Monday, March 23, 2015
Obama Vows Not To Sign A Budget Bill That Doesn't Fix Sequestration


“I will not. And I’ve been very clear. We are not going to have a situation where, for example, our education spending goes back to its lowest level since the year 2000 -- since 15 years ago -- despite a larger population and more kids to educate. ... We can’t do that to our kids, and I’m not going to sign it.”  President Obama

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Susan Bruce Commentary-Living Within Our Means

From Susan Bruce

"The NH House Finance Committee is currently working on the state budget. They are outraged by the budget sent to them by Governor Hassan, and so the pushback begins. So far it contains every bit of cruelty that today’s Republican Party has ever wanted to inflict on the non-wealthy, and plenty more besides."

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wake up. Learn. Reflect. Teach. Act.-March 28th 9-3, Discover Portsmouth Center

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Portsmouth, NH

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” bell hooks

Every journey must begin with a first step. You are invited to “Wake Up. Learn. Reflect. Teach. Act.” on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Discover Portsmouth Center. Registration begins at 9:00am and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but you must register to ensure we have enough food and supplies.

Given the current state of affairs around race and race-relations in the United States, this is an opportunity for New Hampshire People of Color and their Allies to create a movement in the state where we can explore the impact of race on the quality of life for everyone (especially people of color) and transition into actions that will facilitate change.

During this first meeting we will outline areas of interest, examine strategies for working collaboratively and explore factors that might have an impact on how we work together. A series of meetings and events will be planned in the future to keep the movement going. This important event will facilitate dialogue, raise awareness, and promote networking, advocacy and action.

Who should attend? Anyone who is willing to wake up/learn/reflect/teach/act in order to create change! YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. To register and/or obtain more information visit Questions can also be directed to Dottie Morris ( or Yemi Mahoney ( or 603-656-6028).

For directions and information about parking visit

“None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” Cornel West
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SCDC Countywide Meeting-April 15th, 7PM, Rochester Community Center



Join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm at the Rochester Community Center for a special countywide meeting of the Strafford County Democratic Committee.  We will be holding an election for one open seat on the Executive Committee which was vacated this winter.  This position will only be until our biennial June Caucus when all seats on the Executive Committee will be up for re-election. 

We will also discuss city/town caucuses and upcoming events in the county. We hope to see you on the 15th!

If you have any questions regarding this open position, please contact the Executive Committee Chair at
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
This Is Why All Fast-Food Workers Need To Unionize

"My managers kept pushing me to work faster. The managers told me to put mustard on it, but I ended up having to get rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. This is exactly why workers at McDonald’s need union rights." Brittney Berry

Managers Told Me To Put Mustard On It: Fast-Food Workers Say Burns Are Rampant, File OSHA Complaints

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Kraft Singles, Not Actually Cheese, Now A Health Food

"Kraft is well known as a sponsor of AND, such seals are usually money-raising gimmicks. I’m wondering if 'proud supporter of' means that Kraft pays AND for use of this seal. If so, I’d like to know what the seal costs."

Marion Nestle, Ph.d, M.P.H., Professor Department of Nutrition, NYU

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Monday, March 16, 2015
What Does Right to Work Really Mean?

"Ultimately, the name is a misnomer. “Right to work” isn’t as much about your right to work as it is about limiting your right to collectively bargain. These laws, and related ones, aim to stop workers from collectively bargaining. While some similar laws simply outlaw collective bargaining, right to work laws make it illegal to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of bargaining. That, in turn, harms a union’s ability to collectively bargain by limiting its resources." SEIU 1984

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NH Reps Teach Fourth Grade Class A Bad Lesson

"From the moment the bill was introduced by the Speaker, things went really, really wrong. Angry legislators (from both parties) excoriated the students for wasting their time. For those who need a reminder, these kids are 9 and 10 years old. Representative Christy Bartlett testified at length. After criticizing the choice of the red tailed hawk, she seemed intent on teaching the kids a lesson that NOT EVERY BILL PASSES. " Susan Bruce

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Koch Brothers Funding NH Libertarian Effort

 From GSP:

At least (4) Koch-funded groups – including Americans for Prosperity Foundation-New Hampshire and The Josiah Bartlett Center – are allocating money or staff time to the extreme Free State Project effort this week:
“The billionaire Koch brothers are once again subverting democracy, this time funding and supporting an effort to move 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire for the stated purpose to take over and dismantle state government,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “The ultra-extreme Free State Project seeks to radically change the way of life in New Hampshire, and Koch-funded groups like Americans for Prosperity and The Josiah Bartlett Center are working to pave the way for them. AFP-NH and the Josiah Bartlett Center should be ashamed for being in bed with individuals who harass meter attendants, believe we should abolish all public services including public roads and bridges, and who seek to encourage a violent uprising in response to democratic decisions that differ from their own.”

Koch Brothers Funding Effort to Move 20,000 Libertarians to New Hampshire to Take Over, Dismantle State Government

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16 Million Fewer Uninsured Thanks To Obamacare

“Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act almost five years ago, about 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage -- the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades." Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Tri-Dems Meeting Feature, Rep. Jackie Cilley, A Local Hit

Former candidate for Governor, Representative Jackie Cilley was our featured speaker for March. We've had Jackie speak to us many times and  she is always a dynamic speaker with a good sense of humor and this visit was no exception. Yesterday, just before Jackie spoke with us, she was defending a bill she sponsored to establish a living wage in New Hampshire of $14.25.  As you may know, that bill did not pass, but that did not dampen her passion for this bill or her resolve to champion it so that more people in New Hampshire can live with their families above the poverty line and off state assistance, saving the taxpayers money. She also spoke with us about other important issues for this legislative session. She has some great ideas for the future and we were very happy to discuss them with her. Afterward, Milton had their caucus and the rest if us enjoyed the bountiful appetizers and deserts we provided for the event.  We look forward to having Jackie back again in the near future.  She is always a favorite in our group.


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Town Meeting Recap & Photos-TIF District Established

Although the meeting was well attended this year, we didn't have stellar numbers. There was an attempt to fund the fireworks again through the Rec. Dept., instead of townspeople constantly having to raise money to fund them independently, which ultimately failed. The Goodwin Library also tried to retrieve some of the library budget requested by the Trustees not authorized by the Selectmen and Budget committees. Ultimately, that effort failed as well. The petition initiative to keep the holiday lights, in my opinion, had much support, however there was not enough information available for townspeople to fully fund the project as presented. Some seed money was authorized, but a committee has to be formed to look at placement and maintenance issues, as well as determining the best course of action to keep this tradition alive. The articles that remained applicable were passed. Read John Nolan's full article below for all the details.

Town Meeting Recap & Photos-TIF District Established

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
2015 Local Election Results

See the photos in the post for all the election numbers, but here is a quick run down of results:

Selectmen: Jim Horgan & Charlie King 2 yr, Jerry McCarthy 1yr
All articles passed for annual election ballot

School Board: Stanley Freeda 3yr
All articles passed for school

district election ballot

Remember the Town Meeting is tonight. Starts at seven, but remember you need time to check in and get your voting slip. Also remember that the

2014 Annual Farmington Report

View the 2015 Town Warrants

 2015 Farmington Budget MS737

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
FYI-Money Raised Going To Teen Pact

 From Farmigton Community News

FYI-Money raised from the baked goods at town meeting are going to a local Teen Pact fundraiser. I've listed some of their national associates and donors below.  

From wikipedia:

TeenPact Leadership Schools (a.k.a., TeenPact) is a Christian non-profit educational organization, catering mostly to students between the ages of thirteen and nineteen years old, especially homeschoolers. The organization teaches annual classes in the capitols of 41 American states.[6] Their vision statement/slogan is "Changing Lives to Change the World," and their mission statement is, "to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things." [7] TeenPact's curriculum and programs generally align with the beliefs of the American Christian right.
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Friday, March 6, 2015
Elections March 10th, Meeting March 11th-Ballots, Report, Warrants

Town Elections Tuesday March 10 and Town Meeting Wednesday March 11 
 To the Inhabitants of the Town of Farmington in the County of Strafford qualified to vote in Town affairs.  You are hereby notified to meet at Town Hall in said Town of Farmington on Tuesday, the tenth day of March 2015 (03/10/2015), at eight o’clock in the forenoon (8:00AM) to cast your ballot for Town Officers and for questions required by law to be on the ballot.  Polls will close no earlier than seven o’clock in the evening (7:00PM).  The remainder of the Warrant will be acted upon beginning at seven o’clock in the evening (7:00PM), Wednesday, the eleventh day of March 2015 (3/11/2015).

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