NH GOP Platform

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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“You’re dreaming”

by Skip February 26, 2014

Well, just after I wrote this, I saw that John Distaso’s latest popped up on my Google watch list.  And NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn had this to say about this (emphasis mine): State GOP chair Jennifer Horn told us today, “There is a healthy debate about the Senate’s health care compromise taking place among […]

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Aaron Day, Chair of the RLCNH, talking about the downside / Myths about expanding Obamacare (Medicaid Expansion) here in NH

by Skip February 7, 2014

“Can’t be Compassionate AND Insolvent at the same time“ This was recorded at the New Boston Republican Committee by Bill Wynne – presented by permission. Myths that the NH State Republican Senators (and their Democrat friends like Maggie Hassan and Sylvia Larson) are helping to promulgating about the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: We’re getting our tax […]

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Giving the Store Away…

by Tom January 22, 2014

HB474 just passed the NH House, which would provide illegal immigrants the benefit of in-state tuition rates, provided they have attended 3 years of NH High School and have been domiciled in NH, and “promise” to gain legal residency. The Roll Call for this bill shows that one of *my* Republican Reps, Bob Willette, voted […]

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Remember: There are 4 boxes to effect political change!

by Skip December 18, 2013

Those would be Soap box Ballot Box Jury Box Ammo box Please use them in that order.  We aim to use the Soap Box this Thursday nite in greeting Anti-Second Amendment and NH GOP Fundraiser Headliner Scott Brown (late of MA, trying to politically reborn himself in NH).  Again, remember to dress WARM and Orange […]

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Hmm, even the Boston Herald sees a massive problem for Scott Brown here in NH

by Skip December 16, 2013

And for once, we’re not the main cause –  merely willing hands (emphasis mine): It’s not Brown’s carpetbagging that poses the biggest obstacle, although New Hampshire voters are much more skeptical of outsiders than Bay Staters. Nor is Brown’s biggest problem his faulty internal GPS, which at times causes him to speak of the “people […]

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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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