NH Constitution

So NH Governor Maggie Hassan, where ARE those illegal immigrant kids?

by Skip August 17, 2014

This just came in over the transom, and it is a very good question.  Where IS the “Open and Transparent” Government we were promised, Governor Maggie Hassan?  Can you explain (below: emphasis mine)? Dear Governor Hassan, On August 1st, 2014 The Union Leader reported that the federal government dumped 13 unaccompanied non-citizen children in New […]

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Being Constitutional is everybody’s business and concern – not just the Judiciary

by Skip June 27, 2014

NH State Rep. Sandra Keans (R, now D): “I don’t try to justify anything by the Constitution, it’s not my job and I don’t want to do it”. NH State Rep. Susan Almy (D): “Well, you don’t get to decide what is Constitutional and I don’t get to decide what is Constitutional, the judiciary decides […]

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David Gregory: “Where is the US Constitution not placed in the right level today?

by Skip June 4, 2014

“There are some people who say that. That’s a very highly charged thing to say. Where is the US Constitution not placed in the right level today?” Here is the video: The longer version of this video is here; the above quote can be found at the 7:13 mark. As a national level MainStream Media […]

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I will not apologize for my Values

by Skip April 30, 2014

Why should I apologize for my Faith?  Why are my Family Values wrong?  And what is so dang wrong with having our NH Government govern within the bounds of the NH Constitution?  And why do our national politicians ignore the rather clear values enumerated in the US Constitution when they come up with laws that […]

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Next time at the gas pump? Thank these NH State Republican Reps for having to dig deeper into your pocket

by Skip April 23, 2014

NH GOP Platform:  Strongly oppose new taxes and fees, including an income, sales or capital gains tax NH Constitution: [Art.] 6-a. [Use of Certain Revenues Restricted to Highways.] All revenue in excess of the necessary cost of collection and administration accruing to the state from registration fees, operators’ licenses, gasoline road tolls or any other […]

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Guest Post: Brian Grisset on CACR 17 and NH State Senator Bette Lasky

by Skip April 7, 2014

To the Editor, On Wednesday I attended the NH House Judiciary Hearing on CACR 17, a proposed revision to our State Constitution adding “gender orientation” to the list of race, creed, color, sex or national origin for which discrimination is prohibited. During the prior Senate Hearings, except for the sponsors of the bill, no one […]

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Kathy Sullivan’s tweet: what she gets wrong and Scott Brown doesn’t understand

by Skip April 2, 2014

Earlier today, Grokster Steve alerted the rest of us that Kathy Sullivan tweeted out my post describing and opining on the talk that Scott Brown gave last Wednesday: 1. Usually don't read Granitegrok but this post on @Senscottbrown house party hate to admit is must read. #nhpolitics http://t.co/VcA8hVAmTL — Kathy Sullivan (@NHKathySullivan) April 2, 2014 […]

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This explains why Progressives hate Article 10 and 2A / Second Amendment

by Skip March 18, 2014

Catching up on some reading and came across this in Imprimus (Jan 2014).  While the article has to do with the idea that the TEA Party needs to go to the next level of political theory and practice to truly accomplish their goals (limited government, fiscal frugality, and Constitutional bounds), it gives an idea of […]

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Where I disagree with Steve on SB 120 – the NH Republican State Senator Incumbent Protection Racket Act

by Skip February 9, 2014

No,  Steve, it is NOT “not… intentional“: I’m not saying that any of this was intentional, by the way.  I’m saying that the sponsors are probably too blinkered by their own arrogance, trapped in the tunnel-vision of their own circumstances, to realize the destructive power of what they are trying to do. I believe SB120′s […]

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Testimony of Ian Underwood on HB 1589

by Susan Olsen January 21, 2014

Today in Representative Hall, Ian Underwood presented the testimony below to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Eyes widened. “Article 2A of the NH Constitution clearly states that: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state. It doesn’t say ‘some‘ persons. […]

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Common Core and “unfunded mandate” – hmmm!

by Skip December 6, 2013

From the NH Constitution: [Art.] 28-a. [Mandated Programs.] The state shall not mandate or assign any new, expanded or modified programs or responsibilities to any political subdivision in such a way as to necessitate additional local expenditures by the political subdivision unless such programs or responsibilities are fully funded by the state or unless such […]

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NH Republicans – didn’t they learn from last year (raising the gas tax) at ALL?

by Skip December 6, 2013

We went through this gas Tax stupidity last year – starting in the House: Yup, that’s right.  The NH House’s Public Works and Highway Committee members decided that it was so durn important to fix roads and such, they couldn’t be bothered to really set a priority list and bump down others much less important […]

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NH GOP National Committeeman Steve Duprey on “Flat Earth TEA Partiers, and Ted Cruz Fans”

by Skip November 8, 2013

Even a casual reader of the ‘Grok knows that we have been writing about the Civil War now raging within the NH GOP and the GOP is general; the VA Governor race has brought that to the fore.  Nice to see, on the topic of expanding Medicaid here in NH, that former NH GOP Chair […]

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GrokTV: AFP / NH “Wrong for NH” tour – George Lambert & Rick Parent

by Skip August 19, 2013

Continuing with the AFP / NH’s event tonite, current NH State Rep George Lambert took the podium.  He did not talk directly about Obamacare but rather, he went to our Foundational Documents – the US and NH Constitutions and viewed Obamacare from that stand and viewpoint.  Also, former Congressional Candidate Rick Parent (NH-CD1) spoke. Sidenote: […]

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GrokTV: AFP / NH “Wrong for NH” tour – Intro remarks by Greg Moore, Executive Director

by Skip August 19, 2013

As posted here, tonight the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity had the second stop in their “Wrong for NH” tour in which the topic was Obamacare – indeed, wrong for NH (and, pretty much everywhere else as well).  Given that this was a Monday night on a beautiful August summer day, the Pittman […]

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Some thoughts on the Pindell / Cline / Douglas criticisms of the Honor Your Oath Rally – Part 1

by Skip April 25, 2013

I’m not even sure that James Pindell, Chuck Douglas, and Drew Cline were even at the same rally I was from reading their criticism (one at the WMUR site, two Union Leader Op-Eds)  – or even bothered to watched the videos that were up at several sites.  Each of them decided to tear the folks […]

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NH Constitution: Part 1, Article 28-A

by Skip April 1, 2013

NH Constitution: [Art.] 28. [Taxes, by Whom Levied.] No subsidy, charge, tax, impost, or duty, shall be established, fixed, laid, or levied, under any pretext whatsoever, without the consent of the people, or their representatives in the legislature, or authority derived from that body. November 28, 1984 During my second term as a Budget Committee, […]

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Does the Gas Tax Bill The NH House Just Passed Violate the State Constitution?

by Steve MacDonald March 7, 2013
Polar Bear Facepalm

The short answer is yes.  Yes, it does.  (The long answer will be nothing but excuses from its proponents.) Part II, Article 6-a, states that any money raised through gas taxes (gas road tolls), must be used exclusively for public highways and “no part of such revenues shall, by transfer or funds or otherwise, be diverted to any other […]

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The War on Poor Children by Religious Bigots in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2013

There is an excellent article over at Math Wizards, on the effort by some in New Hampshire to repeal a scholarship program for poor kids titled “HB370: A WAR ON POOR CHILDREN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE by RELIGIOUS BIGOTS?” The article observes that opponents are pointing to the NH State constitution as a reason for repeal, but […]

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Guest Post – NH State Rep Jane Cormier “Just a FEW of the MANY Taxes We Pay…”

by Skip February 25, 2013

FEDERAL     STATE of NH       Income Tax     Property Tax:     Corporate Income Tax       Town Property   Social Security       Town School Education   Medicaid       State Education   Capital Gains       County   Marriage Tax Penalty     Inheritance […]

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“Come and Take them” – a “Line in the Granite” rally to tell NH Legislators just that

by Skip January 20, 2013

Tom’s post has the link to what the Greek actually means, when first spoken at Thermopylae when the Spartan 300 held off the Persian  (English comes close with Molon Labe) armies that outnumbered them hundreds to one.   On January 31 (Thursday, 12 noon) there will be another assemblage of those willing to stand up […]

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Guest Post by Lee Schalk – “Question 1: Live Free or Tax Harder”

by Skip November 5, 2012

Question 1: Live Free or Tax Harder By Lee Schalk, National Taxpayers Union State Affairs Manager Whichever way they identify themselves politically, Granite State citizens who abide by the “Live Free or Die” motto tend to agree that government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. For New Hampshire, one of the State’s trademark […]

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GrokTV: “After Testimony” interview with – Sue DeLemus, Warren Groen

by Skip August 23, 2012

Both NH State Representatives Sue DeLemus and Warren Groen, testified before the City Council (against the Granite State Future Plan); both agreed to talk with GraniteGrok afterwards about whether or not they had words that didn’t get said, or items they wished to emphasize, like: “These people worship at the alter of Energy Conservation…they want […]

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Water Sustainability Commission (a subset of the Granite State Future Plan, aka Sustainable Communities Initiative) – their own words. First Rep. Spang in her own words

by Skip July 31, 2012

UPDATE before publishing:  Apparently, Judith has responded to Ken and invoking both International Law and the World Court?  That’s only by email, but THIS I have to see! ********************* Our mission here at the ‘Grok is to promote and to protect Individual Freedom, Liberty, and Rights.  Period.  Sure, we do other things as well, but […]

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Are we all about to start losing our private property rights? A parting gift from Gov. Lynch? Guest Post by Ken Eyring

by Skip July 25, 2012

Did you know that there is an executive commission that was set by Gov. Lynch to talk about water?  No big deal you say – yes it is.  Many homes in NH, if not most, depend on the water on their land for wells – or to be more technically correct, under your land.  Common […]

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“There may yet come a day when you will have no choice.”

by Skip July 24, 2012

Steve beat me to it in using the Second Amendment support from Ice-T (“The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny.”); it was going to be my lead in for this post I found over at Hot-Air where the money line, THE important line, is the title to […]

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GrokTV Event-Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate – Questions 9 – 12

by Skip July 12, 2012

And now for the third set of four questions (list of previous questions and their links after the jump) from the Granite State Institute of Politics Republican Gov. Debate that was hosted by John Burt, questions asked by Speaker Bill O’Brien and  Alex Talcott , and answered by the Candidates for the Republican nomination for […]

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GrokTV Event: NHCC’s seminar on NH Constitution-Article 73A “Judicial Tyranny?” – Question and Answer

by Skip May 10, 2012

At the end of the event sponsored by the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies on the NH Constitution: Seminar and Panel Discussion on “Coming to terms with the rulemaking power of the Judicial Branch and its impact on personal liberty: Article 73-A. was a Question and Answer period moderated by the M.C. for the evening, […]

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GrokTV Event: NHCC’s seminar on NH Constitution-Article 73A “Judicial Tyranny?” – Rep. Gregory Sorg & Rep. Paul Ingbretson

by Skip May 9, 2012

National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies on the NH Constitution: Seminar and Panel Discussion on “Coming to terms with the rulemaking power of the Judicial Branch and its impact on personal liberty: Article 73-A. And!  Continuing with our coverage of this event (Intro, Hon. Dan Itse & Hon. Paul Mirski), we had two more NH […]

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GrokTV Event: NHCC’s seminar on NH Constitution-Article 73A “Judicial Tyranny?” – Rep. Dan Itse & Rep. Paul Mirski

by Skip May 8, 2012

National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies on the NH Constitution: Seminar and Panel Discussion on “Coming to terms with the rulemaking power of the Judicial Branch and its impact on personal liberty: Article 73-A. After the Intro Ceremonies conducted by M.C. Patriot Pastor Garrett Lear, NH State Representative Dan Itse took the podium to give […]

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