Monday, May 25, 2015
A Few Of The Things The LGBT Community Will Still Be Fighting For After Marriage


"We can pass all of the laws we want and talk about public policy until we run out of air, but until our society stops thinking of queer people as deviant or corrupt or sinful or in any way less than non-queer people, nothing is going to change." Noah Michelson, editorial director of The Huffington Post Voices and founding editor of HuffPost Gay Voices

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Frank Guinta Coniues To Lie-He Should Resign

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“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust. I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” Carol She Porter


NH Union Leader: "To cover up the source of his illegal campaign money, Guinta lied to everyone. First, he lied to the people of New Hampshire. He told this newspaper in a 2010 interview that the money came from multiple personal bank accounts held by him. He let this lie stand while he told the FEC an entirely different lie, that the money came from deposits he made into a family bank account to which he had a legal right of access. While the FEC investigation was ongoing, he told voters that it had ended and he had been cleared."



Integrity or Guinta? The state GOP's call


Integrity or Guinta? The state GOP's call

NHGOP chair Horn says Guinta 'lied, betrayed public trust' 
“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS06/150529112&source=RSS#sthash.gfGexcc2.dpuf
“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS06/150529112&source=RSS#sthash.gfGexcc2.dpuf
“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS06/150529112&source=RSS#sthash.gfGexcc2.dpu

“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS06/150529112&source=RSS#sthash.gfGexcc2.dpuf
Ayotte: 'Deeply Disappointed' In Guinta, He Needs To Resign


“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS06/150529112&source=RSS#sthash.gfGexcc2.dpuf
Gov. Hassan Doubts Guinta Can Still Effectively Represent N.H. Residents 
 Shea-Porter breaks silence on Guinta scandal
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf


On The Political Front: What The FEC Reports On Frank Guinta Mean
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf
Mother, sister contradict Guinta's story
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf

In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf

In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf
In FEC report, Rep. Guinta's mom says no 'family pot' of money - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150602/NEWS06/150609766#sthash.dYNaTMmC.dpuf
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Don't Leave Animals In Cars


“I knew there’d be consequences, but it didn’t matter. Glass, they make new glass every day, but they could never replace that dog.” Michael Hammons

Army Vet Who Smashed Window To Save Dog From Hot Car Won't Face Charges

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Face 'Boondoggle'


“The department’s failure to produce any of the requested records is part and parcel of its stonewalling of students, legislators, and attorneys general on the whole issue of borrower defense to repayment.”  Eileen Connor, a lawyer at the New York Legal Assistance Group


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Obama Announces Plan To Restrict Police Use Of Military-Style Equipment


"We are, without a doubt, sitting at a defining moment in American policing. We have a unique opportunity to redefine policing in our democracy, to ensure that public safety becomes more than the absence of crime, but it must also include a presence for justice." Ronald Davis, head of the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

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Obama: ‘LGBT Rights Are Human Rights’


“We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love." President Barack Obama


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tri-Town Dems Meeting- Thursday May 14th 7PM


Tri-Town Dems Meeting
 Thursday, May 14th 7PM
Emma Ramsey Center
Local Dems don't forget about our meeting tomorrow. We have much to discuss. We have a speaker, the Tri-Dem election will happen, we'll discuss the success of the May Honors Dinner, and start to think about other local advocacy plans.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
America Is Becoming More Secular


“As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations.” Pew Research Center

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Bernie Sanders To Introduce Bill To Break Up The Big Banks


“If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. We need to break up these institutions because of the tremendous damage they have done to our economy. No single financial institution should be so large that its failure would cause catastrophic risk to millions of American jobs or to our nation’s economic wellbeing. No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis.” Bernie Sanders

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How Bernie Sanders Could Make 2016 Very, Very Interesting


"Sanders doesn’t have to win to achieve success. The potential here is to build an organizing apparatus for the ideas, to construct a coalition that supports a generous social safety net, progressive taxation and protection for labor. The Democratic Party once reflected some of that, but has drifted. Only a broad base from the streets can drag them back to that New Deal/Great Society position again, or at least make them afraid enough to toe the line." David Dayen @ddayen

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
2015 Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner Videos


The Tri Town Dems 2015 Honors Dinner was a great success, once again. The following are the pre-recorded videos we played at the dinner. Each honoree spoke about their community & community service in general terms. We have longer versions of the videos that we will release in a couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy the videos and the important sentiments each honoree imparted.








FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

Second Annual TriTown Democrats Honors Dinner Awarded Community Service

Over sixty-five people gathered at the Farmington Town Hall on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to honor three local volunteers at the Annual Honors Dinner sponsored by the Tri-Town Democratic Committee of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham.  

This year’s Honorees were Cathy Allyn from New Durham, Dottie Bean from Farmington and Victor Joos from Milton.  The Honorees were selected for their long-term contributions to their local communities.  All three demonstrated a long history of volunteerism for a  variety of civic activities, and were constant supporters of their local communities in many ways over a number of years.

The attendees viewed a video of each of the Honorees speaking about what they have done, what inspired them to community service and why they did it.  Participants watched as words of wisdom were given by each of the honorees.  Cathy Allyn reminded everyone that it didn’t take a lot of time and commitment to do community service.  All you need was to be passionate about something and give a little time to make it happen.  Dottie Bean expressed her belief that there was no reason for anyone to be bored, since there were so many good organizations in our communities, and they all could use a little help.  Giving some time to any one of them meant less time with nothing to do.  Finally, Victor Joos noted that governments are not businesses.  They are not worried about profits, but only about getting the job done.  And they need people to do those jobs.  He also stressed his belief that positions should only be held for a short while, so that others could have a chance to leave their mark.  All three of the honorees certainly left their mark on the audience, who listened intently to their words.   

The awards were presented by former Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter.  She spoke with warmth and conviction about the importance of community service which she has seen in her many years in her career as a social worker.  County Commissioner, Leo Lessard, a resident of Milton, acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and contributed his own anecdote noting that the only election he had ever lost, he has lost to Victor Joos.  Although it was many years ago, Lessard commented that he believed the best man won in that election. This year’s Honorees were selected without regard to their political affiliation.  The criteria for selection of the honorees each year is based on the importance of their contributions to the local community.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed a home cooked dinner featuring Beef Bourguignon, Chicken Marsala, a vegetarian lasagne, salads, vegetable side dishes, and desserts.  There was also a raffle which lucky winners were awarded with a Kindle Fire, an iron work plant stand from Milton Fabrications, a rotisserie,maple syrup baskets from local maple syrup producers, and a cooking basket from Siobhan’s Table.

Contact:  Stan Freeda, Chair
TriTown Democrats Honors Dinner Committee
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2015 Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner Photos


Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

Photo by Susann Foster Brown

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner Tonight-Program, Sponsors, Info





Tri Town Democrats Honors Dinner

Farmington, New Hampshire  - February 15, 2015 - The TriTown Democrats, representing the Democratic Committees of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham, are hosting therir second annual TriTown Honors Dinner on May 2, 2015.  The gala event will begin at 6:00 PM on May 2, 2015 in the Farmington Recreation Center, 531 Main Street.


Last year, the TriTown Democratic Committee decided to host a TriTown Honors Dinner in order to spotlight some of the amazing folks who live in our communities  The honorees dedicate their energies and efforts to make our communities better places to live, work, and raise families.  The first honorees of the awards were Ron Chagnon of Farmington and Leo Lessard of Milton.  Both men served our communities well by holding local, county and state offices.  After the success of that first dinner, the committee decided to make the TriTown Honors Dinner an annual event that would recognize a member of each community for the good work that individual has done to enrich the quality of life in our towns and surrounding communities.  While the TriTown committee represents a loose organization of three Democratic Town Committees, the TriTown Dinner is a non-political event, and the honorees are selected for their philanthropic work and community service, not for their political affiliation.  Everyone is welcome and invited to attend the dinner.  The buffet meal will include, vegetarian lasagna, baked chicken breast, and roast beef, with scalloped potatoes, and side vegetable choices.  Salad and dessert are included.  


The honors for this second annual event will go to three very deserving and well known community members.  The Farmington Committee selected Dottie Bean to receive the second Honors Award for Farmington.   The Milton Committee selected to honor Victor Joos for his contributions and the New Durham Committee will honor Cathy Allyn for her continuous work to support the New Durham community.


Tickets for the event are $25.00 per person, with the bring a friend cost of two for $45.00. You can reserve your tickets online at http://goo.gl/forms/9ewKIHZZWZ, or by sending your reservation check to TriTown Honors Dinner,  PO Box 637,  Farmington, NH 03835.   Please include your email address, the number of tickets you want to reserve, and your choice of sponsorship, if applicable. Indicate whether you will mail a check or pay at the door. We will email you a confirmation and tell you your ticket number. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the door.  The committee asks that your reserve your tickets by April 17th, but they will continue to accept reservations afterward.


Special Donor sponsorships for the event are also available.   Sponsorships must be ordered in advance by the April 17th deadline in order to accommodate printing of the program. There are three levels of  optional event sponsorship:
Name/Logo in the program: add $5.00
Name/Logo in the program and also posted on the website event page: add $10.00
Name/Logo in the program, on the website event page, and in the credits of the event video: add $15.00

The TriTown Democratic Committee is the representative body for all registered Democrats in the Towns of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham,  NH, all of whom make up its membership.  The TriTown Committee advocates for strong local support of our communities, and supports legislation and candidates that are community minded.  Our online and local presence not only provides political, economic, and social information for the citizens of the three towns, but also encourages progressive movements in these areas at all levels of government.  Through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision, we seek to expand equity and opportunity for all residents of the Towns of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham.  We firmly believe that equity of opportunity can only be achieved through progressive change that will advance our society towards shared values that promote understanding, education, acceptance, and equality.


Contact:  Stan Freeda, Secretary
Farmington Democratic Committee


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Vision. Action. Community.

The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.