Grassroots Newsletter 4/23


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Dear Friend,

Last Friday marked one year since Governor Sununu released his report detailing the progress on his 100 businesses in 100 days initiative. Since then he’s refused to name any of the 127 businesses he claimed to meet with and also admitted that none of the businesses made “hard commitments.”

One year later, we still haven’t seen any businesses commit to New Hampshire. That’s why we filed a right to know request to see if Sununu will finally fill us in on his progress to goal on a key campaign promise.

New Hampshire is tired of seeing Sununu make the speeches, take the photos, enjoy the good headlines, and do no substantive work to actually help bring new businesses to New Hampshire. On countless issues, from Right to Work to full day kindergarten to the budget to school vouchers, Sununu’s inability to lead, for better or worse, is resulting in broken promises.

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                                         

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Action Alert

Rally to Reauthorize Medicaid ExpansionJoin 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

Tuesday, April 24th, 3:45PM / Judiciary / Room 103, State House

SENATE- HB 1319, banning discrimination based on someone’s gender identity

Why this matters: On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee will be voting on this bill that would guarantee transgender people have the civil liberties and protections they deserve. After this bill was tabled last year and Sununu said he had “no opinion” on the matter, it is crucial that this bill passes overwhelmingly and with bipartisan support.

School Vouchers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 10:00AM / Finance / Room 210-211, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Finance – SB 193-FN, creating a school voucher program

Why this matters: On Wednesday, the House Finance Committee will be voting on this unconstitutional bill that would establish a school voucher program, diverting millions from public schools to unregulated private, religious, and parochial schools. The overwhelming activism opposing this bill has weakened its chances of passing but we need to stay as vocal as possible over the next two days to stop one of Sununu’s main priorities.

Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, April 23rd, 10:00AM / Finance / Room 210-211, Legislative Office Building

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

Why this matters: The House Finance Committee will also be voting on SB 313 this Wednesday. New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion covers over 50,000 Granite Staters and has proven to be one of our best tools fighting the opioid epidemic. It is incredibly important that this program is reauthorized in a way the ensures not one person loses their insurance.

Each of these bills are in Executive Sessions. That means that the committees will be voting on the bill and that they will NOT be accepting testimony.

On the Floor

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Thursday, April 24th / Senate / Full Vote

SENATE – HB 628-FNcreating a paid family and medical leave program

Why this matters: After stating that he supported paid family and medical leave on his campaign, in the past few days Sununu has gone back on his support, giving Republicans in the Senate license to kill this bill. HB 628 seeks to create a financially solvent opt-out program that would let employees take up to 6 weeks off in case they or their loved ones become sick.

Death Benefit for School Employees

Thursday, April 24th / Senate / Full Vote

SENATE – HB 1415-FN-Acreating a death benefit for school employees killed in the line of duty

Why this matters: After New Hampshire Republicans have repeatedly refused to pass legislation that would improve New Hampshire’s F-rated gun safety laws, they should at least support this bill that would provide a death benefit in the tragic case that a teacher loses their life at work. Unfortunately, despite Sununu’s stated commitment to “school safety” it seems that he is, as ever, unwilling to do anything to part with his NRA A-rating.

Sununu Reality Check

Sununu’s regressive energy plan no surprise given his record

Since Governor Chris Sununu released his 10-year State Energy Strategy last week, it’s worth reviewing his history on energy and environmental issues.

Sununu has denied climate change, defended President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, refused to join the bipartisan US Climate Alliance, considered withdrawing New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, voted against renewable energy projects as an Executive Councilor, gone back and forth and back and forth on studying commuter rail, and lied about signing a law to subsidize renewable energy.

Read more about Sununu’s record on energy and environmental issues HERE.

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

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Committee to Elect House Democrats 2018 Auction


The 2018 midterms will be here before we know it and our fundraising will have a direct impact on our success regaining the majority in the House of Representatives.

Help us win in November by donating items to be put up for auction. Past items have included: gift certificates, paintings, jewelry, access to vacation homes, or tickets to events. The auction will run from May 10th – 20th with all proceeds going directly to our campaign efforts!

Contact Patty Lovejoy at with your auction items today!

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In the News


NH should pass HB 628, family medical leave
By: Jon Morgan
Seacoast Online: READ HERE

Public money, private education is a bad mix
By: Jan Schaffer
Concord Monitor: 

End transgender discrimination

  By: Molly Grover
Union Leader: READ HERE

The GOP track record on education
  By: Dennis Jakubowski
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

Shut out of hearing
By: Claudia Damon
Union Leader: READ HERE

Get Involved

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