WEDNESDAY 8/9/17 CALLS TO ACTION: They always go after the most vulnerable

FEDERAL:

 

Fight over right to sue nursing homes heats up

Next time be born rich!

“When you are trying to get someone in a nursing home, often time it’s stressful or an emotional time. Often times loved ones can’t take care of themselves, so for a nursing home to say in order to get in you have to waive your right is shameful,” he said.

“We’re talking about everything you may have a problem with — abuse, neglect, sexual assault, a wide variety of things — they are now saying you are waiving your right to full justice.”

As someone who had a grandparent who was mistreated while in a nursing home, this hits close to home for me. To strip rights away from patients and families during one of the most stressful events we face as humans is unconscionable.  The Trump administration is not only incompetent, it is hard-hearted and evil.

“Simply making the argument that we are a new administration and want to make sure corporations don’t have regulations that are forcing them to be accountable is not a good enough reason to change a rule that underwent extensive review.”

 

Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands

“Afterward, protesters from the Sierra Club and other groups held a rally in the town square against the actions taken by Mr. Zinke during his first months on the job, chanting “Shame!” and “Liar!” and carrying signs opposing his policies.

But Mr. Zinke was not in public view. Just before the rally started, he was inside a nearby building, meeting with Bill Cadman, a vice president of Whiting Petroleum, a company that drills on federal lands.”

Coal is dead. That’s all there is to it. That the Trump administration continues to beat this dead horse instead of putting funds toward renewable energy and training for the people left behind by the dying coal industry shows how disingenuous and backward they really are.

Make some calls:

Call your Senators, Burr & Tillis.  Tell them to protect our public lands from coal companies who leave pollution and devastation in their wakes. We also need to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, nursing home residents, from deregulation that would allow large “health care” organizations to take advantage of their infirmity.

Senator Thom Tillis is evidently hiring chickens to run his offices

Check out the reception these Indivisible members get when just trying to deliver a “thank you for supporting Special Counsel Robert Mueller” letter to Thom Tillis’ office.

 

LOCAL:

Commissioners asked to take down statue

“Dr. Wesley Fennell asked the Randolph County commissioners Monday to remove the Confederate monument from the Historic 1909 Courthouse, claiming it is a symbol of white supremacy.

Fennell was speaking during the public comment segment of the August meeting of the commissioners. His reasoning was that the Confederate soldier exemplifies a time in our history when slaves were treated inhumanely.”

Personally, I love the idea of a statue in honor of our abolitionist Quaker roots here in Randolph County. We didn’t want to secede, we didn’t want to go to war and many of our ancestors worked to tear down the institution of slavery. What do you think?

Below is an excerpt from William T. Auman’s book Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt: The Confederate Campaign Against Peace Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers that tells a lot about our Randolph County ancestors and how they weren’t as dedicated to the Lost Cause as we’re led to believe by our local rebel-flag-waving conservative contingent.

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If you feel strongly about this, here are links to the contact pages for Asheboro’s City Council if you would like to tell the councilmembers your opinion on this issue. I also recommend writing a letter to the editor of the Courier-Tribune about it if you are so moved.

Mayor Smith
Mayor Pro Tem Moffitt 
Councilmember Bell
Councilmember Burks
Councilmember Carter
Councilmember Redding
Councilmember Snuggs

Councilmember Swiers

 

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.

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.

MONDAY 8/7/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’re all human rights activists

We’re looking for donated items to fill our auction baskets for this year’s Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala. Visit this link to find out more: Fundraiser Auction Items Needed!

FEDERAL:

Healthcare stuff

Now that the most recent efforts to repeal and replace (or just repeal) the Affordable Care Act have failed, it’s time to put pressure on our legislators in Washington DC to shore up the ACA for the benefit of all Americans. It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop sabotaging it and start working for us.

Testing Paul Ryan’s damning attack on the Affordable Care Act: ‘Obamacare has failed’

Republicans call Obamacare a ‘failure.’ These 7 charts show they couldn’t be more wrong

If they don’t want to strengthen the ACA, then the only other acceptable option is to get on board with HR 676, which is the Medicare for All bill, sponsored by John Conyers of Michigan and co-sponsored by 116 other representatives. Personally, I like this idea. It’s simple, effective and there would be huge cost savings to taxpayers. What’s not to like? Nothing, unless you’re a Republican who gets all stopped up when a Democrat gets credit for anything good.

Call your members of Congress to let them know that now is the time to put all the partisan flailing aside and at the very least, work with Democrats to strengthen the ACA for the good of their fellow Americans.

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: This is ________ from _________.  I am calling to urge the Sen/Rep to join with Democrats to help strengthen and shore up the ACA for the good of all Americans. Republicans have been saying for years that the ACA is failing but the facts just do not bear it out. One of the main reasons the ACA has had such trouble is because of Republican efforts to sabotage the law and make it harder for people to have access. I am calling on the Sen/Rep to stop these attacks on my health insurance and get down to the business of representing me and my interests. If the Sen/Rep can’t do that, I will be working diligently to ensure that he will be on the unemployment line at the first opportunity. Thank  you.

Town Halls

It would also be a good idea to ask when the Senators or Representative will be holding town halls to speak directly to their constituents. Facebook Live sessions and telephone town halls are not effective at all, because it is too easy to tune out anyone they don’t want to talk to. If they are afraid to talk to the voters, then they should get into a line of work where they don’t have to deal with the public. I recommend something like manning a lighthouse in the North Sea or land surveying on far-flung atolls in the Pacific Ocean.

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Racial Gerrymander

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

We’re still waiting on Republican legislators to deliver the redistricting maps. We know they’re dragging their feet in order to stay in power as long as possible. These people need to get on the ball. We North Carolinians have been disenfranchised enough by our so-called-legislators. Do your jobs.

 

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

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.

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 8/4/17 CALLS TO ACTION: The Grandest of Juries

 

FEDERAL:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: Mueller convenes grand jury in Russia investigation 

Grand juries give prosecutors the ability to put witnesses under oath if there is evidence of a crime. Mueller and his expanding team will also have the power to seek indictments and subpoena documents. According to the Journal, the grand jury was convened in Washington several weeks ago. Another grand jury in Virginia had been investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but that probe has been taken over by Mueller, the Journal reported.

This is the second Grand Jury under Robert Mueller.  The first is the jury he took over in the Michael Flynn investigation. So, now we can say there are multiple Grand Juries convened in the Trump-Russia probe.

Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

Credit Where Credit is Due

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced a bill that would prevent removal of special counsel without judicial review. This will protect the work Robert Mueller is doing on investigating the Trump Administration and their collusion with Russia to hack our government and the 2016 elections. So, giving credit where credit is due, thank you Senators Tillis and Coons.

Senator Tillis’ tweet:

And from Senator Coons:

So in the interest of positive reinforcement, give Thom Tillis a call and let him know that this bill to safeguard the process of the special counsel is much appreciated.

That being said:

Don’t forget that Thom Tillis is part of the reason we don’t have a sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping anymore.

During his tenure as Speaker of the NC House, Thom and his partner in crime Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger effectively raised taxes on the middle and working classes by eliminating this tax holiday.

“But I thought Republicans only cut taxes,” you say.  Oh you sweet summer child. They only cut taxes for the rich because the rich donate to their campaigns. Now get back to work, they’ve got zillionaires to coddle!

Think about this while you ‘re shopping for that long list of items your kids’ teachers send you.

 

 

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

Republican Revenge Fantasies

Josh Stein cuts 45 positions in AG’s office: ‘We can’t do the last third’

At a news conference the same morning the General Assembly returned to Raleigh for a special session, Stein announced that state agencies, commissions and boards had come up with another $3 million or so that would stave off some personnel cuts he had anticipated. But Stein still has to find $3 million more in savings, he said, adding, “we’ve cut the attorney general’s office into the bone and we cannot go deeper.”

“What I’m telling you today is, we can’t do the last third,” said Stein, a Democrat in his first term. “The last third will put too much damage, too much risk on the public’s safety. For that reason, we are repeating our call to the General Assembly: ‘Please, protect the people of North Carolina, and find a way to fill this gap.’”

This has never been about trimming the fat, it’s been about revenge, pure and simple. Phil Berger and Tim Moore want to punish all Democrats who had the audacity to win their elections last year, including Josh Stein and Roy Cooper.

After lawmakers approved the budget in June, Senate leader Phil Berger defended the cut, saying he did not think it would be as devastating as portrayed by Stein, who served alongside Berger when he was a state senator from Wake County. Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County, added that GOP leaders were not happy with how Stein has been doing his job.

“The attorney general’s job is to represent his client, and his client is the state of North Carolina, and in many respects, it’s the state of North Carolina as represented by the elected representatives of the state,” Berger said at a June 22 news conference. “There have been instances where the attorney general seems to believe that that’s not his job, that his job is to do whatever he thinks is appropriate.”

Berger seems to think that defending the constitutionally indefensible actions of the Republican-led General Assembly is a good way to spend North Carolinians’ tax dollars. Maybe they should have foregone all those extra special sessions last year which gave us nothing but new laws that were struck down by the courts. The Republican-led General Assembly seem good at doing two things: consolidating power in the most reprehensible ways they can and wasting taxpayer dollars on their revenge fantasies.

Call your so-called legislators in Raleigh to let them know this is unacceptable and they need to make this right.

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep_________’s district. I want to urge the Sen/Rep to revisit their involvement in the recent budget which cut funds for the NC Attorney General’s office. Republicans always claim to be law and order legislators who want to keep people in their jobs.  Yet at the first opportunity you vote to cut the AG’s office, forcing layoffs for 45 people and impeding the office’s ability to do its job. This is nothing but Republicans getting revenge on Democrats because they had the audacity to win their elections.

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

And while you’re at it:

Remind them that we’re still waiting on the maps correcting the illegal racial gerrymandering done by the Republicans in the General Assembly. What’s the hold up? They’ve had ample time to get this handled.

SCRIPT: I am calling from Sen/Rep__________’s district. I would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

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.

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.

MONDAY 7/31/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Taking a breather

Has this been a great weekend or what? It’s nice to have a bit of a breather over the health care shenanigans in DC. It doesn’t mean we can let our guard down, but for a few moments we can do the happy dance.

If you’d like to send a thank you postcard to the three Republican senators who helped keep the ACA intact for now, here are their addresses:

Senator Susan Collins: 68 Sewall Street, Room 507, Augusta, ME 04330

Senator John McCain: 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Senator Lisa Murkowski: 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501

 

See Jen Hoffman’s weekly Americans of Conscience checklist for other calls to action. She’s always on the ball and has great stuff.

It’s time to turn our eye toward our own state. We all know about the racial gerrymandering done by our Republican-led General Assembly. One Republican Representative, David Lewis of Harnett County was quoted last year as saying they were drawing up maps to election 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats, “because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.” 

Heads of the GOP have confirmed that they will be using the same mapmaker who made the racially gerrymandered maps to create their new, court ordered maps. Tom Hofeller, a GOP consultant involved in the same mapmaking process back in 2011 has been tapped to carry out what will likely be more gerrymandering of our state in order to try and stall the process until after next years elections. Most people, including the editorial board of the Raleigh News & Observer agree that they are stalling for time and, in true Trumpian fashion, are making a mockery of our democratic institutions.

They’ve been in contempt of court since at least that first “special session” last year. If they won’t heed the court’s ruling then do what would be done for any of the rest of us lowly constituents down here at the bottom: issue a warrant for arrest. Haul them in, seize their assets and throw them in jail to await trial. In the meantime, the court should appoint a non-partisan committee to draw the new lines. If you or I failed to follow a court order for this long, this is exactly what would happen to us. Why are the Senators and Representatives in Raleigh considered immune to justice?

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 would like to know what the hold-up is in completing the court ordered redistricting maps to correct the racial gerrymandering GOP legislators engaged in. Elected officials such as yourself should not be considered above the law. If I, a citizen of this state, ignored a court order I would be thrown in jail for contempt. Please explain how the General Assembly members charged with redrawing these maps are not in contempt of court as we speak. Do your jobs.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

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.

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 7/28/17 CALL TO ACTION: Tell Us Your Story

I think we’re all suffering from a little resistance fatigue. At least I know I am. It seems like every day there’s some new embarrassment or horror coming down the pipe. Lately health insurance has been at the forefront.  When you have medical conditions that are not treatable by taking two aspirin and calling the doctor in the morning, it gets kind of panic inducing to see Republicans in Congress trying their damnedest to strip you of your access to insurance.

An actual picture of me.

So, here’s what I want to do. I’m going to tell you a little about why it is important to me that we keep the ACA and work to make it better or start to transition to a single-payer system. Then, I’m going to open up the comments on this post and I’d like for you to tell me your story. It can be as long or as short as you feel comfortable with.

Maybe you can pass this around to your friends also and they can tell their stories. I think this might help us figure out what we need to focus on when we engage with our elected officials. I hope you’ll join me in sharing our stories. Think of this as a big ol’ badly-needed group hug.

 

 


In about 2002, give or take, I tried to get Blue Cross Blue Shield to sell my husband and me an insurance policy.  I had been using the CHIP program for insurance on my son, so he was covered. They told my husband that they would gladly sell him a policy but that because of my weight and the fact that I have high blood pressure, they wouldn’t write a policy for me. He told them to take their policy and shove it. So we went without insurance for a lot of years and let me tell you, it was terrifying and it was very expensive. Even though most doctors will cut you a break if you self-pay, the break was just not enough.

On December 31, 2012 I was not feeling well. I had some dizziness and I thought maybe I was developing an inner ear infection. The next day, New Years Day, I stayed in the bed and couldn’t raise my head up because every time I did, I vomited from the vertigo. Forcefully. I lay in the bed for the next week, only getting up to use the bathroom. I had double vision. I couldn’t eat or drink because everything came right back up.

My husband managed to get me to my primary care doctor, who put me on antibiotics because she thought it was and ear infection too. After a few days with no improvement we went back and they sent me to the emergency room at Randolph Hospital. There, they did a CT scan on me. It was determined that I had hydrocephalus, which means that the ventricles in my brain were filling with cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) and not draining as needed. I would need be taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem because they didn’t have the means to treat me at Randolph.

After the most uncomfortable ride in my life they checked me into Baptist Hospital and I was looked at by what seemed like a thousand doctors and interns. They did a spinal tap, which was awful, to determine how high the pressure in my brain was. It was determined that I would need emergency brain surgery; a shunt placement, to be exact. This shunt would help to drain the CSF out of my brain and down a catheter and dump out in my abdominal cavity. This was not a condition that was going to right itself. Failure to do the surgery could lead to a stroke. So, off to surgery I went.

All this transpired while I was uninsured. It took my a few days in the hospital to get back to normal. I hadn’t eaten anything that I could keep down in nearly two weeks and had been drinking just the bare minimum and praying I didn’t vomit. Someone from the hospital’s financial office came to talk to me about payment, since I was uninsured. They told me they’d get it worked out and she’d try to get me on Medicaid to help with the bills. I went home and waited.

When I received the bill I was completely in shock. $69,000+ More than my house was worth. By sheer luck, because I was not working and because my husband is self-employed, I managed to qualify to receive Medicaid for that one month. Medicaid covered the vast majority of my bill and what Medicaid didn’t cover, the hospital’s Charity Care helped out with.  Had it not been for the Medicaid program I am sure I would have had to file for bankruptcy because I simply could not pay a $69,000 hospital bill.

This, my friends, is why it is so important to save the ACA, improve it via legislation and expand Medicaid. This is also why the ACA must be just a stepping stone on the way to a national health system like every other industrialized nation on the planet. Because of the ACA, I have been able to buy affordable insurance in the marketplace. The two shunt revisions I have needed since my initial surgery have been covered by my insurance, which has made my hospital stays infinitely less stressful and my recovery much quicker.

So this is my story and this is why I feel so strongly about saving the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid. We should not have people going bankrupt from doctor bills or dying because they won’t seek treatment because they can’t afford it. The way our legislators so flippantly tinker with our lives is criminal.

Diane

 

Call your Senators

Now, I’d like to hear your story. The comment section is open below.

 

WEDNESDAY 7/26/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Motion to proceed

 

Let’s start with a statement from poor, put upon Thom Tillis:

Well, that was three paragraphs of lies. I am shocked that a partisan hack like Thom Tillis would stretch the truth for his own ends. Tillis is doubly complicit. He was party to the denial of Medicaid expansion funds while he was Speaker of the NC House. Now, in the US Senate, he once again is using his skills as a partisan hack to make sure North Carolinians and Americans will not have access to health insurance.

We all know how this will go now. A bunch of old, white men will get together in a locked room, cobble together some concessions for certain Senators in the party to get them on board with it. Then they’ll all get together for a big partisan hack party and vote to throw millions off their insurance for the sake of some tax cuts and because they hate Barack Obama more than they love America.

Here’s some information that Thom Tillis and Richard Burr don’t really care about.  Use it in your calls to the Senators to let them know what they’re in denial about.  North Carolina is predicted to have the 4th highest number of additional deaths from loss of coverage.

Contact Your Senators

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am disgusted by the way Senate Republicans have handled the issue of healthcare for Americans.If and when this sorry excuse for a healthcare plan comes before the Senate, the only acceptable vote will be a “NAY.”  I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act. I do not, however, benefit from the tax cuts for wealthy people which all the plans put forward so far contain. Please let the Senator know that I will be working diligently to make sure that he and his Republican colleagues will be on the unemployment line at the nearest opportunity.

 

Yesterday, shortly after Republicans voted to proceed with debate on a bill they have yet to see or read, Senate Democrats came outside to talk to protesters gathered there. Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the American people:

 

 

STATE:

From Stronger NC:

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED FOR STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics (NCSBOE) is seeking public comment to proposed rule changes now through July 31, 2017.

Stronger NC has created this toolkit to help you better understand the changes as well as our recommended responses so you can provide feedback and public comment.

http://strongernc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-7-16-NC-SBOE-Rule-Changes.pdf

 

REDISTRICTING IN NORTH CAROLINA

Don’t forget Wednesday is the first NCGA redistricting meeting that no one seems to have an agenda for yet. Suspicions are high that this meeting was called merely as a check mark for the NC GOP ahead of the court hearing on Thursday. If you’d like to attend, details can be found here along with additional background info.

Be Right There is “calling for a General Protest Action with Progress NC, NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, and ACLU  on Wednesday, 7/26, 1:30 PM at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Banquet Committee & Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday August 8, 2017. Banquet Committee meets at 6:00pm, Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm  Location to be announced.

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.

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.

🚨 Emergency Health Care Call to Action 🚨

Senate Majority Leader and angry turtle Mitch McConnell has said that he wants to hold a vote on Trumpcare today. This vote absolutely must fail. If Americans have any hope at all of being able to afford to visit their doctors in the future this vote must fail. Whatever it is Senate Republicans throw at us, it can’t be good and THIS VOTE MUST FAIL.

 

 

John Cornyn of Texas wants to make sure John McCain gets an opportunity to vote to take away health insurance from 23 million Americans while undergoing insured treatments for brain cancer. He’s even volunteered to rent an RV so McCain can ride to his Senate vote in comfort and safety. Too bad poor and middle-class Americans can’t get chauffeured rides. Hell, they don’t even want us to have access to health care. What happened to promoting the general welfare?

MAKE SOME CALLS

 

Contact Your Local, State and Federal Representatives

 

The Trumpcare Ten

We’re not in a state that has a Senator who is on the fence or who is in danger of losing their seat next year. You can, however, send this link to friends who live in the ten states who are in play: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There are also things you can do if, like us, you live in a state with Senators who are already on the Trump Train.

22 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO SHOW UP. 

The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill without an honest and open discussion about its full impact on American families.

The TrumpCare bill (Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA) would strip coverage from at least 22 million people and cut Medicaid by $772 billion, in order to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. It would also undermine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and raise premiums for American families.

 

Die-In at the Capitol on Monday