Grassroots Newsletter 4/2

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Dear Friend,

Last week, NHPR published an article outlining how New Hampshire Republicans lie about voter fraud to justify bills that seek to suppress the vote.

These lies began in New Hampshire with Governor Sununu’s claim that Democrats bus in voters from Massachusetts, which President Trump used to justify his sham Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, and culminated in the passing of SB 3 last year.

This year, Republicans are working to pass even more restrictive, undemocratic voter suppression legislation with bills like HB 372 and HB 1264, which would establish a modern day poll tax. And while at first, Sununu said he “hated” HB 372 he’s walked back that statement and has refused to commit to vetoing either bill should they reach his desk.

Let’s make sure to continue to speak up and defend the rights of legal voters in New Hampshire. We cannot let the Republican assaults on our democracy stand!

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

Priority Hearings

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Thursday, April 5th, 2:30PM / Finance / Room 103, State House

SENATE – Finance – HB 628-FN, relative to establishing paid family and medical leave program

Why this matters: Late last month, House Democrats led the way rejecting a Sununu-approved amendment to HB 628-FN that would have destroyed the program. Instead they passed a clean version of the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill, moving it onto the Senate. This week the Finance Committee will begin deliberations on establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave program so that people can seek treatment they need without fear of losing their jobs.

Guns in Schools

Tuesday, April 3rd, 10:00AM / House of Representatives / Education / Room 207, LOB

SENATE – SB 357, relative to safe school zones

Why this matters: After a party-line vote in the Senate to reject Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment that would give schools the ability to ban guns on their campus, the House will now take up this legislation in the Education Committee. In the wake of the devastating Parkland shooting, the amendment would play an incredibly important role preventing mass shootings on school campuses.

On the Floor

Medicaid Expansion

Thursday, April 5th / House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – SB 313-FN, reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program

Why this matters: Last week, the Department of Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs voted unanimously to move forward with this reauthorization. Democrats have and will continue to work hard to guarantee that none of the 50,000 Granite Staters who currently rely on this program will lose their insurance.

Recovery Friendly Workplace

Thursday, April 5th / House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – SB 563, establishing Sununu’s tax credit to encourage businesses to join the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative

Why this matters: After holding a press conference lauding his Recovery Friendly Workplace, Sununu failed to put in the real work necessary to establish the program. His bill to create a tax credit for businesses that comply with the program was unanimously recommended to be sent to Interim Study.

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.

April 2 at 7pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough)
April 3 at 6pm, 49 Community Way, Keene (Cheshire)
April 7 at 10am, Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, Littleton (Northern Grafton)
April 7 at 6pm, Chinburg Mill, 431 Central Ave., Dover (Strafford)
April 9 at 7pm, Daniel Webster Room, Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter (Rockingham)
April 11 at 6pm, Laconia Public Library, 695 N Main St, Laconia, NH (Belknap)
April 14 at 10am, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St, Manchester, NH
April 27 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 winter and upcoming 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!

Sullivan County – April 7, 10AM – 2PM
(Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH-10, Grantham, NH 03753)
Click HERE to RSVP

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 Madness, our bracket competition to decide Governor Sununu’s worst leadership failure so far, has now come down to just two options. The championship round features two examples of the unprincipled decision-making that has defined Governor Sununu’s term in office:

Since these failures of leadership are two sides of the same coin, it’s difficult to decide which is worse. That’s why we’re inviting you to help us choose. Vote in the polls posted by Sununu Reality Check on Facebook and @SununuReality on Twitter.

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

2018 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner!

On April 14th, Jason Kander will be joining Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Kuster at our annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner!

Join us as we celebrate the hard fought victories of 2017, and look forward to the work of turning New Hampshire BLUE in 2018!

The 2018 McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 14.

Buy your tickets HERE!

Check out the NHDP Store

Click HERE to buy your NHDP swag today!

Social Media

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In the News


N.H. School Boards Association urges rejection of SB 193
By: Barrett Christina
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

NRA-backed lawmakers stopped caring about constituents long ago 
By: Edward Engler
Laconia Daily Sun: 

NH should cherish, not punish out-of-state college students

  By: Kathy Spielman
Seacoast Online: READ HERE

The students give us a voice
  By: Char Osterlund
Valley News: READ HERE

Vote to protect your children and grandchildren
By: Stuart Wisong
Seacoast Online: 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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