NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 1/29


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Dear Friend,
YOU (yes, we mean you) should run for office!

This year the NHDP is working with Town and County Committees to recruit and elect Democrats to run for local office and the Filing Deadline for Town Meeting Day is this Friday, February 2nd.In 2017, we proved that every district can be competitive. Let’s keep the momentum going in 2018 by electing an incredible slate of Democrats when elections take place on March 13th.

If you’re interested in running for office, know someone who might be a good candidate, or want to volunteer, click HERE. If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Turmelle at 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.


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

Transgender Civil Liberties RallyBefore the Judiciary Hearing on the transgender civil rights bill, HB 1319, join our partners at a rally and press conference on the steps of the Legislative Office Building this Wednesday!

Let’s show our elected officials the overwhelming support that exists for this bill to protect transgender people from discrimination.

The event will start at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 31st at the Legislative Office Building in New Hampshire. To RSVP or learn more click HERE.

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.

Priority Hearings

Presidential Tax ReturnsTuesday, January 30th, 11:15AM / Election Law / Room 308, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Election Law – HB 1433, requiring Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to release their tax returns

Why this matters: This Democrat-sponsored bill would require all candidates for President and Vice President to release their federal income taxes. As the First in the Nation State, Granite Staters have always taken the election of presidential candidates seriously. With this bill, New Hampshire would continue this tradition by requiring candidates to be transparent and to allow voters to see and understand the financial ties and obligations of anyone running for President.


Tuesday, January 30th, 1:15PM / Finance / Room 103, State House

SENATE – Finance – HB 542, allocating monies from the Rainy Day Fund to the opioid epidemic

Why this matters: Senate Democrats introduced this legislation that would allocate 10% of the $100 million Rainy Day Fund to fight the opioid crisis. In the face of President Trump and Governor Sununu’s failure to deliver on their promises, this legislation would help those suffering from Substance Use Disorder by providing additional funding for treatment and recovery centers, hospitals, and our first responders.

Fully Fund the Alcohol Fund

Tuesday, January 30th, 1:00PM / Judiciary / Room 103, State House

SENATE – Judiciary – CACR 21, constitutionally require a 5% fully funded alcohol fund

Why this matters: New Hampshire has the third highest overdose death rate in the entire country, and yet Governor Sununu failed to fully fund the alcohol fund in last year’s budget. This bill would make it a constitutional requirement to provide full funding for the alcohol fund, ensuring that our government devotes its full capacity towards combatting this crisis.

Abortion Viability Ban

Wednesday, January 31st, 10:00AM / Judiciary / Room 208, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Judiciary – 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 often because their lives are in danger or the fetus’ life is in danger. This bill is life-threatening for women and is perfectly in line with a Republican-controlled legislature that has worked to restrict women’s rights and access to care.

Commuter Rail

Wednesday, January 31st, 1:00PM / Public Works and Highways / Room 201, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Public Works and Highways – HB 2018, relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program

Why this matters: In a failed attempt to woo Amazon, Governor Sununu reversed his prior opposition to commuter rail by including a study for the train system in New Hampshire’s 10-year transportation improvement program. This plan will be debated at this meeting where the Committee will ultimately decide whether to include the rail study in the final proposal.

Transgender Civil Rights

Wednesday, January 31st, 1:00PM / Judiciary / Room 208, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Judiciary – 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 transgender civil rights under the law.


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.

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 this Thursday, February 1st.

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!
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


The time has come for state to tackle workforce development

  By: Sen. Dan Feltes and Bobby Segal
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

SB 193 Backers Must Explain

  By: Wayne Gersen (Etna)

Valley News: READ HERE

NH college students have every right to vote

  By: Gary Patton (Hampton)

Seacoast Online: READ HERE


Why Amazon said no to New Hampshire

  By: Larry Welkowitz
Keene Sentinel: 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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