NH House

HB 603 And The Parental Right To Refuse

by Steve MacDonald March 2, 2015
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Posted by request… PLEASE INVITE and SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Let’s meet in the LOBBY of the Legislative Office Building at 9:00 am on Thursday, March 5th. NH Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry is using Technical Advisories to intimidate parents. Barry believes her directives SUPERSEDE a parent’s fundamental RIGHT to direct the education of his […]

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Democrat Elected House Speaker Jasper ‘With His People’

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2015
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  Speaker Jasper addresses the House Democratic Caucus. #nhpolitics #nhhousedems pic.twitter.com/MB5tuV4sgF — Lucy McVitty Weber (@LWMcV) February 18, 2015 Wait…there’s more.

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Will NH HB320 Infringe on Political Speech?

by Steve MacDonald January 22, 2015
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Finding New Hampshire House Bill 320 (HB320) was like tripping over something in the dark on your way to something else.  The thing in the dark is “AN ACT relative to removal of certain campaign materials at the polling place.” Certain campaign materials?  What campaign materials? HB320 would amend Amend RSA 659:43, II to allow […]

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Is Transparency Fading In the NH House?

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2015
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Democrat Rep Bill Baber (D- Hyperbole) has an editorial at Fosters.com in which he gives us his thoughts on Roll Call votes, transparency, and the legislative process.  Bill begins by asking, “Is the public well informed on the work of the legislature?”  This is the wind up. If you mean are average voters well informed?  […]

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Really – Jack Flanagan (NH House “Majority Leader”) wants us to play with him?

by Skip January 8, 2015

Heh!  This ought to be fun.  First Jack Flanagan goes after an activist (and ‘Grok friend) by calling him a Democrat Lemming  (wrong thing to do, btw) and then decides to slag us at the same time.  Well, stay tuned as we can play this game all. day. long.  And Jack Flanagan? Is that REALLY […]

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Roll Call Rules Change Crashes and Burns, 343-36

by Steve MacDonald January 8, 2015
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The NH House rules change proposed by the NH House rules committee (both Republican and Democrat House leadership) was tabled on the first day of the 2015 session by an impressive vote of 343-36. The measure would have doubled the number of ‘seconds’ needed to record a vote from the floor and its ‘defeat’ is […]

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Jan 3rd 2015 Legislative Update

by Steve MacDonald January 5, 2015
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NH House Rep Guy Comtois rings in the New Year with our first installment of the weekly Legislative Update.  We talk leadership, seating assignments, committee changes, and more from inside the NH House.  It’s only 12 minutes.  Give it a listen.   If you’d like to check out the entire podcast – listen here! Follow […]

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Shawn Jasper – “Unfortunately, There Are Those Looking To Distort and Distend The Story…”

by Steve MacDonald January 5, 2015
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Republican Rep Al Baldasaro has a bad hip, and speaks at the well often, so he always requests an aisle seat on the House Floor so he can get to the podium to speak with less discomfort to himself or to others;  Democrat elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper assigned him a seat in the middle […]

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Tomorrow On GrokTALK! – January 3rd 2014

by Steve MacDonald January 2, 2015
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Tomorrow morning NH House Rep Max Abarmason joins us.  He’s under pressure to step down from the Justice committee and maybe even from the House altogether.  We’ll ask him about his meeting with Democrat elected speaker Shawn Jasper (happening today).   Brian Demyanovich is NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn’s pool guy; the guy she tried to […]

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GrokTALK! – RINO Hunting

by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2014
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This week House Rep Guy Comtois gives us an update on the recent HRA caucus, and the leadership situation in the NH House.  We discuss proposed rules changes, and how the Democrats and their House Speaker are working to make that legislative body less transparent.  (And yes, we do call a few RINO’s along the […]

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It Shouldn’t Take 20 ‘Seconds’ (To Keep Government Transparent)

by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2014
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One the first things the Democrat elected speaker Shawn Jasper, the RINO’s and the Democrats (is that redundant?) in the NH House have tried to do is to make it more difficult to be held accountable for their votes.    They have proposed a rule requiring that at least 20 reps stand up to”second” every request […]

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So these are their goals – let’s see how they execute. I predict #FAIL for Democrat appointed Speaker Jasper

by Skip December 19, 2014

Official House GOP caucus begins setting goals De jure or de facto – the former does not necessarily mean reality. Be that as it may, it will mean that the Democrat appointed Speaker J’ass’per’s appointed Majority Leader’s caucus has decided what they are going to do “Among the goals”: “a balanced budget” – low hanging fruit (very low) as […]

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NH House Speaker Shawn Jassper’s RINO Rodeo Round Up

by Steve MacDonald December 12, 2014
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We have been warning the Republican (voters) about its RINO infestation for some time now.  We said they needed to be dealt with.  They were not and now we’ve got RINOTOPIA.  But look on the bright side, we can blame Democrats for all of it – they elected Shawn J’ass’per, so no matter what he […]

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Democrats already whining about the Speaker THEY elected

by Kimberly Morin December 11, 2014

Newly elected NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper announced his Chairs and Vice Chairs for Committees today.  Before they were all announced, former New Hampshire Democrat Party Chair Kathy Sullivan was whining that it was a ‘boys club’.  This is beyond amusing since it was DEMOCRATS who elected Jasper.  The majority of Republicans did not  vote […]

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Cushing pushing to create more victims with gun control

by Kimberly Morin December 9, 2014

Yesterday Reuters announced that State legislators in each of the 50 states have formed the “American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention” (ASLGVP). In other words, anti-2nd Amendment extremists have formed a coalition, most likely paid for with funds from billionaires with armed security (they haven’t release funders yet), have decided to further push gun […]

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Guest Post: A SAD DAY FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS

by Steve MacDonald December 5, 2014
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By Al Baldasaro December 5th, 2014 Subject: A SAD DAY FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS Fellow Loyal Dedicated Republican Representatives, I have been a veteran activist for years, a Proud Representative going on my 5th term and I can continue that fight as a Representative voted in by the people of my district. I can not accept […]

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Did the NH Senate give birth to the “Speaker Scam” in the House?

by Kimberly Morin December 5, 2014

In what was often an insanely frustrating (the live feed kept going down) and sometimes amusing election for Speaker of the House on Wednesday, Republican Representative Shawn Jasper was elected as Speaker by a majority of Democrats. The majority in the Republican Caucus voted for O’Brien. If you recall, the Republican race for Speaker was […]

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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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What Kind of Deal Did Jasper Make?

by Mike December 3, 2014

THAT is the key question posed by longtime political reporter, Kevin Landrigan as he reported the stunning upset staged by Shawn Jasper over Bill O’Brien for the Speaker’s gavel. “What kind of deal did Jasper make with the Democrats to get ALL of their votes?” See for yourself! It is clear, especially with the sudden […]

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NH Speaker of the House: Not Shawn Jasper / David Hess but Bob Mead / Shawn Jasper?

by Skip December 2, 2014

Yesterday, we were hearing from sources that Shawn Jasper was shilling for David Hess to push aside Bill O’Brien even though the NH House Republican caucus nominated Bill O’Brien for NH House Speaker.  Turns out, with the letter below, that we were right about the coup, just off concerning the players.  Shawn Jasper was not […]

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Shawn Jasper’s Rotten Fruit

by Steve MacDonald December 2, 2014
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If the rumors are true Hudson NH House Rep Shawn Jasper is plotting with Democrats to get a progressive elected Speaker of the NH House instead of the guy his own caucus chose. What typically happens, when someone does something like this, is that bloggers who do not have to worry about political capital or […]

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Teri Norelli’s Proudest Moment – Stranding NH Taxpayers With Massive Unfunded Entitlement

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2014
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Soon to be former NH House Speaker Teri Norelli’s (D- Taxenspend) greatest achievement could have been leaving New Hampshire with an $800 million dollar structural deficit.  It was a huge hole, intentionally created with irresponsible spending, budgetary gymnastics (fraud), and one-time money, meant to force consideration of a broad based tax.  But the Republican majority […]

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Waaahhh……

by Susan Olsen November 19, 2014

‘Key Chandler backer Rep. Shawn Jasper of Hudson said he is not looking forward to the next two years. “I very disappointed, it was a very close vote,” Jasper said.’ – Union Leader, November 19, 2014  

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All The News Thats…

by Ed Naile November 19, 2014

Right out of the liberal playbook there appears the tired old news collaboration we have seen in this small state so often. State Representative Bill O’Brien, a Republican thorn in the side of tax and spenders from both parties for a decade or more, has been elected Speaker of the House once again. And within […]

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The former and present Speaker of the NH House: Bill O’Brien

by Skip November 18, 2014

Barring any Doug Scamman type hijinks in two weeks (Organization Day for the NH House when the full House votes on the Speakership), Bill O’Brien will be this session’s Speaker (having won the majority Republican nomination race).  As with the rest of the Groksters, I congratulate Bill! NOW it is Happy Feet dance time and for […]

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GraniteGrok Endorsement Bill O’Brien for NH Speaker of the House: His Consistency has created Trust – please give him your Vote

by Skip November 18, 2014

That from the meme of “Consistency breeds Trust yields Votes”, and yes, NH House Representatives, we at GraniteGrok are unanimous in endorsing Bill O’Brien once again for the most powerful political position in New Hampshire.  Beyond “deserving” it (a hackneyed worn our phrase in this Entitlement Age), he has earned it.  While we have a […]

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Guest Post: GOP BIG-WIGS DEMEAN THE STATE HOUSE

by Steve MacDonald November 18, 2014
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by RLCNH Chairman Aaron Day History was made in advance of the election battle for Speaker of the House between past Speakers Bill O’Brien and Gene Chandler…and it’s not pretty. On November 12, 2014 a group of six “big name Republicans” besmirched themselves and their party by attempting to interfere in the Speaker’s race. The […]

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Gene Chandler: like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, I’m in my last innings

by Skip November 17, 2014

Josh McElveen: “…why did you decide that you think that your leadership is what is required?” Gene Chandler : …I’d like to put my experience to good use. As the pro golfer Roy Maclroy said that about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, they’re in their last innings THAT’s what I am, kind of.  I thought […]

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RINOs Seek “Easy Button” From NH Speakers Race

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2014
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Gene Chandler says he’ll bring unity–Skip just reminded us yesterday right here. Chandler said he’d be Mr. Unity in the same article in which the sour cream of our RINO crop endorsed Mr. “Anyone with an ‘R’ is a good Republican” Chandler.  So I assume the unity of such ‘any old ‘R’ Republicans is a […]

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GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 18 (Priorities)

by Skip November 16, 2014

Last question that the GraniteGrok Editorial Board had for NH State Rep and Candidate for the NH Speaker of the House seat, Bill O’Brien, and it was what most folks would ask first.  However, we wanted to find out, as we said before, not only his stances but WHY he holds those stances on issues […]

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