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.
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 ————————————————————
** * 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)
** 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.
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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