Newsletter - March 2019
The Hollis Democrats' biennial caucus will be held on Tuesday, March 26.
The Hollis Democrats will be holding our bi-annual caucus to elect our executive committee and to (hopefully) fill some key volunteer positions during our March meeting, on Tuesday, March 26th. We’ll be starting with a potluck supper at 6:30pm and the caucus will start at 7:15pm. If you would like to sign up to bring a dish to the potluck, you can sign up here. If you are not planning to attend the potluck, please still plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out your caucus voting registration form. NHDP now requires us to return all caucus registration forms along with the caucus results.
Here are a few FAQs about town caucuses provided by the NH Democratic Party :
Question 1: What is a caucus?
Answer 1: A caucus is a meeting where a Democratic town or city organization elects its officers.
Question 2: Why do Democrats hold caucuses?
Answer 2: Two reasons: Practically speaking, these officers are delegates at the upcoming State Democratic Convention. Secondly, Town and City Committees are the roots of the grassroots organizing that drives a successful Democratic Party. These elections allow us to elect strong leaders who will build the Democratic Committee, recruit candidates to run for all levels of the ballot and be a Democratic presence in every town.
Question 3: Who is elected at a caucus?
Answer 3: Each town/city elects its officers: one Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and its Delegates-at-Large. In Hollis, we have two Delegate-at-Large positions. All officers as well as the Delegates-at-Large are delegates for the NHDP Convention in September.
Question 4: Who can run for an officer or delegate position?
Answer 4 : Any registered Democrat residing the town.
Question 5: Who can vote for candidates running for officer or delegate positions?
Answer 5: Any registered Democrat residing the town.
If you are interested in any of these positions, or if you have other interests or skills that you’d like to put to use with the Hollis Dems, please send an email to HollisDems@outlook.com.
After the caucus, we’ll be joined by Melanie Levesque who will give us an Senate update, and then we will have a presentation by Hollis artist Christopher Volpe showcasing responses to climate change from artists all over the world. Chris has created a body of work invoking our current self-destructive path toward climate catastrophe while drawing upon Herman Melville’s apocalyptic characterization of the American quest in Moby-Dick.
Click here to see more about the upcoming caucus.
March 11, 2019
NH Senate Democrats have been focused on the Granite State Opportunity plan which outlines our goals and objectives for the next 2 years and beyond. It starts by creating a budget that reflects our priorities of Paid Family Medical Leave, Job opportunities and education for all. We are working on legislation to protect the Healthcare of Granite Stater’s, protect NH’s children by addressing the staff shortage at DCYF, encourage growth in renewable energy production, suspend further Business Tax cuts to provide property tax relief to the people of our state and implement the planning, development, and costing of RAIL.
I am the chair of Election Law and Municipal Affairs and am working on modernizing our voter registration through the SMART ACT SB7. Did you know NH has $13,000,000 in Help America Vote (HAVA) funds, used to reform voter registration? 15 states have accomplished this at the cost of 30K to 500K and approximately 28 states have passed laws to implement the system. In the long run it will make our elections more secure and accurate and save time and money.
Another important election law bill is SB67 relative to the definitions of resident and residency. I am proposing an amendment to last year’s HB1264 which required students to register their cars in NH in order to vote. “poll tax” SB 67 makes exceptions to the residency statute allowing military personnel, students and people employed for a fixed term to vote where they reside.
I am proud of amending the Republican sponsored SB 317, a bill to Prohibit Sanctuary Cities into a Commission to study legal immigration and its impact on the NH Workforce. A commission allows us to have a thoughtful conversation about Immigration, which built our country and the need for more people in the workforce. The Senate unanimously voted to observe Juneteenth, the day that all men and women were proclaimed free, as an annual day of observance.
It is my honor to serve as your Senator. Please feel free to write me with your thoughts or concerns on bills we are hearing.
Thank you for your support,