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Jul162014

NHDP - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Hosts Women-to-Women Grassroots Event, New Hampshire Dems Coordinated Campaign Kicks Off Canvassing Push 

Latest Grassroots Push Part of Larger Mobilizing Effort to Elect NH Democrats This Cycle
 

Manchester, NH – Months ahead of November, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, is ramping up its grassroots efforts to reach out and connect with voters to talk about the importance of this year’s elections.
 
In Portsmouth yesterday, Granite State Forward hosted a "coffee and calls" grassroots phone bank event with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli, and Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen at the home of Speaker Norelli.
 
The phone bank consisted of women contacting other women voters to discuss what is at stake in the upcoming election, like reversing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices, pushing for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventive health care choices, and reducing the costs of higher education.

“The reality is that Democratic candidates are on the right side of the issues that matter most to women,” said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “When women hear from leaders like Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, women know that we are fighting for their values and beliefs.”

“When you cast a vote, it's like practicing self-defense--you are stopping attacks against your rights and freedoms. Given the Hobby Lobby decision and other consistent attacks on women's health issues, it's even more imperative that men and women practice self-defense by voting this upcoming November,” urged Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1). “Remember that women's issues are economic and family issues, and they have a tremendous impact on families.”
 
“Granite State women are fiercely independent,” said NH House Speaker Terie Norelli. “We won’t stand for politicians telling us that we should check our medical decisions with our boss. And we will not stand for candidates who have these types of out-of-touch views of women's health.”
 
“In your conversations today, remember what's at stake this election,” Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen told volunteers at the event. New Hampshire needs women candidates who will fight to protect access to preventative care for women, ensure equal pay, and reduce the costs of child care.”
 
Coinciding with yesterday’s event, Granite State Forward kicked off its statewide canvassing push to rally support for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Local volunteers, activists and community leaders went door-to-door to garner support for the re-election of Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
 
“Our kick-offs mark the beginning of our push to make the case to voters across the Granite State about why the Democratic Party is the clear choice this cycle for stopping Bill O’Brien and Tea Party Republicans from moving the Granite State forward,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Our volunteers and field organizers will be working day in and day out making calls and knocking on doors across the state, from Portsmouth to Pittsburg and Hanover to Hollis, to spread the word and turn out the vote for our Democratic candidates this November.”

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