NH House

GrokDebates – yes, we want to do them. We ARE going to do them going forward

by Skip August 19, 2018

Over the years, GraniteGrok has made it part of our Citizen Journalism to cover debates.  One reason is that we like listening (and critiquing) who was there, what was said, and to determine their political philosophies with respect to the NH Constitution, US Constitution, and to date, the NH GOP. We did debates, and covered […]

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Sales Tax in NH – A Constitutional & NH House take on S. Dakota vs Wayfair SCOTUS decision

by Dan Itse August 14, 2018

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down an opinion in the South Dakota versus Wayfair (SD v Wayfair). The South Dakota Legislature had passed a law that enabled South Dakota to go after taxes on purchases citizens had made from Wayfair. The S. D. Supreme Court held that the law was […]

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Virginia Drye – An Energetic, Fresh Voice for our Future

by Op-Ed August 11, 2018

by Virginia Drye – Candidate, NH House: Sullivan District 1 I’m 19, a Republican, and a woman.  There is no representation of this combination in my district, nor in Concord. I’m running because, in order for young adults and young families to stay here in New Hampshire, we need young people serving in the State […]

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Margaret Drye – Dedicated to Our Community

by Op-Ed August 11, 2018

by Margaret Drye – Candidate, NH House: Sullivan District 9 For almost four decades, I have been responding to Plainfield and Cornish homes and roads as an EMT with Cornish Rescue.  As a result, I have seen the opioid epidemic up close, and I have also seen the many medical, physical, and financial challenges our […]

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Democrat Lawmaker Created Intimidating and Abusive Environment

by Steve MacDonald August 11, 2018

The New Hampshire House recently releases some documents in which was a redacted complaint filed earlier this year by a NH House staffer. The staffer alleges that a particular New Hampshire House Rep. “made frequent derogatory comments to or about the employee, and engaged in “a long pattern of behavior” that created a “hostile work […]

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Cornerstone Releases Its 2018 Legislative Scorecard

by Steve MacDonald August 7, 2018

Cornerstone has released its scorecard for the 2018 Legislative session. Cornerstone’s 2018 legislative scorecard selects 14 roll call votes in the New Hampshire Senate and 18 roll call votes in the House from the 2017-18 legislative session. The Raw Score is the score that most closely reflects how the actual percentage a legislator’s votes aligned with Cornerstone’s […]

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Bob Greene – candidate for NH State House, Hillsborough County District 37 (Hudson/Pelham)

by Skip August 5, 2018

Hello! I’m Bob Greene and I’m running for NH State Rep in Hillsborough District 37 (Hudson/Pelham). I’m a 13-year Hudson resident, married to Kathy for 29 years, and a 20-year Air Force veteran with assignments in Illinois, Germany and Hanscom AFB. I currently work as a communications specialist for the defense industry and am a […]

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Why New Hampshire’s ‘hurried’ Internet Sales Tax Solution Had to Die

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2018

The recent scramble to “do something” after the Wayfair decision said states could tax internet sales was big news. When the New Hampshire House killed the ‘bipartisan’ draft language that was big news. What should be even bigger news is that the language the committee used to draft the proposed legislation could hand some measure of “tax administration […]

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“The Frugal Four” – candidates for NH State House, Belknap County District 2

by Skip July 22, 2018

A slate has been formed here in my district, Belknap 2 that is comprised of Gilford and Meredith.  Glen is an incumbent NH House rep with an impeccable conservative record, Harry Bean proved himself as a BudComm member in treating your tax monies like it was his own (and is a world champion arm wrestler!), […]

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John Potucek – Running for Re-Election in Derry, New Hampshire

by Op-Ed July 22, 2018

My name is John Potucek, and I’m running for re-election for State Representative in Derry, Rockingham District 6. I wanted to take a few minutes to let know a little about myself and what I accomplished in Concord during the 2015-2016 Biennium as your State Representative from Derry with a 100% attendance and a 100% voting record. […]

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Rebecca Bailey – candidate for NH State House, Grafton County District 15

by Skip July 12, 2018

Note: After 2 1/2 years, I am finally getting back “on the circuit” and getting to events.  When I do so, I have been offering to candidates that have been vetted to send me a quick blurb on who they are, what they are running for, and WHY they are running.  We at GraniteGrok have […]

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NH House Will No Longer pay ‘Dues’ to the National Council of State Legislatures

by Steve MacDonald June 29, 2018

Speaker Gene Chandler announced yesterday that the New Hampshire House would no longer support the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). What was the last straw? The NCSL’s support for the internet sales tax. New Hampshire is very proud to have no sales tax. Our retail business community thrives as a result of our no […]

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Tim Vendt Announces Candidacy for the NH House – Boscawen (Merrimack County Dist. 8)

by Op-Ed June 21, 2018

By Tim Vendt – Candidate, NH House. I have been a resident of New Hampshire for fifty-seven years, moving to Twin Mountain in 1961 at the age of five when my parents moved there from Massachusetts. I joined the US Navy in 1975 after graduating from High School in 1974 (White Mountains Regional High School) […]

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Weare Rep Neal Kurk Not Running for Re-election

by Steve MacDonald June 16, 2018

WMUR is reporting that Weare, NH House Rep Neal Kurk will not seek a 17th term. Kurk, a fiscal watchdog and privacy hawk, is in his 16th term in the House, and according to several sources, has decided not to seek a 17th term in 2018. During many of those terms, Kurk chaired the House’s most […]

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Kevin Miller: There is One Word that Truly Describes Steve Shurtleff…Charlatan

by Op-Ed June 15, 2018

By Kevin Miller House Minority Leader Stephen Shurtleff bashed Republican leadership for not passing gun control laws to “make our schools safer.” Such attacks on Republican leaders are slander. Republican leaders *are* passing legislation expressly for making our schools safer, but not how Shurtleff wants it done. When Stephen Shurtleff took office, he swore to […]

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NH Republicans Decide The Hill to Die on is Letting Men Use the Ladies Room

by Steve MacDonald May 22, 2018

Why are the illuminated Establishment political lights in the NHGOP and GOP, several of whom should know better, pitching a cultural Marxist progressive issues “tent” in front of legislators and elected Republican Delegates when the electorate is more interested in expanding jobs, protecting tax reform, economic growth, and national security issues with a local impact like the opioid […]

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Drunken Senate Binge-Spends ‘Surplus,’ Asks House to Go Along

by Steve MacDonald May 14, 2018

So much for the Senate being the more tempered and ‘August’ body of any legislature. Ours just took one look at the surplus I discussed here and went on a spending spree. CONCORD ­— It started as a routine bill to create the position of state demographer, but has turned into what some are calling […]

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Healthcare In New Hampshire: A Brief History

by Op-Ed May 3, 2018

By Aaron Day Today the Republicans lead the charge to re-authorize Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The budget for New Hampshire for the past 27 years is built on a funding mechanism that borrows billions from children and ignores making real structural changes. Our healthcare system would be better and less expensive if we didn’t rely on […]

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NH House Rejects Marsy’s Law 284-51

by Steve MacDonald April 26, 2018

The New Hampshire House today overwhelmingly rejected CACR22, even after millions of dollars and 12 lobbyists worked the legislature and the state for months to push the constitutional amendment. 284-51 is quite a beating. Governor Sununu, who is reportedly a big fan, is said to have also been lobbying for the measure. Someone might want to see who in […]

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Gun Bill Clears Hurdle in New Hampshire House

by Steve MacDonald April 4, 2018

Susan Olsen has an update on SB500 which finally cleared a committee hurdle in the New Hampshire House and could get a floor vote next week. For more ways to listen visit the original blog post, here.

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The Slings and Arrows of a Citizen Legislature

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2018

Susan Olsen shares her experience with a NH House committee and a simple piece of legislation and how having a citizen legislature, while necessary to a free and prosperous people, can (sometimes) be a serious pain in the ass. Follow this Program on Facebook Also Available on Google Play

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The Slings and Arrows of a Citizen Legislature

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2018

Susan Olsen shares her experience with a NH House committee and a simple piece of legislation and how having a citizen legislature, while necessary to a free and prosperous people, can (sometimes) be a serious pain in the ass. Visit the blog page of this podcast for more ways to listen.

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Reminder: Republicans Thinking About Running for the NH House….The 603 Alliance Can Help

by Steve MacDonald March 23, 2018

There is still time for you to register and attend either the 603 Alliance State Rep Recruitment Seminars being held March 24th and March 26th. If you are a Republican or know a Republican who would, could, or should run for the New Hampshire House, sign up for either event date today. (Use the links below). There’s no […]

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Firearms Legislation Update: House Hearing on SB500

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2018

Susan Olsen returns to provide an update from yesterday’s hearing in the New Hampshire House for SB500. Legislation to amend firearms terminology in state Statute. (We even toss in a fashion alert on that “retired” resource officer from Parkland, Florida.) Check out the blog post of this podcast for more ways to listen.

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Firearms Legislation Update: House Hearing on SB500

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2018

Susan Olsen returns to provide an update from yesterday’s hearing in the New Hampshire House for SB500. Legislation to amend firearms terminology in state Statute. (We even toss in a fashion alert on that “retired” resource officer from Parkland, Florida.) Follow this program on Spreaker. Also Available on Google Play

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NH House Votes To Meddle Further in Employee Employer Relationships

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2018

The New Hampshire House recently passed a bill that would prohibit employers from having use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies. Employers that provide vacation time can expect their employees to use it up within a certain time, after which they lose it. HB1201 would require employers to give employees more time to use the vacation after which they would […]

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HB 628 – NH’s Obama-Care Mini-Me Mandate

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2018

As introduced House Bill 628 attempts to solve a problem that doesn’t exist to create a problem that didn’t exist. It framed a scheme for taxing income to backstop a medical family leave program so state government can create a new office to manage the tax. New Hampshire doesn’t have what most people think of as […]

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NH House Votes Against Resolution Urging a Pardon of Jerry DeLemus

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2018

The New Hampshire house took up HCR 11 today, A Resolution urging a pardon of Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus. Why? The court tossed out the government’s case because it (basically) hid evidence and lied. Gerry is only sitting in prison because the prosecutor badgered him into a plea deal before that ruling was ever made and he […]

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Have You Ever Considered Being a NH State Rep?

by Steve MacDonald March 12, 2018

Are you tired of NH Legislators who promise one thing and deliver another? Are you tired of seeing government grow, take over personal responsibilities, and infringe on our freedoms? Do you want to stop increased taxes and further restrictions of our liberties? Do you want the government to focus on enabling and encouraging people to […]

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NH House Votes to End Sex-Based Legal Protections for Women

by Kimberly Morin March 7, 2018

Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to pass House Bill 1319 (HB 1319), AN ACT prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. The legislation was pushed based on the absolute lie that trans people don’t have the same protections against discrimination as everyone else in the state. The out-of-state organization who pushed this legislation, […]

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