Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Antibiotics Are Spreading Like Crazy—And A Lot Of Them Are About To Stop Working

"With support from WHO and the international community, this resolution could catalyze change—or, like similar resolutions over the past decade, it may be ignored. The evidence in this report, documenting the seriousness of the problem and offering a successful approach to country level action, supports both the urgency and the feasibility of making progress in conserving antibiotic effectiveness." the World Health Assembly

Six strategies that could help curb the issues before they get worse:
  • Reduce the need for antibiotics through improved water, sanitation, and immunization
  • Improve hospital infection control and antibiotic stewardship
  • Change incentives that encourage antibiotic overuse and misuse to incentives that encourage antibiotic stewardship
  • Reduce and eventually phase out subtherapuetic antibiotic use in agriculture
  • Educate and inform health professionals, policymakers, and the public on sustainable antibiotic use
  • Ensure political commitment to meet the threat of antibiotic resistance
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We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

I'm not one for sabre rattling or events that create more spectacle than substance, but I sure am glad that the 2015 NHDP convention was held and covered widely, even by the national press. My excitement has less to do with the candidates that were speaking, or the parts of their platforms they covered. Those elements were very predictable; and if you keep track of politics, as I do, you have heard these speeches and sentiments dozens of times at this point, sometimes in their entirety. If you already align with one candidate, and attend local candidate events, you probably have heard the same sentiments, time and again, even more often.

Dems won at this NH convention. But we did not win because of delegates, candidates, speeches, buttons, or placards, but rather because activists took the opportunity to show fellow NH Dems, and the world, that we, as a party, still have things to say. Democrats want to go beyond the party platform, beyond personal politics, and well beyond the "guidance" of our party officials. We, as individuals and members of the party, can still make our voices heard, even when they are being ignored or suppressed. We are still relevant parts of the democratic process. That's exciting.

A large portion of the coverage of the convention surrounded Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her unchanged positions on having more debates and continued threats of sanctions on fellow Dems who don't stick with the dictated marching orders of the Party elite. Activists provided a counterpoint to those Party elites, both outside and inside the arena. Activist actions brought people together from all candidate camps and unified them for a noble, very democratic purpose. While many worked together to make that happen, the true beauty was the serendipity in many of the actions from the audience. It gives me much hope for our party and for human beings as a whole.

Open debate, open critique, open information exchange brings forth the best parts of who we are as Democrats. It allows everyone to see us at our best, and our worst, and allows us to change what needs to be changed, and embolden what we already do correctly. Some Dems are not happy with what happened at the convention. They see it as an attack. They see it as division. They see it as chaos where there should be order and focus. I disagree. I understand how hard it is on people when their expectations are not met. I understand disappointment and uncertainty, but I cannot understand how anyone could see active dissent and not see our ideals being expressed in that dissent.

In the history of our nation rarely have we ever seen real progress without protest. We don’t advance without pushing ourselves out of comfortable positions. Small groups of committed, passionate people have defined action for every major social change we have spearheaded and won. There is never a convenient time for protest. Every moment is the best time to seek redress for what ails our Republic and for what ails our party. If these protests show us anything, they show us that we still have the voice, the focus, and the commitment to take on our own Establishment as well as our foes on the other side of the aisle.

The only thing stopping us, is us.

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Friday, September 18, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed Will Not Return To MacArthur High School, Family Says

 “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed,”  Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Warren: Employers Checking Credit History Is Discrimination

"For hardworking people struggling to make ends meet, the only way to get back on their feet is to find a good job and earn a paycheck. But even when they are able to sell their homes—often at a loss—or after they are forced to close their business’ doors or find temporary work, that bad credit history continues to haunt them. And despite the often-desperate effort to find a job, many employers are unfairly shutting the door on applicants with less-than-stellar credit. We should call this what it is: discrimination."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Steve Cohen

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The National Voting Machine Crisis Is Upon Us -- And It's Affecting Elections

"We’re at a point where these machines need to be replaced, but at the same time the message doesn’t seem to have gotten through to anybody who is responsible for funding the machines, and that’s what’s scary." Lawrence Norden, deputy director of Brennan Center for Justice at New York University
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Recent Federal Student Loans Look A Lot Like Subprime Mortgages

"These statistics should concern any reasonable person who remembers the gathering storm of the subprime mortgage debacle. We had an educational financing system that generally had operated fairly well on the basis of certain prudent practices that we have increasingly abandoned."  Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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Taxpayers Have Spent A 'Staggering' Amount Of Money On NFL Stadiums

"Unfortunately, beneath all of the glitz and glamour, these venues are nothing more than monuments to corporate welfare and taxpayer handouts. These stadiums have been built on the backs of taxpayers who had no or little say in the matter and in many cases have benefited little or not at all.” David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Details For SCDC Fall Fundraiser, Oct 4th 6-9

Fall is here and with the upcoming primaries New Hampshire is bustling with political activity. Our first in the Nation Status makes us the center of attention and gives NH residents the privilege of being able to affect the outcome of the upcoming Presidential Elections.

The Fall Fundraiser for the Strafford County Democratic Committee is scheduled to be hosted at the Governors Inn in Rochester. October 4th at 6 PM. Please mark your calendars, Speakers are still to be determined but it should be a great evening!

We are looking forward to a night of great speakers and a chance to catch up with your democratic colleagues in the county.

There will be hearty hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen of the Governors Inn.

In Addition to speakers we will also be raising funds by auctioning off Gift baskets which will be provided by each Town Committee. If you have anything you'd like to donate contact your town Chair.

If you know of anyone that would like to Sponsor the event or to buy a full or half page advertisement in the Program please contact us here.

It's $100 to be a Sponsor.

A full page ad is only $250 and $150 for a half page ad in the program.

The preferred payment methods is by check which can be mailed to;
Strafford County Democratic Committee,
PO Box 247, Dover NH 03821.
Please indicate all names of Attendees or if it is a sponsorship how you want the name to appear.

78 Wakefield St, Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
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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, September 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We're Missing The Big Picture On Mass Shootings

In the graphic above, you can see all mass shooting victims between 2009 and July 2015. Highlighted are both intimate partner-related shootings and family violence shootings. In the first type of shooting, a perpetrator targeted an intimate partner, although other members of the family, including children, may also have been killed. In family violence shootings, a perpetrator targeted relatives (parents, siblings) who were not intimate partners.

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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.