State House Roundup

Dear Friend,

Hello and welcome back to the Grassroots Newsletter!

Every week, read this newsletter for updates on the goings-on at the State House, opportunities to participate in rallies or protests, keep track of potential presidential candidates’ visits to the First in the Nation state, and learn how you can stay involved.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that an engaged and motivated electorate has the power to make substantive change. Because of your hard work we were able to bring Democratic majorities back to the US House of Representatives, and the state’s Executive Council, State Senate, and State House.

In the coming months years, let’s keep this momentum going by staying involved and continuing to fight for a fairer and more prosperous New Hampshire.

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.


Slate Goodwin                                                        Sarah Guggenheimer
Outreach Director                                                   Deputy Communications Director                                             

Emma Tyler                                                            Ben Ernst
Deputy Executive Director                                      Political Director                                           

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Welcome new NHDP Staff!

We are thrilled to announce that several of our favorite staff members from the 2018 Coordinated Campaign are staying on to help Democrats in New Hampshire!

Emma Tyler is the NHDP’s new Deputy Executive Director after serving as Organizing Director for the Coordinated Campaign. She will also be the point of contact for Belknap and Carroll Counties and can be reached at

Erin Turmelle, following her incredibly successful run as Coordinated Campaign Director in New Hampshire, will be the point of contact for Hillsborough County and the cities of Manchester and Nashua and can be reached at

Slate Goodwin is now the Party’s Outreach Director after serving as a Regional Organizing Director during the Coordinated Campaign and will be the point of contact for Coos, Grafton, and Merrimack Counties and can be reached at

Ben Ernst is the former State Senate Campaigns Director and is the NHDP’s new Political Director. He will be the point of contact for Cheshire, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan Counties and can be reached at

All members of towns and county committees with questions or specific issues should reach out to their regional point of contact.

Run to be an NHDP Officer!

Time is running out to file to be an officer of the NHDP for 2019-2021!

Up until January 10, 2019 at 5PM, New Hampshire Democrats can file to run for State Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and 6 NHDP Rules Committee positions.

To run for this position, please deliver a dated statement with which office you wish to run for with your complete contact information to Amy Kennedy via email, letter, or in person. Emails should be sent to and letters should be addressed to Amy Kennedy, Executive Director, NH Democratic Party, 105 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301. Letters and emails MUST be received by the date above.

Elections will take place at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester NH on Sunday, March 9th at 10AM.

Click HERE for more information.

Priority Hearings

Buffer Zone Repeal

Wednesday, January 9th / Judiciary Committee / Room 208, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Judiciary – HB 124, repealing the buffer zone law that protects reproductive health care facilities.

Why this matters: Reproductive health care facilities provide critically important services for thousands of women and men. These buffer zones give patients and employees protection from violent protesters who otherwise would harass, antagonize, and in some cases assault those who would try and enter these facilities. Buffer zones must stay in place.

Voter Restriction Legislation Modification

Thursday, January 10th, 1PM / Election Law Committee / Room 308, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Election Law – HB 105-FN and HB 106, amending the voter restriction law HB 1264

Why this matters: After Republicans passed their second voter restriction law last year, HB 1264, these two bills set out to undo the damage of last year’s legislation and ensure that all eligible New Hampshire voters can access the ballot box and aren’t forced to comply with burdensome regulations.

Action Alert

3rd Annual Women’s March – Concord

On Saturday, January 19th from 10AM – 12PM, join us and our partners at the New Hampshire State House in Concord as we celebrate our accomplishments and send a clear message: We’ve Only Just Begun!

This year, the march will celebrate the incredible progress that we have made over the last two years, both nationally and in the Granite State, to advance and protect our rights. A record-breaking amount of women and LGBTQ+ people were elected in New Hampshire and nationwide in 2018, and that momentum will continue into 2020.


3rd Annual Women’s March – Seacoast

On Saturday, January 19th from 1PM – 3PM, join our partners at Market Square in Portsmouth for the 3rd annual Women’s March. This event is all about empowering people in support of women’s rights, humans rights, social and environmental justice.

This is an inclusive event for ALL, including: women, girls, gender non-conforming, men, boys, trans, people of every race, religion and nationality, refugees, Immigrants and citizens, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, climate change advocates, veterans, Native Americans and anyone else who wants to come out in support of all of our rights.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration

On MLK Day on Monday, January 21st, the NH Martin Luther King Coalition is sponsoring this annual event at the Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester to celebrate the continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

The event starts at 2PM with a social hour, followed by a 2 hour celebration and awards ceremony beginning at 3PM. More details will be provided closer to the event.


Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebration Celebration

On Thursday, January 24th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, join the ACLU of New Hampshire to proudly celebrate the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Come to the Grappone Convention Center in Concord for a cocktail reception, to celebrate women’s constitutional rights, and to honor New Hampshire’s leaders in reproductive health. Regular tickets are $40 and student/limited tickets are $15.

Buy your tickets today, HERE

Upcoming FITN Visits

As the First in the Nation Primary season officially heats up, please use this section to learn about when candidates will be visiting the state!

January 8th – Marianne Williamson
Gibsons Bookstore, Concord NH

January 11th – Andrew Yang
NHYD Event
TBD, Manchester NH

January 16th – Julian Castro
Politics and Eggs
New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Manchester NH

January 17th – Tom Steyer
Town Hall, TBD

January 18th – John Delaney
NHYD Meet and Greet
To Share Brewery, Manchester NH

January 19th – John Delaney
Meet and Greet
Base Camp Cafe, Hanover NH

Meet and Greet
Black Forest Cafe, Amherst NH

February 5th – Andrew Yang
Raymond Democratic Meeting
Tucker Lounge, Raymond NH

March 5th – John Delaney
Raymond Democratic Meeting
Tucker Lounge, Raymond NH

Please note: This is a list of public events that candidates have made us aware of. The New Hampshire Democratic Party does its best to track all candidate and potential candidate visits to the state, however, if you are aware of a pending trip not listed or have more details on an event, please reach out to the office at to let us know!

This communication does not imply an endorsement or favoritism of any kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive primary contests.

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In the News

Sununu’s help needed on health care
By: Senator Cindy Rosenwald
Union Leader: READ HERE

Gun vote was a positive first step for House
By: Gary Evans
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

It’s time for the state to pay higher wages
By: Tom Geno
Concord Monitor: READ HERE

Young people are making themselves heard

  By: Editorial
Valley News: READ HERE

Gun rights are not limited
By: Kathy Sullivan
Union Leader: READ HERE

Get Involved

Even as the 2018 midterms are behind us, there’s still a lot of work for us to do. With Town Meeting Day just around the corner, a robust legislative session under way, and municipal elections in 2019, there are so many ways to get involved and make a difference in your community. You can volunteer to write letters to your local paper, call your local representatives, testify at hearings, or share posts on social media.