasn’t going to expend any effort on these two, Democrats,  more moderate on their face than most I am told by some, but Democrats none the less.  But today (Sunday), they dropped off a page of printed nonsense at my home which requires some attention. There are four bullet points on their missive to […]

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And So It Begins…

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2012

We already lost power at my house. Not surprising. Anyone want to start guessing how long it will take to get it back? Update from Skip:  1/2 hour ago, PSNH reported about 10,100 customers out.  Just now, 20,100.  Guess what just arrived!

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Is My School Board Ready To Run On The NHSBA Agenda?

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2012

Irritating the Bureaucracy makes me smile.  Irritating the lobbying arm of the bureaucracy that disguises itself as something else is even better.  And that is what my friend Gary Krupp has done on his maiden voyage into the Blogosphere.  (Welcome to the deep end of the pool.) Gary gives us an update on the local […]

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Membership Has Its Rewards – Just Ignore The Part That Violates State Law

by Steve MacDonald October 1, 2012

In what appears to be a “Head them off at the Pass” move by Merrimack School superintendent Marge Chiafery, tonight’s school board meeting includes a visit from…Ted Comstock, the executive director of the NH School Board’s Association (NHSBA), and Barrett Christina, a NHSBA staff attorney to discuss “NHSBA Membership Benefits” This conjugal visit from the […]

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Loony Democrat Say’s She’ll Vote for SEIU Endorsed Republican

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2012

SEIU endorsed House candidate Kathy Stroud, running in a contested Republican Primary in Hillsborough District 21 (Merrimack), is a bit miffed that AFP went after her with mailers the weekend before the primary.  She has said as much on Merrimack patch. The comments that follow her declaration are assorted, with a few folks pointing out, […]

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Early Turnout in Merrimack…

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2012

I hit the polls early this morning, arriving at 7:15, and the traffic in and out was steady, even brisk.  No long lines, and the presentation of ID posed no problems. I also ran into Lenette Peterson, Jeanine Notter, Chris Buda (Local GOP Chair), George Markwell (Merrimack School Board), saw a few other folks as […]

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Endorsement: Dan Dwyer, State Senate

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2012

As State Senate President, Peter Bragdon lays claim to a number of accomplishments, he also owns a number of disappointments, one of the most egregious of which is our continued membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative (RGGI).   I hold him solely responsible for our continued participation in this unconstitutional scheme which the Democrat majority […]

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A Loud, Proud, ”NAY” On Stroud (Candidate, Hillsborough 21, Merrimack)

by Scott Morales September 9, 2012

In June of 2011, I contacted current House candidate Representative Kathleen Stroud and asked her about her reasoning for not supporting Right to Work (HB474).  She replied with the usual vacuous boilerplate one expects from a politician, but what surprised me was her reasoning’s incoherence and lack of depth.  What I found most off-putting was […]

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Endorsements – Hillsborough 21 (Merrimack)

by Steve MacDonald September 7, 2012

The town of Merrimack (Hillsborough District 21) has been my home for 17 years.   And this year Merrimack (still) has eight house seats but ten Republican candidates running to fill them.   As a Conservative I feel compelled to select the eight who I feel will best represent the New Hampshire Republican Platform and the interest […]

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Small Victory In Merrimack – re: NHSBA

by Steve MacDonald September 5, 2012

In a recent legal decision provided to the Merrimack School Superintendent and Board, it has been determined that what the New Hampshire School Board Association (NHSBA) does.. a) Is lobbying. “Dean Michener is employed by NHSBA and is a registered lobbyist.  Thus, it would seem to be a foregone conclusion that NHSBA is engaged in […]

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Senators Ayotte, McCain, and Graham in Merrimack NH This Tuesday

by Steve MacDonald July 30, 2012

From NECN MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain is returning to New Hampshire to discuss looming defense spending cuts. The Arizona senator, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will discuss defense spending cuts approved by Congress at a town hall meeting in Merrimack on Tuesday. The […]

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Federal Mandate Drives Up School Lunch Prices in Merrimack NH

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2012

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?  Well it wont be just Merrimack, New Hampshire.  The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 Federal mandate essentially implemented price controls everywhere School lunch is served to fund free lunch, based on federal guidelines, decided on for everyone, by a few hundred Democrats, […]

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What If You Held an Election and No One Showed Up?

by Steve MacDonald April 11, 2012

Merrimack held it’s local town elections yesterday.  A town of roughly 25,000, with (I’m guessing) close to 18,000 people of voting age, that typically sees 4000-6000 ballots in the average Town election, produced only 2500 ballots yesterday. A bit of advice? When you let one third of the voters decide tax and spending policy for […]

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Are Campaign Signs Like Gray Hairs?

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2012

The joke says that when one gray hair gets yanked out a bunch come to the funeral. A few days ago someone stole the Krupp for School Board sign from my yard.  I only had one.   Today, there are five of them.  I have room for a dozen more if I should happen to […]

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NH Unions Using Religious Bigotry to Affect Merrimack School Board Elections?

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2012

(Derp- Fixed the title.) I was recently informed (my source has asked to remain anonymous for good reason) that a teacher from a nearby town was repulsed at the sight of a Joe Kearns for School Board sign on a Merrimack residents lawn.   When asked “why that reaction” she proceeded to explain that her […]

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A Poke In the Democrat’s Soft Tissue?

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2012

I’m happy to report that I may be getting under someone’s skin (again).  Not long after making a passing observation about political signs cropping up on the lawns of committed Democrat tax and spenders, a campaign sign vanished from in front of my house. Yes, dear readers, someone stole a campaign sign from my yard.  […]

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Pay As You Throw Had To Go – Revisited

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2012

In April of 2011 I wrote about trying to institute Pay As You Throw in Merrimack.  Seeing as this comes up every year, I figured it was time to re-post it.  One point I would add; If any division of the town government intends to continue making a case for costs/burden related to actual use […]

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A Merrimack State Of Mind – Partisan Non-Partisan Elections

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2012

The best indicator of a candidates partisan tendencies–in a non partisan election–is to watch where the yard signs pop up.  The Democrats in town will tell you who the tax and spenders are by supporting candidates who are most likley to give them the big, top heavy, budget busting, taxpayer funded institution they adore. They […]

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Part 3 Interview – Gary Krupp, Candidate for Merrimack School Board

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2012

In Part three of my interview with Gary Krupp,  candidate for the Merrimack School Board, we talk about working with unions and bargaining units, technology, people asking him about creationism, and even “Everyday Math” (You can see Part 1 here) (Part 2 here)

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Part 2 – Candidate Gary Krupp for Merrimack Town School Board

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2012

Here is part two of my interview with Gary Krupp, candidate for the Merrimack School Board.  We continued to talk about his qualifications, experience,  with an emphasis on finding efficiencies, working with unions and bargaining units, and some other facets of his candidacy. Note: Thanks to my video editor this is now in three parts […]

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