State House Roundup By Sue Ford

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Dear Friend,

On Friday, Governor Sununu said he “hated” HB 372, a Republican-driven disenfranchisement bill that would force voters to declare residency upon registration, effectively a poll tax that would discourage legally eligible young voters from participating in democracy.

Thanks to immense public pressure, Sununu is being backed into opposing this bill, but until HB 372 is pulled or vetoed, we must continue to remind Governor Sununu and Republican legislators that this bill is a blatant attack on students’ legal right to vote in New Hampshire.

See the video below:

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 want it!

PHONE BANKING STARTS TONIGHT!
We will making calls on the following times:

Tuesday, December 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm
Thursday, December 14th from 5 pm to 7 pm
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

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                                                                   Erin Cotton
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           North Country Coordinator,
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                      NHDP
sueford06@gmail.com                                             ecotton@nhdp.org

Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                      eturmelle@nhdp.org


Table of Contents
I. Social Media Buzz
II. Legislative Review
II. State Democrats in the News

III. Get Involved!


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.


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
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
Merrimack (TBD)
Sullivan 4/14

Locations and times to follow.


Sununu Reality Check

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, like us on Facebook, and check out and share our website (SununuRealityCheck.com) to stay updated and spread the word.

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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.

Social Media Buzz

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State Democrats in the News

Letter: A bad bill for voter participation

By: Kyri Claflin (Concord)

Concord Monitor: READ HERE

To the Editor: We need more than a catch phrase

  By: Kelly Renstrom (Hampton)
Foster’s: READ HERE

There’s still time to defeat terrible tax bill

  By: Joan Jacobs (Portsmouth)
Seacoast Online: READ HERE

GOP sells out ordinary Americans for giveaway to the rich

  By: Christopher Cole (Portsmouth)
Seacoast Online: READ HERE
GET INVOLVED!

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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