Monthly Archive September 2017


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Congratulations to Ben Clemons, Zandra Rice Hawkins, and Byron Champlin on their victories!

We celebrated HUGE wins last Tuesday night with victories in three special elections in Concord and Nashua. Tomorrow we have the chance to continue our momentum by electing Democrats at every level during Town Meeting Day! These local town elections take place in over 200 towns and give voters across the state the chance to elect Selectman, Supervisors of the Checklist, Moderators, and other incredibly important local roles.

It is so important that great voters, like you, talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about Town Meeting Day!

The NHDP is also looking for volunteers to report results tomorrow night. 

Can we count on you to turn out to vote and help us collect these results? Contact our Political Team at to learn more.

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                                           

Contact Your Regional Staff!

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

On The Floor

Kindergarten Funding

Starting 10 AM, Thursday, March 14th, Senate Chamber

SENATE -Education and Workforce Development – SB 266relative to funding for kindergarten pupils, keno revenues, and school building aid.

Why this matters:  Keno revenues have fallen millions of dollars short of estimates creating an underfunded Kindergarten program in New Hampshire. Kindergarten education should not be tied to an unreliable funding source.


Starting 10 AM, Thursday, March 14th, Senate Chamber

SENATE – Election Law and Municipal Affairs – SB 7establishing the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART ACT).

Why this matters:  The SMART ACT would allow people to register to vote at the DMV, making registering to vote easier and more accessible for all eligible voters in New Hampshire. Democrats view it as our responsibility to encourage an engaged and active electorate, and this bill will help do just that. Currently, a majority of states across the country have taken steps to encourage voter registration. The SMART Act is a New Hampshire solution that will modernize how people can register to vote.

Reversing Tax Cuts to Corporations

Starting 10 AM, Thursday, March 14th, Senate Chamber

SENATE – Ways and Means – SB 301relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, and relative to revenue sharing with cities and towns.

Why this matters: In Sununu’s 2017 budget, he pushed through a $100 million tax cut for the wealthiest 3% of corporations that they didn’t need and didn’t want. Democrats want to make sure Granite Staters are the ones who get tax cuts not Sununu’s highest dollar donors. This bill would rectify Sununu’s disastrous budget and give relief to those who deserve it immediately.

Minimum Wage

Starting 1 PM, Thursday, March 14th, House Chamber

HOUSE – Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services – HB 186establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.

Why this matters: This bill will establish a minimum wage here in New Hampshire. Democrats firmly believe that all Granite Staters should be paid a living wage, which is why they’ve been fighting this fight for years. Now, with Democratic majorities in the State Senate and State House, they’re working hard to make that happen. This bill will establish the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour- there are several bills in the legislature this session addressing this critical issue, each at varying levels.

Results On The Floor

Inaugural Committee Accountability

Thursday, March 7th, Senate Chamber 

SENATE -Election Law and Municipal Affairs – SB 105, relative to contributions to inaugural committees.

Why this matters:  After the jarring reports of Governor Sununu’s inappropriate use of inaugural funds, this legislation will bring some much-needed transparency to the inaugural committee. No Granite Staters should worry how the governor is using these funds. SB 105 will end the lack of transparency and make sure Sununu isn’t engaging in pay to play operations.

PASSED: Senate 22-2

Minor Primary Voting

Thursday, March 7th, House Chamber

HOUSE – Election Law – CACR 5, allowing 17 year olds to vote in a primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election

Why this matters: Currently, 21 states allow 17 year olds to vote if they will be 18 by the general election. Our democracy only works when people participate and wherever possible we should encourage young eligible voters to get involved. 17 year olds should be allowed to have a say in which candidates they will be supporting in the general election.

Did Not Pass: 217-151 (Needed 2/3 to Pass)

No Excuse Absentee Voting

Thursday, March 7th, House Chamber

HOUSE – House Election Law – HB 611allowing voters to vote by absentee ballot.

Passed: 198-163


HOUSE – House Election Law – CACR 6relating to elections. Providing that any inhabitant who so desires may vote by absentee ballot in primary and general elections.

Did Not Pass: 208-151 (Needed 2/3 to Pass)

Why this matters: Currently, in order to vote absentee, a voter must have an “excuse” to cast their ballot absentee. This law will remove any judgment calls by local officials and any barrier of entry to the absentee voting process. This law will make voting easier for Granite Staters.

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Expansion

Thursday, March 7th, House Chamber

HOUSE – Judiciary – HB 608expanding the law against discrimination based on gender identity to other areas of the law prohibiting discrimination.

Why this matters: Following the vitally important HB 1319, which passed last year and protected transgender civil liberties, HB 608 will continue this work and further block discrimination against Granite Staters because of their gender identity. Nothing should stand in the way of Granite Staters’ ability to live their lives free of prejudice and bigotry and this legislation will help the transgender community do just that.

Passed: 230-122

Action Alert

Report Results from Town Meeting Day!

The NHDP is looking for volunteers to report results to us on the night of Town Meeting Day. Please reply to this email or email if you’re able to help with the numbers.

Registering Your Committee with SOS

REMINDER: All town and county committees who have expenses or contributions of over $500 in that two-year cycle must re-register the committee with the NH Secretary of State. The first financial report is due on June 5, 2019- get ahead of this now by re-registering your committee. Please let us know how we can help.

County Caucuses

Every two years, Democrats from all 10 counties as well as the cities of Manchester and Nashua gather to elect their Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretaries, Treasurers, and Delegates At-Large for the state convention. The following is the list of dates for these caucuses. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend and run for positions within our county leadership.

April 1st, 7 PM
Nashua Senior Center

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!
March 16th – Jay Inslee 
Bedford Meet and Greet
Email to RSVP and for location
10:30 AM

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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