Grassroots Newsletter 4/16

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Dear Friend,

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 2018 McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Saturday!

Voting rights champion and 2020 potential presidential candidate Jason Kander joined Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, and Congresswoman Kuster to rally the sold-out crowd and get New Hampshire Democrats excited and ready for the 2018 midterms (Congresswoman Shea-Porter was sick and could not attend).

The incredible energy at the event proved once more that Democrats are dedicated and willing to put in the work to regain control of the State House, Executive Council, and Governorship while maintaining control of the both congressional seats this November.

Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter.  

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.


Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                          Deputy Communications Director,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                     NHDP                                  

Nick Taylor                                                              Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                 Political Director, NHDP                                         


Table of Contents

Action Alert

Protest Secretary Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump’s visit to New Hampshire!

Tomorrow, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump are coming to New Hampshire to hold a Town Hall about President Trump’s tax reform plan, which is slated to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit.

Join us tomorrow to protest Trump and Sununu’s decisions to put corporations over people. We’ll be meeting outside the Derry Opera House TOMORROW, at 11:30 AM.


Rally to Reauthorize Medicaid Expansion

Join partners on May 2nd to tell lawmakers that they must reauthorize this critical program. Medicaid Expansion provides coverage for over 50,000 Granite Staters and has proven to be one of our best tools fighting the opioid epidemic.

Show the New Hampshire legislature how important the reauthorization of this program is by joining our partners rallying to protect Medicaid!

The event will take place on the State House Lawn, on Wednesday, May 2nd at 8 am.

Priority Hearings

Transgender Civil Liberties

Monday, April 16th, 1:30PM / Judiciary / Room 100, State House

SENATE – Judiciary – HB 1319, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity

Why this matters: This is the second bill in two years that seeks to prevent transgender discrimination. Last year, Republicans tabled this bill, keeping it from even coming up for a vote. Governor Sununu’s sole response was that he had “no personal opinion” on the matter. Now, this legislation with bipartisan support has another chance to pass, which would secure transgendercivil rights under the law.

Supplementing the Medicaid enhancement tax

Tuesday, April 17th, 11:00AM / Finance / Room 210-211, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – SB 590-FN-A, this amendment would establish a de facto income tax in New Hampshire

Why this matters: Republican Neal Kurk introduced this amendment that will create a de facto income tax in the state of New Hampshire by modifying the Medicaid enhancement tax. This flies in the face of the Live Free or Die creed that the state legislature has long honored. Kurk’s amendment is unnecessary and a betrayal to the people of New Hampshire.

On the Floor

Ban on Conversion Therapy

Thursday, April 19th / Senate / Full Vote

SENATE – HB 587-FN, banning conversion therapy

Why this matters: With this bill, New Hampshire has a chance to finally ban the terrible and ineffective practice of conversion therapy for minors. Conversion therapy has been proven to increase rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide among LGBTQIA teens. It is far past time for conversion therapy to end in the state of New Hampshire.

Annulling Marijuana Convictions

Thursday, April 19th / Senate / Full Vote

SENATE – HB 1477-FN, relative to annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana, or less

Why this matters: After passing the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate will now vote on this bill, which would expunge prior arrests or convictions for possession of a 3/4 ounce of marijuana or less. After the state legislature decriminalized possession of a 3/4 ounce of less of marijuana last year, this is an opportunity to apply this law equally among all Granite Staters.

Platform Committee

We need your help. Over the next few months, the New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform Committee will travel around the State to hear from you on the content of our 2018 Platform. We are charged with building a Platform that finds the common ground among us, and helps make the case for why Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – our friends and neighbors – should support the Democratic vision for moving New Hampshire forward. The Platform is a statement of our principles and a direct appeal people of New Hampshire.

In an effort to hear from as many democrats as possible, the Committee has scheduled hearings across the state, the final meeting will take place in Coos County.

April 20 at 5:30pm, Hope Recovery Center, 823 Main St, Berlin, NH (Coos)

Here is the current NHDP Party Platform for your review. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments to

County Summits

This spring, the NHDP staff is hitting the road for thirteen County Summits that will be packed with trainings and discussions relevant to strategic planning for 2018 elections! With more than 50% of statewide local committee officers being new members this year we are traveling the state to provide the training and organizing skills that will lay the foundation for success in 2018We have the momentum, we are fine tuning our skills, and we are building our capacity in every town and county. Please add the following dates to your calendar and RSVP to join us at your county summit!

Merrimack County – April 21, 10AM – 2PM
(New Hampshire Democratic Party – 105 N State St, Concord, NH 03301)
Click HERE to RSVP

Hillsborough County – April 22, 1PM – 5PM
(Greenfield Meeting House – 775 Forest Rd, Greenfield, NH 03047)
Click HERE to RSVP

Sununu Reality Check

Sununu has a history of conspiratorial thinking on voter fraud

From his assertion that Massachusetts residents were traveling to New Hampshire in buses to vote illegally to his support for legislation designed to suppress the votes of college students in New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu has a history of taking radical positions on voter fraud.

Read about Sununu’s history of voter suppression on Sununu Reality Check.

Follow Sununu Reality Check on TwitterFacebook, and check out our website ( to get updates on how we’re holding Sununu accountable.

Check out the NHDP Store

Click HERE to buy your NHDP swag today!

Social Media

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In the News


Sununu raise shows need for Equal Pay Day
By: Senators Hennessey, Fuller Clark, Lasky, and Soucy
Seacoast Online: READ HERE

House should kill school voucher bill
By: Alfrieda J. Englund
Keene Sentinel: 

Choice is good; hurting public schools is not

  By: George Saunderson
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

Let us vote
  By: Matthew Magann
The Dartmouth: READ HERE

It’s called voter suppression
By: Kathy Spielman
Foster’s Daily Democrat: READ HERE

Get Involved

We are going to need all hands-on-deck in 2018.  If you’d like to get involved, please let us know.  There are many ways to help out!  You can volunteer to write letters to your local paper, call your local representatives, testify at hearings, or share posts on social media.


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