April 10


Dear Friend,

What a week!  The House was unable to pass a budget due to lack of Republican leadership and support from within their own party. This marks the first time in over 50 years that New Hampshire has failed to pass a budget!

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee will meet to attempt to pick up the pieces and provide the funds that New Hampshire so desperately needs. Meanwhile, the Republicans continue to cut valuable resources for New Hampshire families. Senate Bill 7 will make it harder for those in need to get food stamps. This is just another example of Governor Sununu and the Republicans attacking important programs without considering the long term effects on New Hampshire. 

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.


Sue Ford                                                                   Erin Cotton
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                            Operations Director, NHDP
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                       ecotton@nhdp.org
Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.org                                                      eturmelle@nhdp.org
County Caucus Dates!

Please mark your calendars for these caucus dates!

4/17 - Nashua City Caucus - Location TBA at 6:30pm
4/24 - Carroll County Caucus - Runnells Hall Road, Chocoua at 6:00pm
4/25 - Sullivan County Caucus - Moody Building 2nd fl, Claremont at 7:00pm
5/2 - Cheshire County Caucus - Auditorium of the Keene Public Library at 6:00pm
5/6 - Manchester City Caucus - Location TBA at 10:00am
5/8 - Rockingham County Caucus - The Exeter Inn
90 Front St, Exeter at 7:00pm
5/11 - Belknap County Caucus - 354 South Main Street, Laconia at 6:00pm

TBD - Merrimack County Caucus
TBD - Coos County Caucus
TBD - Grafton County Caucus
TBD - Hillsborough County Caucus
TBD - Strafford County Caucus

Voters must be registered Democrats who live in the county. 

Introduction from the NHDP's new Political Director, Erin Turmelle

I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Erin Turmelle and I have just started as the Political Director for the NHDP. I am excited to meet you all in the coming months as I travel the state to attend caucuses and committee meetings. As Political Director, my top priority will be working with local committees and groundswell groups across the state to provide resources and trainings to help build up local parties and recruit more activists to prepare for the 2018 elections. I look forward to hearing your ideas and questions in person over the coming weeks. While I am getting acquainted and learning about this role, I wanted to take this opportunity to hear from you now to help shape the direction of this program. Please fill out the following questionnaire so that we can start to work together! 

Fill out the Questionnaire HERE!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly. I look forward to working with you all! 

Erin Turmelle
Political Director, NHDP

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We have heard across the state that local committees and activists are interested in trainings in 2017 - we are very happy to announce two fantastic opportunities to learn and master the skills that we will need in NH to take back the Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and State House in 2018.

WHAT: 2017 National Democratic Train the Trainers Program
WHEN:  Mondays and Wednesdays April 17th - May 24th at 6pm 
WHERE: Online

 This will be a 6-week in-depth, online training and certification process with webinars taking place every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm ET. The goal is to train and certify local Democratic leaders and activists to engage in long-term community organizing. Participants that complete all six weeks of the program will receive a certificate of completion celebrating their achievement.


WHAT: Digital Training
WHEN: April 23rd from 6-8pm
WHERE: New Hampshire Democratic Party, 105 N State St., Concord

Are you thinking about running for office? Are you currently an elected official? Do you want to learn how to utilize digital tools to extend your reach? Are you just getting started? This training will provide you with some valuable knowledge about how to integrate digital strategies into your campaign or movement. Topics we will cover include: Making sure you are reaching the voters in your district on social media, building an email list and access to resources to help you achieve your goals!
Please note this training assumes a basic understanding of twitter and facebook.  If you would like help setting up an account please contact eturmelle@nhdp.org.


Week of April 10 - April 14, 2017

Monday, April 10th 1:00 PM / Finance / Room 103, State House

Senate - Finance - HB-144, Presentation of proposed Amendment #2017-1344s, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019 to HB 144. HB 144 will serve as the vehicle for HB 1-A.

 Senate - Finance - HB-517, Presentation of proposed Amendment #2017-1345s, relative to state fees, funds, revenues and expenditures to HB 517. HB 517 will serve as the vehicle for HB 2-FN-A-L. 

Why this matters: With the House unable to pass a budget last week, the Senate must now attach the budget as amendments to existing bills that have already passed through the House. The Senate will work with the Governor's office to come to an agreement on a budget for the state. After the Senate passes the budget, the House and Senate will conference to examine the final budget before it gets signed into law. 

Wednesday, April 12th 1:00 PM / Health and Human Services / Room 205, Legislative Office Building

House - HHS - SB 7-FN-L, relative to eligibility for food stamps and establishing the Granite Workforce pilot program. 

Why this matters: This bill limits access to food stamps for those in need. This bill is straight out of the ALEC's (American Legislative Exchange Council) playbook and looks suspiciously similar to another "model bill" passed in Florida. 

 Notable Floor Votes

Neither the House or the Senate are in session this week. 

The next House session will be Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00am. 

The next Senate session will be Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00am. 

Please reach out to Sue Ford, sford@nhdp.org, to visit these sessions. 

Interested in Testifying at Committee Hearings?

We’ll send you information on how to testify

Click HERE to add your name to the list!

Legislative Recap 
Week in Review - Apr. 3rd - Apr. 7th 

Last week, the House was unable to pass a comprehensive budget for the state of New Hampshire. This is the first time in over 50 years that this has happened. Even more incredibly, it happened when Republicans have a 53 seat majority in the House, control of the Senate, control of the Executive Council and with a sitting Republican Governor! This demonstrates a clear lack of Republican leadership and divisions within their own party. 

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Democratic Press Releases


House Democratic Leader Comments on Failure of House Budget Proposal
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... "Democrats opposed this budget because it fails to support the priorities so important to the people of New Hampshire. At a time when Granite Staters see the opioid crisis as the most important problem facing our state, this budget proposal fails to adequately fund the services that are so desperately needed to stem the tide of addiction. Despite clear direction on the funding needed for developmental disability services, this budget could leave us with the biggest waitlist for essential services in a decade."

"In the face of strong bipartisan support, including from our state’s Republican governor, House budget writers elected to remove funding for full-day kindergarten from the budget. This action not only hinders our goal to build the workforce that will drive our economy into the future, it also tells young working families that their priorities are not in line with ours.
” ... House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook)
... "I am pleased that the Senate passed legislation today to ensure that our towns and local officials, who acted in good faith and in the best interests of their towns’ citizens, can move forward with the business of running their towns without being trapped in a state of legal limbo.” ... Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield)

Senator Woodburn Renews Call for Legislature to Ratify Town Meeting Results
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... "Given the defeat of Speaker Jasper’s proposal yesterday in the House Election Law Committee, there’s only one path forward to ensuring our local governments can get back to the business of serving the people of their towns. I call on my House colleagues to immediately take up SB 248 and pass it in its original form and I hope that my Republican colleagues in the Senate and Governor Sununu will join me in this effort.” ... Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Whitefield)


Democratic Women Senators: It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work
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... "Despite decades of research and advocacy, pay discrimination between male and female workers continues to undermine our nation’s fundamental principles of equality. Today, American women on average earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. That disparity increases significantly for women of color. This isn’t just a women’s issue--it’s a family issue and an economic issue.” ...  The women senators of the NH Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day

State Democrats in the News

N.H. Debates New Eligibility Formula For Government Assistance
Panelist: Senator Dan Feltes (D – CONCORD)

Representative Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) and Representative JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton) on Newsmakers


We are going to need all hands-on-deck for 2017.  If you’d like to get involved, please let us know.  There are many ways to help out!  You can volunteer to write letters to your local paper, call your local representatives, testify at hearings, or share posts on social media.

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As we enter the 2017 legislative session, we will need all hands-on-deck to push back on the Republican leadership who have already made it clear that they will focus on Right-to-Work (for less), restricting voting access, and other priorities that the people of New Hampshire do not want. My job over the next two years as the NHDP Grassroots Chair will be to keep local Democrats informed and engaged during the 2017-2018 legislative session, and I need your help!

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