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.
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)
** 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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