The Rules Change on Roll Call Votes is A Smoking Gun

by Steve MacDonald December 31, 2014
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One of the important debates in the shadow of Democrat elected Speaker Shawn Jasper’s (R-Hudson) ascension to the gavel is what degree of tolerance should conservatives have for Republicans disinclined to let the party platform temper their legislative passions.  Everyone had valid observations (in the email thread) up to a point but after reading a […]

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To purge or not to purge…

by Susan Olsen December 16, 2014

I reserve the right to oppose or withhold support from any nominee and I have. I reserve the right to publicly oppose any nominee and I have. I reserve the right to form my own opinions and I have. I refuse to sacrifice principle for party and I will not. Using the text of the […]

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Jane Cormier’s concession statement: Never give up!

by Skip September 10, 2014

I want to thank everyone who put their heart and soul into our campaign for State Senate District 16. We had quite the battle. We fought not only my opponent’s huge money war chest, we also fought our own party who sought to involve themselves in the outcome of this race. Many entities were told […]

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Blogline of the Day – Sending a Clear Message to Democrats…

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2014
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With regard to the demand by party leadership for GOP unity regardless of principle…. It…sends a clear message to the Democrats.  If you have a candidate with money, and you can run them as a Republican, regardless of parity to party principles, the NHGOP leadership will take the money, support the candidate, and demand that […]

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GOP Should Stop Looking To ‘New Coke’ for Answers

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2013
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie argued that you must first ‘Get Republicans’ Elected if you want policy decisions made from a Republican perspective. To my ear that admonition is little different from the phrase ‘We need more” teachers (cops, firefighters, social workers).  The result of more of any of those things is not necessarily better […]

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Eastwooding The New Hampshire State Senate On Roll Call Votes

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2013

If party designations connote principles, and party pledges imply performance, and we extend that assumption to the relationship between electoral action and legislative response, then it should not be beyond the pale to expect the elected to provide proof of individual effort toward securing the principles and pledges upon which their election to office was […]

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by Susan Olsen April 12, 2013

H/T JR Hoell

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Re: Take it back or burn it down

by Susan Olsen April 12, 2013

“Fire upon it, my dear Marquis, and never spare a particle of my property so long as it affords a comfort or a shelter to the enemies of my country. – Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson, when asked by Marquis de Lafayette, who was commanding the artillery barrage of Yorktown in the American War of Independence, […]

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NH GOP hierarchy – damage control: Oh no, that wasn’t REALLY a vote (er, was it?)

by Skip April 11, 2013

Last night I put up this post – a Presser by the Coos County Republican Committee sent out by Eric Catman, the Coos County Chair: Expressing no confidence in New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn Be it resolved that we the members of the Coos County Republican Committee do hereby issue this resolution […]

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This is THE Question confronting the Establishment Republicans: What DO you stand for (besides mere winning)?

by Skip March 7, 2013

This exemplifies the divide in the Republican Party today; it is especially true given the events in the NH House with Republicans voting for a $1 Billion gas tax (emphasis mine, reformatted): Club for Growth President Chris Chocola charged that Republican establishment figure Karl Rove cares more about the Republican brand than Republican “core beliefs.”   […]

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A Bump On The Road To Unity

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2013

As a Blogger I am encouraged by the calls for unity from the NH-GOP leadership.  But I do not believe they have a clue about how to get there from here.  And blaming bloggers is clearly not the answer.  In fact, it is exactly the opposite of “the answer.”  I make that quite clear in […]

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