Political Speech

Bernie’s lawyers apparently never heard of the Streisand effect

by Skip April 17, 2016

And I thought Socialists were against the Right to Private Property?  Seems like someone wants to defend Bernie’s Intellectual Property (a very important part of Private Property)?  From Overlawyered we see some lawyers haven’t figured out that the Internet has a vote in all this.  IMHO, this should be a flat out free speech issue, […]

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She Now Believes That America Did Not Come as Advertised

by Steve MacDonald March 8, 2016
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There is an excellent article written by Marc Randazza at Pope Hat, on the descent away from free speech and open debate. There is a bit of (justifiable) grown-up language near the end, so consider yourself warned, but you should go and read it. Allow me to set the table with a sample. “… Michael Moroz is the son […]

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The Word ‘Free’ in Free Speech, has Nothing To Do With Money

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2016
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The image above, from an email I referenced here, is the exercise of political speech by people trying to get money out of speech. I don’t believe that is desirable, so naturally, I have some questions. Who paid for the poster board, the stick, the staples, the markers, the smartphone he is (probably) using to tweet the […]

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CLOSEUP last week: NH Rebellion attack on Free Speech

by Skip December 6, 2015

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. [Art.] 22. [Free Speech; Liberty of the Press.] Free speech […]

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Democrat Priorities are Not America’s Priorities

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2014

There is a great piece over at Hot air that runs the numbers so to speak on super-PAC’s, anti-Super PAC’s and epic failure on the part of several who spent billions for nothing by banking on issues like Campaign finance reform, Income equality, Abortion, and the environment. All Democrat Holy Grails, all heavily financed by […]

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Jeanne Shaheen Voted to Repeal The First Amendment

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2014
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Jeanne Shaheen recently voted to make dissent illegal.   She, and 47 other US Senators, all Democrats, moved to empower congress to decide what, when, where, and how often, someone could engage in dissent. (aka; political speech they do not like.) Democrats in New Hampshire were predictably mum.  No outrage.  But why would they be outraged?  […]

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Why ‘OUR State Project’ Can’t Run Away From GraniteState Progress…

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2014
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The OUR State Project is looking to blacklist candidates and then smear them in the court of public opinion.   Cynthia Chase and Susan Bruce are founding members so, no surprises there. They have been promoting  meetings (on social media) held at the offices of the progressive lobbying outfit Granite State Progress, in Concord, which ties […]

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SB 120 Exec Hearing Hijinks – Updated and Bumped

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2014
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Update- SB-120’s next hearing will be Thursday, April 24, 2014, 1:00pm – 1:30pm at NH Legislative Office Building Original Post Last week, we heard that the next hearing on SB120 would be the following Thursday. Yesterday evening I heard that it was scheduled for today and updates my last post.  We have the room and […]

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SB 120 Update – They Need Another Workgroup Session Before They Try To Deny You Your Rights

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2014
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Thursday the New Hampshire House held a workgroup session on Senate Bill 120 – an effort to institutionalize political speech within the ruling class.  Read this if that concept or this bill is new to you–or even if it is not. The result of that was a decision to hold another session next week. ( […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip March 12, 2014

…Neither you nor I, nor any small business owner, or interested local grass-roots group, will ever have the time or resources to risk tangling with complex “speech” laws, loaded with trip wires.  Speech becomes a luxury commodity protected for the wealthy and well-connected, at the exclusion of a majority of the populace. If and when […]

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NH Democrat HCR 10 Calls For A Constitutional Convention To Limit Political Speech

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2014
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With few exceptions, typically at the very (very) local level Politics is expensive.  That’s why incumbents have a natural advantage.   They already have name recognition.  They are able to use their connections to amass war-chests of cash with which to engage in campaigning.    And campaigning is nothing more than paid political speech.  So to complete […]

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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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The Promise of The Democrat Police State

by Steve MacDonald August 13, 2012

Democrats obstructing speech they object to continued… after yesterdays post, which produced some necessary followup.  Obama campaign officials obstructed a Pennsylvania reporter from speaking to Obama supporters waiting outside, in line for an Obama rally.  A Commenter, C. dog, responded with a link to this story from 2008, at the Democrat National Convention, in Denver. […]

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HB 1704 – Republicans doing the dirty work by resurrecting HassanSpeech? Part 2

by Skip May 14, 2012

OK, Part 1 is here – which simply pulled out a couple of nuggets from the proposed HB 1704 as found at  NH.GOV. While there was enough uproar to have the NH Senate table it last week, it is supposedly coming back from the dead.  I have already made the pitch that the bill needs […]

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HB 1704 – Republicans doing the dirty work by resurrecting HassanSpeech? Part 1

by Skip May 13, 2012

Steve has written about this already, and I did as well, but in the time that the NH Senate decided table the bill last week, word is (Jeb Bradley from the Senate floor, from what I’m told) that this bill is going to be brought up AGAIN an voted upon on Wednesday.  Why are we […]

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