State House Roundup Sue Ford

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Dear Friend,

TOMORROW, President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are coming to New Hampshire to discuss the opioid epidemic.

Since taking office, Trump and Governor Sununu have both failed to deliver on their promises to combat the crisis. This visit highlights just how little they’ve done to give New Hampshire the resources it needs. Trump and Sununu need to learn that you can’t fix the opioid crisis with photo-ops.

Join us tomorrow, at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester at 1 pm to tell Trump and Sununu: NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES!

Share and RSVP to the event by clicking HERE.

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
sueford06@gmail.com                                             sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

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


Action Alert

Stand up to Vice President Pence and Governor Sununu!
This Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence is coming to New Hampshire to hold an event on the Tax Reform bill and to attend a fundraiser for Governor Sununu.

Join Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Young Democrats to protest Pence’s visit and show them that Granite Staters will not accept their radical NRA-endorsed agenda that keep guns in the hands of dangerous individuals!

The protest will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 5 pm – 7 pm outside the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. RSVP HERE.


On the Floor

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Wednesday, March 21st / House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – HB 628-FN, relative to establishing paid family and medical leave program

Why this matters: Last week, House Republicans added an amendment to HB 628 which destroyed the intentions and practicality of the original paid family and medical leave program. The House will be voting on this bill on Wednesday, where they will hopefully overturn this amendment and adopt the Democrat’s proposed amendment, which restores the integrity of the original plan.

Abortion Viability Ban

Wednesday, March 21st / 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

Wednesday, March 21st / House of Representatives / Floor Vote

HOUSE – HB 1543, relative to domicile of students for voting purposes

Why this matters: HB 1543 is the most egregious of the many Republican-proposed voter suppression bills. This legislation seeks to ban domiciled college students from voting in New Hampshire outright. This is an absurd assault on the sanctity of students’ voting rights and must be opposed.

Guns in Schools

Wednesday, March 21st / Senate / Floor Vote

SENATE – SB 357, relative to safe school zones

Why this matters: Despite a party-line vote to keep Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment from SB 357, she will have a second change to add on her amendment, which would give schools the ability to ban schools on their campus, preceding the floor vote on this legislation. In the wake of the devastating Parkland shooting, this amendment is incredibly important to preventing mass shootings on school campuses.


Be sure to call 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 20th, 10:00AM / Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs/ Representatives Hall, State House

HOUSE – Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs- SB 313-FN, reauthorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program

Why this matters: On Tuesday, the House HHS Committee will begin 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.


Legislative Review

Last week, the State House of Representatives accepted an amendment  to New Hampshire’s 10-year transportation improvement program that reinstalled a commuter rail study in the program. While Governor Sununu takes every possible position on commuter rail in an attempt to both parrot Republican-sanctioned talking points and to please corporations, the New Hampshire State House stood firm in their decision to do what’s right for Granite Staters. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Also last week, on the same day as students in New Hampshire and across the country walked out of their classes to protest the lack of legislative action on guns, the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee voted on party lines to reject Democratic Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment to SB 357 that would give schools the right to ban guns on their campuses. She will have another chance to introduce the amendment this week, but it is clear the only way to strengthen New Hampshire’s gun laws is to kick Sununu and Republican representatives out of office and replace them with legislators who take gun violence seriously.


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 (Carroll)
March 20 at 6:30pm, NHDP Headquarters, 105 N. State St., Concord (Merrimack)
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)
April 3 at 6pm, 49 CommunityWay, Keene (Cheshire)
April 7 at 10am, [tentatively –Senior Center, Littleton] (Northern Grafton)
April 7 at 6pm, Chinburg Mill, 431 Central Ave., Dover (Strafford)
April 9 at 7pm, Daniel Webster Room, Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter (Rockingham)
April 11 at 6pm, Laconia Library, 695 N Main St, Laconia, NH (Belknap)
April 14 at 10am, Manchester Library, 405 Pine St, Manchester, NH
April 20 at 5:30pm, Hope Recovery Center, 823 Main St, Berlin, NH (Coos)

Here is the current NHDP Party Platform for your review. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments to platform@nhdp.org.


County Summits

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!

Sullivan CountyApril 14
(Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH-10, Grantham, NH 03753)
Click HERE to RSVP

Merrimack CountyApril 21, 10AM – 2PM
(New Hampshire Democratic Party – 105 N State St, Concord, NH 03301)
Click HERE to RSVP

Hillsborough County – April 22, 1PM – 5PM
(Greenfield Meeting House – 775 Forest Rd, Greenfield, NH 03047)
Click HERE to RSVP

Locations and times to follow.

Sununu Reality Check

Governor Sununu has let down New Hampshire on so many counts that it’s sometimes hard to decide which is the worst. To help with that, we put together a “Sununu Madness” bracket competition.

We’re offering the chance to vote on the matchups on Twitter, so make sure to follow @SununuReality this week!


Follow Sununu Reality Check on TwitterFacebook, and check out our website (SununuRealityCheck.com) to get updates on how we’re holding Sununu accountable.


2018 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner!

Join us as we celebrate the hard fought victories of 2017, and look forward to the work of turning New Hampshire BLUE in 2018!

The 2018 McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 14.

Buy your tickets HERE!


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