US Congress

Data Point – maybe we can throw ALL the bums out?

by Skip January 25, 2014

(H/T: The Wire)

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Data Point – Democrats: the Party of the Rich

by Skip January 15, 2014

Guess how many Democrats make up “the top 10 richest people in Congress“? Ya think they’d be willing to pitch in a substantial amount of their net worth to help out their good buddy Obama’s campaign to “reduce income inequality”?  While anyone here in the US that makes > $34,000 / year is in the […]

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DaTechGuy – revisionism out of DC? Or are you are making us not care?

by Skip December 13, 2013

DaTechGuy has good advice (emphasis mine, reformatted) for the Speaker of the House, given his outburst about Conservatives.  But guess what? The reason you have a majority to be speaker , are invited to Sunday shows and have your press conferences covered is because of the Tea Party that mobilized to elect that GOP majority.  […]

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Why Shea-Porter (and other Libs) are wrong to blame the Tea Party

by Tom August 19, 2013

Reposting of editorial written by Jeff Chidester Seacoastonline.com (August 18, 2013) Washington, D.C., has long been an island floating on a sea of hypocrisy. There are many castaways on this island, each playing a role in our national economic recklessness. But for some to blame the mess in D.C. on the Tea Party is utterly preposterous.

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And Now For the Ammunition Ban

by Rick Olson April 5, 2013

“If there are twelve clowns in a ring, you can jump in the middle and start reciting Shakespeare, but to the audience, you’ll just be the thirteenth clown” —Adam Walinsky We’ve talked a great deal these past months about a potential gun grab. What went sleepliy unnoticed was Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Rep. Carolyn […]

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Ron Paul’s Farewell Address on the House Floor

by Steve MacDonald November 15, 2012

It’s over 48 minutes so grab a beverage and a snack.  Good speech.  Compelling questions.  (And yes,  as a matter of fact I do expect Tim to re-post this having not noticed I put it up already.  Dig!) Here’s a meat and potatoes RP quote for you to chew on… “I’ve thought a lot about […]

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Guinta Calls Shea-Porter

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2012

Congressman Guinta called Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter to congratulate her on her win. (From the Guinta Press Release) “I would like to congratulate President Obama, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman-elect Anne McLane Kuster and Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter on their victories. “What’s important in these races is the future of New Hampshire. I am committed to continuing my […]

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A possible Congressional seat pickup by a Repub in Arizona in a Dem leaning District?

by Skip October 26, 2012

From time to time, we get requests from other parts of the country to see if we’d give a little blog time to issues or candidates from far away from GrokLand here in NH.  We’re generally happy to do so, so Rob, here you go!  From a post from my blog friend Jim Hoft at […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 6

by Skip August 15, 2012

And now for the last question of the night, formulated by Stella Scamman (moderator for the evening’s Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum).  The Candidates for this last question were in attendance were Rick Parent & Vern Clough vying for the Republican nomination in NH 1st Congressional District and   Will Dean & Dennis Lamare (“NO […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 5- Nationalizing Education Standards?

by Skip August 14, 2012

For the cost of our educational system at the K-12 levels, our results are deplorable.  No Child Left Behind was an attempt to “fix” that with uneven results (and unions screaming that they should not be judged or evaluated by their pupils results).  Now, Fed. Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan, with his Race To the Top, […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 4

by Skip August 13, 2012

To recap: five of the questions asked of the Candidates at the Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum were contributed before and during the event by the actual attendees with the lone exception of the last Question by Stella Scamman, the moderator.  The Candidates answering were: NH First Congressional District – Rick Parent, Vern Clough                           NH […]

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GrokTV Event: Belknap County Republican Committee “Contested Primaries” – US Congress

by Skip August 12, 2012

This past Wednesday nite was the monthly Belknap County Republican Committee (“BCRC”) meeting.  I’ve missed the last few but only because there has been so many different meetings in so many places on Wednesday nites lately, I’ve gone to some of those “one time only’s” vs something that is there like a clock.  This month, […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 3

by Skip August 12, 2012

In light of the Aurora / Batman shootings, and more recently, the Sikh Temple shootings, much time in the political class is being spent on gun control vs bearing arms.  There are those that would wish that all individuals would posses, train, and carry weapons and there are those, especially of the Left or pacifists […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 2

by Skip August 11, 2012

Another question from the audience related to that big bug-a-boo from the Maker / Productive class (as opposed to the Taker / Moocher / Socialist class) – taxes?  They see it as unfair that some are forced to pull the entire weight of the cost of government for all, and that it is used for […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Question 1

by Skip August 10, 2012

The questions for the four Candidates at the Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum were contributed before and during the event duration by the actual attendees with the lone exception of the last Question by Stella Scamman, the moderator.  The Candidates in attendance were: NH First Congressional District – Rick Parent, Vern Clough NH Second Congressional […]

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GrokTV Event – Seacoast Republican Women Congressional Forum – Opening Remarks

by Skip August 9, 2012

Last night, the ‘Grok had been invited to cover the Congressional Forum sponsored by the Seacoast Republican Women – a well respected non-partisan (with respect to the Republican Party events) organization whose events are usually open and well attended as their execution in having an event is normally flawless.  The event, held at the most […]

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Might be my Favorite Post of the Day: a whole hearted, robust defense of the Second Amendment from a Congressional Candidate

by Skip July 15, 2012

And that would be Rick Parent from Wolfeboro, NH who is running for US Congress in NH’s First Congressional District: This was not a random meeting at some sandpit – this was one of the shooting ranges at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club where the Smart Girl Politics / NH Armed and Fabulous event […]

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GrokTV Event – CNHT in review – The “Congressional” edition!

by Skip July 8, 2012

At yesterday’s CNHT Annual Picnic, there were a number of folks running for US Congress (both of NH’s Congressional Districts) that wanted to get their name out there and try to convince some of the activists there “Hey, look!  You should back me!”. In order of their speaking yesterday:    Congressman Charlie Bass (CD-2)                  Rick […]

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Will Debbie Washerwoman Schultz Lose Her Re-Election?

by Steve MacDonald April 25, 2012

Debbie Wasseman Schultz (DWS) is very busy being one of the worst DNC chairs ever.  (Not as easy as it may sound).  And we think that’s great.  In fact, we would like to help ensure that she has more time to pursue the disaster that is DNC chair DWS,  so please take a moment to […]

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GrokTV: Congressman Frank Guinta Townhall – Question 5,6, and 7

by Skip August 7, 2011

This past Thursday, Congressman Frank Guinta had a Townhall event at the Hooksett Public Library that was very well attended.  His opening remarks are here along with questions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Here is Question 5:  Are you supportive of Medicare Part D?

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GrokTV: Congressman Frank Guinta Townhall – Q3/4 – Blowhards stand up

by Skip August 5, 2011

OK, I mentioned that there were a couple of blowhards at Frank’s Townhall last night.  No, they are not labeled such just because they were of a much more Liberal take than I am on the issues they spoke on.  Rather, it was because they thought it was about them, that it was their turn […]

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GrokTV: Congressman Frank Guinta Townhall – the Talk

by Skip August 5, 2011

Last night, GraniteGrok went to the Hooksett Public Library for Frank’s first Townhall since voting on the Budget Control Act of 2011 (raising the debt ceiling).  Given that he has riled up both his Right side base and his Left side opponents, I at least give him kudos for walking into the arena. The downstairs […]

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545 People Are Responsible For The Mess, But They Unite In A Common Con

by Rick Olson August 3, 2011

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

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A note for US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R – NH)

by Skip August 2, 2011

UPDATE: Jeff sent along a thank you note, and pointed me to Kelly’s floor speech on this – posted up after the jump ========================================== A note sent to a staff member for Senator Kelly Ayotte: Re: Your boss… …did good today.  One of the TEA Party principles is to stop the wanton spending and to […]

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The Debt Ceiling bill – Deja vu all over again, or a good thing?

by Skip August 1, 2011

OK, a bunch of things tonite have taken me away from blogging – especially on this bill.  I have a LOT of concerns with what the House has passed but while there may be some good stuff there, I have not come to the conclusion that this was a good bill.  In fact, my gut […]

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Nice to see a particular name on this list of US Senators

by Skip May 12, 2011

Over at The Corner: Senate GOP to Obama: ‘End the DOJ’s Unwarranted Investigations of CIA Interrogators’ Senate Republicans pen a letter to the president: We call on you to finally end the DOJ’s unwarranted investigations of CIA interrogators, whose work led to one of the most defining moments of the Global War on Terror. These […]

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FRANKLY SPEAKING By Congressman Frank Guinta – The Job of Creating New Jobs – How We Can Get Granite Staters Back to Work

by Skip April 27, 2011

The Job of Creating New Jobs – How We Can Get Granite Staters Back to Work When I was campaigning for Congress last year, I told voters that helping get people back to work was very important to me.  I meant it then, and I still mean it now.  That’s why I am conducting a […]

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FRANKLY SPEAKING By Congressman Frank Guinta: Take a deep breath – the real battle over spending cuts is just starting

by Skip April 13, 2011

Take a deep breath – the real battle over spending cuts is just starting Late last week, Congress reached a deal to keep the federal government funded until the current fiscal year ends on September 30th.  When it is passed, the lengthy headache caused when the previous Nancy Pelosi-led Congress failed to pass a budget […]

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Representative Guinta, have you gone insane?

by Tim Condon March 16, 2011

Has it been THAT easy to co-opt you in Washington, DC? You’ve just voted for another short-term "fix gimmick," allowing the insane spending to continue yet again.  In doing so you have failed to stand your ground—or the ground you said you stood on when you were running—and have backed down from a fundamental stance you […]

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FRANKLY SPEAKING By Congressman Frank Guinta: Taking stock of my first two months in Washington

by Skip March 2, 2011

Taking stock of my first two months in Washington Sometimes, when you’re moving fast, it’s a good idea to take a moment and look back at all the ground you’ve covered.  March 5th marks two months since the new Congress convened.  I want to tell you about the many things I’ve been doing these past […]

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