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.

Best,

Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                          Deputy Communications Director,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                     NHDP
sueford06@gmail.com                                            sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

Nick Taylor                                                              Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                 Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                   eturmelle@nhdp.org

 

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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.

RSVP HERE

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 platform@nhdp.org.

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 (SununuRealityCheck.com) to get updates on how we’re holding Sununu accountable.

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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: 
READ HERE

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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Grassroots Newsletter 4/9

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Dear Friend,

On Saturday, April 14th voting rights champion and potential 2020 presidential candidate Jason Kander will join Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Kuster at the NHDP’s annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner!

Be sure to buy your ticket today to celebrate 2017’s hard-won victories and shift our focus to the task ahead: turning New Hampshire blue in 2018!

You can purchase a ticket by clicking HERE and if you can’t attend or have already bought your ticket, please consider sponsoring a Young Democrat so they can attend the event as well!

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.

Best,

Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                          Deputy Communications Director,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                     NHDP
sueford06@gmail.com                                            sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

Nick Taylor                                                              Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                 Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                   eturmelle@nhdp.org

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Action Alert

Show Up for Voting Rights!

Join our partners this Tuesday to protest the voter suppression bill, HB 1264, before its first hearing in the Senate. This bill would have a chilling effect on the rights of eligible New Hampshire voters by creating a modern-day poll tax.

Help fight back by heading to the New Hampshire Legislative Office Building at 9:00 AM tomorrow to show Senate Republicans that we will not sit quietly while they disenfranchise legal voters.

For more event details and to RSVP click HERE

Student Forum on Gun Violence

Students from the Exeter area are co-producing a panel discussion about gun violence in our communities that will take place this Friday, April 13th.

This panel shows that young people are continuing to stand up and express their concerns about the many ways that gun violence impacts children and families in schools, public spaces, in domestic violence situations in police encounters, and in suicides.

The event will take place at Exeter Town Hall (10 Front St), on Friday April 13th from 7pm to 8:30 pm. Register for the event HERE.

Priority Hearings

Voter Suppression

Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00AM / Election Law and Internal Affairs/ Room 102, Legislative Office Building

SENATE – Election Law and Internal Affairs – HB 1264, establishing a modern-day poll tax

Why this matters: HB 1264 is HB 372’s twin. It is a glorified poll tax that would force domiciled residents and legal voters to pay fees in order to comply with this legislation. This is just the latest in a series of attempts by New Hampshire Republicans to disenfranchise legal voters.

Ban on Conversion Therapy

Tuesday, April 10th, 1:45PM / Health and Human Services / Room 101, Legislative Office Building

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.

Commuter Rail

Tuesday, April 10th, 1:30PM / Transportation / Room 103, Legislative Office Building

SENATE – Transportation – HB 2018, the state’s 10-year transportation improvement program

Why this matters: Thanks to Democrats, the House of Representatives included in the state’s 10-year transportation improvement program a plan to bring commuter rail to New Hampshire. This happened despite Governor Sununu’s on-again off-again opposition to rail. Commuter rail, which has overwhelming public approval, now heads to the Senate for further deliberations.

Birth Control Insurance Coverage

Wednesday, April 11th, 10:00AM / Commerce and Consumer Affairs / Room 302, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Commerce and Consumer Affairs – SB 421, insurance coverage for birth control

Why this matters: Democratic Senator Donna Soucy has taken the lead on this bipartisan bill that seeks to secure rights for women to access birth control without jumping through extra hoops with their insurance plans. In the face of federal attacks on women’s rights to access birth control, this bill would shore up New Hampshire women’s ability to receive birth control easily and at no cost.

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 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 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 platform@nhdp.org.

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

Over the past month, Sununu Reality Check played “Sununu Madness,” a game to decide Governor Sununu’s worst failure of leadership in his time in office. The competition came down to the $22,000 pay raise Sununu gave himself on his first day in office and the now 283 days that he has let state employees work without a contract.

Since these failures of leadership are two sides of the same coin, it was difficult to decide which is worse. That’s why we invited you to help us choose by voting in the polls posted by Sununu Reality Check on Twitter. The final poll is now complete, and the worst of Governor Sununu’s leadership failures is his refusal to give state workers a fair contract for the last 283 days.

Read more about Sununu Madness on SununuRealityCheck.com


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

Check out the NHDP Store

Click HERE to buy your NHDP swag today!

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In the News

 

College students vote here because laws affect them
By: Mary Wilke
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

SB 193 would really hurt
By: Diana Sack
Laconia Daily Sun: 
READ HERE

Kudos to young marchers

  By: Sally E. Quinn
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

The right to bear arms is not absolute
  By: Leo Sandy
Keene Sentinel: READ HERE

Private school vouchers bleed public education
By: Kenneth Cohen
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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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.

Best,

Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                          Deputy Communications Director,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                     NHDP
sueford06@gmail.com                                            sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

Nick Taylor                                                              Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                 Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                   eturmelle@nhdp.org

 

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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 platform@nhdp.org.

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 (SununuRealityCheck.com) 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!

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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: 
READ HERE

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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NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 3/26

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** ———————————————————— Dear Friend,
Thank you to the THOUSANDS of people who made it out to one of the many March for Our Lives across the state. It was inspiring to see so many Granite Staters, young and old, standing up to demand action on guns especially given the New Hampshire Republican’s refusal to pass even the most moderate gun safety legislation to keep our students safe.
The enthusiasm on Saturday and at the President (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=22ed4c2fa8&e=a40ec310b1) Trump (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=10b5465e8a&e=a40ec310b1) protest (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=7c7a144552&e=a40ec310b1) and Vice President (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=44216c0062&e=a40ec310b1) Mike Pence (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=7b92266759&e=a40ec310b1) protest (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=3676727a1f&e=a40ec310b1) are a testament to just how powerful our voices can be when we organize and speak out together. Let’s make sure we continue this momentum as we use our voices to vote Republicans out of office in November!
Check out some pictures from this Saturday in the Social Media Buzz section below.
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.
Best,
Sue Ford Sarah Guggenheimer NHDP Grassroots Chair Communications Associate, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) sguggenheimer@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Nick Taylor Erin Turmelle Director, House and Senate Democrats Political Director, NHDP ntaylor@nhdp.org (mailto:ntaylor@nhdp.org) eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
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** Table of Contents ————————————————————
** * Priority Hearings * Legislative Review * Platform Committee * County Summits * Sununu Reality Check * 2018 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner! * Check out the NHDP Store * Social Media Buzz * In the News   * Get Involved
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** Priority Hearings ———————————————————— This week marks the beginning of the crossover period in the State Legislature. All bills that were introduced in one chamber have been voted on and given to the other. This week is relatively quiet as a result. Things will begin to heat up once more next week.
Medicaid Expansion
Wednesday, March 28th, 2:00PM / Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs/ Room 205, Legislative Office Building
HOUSE- Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs- SB 313-FN, relative to reauthorizing Medicaid Expansion
Why this matters: The House HHS Committee will continue their hearings on the recently passed Senate Medicaid Expansion reauthorization proposal. In 2016, the reauthorization passed by only one vote in the House of Representatives. This program benefits over 50,000 Granite Staters and has proven to be one of our best tools fighting the opioid crisis. ACTION: Call your State Representative to make sure they’re committed to reauthorizing the Medicaid Expansion so that none of the 50,000 Granite Staters how rely on this program lose their insurance. Find your State Representative’s information HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=a81e3791ec&e=a40ec310b1) . Annulment of Marijuana Arrests
Tuesday, March 27th, 9:45AM / Judiciary / Room 100, State House
SENATE – Judiciary – SB 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 the State House decriminalized possession of 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana last year, this bill seeks to annul any arrests or charges of this crime that have previously taken place. This bill would help clear the criminal records for many Granite Staters who have, based on the current law, committed no crime. ————————————————————
** Legislative Review ———————————————————— On Wednesday New Hampshire Republicans voted 14-9 along party lines to kill an amendment to SB 357 that would have allowed individual schools to ban guns. In turning down this amendment proposed by Democratic Senator Martha Hennessey, Senate Republicans let down the gallery full of high school students (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=1289a688a5&e=a40ec310b1) looking on along with the hundreds of students who signed a petition and students across the country who are fighting for common sense gun reform to prevent future tragedies.. Granite Staters from every corner of New Hampshire are standing up to NRA-bought Governor Chris Sununu and New Hampshire Republicans who are putting political donations ahead of our safety.
Also this week, Democratic State Representatives were able to overturn a destructive amendment to the Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation and passed a clean, financially solvent bill onto the Senate. The Republican-proposed and Sununu-endorsed amendment would have effectively ruined the program, but thanks to a Democratic-led bipartisan coalition, New Hampshire is one step closer to an established Paid Family and Medical Leave program. ————————————————————
** 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.
March 26 at 6:45pm, Upper Valley Senior Center, Lebanon (Grafton) March 27 at 7pm, Moody Bldg., Conference Rm. 24, Tremont Sq., Claremont (Sullivan) April 2 at 7pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=adfa5d634b&e=a40ec310b1(Hillsborough&entry=gmail&source=g) ) 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 (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e

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ACTION ALERT: Pence in Manchester Tomorrow! 

ACTION ALERT!

Pence + Sununu Protest TOMORROW!

VP Mike Pence is coming to Manchester tomorrow, Thursday March 22nd, for a big money fundraiser to keep Chris Sununu in office for another term so they can keep pushing their radical NRA agenda.

Come out and show Governor Chris Sununu and Vice President Mike Pence that New Hampshire won’t stand for their radical agendas that keep guns in the hands of dangerous individuals and their failure to stand up to the NRA. New Hampshire needs leadership to protect our students and keep our country safe.

WHERE: Downtown Radisson Hotel Manchester  (700 Elm Street)
WHEN: Thursday March 22 from 5PM – 7PM

RSVP HERE 

 

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NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 3/18

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** ———————————————————— Dear Friend,
TOMORROW, President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are coming to New Hampshire to discuss the opioid epidemic.
Since taking office, Trump and Governor Sununu have both failed to deliver on their promises to combat the crisis. This visit highlights just how little they’ve done to give New Hampshire the resources it needs. Trump and Sununu need to learn that you can’t fix the opioid crisis with photo-ops.
Join us tomorrow, at Veterans Memorial Park (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=ae421b7bc5&e=a40ec310b1) in Manchester at 1 pm to tell Trump and Sununu: NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES!
Share and RSVP to the event by clicking HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=94c4aec4f8&e=a40ec310b1) .
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.
Best,
Sue Ford Sarah Guggenheimer NHDP Grassroots Chair Communications Associate, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) sguggenheimer@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Nick Taylor Erin Turmelle Director, House and Senate Democrats Political Director, NHDP ntaylor@nhdp.org (mailto:ntaylor@nhdp.org) eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
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** Table of Contents ————————————————————
** * Action Alert * On the Floor * Priority Hearings * Legislative Review * Platform Committee * County Summits * Sununu Reality Check * 2018 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner! * Check out the NHDP Store * Social Media Buzz * In the News   * Get Involved
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** Action Alert ———————————————————— Stand up to Vice President Pence and Governor Sununu! This Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence is coming to New Hampshire to hold an event on the Tax Reform bill (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=018b09db72&e=a40ec310b1) and to attend a fundraiser for Governor Sununu.
Join Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Young Democrats to protest Pence’s visit and show them that Granite Staters will not accept their radical NRA-endorsed agenda that keep guns in the hands of dangerous individuals!
The protest will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 5 pm – 7 pm outside the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. RSVP HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=51116b1273&e=a40ec310b1) . ————————————————————
** On the Floor ————————————————————
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Wednesday, March 21st / House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 628-FN, relative to establishing paid family and medical leave program
Why this matters: Last week, House Republicans added an amendment to HB 628 which destroyed the intentions and practicality of the original paid family and medical leave program. The House will be voting on this bill on Wednesday, where they will hopefully overturn this amendment and adopt the Democrat’s proposed amendment, which restores the integrity of the original plan.
Abortion Viability Ban
Wednesday, March 21st / House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 1680-FN, relative to prohibiting abortions after viability
Why this matters: This bill would prohibit abortions after “viability,” an unscientific and baseless term that would effectively limit women’s access to abortions. This restriction is not only unconstitutional but dangerous. The vast majority of abortions take place before a woman is 20 weeks pregnant. When women have abortions after this period, it is because their lives or the lives of the fetus are in danger.
Voter Suppression
Wednesday, March 21st / House of Representatives / Floor Vote
HOUSE – HB 1543, relative to domicile of students for voting purposes
Why this matters: HB 1543 is the most egregious of the many Republican-proposed voter suppression bills. This legislation seeks to ban domiciled college students from voting in New Hampshire outright. This is an absurd assault on the sanctity of students’ voting rights and must be opposed.
Guns in Schools
Wednesday, March 21st / Senate / Floor Vote
SENATE – SB 357, relative to safe school zones
Why this matters: Despite a party-line vote to keep Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment from SB 357, she will have a second change to add on her amendment, which would give schools the ability to ban schools on their campus, preceding the floor vote on this legislation. In the wake of the devastating Parkland shooting, this amendment is incredibly important to preventing mass shootings on school campuses.
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Be sure to call (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=508f0f67d1&e=a40ec310b1) your State Representative and Governor Sununu’s office (603-271-2121) directly, to register your opinions on these important issues. If you’d like to attend one of these hearings or find out when the next session will take place, email Sue Ford (sueford06@gmail.com) ————————————————————
** Priority Hearings ———————————————————— Medicaid Expansion
Tuesday, March 20th, 10:00AM / Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs/ Representatives Hall, State House
HOUSE – Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs- SB 313-FN, reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program
Why this matters: On Tuesday, the House HHS Committee will begin hearings on the recently passed Senate Medicaid Expansion reauthorization proposal. In 2016, the reauthorization passed by only one vote in the House of Representatives. This program benefits over 50,000 Granite Staters and has proven to be one of our best tools fighting the opioid crisis. ————————————————————
** Legislative Review ———————————————————— Last week, the State House of Representatives accepted an amendment (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=6ca131d046&e=a40ec310b1) to New Hampshire’s 10-year transportation improvement program that reinstalled a commuter rail study in the program. While Governor Sununu takes every possible position on commuter rail in an attempt to both parrot Republican-sanctioned talking points and to please corporations, the New Hampshire State House stood firm in their decision to do what’s right for Granite Staters. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Also last week, on the same day as students in New Hampshire and across the country walked out of their classes to protest the lack of legislative action on guns, the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee voted on party lines (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=a9738609d5&e=a40ec310b1) to reject Democratic Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=ff29cfce9e&e=a40ec310b1) to SB 357 that would give schools the right to ban guns on their campuses. She will have another chance to introduce the amendment this week, but it is clear the only way to strengthen New Hampshire’s gun laws is to kick Sununu and Republican representatives out of office and replace them with legislators who take gun violence seriously. ————————————————————
** 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.
March 19 at 6pm, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=90fcf92130&e=a40ec310b1) (Carroll) March 20 at 6:30pm, NHDP Headquarters, 105 N. State St., Concord (Merrimack (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=2de4300215&e=a40ec310b1(Merrimack&entry=gmail&source=g) ) March 26 at 6:45pm, Upper Valley Senior Center, Lebanon (Grafton) March 27 at 7pm, Moody Bldg., Conference Rm. 24, Tremont Sq., Claremont (Sullivan) April 2 at 7pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=8bae1284e2&e=a40ec310b1(Hillsborough&entry=gmail&source=g) ) April 3 at 6pm, 49 CommunityWay, Keene (Cheshire) April 7 at 10am, [tentatively –Senior Center, Littleton] (Northern Grafton) April 7 at 6pm, Chinburg Mill, 431 Central Ave., Dover (Strafford (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6

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NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 3/12

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** ———————————————————— Dear Friend, Town Meeting Day is TOMORROW!! The NHDP has worked closely with Town and County Committees to recruit and elect Democrats to run for local office, but now we need YOU to head to the polls and cast your ballot!
Secretary of State Bill Gardner has signaled that the elections will move forward despite the snow storm. That means we can’t let inclement weather keep us from electing an incredible slate of Democrats.
Last year proved that every district can be competitive. Let’s keep this momentum going by having a successful Town Meeting Day tomorrow!
If any issues arise, call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998. To report results, please email Erin at eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:eturmelle@nhdp.org) .
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.
Best,
Sue Ford Sarah Guggenheimer NHDP Grassroots Chair Communications Associate, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) sguggenheimer@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Nick Taylor Erin Turmelle Director, House and Senate Democrats Political Director, NHDP ntaylor@nhdp.org (mailto:ntaylor@nhdp.org) eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
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** Table of Contents ————————————————————
** * On the Floor * Priority Hearings * Legislative Review * Platform Committee * County Summits * Social Media Buzz * In the News
Let local school districts set gun policies * Get Involved
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** On the Floor ———————————————————— The House will be in session on Thursday, March 15th
Commuter Rail
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 2018, relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program
Why this matters: Last week, New Hampshire Republicans removed commuter rail from this 10 year proposal despite its overwhelming popularity. They will vote on the final bill this week where there is the chance a last minute amendment will be added to include rail in the proposal.
Abortion Viability Ban
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 1680-FN, relative to prohibiting abortions after viability
Why this matters: This bill would prohibit abortions after “viability,” an unscientific and baseless term that would effectively limit women’s access to abortions. This restriction is not only unconstitutional but dangerous. The vast majority of abortions take place before a woman is 20 weeks pregnant. When women have abortions after this period, it is because their lives or the lives of the fetus are in danger.
Urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus
House of Representatives / Floor Vote
HOUSE – HCR 11, urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus
Why this matters: Jerry DeLemus is currently in jail after famously (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=c3af615c8b&e=a40ec310b1) aiding anti-government white supremacist Cliven Bundy in a standoff against the federal government in Nevada. DeLemus is the founding member of the fringe right-wing group, Rochester 9/12, which Governor Sununu secretly met with last Summer.
Online Voter Registration
House of Representatives / Floor Votes
House – HB 1772, permitting online voter registration
Why this matters: Amidst a sea of New Hampshire Republican attempts to restrict the voting rights of Granite Staters, this Democrat-sponosred bill would allow eligible voters to register to vote online. 38 states currently allow for online voter registration, a process that streamlines and simplifies voter registration.
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Be sure to call (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=7cd02ecdce&e=a40ec310b1) your State Representative and Governor Sununu’s office (603-271-2121) directly, to register your opinions on these important issues. If you’d like to attend one of these hearings or find out when the next session will take place, email Sue Ford (sueford06@gmail.com) ————————————————————
** Priority Hearings ———————————————————— Guns in Schools
Tuesday, March 13th, 10:00AM / Education / Representatives Hall, State House
SENATE- EDUCATION – SB 357, relative to safe school zones
Why this matters: During this hearing, the Senate Education committee will be hearing testimony on Democratic State Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment that would give schools the ability to ban schools on their campus. In the wake of the devastating Parkland shooting, this amendment is incredibly important in preventing mass shootings on school campuses. ————————————————————
** Legislative Review ———————————————————— Last week, the New Hampshire Senate voted 17-7 in favor of SB 313, a bill that seeks to reauthorize New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program, which currently covers more than 50,000 Granite Staters. Democrats rightfully expressed concerns about the toughest hourly work requirement in the country, and are working steadily to ensure that nobody loses coverage under the reauthorization program, something the Republican leadership has agreed to. The reauthorization now heads to the House of Representatives.
Also last week, Democrats in the New Hampshire House carried through a transgender rights bill that was tabled at the hands of Republicans a year earlier. This is an outstanding step in the pursuit of equal protection for transgender Granite Staters. Thank you to everyone who came forward to create the groundswell of activism and enthusiasm for these basic protections and human rights. HB 1319 now heads to the Senate.
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** 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.
March 19 at 6pm, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=c370d53ae0&e=a40ec310b1) (Carroll) March 20 at 6:30pm, NHDP Headquarters, 105 N. State St., Concord (Merrimack (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=b90d3a15af&e=a40ec310b1(Merrimack&entry=gmail&source=g) ) March 26 at 6:45pm, Upper Valley Senior Center, Lebanon (Grafton) March 27 at 7pm, Moody Bldg., Conference Rm. 24, Tremont Sq., Claremont (Sullivan) April 2 at 7pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=515ddd28f5&e=a40ec310b1(Hillsborough&entry=gmail&source=g) ) April 3 at 6pm, 49 CommunityWay, Keene (Cheshire) April 7 at 10am, [tentatively –Senior Center, Littleton] (Northern Grafton) April 7 at 6pm, Chinburg Mill, 431 Central Ave., Dover (Strafford (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6

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NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 3/5

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** ———————————————————— Dear Friend,
On Tuesday, Democrat Phil Spagnuolo won the Laconia special election!!
Phil defeated Republican candidate Les Cartier 968-841 (54%-46%) in the same district that Donald Trump won by 13 points and Chris Sununu won by 10 points. This is the 9th special election in 11 tries that New Hampshire Democrats have won since Sununu took office, and the 5th seat that’s flipped from red to blue.
Thank you to everyone who knocked doors, made phone calls, or wrote letters to help Phil on his campaign.
Phil’s victory is an important reminder that Democrats can win in any district and that if we keep up this energy and hard work (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=58289ad603&e=a40ec310b1) , we’ll win back the Governorship, Executive Council, and State House in 2018!
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.
Best,
Sue Ford Sarah Guggenheimer NHDP Grassroots Chair Communications Associate, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) sguggenheimer@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
Nick Taylor Erin Turmelle Director, House and Senate Democrats Political Director, NHDP ntaylor@nhdp.org (mailto:ntaylor@nhdp.org) eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:ecotton@nhdp.org)
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** Table of Contents ————————————————————
** * Action Alert * On the Floor * Priority Hearings * Platform Committee * County Summits * Social Media Buzz * In the News
Editorial: The danger of doing nothing on guns * Get Involved
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** Action Alert ———————————————————— Town Meeting Day March 13th is Town Meeting Day in New Hampshire! This year, the NHDP has worked with Town and County Committees to recruit and elect Democrats to run for local office. 2017 proved that every district can be competitive. Change starts at the local level.
Let’s make sure that we have a successful Town Meeting Day and elect an incredible slate of Democrats!
To get involved or if you’re interested in volunteering for your local candidates – reach out to Erin Turmelle at eturmelle@nhdp.org (mailto:eturmelle@nhdp.org)
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** On the Floor ———————————————————— The House will be voting on the following bills beginning on Tuesday, March 6th through Thursday, March 8th Child Marriage
House of Representatives / Floor Vote
HOUSE – HB 1287, relative to the age at which persons may marry
Why this matters: Last year, a Democratic-sponsored bill to raise the legal marriage age from 13 for girls and 14 for boys was derailed thanks to Republican opposition. The bill is once again up for consideration as House Democrats work to end the antiquated and dangerous practice of child marriage by raising the legal age of marriage to 16 and 17
Transgender Civil Rights
House of Representatives / Floor Vote
HOUSE – HB 1319, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity
Why this matters: This is the second bill in two years that seeks to preventing transgender discrimination. Last year, Republicans forcibly 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 Democrat-supported legislation has another chance to pass, which would secure transgendercivil rights under the law.
Commuter Rail
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 2018, relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program
Why this matters: Last week, New Hampshire Republicans removed commuter rail from this 10 year proposal despite its overwhelming popularity. They will vote on the final bill this week where there is the chance a last minute amendment will be added to include rail in the proposal.
Abortion Viability Ban
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 1680-FN, relative to prohibiting abortions after viability
Why this matters: This bill would prohibit abortions after “viability,” an unscientific and baseless term that would effectively limit women’s access to abortions. This restriction is not only unconstitutional but dangerous. The vast majority of abortions take place before a woman is 20 weeks pregnant. When women have abortions after this period, it is because their lives or the lives of the fetus are in danger.
Voter Suppression
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 1264, relative to domiciled registrants voting rights
Why this matters: HB 1264 is HB 372’s twin. It is a glorified poll tax that would force domiciled residents and legal voters to pay fees in order to comply with this legislation. This is just the latest in a series of attempts by New Hampshire Republicans to disenfranchise legal voters. Join the New Hampshire Campaign for Voting Rights efforts to take action (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=6a4281ace4&e=a40ec310b1) .
Gender Confirmation Surgery for Minors
House of Representatives / Full Vote
HOUSE – HB 1532, prohibiting gender reassignment surgery for minors
Why this matters: This Republican-sponsored bill is a blatant attempt to infringe on the rights of transgender men and women. It is completely unacceptable that legislators would try and prevent men and women from undergoing a procedure to confirm their gender identity because of their age.
Urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus
House of Representatives / Floor Vote
HOUSE – HCR 11, urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus
Why this matters: Jerry DeLemus is currently in jail after famously (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=37c180bfa5&e=a40ec310b1) aiding anti-government white supremacist Cliven Bundy in a standoff against the federal government in Nevada. DeLemus is the founding member of the fringe right-wing group, Rochester 9/12, which Governor Sununu secretly met with last Summer.
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Be sure to call (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=51784050ac&e=a40ec310b1) your State Representative and Governor Sununu’s office (603-271-2121) directly, to register your opinions on these important issues. If you’d like to attend one of these hearings or find out when the next session will take place, email Sue Ford (sueford06@gmail.com) ————————————————————
** Priority Hearings ———————————————————— Medicaid Expansion
Tuesday, March 6th, 1:00PM / Finance / Room 103, State House
SENATE- FINANCE- SB 313-FN, reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program
Why this matters: On Tuesday the Finance Committee will finalize and vote on reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program. In 2016, the reauthorization passed by only one vote in the House of Representatives. This program benefits over 50,000 Granite Staters and has proven to be one of our best tools fighting the opioid crisis. After it leaves the Finance Committee, it is expected this will be voted on by Thursday in the Senate. ————————————————————
** 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.
March 19 at 6pm, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=4cc5487efe&e=a40ec310b1) (Carroll) March 20 at 6:30pm, NHDP Headquarters, 105 N. State St., Concord (Merrimack (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=216657851a&e=a40ec310b1(Merrimack&entry=gmail&source=g) ) March 26 at 6:45pm, Upper Valley Senior Center, Lebanon (Grafton) March 27 at 7pm, Moody Bldg., Conference Rm. 24, Tremont Sq., Claremont (Sullivan) April 2 at 7pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=b331176664&e=a40ec310b1(Hillsborough&entry=gmail&source=g) ) April 3 at 6pm, 49 CommunityWay, Keene (Cheshire) April 7 at 10am, [tentatively –Senior Center, Littleton] (Upper Grafton) April 7 at 6pm, Chinburg Mill, 431 Central Ave., Dover (Strafford (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e

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NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 2/26

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Dear Friend,

Phil Spagnuolo’s special election in Laconia is TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 27th!

Phil Spagnuolo has been involved in Laconia’s community since moving there in 1979 with his family. He is a founding member of Navigating Recovery, working as part of the grassroots community group since March 2016, and has been a full time Recovery Support Worker since January 2017. Phil is passionate about being an advocate for those suffering from substance use disorder and uses his own journey of recovery to help others.

Let’s work together in these final two days to Get Out the Vote by making calls and knocking doors.

Last year, we won 8 out of 10 special elections because Democrats have put in the work and made sure that those few votes that decided the election went our way. Let’s make sure we kick off 2018 with yet another special election win by electing Phil as our next State Representative!

Click HERE to sign up to help out by knocking doors or making calls. Email McKenzie St. Germain at mstgermain@nhdp.org with any questions.

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.
Best,

Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           Communications Associate,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                      NHDP
sueford06@gmail.com                                             sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                      eturmelle@nhdp.org

Action Alert

Town Meeting Day

March 13th is Town Meeting Day in New Hampshire! This year, the NHDP has worked with Town and County Committees to recruit and elect Democrats to run for local office. 2017 proved that every district can be competitive. Change starts at the local level.

Let’s make sure that we have a successful Town Meeting Day and elect an incredible slate of Democrats!

To get involved or if you’re interested in volunteering for your local candidates – reach out to Erin Turmelle at eturmelle@nhdp.org

Call Governor Sununu

The State Legislature is on break this week, but you can still take action by calling Governor Sununu (603-271-2121) and holding him accountable for his actions (or lack thereof) on the following issues:
Gun safety legislation – In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Sununu has refused overwhelming calls to pass gun safety legislation, calling them a “gut reaction.” This NRA  “A”-rated Governor made his first legislative priority passing concealed carry in New Hampshire.
HB 372 – After initially saying he “hated” this bill, Sununu has walked back and moderated his stance, sending a clear signal to New Hampshire Republicans that he’ll ultimately support this modern-day poll tax that will disenfranchise legal college voters.
SB 193 – This unconstitutional school voucher bill would divert public funds to unregulated schools like the Tri-City Christian Academy, which just last year banned a student (who was on track to be valedictorian) for being transgender and create a segregated school system.
Gay Conversion Therapy Ban – This bill passed the New Hampshire House with overwhelming Democratic support, while 90% of the Republican caucus opposed the measure that would keep minors from being subjected to traumatizing conversion therapy. Governor Sununu has given a tacit endorsement of the proposal but hasn’t done anything to actively support this incredibly important piece of legislation.
State Workers’ Contract – It’s been over 240 days since Governor Sununu walked away from negotiations with New Hampshire’s State Workers, forcing thousands of employees to go to work with shoddy supplies for a governor they know doesn’t support them.

Be sure to call your State Representative and Governor Sununu’s office (603-271-2121) directly, to register your opinions on these important issues. If you’d like to attend one of these hearings or find out when the next session will take place, email Sue Ford (sueford06@gmail.com)

Legislative Review

This week, with Governor Sununu’s approval, the Republican-led House Committee on Public Works and Highways removed commuter rail from New Hampshire’s 10-year transportation plan. In recent months, Governor Sununu has flipped, flopped, and flipped on the issue, calling it a “boondoggle” before supporting it in the hope that it would inspire Amazon to come to New Hampshire. After Amazon’s rejection of New Hampshire’s bid, Sununu walked back his support, saying “it’s in the legislature’s hands” and Republican Representative Al Baldasaro told WMUR that Sununu “won’t lose sleep over it because he’s got other priorities.”

Governor Sununu has changed his position on commuter rail so many times, it’s a wonder he knows where he ultimately stands on the issue. Instead of doing any research into the project in the first place or listening to the small businesses or mayors who support rail, Sununu stumbled along for years spouting partisan talking points regardless of what his constituents wanted.

New Hampshire deserves a governor who will invest in our economic future and listen to the small businesses that make up the backbone of our state’s economy, not one who toes the party line at all costs. Come November, voters will be sure to remember this betrayal in the voting booths.

Platform Committee

In the coming weeks, the NHDP Platform Committee will be holding meetings across the state to prepare and propose the New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform for 2018-2019 to the State Convention.

We’ll keep you updated with the times, dates, and locations of these meetings.

If you would like more information on the Platform Committee, please refer to the NHDP Constitution HERE.

Upcoming Events

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 2018. We 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!
Hillsborough County
Was rescheduled from last Sunday due to weather, new date to be announced soon.
Click HERE to RSVP
Grafton (Upper Valley/Mascoma) – March 10, 10AM – 3:30PM
(Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St, Lebanon, NH 03766)
Click HERE to RSVP
Nashua – March 17 10AM – 2PM
(Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St, Nashua, NH 03060)
Click HERE to RSVP
Sullivan County – April 14
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
Locations and times to follow.

Sununu Reality Check

Sununu Reality Check: Sununu puts his NRA A-rating over the safety for New Hampshire

Today, Governor Sununu introduced a “school safety” task force, but in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Sununu forgot about one big thing…

He forgot to mention guns even once.

Read about the reality of Governor Sununu’s history on guns on SununuRealityCheck.com

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In the News

 

House bills target millennial voters unfairly

  By: Senator Jay Kahn and Kendall Lane
Keene Sentinel: READ HERE

New Hampshire should tighten its weak gun laws

  By: Kathy Sullivan

Union Leader: READ HERE

We need more than prayers

  By: Malia Ebel

Concord Monitor: READ HERE

 

DOT workers need boots; Sununu doesn’t care

  By: Maralyn Doyle
Concord Monitor: 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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As we enter the 2018 legislative session, we will need all hands-on-deck to push back on the Republican leadership who have already made it clear that they will focus on restricting voting access, pushing through corporate tax cuts and other priorities that the people of New Hampshire do not want. My job over the next year as the NHDP Grassroots Chair will be to keep local Democrats informed and engaged during the 2018 legislative session, and I need your help!

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ACTION ALERT: Special Election Tuesday 2/27! 

ACTION ALERT!

Volunteer for Phil Spagnuolo for State Rep!

Help us kick off 2018 with another Special Election win by volunteering for Phil Spagnuolo in Laconia!

Phil Spagnuolo has been involved in Laconia’s community since moving there in 1979 with his family. He is a founding member of Navigating Recovery, working as part of the grassroots community group since March 2016, and has been a full time Recovery Support Worker since January 2017. Phil is passionate about being an advocate for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder and uses his own journey of recovery to help others.

Election day is February 27th and we need YOUR help to Get Out The Vote this weekend!

We’re canvassing Saturday 2/24 at 10 am and Sunday 2/25 at 11 am at 354 South Main St., Laconia. Click HERE to sign up to help out by knocking doors or making calls.

Email McKenzie St. Germain at mstgermain@nhdp.org with any questions.

 

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