State House Roundup By Sue Ford

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Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a joyful and relaxing holiday break and are coming into the new year energized and ready to take action. To kick off the year, celebrate all of the incredible Democrats you helped elect in 2017 by attending your city’s inauguration! Dates and details are included below; we look forward to seeing you all there.

January 2: PortsmouthRochester, Manchester, Dover
January 3: Claremont
January 7Nashua
January 8: LaconiaConcord
January 11: Somersworth
January 15: Berlin

This week also marks the beginning of this year’s legislative session. Over the coming months, we’ll keep you updated on key votes and hearings and let you know how to make a difference and stop Governor Sununu and the Republican Party’s radical and dangerous agenda.

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.
Best,

Sue Ford                                                                  Sarah Guggenheimer
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           Communications Associate,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                      NHDP
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Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
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Action Alert

Tell the Senate to vote NO on HB372!

Last month, 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 your fellow Granite Staters to protest this bill and urge the State Senate to vote NO on HB 372. Let Governor Sununu and the Republican Party know that we won’t tolerate any attempts to disenfranchise voters.

Join us and our partners at the protest TOMORROW (January 3rd), at 9:15 AM at the State House

SIGN UP HERE TO TAKE ACTION

Also make your voice heard by joining our FINAL phone bank before the vote. These calls can be done in a group or at your home. Training is available to those that need it!

We will be making calls TONIGHT (January 2nd from 5pm to 7pm)!

SIGN UP HERE TO MAKE CALLS


Priority Hearings
Voter Suppression

Wednesday, January 3rd, 10:00AM / Full Vote / Senate Chamber

SENATE – HB 372, relative to domiciled registrants voting rights

Why this matters: On November 28th, an amendment to HB 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.

School Vouchers

Thursday, January 4th, 10:00AM / Full Vote / House Chamber

HOUSE – SB 193, relative to establishing school vouchers

Why this matters: 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.

If you’d like to attend one of these hearings, feel free to email Sue Ford (email hidden; JavaScript is required) 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required 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!
Strafford CountyJanuary 6, 10AM – 2PM
(Durham Public Library – 49 Madbury Rd, Durham, NH 03824)
Click HERE to RSVP
Coos CountyJanuary 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
Click HERE to RSVP

Rockingham CountyFebruary 18
Click HERE to RSVP

ManchesterFebruary 24
Click HERE to RSVP

Hillsborough CountyFebruary 25
Click HERE to RSVP
Grafton (Upper Valley/Mascoma)March 10
Click HERE to RSVP
Nashua March 17
Click HERE to RSVP
Sullivan CountyApril 14
Click HERE to RSVP
Merrimack CountyApril 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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State Democrats in the News

Dems offer bill to address opioid crisis

  By: Senator Jay Kahn (Keene)
Keene Sentinel: READ HERE

Help with the Opioid Crisis Needed

  By: Senator Martha Hennessy (Hanover)
Valley News: READ HERE

Special education students will lose with voucher program

  By: Jacquelyn Silvani (Newfields)
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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