Newsletter - September 2019
I don’t know where the summer went, but it sure went by quickly! Presidential candidates, the NH Democratic Convention, Old Home Days… whew! I’d like to give a big shout out to all the volunteers who helped make Old Home Days the success that it was. Sure it rained, but we had a great presence, and we received a lot of terrific feedback.
As we get ready to head into autumn, it's time to turn our attention to fundraising. There is so much at stake in the upcoming 2020 election, there's no time to waste; we must be ready to get Kat, Michelle, Melanie and Debora re-elected. And we absolutely must get a Democrat elected for Governor! That's why the theme of this year's Harvest Fundraiser is #VetoSununu, and I'm counting on each of you to help. Attend the fundraiser (more info on that in later in this newsletter), become a sponsor, volunteer at the event, or make a donation to the Hollis Dems so we can help build a Blue Tsunami in 2020!
Harvest Fundraiser Tickets On Sale Now!
It's time to take back the corner office in Concord! It's time to #VetoSununu!
Join the Hollis Democrats on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm at the Lawrence Barn (28 Depot Rd, Hollis, NH) for a Harvest Fundraiser with our Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
Last year we sold out, and this year we are selling out fast, so click here get your tickets while they last. Or better yet, become a sponsor!
Featuring seasonal harvest ingredients, Chef Markoh, of Lucia Tavola and Markoh's on Main in Ayer, MA, will be preparing our menu; more info on that coming soon!
Confirmed Speakers (more to be announced soon):
Candidate for State Representative, District 27, Tom Harris
State Representative, District 27, Michelle St. John
State Representative, District 40, Kat McGhee
State Senator, District 12, Melanie Levesque
Executive Councilor, District 5, Debora Pignatelli
Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky
State Senator Dan Feltes
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley
Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Thank you to our Harvest Bushel Sponsors ($250)!
NH State Representative, District 40, Kat McGhee
Executive Councilor, District 5, Debora Pignatelli
Thank you to our Harvest Basket Sponsors ($100)!
Kathryn and Jake Begley
Andrew Yang for President
Save the date for our next meeting, Tuesday, September 24th at the Lawrence Barn. It’s Chat & Chow social time at 6:30pm, and then our program will start at 7pm. This month we’ll be joined by Senators Melanie Levesque and Tom Sherman to discuss voting and election legislation. You won't want to miss it!
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
House Republicans Flip on Previous Votes to Provide Cover for Extreme Governor
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – The House of Representatives took up 24 House Bills vetoed by Governor Sununu today, overriding the Governor on only one. Vetoes of numerous bills were upheld, including legislation to reduce gun violence, expand renewable energy, and end gerrymandering. House Majority Leader Doug Ley (D- Jaffrey), released the following statement:
“The actions by House Republicans today were truly disappointing. By voting to sustain the governor’s vetoes on numerous bills passed with bipartisan support, House Republicans decided that providing cover for Governor Sununu is more important than upholding the oath to represent the people of their district. Of the bills defeated today, nearly half were originally sponsored by Republicans and three-quarters originally received bipartisan votes in the House.
“The vetoes upheld by Republicans today included critical bills to improve public safety, end gerrymandering, protect the rights of all voters, expand renewable energy and save the biomass industry in New Hampshire. Unlike last year, when House Republicans joined Democrats to override Governor Sununu on biomass legislation, Republicans flipped today in a vote that will cost Granite State jobs.
“The people of New Hampshire elect representatives from their community to be a voice for their community in Concord. Today’s votes made clear that House Republicans are not a voice for their community, they are simply a voice for Governor Sununu.”
The summer has gone by fast. Although we were off from the legislature, we had plenty to work on. Fundraisers and candidate visits, study committees, Commissions, and Council there was never a dull moment. Here are some highlights:
Senator Melanie Levesque continue to work on the SMART ACT (Secure, Modern, Accurate Registration Technology), which was retained in the House. Representative Kat McGhee is working on a few bills for the next session: grid modernization next steps, music therapy licensure, and a study on attaining a clean electric grid by 2030. Representative Michelle St. John is back up in Concord working on some potential legislation for next session and have begun working with the bipartisan Children’s Caucus on priorities for next session.
Click here to read more about Melanie's recent work.
Click here to read more about Kat's recent work.
Click here to read more about Michelle's recent work.
The NHDP Convention was a sold-out event. It was wonderful to see so much positivity under one roof. The candidates made inspirational speeches. We are proud to be members of a party the puts people first! Click here to check out this short video of convention highlights!
Your Input Is Needed
As part of the Ten Year Plan (TYP) process, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) seeks input from citizens, legislators and stakeholders on what is important when considering transportation investment, project prioritization, and transportation options. GACIT has scheduled 20 public hearings throughout the State over the next two months.
Recognizing that some citizens are unable to attend the hearings, the Department has posted the GACIT public hearings presentation and developed a survey to provide the people of New Hampshire with an opportunity to be heard. We hope that you are able to spend about ten minutes on the survey to provide your input on what is important to your constituents and the State as a whole.
Click here for an introductory video on the public process for the Ten Year Plan by Commissioner Sheehan.
Toxic Dirt = Toxic Water
Representatives McGhee and St. John and Senator Levesque (along with several Nashua State Representatives, and Massachusetts elected officials) attended a Community Forum in mid-August regarding the soil reclamation project that would result in 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 cubic yards of potentially toxic soil being dumped in a former quarry site (161 Nashua Road in Pepperell). The site is very close (200 feet) from the junction of the Nashua and Nissitissit Rivers and is very close to a shared aquifer with Hollis.
Click here for more info!
In Case You Missed It!
In case you missed it, here are a few pics of the Hollis Dems at Old Home Days: