FRIDAY, May 19th 
A Note From Jeanie
Dear --FNAME--,

Last evening 500 New Hampshire Republicans gathered to hear Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump, at the Nashua Radisson. Kellyanne’s message was clear – it all happens with the grassroots! We know that here in New Hampshire and what is exciting is that the White House gets it too.

Kellyanne also spoke about the pervasive bias of the media and I can tell you that she is right on the mark with that!

Just this morning, the AP printed a story that said there were only 150 people in the room last night. They also said that Republicans were less than enthusiastic when Kellyanne spoke about Hillary Clinton’s failure as a candidate.

Fellow Republicans, this is what we’re up against now and into 2018--a media that joins with the Democrats with false narratives, negative news, and obstructionist behavior.
But don’t be fooled, there is a lot of good going on right now – things that are not being covered by the media. For instance, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model shows the U.S. economy is predicted to expand at a 4.1 percent annualized pace in the second quarter following the release of April figures on housing starts and industrial output. Domestic factory production is up by one percent, the biggest monthly gain in over three years. Residential investment growth climbed to 8.3% from 6.0% following the latest housing starts data. Confidence is growing and so are jobs across the country.

Here in NH, the Governor, Senate, and House leadership are working together to bring forward a responsible budget based on realistic revenues. They are passing legislation to address the opioid crisis and problems left over from the last administration relative to mental health. They are also working hard to move NH to being a more business-friendly environment by reducing regulation, red tape, and taxes.

We need to maintain and grow our majorities in 2018. And right now, we need to defend the seats in the House and Senate that are up for Special Elections. The first election is right around the corner, May 23. So if you live in Carroll 6 (Wolfeboro) or Hillsborough 44 (Manchester wards 8, 9, & Litchfield), get out and vote on Tuesday, May 23rd!


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Hancock GOP Monthly Meeting
May 21 - 4:00 PM 
Hancock Town Hall, 50 Main Street, Hancock, NH

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May 23 - 7:00 PM 
Tuscan Kitchen, 67 Main Street, Salem, NH
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May 25 - 5:30 PM 
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Event Highlight

"Spring to Victory" Dinner
with Special Guest
Kellyanne Conway!
It was a fantastic night with a sold out room of over 500 Republicans! Kellyanne Conway energized the room, Governor Sununu gave a great speech and reminded the room that we need to always stay positive and engaged, and we presented 17 awards to Republicans who work around the clock to help grow our Party daily and promote the principles that make our State and Country a truly great place! 

Thank you for those who attended. Because of you, we are able to continue to grow our majorities!
The sold-out room of Republicans for our event!
Chairman Forrester with this year's Meldrim Thomson "Principle above Politics"
award winner, Senator Regina Birdsell
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Chairman Forrester was invited to the White House yesterday
along with 9 other State Chairs in target states! 
New Hampshire is a top priority for President Trump! 
Republican Spotlight!

Thank you for all of your submissions!  This week's spotlight shines on Andrew Georgevits!  Andrew is the Chairman for the Concord Republican City Committee and has been a huge part of every major campaign in New Hampshire since getting involved in politics.  He worked with the Mitt Romney for President campaign, President Trump's presidential campaign, and also stepped up to run for State Representative this past election.  

We thank him for his continued dedication to the Party and countless hours volunteered for the Party and for his help maintaining the State Party HQ in Concord!
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Legislative Highlights
House Republicans

SB3 Receives Positive Recommendation in Election Law Committee
Republicans Unanimously Support Key Election Integrity Bill

On Tuesday the House Election Law Committee voted 11-9 on an Ought to Pass as Amended motion to Senate Bill 3 relative to domicile for voting purposes. Major points included within SB3 include:

  •  Eliminates a loop hole that currently allows persons to register and vote on election day by merely claiming, not proving, they are domiciled - or live - in a community
  •  Requires persons registering to vote to prove they are domiciled by either producing documentary evidence that they are domiciled where they claim at the time of registering, or to produce it within a certain time frame after an election
  •  Creates a presumption that if you are in the state for 30 days or fewer prior to an election you are not eligible to vote, while still allowing you to produce documents to establish that is not the case
  •  Establishes a clear process for communities allowing them to follow up in cases where the information verifying a registrant’s domicile is not produced. It also allows investigation by the SOS office when information does not corroborate the claimed address and allows referral for further investigation as to election fraud by the AG's office.

MacKay Praises Passage of Bipartisan Bill on Grandparent Guardianship

Today, the House approved the Senate version to HB 629 by a vote of 283-32. The underlying bill is a bipartisan act establishing a preference for the appointment of a child's grandparent as guardian of the minor in certain cases, whose prime sponsor is Representative Mariellen MacKay (R-Nashua).

The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to make benefit eligibility information available on the department's website as well as to grandparents seeking guardianship over their grandchild. HB 629 also places the burden of proof on the petitioner to demonstrate that guardianship is in the best interest of the child in situations where guardianship was brought on due to the parents substance abuse. This bill also establishes a preference for grandparents to be appointed as guardians in cases where it is sought as a result of a parent's substance abuse.

Representative Mariellen MacKay (R-Nashua) issued the following statement:

“I am pleased that the House today overwhelming approved HB 629. With this legislation New Hampshire is leading the way in giving grandparents a voice when it comes to the guardianship process in cases dealing with substance abuse. This important legislation will keep children out of the foster care system and allow them to stay with their families. HB 629 is about love, passion, family, and just doing the right thing, and I couldn’t be more proud to see this bill overwhelmingly pass the legislature.”

Background: An amendment approved by the Senate last week used this bill as the vehicle to provide emergency funding for the Department of Health and Human Services. The amendment did not modify the underlying bill which previously passed both chambers by a voice vote.

Senate Republicans

Birdsell commends house committee support for SB 3
Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives Election Law Committee voted ought to pass as amended for SB 3, which clarifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes to protect election integrity in the Granite State.
Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead), prime sponsor of the bill, released the following statement:
“I am pleased the House Election Law Committee voted to support this legislation which protects voting integrity in our state,” said Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead). “By supporting the bill we are protecting the right of every Granite Stater to cast a ballot in our elections, while ensuring that everyone who votes simply provides proof that they are an eligible voter. I appreciate all the work the committee did and encourage the full house to send this legislation to the Governor to sign into law.”

Senate Finance agrees on expanded mental health care services,
more than 60 additional beds in NH

Concord, NH – Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved to respond to the growing mental health care needs in New Hampshire.

Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) issued the following statement:
“The Finance Committee has been working hard to prioritize spending needs and it is clear that we need to address the growing mental health care shortage in this state.”
“After seeing many New Hampshire citizens waiting for mental health services in the hallways of hospitals in New Hampshire, it was clear that the current system was inadequate to meet the current demand for services.”

“I’m proud that the Finance Committee agreed to provide additional funding to address mental health care needs in our state. This funding will add 60 mental health beds, including residential beds, transitional beds and peer respite beds as well as an additional mobile crisis unit.”

“Adding these resources is certainly a strong move forward to bring the mental health care services in line with the current need and we hope to continue providing those services proven most effective in the future.”

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