Right To Know

GrokTALK! – South Korea Consults NH on Right to Know

by Steve MacDonald May 28, 2015

Some folks from South Korea, complete with interpreters, paid a visit to CNHT and chairman Ed Naile to learn about Right to Know (RTK) as a tool to fight government corruption. Ed shares some details from the meeting, then it’s on to the NH AG, judges, and what passes for Justice in the Granite State. […]

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RSA 91-A: Right to Know workshop with a South Korean contingent (Part 2)

by Ed Naile May 20, 2015

Following up on my earlier post, here are segments 3 & 4 of the RSA 91-a “Right To Know” workshop I gave to the South Koreans: Segment 3:

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RSA 91-A: Right to Know workshop with a South Korean contingent (Part 1)

by Ed Naile May 20, 2015

Monday night I had the pleasure of meeting with a small contingent of five South Korean politicos (and two interpreters) at the offices of CNHT in Concord.  They are touring the United States in search of how we deal with government corruption; CNHT was chosen for our nationally known experience (and success) in ferreting out […]

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Right-to-Know inquiries help uncover corruption in Windsor, NH

by Steve MacDonald March 25, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena A group of residents in Windsor, New Hampshire became suspicious of the way the tiny town of roughly 200 residents was handling its finances.  Property taxes were the primary source of income, so the best way to uncover any irregularities was to request the most recent tax records. […]

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Is Someone Going To Sue Governor Hassan?

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2015
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I get to listen to about 15 minutes of Girard at Large on my way to work and this morning in the seven-o’clock hour the subject of Governor Maggie Hassan’s illegal edict came up.  I guess she is above the law. The Duchess of Exeter has declared correspondence between herself and her Ministers (at her […]

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Rich Girard on Right to Know

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2015
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Kimberly will probably post the entire article up here at some point but seeing as the vote is tomorrow I wanted to quote Rich Girard (from the article) regarding HB 646 and right to know. If cases of abuse were really running rampant, we’d hear more than just the anecdotal evidence of some spectacular infraction. […]

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CNHT – Right to Know Alert

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2015
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We’ve written a number of articles on these bills.  They both need to be defeated. On Wednesday, March 11,  the NH House will vote on HB 285 and HB 646.  We need an OUTCRY asking for the House to vote NO on both bills. If these bills pass the House they still go to the […]

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HB 646 – An Act “Making Public Information a Luxury Item”

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2015
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With regard to HB646, “An Act allowing public bodies or agencies to charge for the costs of retrieval of public records under the right-to-know law,” the question before the General court should be this: does this bill improve the presumed right of equal access by taxpayers to public documents? The Answer is no.  HB646 would […]

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“Accountability” Has A Shelf-Life In Carroll County

by Steve MacDonald December 26, 2014
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Ed Comeau has his eye on the Country delegation in Carroll County, and its commissioners.  Skip recently explored Ed’s Right To Know suit and the refusal of two Carroll County Commissioners to be seated if they are not protected from Right to Know Lawsuits. Democrat Denny Miller, and Republican David Babson, are seeking a taxpayer […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Notable Quote – Patrick Henry

by Skip October 25, 2014

Which means Transparency – something that is in short supply from the Obama Administration.  But as the Groksters have found out personally here in little NH, it is oft not to be found here either.  Obfuscation, delay, intolerance for NH Citizenry – and an attitude of “who are you to ASK ME to justify Govt […]

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Tempus Fugit

by Susan Olsen October 14, 2014

During the fight on whether to grant motor vehicle law enforcement authority to the Fish Cops over at NH Fish and Game,  I sent a Right-to-Know-Request to the very model of a modern Major Kevin Jordan (and his bosses) of the NH Fish & Game Department, dated April 23, 2014: “Dear Major Jordan, This request […]

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Without The Right To Know What Government Is Doing You Lose Everything

by Ed Naile October 13, 2014

The Manchester Paper has an article about their Freedom of Information request for the names of illegal aliens caught by ICE in NH. They list these fine fellows in the article: 1. Jesus Ascencio-Rodriguez, of Manchester . He stated to ICE officials he entered the U.S. from Mexico illegally without inspection at an unknown location […]

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What Are The Amherst New Hampshire Selectman Hiding?

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2013

The Amherst New Hampshire Town Selectman are trying to use the state’s Right to Know Law to hide something.  Town Administrator Jim O’Mara has been put on administrative leave and the selectman are refusing to answer any questions. Calling it a personnel issue, selectmen refuse to comment on O’Mara’s status as a town employee. Bruce […]

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Trust and Safety in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald December 26, 2012

Here are two pull quotes from the New Hampshire Union Leader that I wanted to share.  One is about trust, the other about safety.  I think you’ll find them…interesting. In an article on 2013 LSR H-0451 regarding a proposed change to the right to know law, New Hampshire House Democrat Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook, […]

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A new arrow has been added to the Citizen’s quiver: make’em pay!

by Skip December 17, 2012

We here at the ‘Grok have used RTK requests( NH’s RSA 91-A, the Right To Know law which is better known elsewhere as FOIA – Freedom Of Information Act) a few times in the past (Richard De Seve, the DES employee blogging on NH taxpayer dime, getting emails from the NH Water Commission that is […]

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Franklin NH – The Most Expensive Voter Checklists in the State?

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2012

I just got confirmation that the clerk for Franklin New Hampshire requires not just $75.00 for the complete citywide voter checklist used for the election, but another $75.00 for the updated checklist after all the new names have been added. My udder is sore just thinking about it.  Is this where I say that having […]

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Information Intimidation in Franklin NH?

by Steve MacDonald November 22, 2012

While public document fees are not unreasonable for the purpose of covering the cost of the  materials or labor required to meet a request, at what point do these sums become an obstacle for the average citizen?  When does the sum begin to limit access otherwise protected by law? In the case of voter checklists […]

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A Note On Absentee Ballots and Right to Know

by Steve MacDonald November 20, 2012

New Hampshire’s Right to know Law, often referred to as 91-a, prohibits state and local officials from hiding ‘public’ documents.  And while some parts of the bureaucratic machine are happy to give you what you request in a timely and even pleasant manner, others who can’t (or don’t want) be bothered by you pesky citizens […]

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GrokWATCH: Right To Know Request – Water Sustainability Commission – Update 3

by Skip August 14, 2012

I ended the last dispatch with this: “Guess how long it took to get a response???” Answer:  10 days simply to have an email recognized and returned (emphasis mine): On 8/12/2012 11:11 PM, John A. Gilbert wrote: Mr. Murphy With this email I am acknowledging receipt of your August 2, 2012 Right to Know request.  […]

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GrokWATCH: Right To Know Request – Water Sustainability Commission – Update 2

by Skip August 14, 2012

As I said yesterday, I had requested a contract between the State of NH and Water Sustainability Commission / Synchrony Advisors, LLC, but was informed that there was none.  So, on August 2, I asked for additional information from Synchrony Advisors, LLC as to the WSC’s activities, especially their financial ones.  Note the time stamp […]

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GrokTV – Jane Cormier for NH House – Questions 11 & 12

by Skip August 9, 2012

Two issues that have been at the forefront of the present Legislative session were pension reform (where NH has among the highest per capita public pension costs in the nation going forward) and perhaps unsustainable, and whether or not having the State of New Hampshire would participate in Obamacare via setting up a health insurance […]

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GrokTV – Jane Cormier for NH House – Questions 9 & 10

by Skip August 8, 2012

Well, it has been a wee bit of time since the last post of our interview series with Jane Cormier (running for the NH House in Belknap 8 – Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton) as we spent half of last week / weekend in Washington DC at the Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream event.  […]

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BE BREITBART: DoIT Right To Know Request : Outbound Internet traffic summarizations – Update 2

by Skip April 30, 2012

Well, I would say that the response we had when Ms. Gretchen Hamel (Administrator!) emailed Letter arrived could be described amongst us “Techi Groksters” was a “really, you expect us to believe that this is difficult?”.  After all, amongst us, we have a handful of degrees and upwards of 75 years of technical experience and […]

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BE BREITBART: DoIT Right To Know Request : Outbound Internet traffic summarizations – Update 1

by Skip April 28, 2012

Last week, we sent in our second RSA 91-A Right To Know request concerning the Government records that summarized the websites that State of NH employees had gone to: We hereby request,  in electronic digital form (in order to minimize time and cost on behalf of DES and DoIT), those records bolded in the above […]

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BE BREITBART: DoIT Right To Know Request : Outbound Internet traffic summarizations – Update 2

by Skip April 24, 2012

I almost forgot!  I got a call – last Friday.  Well, that’s what TMEW told me when I returned from an appointment on Friday afternoon.  It seems that NH DES Commish Tom Burack called to invite me / GraniteGrok to a meeting on this coming Friday at 3pm to meet with him and the Dept […]

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BE BREITBART: DoIT Right To Know Request : Outbound Internet traffic summarizations – Update 1

by Skip April 23, 2012

Well, with all of the coming and goings of the weekend, I forgot to “note” that we had received a response to our latest Right To Know request that read, in part: As noted in that final response: When a user enters a URL or IP address for a particular web page, the outbound request […]

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BE BREITBART: Update 10: DES Right To Know Update : DOIT and DES – a “gentle” (eh?) response

by Skip April 18, 2012

Well, my first reaction to the “final response” was this quick note fired off to the RTK Dude: Sidebar: slightly edited here as it turned out the copy outbound had a few less words than here – brain saying the words and the fingers went partially deaf. Mr. Demas, I am in receipt of your […]

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