Write Letters to the Editor – Make Your Voice Heard


Here are some talking points. If you need help, contact Sarah Guggenheimer, whose contact info is listed at the end of this list. 

Democratic Action on Opioids 

  • Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan secured $6b in additional funding to combat the opioid crisis 
  • They’ve been fighting so hard to give New Hampshire additional resources because they understand how dire this issue is 
  • NH has the third-highest overdose death rate in the country 
  • Trump has failed to deliver on his campaign promises to combat the crisis: he proposed cutting the ONDCP budget by 95%, let a 24 yr old get promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff at the ONDCP, only delivered $57,000 in add’l funds with his Public Health Emergency Declaration, and failed to alter the Opioid State Targeted Response Grants which disperse funds by a state’s population, not need 
  • Despite his inaction, Sununu said Trump was “working very hard” on the issue 
  • Sununu himself failed to fully fund the alcohol fund and has wavered on reauthorizing the Medicaid Expansion 
  • Sen. Shaheen hit back last night, saying the gov “should stop making excuses for the Trump administration ignoring the opioid crisis and hold it accountable” 
  • Shaheen and Hassan have both pushed for $25b in add’l funding for the opioid crisis 
  • They join Senate Dems who have introduced two bills regarding the crisis: the RESCUE Act which would use 10% of the $100m Rainy Day Fund for the crisis, and another which would constitutionally require the governor to fully fund the alcohol fund at 5% 
  • While Trump and Sununu are launching partisan attacks, our state and federal dems are doing the real work to combat this epidemic 


  • In 2017, for the first time since the Recession NH lost jobs  
  • We were one of only two states in the entire country to lose jobs last year, as the rest of the country reaped the benefits of Obama’s economic policies 
  • This job loss can most likely be traced to Sununu’s budget that gave $100m in tax cuts for the wealthiest 3% of corporations instead of investing in job training or workforce development 
  • Governors Hassan and Lynch helped catapult New Hampshire to the top of economic rankings, making us the best state of the union 
  • In just one year Sununu has undone that work with his foolhardy commitment towards appeasing his wealthy corporate donors at all costs 

Sarah Guggenheimer
Communications Associate
New Hampshire Democrats
(203) 940-1979