NH Senate

SB 120 – Speech Limited In NH By Those Most Threatened By It (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014
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I have been following the New Hampshire Political ruling class efforts to stifle political speech for years.  It is a bipartisan effort to erect barriers to free speech.  So what do you call that?  Almost free speech?  Sort of Free speech?  Selective Free speech?  Speech that’s free but only during the calendar days defined by […]

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GrokTALK! April 15th, 2014 Photo ID, Green Energy Bird BBQ, Bundy Ranch, and The Growing Train of Abuses

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2014
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Skip, Mike, and Steve talk about New Hampshire’s same day registration problem, Bill Clinton’s Photo ID epiphany, Getting strung up on a cactus at the Bundy Ranch -  see also “growing weary of the long train of abuses,” a bit of wind and solar BBQ, “another one bites the dust”– or the strange effect that […]

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Pro-Rape Democrats And Their Republican Abettors – (See also SB 244)

by Steve MacDonald March 20, 2014
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Women who carry firearms and are encouraged to learn how to use them have a significant advantage over those who have been disarmed by pro-rape Democrats and their Republican abettors.   Weight, strength, even numbers are no guarantee that a woman is an easy target for sexual assault.   She is no longer just another victim. I […]

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GrokTALK! February 8th – Cell Phones, Political Speech, Medicaid, and Democrats in Training…

by Steve MacDonald February 10, 2014
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Skip, (Mike- by phone), and Steve start with the proposed ban on cell phone use (HB 1117) in New Hampshire (restricted to hands free), why it makes no sense, and the political culture that leads to laws like this. Listen to Segment 1A Download segment 1A   In the second half of segment one, we […]

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NH Senate Republicans – Announce Medicaid Expansion Deal

by Steve MacDonald February 6, 2014
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WMUR is reporting that NH Senate Leadership has announced a bi-partisan deal to swallow the ObamaCare hook baited with Medicaid money.  Long story short, the Senate Republicans caved.  Legislation will emerge shortly to finalize our submission to our Federal masters. With all the GOP moderates, it was always a steep uphill battle.   What can I […]

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The weekly responses

by Skip January 10, 2014

Once again, Pindell sets them up and I oblige: Will Republicans have to choose between supporting either the gas tax or Medicaid expansion? Why is there even a notion that an “or” should even be in that sentence?  Or even “choose”? That there must be a quid pro quo on orthagonal issues (except that both […]

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GrokTALK! 12-21-2013 With Leon Rideout, Kevin Kervick, and Pete Ingemi (Da Tech Guy)

by Steve MacDonald December 23, 2013

This week our guests are NH Republican House Rep Leon Rideout, SNHU Professor and author Kevin Kervick, and conservative talker Pete ‘Da Tech Guy’ Ingemi. First we welcome our newest affiliate station -  Cream City Radio in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  Then we we move on to Democrat trackers, Scott Brown (and last weeks rally), protecting the […]

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Will NH Senate Republicans Come Out Against the ACA/Medicaid Death Tax?

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2013
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Something else we might want to ask our cadre of ObamaCare supporting Democrat legislators this election season. 1) Why did you vote for a bill (ACA) knowing that it made insurance so expensive that older middle class citizens who need each other as much or more than ever would be better off divorced as a […]

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Some in NH Republican Senate Plan to Take 2.4 Billion For Medicaid Expansion

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2013
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From Aaron Day, President of the RLCNH Urgent: Some of our friends in the Republican Senate are holding a press conference tomorrow to describe a plan that they will put forward that involves taking $2.4 billion from the federal government under the expansion of Medicaid provision in Obamacare and giving the money to private insurers. […]

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Senate Hearing on HB399 at 9am Today

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2013

The news cycle is full as we watch and wait for more details on the Back Bay Bombing that has so far killed at least 3 and wounded 140.  Our prayers go out to everyone affected, but up in Concord, New Hampshire today their will be additional business to attend to.  The State Senate will […]

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Money for nuthin….

by Susan Olsen March 29, 2013

So let me get this straight, some 250 folks were trusting (nay, let’s be honest, greedy and stupid) enough to loan money to a Ponzi scheme in the hopes of making astonishing returns on those loans and when the scumbag operating it finally ran out of suckers and money and the game collapsed, these 250 […]

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Hey! Dufus! Why the Hell Aren’t You Covering “This!?”

by Steve MacDonald February 12, 2013

Shawn Millerick, the head of the political fiction section at NH Journal, wanted to know why we at GraniteGrok were not covering the real world story about Ann McKluster Kuster not paying her property taxes.  The appropriate response was to provide a link to the story I actually wrote on February 5th about how Ann […]

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Petition of Redress? Nope. The Legislature Did Away With That Committee

by Rick Olson January 6, 2013

“An once of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.” —Michael Korda  Last Wednesday, the new leadership in Concord saw fit to forgo the Committee on Redress of Grievances. And they did.  Enter State Senator Martha Fuller-Clark. She found a “petition of Redress” from twenty black slaves in Portsmouth dating back to 1779. According to the […]

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It’s only one small, teeny-weeny bite….right? Who could it hurt?

by Skip December 5, 2012

  It seems that US House Speaker John Boehner is being sorely tempted?  His words about semi-caving into Obama’s demands on new taxes, new spending, and new debt ceiling limits show us that he’s already got his eye on the prize: How well will the new NH Republican legislators resist the same temptation, especially under […]

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New Hampshire Democrats Stick With What Doesn’t Work

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2012

The New Hampshire Democrat House Majority has chosen their previous Democrat House Sepaker Terie ‘Billion Dollar Deficit‘ Norelli as their new Speaker for the 2013-2014 session.  This is good for lots of reasons. Deficits, spending, taxes, accounting gimmicks, bathroom remodels, bathroom bills, and a dedication to back-benching and marginalizing anyone who does not pull the […]

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Re-Elect Jeanie Forrester

by Don November 3, 2012

Despite years of Democrat condemnation of rich bankers, Senatorial candidate Bob Lamb shows that rich bankers can even be applauded if they parrot Democrat talking points, promote the special interest groups that fund Democrats, and help the Democrat Party extend its control over the lives of the American people. Describing lawsuits against him and other […]

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GrokTV: Conservative Republican Candidate Home Event – Josh Youseff

by Skip August 12, 2012

Another speaker at Barbara Aichinger’s Conservative Candidate Night in Gilford last night was Josh Youseff.  He is running for the NH GOP nomination for the new NH Senate District 7 and we did an interview series with Josh Youseff a while ago (click here for the last in the series; it links backwards to all […]

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“All Politics is local” – Meet / Greet some good Conservative NH House Candidates from Belknap County 5 and District 7

by Skip August 10, 2012

That quote is from former Democrat Tip O’Neal from Bawston, MA who served many years as the US Speaker of the House.  He meant it that national political wars are waged locally.  We took it sideways – our local politics are your’s where ever you are, albeit with different names and slightly different issues.  That […]

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Peter Bolster for NH Senate District #6 – an Editorial for Truth in Advertisment

by Skip August 5, 2012

Updated and Bumped:  Grok Reader Bob saw this and asked that I update this post given that it is out of date – Bolster quickly gave up his delusions of a NH Senate run and is now running to retain his seat in the NH House, I should make sure that folks knew if they […]

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GrokTV – NH State Senator Andy Sanborn – Question 8

by Skip August 2, 2012

Accomplishments? We always try to spend “a little time with GraniteGrok” and with Andy Sanborn (running for reelection to the NH Senate in District 9), we came to the realization that we had spent a lot more time than just a little.  So, we decided to end our interrogation interview with him with this last […]

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GrokTV: NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 7

by Skip August 1, 2012

Question #7:  Adversarial relationship between State agencies vs ordinary folks? To fix a perceived problem (which Questions 5 & 6 brought up), you have to know all about the problem – or at least the biggest and most influential parts of the problem.  In discussing State Agencies, we wanted to know if there was a […]

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Guess who else is joining Andy Sanborn in going “Beep Beep” as they campaign for the NH House?

by Skip July 29, 2012

Like I said before, I just giggled when I learned that big Andy Sanborn was going around his NH Senate District 9 on a wee scooter  in his bid for re-election to the NH senate (watch his explanation here).  Well, another candidate is now following in his footsteps burnt rubber (can a scooter actually lay […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 5: Reforming what State agencies are tasked to do and how to do it?

by Skip July 29, 2012

Most people want to see that the potholes are filled, the snow is plowed, and that the police and firemen are there when needed.  That’s how most decide who to vote for – its the stuff they see.  To us, however, philosophy counts as well – for that leads to the next “upward” step of […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 4: Administrative based taxes: have all taxes, fees, and fines set by the Legislature?

by Skip July 28, 2012

Increasingly, we see NH State Agencies setting their own level of taxation (fees, fines, et al) outside of authorization of the Legislature.  It is the Executive Branch to self-fund and making itself independent of the taxation authority of the Legislature.  And of course, it goes without saying that while Legislators are accountable to the voters, […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 3: RGGI. What happened and why RGGI didn’t get deep sixed?

by Skip July 27, 2012

One of the hot button issues this past legislative session (the last two years here in NH) was to get rid of RGGI – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Simply put, it is an aggregation of States here in the Northeast that decided to put a broad based carbon tax on anyone using electricity in those […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 2: Where did the idea of using scooters for door-to-door campaigning; why not Segways?

by Skip July 26, 2012

I HAD to ask this question, based on his Presser showing the cute little scooters that he is using in meeting the folks (“residents tell me that I am the first politician to ever stand at their door step and introduce myself,”) in Bedford that is the new NH Senate District 9.  Why would he […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 1: With everything thrown your way, why are you running again?

by Skip July 25, 2012

The ‘Grok was welcomed to The Draft (Concord, NH) when we interviewed NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (owner) as to why he was running for “virtual” re-election in a newly constructed district (“virtual”, as his original district was drawn out of existence).  We had all kinds of questions but did not get the chance to […]

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GrokTV Special Interviews – CNHT in review – The “Micros” edition!

by Skip July 12, 2012

Man, am I stacked up on video – apologies for not getting this up earlier from the CNHT Annual Picnic.  While Grokster Steve manned our setup and watched over the live stream and the recording cameras, I snuck out a few times to get a few “micro-interviews”.  So, here they are:    Kevin Smith (Candidate, […]

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