NH GOP Platform

GrokThought: about the NH Senate getting rid of the Medicaid Expansion sunset clause?

by Skip May 9, 2015

“I have been informed me that the Senate plans on ADDING REALID into the budget AND plans on REMOVING the Medicaid Expansion sunset clause.” Again, we are trying to verify our little birdie’s tweet of last nite where it was said that the NH Senate was going to hide an amendment in an existing bill.  Yes, […]

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Steve Duprey – another reason why Walt Havenstein & Scott Brown lost

by Skip May 4, 2015

Why should the grassroots work & fight for NH GOP Leadership that double-crosses them ideologically? OK, a bit of a clickbait title, but it works.  Here’s why: Walt Havenstein lost, in no small part, because he insulted pretty much all of the TEA Party base (re: Conservative, Libertarian) wing of the Party.  Then didn’t like being […]

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Maybe because it is part of the NH GOP Platform, Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler??

by Skip March 26, 2015

So yesterday, the Republican Leadership trick of stripping out most of a bill (HB 357) and make it a DOT funding bill / Gas Tax increase was severely shamed – the NH House Republicans trounced the attempt of foisting twice the level of the gas tax passed last year (yes, by Republicans, first started in the […]

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“Republicans taking money from unions? Say it ain’t so.”

by Skip March 16, 2015

But that is exactly what Reps. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)42%, Bob Dold, Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)26%, David Joyce, Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)53%, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)42%, Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)52%, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)39%, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)38%, Aaron Shock, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)43%, and David Valdao appear to be. All of them are members of the union-funded Republican Main Street Partnership. They have all […]

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NH House, NH State Senator Jeb Bradley, and Medicaid Expansion – an email never answered

by Skip March 16, 2015

Well, this showed up in the UL yesterday – it looks like the Repubs in the NH House will put a dagger into Jeb’s favorite program made possible with other peoples’ money (correction: dastardly politicians call it “Free money” in hopes you ARE as stupid they think you are – TANSTAFFL and they know it).  […]

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Speaking of Matt Mowers….

by Skip March 9, 2015

From our FAQs: EMAIL Look in the Contact Us to email us. Anything you send is fair game for us and we may use it on the site. Yes, we DID talk about former NH GOP Exec Dir Matt Mowers on GrokTALK! this past Saturday at Liberty Forum.  And now that he is “Governor Chris […]

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This is what happens when the NH GOP doesn’t vet its candidates – Shawn Jasper

by Skip December 4, 2014

And I blame Chair Jennifer Horn, the EBoard, Papa Smurf, and last century’s Republican leaders for setting the table for this absolute fiasco for happening. You caused a split in the caucus between Chandler and O’Brien and create that country lane that Shawn J(ass)per just sauntered up – with Deputy Dawg Shurtleff on one arm and Ray Buckley on […]

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NH GOP – So when are they going to update the voted upon Platform?

by Skip November 11, 2014

NH GOP Leadership – Taking hostage of the NH GOP Platform continues! Update: or maybe not the last one? Update 11/10 – the Last One. For Won they didn’t.  NOW, a week after the election, the NH GOP finally updated its platform…timely, very timely boys and gals.  Ya think it was…..politically motivated?  Couldn’t be, these pristine, […]

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So Kelly Ayotte, is this the Amnesty you have been looking for?

by Skip October 20, 2014

Sorry, but here at the ‘Grok, if you tell us one thing during your campaign for office (adamantly anti-Illegal Alien Amnesty) and then flip on the issue for no discernable reason (other than what the picture shows to your left) (yes, she was then for it after being against it), we tend to take notice […]

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Email Doodlings: NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn, show me where the by-laws prevent the NH GOP from vetting candidates?

by Skip October 14, 2014

It seems that Steve’s post about the 50 RINOs for Peggy Gilmore, the Democrat running for the NH State Senate and my quick thought flashlighting RINO Susan Emerson has provoked some email traffic and I got tagged into one.  The overriding question is “Why doesn’t the NH GOP vet its candidates” followed up by “an” answer, […]

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NH GOP – sending a Ransom Note about the unrevised NH GOP Platform ? Part 4

by Skip October 9, 2014

“This isn’t about being a “good Republican” it is all about being THEIR Republican” Well another techie has let me know that he has contacted the NH GOP to offer his company’s services to fill in any time crunch on the part of the NH GOP and update the NH GOP Platform.  Oh, by the […]

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NH GOP – sending a Ransom Note about the unrevised NH GOP Platform ? Part 3

by Skip October 9, 2014

“When the ‘road-block’ has been cleared we can discuss the election.“ Well back in Part 2, Mark Vincent (NH GOP Area Vice Chair) deflect in an answer back to John (Part 1) – well, the Platform hasn’t been updated because the NH GOP has a lot going on with the election, so get back to work and don’t […]

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So, will the NH GOP blame the Liberty and Freedom wing of the Party if Havenbagger and Brown lose?

by Skip October 9, 2014

Havenbagger – yeah, I chose it specifically for Walt Havenstein.  Can’t take credit for coming up with it but given his absolutely arrogant non-apology for his teabagger comment (for which MANY in the Liberty & Freedom wing of the Party have asked (some even very politely after pointing out the PR harm it will do to […]

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NH GOP – sending a Ransom Note about the unrevised NH GOP Platform ? Side Tangent

by Skip October 7, 2014

From my previous post was this comment / observation: Too busy to update the website with our current standard? I call BS as the site has been updated several times, including removing the abomination they tried to shove down our throats without discussion. Hey, I may got what yer lookin’ fer (2014-Platform—Red-Ruled, 2014-NHRSC-Convention-Rules).  Scraped them, […]

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NH GOP – sending a Ransom Note about the unrevised NH GOP Platform ? Part 2

by Skip October 7, 2014

Subtitle choices: Some Work – Oh gosh, it is just SO hard to update about 50 or so words – stop fidgeting, children! Preoccupied – The gang that can’t chew gum and type straight? Understandable – Don’t you understand that YOUR changes will hurt OUR candidates so we aren’t gonna put it up before the […]

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NH GOP – sending a Ransom Note about the unrevised Platform? Part 1

by Skip October 7, 2014

Trust.  Small word but with large implications and I’ve been writing about and around it for a few months now as it does matter.  Maybe not to our elected leaders much any more, or the Political Class of staffers, talking head pundits, and political operatives that make their livings all within the bubble of politics, […]

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A sincere apology or an F.U. Moment from Walt Havenstein to moi?

by Skip September 25, 2014

This relates back to this story (first here,  commentary from a prior Marine here, deflection here, more commentary from prior Army here, his views on the 9/12 Project and TEA Party here, the “no apology” here, more commentary here, and back to me here).  It brings up a question, a serious question: If it was so […]

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And that is the problem: the Planks can’t support all the elected Rs that don’t support the planks

by Skip September 22, 2014

And, perhaps, the base: Steve Duprey, who has run many Republican campaigns in New Hampshire, predicted Republicans, including Brown, would not be greatly hindered by the new platform. “I know very few Republicans that support every plank of the platform” Especially quite a number of our Very Important elected representatives.  And, very much,  the base […]

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Math is hard….? And so is adhering to The Rule of Law but will the NH GOP do so?

by Skip September 19, 2014

“…Notice of any such meetings shall be mailed to each member at their last known address, at least ten days before the day of the meeting“ Susan’s post pointing out that the NH GOP has royally screwed up by not adhering to its own rules is appropriate.  I have had a number of folks call […]

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Thoughts on the NH GOP Platform changes for Saturday’s voting

by Skip September 18, 2014

Late to the party for the NH GOP Platform changes (2014-Platform—Red-Ruled)….should have looked at this stuff before (have now scraped them and will be doing more commenting later).  Didn’t get to any of the meetings and reading the changes for the first time.  Frankly, I blame myself for my lack as, overall, I’m not groovin’ […]

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NH State Senate District 16: NH State Senator Dave Boutin turns his back on the NH GOP Platform, over and over again

by Skip September 2, 2014

NH State Senator Dave Boutin turns his back on the NH GOP Platform, over and over again; Rep. Jane Cormier never has.  EVAH! On September 9th, next Tuesday, if you live in District 16, please vote for Jane Cormier – !

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Interview: Jane Cormier by Ellen Kolb of Leven for the Loaf for NH State Senate District 16

by Skip July 24, 2014

Ellen Kolb has been a guest on GrokTALK! several times and we’ve had a splendid time.  She also runs Leven for the Loaf – a solo blog that concentrates on issues surrounding the Right To Life.  She had the opportunity to interview former NH State Rep Jane Cormier who is now running for NH State […]

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Unity & “Good Republican” like Bill Greiner – a question for NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn & Minority House Leader Gene Chandler

by Skip July 16, 2014

I just read Steve’s post on Bill Greiner, and I am SO Confused. NH House Minority Leader Gene Chandler famously said “Anyone with an R after their name is a good Republican” – so does that make Bill Greiner a Good Republican?  I’m supposed to think so (at least I’m TOLD to think that way). […]

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Guest post by Jane Cormier: Rebuttal to NH State Rep Fred Rice concerning NH State Senator Nancy Stiles

by Skip July 8, 2014

Senator Stiles is Not What She Seems After reading Rep. Fred Rice’s glowing support of Senator Nancy Stiles [here and after the jump  -Skip], I felt it important to put forth a challenge to his endorsement.  As a member of the 2013-2014 House of Representatives – Belknap District 8, I saw up close and personal, […]

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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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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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Yes she did! And so did they…

by Skip March 30, 2014

From Pindell on Friday: Maggie Hassan: It took more than a year, but the freshman Democratic governor finally has her first solid legislative victory on Medicaid expansion. And a big Progressive step Leftward (and remember, Progressives are merely incremental Socialists in disguise) – in furthering the instrusion of Obamacare here in NH.  Like I said […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip March 10, 2014

The idea that politicians should write laws restricting people critical of them is as perverse as the idea that the sprawling, opaque IRS bureaucracy should be assigned to construe and apply such laws. It is bad enough that there is the misbegotten Federal Election Commission to do what the First Amendment forbids — government regulation […]

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WMUR CloseUP – some thoughts

by Skip March 9, 2014

There’s almost always something just to make a comment about and this week is no different as the first segment had NH State Senator John Reagan, Josiah Bartlett Public Policy Center’s Exec. Dir. Charlie Arlinghouse, and Republican political operative Jim Merrill.  Each had something that evoked a quick comment. Reagan: Morse’s attempt was to extract […]

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NH State Senator Repubs approved Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion – The Fallout Begins

by Skip March 6, 2014

FIRST!  We applaud those that stood tall and voted against the Morse / Bradley Medicaid  Expansion bill: NH State Senator Andy Sanborn, NH State Senator John Reagan, NH State Senator Sam Cataldo, NH State Senator Sharon Carson, and NH State Senator Russell Prescott. We’ve been writing for a while that we absolutely believe that if […]

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