NH Grassroots Newsletter

Byrich green

NH Grassroots Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Today we’re entering into the 24th day of the government shutdown. This frustrating and devastating shutdown has kept 800,000 out of a paycheck and millions from receiving the services they deserve from the government. It’s also proven that Trump and the Republicans are far more concerned with partisan victories than by actually helping their constituents.

Our delegation has been hard at work trying to reopen the government and mitigating the effects of the government shutdown on all Granite Staters and Americans.

But someone who’s been notably silent on this shutdown? Governor Chris Sununu.

Sununu seems to love talking up his close relationship with the White House, but whenever there’s a moment for him to stand up and demand Trump act in the best interests of all of us, he shies away.

That’s simply not ok. Call Governor Sununu today at 603-271-2121 to demand he call on the White House to reopen the government today! Let’s also make sure to show our support for our delegation who, as always, are fighting for our best interests.

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  sgoodwin@nhdp.org                                               sguggenheimer@nhdp.org

Emma Tyler                                                            Ben Ernst
Deputy Executive Director                                      Political Director
etyler@nhdp.org                                                     bernst@nhdp.org

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 etyler@nhdp.org.

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 eturmelle@nhdp.org.

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 sgoodwin@nhdp.org.

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 bernst@nhdp.org.

McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner

Buy your ticket today to hear from our special guest Senator Elizabeth Warren and to join hundreds of other Democratic activists and elected officials at this incredible event!
60th Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner
Who: Senator Elizabeth Warren
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
700 Elm St, Manchester NH
When: Friday, February 22nd
Buy your ticket HERE!

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 15, 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 AKennedy@NHDP.org 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

Minor Primary Voting

Tuesday, January 15th / Election Law Committee / Room 308, Legislative Office Building

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.

Withdrawal from the Voter Crosscheck Program

Tuesday, January 15th, 11AM / Election Law Committee / Room 308, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Election Law – HB 315ending New Hampshire’s participation in the Crosscheck program

Why this matters: This legislation intends to end New Hampshire’s involvement in the Crosscheck Program, founded by voter fraud conspiracy theorist, former Kansas Secretary of State, and failed Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. This program’s purpose is to identify individuals registered in two different states, but in reality the program has a 99% false positive rate.

Annulling Marijuana Convictions

Tuesday, January 15th, 2:30PM / Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee / Room 204, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Criminal Justice and Public Safety – HB 399-FNrelative to annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana, or less

Why this matters: Two years ago, New Hampshire decriminalized possession of a 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana. This legislation seeks to expunge the records of those previously arrested or convicted for this now-decriminalized act. This is a common-sense step to ensure those who’ve been previously affected by this law, no longer have to be penalized for it.

Establishing a FITN Commission

Thursday, January 17th, 1:30PM / Election Law Committee / Room 308, Legislative Office Building

HOUSE – Election Law – HB 452, establishing a commission on the First in the Nation Presidential Primary

Why this matters: New Hampshire’s status as the First in the Nation Presidential Primary state is incredibly important. This bill would establish a commission that would work to ensure New Hampshire maintains this status as the FITN state for years to come.

Action Alert

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast – Hollis

On MLK Day on Monday, January 21st, celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with keynote speaker, Rev. Eric Jackson and Youth Speaker, Jamila- Ashanti Scales.

The breakfast is at Alpine Gove Banquet Facility in Hollis, from 8:30AM-11:30AM. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children and students. Children four and under can enter for free. Tickets at the door are $40.

Please RSVP by email to info@snhobu.com and jas.business@live.com or by phone at (603) 943-5721.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration – Manchester

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.


Town Meeting Day

Town meeting day is just a few short months away! At the beginning of each year Granite Staters vote on important local elected officials such as Selectman, Supervisors of the Checklist, Moderators, etc. These non partisan elections don’t get the attention that they deserve, and many positions go unopposed. If Democrats are not recruited to run for these positions, they cannot win! It us up to us to make sure we are recruiting Democrats to run for each and every position. In 2018 we elected over 600 Democrats to these critical offices. Let’s keep it going!​

April Town Meeting – 4/9/19

Filing Period: February 20 – March 1, 2019

  • Merrimack

November Municipal Elections – 11/5/19

Filing Period: Varies by City

  • Manchester – July 8 – July 19, 2019
  • Nashua

If you are interested in filing for office or have any questions about Town Meeting Day please reach out to our Political Department at political@nhdp.org.

Here’s to even more Democratic victories in 2019, 2020 and beyond!

Host Your Own State of the Union Watch Party

President Trump’s State of the Union will take place on Tuesday, January 29th at 9PM. And while his speech will definitely be filled with frustrating lies and his radical agenda, we hope you’ll join us by having some fun with it…

NHDP staff have compiled a State of the Union Watch Party in a Box to help Democratic committees and activists hold their own events! We have sample invitations, agendas, Trump bingo cards, and other planned activities to help make the event fun and memorable.

If you’re interested in getting these supplies, email political@nhdp.org and we’ll set you up with everything you need!

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

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

January 19th – John Delaney
Meet and Greet
Black Forest Cafe, Amherst NH

February 12th – John Delaney
Politics and Eggs
Bedford Village Inn, Bedford 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 political@nhdp.org 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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