Grassroots Newsletter 5/7

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Dear Friend,

Late Thursday night, Republicans in the NH Senate revived Governor Sununu’s school voucher bill, SB 193, by adding the language of the bill as an amendment to HB 1636.

In doing so, Senate Republicans effectively ignored TWO bipartisan House votes that rejected this unconstitutional voucher bill and prevented Sununu and the Republican Party from stealing $141.1 million from school districts over the next decade.

HB 1636 now heads to the House where Sununu will have another chance to pass his voucher bill, when they vote on Thursday, May 10th.

We cannot let HB 1636 pass. Before the vote, call your State Rep. today and urge them to oppose HB 1636 (find your State Rep. by clicking HERE). Be vocal and stay active so that we can kill Sununu’s disastrous bill once and for all!

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

Tell Sununu to VETO HB 1264 and HB 372

This past week, the State Senate voted to pass HB 1264 – targeting young eligible voters by trying to implement a modern day poll tax. With this vote, they moved twin bills HB1264 and HB372 closer to Governor Sununu’s desk.

As Chris Sununu and his Republican colleagues make it harder to vote for eligible Granite Staters, NH Democrats will continue to stand up for everyone’s right to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Add your name to the petition below to make your voice heard!


Pizza & Politics: Last Call to Stop HB 1264 and HB 372

Before the House votes on the voter suppression bill HB 1264 on Thursday, join our partners and jump on the phones to urge Sununu to veto HB 1264 and its twin HB 372.

These twin pieces of legislation are designed by the GOP to disenfranchise young eligible voters. While initially saying he “hates” HB 372, Sununu has refused to commit to veto either piece of legislation. Let’s keep up the pressure and tell Sununu to do the right thing on Tuesday!

The event will take place on Tuesday5pm-7pm, at 8 Carpenter St in Manchester. Please bring your own laptop and headphones.


On the Floor

Restricting Voting Rights

Thursday, May 10th / House / Full Vote

HOUSE – HB 1264making it harder for eligible young voters by establishing a modern-day poll tax

Why this matters: HB 1264 and HB 372, are twin bills that are designed to disenfranchise young eligible voters by instituting a modern-day poll tax. Last week, the Senate voted on party lines in favor of HB 1264. It now heads to the House for concurrence where it will either be passed and sent to the Governor’s desk, passed and sent to Committee of Conference, or killed.

Take Action: Call your State Representatives and tell them to oppose HB 1264 and sign THIS PETITION to urge Sununu to veto these bills.

School Vouchers

Thursday, May 10th/ House / Full Vote

HOUSE – HB 1636creating a school voucher program

Why this matters: On Thursday, the Senate added the language of Sununu’s failed SB 193 as an amendment to HB 1636. It now heads back to the House for a THIRD vote. This voucher language would divert millions from public schools to unregulated private, religious, and parochial schools. It has been one of Sununu’s biggest legislative priorities, which is why we need to keep up the pressure to save our public schools.

Take Action: Call your State Representative to urge them to oppose HB 1636.

Legislative Review


In last week’s session, New Hampshire Democrats defeated several of Governor Sununu’s biggest legislative priorities and were able to continue to push through legislation that will help all of New Hampshire.

To start off, New Hampshire House Democrats voted to reauthorize Medicaid Expansion for the next five years, continuing crucial health insurance coverage for more than 50,000 Granite Staters. While the bill passed on a voice vote, the majority of Republican House members voted against reauthorization earlier in the process. Medicaid Expansion reauthorization, SB 313, has a final vote in the Senate before it heads to the Governor’s desk.

Last Wednesday, New Hampshire Democrats carried the transgender rights bill, HB 1319 across the finish line, with every Democrat in both chambers voting to move the bill forward.  This vote marked a day of celebration in New Hampshire’s LGBTQIA community and across the state as transgender equality is now codified in state law.

Republicans continued to move forward with their efforts to restrict voting rights for eligible Granite Staters last week, when the New Hampshire Senate passed the voter suppression bill HB 1264 on party-lines, sending it back to the House for further consideration. This bill and its identical twin HB 372 both seek to create modern-day poll taxes that would specifically target young eligible voters in New Hampshire, making it harder for them to vote.

Supporter Housing


The NHDP is gearing up for our 2018 Coordinated Campaign! We are bringing on staff and volunteers to support our Town and County committees to turn out the vote in November. We need your help finding places for them to stay. Whether it is for a week or through election day – any little bit helps. Please fill out THIS FORM if you are able to house a volunteer or staff member.

Sununu Reality Check


After Governor Sununu’s school voucher bill failed to pass the House twice, he maneuvered to attach it as an amendment on an unrelated bill in a last ditch effort to upend the public education system in New Hampshire against the will of the state’s representatives.

Don’t let him.

Click this link to find your state representative. Call them and tell them you don’t want Sununu’s school vouchers to pass:

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!

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!

Social Media

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In the News


Sununu’s worst week yet
By: Ray Buckley
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

Waiting to hear from the governor
By: Susan Dromey Heeter
Foster’s Daily Democrat: 

Tell lawmakers to defeat SB 193

  By: Janet Ward
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

Protect taxpayers, students, schools: send SB 193 for study
By: Editorial
Seacoast Online: READ HERE

Senate must pass HB 1319
By: Douglas Marino
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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