May 2

 

From The Chairman's Desk

 
Simply stunning. New Hampshire Republicans really jumped the shark over the past week. First, it was Republican State Rep. Infantine proudly claiming that women are paid less because they are less motivated. Next, it was former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen comparing Senator Shaheen to Betty Crocker Cake Mix. Then a few days later, the NHGOP sent out a litany of sexist and offensive tweets, questioning Senator Shaheen's support of the Boston Bruins, seemingly because she is a woman. 
 
Wow. Just wow.
 
Also this week, the NHGOP's Executive Director Matt Mowers was subpoenaed for the second time for his intimate involvement in Chris Christie's Bridgate scandal. And aneditorial in New Hampshire Business Magazine detailed Matt Mowers’ “ambush” of Senator Shaheen on behalf of Scott Brown at an event for New Hampshire small businesses.
 
It is clear that the Republican Party is willing to do or say anything, no matter how offensive, to fire up their base to get ahead this election season. We can't let them get away with it.
 
The nastiness permeating from the NHGOP headquarters is firing up Democrats across the state to get out and organize for November. We have to fight back against an out of control Republican party that wants to send us backwards, to defend all the advances our state and country have made.
Let's send a message loud and clear to the rest of the country in November. A positive message that the Granite State is better then sexist tweets and dirty politics we have grown accustom to from the NHGOP. A message that Democrats are leading New Hampshire forward with honor and respect for all people. 
 
 
 

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@DonnaSoucy: Senator Soucy, after much hard work and dedication, saw her bill Joshua's Law pass through the House. Make sure to follow her and send her a congraulatory tweet for all she did!

@LindaTannerNH: Representaitve Tanner this week announced that she is running to for State Senate in District 8. This should be a race that all Granite Dems should watch closely.

 


@NH1News: NH 1 News recently entered the twitter game, and is proving itself to be a valuable resource for breaking #nhpolitics news. Definitely worth a follow.

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Save the Date!

 
Strafford County Democratic Summit
Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m.
Dover Public Library
73 Locust St, Dover
 
Cheshire County Democrats' Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, May 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Sovereign Best Western Ballroom
401 Winchester St, Keene
 
Rockingham County Democrats' Clambake
Sunday, May 4th, 1:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Elks Club
500 Jones Ave, Portsmouth
 
Cheshire County Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, May 6th, 6 p.m.
Southwest Community Services Conference Room
63 Community Way, Keene
 
Hillsborough County Towns Democrats Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 6th, 7:00 p.m.
Wadleigh Library
49 Nashua St, Milford
 
Bedford Democrats Meeting
Wednesday, May 7th, 10 a.m.
Bedford Library, McAllaster Room
3 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford
 
Carroll County Democratic Summit & Platform Committee Hearing
Thursday, May 8th, 5:30 p.m.
Sunny Villa Restaurant
1020 NH 16, Ossipee
 
Manchester City Democratic Summit
Saturday, May 10th, 10 a.m.
Manchester City Library Auditorium
405 Pine St, Manchester
 
Cheshire County Democratic Summit
Saturday, May 10th, 1:00 p.m.
Southwest Community Services Conference Room
49 Community Way, Keene
 
Nashua City Democratic Summit
Monday, May 12th, 6:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
11 Tara Blvd, Nashua
 
Concord Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m.
NHDP
105 N State St, Concord
 
New Boston Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, May 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Whipple Free Library
67 Mont Vernon Rd, New Boston
 
Moose Mountain Democrats Meeting
(Brookfield, Milton, Union, Wakefield)
Thursday, May 15th, 12:00 p.m.
Poor People's Pub
1 Witchtrot Rd, Sanbornville
 
Grafton County Democratic Summit
Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m.
Canaan Meetinghouse
1169 US Route 4, Canaan


Featured Letter
To The Editor

 
Note to NHGOP: Women can be sports fans
 
 

The usually vile NHGOP Twitter account hit a new low on Saturday night when it lashed out at Senator Jeanne Shaheen for congratulating the Boston Bruins on their recent victory. The @NHGOP tweeted, “You don’t know the first thing about hockey.”

Why would the New Hampshire Republican Party assume that Senator Shaheen doesn’t know the first thing about hockey? She has celebrated Bruins victories for decades. She was a collegiate basketball player. She coached her daughters’ sports teams. She has grandchildren who play hockey. So why, then, would they assume that she doesn’t know “the first thing about hockey?”

Could it be because she is a woman?

This type of stereotyping is something I’ve battled as a female athlete. “You’re a girl. You can’t be an Olympic skier.” “YOU won an Olympic medal?” “This isn’t a sport for girls.” When I was a freshman at Laconia High School, women weren’t allowed to join the ski team.

So I tucked my hair into my hat and went by the name Tommy. They told me I couldn’t be a female athlete. And now, 61 years later, Jeanne Shaheen — the first woman to be elected as both Governor and a Senator in history — is being told that she can’t possibly be a sports fan. Because she’s a woman. The audacity of the NHGOP never ceases to shock and disgust me. This is the same party whose former chair recently compared Shaheen to Betty Crocker cake mix in an op-ed. And it was an NHGOPer who last week decided that pay discrimination exists because women are less motivated than men. The string of aggressive tweets that came out of the NHGOP were perhaps so unsettling because they came out of nowhere, yet from what seemed to be a very angry, bitter place. They were unprovoked and nasty, and made giant presumptions about Senator Shaheen based on her gender. The Republican Party clearly still has a problem with women and women’s issues.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown happily tweeted a congratulatory Bruins tweet from his account with no backlash suggesting that he wasn’t a true hockey fan. Perhaps because his name is Scott, and hers is Jeanne.


Penny Pitou

Gilford


Editor's note: Penelope Theresa "Penny" Pitou is a former United States Olympic alpine skier who, in 1960, became the first American skier to win a medal in the Olympic downhill event.
 

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Continuing efforts to strengthen the health and financial well-being of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan and the Department of Health and Human Services this week provided an update on the implementation of the bipartisan health care expansion plan known as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

“Last month, we took a historic step forward for the health and financial well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities by passing our bipartisan plan to expand health care access to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters,” Governor Hassan said. “To meet the benchmarks and aggressive timelines put forward in our fiscally responsible, uniquely New Hampshire solution, our implementation team at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving quickly toward a goal of July 1 to begin coverage under the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.”


Senator Shaheen spent this week continuing to lead the fight to raise the minimum wage - which is so important for hard working families in New Hampshire and across the country.  You can help her continue this fight by signing our petition to call on Congress to #RaiseTheWage. 
 
There are several ways you can get involved in our campaign right now:
 
1. Sign up to volunteer: Volunteers are the engine that drives a true grassroots campaign. You know better than most what it takes to go door-to-door, person-to-person and win on Election Day. 
 
2. Donate a tweet: This is fun - you can pick the frequency with which you want to automatically retweet or share the tweets and Facebook posts that the campaign publishes (once a day, week, or month).  
 
3. Share your story: Jeanne Shaheen is standing with New Hampshire, and we'd like to hear why are you standing with her. We all have a story, please share yours with us.
 

Please stay tuned and keep in touch with our campaign by visiting our new website www.jeanneshaheen.org and following along on the campaign trail on Twitter and Facebook.
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