NH House

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  

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

Guest Post: GOP BIG-WIGS DEMEAN THE STATE HOUSE

by Steve MacDonald November 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for Guest Post: GOP BIG-WIGS DEMEAN THE STATE HOUSE

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

RINOs Seek “Easy Button” From NH Speakers Race

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2014
Thumbnail image for RINOs Seek “Easy Button” From NH Speakers Race

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

I am endorsing Bill O’Brien for NH Speaker of the House on Tuesday

by JR Hoell November 16, 2014

All, I am supporting Bill O’Brien for Speaker and the article below should make it clear that everyone on this mailing list should do the same. Remember the days of Doug Scamman and Charlie Bass being in office. higher taxes, bloated budgets, loss of liberties while “Republicans” were in charge…  In fact, Bass was so bad […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 16 & 17 (Union Dues, Liberty)

by Skip November 16, 2014

A couple of questions on Liberty – where does this fit within Bill O’Brien and his worldview?  How would this work within the Legislative leadership he wishes to hold?  Is it “the common good” that is overriding, or is it the lowest level that must be addressed – the Individual?  Two real world, important, and […]

Read the full article →

Gene Chandler Priorities ‘If Elected Speaker’ – Part 2 (Unify)

by Skip November 16, 2014

Steve said “A picture is worth a thousand words, and at least a post or two…or three….and so on” concerning Gene Chandler; I’m willing to oblige.  From the UL: “…while U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and former Govs. John H. Sununu and Stephen Merrill, in a joint letter, urged elected representatives to support Chandler. Former […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 13 & 14 (State Cartels, more Alinsky demonization)

by Skip November 15, 2014

“Winning is only a precursor; it is what you do afterwards that is most important” And we are not close to being done (close, but a coupla/few more posts).  This time, the plethora of areas where NH must be begged “Daddy, may I earn a living?” instead of just getting to the job of doing […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 11 & 12 (State employee lobbying, Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals)

by Skip November 14, 2014

Two important questions having to do with the Proper Role of Government (State employees be able to lobby State legislators?) and the power of the Democrat PR Machine getting inside some Republicans’ heads.  That latter one would be the Democrat tactic of using Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (Rule #12) against Bill O’Brien (especially it is clear […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 9 & 10 (Conservatarians, Domicile & Voter Fraud)

by Skip November 14, 2014

Even in a small State like New Hampshire there is more than a plethora of issues to keep us in blog fodder for, well, forever.  You see, since Progressives have carried out their “The personal is political, the political is the personal”, politics has been shoved by them into every nook and cranny of our […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 7 & 8 (Legislative Abdication, Dependency on Feds)

by Skip November 14, 2014

Yes, more than a few questions already but we aren’t even halfway!  More questions – are legislators actually doing the hard work we elected them to do and are we “selling our State” to the Feds by being too dependent on their money? Question 7: Is it the case that legislators are giving away their authority […]

Read the full article →

Gene Chandler’s Priorities ‘If Elected Speaker’

by Steve MacDonald November 14, 2014
Thumbnail image for Gene Chandler’s Priorities ‘If Elected Speaker’

A picture is worth a thousand words, and at least a post or two…or three….and so on. If elected speaker again, Chandler said creating jobs and improving the state’s business climate would be his main priorities. What sets him apart, he said, is his ability to get along with all members.  -Concord Monitor

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Questions 5 & 6 (Commissions & Boards, Regional Planning Commissions)

by Skip November 13, 2014

These next two question were in the area of the growing Administrative State – unelected and unaccountable to the voters making decisions that will affect those voters with the force of law without the legislative process.  It has overtaken the Federal Government and Obama is playing that violin much to our detriment – and it […]

Read the full article →

Really, that’s what they think Gene Chandler should do as NH Speaker?

by Skip November 13, 2014

NH State Rep. Debra DeSimone (R): “The Constitution is a guideline” 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”.   This caught my eye from Steve’s post where a number of Establishment Republicans lined up […]

Read the full article →

And his first initial act as Speaker of the NH House will be!

by Skip November 13, 2014

Active GOP Speaker of the NH House Leadership at work according to Papa Smurf (John H. Sununu), Kelly Ayotte, Steve Merrill, Charley Bass, Donna Sytek and Doug Scammon (he who colluded with the Dems to become the Speaker in his time): (H/T: Kimberly)  

Read the full article →

Bill O’Brien: a good characterization

by Skip November 13, 2014

On the NH Speaker of the House: Bill O’Brien is the clear choice here, and the only real leader and servant of the people among the three, and the only one with our Republican values and Constitution tattooed on his chest. (H/T: Dan)

Read the full article →

Laurie Sanborn Withdraws From Race For Speaker of the NH House

by Steve MacDonald November 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for Laurie Sanborn Withdraws From Race For Speaker of the NH House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2014 LAURIE SANBORN RELEASES THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE SPEAKER RACE Bedford, NH – Republican Representative Laurie Sanborn released the following statement today regarding the race for NH Speaker of the House: “As many of you know, my husband Andy became ill last week and spent time […]

Read the full article →

Bill O’Brien for NH House Speaker

by Tom November 13, 2014

To all newly-elected NH State Representatives: I hope that on Tuesday, Nov 18th, you’ll select Bill O’Brien as Caucus Leader, then House Speaker. The NHGOP establishment is gunning, again, for someone who votes least with the Republican platform (Gene Chandler).  His HRA scores have been consistently in the low 80% range.  Democrats most definitely want Chandler to […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Q2 What happens if the Supremes rule against IRS subsidy rule?

by Skip November 13, 2014

The next question was on Obamacare – specifically the pending doom that that the US Supreme Court may deal to the IRS for writing its Obamacare tax subsidy rule directly counter to what the plain text of the Obamacare law states (tax subsidies are only to be given through State Obamacare Exchanges and not Federal […]

Read the full article →

NHGOP Leadership Publicly Announces Plot to Deceive Republicans in The NH House

by Steve MacDonald November 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for NHGOP Leadership Publicly Announces Plot to Deceive Republicans in The NH House

From the “Republicans” who couldn’t be bothered to stop Medicaid Expansion, impositions on free speech, attacks on gun rights, all bucket list items for the Democrat party, we get the official endorsement of Gene Chandler for Speaker of the House. The letter is addressed to “representative-elect,” signed by Ayotte, former Govs. John H. Sununu and […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Q1A Follow up: High cost of Right To Know for ordinary folks – what can be done?

by Skip November 12, 2014

Following on Steve’s question to Bill O’Brien on the high cost of Right To Know requests, my follow on was concerning the case when government workers decide that they will obfuscate and delay getting that lawfully requested information – can the normal qualified immunity be stripped and they be made personally liable? Q1A:  RTKs by […]

Read the full article →

GrokTV: interview with Bill O’Brien – Q1: High cost of Right To Know for ordinary folks – what can be done?

by Skip November 12, 2014

“Winning is merely a precursor – it is what you do afterwards that is most important” And the NH Speaker of the House will have most to do regarding what is done.  Last night the GraniteGrok Editorial Board met with NH State Rep. Bill O’Brien, who is running for re-election for the NH Speaker of […]

Read the full article →

Post Election Round Up with Greg Moore – AFP-NH

by Steve MacDonald November 10, 2014

Greg Moore is the NH State Directer for Americans for Prosperity and a former NH House chief of staff.  He joins us to discuss the election, the lefts presidential ground game for the midterm in NH, the new Republican majorities, and state and federal level losses (like Scott Brown) by the numbers. Greg Moore AFP-NH […]

Read the full article →

Republicans Take NH House?

by Steve MacDonald November 5, 2014
Thumbnail image for Republicans Take NH House?

It looks like the Republicans will take the NH House with a healthy margin. There are more than a few races not called that I can find on my own, and there will be recounts but the GOP has well over 200 seats based on late night numbers. I’m sure someone somewhere will correct me […]

Read the full article →

Guy Comtois – A Business Friendly NH

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2014
Thumbnail image for Guy Comtois – A Business Friendly NH

New Hampshire House Candidate Guy Comtois joins us talk about policy to attract businesses to New Hampshire, dealing with an aging population, tolerating congressional hypocrisy (we shouldn’t), wresting control of media and the message to balance things out a bit, and the cost of shifting power back down to towns and states. (You can email […]

Read the full article →

What’s It Like Running As A Write-In Candidate?

by Steve MacDonald October 29, 2014
Thumbnail image for What’s It Like Running As A Write-In Candidate?

Write in Candidate Christine Ivinjack (NH House – Weare)  joins us to talk about her race, the issues, and how the other candidates feel about her running a write-in.  (Hint- they don’t like it.) We also touch on the Weare’s police chief problem, and a few other choice topics as well. Learn more about Christine […]

Read the full article →