MONDAY 9/4/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Happy Labor Day!

10 fascinating facts about the Labor Day holiday

FEDERAL:

Immigration

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

ICE has asked for permission to begin routinely destroying 11 kinds of records, including those related to sexual assaults, solitary confinement and even deaths of people in its custody. Other records subject to destruction include alternatives to detention programs; regular detention monitoring reports, logs about the people detained in ICE facilities and communications from the public reporting detention abuses. ICE proposed various timelines for the destruction of these records ranging from 20 years for sexual assault and death records to three years for reports about solitary confinement.

 

Why Immigration Is Good: 7 Common Arguments Against Reform, Debunked

White House: Trump’s DACA decision coming Tuesday

A full repeal would leave the nearly-800,000 DACA recipients without protection from deportation, and activists fear the information from their applications could be used by federal authorities to target them.

And ending new applications and renewals — DACA provided a two-year permit — would mean 1,400 DACA recipients would lose their status every day, according to a study by progressive advocacy groups Center for American Progress and FWD.us.

 

Call your Members of Congress:

Senators Richard Burr & Thom Tillis

Representative Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling from the Sen/Rep’s district in North Carolina. I would like to voice my support for keeping DACA. These folks, DREAMers, came to the US as children and had no say-so in how they got here. To deport them back to their country of origin, when most have no memory of that place, is a cruel way to begin immigration reform. I am asking the Sen/Rep to sign on as a sponsor/co-sponsor to the American Hope Act, HR 3591, which will protect Dreamers from deportation and help them gain legal status. We are a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants. Please don’t throw these folks under the bus just to score political points. Thank you.

 

Healthcare

Trump administration plans on making 90 percent cut to Obamacare ad budget

“Trump Admin is deliberately sabotaging our healthcare system. When number of insured drops & costs rise, American ppl will know who to blame,” wrote Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, on Twitter.

STATE

Berger’s advice to Dems – become Republicans

Where, Berger wondered, are the North Carolina Democrats of old who were pro guns, pro-life and pro business?

“If you’re going to be competitive in legislative elections across the state, you’re going to have to bring back the North Carolina Democrat as a distinct political type, separate from the national Democrat,” he said.

In other words, Democrats could succeed if they became Republicans. Berger isn’t content to lock Democrats out. He wants to convert them.

NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin:

Goodwin said he welcomes advice, even from the Senate Republican leader. But he also had some advice for him: If he really thinks the public overwhelmingly supports the Republican agenda, he shouldn’t fear holding elections based on maps drawn by an independent redistricting commission.

Call you legislators:

Pat Hurley, Allen McNeill

Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT:  I am calling to voice my support for non-partisan redistricting. The NCGA has dragged its feet too long on this matter. You shouldn’t need to gerrymander districts if your ideas have merit. Partisan and racial gerrymandering needs to end now. Thank you for your time.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

MONDAY 8/28/17 CALLS TO ACTION: The Weekend from Hell

Good morning, everyone. I’m sorry I missed a couple of installments last week. I have managed to overextend myself with certain obligations. So, for the foreseeable future, I will be, once again, paring the calls to action down. I am going to do my best to put together a good list of calls to action and send them out on Monday mornings. You know how the current occupant of the White House likes to whip up controversy and our craven cowardly Congress likes to let him get away with it so I will reserve the right to send emergency calls out as needed. Thank you for your patience with me. ❤️❤️❤️

 

There is so much going on right now and all of it is deeply troubling. First, though, the most important thing is the absolute devastation in Texas over the weekend from Hurricane Harvey.

It has been an awful weekend for people in southeast Texas. Forecasters are predicting a further 1-3 feet more rain before tomorrow (Tuesday). You can see by the short video below that the flooding is already a catastrophe. Thank goodness Donald Trump has kept in place the strong regulations on flood risk management standards….oh, wait….On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order revoking Executive Order 13690

 

Everyone wants to know what to do to help these folks, so here are some places you can donate to help with disaster relief.

 

Disaster Relief

Red Cross – or text 90999 to donate $10

Find a Blood Drive and Donate

Salvation Army

Catholic Charities USA – Donated funds go to support recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services.

GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Page  – List of individual fundraisers for people in Harvey’s wake.

Global Giving Harvey Relief

Austin Disaster Relief Network – includes more than 175 Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers, calls this “one of the largest responses in their history.”

 

Children’s Relief

Driscoll Children’s Hospital – cares for Corpus Christi’s youngest and most ill patients, is directly in the path of Harvey. The hospital transported many of its patients out of harm’s way, but will likely sustain damage during the storm and will need funds to repair.  Donations can be made online at www.driscollchildrens.org.

Texas Diaper BankDonate  “Diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies,” the TDB posted on Facebook Friday. To alleviate that need, the TDB is requesting donations of cash and diapers to provide emergency diaper kits for families that are being displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. They provide diapers for both babies as well as for adults who require them.

 

Food Banks

Donate to the Houston Food Bank 

Donate to the Galveston County Food Bank

Donate to the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Donate to the Corpus Christi Food Bank

Donate to the Southeast Texas Food Bank

Donate to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley

Donate to the Brazos Valley Food Bank

Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank

Donate to the San Antonio Food Bank

For Animals and Pets

SPCA of Texas

Austin Pets Alive!

Dallas Animal Services

San Antonio Humane Society

Other

Guide for Disaster Relief Donation – How to better evaluate organizations asking for your donations.

 

 

Washington DC:

Transgender Ban for the American Military

Trump officially bans transgender people from military

Call your members of Congress;

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling in reference to the ban on transgender people serving in our military. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states that all Americans will receive equal protection under the law. To exclude one group of Americans from those protections is unconscionable. Ours is a volunteer military and as such the President should support all Americans who want to serve their country. What is Sen/Rep________ doing to ensure the rights of all Americans, including transpeople, are being protected to the fullest?

 

Joe Arpaio’s Pardon

Donald Trump has issued a Presidential pardon for disgraceful former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is best known for his inhumane treatment of prisoners in his jails and for his practice of enthusiastic racial profiling of immigrants and other people of color.

Trump, being the completely ignorant and morally bankrupt hack that he is, has thrown the rule of law to the wind.

Why Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio isn’t like most presidential pardons

Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio: What You Need to Know

The usual process, conducted through the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, requires that several thresholds be met: All “other forms of judicial or administrative relief” must have been exhausted, petitioners are supposed to wait at least five years after conviction or release before applying, they have to accept responsibility for their actions, and, usually, the FBI has to review the case too.

Call your members of Congress;

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling about the Presidential pardon of disgraced former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio engaged in illegal racial profiling during his tenure as Sheriff in Maricopa County, AZ. This pardon is a signal to neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and the so-called Alt-Right that their campaigns of racially motivated lawlessness will go unpunished or will be swept under the rug. When may I expect to see the Sen/Rep publicly censure the President for his subversion of the rule of law?

 

Trump Revokes Higher Flood Risk Mgt Standards 

As I mentioned above, in January 2015, President Obama issued an executive order requiring all federal investments involving floodplains to meet higher flood risk management standards.

Guess who revoked that order on August 15, 2017? And now Texas will be dealing with the fallout from the deregulation of flood risk standards. How soon until North Carolina is under that gun? We’ve been dodging the major hurricane bullets for too many years now.

Revocation of an executive order requiring all federal investments involving floodplains to meet higher flood risk management standards

Call your members of Congress;

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling to find out what the Sen/Rep is doing to help mitigate the damage that will most assuredly be done by the Executive Order revoking President Obama’s order requiring federal investments involving floodplains to meet higher flood risk management standards. It’s only a matter of time before NC will be needing the protections EO 13690 reinforced. Climate change is a real thing and personally, I am not happy to see my elected officials playing fast and loose with my children’s futures.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

MONDAY 8/21/17 CALL TO ACTION: Magnified

“You didn’t shut her up, you just magnified her.”

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Peace Vigil on Friday. I cannot (and don’t want to) imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. And to lose that child to something so stupid as racial hatred manifested in a terrorist attack on people engaging in their First Amendment right to protest is just unconscionable. Heather’s mother has been the epitome of grace during this time of mourning. If you can, take a moment to watch her comments about her daughter. And keep the Kleenex handy.

Several local Facebook pages tried their best to whip up conflict by putting out “less than accurate” information about what was happening. We were also invaded by some agents provocateur who tried to stir up conflict with the people who came to protest our peaceful gathering. We must not allow those who benefit from the status quo to derail us from moving our society forward toward equality. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I firmly believe that. We will win and we will make this world a better, more peaceful and equitable place for our children and grandchildren.

Now, on to the call to action.

Redistricting

 

The new maps are out for the NC House.

New map reveals part of NC Republicans’ redistricting plan

The maps were released Saturday without the data and files the mapmakers used to shape the new districts. Because of that, the attorneys representing the challengers of the 2011 districts have not been able to analyze the effect of the new lines.

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC, a voting rights organization, said it’s difficult to tell much from the maps without the supporting data, other than which lawmakers have been placed in the same districts.

 

Redistricting in order to correct the Republican-run NCGA’s unconstitutional, racially biased gerrymandering is the most important thing happening in North Carolina right now. The gerrymander in our General Assembly (and in our congressional districts as well) are the most important hurdle we have to making North Carolina’s vote fair and equitable.

I believe that people want to know their vote counts. Gerrymandering rigs the vote and dilutes the power of each individual vote. The redrawing of districts MUST be handled by a nonpartisan commission. See RCDP’s resolution that was adopted at our 2017 convention.

The information below is from a Facebook posting I read on Sunday. It sums up what this next week has to be about: ensuring that we have fair redistricting maps.

As you may know, SCOTUS ruled that the NC voting districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, and has tasked the NCGA with drawing new maps. What you may not know is that this Tuesday will be the ONLY time NCGA reps will allow their constituents to make their voices heard. If that seems short notice and inconvenient, I’m sure it’s by design. Pay attention to these times and places, and if you are able to go and speak up for fair, non-gerrymandered voting districts, please do.

All hearings will be held on Tuesday at 4:00pm at the following locations:

Triangle: Legislative Office Building Room 643, 300 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh

Charlotte: Central Piedmont Community College, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. (Hall Building, Rooms 215/216)

Fayetteville: Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2817 Fort Bragg Road (General Classroom Bldg)

Western NC: Caldwell Community College, 2855 Hickory Boulevard (Bldg B) in Hudson

Triad: Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown Campus, 601 East Main Street (Medline Campus Center) in Jamestown

Northeastern NC: Halifax Community College 100 College Road Bldg 100 Room 108 in Weldon

There are 6,777,881 registered voters in NC and only six sites around the state where those voters may make public comments on redistricting. That’s 1,129,647 people per venue. Not a very good ratio, in opinion.

Call your legislators in Raleigh:

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I am calling to express my support for fair and equitable districts, which are true representations of North Carolina’s voters. For too long NC has been subject to gerrymandering and it is time for this to stop. I also support the addition of more venues for public comment on Tuesday. The ratio of voters to venues limits the number of people who will be able to voice their opinions. Surely you wouldn’t want to limit voters’ voices.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

FRIDAY 8/18/17 CALLS TO ACTION: So it begins (hopefully)…

You may have heard yesterday evening that Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced that he will be introducing Articles of Impeachment against “President” Trump.

Democrat to introduce Trump impeachment articles over his Charlottesville response

“I have expressed great concerns about President Trump’s ability to lead our country in the Resolution of No Confidence (HRes 456) that I introduced in July with 29 of my colleagues,” Representative Steve Cohen said in a statement. “However, after the President’s comments on Saturday, August 12 and again on Tuesday, August 15 in response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I believe the President should be impeached and removed from office.”

Rep. Brad Sherman file (CA-30) and Rep. Al Green (TX-09) introduced Articles of Impeachment on July 12th.

 

Rep. Steve Cohen seeks to impeach President Trump after Charlottesville

Cohen and 23 House Democrats also filed a no confidence resolution against Trump in June, citing a litany of what they say is unacceptable behavior by the president of the United States.

Give Mark Walker a call and tell him he needs to get on board the impeachment train. It’s obvious that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President and needs to be removed.

Rep. Mark Walker

1305 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3065 Fax: (202) 225-8611
Email: https://walker.house.gov/contact/email

 

Vigil for Charlottesville

Join us this evening for a Peace Vigil for Charlottesville held at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse on Worth St. in Asheboro. Folks will gather in front of the courthouse at 6:00PM in remembrance of the lives lost and persons injured in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. Please join the Randolph NAACP, 6th District Indivisible and Randolph County Democratic Party to pay respects to lives lost protesting racism and hate.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Vigil for Charlottesville – 6:00PM Friday August 18, 2017 at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse – 145 Worth St., Asheboro, NC

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

WEDNESDAY 8/16/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Jumping ship

A couple of days ago Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier stepped down from the Trump manufacturing advisory council. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and UnderArmour head Kevin Plank have left the council in recent days also.  All three have cited the President’s lackluster statement on the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.

So, who is left on the council?

Here’s an excellent list of who has left and who is still on board. (As of Tuesday evening Richard Trumka has quit the council.)

Grab Your Wallet has an excellent guide for how to contact the people still on the advisory council in order to apply pressure on them for remaining tied to this toxic President.

 

The #QuitTheCouncil hashtag on Twitter is a wealth of information as to which companies need to be contacted about their association with Trump.

Grab Your Wallet also has a nice list of Trump-Free companies for you to shop at.

 

Vigil for Charlottesville

Friday evening there will be a Vigil for Charlottesville held at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse. Folks will gather in front of the courthouse at 6:00PM in remembrance of the lives lost and persons injured in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. Please join the Randolph NAACP, 6th District Indivisible, Randolph County Democratic Party and other organizations to pay respects to lives lost protesting racism and hate.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Vigil for Charlottesville – 6:00PM Friday August 18, 2017 at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse – 145 Worth St., Asheboro, NC

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange – 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Special guest speakers will be Rep. Graig Meyer, NC House District 50 and NCDP Second Vice Chair Matt Hughes.

MONDAY 8/14/17 CALL TO ACTION: Domestic Terrorism

 

Truly, I just don’t even know what to say today. This weekend has been just awful. Not only are we living under the threat of preemptive nuclear strikes on North Korea from a President who seems to have no idea about the ramifications of what he says but now we’ve had yet another domestic terrorist attack on Americans by a conglomeration of right-wing neo-Nazi hate groups. We get to put this on the pile with people of color being targeted and brutalized by police every single day, income inequality, rampant poverty, voter suppression, and so many other issues that this administration is ignoring in favor of beating the war drums and coddling (and employing) white supremacists. In just under seven months, Donald Trump has managed, along with his henchmen and his know-nothing army of sycophants, to undo much of the good and goodwill that has been achieved over the past 40-50 years.

These people should be shunned by society.

 

The following comes from a Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat and I thought it summed up the kind of people we’re dealing with, with this new breed of white supremacist. These are not the hairy rednecks we’ve been told we have to watch out for. Many of them are wealthy, college educated, clean-cut, privileged and polite in everyday interactions. Don’t let that fool you, though. Like my grandmother always said, “even the Devil can quote scripture.”

There is some profanity ahead, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, don’t read any further. Just skip down to the bottom.

Imagine if these people faced actual oppression.
Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry.
Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for “male health care.”

The law never…
Enslaved their great-grandparents
Robbed their grandparents
Imprisoned their parents
Shot them when unarmed.

There is no massive effort at the state and local level to disenfranchise them of the vote. There is no history of centuries of bad science dedicated to “proving” their intellectual inferiority. There is no travel ban on them because of their religion. There is no danger for them when they carry dangerous weapons publicly.

Their churches were never burned. Their lawns were never decorated with burning crosses. Their ancestors never hung from trees.

Their mothers aren’t being torn away by ICE troopers and sent away forever. They won’t be forced to leave the only country they ever knew. The president has not set up a hotline to report crime committed at their hands.

They are chanting “We will not be replaced.” Replaced… as what?

I’ll tell you.

Replaced as the only voice in public discussions. Replaced as the only bodies in the public arena. Replaced as the only life that matters.

THIS is ‘white people’ oppression: We used to be the only voice. Now we hold the only microphone. THIS is ‘white man’ oppression. We face criticism now. We were free from it, because others feared the consequences.

THIS is ‘oppression’ of white Christians in this country. Christmas used to be the only holiday acknowledged, now it’s not.

I would so love to see these people get all the oppression they insist they receive, just for a year. Just to see.

Give them a world where you ACTUALLY can’t say Christmas. A world where the name “Geoff” on a resume puts it in the trash. Give them a world where they suddenly get a 20% pay cut, and then 70 women every day tell them to smile more.

Give them a world where their polo shirt makes people nervous, so they’re kicked off the flight from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis.

Give them a world where they inherited nothing but a very real understanding of what oppression really fucking is.

Give them a world where if they pulled up on a campus with torches lit and started throwing hands, the cops would punch their eyes out. Put THAT in your Tiki torches and light it, you sorry Nazi bitches.

 

So, what do we do?

My suggestion is to inundate all our elected officials, state and federal level, with calls, email, postcards, tweets, Facebook interactions and in-person contacts. What to say?

Someone has, again, died at the hands of right wing hate groups. The President froze funding for research into right-wing hate groups. That needs to be reinstated right now.

Trump — once again — fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists

Donald Trump and Mike Pence need to denounce these white nationalist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist supporters of his immediately. There is no place in the White House for someone who says “both sides are bad” while giving a wink and a nod to domestic terrorists.

Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists

Donald Trump and Mike Pence can both be contacted at the following address:

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
White House Comment Line at at 202-456-1111
Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC:
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
Email: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC:
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Email: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

Rep. Mark Walker

1305 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3065 Fax: (202) 225-8611
Email: https://walker.house.gov/contact/email

NC Legislature

How little does out state legislature value our Constitutional rights; especially the right to petition our government for a redress of grievances?

Well, let’s see: The NC House passed a bill that would give immunity to people who run over protesters with their cars. 

Barber Banned From Legislative Building After Protest Arrest

Pat Hurley House Dist. 70
N.C. House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 532
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: 919-733-5865
pat.hurley@ncleg.net

Allen McNeill House Dist. 78
N.C. House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: 919-715-4946
allen.mcneill@ncleg.net

Rick Gunn Senate Dist. 24
N.C. Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 523
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Phone: (919) 301-1446
Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net

Jerry Tillman Senate Dist. 29
N.C. Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
(919) 733-5870
Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

TODAY!!  Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

FRIDAY 8/11/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Distractions

Visit this link if your are interested in being a Precinct Official in Randolph County for upcoming elections. 

 

FEDERAL:

Fire & fury? More like distract & divert.

We’ve surely all seen the posturing the so-called President has been doing of late with regards to North Korea. Frankly, I wondered if we’d be neck deep in nuclear war when I woke up Thursday morning. Later on yesterday Trump issued this little nugget:

That whooshing sound you hear is my eyes rolling all the way back in my head. This administration wouldn’t know foreign policy and diplomacy if it crawled up and bit them on their Korean Peninsula. Only weak and ineffective people have to resort to bullying and threats to get their point across.

President Trump Threatens North Korea Yet Again

 

I wonder what he could be trying to divert our attention from?

Oh, right. We just found out about this.  

FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home

 

“The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.”

“To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.”

Curious.

Turns out Paul Manafort was the person who gave up the goods on Don Jr.’s “adoptions” meeting with that ever-expanding group of Russians.

Manafort Alerted Authorities to Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to Donald Trump, tipped off authorities to the controversial meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

I’m surprised he’s not stomping about, demanding Manafort’s head on a platter. I guess instead he thought it was a good idea to threaten North Korea, who is already threatening us via Guam. Also, I’m pretty sure Trump had no idea before yesterday that Guam is a US territory.

 

So, what can we do?

Same thing we always do. Call our member of Congress. Let them know in no uncertain terms that risking WWIII is not an option just because the President need to distract from his and his friends’ misdeeds with the Russians. Congress needs to rein in the President and they need to do it yesterday. We are watching closely to see which Senators and Representatives work for the safety of Americans and which ones play fast and loose with out national security. We won’t forget come election day, either.

In closing out the federal section for the week, I’d like to sum up this little diatribe of mine with one final thought:

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Good news!

POLL SAYS NCGOP STARTS THE 2018 ELECTION CYCLE IN A DEEP HOLE

“Of elected officials, only Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has a favorable image. Respondents give him a 15-point positive rating, 48% to 33%. The top elected Republicans, US Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, are both upside down. Voters like Burr a little more. His approval rating is 34 positive, 42% negative. Tillis is only 28% positive with 45% holding an unfavorable opinion of him. And fully half of the people have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump while only 44% view him favorably.”

Well, whoda thunk it? North Carolinians don’t like it when you turn our state into a economic and cultural wasteland by subverting every single democratic institution you come across. Maybe legislators should stop working for ALEC, Art Pope and the Kochs and start working for the people they represent. What a novel idea.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

RC Democratic Women’s Monthly Breakfast Meeting – August 26, 2017 9:30am at the Archdale Public Library 10433 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263  Bring a breakfast item to share if you like.

Lunch & Learn Voter Registration Workshop with Melissa Johnson, Director RCBoE – September 12, 2017 at Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM.

The Democratic Women of North Carolina invite you to the 57th Annual State ConventionSeptember 22-24, 2017, in Winston-Salem at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

Needed: precinct officials!

The Randolph County Democratic Party is currently compiling a list of part time precinct officials to submit to the Board of Elections.

 If you are interested in working at the polls, please fill out our Precinct Official Interest Form.

These are paid, temporary positions working on the following days:

  • October 10, 2017 Primary Election (for High Point precincts only)
  • November 7, 2017 Municipal Election (for municipal precincts only)
  • May 6, 2018 Federal, State, and Local Primary
  • June 21 or July 12, 2018 Second Primary (if needed)
  • November 3, 2018 General Election

Qualifications

You must:

  • Live in Randolph County.
  • Be a registered voter in Randolph County.
  • Be able to read and write.

You must not:

  • Be an elected official in any federal, state or local government.
  • Be a candidate for nomination or election.
  • Hold any office in a political party or political organization.
  • Be a manager or treasurer for any candidate or political party.

Requirements of Precinct Officials

You must:

  • Provide your own transportation to and from the polling place.
  • Work all day on Election Day (6 a.m. or earlier to 8:30 p.m. or later). The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Attend a meeting on the day or evening before the election to help set up supplies and election equipment at the polling place.
  • Attend all required training sessions.

Required Training for Precinct Officials

All precinct officials are required to attend at least one training session conducted by the Board of Elections prior to each major primary and general election. Workers receive an Election Manual and related handouts at a training session. Some precinct officials will be required to attend additional laptop or other trainings. The training classes cover specific issues related to the upcoming election. Workers receive $15 for each training session they attend in addition to their Election Day compensation (minimum $115 per election.)
Some of these positions must be submitted to the Board of Elections next week, so get your information in as soon as possible!