THURSDAY 3/30/17 CALLS TO ACTION: GOP = Greed Over People

Continue to Oppose Neil Gorsuch:

Neil Gorsuch is a horrible choice for the Supreme Court. He has made a career out of overtly pro-business rulings, often at the expense of workers. His “originalist” ideology, is extreme, conservative, and out of touch with human rights and is even further to the right than Justice Scalia.  There are many other moderate jurists out there that could be consensus candidates. Take this opportunity to remind Republican Senators how shameful you found their blockade of the centrist Merrick Garland.

SCRIPT:  (Thom Tillis is on Judiciary Committee):
I am a concerned citizen of North Carolina calling to voice my opposition to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. His potential confirmation poses serious challenges to human and reproductive rights. He is notorious for siding with corporate interests over living, breathing human beings. Now that the President is under FBI investigation, you need to oppose any judicial candidate he puts forward until we know for sure whether the President is even legitimately the President. Thank you for your time.

PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD:
As you likely know, Donald Trump used executive orders to gut the United States’ environmental regulations. The nominal purpose of Trump’s executive orders is that it will create “clean coal” jobs, but this is just a ruse. Whether not removing these regulations would create jobs is debatable. What is not debatable is the fact that permitting more CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-powered factories could do irreparable harm to our planet. One target we can latch onto is the Paris Climate Agreement, which virtually every other country has embraced–even China. In fact, Exxon Mobil sent a letter to Trump stating that we should continue to stay in the Paris Agreement.

SCRIPT:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________________, and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep. to support legislation that would ensure that the U.S. will continue to work toward the emissions standards we agreed to reach in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is urgent that we protect our planet from the dangerous effects of climate change and that we respect international agreements. In fact, even Exxon Mobil has stated that we should remain in the Paris Agreement. Thank you for your time.

And if you are so inclined:

Purchase Private Internet Histories – “I plan on purchasing the Internet histories of all legislators, congressmen, executives, and their families and make them easily searchable at searchinternethistory.com. Everything from their medical, pornographic, to their financial and infidelity. Anything they have looked at, searched for, or visited on the Internet will now be available for everyone to comb through.”

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them
*Spoiler Alert*
Burr – $58,500
Tillis – $41,220
And Mr. Cheap Date himself: Walker – $16,750

 

STATE:

HB2

It appears that the NC state legislature is moving swiftly to repeal HB2 before the NCAA deadline expires Thursday. Some Democrats and Governor Cooper support a new compromise, HB 142. LGBT advocacy groups oppose this measure: “The deal proposed would continue to actively discriminate against the LGBT community,” says Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality. The bill puts a moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020. Human and civil rights are not partisan issues. Call reps, and Cooper to oppose this compromise bill.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/…/state-…/article141566264.html…
SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ________ County, and I urge Rep./Senator to oppose any compromise repeal of HB2 that limits civil and human rights in any way. Only a full repeal is likely to satisfy the groups and companies boycotting our state. Thank you for taking my call.

 

 

Hog Farms:

 

HB467 would prevent North Carolina residents from suing industrial hog farms from polluting their air and water. The NCGA will go above and beyond to protect a Chinese hog farm corporation but won’t lift a finger to help actual people living in NC. Typical.

House Bill 467 would shield industrial hog industry from many legal claims

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Executive Committee Meeting – Sunday April 2, 2:30pm at Headquarters, 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro. Discussion on upcoming County Convention, nominiation/election of new officers at Convention, resolutions committee formation, etc.

Program Committee/Fundraising Committee Meeting – Wednesday April 5, 7:00pm Join us as we work on programs for the coming year, including preparation for the County Convention, campaign activities, learning sessions, fundraising activities and much more. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please join us. Email randolphdem@gmail.com for more details.

Randolph County Democratic Convention – Saturday April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

WEDNESDAY 3/29/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Same $#!&, Different Day from Faux News

Today Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly made a blatantly racist, sexist remark about Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly said of Waters. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.” Although he subsequently apologized, O’Reilly’s brand of inflammatory punditry is utterly deplorable. Let Fox News know how you feel about his comment. Contact the show directly as well, and let him have it on Twitter.

News Corporation
1211 Avenue of Americas, 8th Floor
NY, NY 10036
Phone: 212.852.7000
email: rmurdoch@newscorp.com
murdochk.r@newscorporation.com

Bill O’Reilly
(888) 369-4762.
oreilly@foxnews.com
Twitter: @oreillyfactor

 

RUSSIA, COMRADE:

Keep calling about #TrumpRussia. Rep Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House Intel Committee, has stated that he will not recuse himself from committee deliberations on the Trump-Russia issue. Nunes is squarely in the pocket of the Trump Administration and should recuse himself and/or be relieved of his chairmanship.

Devin Nunes Is Dangerous

https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/846826423423766529

 

STATE:
Protect our environment:

“Water pollution? What water pollution?!”

Bill introduced to stop wind projects through 2020
We know that the Trump administration is busy rolling back environmental protections and gutting the EPA, but we have a similar war being waged in Raleigh. There are two bad bills right now, S 131 in the Senate, which would roll back stream protections (see sections 3.7 – 3.14), and HB 470 in the House, a bill that would put a three year moratorium on any wind power projects. (A similar wind bill in the Senate is S 366.) The excuse for these bills is a supposed study on the impact of military operations in the state. However, given Duke Energy’s abysmal record in the state, combined with its outsized political spending, it’s not a surprise that the legislature wants to aid big polluters. Meanwhile, there is a good bill in the House, HB 353, that would add a new state park on the Black River, an area of swampland that contains ancient trees, abundant beauty, and biodiversity. Let’s call our representatives and let them know that protecting our natural resources is important to us.

SCRIPT FOR HOUSE (HB 353):
I am a constituent calling from zip code ________ calling to voice my support for HB 353, a bill that would create a new state park on the Black River. We must act now to preserve what is left of our natural ecosystems. Please urge Rep. ________ to support this bill. Thank you for recording my call.

SCRIPT FOR SENATE: (S 131)
I am a constituent in zip code ________ calling to urge Senator ________ to oppose S 131. Rolling back stream protections may help a few polluting businesses, but will hurt all of us now and in the future. We deserve clean air, soil, and water in our state. Thank you for recording my call.

SCRIPT FOR HOUSE (HB 470):
I am a constituent calling from zip code ________ calling to voice my opposition to HB 470, a bill that would halt wind power projects for three years. Given the imminent threat posed to North Carolina’s coast by climate change, we need to accelerate renewable energy projects as quickly as possible. Please urge Rep. ________ to oppose this bill.Thank you for recording my call.

SCRIPT FOR SENATE (S 366):
I am a constituent calling from zip code ________ calling to voice my opposition to S 366, a bill that would halt wind power projects for three years. Given the imminent threat posed to North Carolina’s coast by climate change, we need to accelerate renewable energy projects as quickly as possible. Please urge Senator ________ to oppose this bill.Thank you for recording my call.

 

OTHER ACTIONS:

Create a healthy planet for future generations.

Oppose the direction of the EPA.

Write: Send a postcard to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Script: Protecting American people from toxins is more important than coddling corporations. We are watching you. We will fight you every step of the way. When it’s time to vote, we will remember what Pruitt and Wheeler did to our country.

Address: EPA, Office of the Administrator 1101A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Executive Committee Meeting – Sunday April 2, 2:30pm at Headquarters, 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro. Discussion on upcoming County Convention, nominiation/election of new officers at Convention, resolutions committee formation, etc.

Program Committee/Fundraising Committee Meeting – Join us as we work on programs for the coming year, including preparation for the County Convention, campaign activities, learning sessions, fundraising activities and much more. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please join us. Email randolphdem@gmail.com for more details.

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

TUESDAY 3/28/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Dancing with the Czars

INTERNET PRIVACY:
The Senate passed a highly intrusive internet privacy law that will allow internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon, and Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) to sell your internet browsing history without obtaining your permission. Worse, the bill would explicitly prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from overturning these rules in the future. the vote is supposedly scheduled for Tuesday, so this is pretty urgent.
Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from _____________ and I am calling to urge Rep. ______________ to oppose legislation that would allow Internet Service Providers to sell customers’ internet browsing data without their permission. This is a clear violation of privacy and consumer freedom. Worse, as the legislation is written, it would prevent the FCC from revisiting these rules later. Thank you for recording my call.

THE RUSSIA THING, AS USUAL:
The Trump Russia scandal has finally reached his family: son-in-law Jared Kushner is now set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, as news breaks that he had a second, previously undisclosed meeting with the head of Russian state banking. Many are calling for the resignation of Devin Nunes, the leader of the parallel committee in the House, as he has completely compromised his ability to investigate independently. Others are calling for key hearings featuring intelligence leaders to be held in the open, instead of in secret as GOP leadership would prefer. As this scandal unravels, Trump’s accommodators and accomplices within his administration and in Congress will begin to be implicated. We continue to call for the investigation to be taken out of the hands of these partisan shills and given to an independent counsel or special select committee. Only then can we have any chance of getting to the bottom of the Russian attack on the very fabric of our democracy, and if and to what extent Trump and his team colluded with our enemies.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent from zip code ________ calling to demand the immediate formation of an independent, select committee or special counsel to investigate the Trump team for possible collusion with Russia. Congress is incapable of conducting an independent probe.

STATE:
HR 102, S 85
A bill calling for North Carolina to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

After having won passage in Nevada, the ERA is back. This effort pulls together brand new pantsuiters, Indivisibles, and old-time feminist activists, as well as anyone with common sense enough to see that women must be given legal status equal to that of men. Will the ultra-conservative NC GOP legislature give an open hearing? The arguments against this bill in the 1970s have were sexist then and are just plain stale now. The deadline for ratification of the ERA expired decades ago, but this is one symbolic fight worth having, and could actually jumpstart new legislative measures aimed at women’s equality. Right now this bill is stuck in the infamous legislative graveyard, the Rules Committees of both chambers.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from zip code _______ to urge Rep./Senator ___________ to get HB 102, a bill ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, onto the floor for consideration and debate. It is high time our state acknowledged that men and women have equal rights under the law. Thank you for recording my call.

 

Recommended reading

Thought-provoking reading that’s worth your time.

Thanks to RISE Together NC and Jen Hoffman for today’s calls to action.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Program Committee/Fundraising Committee Meeting – Join us as we work on programs for the coming year, including preparation for the County Convention, campaign activities, learning sessions, fundraising activities and much more. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please join us. Email randolphdem@gmail.com for more details.

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

MONDAY 3/27/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We won the battle, but the war wages on.

I’d like to give a huge and profound thank you to everyone who has called, emailed, tweeted, written postcards, protested and marched in opposition to the horrible American Health Care Act. It was pulled on Friday, hopefully never to return. This is proof that we can make a difference. Persistence pays off.

Per House members, phone calls on the GOP health bill run 50-to-1 against

And with that, we’re back on the clock.

FEDERAL:

Support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

Oppose the wall at the Mexican border.

Its construction infringes on the sovereignty of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Call Mark Walker

Script: Hi, my name is ___________. I’m from ___(town)_____ in  Randolph County and would like to know if Rep. Walker has publicly opposed building a wall on the Mexico border. I’m concerned about having to pay for it, about it harming relations with Mexico, and the impact on the Native American tribe whose land it would cross. Thanks for your time.

The government should be led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.

Support an independent investigation of 45’s ties to Russia.

Call Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Script: Hi. I’m from ___(town)____, NC, ZIP code_______ and I am more concerned than ever about Trump’s ties to Russia. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency, and the current committee is not trustworthy. Is Sen _________ willing to join Republicans like John McCain and Darrell Issa and Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden in publicly supporting an independent investigation?

 

STATE:


SB75
would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. One of it’s sponsors is our own Sen. Jerry Tillman, whose purpose in life is to promote legislation which victimizes poor people, school children and minorities.

This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.

Tell the General Assembly to reject a dangerous constitutional amendment

Script:  My name is ________ and I am a constituent from Randolph County, ZIP code________. I am calling to voice my displeasure with SB 75, which will allow lawmakers in Raleigh to continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks, placing that burden on already strapped municipalities. I am asking Sen _________ to vote NO on SB 75. Thank you for your time.

Or, if you are in Tillman’s district:

Script:  My name is ________ and I am a constituent of Sen. Tillman from Randolph County, ZIP code________. I am calling to voice my displeasure with SB 75, which will allow lawmakers in Raleigh to continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks, placing that burden on already strapped municipalities. I am asking Sen Tillman to withdraw his sponsorship on SB 75 and stop trying to pilfer money from middle and lower class taxpayers’ pockets in order to line the pockets of millionaires and his benefactors. Thank you for your time.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Program Committee/Fundraising Committee Meeting – Join us as we work on programs for the coming year, including preparation for the County Convention, campaign activities, learning sessions fundraising activities and much more. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please join us. Email randolphdem@gmail.com for more details.

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

FRIDAY 3/24/17 CALLS TO ACTION: TGIF

GRATITUDE

I think it’s time that we pause for a little self-care and gratitude. Things seem pretty bleak out there sometimes, but there are many things to be thankful for. There are so many of us working to make this world better, including everyone reading this. Here are a few things to read and do, lest we forget why we fight.

See you right here, bright and early Monday morning!

ACTIONS:

Get your postcards out. There are people who deserve our thanks.

Thank Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, for speaking out against dangerous firearm accessories.
Address: Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building
11A Clinton Avenue, Room 821, Albany, NY 12207

Thank Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), for his new No Hate Act and sending a message that hate and discrimination are un-American.
Address: 90 State House Square, 10th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

Thank Derrick Watson, the judge who blocked the second Muslim travel ban, for his good judgment and courage.
Address: Hon. Derrick Watson, United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 300 Ala Moana Blvd C-338, Honolulu, HI 96850

Thank Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, for his courage and integrity in explaining to 45 the role of immigrants in America.
Address:
PM Enda Kenny 

Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings 
Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2 
D02 R583
IRELAND
Use $1.15 in US stamps or an international stamp..

Thank Kristina Dunz, German reporter, for showing American media how to hold 45 accountable with honest questions.
Address:
Kristina Dunz 
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Mittelweg 38 
D – 20148 Hamburg
GERMANY
Use $1.15 in US stamps or an international stamp.

Good News About Democrats – from Melvin Williams. The current edition features our Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

SMALL VICTORIES – Small victories are still victories! A dose of positive news to brighten your day.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Democratic Women of Randolph Co. Meeting – *Tomorrow* Saturday March 25 at 9:30am in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library. Please bring a breakfast item to share. Democratic Women’s meetings are open to all Democrats, so come join us!

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

 

And finally, some cute donkey videos just because.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend. 

 

THURSDAY 3/23/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Is the swamp drained yet?

The endless stream of horrible nominees never seems to stop. It’s almost as if the Golfer-in-Chief wasn’t serious about “draining the swamp” in DC. Whoda thunk it?

Oppose Jay Clayton for Securities & Exchange Commission

Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton and the banks he represented played a leading role in the 2008 financial crisis. When greedy Wall Street banks nearly tanked the economy and cost Americans more than $16 trillion, Jay Clayton defended the banks. Not only did he help them avoid accountability for causing the crisis, he helped them maximize their share of the government’s bailout money. As the nominee for SEC Chair, he could allow them to do it all over again.

Trump’s Wall Street cop is a big defender of Wall Street

Script:

I am a constituent calling from (zip code) ________ and I am calling to urge Senator _________ to oppose the confirmation of Jay Clayton for head of the SEC. Putting a Wall St. lawyer, who has defended several large corporations in court, in charge of the SEC is exactly the opposite of draining the swamp as the President promised during the campaign.  I urge the Senator to reject this nominee.

 

Support an independent investigation

We need to keep pressure on our Congresspersons to support an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to and possible collusion with Russia during the campaign.

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from ZIP code _______ calling because I am angry about the appearance of corruption of the president and his team. Will Sen. ____________ co-sign Sen Cardin’s bill 27 for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s takeover of our elections? (If no or waffle-y:) This is not a partisan issue. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency. As a voter, this is a top issue for me. 

STATE:

HB 251 (Senate version S 204):

This bill would allow students to bring concealed weapons onto all of the state’s public universities and community colleges. This bill follows the misguided logic that more weapons make us safer, and that tragedies like the VIrginia Tech shooting could have been prevented if only the students have been armed. In fact, banning assault rifles, and requiring extensive background checks so that mentally unstable people never have access to deadly weapons is a much more logical choice. Not surprisingly, campus carry laws have been heavily promoted by the NRA.

Here is a relevant study:
http://www.jhsph.edu/…/johns-hopkins…/_pdfs/GunsOnCampus.pdf

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent in zip code __________ and I am calling Rep./Senator _________ to register my opposition to HB 251 (S204). Independent research has found that campus carry laws lead to more violence not less. Students should not have to wonder whether their classmates are armed.

 

NC Senate Tax Bill:

The GOP in the North Carolina Senate is proposing what they call a “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut.” Sponsored by Randolph’s own Senator Jerry Tillman, this bill is just a huge tax break for millionaires with no real benefits for the middle-class and poor workers who really need the help. It also guts our state budget at a time when we need more funding for pressing issues like schools, highways, and Hurricane Matthew recovery. According to Progressive Pulse, a millionaire in North Carolina will have received an average annual tax cut of $20,000, while only a third of taxpayers who earn less than $20,000 would get anything. More crucially, these income tax policies do not address the reality that many low-income taxpayers contribute through sales tax and do not have sufficient income to benefit from increasing the standard deduction or a Child Tax Credit that is not refundable.

Four big problems with the NC Senate’s latest tax cut proposal

Script – tailored for Tillman’s district:
Hello, I am a constituent from Randolph County and I am calling to urge Sen. Tillman to withdraw the so-called “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” bill. This bill is a thinly disguised attempt to give tax breaks to the wealthiest taxpayers, while doing nothing to relieve the tax burden on North Carolina residents earning less than $20,000 a year. It will also contribute to underfunding needed public services such as health care, education, and Hurricane Matthew recovery. Please tell Sen. Tillman to stop trying to pilfer NC’s coffers with this “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut.”

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ___________ and I am calling to urge Sen. ______________ to oppose the so-called “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” bill. This bill is a thinly disguised attempt to give tax breaks to the wealthiest taxpayers, while doing nothing to relieve the tax burden on North Carolina residents earning less than $20,000 a year. It will also contribute to underfunding needed public services such as health care, education, and Hurricane Matthew recovery. Please tell Sen. ____________ to vote against “The Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

WEDNESDAY 3/22/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended last nights Volunteer Appreciation Potluck. We had a great time. There was plenty of good conversation, fellowship and sooooo much good food. We had blank postcards available for anyone wanting to send a note to their elected officials and people took advantage of that. I personally dropped a good-sized stack in the mailbox on the way home. Thank you, also, to NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin and to former candidate for Ag Commissioner Walter Smith for coming out and getting us fired up! Finally, thank you to all the volunteers who weren’t able to make it last night for one reason or another. We realize that folks are pulled in many directions in their lives. We appreciate all the ways you have helped us through the years.

That being said, back to pestering our legislative representatives. 😀

If we don’t have healthy, educated children, access to affordable healthcare, grandparents who receive the help and care we’ve promised them or the arts and humanities, what the heck are we using that bloated military budget to defend?

SCRIPT 3: NEH/NEA

Hello, I am a constituent from ___________________ and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep. ___________________ to reject President Trump’s proposed budget. In particular, I am concerned about cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These cuts would shut down many vital arts projects, including small programs here in North Carolina. Much of this funding goes to preserving our cultural heritage, and in many cases, these programs actually create jobs, making them into a net gain for taxpayers. Please tell Sen./Rep. ________________ to reject any Trump budget that includes cuts for the NEA or NEH.

 

Or alternately, here’s another useful script for you to tailor to your own liking:

 

Oppose 45’s new budget proposal.

Script: Hi. I am a constituent from ZIP code __________ calling to express my deep concern over the president’s proposed budget. Specifically,

(choose one or two that concern you most and share a personal story related to it):

  • I don’t want my tax dollars paying for his wall or a bigger military.
  • I don’t want to pay a higher TSA fee or to privatize air traffic control.
  • I support national parks, the prevention of wildlife trafficking, and superfund pollution cleanup.
  • I support scientific research on the climate crisis and cancer.
  • I support the EnergyStar program that rates appliances’ efficiency.
  • I support loan guarantees for small businesses.
  • I support the arts and humanities, including quality programming like Sesame Street, NPR, and Public Broadcasting.
  • I support programs like WIC, school meals, housing subsidies, and medical care for people in need.

Honestly, it’s not just the budget, it’s the belief that my tax dollar should support people in need and programs for the public good. Where does Sen/Rep _______________ stand on this proposed budget?

 

STATE:

Happy Anniversary HB2! (not really)

HB2 repeal

Thursday is the one year anniversary of the infamous bill that has brought so much shame and economic hardship to our state, and that literally codifies bigotry into our statutes. There is a compromise bill out there, but we call for a full repeal to restore civil and human rights to all. Call your rep, call leadership, but also put some heat on the flip floppers who voted for it, said they regretted that decision and then backed away from pushing for repeal.

I am a constituent calling from zip code __________ and I am demanding that Rep. ___________ support an immediate repeal to HB2. This bill is bigoted, embarrassing, and economically devastating to our state. Please show some leadership on this issue. Thank you for recording my call.

The flip flop reps:
Rep. John Hardister: 919-733-5191 Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net
Donny Lambeth: 919-733-5747 Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.net
Chris Malone: 919-715-3010 Chris.Malone@ncleg.net
John Bradford: 919-733-5828 John.Bradford@ncleg.net

Leadership:
Phil Berger (Senate): (919) 733-5708 Phil.Berger@ncleg.net
Tim Moore (House): 919-733-3451 Tim.Moore@ncleg.net

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Randolph County Democratic Convention – April 8, 2017 at Randolph County Courthouse. If you are a delegate or an officer in your precinct, please join us to elect new officers, vote on resolutions, and help set the course for our party for the next elections season.

Lunch with Lawmakers – April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.