MONDAY 7/24/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Another way to sabotage the ACA

FEDERAL:

Trump administration scraps Obamacare signup assistance in 18 cities“Two companies — McLean, Virginia-based Cognosante and Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA — will no longer help with the sign-ups following a decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (which falls under DHHS) officials not to renew a final option year of the vendors’ contracts.” 

“But community advocates expected the vendors’ help for at least another year. “It has our heads spinning about how to meet the needs in communities,” said Inna Rubin of United Way of Metro Chicago, who helps run an Illinois health access coalition.”

Charlotte is one of the affected cities.

If the Trump administration can’t kill the ACA in Congress they’ll hobble it so as to make it unsustainable or just plain inaccessible. Then they can say it collapsed rather than what really happened: SABOTAGE.

Call all three members of Congress, Burr, Tillis & Walkerto let them know that cutting short this program will make it harder on people who may not have the ability or the knowledge to enroll in a health insurance plan without assistance. As members of Congress they all are charged with doing things that will help their constituents, not harm them. Closure of this program in NC will indeed cause harm.

 

STATE:

Protect the Vote

ACT NOW: Have Your Say on Rules Impacting North Carolina Voters – “The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking public comments through July 31, 2017 on dozens of draft rules that affect various aspects of election administration. Some of the draft rules are completely new, others are existing rules up for review with no change, but all of them provide the opportunity for you to weigh in on how North Carolina’s election system works.”

 

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.

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 7/21/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Just let it die!!!

Don’t forget today is the last day to file to run for municipal office in your town. The filing period ends at noon. Go to the Randolph County Board of Elections at 158 Worth St. Asheboro to file your paperwork.

 

FEDERAL:

Well, we knew it would be back. Republicans in Congress are still pushing to pass a healthcare bill which has nothing to do with “health” or “care,” well, unless you’re one of the 400 wealthiest people in the country. Then they’ll bend over backwards and kiss your feet.

I know you’re getting tired of me nagging you about healthcare. Believe me, I’m getting fed up with it too. But until we have buried this thing and until Congressional Republicans are done trying to pass these horrible pieces of legislation, we cannot stop.

Keep calling, keep writing, keep emailing, texting, tweeting, Facebooking, Instagraming and protesting until they are done with this folly.

Contact your state and federal elected officials

 

Today is National Call-in Day to Save Healthcare

The Senate’s efforts to repeal health care will destroy Medicaid for our country’s most vulnerable people and strip coverage from millions. These harmful proposals cannot be fixed with added sweeteners, try as Senate Republican leaders might. Tell your senators to vote no on the motion to proceed and to reject any effort to repeal the health law.

 

The Human Cost of Congress’ Antipathy toward the Poor and Sick

I have an article for you from 2010. As you probably know, Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, was just a couple of days ago, diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Notice below how in 2010 a young man who had the same form of brain cancer was treated by the Senator. Caveat: Senator McCain’s comments are unverified, as they were part of correspondence with the woman in the article. You may choose to believe or not believe her about what was said. I will say that the actions of Republican Senators do indeed reflect this level of callousness.

I don’t wish ill on Senator McCain, I wish enlightenment instead. I wish enlightenment and compassion and empathy and sympathy to rule his life from now on. He gets a lot of accolades for his survival as a prisoner of war. I’d rather give him accolades for being a champion for the survival of other Americans and for protecting them from things that kill many more people than the Viet Cong ever did.

Click picture to read their story.

 

LBJ on Medicare

I just wanted to throw this article out there, too, because for one thing, it’s got some great quotes from President Lyndon Johnson about healthcare and for another, it’s contemporary to John McCain’s tenure as a POW.

When It Came To Medicare Costs LBJ Concluded “What’s $400 Million Between Friends!”

“You want to put in another $400 or $500 million?  What did I say about it? I said we had an old judge in Texas one time…we called him Al Caldy…old Al Caldy Roberts, and he said, when they talked to him one time that he might’ve abused the Constitution and he said, ‘What’s the Constitution between friends?’  And I say ‘Tell Wilbur that $400 million’s not going to separate us friends when it’s for health.’”

 

So that brings us around to…

Not content to only screw us with their “healthcare” plan, they plan to utilize their budget to stick it to Medicare and Social Security recipients. Remember, Speaker Paul Ryan has been dreaming about cutting Medicaid since he was going to keggers in college. And thank goodness he never had to partake of that horrible Socialist Security program.  Oh, wait….

House GOP Budget Plan Cuts Medicare and Social Security

 

And finally, a very good opinion piece from the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer:

The last big Republican lie on health care – THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD

“Don’t believe Republicans about their health care solutions, because they have too often misled Americans about what their legislation would accomplish.”

 

Once again…

Contact your state and federal elected officials

 

In other depressing news:

Stop Betsy DeVos and her attacks on civil rights (Petition)

“DeVos is taking aim at the Department of Education’s vital Office of Civil Rights, which enforces numerous protections against discrimination in schools. They’ve even suggested gutting enforcement of Title IX, protecting women’s rights in college.

DeVos is re-examining the emphasis that the Office of Civil Rights places on investigating campus sexual assault — with the likely intent of helping more men get away with these crimes.

She has also said that the Office of Civil Rights will “scale back” all kinds of investigations, including into racial discrimination, bias against LGBT students, and other discriminatory acts against women.

Then her deputy in charge of the Office of Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, made horrible comments suggesting that most campus sexual assaults are made up.”

 

And finally, some good stuff:

Check Out Alison & Stephanie’s Small Victories Newsletter – sometimes the little things count the most.

For more calls to action, visit Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist – don’t forget the acts of gratitude

Pod Save America – this is one of the funniest but most informative podcasts I’ve listened to. Be a friend of the pod. Give it a try if you’re into the podcast thing. There’s also Pod Save the People about social justice and activism, Pod Save the World about foreign policy, With Friends Like These about the things that divide us and bring us together and Lovett or Leave It which is a weird and hilarious panel discussion, game show and current events class all in one.

 

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.

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.

WEDNESDAY 7/19/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Beware of Zombies

 

FEDERAL:

 

It’s dead….for now.

But…

 

 

 

Mitch McConnell refuses to pull the plug on stalled Obamacare repeal plan – autostart video

The opposition that trickled out into the public Tuesday reinforced a painful reality for many Republicans to swallow — that after years of railing against Obamacare, there is now not enough will within the party to pursue wholesale repeal of the law.

Oops. Well, what do you know. There might actually be a couple of Republicans who have begun to grow a precursor to a spine when it comes to standing up to their Majority Leader. I wonder what they have in common?

In short order, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Susan Collins of Maine said they oppose McConnell’s proposal.

Oh, so the women of the Senate who were locked out of the process have killed this thing. Good for them. This is a Democratic page, but I’m adult enough to give credit where credit is due.

 

The House GOP is not happy about this failure by the Senate.

House GOP boils over in anger after Senate failure on healthcare – autostart video

“There is a lot of frustration, borderline anger I guess, at what really has to be described as some level of incompetence to be able to get together and get something done,” Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

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“I’m kind of shocked because they bent over backwards to do a lot of compromising to get the moderate votes and even with all of that, a bunch of moderates couldn’t get there,” said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a conservative. “After seven years and 50 repeal votes, it strains credulity and rationality in my mind.”

So sorry your fun got ruined. We know how you dream about throwing 24+ million people off of their health insurance. You all have been frothing at the mouth for the implementation of the dreaded DEATH PANELS since Sarah Palin made them up.

And here’s a fun little Twitter thread, if you’re into laughing at Mitch McConnell’s pain – Longtime DC Insider Just Exposed A Republican Revolt Against McConnell (TWEETS)

Just because this version of the Republican Insurance Plan is dead, doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We must continue to hold Burr and Tillis’ feet to the fire.

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am absolutely appalled by not only the way Senate Republicans have gone about trying to repeal and replace the ACA, but that they would consider only repeal without any replacement at all. It is obvious to anyone paying attention that Republicans in Congress never had any plan, workable or otherwise, for replacement during all those attempts at repeal over the past 7 years. I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 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. Thank you for your time.

 

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.

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 7/17/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Holdup on the Hill

Filing period for the 2017 municipal elections is still going on. The deadline is Friday July 21. Get on down to the Board of Elections and throw your hat in the ring.

FEDERAL:

So, this happened over the weekend:

The Senate vote on the BCRA has been delayed because John McCain had to have surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye. The reason the Senate can’t carry on with the vote without him is that without his vote there will not be enough “yeas” to win a procedural vote to go forward with the vote on the BCRA. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky have both said they will not vote in the affirmative on this Motion to Proceed. One more “nay” vote and the bill won’t be brought before the Senate, effectively killing it before it sees the light of day.

Were John McCain not a Senator but instead a regular, working class American like most of us, it is likely that his insurance or Medicare under the BCRA, which he intends to vote for, would not cover this surgery.  McCain to miss week, likely delaying healthcare vote 

 

 

 

Somebody Deserves a Pink Slip…

We still need to work on Burr & Tillis, even though they are both partisan hacks. It doesn’t hurt to remind them often of who the work for. They are not our leaders, they are our employees. As such, we tell them what to do, not the other way around. And when employees don’t do what they’re asked, they get fired.  Get those pink slip ready, folks.

 

 

Tell Your Story

If you have a healthcare story you’d like to submit, share your story with your Congressperson.

Trumpcare Stories

 

 

 

STATE:

Just a heads up. Republicans in Raleigh are not finished disenfranchising us just yet. If they can’t do it one way, they’ll regroup and try another way. This is why it is imperative that we have great Democratic candidates for State Senate and State House when the time comes. We need legislators who are committed to doing the right thing and not beholden to big money influences who want to ruin our state for everyone but the wealthy and well connected.

NC Lawmakers Consider Another Voter ID Bill – “In July 2013, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Voter Information Verification Act – known more commonly as voter ID.  It’s a controversial law that was ultimately struck down in federal court for being unconstitutional. Nearly four years later, state legislators are now working on another voter ID bill that would be taken to voters as a constitutional amendment, according to sources.”

This article from Alternet Democrats Better Focus on the Races That Matter in ’18 or We Will Have Another Decade of Right-Wing Extremists in Charge contains an interview with author David Daley who wrote the book  Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Plan to Steal America’s Democracy about gerrymandering. It focuses more on gerrymandering at the federal level, but there are some lessons to be learned that apply to our state level gerrymander as well. “Daley’s take is sobering. He doesn’t think Democrats understand the obstacles to retaking the House, nor do they really appreciate how GOP mapmakers created super-majorities in red states that keep passing far-right legislation. Worst of all, these red state-level super majorities are poised to monopolize the next round of political mapmaking, which will set the national stage for the 2020s.”   

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

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.

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 7/14/17 CALLS TO ACTION: As if your life depends on it…

Remember back when everyone thought the Senate was the “grown up” house of Congress and how we thought they’d moderate the House’s AHCA? Good times.

via GIPHY

 

They’ve amended the bill to add in Ted Cruz’s amendment that will allow sub-par insurance policies to be sold. Paige Winfield Cunningham writes in The Health 202: Doctors make last-ditch effort to sink GOP health-care bill:

“The Cruz/Lee amendment, called the “consumer freedom amendment,” would allow insurance companies to sell cheap health plans that don’t meet the ACA’s coverage requirements as long as insurers also agree to sell a plan that does. The idea is that healthy people would be able to buy only the coverage they want. But health insurers are warning that would destabilize the insurance marketplaces, cause premiums to rise unsustainably for people with chronic health conditions and leave fewer and fewer insurers selling plans — all the hallmarks of a death spiral.”

This is exactly what they want; to destabilize the marketplaces so they can claim that the ACA is failing, when really it’s their own bill causing problems. Projection, projection, projection. For some reason this tactic always seems to work. How about we don’t let it work this time?

 

HERE’S YOUR DEATH PANELS

This tweet from Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress highlights some of the things that the Cruz/Lee amendment will cut. Notice that last one: it cuts out the limit on insurer profits and admin costs. How convenient for the insurance companies who love to hand out campaign donations, and how convenient for the Senators who receive those donations.

Oh, and don’t forget this happy little nugget:

That’s right, rescission will be back, along with preexisting conditions under the guise of allowing states to abandon essential health benefits.

 

MY KINGDOM FOR A SANE REPUBLICAN!

 

AND FINALLY, THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

You all already know to call your Senators and tell them to nuke this sorry excuse of a health care bill. It is imperative that we keep this bill from ever seeing the well of the Senate. If you have friends and family living in any of the following states, have them call an put pressure on their Senators to put this bill on the trash heap where it belongs.

 

Have a wonderful and productive weekend. Stay cool! (Seriously, it’s freakin’ hot out there, so be careful!)

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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.

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.

WEDNEDAY 7/13/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Battle for the Net

Don’t forget tonight night Asheboro Indivisible will be hosting an informational meeting at the Asheboro Library.

We’re coming into a busy season for the RCDP. There are lots of great events and programs coming up. I will keep you updated. That being the case, starting next week I am going to cut our calls to action back to Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If something big happens I will, of course, update you with action items but truly, I’d rather deliver quality content fewer times per week than weak or half-hearted content every day. Thanks for your continued support. You folks are the best!

NET NEUTRALITY:

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Net neutrality is not something we think about very much, that is until it’s taken away. The large telecommunications companies would love nothing more than to limit or block your access to certain parts of the internet in order to force you to pay for access. The internet has become so pervasive and so prevalent in American life that access to it borders on being a right and not just a privilege. We don’t need Big Brother watching us, selling our info or restricting what we can access over the internet.

I wouldn’t normally link you to a Reddit thread because they can get kind of hinky sometimes, but this blog post by the creators of Reddit. This post lays out the necessity of net neutrality very well.

 

We need your voice as we continue the fight for net neutrality

I for one, am against an internet controlled by people and corporations who want to enrich themselves by denying my right to both read and say what I want, when I want and where I want on the internet.

Send a letter to the FCC and Congress at Battle for the Net

or call your Senators and Representative and urge them to protect net neutrality and keep corporations from impeding access and stomping on our First Amendment rights.

The first response to the blog post linked above (which I will copy below just in case it drops out of the first position) cites several instances in which large telecommunications companies have infringed on the neutrality of the net and attempted to block or limit access to customers.

          ” [–]TheNet_ 7572 points x9 

          To those who falsly claim net neutrality does nothing—

          (A history of net neutrality infringements from freepress.)

MADISON RIVER: In 2005, North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked the voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) service Vonage. Vonage filed a complaint with the FCC after receiving a slew of customer complaints. The FCC stepped in to sanction Madison River and prevent further blocking, but it lacks the authority to stop this kind of abuse today.

COMCAST: In 2005, the nation’s largest ISP, Comcast, began secretly blocking peer-to-peer technologies that its customers were using over its network. Users of services like BitTorrent and Gnutella were unable to connect to these services. 2007 investigations from the Associated Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others confirmed that Comcast was indeed blocking or slowing file-sharing applications without disclosing this fact to its customers.

TELUS: In 2005, Canada’s second-largest telecommunications company, Telus, began blocking access to a serverthat hosted a website supporting a labor strike against the company. Researchers at Harvard and the University of Toronto found that this action resulted in Telus blocking an additional 766 unrelated sites.

AT&T: From 2007–2009, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP phone services on the iPhone. The wireless provider wanted to prevent iPhone users from using any application that would allow them to make calls on such “over-the-top” voice services. The Google Voice app received similar treatment from carriers like AT&T when it came on the scene in 2009.

WINDSTREAM: In 2010, Windstream Communications, a DSL provider with more than 1 million customers at the time, copped to hijacking user-search queries made using the Google toolbar within Firefox. Users who believed they had set the browser to the search engine of their choice were redirected to Windstream’s own search portal and results.

MetroPCS: In 2011, MetroPCS, at the time one of the top-five U.S. wireless carriers, announced plans to block streaming video over its 4G network from all sources except YouTube. MetroPCS then threw its weight behind Verizon’s court challenge against the FCC’s 2010 open internet ruling, hoping that rejection of the agency’s authority would allow the company to continue its anti-consumer practices.

PAXFIRE: In 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation found that several small ISPs were redirecting search queries via the vendor Paxfire. The ISPs identified in the initial Electronic Frontier Foundation report included Cavalier, Cogent, Frontier, Fuse, DirecPC, RCN and Wide Open West. Paxfire would intercept a person’s search request at Bing and Yahoo and redirect it to another page. By skipping over the search service’s results, the participating ISPs would collect referral fees for delivering users to select websites.

AT&T, SPRINT and VERIZON: From 2011–2013, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon blocked Google Wallet, a mobile-payment system that competed with a similar service called Isis, which all three companies had a stake in developing.

EUROPE: A 2012 report from the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications found that violations of Net Neutrality affected at least one in five users in Europe. The report found that blocked or slowed connections to services like VOIP, peer-to-peer technologies, gaming applications and email were commonplace.

VERIZON: In 2012, the FCC caught Verizon Wireless blocking people from using tethering applications on their phones. Verizon had asked Google to remove 11 free tethering applications from the Android marketplace. These applications allowed users to circumvent Verizon’s $20 tethering fee and turn their smartphones into Wi-Fi hot spots. By blocking those applications, Verizon violated a Net Neutrality pledge it made to the FCC as a condition of the 2008 airwaves auction.

AT&T: In 2012, AT&T announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers’ iPhones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan. AT&T had one goal in mind: separating customers from more of their money by blocking alternatives to AT&T’s own products.

VERIZON: During oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC in 2013, judges asked whether the phone giant would favor some preferred services, content or sites over others if the court overruled the agency’s existing open internet rules. Verizon counsel Helgi Walker had this to say: “I’m authorized to state from my client today that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements.” Walker’s admission might have gone unnoticed had she not repeated it on at least five separate occasions during arguments.”

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

Blue Jean Gala Planning Committee/Executive Committee Meeting – Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Democratic Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro. Blue Jean Gala Meeting at 5:30PM Executive Committee Meeting to follow immediately after at 7:00PM

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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.

TUESDAY 7/11/17 CALLS TO ACTION: It’s Mueller Time!

Don’t forget Thursday night Asheboro Indivisible will be hosting an informational meeting at the Asheboro Library. See Upcoming Events below for more info.

 

Wealthcare

This should go without saying by now, but, call your Senators and let them know that we haven’t forgotten about the Senate “healthcare” bill and how it will throw 23 million people off their health insurance. This, of course, is unacceptable. If they had started working on improving the ACA 8 years ago we could have a functional healthcare system in the US by now. Instead all they wanted to do was impede anything that Barack Obama had a hand in. It’s a dirty, sleazy way to be and history will not remember them kindly for it.

 

Grifting Ain’t Easy

“It is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton (NY Times) –  “When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.”

Then he changed his story.

Donald Trump Jr.’s stunning admission to the New York Times (WaPo)“In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. “

It seems Don Jr. has the same problem with shooting off his mouth that his father has. In doing so, he pretty much admitted that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign government (Russia) to influence the 2016 elections. Now they’re scrambling to cover their mistake. They sent Kellyanne out to cable news today to distract and obfuscate.

Call all three members of Congress, Burr, Tillis & Walker to let them know we’re tired of the delays. Steps need to be taken now to ensure that these grifters, the Trumps, can do no further damage to our country and its institutions, until such time as Robert Mueller can finish his investigation and kick these con artists to the curb.

 

And finally, how about a little laugh at Hobby Lobby’s expense:

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

Blue Jean Gala Planning Committee/Executive Committee Meeting – Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Democratic Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro. Blue Jean Gala Meeting at 5:30PM Executive Committee Meeting to follow immediately after at 7:00PM

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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 7/10/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Monday again?

FEDERAL:

Take Action!

Health Care Moral Monday in Winston Salem – Join NC NAACP Monday at Richard Burr’s Winston-Salem office for a Health Care Moral Monday to proclaim health care is a MORAL REQUIREMENT and a HUMAN RIGHT

 

Health insurance comments

Wednesday July 12 is the last day to give your opinions on the ACA. Visit Regulations.gov to leave your comments on how the ACA has helped you or someone you love.

 

Health Insurance, Medicaid Expansion and Medical Cannabis 

This is a great little video clip that shows the reason why we continue to try and engage with our legislators, even if they don’t want to listen.

 

From Jen Hoffman’s Activism Checklist – If you haven’t already, I urge you to sign up for Jen’s newsletter. It is always chock full of good stuff. She covers so many things on the Federal level that often get lost in the shuffle or drowned out by Trump’s daily craziness.

Action: Oppose cutting funds for kids in special education.

Call: Your two senators this week (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi. I’m concerned about cuts to services for kids in special ed programs. I believe we have a responsibility to fully support all learners. The Senate healthcare bill strips Medicaid funding which currently covers essential tools, staff, and screenings to give these kids a fair chance. I oppose the bill for many reasons, but this one is critical. (If it affects you directly, share why.) Thanks.

 

Action: Oppose Ivanka and Jared doing the president’s job.

Write: Your three MoCs (lookup or leave message).

Script: I am confused about why Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself and Jared Kushner on twitter saying, “We…are looking forward to productive discussions at the G20 Hamburg Summit!” Aren’t discussions the president’s job? Why are the president’s unelected daughter and son-in-law doing the president’s job? This makes the US look bad. Name, address

Contact:

NC Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

6th District Rep. Mark Walker

 

 

 STATE:

GOP won’t answer why monument cut from budget – Cut $200,000 for African-American “Freedom Monument” project slated for the state Capitol grounds monument then earmarked and extra $5 million for Civil War Museum in Fayetteville.

Call your legislators, both Senate and House and ask why they can earmark $5 million extra for a civil war museum which has already cost $65 million but can’t spare $200,000 for a monument dedicated to the people who were most harmed by the Lost Cause.

 

SIGN THE 6TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PETITION FOR NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Informational Session from Asheboro Indivisible – Join the folks from Asheboro Indivisible for an informational session and postcard avalanche Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:30PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Asheboro Library.

Blue Jean Gala Planning Committee/Executive Committee Meeting – Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Democratic Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro. Blue Jean Gala Meeting at 5:30PM Executive Committee Meeting to follow immediately after at 7:00PM

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.