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Today is International Right to Know Day

by Steve MacDonald September 28, 2017

We thought you’d like to know… International Right to Know Day began on Sept. 28, 2002, when freedom of information organizations from around the world came together in Sofia, Bulgaria, and created the FOI Advocates Network, a global coalition working together to promote the right of access to information for all people and the benefits of open, […]

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Right To Know – when Government turns on the Citizens that own it

by Skip September 10, 2017

The ‘Grok chronicled the efforts of co-founder Doug Lambert and friend Tom Tardiff when the Belknap County Delegation wanted to hide how they voted for the new County Sheriff Wiggins.  When the Delegation voted in secret, the 91-A demand was given, and the Delegation refused.  It eventually went to court where Doug and Tom, pro […]

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Tuftonboro Violated NH Right To Know Law

by Steve MacDonald December 14, 2015
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From Right to Know NH In a 26-page decision, Justice Charles Temple ruled for the Carroll County Superior Court that the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen violated the Right-to-Know Law in 2 ways.  They failed to provide proper notice for a public meeting following a non-public meeting and they discussed several topics in another non-public meeting […]

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Right to Know NH Authors Bills To Improve Government Transparency

by GrokWatch News Desk December 8, 2015
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Right to Know New Hampshire has authored and submitted to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, three bills to bring the letter of the ‘right-to-know’ law closer to the spirit of the law. These bills, which amend the Right-To-Know law (RSA 91-A), will help to increase public disclosure and improve government transparency.

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NH Right To Life – suit to find the WHYs / WHATs / HOWs of that illegal PP funding by the Feds

by Skip August 10, 2015

We’ve blogged a number of times that the last time the Republicans held all 5 seats of the NH Executive that they voted to deny funding to Planned Parenthood here in NH.  Then, so it seems, that the Federal Government’s Ambassador to NH, Jeanne Shaheen, just happened to ante up lots of Fed money (e.g., […]

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CNHT hosts ten visitors from the Philippines

by Ed Naile June 11, 2015

On Wednesday June 10 CNHT hosted ten visitors from the Philippines who were in the United states for two weeks learning what they could from various political organizations and elected officials in NY City, Washington DC and little old Concord, NH at the CNHT Office on North Main St. They wanted to know about our […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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BE BREITBART: Update 9: DES Right To Know Update : DOIT and DES – convoluted hiding

by Skip April 18, 2012

OK – still catching up here.  Late on Friday, I received the latest update from the DES RTK dude – and to be honest, my reaction was two-fold: turning on all the burners and the ovens of a commercial kitchen range had nothing on me. And as Steve posted: Game On                                                                                                                               April 13, 2012 […]

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BE BREITBART: Update 6: Right To Know Request – IT/HR – Responses from the State of NH DES.

by Skip March 29, 2012

In our last post, we started to go over the first official response from NH’s Department of Environmental Services concerning the political blogging of Richard de Seve while on the taxpayer dime – a LOT of Lefty blogging from this staunch Democrat (sufficient enough to be a Delegate for Dennis Kucinich during his run in […]

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BE BREITBART: Update 5: Right To Know Request – IT and HR records for NH DES employee, Richard de Seve – RTK responses from the State of NH DES.

by Skip March 28, 2012

Well, Monday the “RTK Dude” from the State of NH Department of Environmental Services (“DES”) gave me a call to let me know that we had “incoming” from  to our Right To Know Request concerning Mr. Richard de Seve (apparently, we have helped his Google ranking – or our’s concerning him) activities and the State’s […]

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BE BREITBART: Update 3: Right To Know Request – IT and HR records for NH DES employee, Richard de Seve – signed policy copy

by Skip March 28, 2012

I had more back and forth with the “RTK dude” yesterday.  I will have to say, it is FAR easier in dealing with him than my local School Board when it comes to Right To Know requests! When we first filed our Right To Know concerning the political blogging at the Concord Monitor, we first […]

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BE BREITBART: Update 2: Right To Know Request – IT and HR records for NH DES employee, Richard de Seve

by Skip March 25, 2012

Mr. Murphy, As we discussed yesterday, I have mailed the Department of Environmental Services’ initial response to your request for records.  A courtesy copy is attached hereto as a PDF file.  Also attached is a PDF copy of DES’ Electronic Communications Policy. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you (Emphasis mine, above)  […]

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Well, I guess because of our Right To Know concerning NH IT records

by Skip March 24, 2012

Heh!  This just came over the gunwales: Yes, it is this guy:

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BE BREITBART: Update 1: Right To Know Request – IT and HR records for NH DES employee, Richard de Seve

by Skip March 24, 2012

To recap, we caught wind that a NH Dept. Of Environmental Services employee, Richard de Seve (former lawyer, chapter VP in the NH SEIU), was politically blogging on the taxpayer dime and time.  So, we decided to find out what the State had to say about it and found this IT policy concerning the use […]

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BE BREITBART: Right To Know Request – IT and HR records for NH DES employee, Richard de Seve

by Skip March 19, 2012

We’ve already posted a couple of times on the State employee Rickard “Dick” de Seve’ use of taxpayer paid time and computer services (Is A NH Public Employee Using The Internet to Sell his Political Agenda On Your Time?, So, what does the State of NH say about “Using The Internet to Sell his Political […]

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