NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 1/15


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Dear Friend,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today marks the birthday of a man who never stopped fighting to bring equality and justice to all Americans regardless of their race or gender. As we reflect on his contributions to the Civil Rights movements, let’s honor Dr. King by dedicating today towards bettering our communities.

Across the states there are events recognizing and celebrating organizations that draw their motivation from Dr. King’s preachings. To find an event near you, please click HERE.

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                                           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

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!

We’re canvassing every Saturday at 10 am at 345 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.

Town Meeting Day

This year the NHDP is working 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. To run for office or help in your community, sign up below!Filing Deadline: January 24th – February 2nd

Election Day: March 13th

Sign up to get involved here: https://goo.gl/forms/EeCfeSLn2DLA7D5W2

If you have questions – reach out to Erin Turmelle at eturmelle@nhdp.org

Priority Hearings

Medicaid Expansion reauthorization

Tuesday, January 16th, 2:15 PM / Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs / Room 205, Legislative Office Building

House – Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs – HB 1811, relative to Medicaid Expansion reauthorization

Why this matters: New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program is up for reauthorization this year. 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.

Child Marriage

Tuesday, January 16th, 10:00 AM / Children and Family Law / Room 206, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Children and Family Law – HB 1287, relative to the age at which persons may marry

Why this matters: Last year, a Democrat-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 harmful practice of child marriage.

School Vouchers

Tuesday, January 16th, 1:30 PM / Finance / Room 210, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Finance – SB 193, relative to establishing school vouchers

Why this matters: Following the Republican-controlled House vote to pass SB193, the legislation will now be considered in the House Finance Committee. This bill would establish a school voucher program that would divert funds away from public schools, sending the money instead to places like the Tri-City Christian Academy, that banned a student who was on track to be valedictorian because he was transgender.

Paid Family Leave

Tuesday, January 16th, 11:00 AM / Commerce and Consumer Affairs / Room 302, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Commerce and Consumer Affairs – HB 628, relative to a family and medical leave insurance program

Why this matters: This legislation would bring paid family and medical leave to New Hampshire. HB 628 seeks to provide families with the opportunity to seek medical treatment for themselves and their families without fear of losing their jobs.


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) for more information.

Legislative Review

Last week, Republican Gene Chandler defined his new speakership by breaking two ties to single-handedly continue the abusive practice of conversion therapy on minors in New Hampshire. In upholding conversion therapy, New Hampshire Republicans are telling children that who they are isn’t good enough. Last week’s votes sadly codify that sentiment.

The New Hampshire House Democrats led a bipartisan vote against New Hampshire’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 9-state pact to reduce carbon emissions by setting regional standards on Tuesday. This vote to uphold RGGI is a loud rejection of Governor Sununu’s direction on environmental policy. Thanks to New Hampshire House Democrats, this state will continue along the path of clean energy & robust efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Platform Committee 

The NHDP Platform Committee will prepare and propose the New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform for 2018-2019 to the State Convention. Committee members will travel the state to hold over a dozen public hearings with the Party membership prior to preparation of the proposed Platform. There will be multiple work sessions that all members must attend as well. Please keep in mind that with this position comes real dedication and time commitment.If you would like to apply for a position on the Platform Committee, please email Amy Kennedy at akennedy@nhdp.org along with your resume and topics of interest by February 1st, 2018. 

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!
Coos County – January 20, 10AM – 2PM
(Gorham Town Hall – 20 Park St #2, Gorham, NH 03581)

Click HERE to RSVP

Grafton (Plymouth Area/Northern Grafton) – February 3, 9AM – 12PM
(Plymouth Senior Center – 8 Depot St, Plymouth, NH 03264)

Click HERE to RSVP

Cheshire County – February 10, 10AM – 2PM
(49 Community Way, Keene, NH, 03431)
Click HERE to RSVP

Rockingham County– February 17, 9AM – 12PM
(Exeter Inn, Daniel Webster Room – 90 Front St, Exeter NH 03833)

Click HERE to RSVP

Manchester – February 24
Click HERE to RSVP

Hillsborough County – February 25, 1PM – 5PM
(Greenfield Meeting House, 775 Forest Rd, Greenfield, NH 03047)
Click HERE to RSVP
Grafton (Upper Valley/Mascoma) – March 10
Click HERE to RSVP
Nashua – March 17
Click HERE to RSVP
Sullivan County – April 14
Click HERE to RSVP
Merrimack County – April 21
Click HERE to RSVP
Locations and times to follow.

Sununu Reality Check
Check out Sununu Reality Check, a project we designed to hold Governor Sununu accountable for his out-of-touch policies that favor his family, friends and corporate special interests when he should be fighting for working families. We’re tired of his phony bipartisan doublespeak and his ‘aw shucks’ act, so we’re saying enough is enough. We’re focusing on five key issues: education, the economy, health care, the environment and ethics.

If everyone knows what Sununu’s real record is, we can make him a 1-term governor. Follow along on TwitterFacebook, and check out and share our website (SununuRealityCheck.com) to stay updated and spread the word.

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In the News


Stop the dismantling of NH public schools

  By: Rep. Mary Heath (Manchester)

Seacoast Online: READ HERE

Religious beliefs and your tax dollars

  By: Ronna Wise (Contoocook)
Concord Monitor: READ HERE


Tax cuts for the rich

  By: Allan MacDonald

Union Leader: READ HERE

Robin Hood in reverse

  By: Milt Lauenstein
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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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!Our mailing address is:

NHDP Grassroots Chair

105 North State St

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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