Monthly Archive September 2017


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NH Grassroots Newsletter



Hello Granite State Democrats!

Memorial Day weekend is just ahead, and we will all pause to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in support of our country and to thank our nation’s veterans for their service. We also wanted to share some ways you can support veterans across the State of New Hampshire.

  • Join the Veterans and Military Families Caucus within the New Hampshire Democratic Party by emailing Caucus Chair Tam Siekmann at
  • Write a Letter to the Editor to bring awareness to issues impacting Granite State veterans and military families.
  • Attend local events such as Nashua’s Memorial Day Parade or New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery’s Memorial Day Ceremony.

However you decide to celebrate, we all wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Keep up the good fight and enjoy the season’s nice weather!

Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings, volunteer engagement, or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Have a wonderful rest of your week,


Slate Goodwin                                                        Sarah Guggenheimer
Outreach Director                                          Deputy Communications Director                                     

Emma Tyler                                                            Ben Ernst
Deputy Executive Director                                      Political Director                                           

On the Floor

Campaign Funds for Child Care Expenses

Thursday, May 23rd, State Senate Chamber

SENATE – Election Law and Municipal Affairs – HB 651, allowing the use of campaign funds for child care expenses.

Why this matters: Studies have shown that, on average, there are more barriers of entry for parents and people of low income to run for office than others. This bill will allow more Granite Staters with young families to serve in the legislature by reducing the personal financial burden to candidates and elected officials. The $100/yr salary for New Hampshire state legislators is, in many cases, not even enough to cover a single week of childcare. This bill will make things a little easier for a diverse group of people to be able to serve.

Independent Redistricting Commission

Thursday, May 23rd, State Senate Chamber

SENATE – Election Law and Municipal Affairs – HB 706, establishing an independent redistricting commission.

Why this matters: Creating fair, non-gerrymandered districts creates representation that accurately reflects communities across New Hampshire. For too long, New Hampshire’s legislative districts have been gerrymandered to make sure the party in power, stays in power. An independent commission will make sure every vote matters and that absurdly drawn districts are a thing of the past. There are multiple bills currently in the legislature addressing this issue.

Community Solar Project

Thursday, May 23rd, State House Chamber

HOUSE – Science, Technology, and Energy – SB 165, relative to net energy metering by low-moderate income community solar projects.

Why this matters: This bill will create projects in low-moderate income communities for solar panels. This will both provide renewable energy sources for communities in New Hampshire as well as create credits for the consumer.

Suicide Prevention in Schools

Thursday, May 23rd, State House Chamber

HOUSE – Education – SB 282, relative to suicide prevention education in schools.

Why this matters: Suicide among students has become an increasing problem in New Hampshire schools. Unfortunately, most school personnel have little or no experience in dealing with students who exhibit suicidal tendencies. This bill will require school districts and chartered public schools across the state to develop a policy for preventing, assessing the risk of, and responding to student suicide. Additionally, this bill will provide the training necessary for faculty, staff, and designated school volunteers to better understand suicide prevention.

Results from the Statehouse

Gender Identity on Drivers’ Licenses

Wednesday, May 15th, State Senate Chamber

SENATE – Transportation – HB 669, relative to gender identity information included on drivers’ licenses and nondrivers’ identification cards.

Why this matters: Currently seven countries, nine states, and various Native American authorities recognize non-binary individuals. This bill will add New Hampshire to that list and allow non-binary Granite Staters to opt for an X gender identifier, rather than M or F, on their driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, or nondriver identification card. Doing so will ensure further recognition for LGBTQ+ residents and a continued support of transgender protections signed into law previously.

PASSED: Voice Vote

Defining Prime Wetland

Wednesday, May 15th, State Senate Chamber

SENATE – Energy and Natural Resources – HB 326, relative to the definition of prime wetland.

Why this matters: This bill will clearly define one of our state’s most important and diverse ecological spaces – the prime wetland. By doing so, our local and state governments can work better to protect this important piece of New Hampshire’s environment through a more explicit governmental understanding of its needs and relationship to other nearby natural landmarks.

PASSED: 16-8

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.

2019 Midterm State Convention.

The convention will be held on Saturday, September 7 at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Party anticipates that all Democratic presidential candidates will attend, as well as other national leaders, and candidates up and down the Granite State ticket. It is surely an event you won’t want to miss!

Every four years NH Democrats host the presidential candidates at their state convention, a tradition starting back in 1983. The 2019 event is on track to be the largest event thus far. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months on how to get tickets.

Upcoming Presidential Primary Visits.

As the First in the Nation (FITN) presidential primary season officially heats up, please use this section to learn about when candidates will be visiting the Granite State!

May 21st – Wayne Messam
Goffstown Meet and Greet
Apotheca, Goffstown NH
1:00 PM

May 26th – Eric Swalwell
Merrimack Town Hall
Merrimack Historical Society, Merrimack NH
9:30 AM

May 26th – John Delaney
Amherst BBQ
3 High Meadow Lane, Amherst NH
3:30 PM

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