NHDP Grassroots Newsletter – 12/19

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** ———————————————————— Dear Friend,
What an AMAZING year for Democrats!
Thoughout 2017, Democrats won eight out of ten special elections, flipping four seats from RED to BLUE. Thank you to everyone who ran for state and local office this year! We would like to extend a special thank you to Rep. Edie DesMarais (D-Wolfeboro), Rep. Kris Shultz (D-Concord), Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh (D-Manchester), Rep. Charlie St. Clair (D-Laconia), Rep. Kari Lerner (D-Chester), Rep. Casey Connelly (D-Dover), Rep. Brian Sullivan (D-Grantham) and Rep. Erika Connors (D-Manchester) for their incredible campaigns.
On Tuesday, November 7th, NH Democrats made HISTORY by electing Joyce Craig as the first female mayor in Manchester! In doing so, she defeated 4-term incumbent Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas, ending a 12-year run of Republican mayors in New Hampshire’s largest city.
Also on municipal election day, Democrats won 245 local seats including 110 Democratic women across the state. Shoshanna Kelly and Gloria Timmons became the first ever women of color elected to citywide office in Nashua. Linda Harriott-Gathright joined Shoshanna becoming the first two African-American women elected to Nashua’s Board of Aldermen. Gerri Cannon became the first ever transgender elected official in Somersworth history. Jeremy Hutchinson became the first ever LGBT elected official in the history of Rochester. Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard, New Hampshire’s first ever openly gay mayor, was re-elected to his third term. Paul Grenier was elected to an unprecedented fifth term as Mayor of Berlin. Jim Bouley was elected to a historic sixth term as Mayor of Concord!
In 2017, thousands of people across New Hampshire were engaged and we could not be more thankful to you for all of your hard work. We knocked over 140,600 doors and made over 47,100 phone calls between special elections, municipal elections and voter outreach efforts.
These victories are just the beginning of the amazing things we can accomplish when we turn out Democratic voters across the state. Our plan is to to organize and recruit strong candidates in every town and in every election! We are excited about what we will do together across the state in 2018. We can’t wait to see you all in the New Year! 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 Erin Cotton NHDP Grassroots Chair North Country Coordinator, Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader NHDP sueford06@gmail.com (mailto:sueford06@gmail.com) ecotton@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)
———————————————————— Table of Contents I. Social Media Buzz (#Social Media Buzz) II. II. State Democrats in the News (#State Democrats in the News) III. Get Involved! (#Get Involved!)
Congrats and good luck to both Erin and Donald on their new adventures!
We are excited, albeit sad, to announce the departure of two of our incredible team members next week. Erin Cotton, our North Country Coordinator, and Donald Stokes, our Deputy Political Director, are taking the next steps in their careers – Erin is joining Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s confessional staff and Donald will be in Mayor Joyce Craig’s office at Manchester City Hall. We couldn’t be happier for them. Erin and Donald have done an incredible job for our Party and for Democrats across the state. Please join us in thanking them for their invaluable contributions to our work.
Hi all,
I am writing to you this afternoon to inform you that this will be my last Grassroots Newsletter as I transition over to the Office of Congresswoman Annie Kuster. I have enjoyed connecting with Democrats across the state and supporting so many important efforts and actions. I am so excited to see all that we accomplish in 2018!
Please reach out to NHDP Political Director, Erin Turmelle, eturmelle@nhdp.org, with questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Erin Cotton North Country Coordinator, NHDP ————————————————————
Tell the Senate to vote NO on HB372!
Last week, Republicans passed an amendment to HB 372 along party lines in the Senate Election Law Committee. This bill would enact a de facto poll tax in New Hampshire by requiring voters to declare residency and acquire a license upon registering to vote. This is a BLATANT attack on students’ legal right to vote in New Hampshire, an effort clearly designed to help Republicans win elections they know they can’t win on a level playing field.
We must fight back!
TAKE ACTION by joining our upcoming phone banks to let the state Senate know to vote NO on HB 372. These calls can be done in a group or at your home. Training is available to those that need it!
We will making calls on the following times:
Tuesday, December 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday, December 21st from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday, December 28th from 5 pm to 7 pm Friday, December 29th from 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, January 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm
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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 (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=7011a99193&e=a40ec310b1) . ————————————————————
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 join us at your county summit!
Strafford 1/6 at 10AM – 2PM Durham Public Library – 49 Madbury Rd, Durham, NH 03824
Coos 1/20 Grafton (Plymouth Area/Northern Grafton) 2/3 Cheshire 2/10 Rockingham 2/17​​ Manchester 2/24 Hillsborough 2/25 Grafton (Upper Valley/Mascoma) 3/10 Nashua 3/17 Sullivan 4/14 Merrimack 4/21
Locations and times to follow. ————————————————————
Sununu Reality Check (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=9a8961c729&e=a40ec310b1)
Last month, we launched Sununu Reality Check, a project 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.
With an incredibly successful 2017 coming to a close, I know we can make Sununu a 1-term governor but that means making sure everyone knows what his real record is. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=2b35edc789&e=a40ec310b1) , like us on Facebook (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=3ac4ec5b1c&e=a40ec310b1) , and check out and share our website (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=e317722d77&e=a40ec310b1) (SununuRealityCheck.com (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=a00baff310&e=a40ec310b1) ) to stay updated and spread the word.
If this email was forwarded to you and you’d like to sign up for our weekly newsletter please click the button below. Sign-Up (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=662525eb1b&e=a40ec310b1) Legislative Review (#Legislative Review) SB 193 is a school voucher bill 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. This bill would also harm disabled students as private schools are not required to be ADA compliant or have special needs teachers. SB 193 will now go the floor of the House in January for a vote.
On November 28th, an amendment to House Bill 372, authored by Republican Senators Regina Birdsell and Jim Gray, passed the Senate Election Law Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote. The bill would redefine “domicile” status for voting purposes, effectively forcing registrants to declare residency upon registering to vote, chilling the right to vote for college students in New Hampshire. By forcing students to declare residency, this bill would act as a de facto poll tax, moving the goal posts on students who are legally allowed to vote in New Hampshire.
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** State Democrats in the News (#News) ————————————————————
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** My Turn: The opioid crisis is New Hampshire’s ‘rainy day’ ———————————————————— By: Senator Dan Feltes (Concord)
Concord Monitor: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=a8ba84d146&e=a40ec310b1)

** Amendment Renews Debate over N.H. Voting Laws ———————————————————— Panelist: Senator Donna Soucy (Manchester)
The Exchange: LISTEN HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=076478fbef&e=a40ec310b1)
** Letter: Blatant voter suppression ———————————————————— By: Wayne Fuller (Concord)
Concord Monitor: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=0f3687ac67&e=a40ec310b1)
** To the Editor: ACA deadline Dec. 15 ———————————————————— By: Roger Goun (Brentwood)
Foster’s: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=fbca343224&e=a40ec310b1)
** End of net neutrality dangerous to democracy ———————————————————— By: Don Cavallaro (Rye)
Seacoast Online: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=66cf8e8351&e=a40ec310b1)
** Letter: Why not strengthen public schools? ———————————————————— By: Mary Wilke (Concord)
Concord Monitor: READ HERE (nhdp.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=87754acc3a59e6e54932b1260&id=0e95acd647&e=a40ec310b1)
GET INVOLVED! (#Involvement)
We are going to need all hands-on-deck for 2017-2018. 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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============================================================ Copyright © 2017 NHDP Grassroots Chair, All rights reserved. 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 USA
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