Tuesday, August 25, 2015
2015 Candyland Farmington Hay Day Photos & Event Recap

We had another great day this year for Farmington Hay Day! The rain held out and the day ened up being warm and sunny.  We had our our regular booth space at the corner of Main and Central. We sold political buttons, the ever popular Thank Democrats bumper stickers, and Farmington, NH postcard sets. Since we have started the election cycle we had lots of political literature for people to take and candidate representatives on hand to help people get to know candidates for the upcoming  election. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did!

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TriTown Dems To Host Bill Duncan From NH Board Of Education Sept 10th

TriTown Democrats to Host Bill Duncan from the New Hampshire State Board of Education on September 10, 2015.

New Durham, New Hampshire  - August 24, 2015 - The TriTown Democrats, representing the Democratic Committees of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham, is proud to host Bill Duncan, member of the NH State Board of Education, to give a talk on the state of Education in New Hampshire.  The event will take place at 7:00 PM on September 10 at the New Durham Library, 2 Old Bay Rd, New Durham.

The State Board of Education (SBE) is a seven-member body whose members serve without pay except for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.  Members cannot be technical educators or professionally engaged in school work. Members are appointed by the governor and executive council.  Five are selected, one each, from the five executive councilor districts and two are selected from the public at large. Except when appointed to fill the unexpired term of a previous member, members serve for a five-year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms. The Board must hold at least six regular meetings a year.

Bill Duncan is a retired technology entrepreneur and the founder of Advancing New Hampshire Public Education (www.anhpe.org), dedicated to advocating for public education in the State. Born in Boston, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in Vietnam as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy before starting a business and nonprofit career.  He founded, and for 12 years led, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, a leading economic development organization creating jobs and housing for low-income families in Central Appalachia. In that role, he organized 100 Eastern Kentucky banks to provide subsidized financing housing for low-income families in Central Appalachia and founded Forward in the Fifth, the first education advocacy organization dedicated to building common ground among parents, administrators and teachers in hard-pressed mountain schools. Mr. Duncan moved to New Hampshire in 1986 and resides in New Castle.

The TriTown Democratic Committee advocates for strong local support of our communities, and supports legislation and candidates that are community minded.  Their activities provide 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, the group seeks to expand equity and opportunity for all residents of the Towns of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham.  

Contact:  Stan Freeda, Secretary
TriTown Democratic Committee
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Senator Sam Cataldo Agrees To Hear Constituents About State Budget, Doesn't Show For Meeting

Senator Sam Cataldo Agrees To Hear Constituents About State Budget Concerns, Doesn't Show Up For Meeting

Senator Sam Cataldo agreed to attend a meeting to hear constituent voices and their concerns regarding the State Budget, including funding for agencies, Judicial Branch, CCSNH, and the Executive Branch contract. The meeting with the Senator was scheduled for the Rochester Public Library, over two weeks ago, and was widely publicized for 5 - 6pm on August 18th. Participants were asked to call in ahead of time to  reserve space. Tuesday, August 18th arrived and people from Cataldo's district assembled for the meeting, at five.  Five minutes went by, no Cataldo, fifteen minutes go by, no Cataldo.

At this point Sam Cataldo is called and is eventually reached. He is reminded of the scheduled meeting. He gives an excuse that he has a conflict. He is at a local, monthly Republican committee meeting, at the Pink Cadillac, in Rochester, and he will not be coming. That monthly meeting doesn't even start until six.

So let me just recap. Cataldo agrees to hear constituents in his district. He doesn't cancel. He doesn't reschedule, though he had an opportunity to do both. The meeting convenes as scheduled, because he can't be bothered to keep track of what he is doing and doesn't think to cancel or reschedule. He then chooses a recurring political meeting over hearing from constituents. He was in Rochester. He easily could have met with his constituents at the library at 5:00, and then excused himself a bit early to attend the meeting at the Pink Cadillac, if he actually cared about hearing from his constituents.  He could have given those constituents who had scheduled to meet with him a half hour to 45 minutes of his time.

This is why we need to vote Sam Cataldo out of office. He cares more about politics than people and can't possibly be bothered to hear what his constituents have to say on an important issue. Shame on you Sam Cataldo for not having the decency to  meet with the public or giving them the common courtesy to cancel the meeting ahead of time or reschedule for a different date.

Kyle Leach
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Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship

"The same congress, shortly afterwards, evidently thinking it unwise, and perhaps unsafe, to leave so important a declaration of rights to depend upon an ordinary act of legislation, which might be repealed by any subsequent congress, framed the fourteenth amendment of the constitution."  United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) Supreme Court

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
NHDP State Convention September 19th @ Verizon Arena

NHDP State Convention

Verizon Wireless Arena
555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

On September 19th at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester our presidential candidates have been invited to join Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, along with other state and national Democratic stars at our Convention! The convention is scheduled to be held from 9-2. Registration for the 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention is now open for delegates. E-mails and notifications are going out now. 

2015 NHDP State Convention Details:

  • Date: Saturday, September 19th

  • Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester

  • Doors Open: 8AM (Subject to Change)

    • Expect Airport like security to enter the Verizon Wireless Arena



  • Program Begins: 9AM (Subject to Change)

  • Parking

    • There will be parking available to Delegates and Guests in City and Private lots, cost varies, please arrive early and carpool

  • Food

    • Throughout the day food will be available for purchase from the concession stands at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

    • There will be vegetarian options at concession stands

  • Training and Breakouts

    • Due to the attendance size, speaking program, time constraints at this years Convention there will be no training or breakouts offered

If you have additional questions please email convention@nhdp.org.

To Register as a Guest please click HERE
To Register as a Delegate please email convention@nhdp.org
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Tell Cataldo -Support SEA Workers Aug 18th Rochester Library

Tell Sam Cataldo -Support SEA Workers- Tues Aug 6th Rochester Library 5-6PM

You are invited to meet with NH Senator Sam Cataldo (NH Senate District 6, comprising Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham and Rochester) to discuss with him the funding of the Executive Branch contract. Currently, the contract has not been funded in the budget proposals put forward by the NH Legislature. Without funding, the contract negotiated in good faith by SEA members and the Office of the Governor cannot be put into effect, potentially delaying any cost of living adjustments and other contractual gains.

Senator Cataldo needs to hear from his constituents. You are being invited because your voice is important to this conversation and you live in Senator Cataldo's district. Please plan to attend – have a conversation with Senator Cataldo and help us to persuade him to fund SEA contracts.


What: Meeting with Senator Cataldo regarding the funding of the State Employees’ contract (Executive Branch, although Judicial Branch employees should understand that the COLA adjustment and health benefits are part of the Judicial Branch contract as well.)

Where: Rochester Public Library, Community Room, 65 South Main Street
When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with your senator and to let him know how you feel about the state budget and the funding for SEA contracts. We believe that if Senator Cataldo hears from you next Tuesday it will make a significant impact on his decision.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Meet Johnetta Elzie And DeRay McKesson-Don't Know Who They Are? You Should

"The police are still killing people. Six people died Wednesday. But I think it is so unfair that people expect leaps and bounds to happen in just 365 days. Nothing in the Civil Rights Movement was accomplished in a day. The Civil Rights Movement spanned 10 years. So, for people to expect so much out of one year is really, really wild to me. And that question kind of shows me how far removed people are from this. Proximity matters. So, if you are an onlooker, and you're just looking for progress and improvements and things like that, then that's a different conversation to have with someone else who's not so invested. But for some people, this is their life. They've been harmed by the police. They've seen their family and friends harmed by the police. And this is emotional work to be doing. So in this one year, I feel like we have accomplished much. But there is still a lot to do because police are still protected by their unions, by the institution of policing in general. And still have been killing people at higher rates than even last year, for example. July was literally the deadliest month of 2015. And that's a problem." Johnetta Elzie

"Oppressed People Are Everywhere": A Year After Ferguson, a Conversation With One of the Protests' Organizers 


"With this movement, there are many people who make it move right and many voices. I think that I just try to tell the truth as much as I can. I think about two goals that I’ve always had: “How do we tell the truth differently?” And then ‘How do we tell the truth in ways that empower people?”.
I remember when I first got to Ferguson, I tweeted a lot because I literally didn’t know anybody. I just showed up here. And the beautiful thing about Twitter is that I don’t need you to be ready, I can talk when I’m ready. And, I wanted to tell the story of all the beautiful stuff in Blackness that was happening like a woman who brought out her grill every day and made hot dogs and hamburgers for the protestors. Or the clean-up crew that would come out and clean up stuff. It was so much community and I’m always so proud of how we’ve never lost our sense of joy as a people. Despite it all, we’ve never lost joy…I would hope that I’ve used the platform to amplify other voices and to tell the truth about who we are." DeRay McKesson

DeRay McKesson: He, the Protestor

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Maps: 10 Years After Katrina, NOLA's Poor Neighborhoods Are Still Largely Abandoned

"One of the first things you notice is the many empty lots, several on every street. Instead of houses, they now hold weeds and tall grass… Some streets are so filled with potholes, cars can't drive down them. There are a few convenience stores and fast food stands, but no supermarkets or grocery stores." NPR's Greg Allen

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Huff Post, W Post Reporters Charged For Doing Journalism

 "Charging a reporter with trespassing and interfering with a police officer when he was just doing his job is outrageous. You’d have thought law enforcement authorities would have come to their senses about this incident. Wes Lowery should never have been arrested in the first place. That was an abuse of police authority. This latest action represents contemptible overreaching by prosecutors who seem to have no regard for the role of journalists seeking to cover a major story and following normal practice." Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron

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27,500 People Show Up For Sanders Rally In LA

"I remember when John F. Kennedy won when everyone said a Catholic couldn't possibly be elected. I walked precincts for Barack Obama when people said a mixed-race man could not win but he did. So, yes, I think Bernie — if he sticks to his message — will have a strong chance at winning the primary." Marilynn Manderscheid

 Watch activist Symone Sanders(Bernie's new National Press Secretary)  address the crowd below:

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Kyle Leach-What Makes Bernie So Different Is Why He Can Win

Kyle Leach-What Makes Bernie So Different Is Why He Can Win

Bernie is very different. I got to see that first hand at his Rolinsford, NH stop on Sunday morning. That difference isn't just confined to his ideology or his grass roots campaign work, it is a part of who he is as a human being. He's been fighting the system his whole life, he doesn't look at things the same way as everyone else, and he is much more about helping people than just getting votes, obtaining money, or listening or responding to to talking heads, perfected polls, or the media's black hole. They are distractions.

When you hear Bernie speak to a group it isn't the words he says that end up being the most important part of the conversation and it does feel like a conversation, not a speech. He's listening, he's taking us all in, he's seeing where we are, he's looking at us as human beings, living in the same messed up world he is.  He doesn't pander or sugar coat or gossip. He makes mistakes, he forgets things, he looks exasperated sometimes, but he also sees our struggles and knows he has to keep on fighting, though the odds seem fixed against all but the most privileged in our nation. It's his time to help in that respect.

Make no mistake Bernie is not a champion on a bright white horse dashing in to save us and he knows it. He knows that all of his ability to change things comes from us. It comes from our shared  struggles, our passions, our dreams. He knows he isn't us and he knows he needs us and not just for our vote, he needs to hear our voice, because one straight, white, Jewish man can't know all of us just by looking into himself and at his life. To be the next president he has to know people, he knows he has to earn trust, because he'll need to call on us time after time in the coming years. You cannot fundamentally change an entire nation without the help of the people. We’re all in this together.

He knows rolling back the effects of the Citizen United case, to put elections back in the hands of the people, instead of corporations and the wealthiest citizens, is essential to the future of the republic and the health of becoming a stable democracy. He also knows we need to go further. Publicly funded elections need to become the new norm. No other candidate goes this far. No other candidate wants the playing field to be that level. I was surprised how much people liked this idea at the Rollinsford, NH event this weekend. Perhaps they were so amenable to his idea because the idea was coming from someone who practices what he preaches. For this to happen he'll need all of us behind him.

Again, the murders of Sandra Bland and Sam Dubose and dozens and dozens of others this year were not just talking points to him; they are not statistics to him. They were people and now everything they ever would have been is gone. He knows that if we do not address systemic racism throughout the nation, our nation cannot move into the 21st century.  Our nation cannot heal if we cannot talk about our problems.  If we simply choose to erase portions of history or re-write them, we can never move past them.  We cannot function as a society when the police who are sworn to protect all of us act like hyper testosterone infused, militarized bullies with the license to kill whomever they please. He knows that has to stop now. He knows he will need us to make it happen, because the current system is so racist, people honestly believe racism does not exist here. He's not just talking oversight, he's not just talking accountability, he's talking a complete change. No other candidate has the courage to address this issue.

Whether he was talking about income inequality, addressing the unequal tax structure, the $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare, or free public college he's looking at helping as many of our people as we allow him to help. He knows we have the money to do this because he remembers what FDR was able to accomplish and how big his dream was, how staunch the opposition and how FDR was able to fund what he did. He's thinking very big and he's isn't afraid of Wall Street, or billionaires, or the established political structure; he has shunned all of them. He knows they are holding us back. He knows they are afraid of what we can do when we stop listening to them and their all too frequent distractions and start listening to each other.

That's what Bernie's campaign event was about. Helping us find each other. When you get to that primary booth you will have three choices. 

Ultra Conservative, Establishment, or Bernie. Vote to change everything. We owe it to each other.

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#SayHerName Visibility This Sat, Market Square Portsmouth, NH 5-6PM

#SAYHERNAME visibility this Saturday.

 Market Square Portsmouth, NH 5-6PM

Sandra Bland Ralkina Jones Kindra Chapman India Clarke
 Sarah Lee Bear Circle Raynetta Turner Joyce Curnell 

All women of color who have died in the past month.

Please come and show you're respects, grieve, and to make an action plan to not let anymore people of color die. We will answer a national call for actions to lift up their Names and demand answers for their untimely deaths.

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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.