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Before it was the Biden Rule it was the Byrd Rule

by Steve MacDonald April 4, 2016
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PJ Media In a speech on the Constitution’s “advise and consent” provisions to the Center for American Progress on April 25, 2005, Senator Byrd declared: There is no stipulation in the Constitution as to how the Senate is to express its advice or give its consent. President Bush incorrectly — incorrectly — maintains that each nominee for […]

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Jim Rubens to Primary US Senator Kelly Ayotte Stark360 Endorses Rubens in Primary

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2016
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We knew this was coming, and here it is. NH Senator Kelly Ayotte has a primary Challenger. STARK360 ENDORSES JIM RUBENS IN THE US SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL SUPPORT ANDREW HEMINGWAY AS AN INDEPENDENT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IF AYOTTE WINS THE PRIMARY A recent Gallup poll showed that 75% in the […]

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Throwback Thursday with Jazz Shaw, Matt Murphy, and Sen. Bob Smith

by Steve MacDonald February 25, 2016
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Player updates at 9 am EST From July 12th, 2014 Sen. Bob Smith was running for the US Senate, Hot Air Editor Jazz Shaw joined us to talk about immigration, that NH Senate race, and politics in general, and Matt Murphy sat down to talk about Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and some of […]

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Senator Ayotte’s Op Ed on Supreme Court Nominees

by Steve MacDonald February 19, 2016
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In its entirety, without comment. (I will comment tomorrow on GrokTALK!) Justice Antonin Scalia was a staunch defender of our Constitution and a brilliant jurist. Through the force of his intellect, he made contributions to our nation that will impact our lives for generations to come, and all Americans join his family in mourning his […]

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Acknowledging The Need For A Divergence of Opinion on Climate ‘Science’

by Steve MacDonald December 13, 2015
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Mark Steyn speaking to a US Senate Sub-committee

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Sen. Ayotte on the hook if New Hampshire expands Medicaid

by Steve MacDonald November 24, 2015
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By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is on record opposing Obamacare, but her recent actions could be helping to expand its reach into her home state of New Hampshire. That has one political leader prepared to challenge her as an independent in 2016’s elections. Keep reading at Watchdog.org…

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Ayotte Gets More Support From the Left

by Steve MacDonald November 13, 2015
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  I found a fine glossy piece of mail in my mailbox today, addressed to my wife. It promotes Senator Ayotte’s environmental street cred as a way to build a mailing list. The purveyors want you to “say thank you” to the Senator for her defense of statist environmental policy the environment. By defense, they mean her […]

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Kelly Ayotte Went “Washington”

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2015
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In Part II of our conversation with Bill O’Brien we explore how NH Senator Kelly Ayotte ran as a conservative but quickly demonstrated (once elected) that what “Washington” wants comes before campaign promises, GOP Platforms, or even the US Constitution. The entire podcast is available here. GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast  

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Ending Sen. Ayotte’s Republican Reign of Error

by Steve MacDonald November 11, 2015
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Bill O’Brien joins us to talk about last weeks meeting of grassroots activists; they are looking for a single Republican candidate to primary NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte. We discuss why she can’t win the General and how she got here from there–after running in 2010 under the Tea Party banner. The  entire podcast is available […]

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“The last gasping breath of a disgraced bipartisan Beltway establishment on the verge of collapse”

by Steve MacDonald November 2, 2015
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Sen. Lee is speaking to you Sen. Ayotte, or as Susan likes to call you, Sen. McWhyNotte. “The bill is a product of an unfair, dysfunctional, and fundamentally undemocratic process, a process that is virtually indistinguishable from what we promised the American people a GOP-controlled Congress would bring to an end. We made that promise, […]

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Maggie Hassan Challenges Kelly Ayotte for US Senate

by Steve MacDonald October 5, 2015
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I saw a handful of emails on this from other Groksters but no one wrote about it so here you go. Governor Maggie Hassan has announced that she will challenge (sometime) Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte. The Senate seat is up for grabs in 2016 and it has been speculated for sometime that Hassan planned to […]

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“Planned Parenthood really does these horrifying things – and makes money at it, and laughs about it over lunch.”

by Steve MacDonald September 10, 2015
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“You only have to watch the videos for five minutes, and you know it’s true. The subjects of the videos are sincere and candid – casually sharing the secrets of their grisly business with people they think are co-conspirators. The evidence points to only one conclusion: Planned Parenthood really does these horrifying things – and […]

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Hassan vs Ayotte

by Steve MacDonald August 14, 2015
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Is Gov. Hassan going to challenge Kelly Ayotte for a US Senate seat in NH? If not, who? And what about Kelly and the new PAC that has risen to support her called “Commitments Kept”? Want the entire program? Get it here! Follow us on YouTube, USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, […]

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“Commitments Kept” – a new PAC for Kelly Ayotte. Have I got a question for them!

by Skip August 7, 2015

This came in over the transom a bit ago and I forgot to post it up: Commitments Kept New Hampshire Launches Grassroots Organization Bringing Cutting-Edge Tactics and Technology to New Hampshire’s US Senate Race Really – a “Grassroots” type of organization?  When I see or hear that, I think just ordinary Joes and Janes that […]

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Ted Cruz’ Epic Rant: The Voters Came Out In Overwhelming Numbers, And Nothing Changed!

by Mike July 26, 2015

Don’t mess with Texas Ted! That warning ought to be tattooed on Mitch Mulch McConnell’s forehead as a warning that the voters are getting tired of delivering Republican majorities which do nothing to rein in big government. Specifically at issue is how our REPUBLICAN majority leader secured votes for the President’s Trade Promotion Authority (‘Fast […]

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GrokTALK! – Limiting Principles? What Limiting Principles?

by Steve MacDonald July 22, 2015
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We continue with Mike Farris, on the political abandonment of the limiting principles of the constitution. How we got here. How we get back. Then it’s on to the Iran treaty and how 4 presidential candidates (from the US Senate) violated the constitution when they voted to change the rules for ratifying treaties. Listen to […]

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GrokTALK! – Mark Lucas AFP – Road to Reform

by Steve MacDonald July 4, 2015
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No show this week (Happy Independence day!) but if you missed this from last week…Regional AFP Director Mark Lucas joined us to discuss the Road to Reform, the Export-Import Bank, disappointment in Republicans after the elections and how and why you need to hold these elected officials accountable. Listen to the entire program here Follow […]

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Liberty Wins the Day

by Tom June 1, 2015

At midnight, the Patriot Act provision, which granted the NSA permission to bulk-collect private phone metadata of law abiding American citizens, expired. Law abiding citizens.   Presumption of guilt.  Probable cause.   Sound familiar? When was the last time you can remember Congress doing something, actively or passively, to reduce the scope, size, and power […]

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New “Draft Bill O’Brien” Facebook Page

by Steve MacDonald April 25, 2015
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After Ayotte’s pro Lynch for AG vote – a final (final) straw for many who oppose the kind of unconstitutional executive action’s Obama takes and newly minted AG Lynch supports, I would not be surprised to see a few more of these in the coming months.  

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Ted Cruz interviews AG Nominee Loretta Lynch – Grab Some Popcorn!

by Steve MacDonald January 29, 2015
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From the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearing.  Grab some popcorn.  Lynch is up to replace Holder as AG.  Senator Ted Cruz has some questions.

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Speaking of “Incumbents like weeds” – This survey on Kelly Ayotte is interesting…with implications

by Skip December 9, 2014

So, it comes down to this – how is Kelly Ayotte going to vote?  Is she willing to bet her seat to fulfill her campaign promise to NH Voters? As a wise lady has pontificated: “What if the NH GOP RINO plan all along was to throw conservatives under the bus at the opening bell, disenfranchise […]

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Jeanne Shaheen The Aisle-Crossing Machine (Take 2)

by Steve MacDonald November 7, 2014
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Liberal Democrat Jeanne Shaheen sold herself as this reach across the aisle role-model, as if she had a chronic case of whatever the OCD equivalent of bipartisanship might be.  The truth was far different.  She backed president Obama’s agenda 99% of the time which makes her a good Democrat, a liar (sorry, that’s redundant), and […]

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Nothing Senator Ayotte Says Here Makes Any Sense

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2014

There is not one single thing in this statement from Senator Ayotte that makes any damn sense. Republicans and Democrats have a responsibility to work together to find solutions to the many challenges facing our country. As the new Congress gets to work, I will continue to work across the aisle to advance priorities that […]

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Dear Republicans… You We’re Not Elected To Work “With” Democrats

by Steve MacDonald November 5, 2014
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Dear Republicans…no one elected you to work with Democrats. If voters really wanted people who would work closely with Obama and other Democrats to “get things done,” they would have just voted for more Democrats. After all, virtually every elected Democrat has “worked with” Obama (in the sense of doing exactly everything he asked) for the […]

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From yesterday’s morning’s GrokTALK! – readings from the blogosphere Part 3

by Skip October 19, 2014

We’ve talked / blogged that we at GraniteGrok keep getting yelled at for not being behind the NH GOP push for Scott Brown.  Look, we just don’t think that he’s the right Republican guy for the job simply because he’s wishy-washy on OUR important issues – and those are not fringe ones but main stream […]

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Where Congressional Bills go to die….

by Skip October 19, 2014

The Democrats always point to the Republican controlled US House of Representatives when they utter the words “Obstructionists!!!”.  In this, they absolutely depend on the LIVs – Low Information Voters whose knowledge of current political events is as deep as the last 30 second sound bite that passes through their right ear and out their […]

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Let’s Play Shaheen “Remember When” Part 1

by Steve MacDonald October 13, 2014
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Remember in late 2007 when Mr. Jeanne Shaheen took one for the Clinton team in the run up to the 2008 Democrat primary?  Jeanne couldn’t do it, she was going to run for the US Senate, but Billy had some free time… Shaheen said Obama’s candor on the subject would “open the door” to further […]

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“Leadership” Not In Jeanne Shaheen’s Tiny Blue Toolbox

by Steve MacDonald October 6, 2014
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It may not be a well known maxim in New Hampshire but when Jeanne Shaheen was governor she liked to rule by committee.  Blue ribbon, fact finding, you name it – she’d call for a committee to investigate whatever her progressive mind thought ailed us.  (Progressive minds think everything ails us, and that they are […]

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This was seen multiple times at the NH GOP Annual Meeting : Stark and Langdon

by Skip September 25, 2014

I think it speaks for itself if some of the most active Republicans in NH were wearing it. Starting to see it some other places as well.  Is a message being sent? Does look like that Patriot is mad over something….

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ObamaCare September Surprise?

by Steve MacDonald September 23, 2014
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September is almost over but the Spite House War machine has been operating non-stop all year looking for ways to deceive voters about the failure (and unpopularity) of their healthcare overhaul. POLITICO Aware that state insurance rate hikes could give Republicans a chance to resurrect Obamacare as a political liability just weeks before the midterms, […]

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