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.

 

FRIDAY 7/7/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Big Bitter Berger Budget

Today begins the filing period for municipal elections. To file to run for a municipal office, visit the Randolph County Board of Elections. The process is easy and the people in the office are always friendly and helpful.  Here is their list of offices up for election in November 2017.

2017 Randolph Co. Municipal Offices for Election 

STATE:

This recently passed budget has been one of the most harmful and cynical things our Republican-run NCGA has done.  That’s saying a lot about a GA that holds votes on key legislation in the middle of the night, sneaks legislation against women’s healthcare into motorcycle safety bills, gerrymanders anything that will hold still long enough, ignores court orders to make it right (then tries to gerrymander the court) and uses their lame duck governor to strip power from the incoming governor out of pure, brazen spite. 2018 is going to be a big year. If we ever hope to make all this right and set our state on the path to success again, we need to oust some of these regressive Republicans and replace them with some forward thinking legislators, who have the best interests of ALL North Carolinians in mind. Interested in running for NC Senate or House in Randolph County? Email us at randolphdem@gmail.com We’d love to help!

Column: The gloomy, blustery and vindictive session drawing to a close

Here’s a budget breakdown by NC Justice Center.

 

JUSTICE IN NC

NC Policy Watch‘s Chris Fitzsimon has a short message on how the NCGA’s budget has just made it harder for poor people to seek justice in North Carolina. The House eliminates the funding mechanism for legal services for low-income people, which saves the state only $2 million but could devastate thousands of people’s lives.”

Here is NCPW’s reporting on the recently passed budget compiled in one place. NC Budget 2017

NCGA Budget Cuts Jeopardize Community Stability – “Many in North Carolina, especially the state’s rural areas, have few options when in crisis. Across our state, there is one legal aid attorney for every 15,000 low-income people who desperately need representation but can’t afford it.”

 

ANTI-UNION FARM BILL S615

ANTI-UNION BILL S615 ATTACKS FARMWORKERS RIGHT TO ORGANIZE – Farm Bill S615 is a shameful abuse of power that takes aim at our union in a blatant attempt to stop farm workers from achieving union agreements that include wage increases, job security, benefits, and improved working conditions. Farm Bill S615 has already passed the NC House and Senate, and we are calling on Governor Cooper to veto the bill.

 

WIND FARMS

Exactly how is this being “Open For Business”? Why don’t these legislators want to create more jobs, boost the economy of multiple counties and encourage sustainable, clean energy to keep our state clean and beautiful. Nobody wants to come to a state cloaked in smog and covered in oil and coal ash. Get your act together, NCGA!

Comments on the Wind Farm Moratorium HB 589 From Steve Harrison of BlueNC

STATE SENATOR TRUDY WADE TAMPERS WITH LOCAL NEWSPAPERS’ BOTTOM LINES

I know Sen. Trudy Wade is not one of our county legislators, but her tinkering could have ramifications for our local news outlets eventually. Her bill, SB343, would set a dangerous precedent as a backdoor method of undermining local newspapers who report on our legislature. She seeks to punish Guilford County newspapers with this bill “by stripping a requirement that legal notices be published in paid-circulation newspapers and allowing for a county website to handle the task.”  What would happen if this were became a statewide bill?  More than likely, reporters would be laid off, which means fewer individuals and opportunities to report on the shenanigans of our legislators. With right-wingers beating the “fake news” drum it’s certainly a possibility. Pretty sneaky, huh?

Call Your Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: I am calling from _________ in Senator _________’s district. I want to urge the Senator to vote against SB 343, which I feel is a backdoor attack on local newspapers. The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of a free press. Eliminating one of the main revenue streams which help fund these local newspapers is just a sneaky way of putting constraints on their ability to hire reporters who might report on NCGA activities. Constraints on our First Amendment rights, whether direct or indirect, are unconstitutional and unAmerican. I urge the senator to vote against SB 343. Thank you.

What if the BP oil spill had happened along NC’s coast?

Sign our petition telling U.S. Congress to protect North Carolina’s coast from offshore drilling.

 

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.

THURSDAY 7/6/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Back in the Saddle

I hope everyone had an exciting or relaxing 4th of July, depending on what you were trying to achieve. Sorry for the delay in calls to action this week. We partied a little too hard here and needed an extra day to recover. 🍸🇺🇸 🎆

FEDERAL:

An awesome group of 6th District Indivisible folks went to join the Tuesdays with Tillis group who are advocating for expanded healthcare for everyone. Thanks to 6th District Indivisible, for your hard work. Pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNC6th/permalink/1355095034568806/

Call your Senators again today and tell them that the Senate “healthcare” bill (BCRA) is unacceptable. Pick a provision in the bill to talk about. There are so many:

  • Slashing Medicaid
  • Elimination of the mandate
  • Some conditions may not be covered, which is no different than denial for preexisting condition
  • Older people can be charged 5 times more than younger people
  • States can decide what qualifies as an essential health benefits
  • Ban on caps doesn’t change, but state can opt out
  • Pregnant women ineligible for Medicaid
  • Ends requirement for insurance to cover birth control

SCRIPT: Hi, I’m calling from __________, NC. I want to urge the Senator to vote NO on the BCRA recently put forward by the Senate. This bill is badly thought-out and plainly cruel. [Insert your choice of provisions from the bill]. Can you tell me how the Senator plans to vote on the bill so that I will know how to vote when the Senator comes up for reelection? Thank you for your time.

If you have friends who live in any of the above states, tell them they need to call their senators and urge them to vote NO on the BCRA “healthcare” bill.

HISTORY LESSON:

 

This woman’s name appears on the Declaration of Independence. So why don’t we know her story? – If you’ve never noticed it or heard of her, you aren’t alone. She’s a Founding Mother, of sorts, yet few folks know about her. And some of America’s earliest bureaucrats did their best to shut her down. Same old, same old.

I had no idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Why volunteer?

 

Volunteer with RCDP on Biteable.

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”  ― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

FRIDAY 6/30/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Resistance

RESISTANCE IS FERTILE 🌻

The resistance is growing every single day. I thought I’d take some time today to put some inspirational news and maybe some random silliness out there. These calls to action can get pretty depressing sometimes, when we see all that we’re up against.  We need a reminder that our resistance is working. We are making a difference in the world. Thank you all for your participation and persistence.

I’m taking a couple of days off. I’ll be back July 5th with the usual calls to action.

 

 

 

Handmaids Converge On Albany To Demand Expanded Abortion And Contraception Rights – I love this method of protest. It is infinitely creepy and attention-getting and just perfect to counter the He-Man, Woman Haters Club in Congress and our state legislatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Good News from Jen Hoffman’s Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

 

Congressional Black Caucus Declines Invite to Trump’s Photo Op Disguised As a Meeting

“While we agreed to explore possible future discussions when we first met, it has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be entirely productive, given the actions taken by your administration since our first meeting,” Richmond wrote.

Some of the disconcerting actions Richmond cited include proposed Pell grant cuts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s acceleration of the war on drugs, and budget cuts to HBCUs. The letter then mentions eight instances in which the CBC reached out to the White House with concerns without ever receiving a response.

Protesting the “healthcare” bill – outside Mitch McConnell’s office, protesters in wheelchairs were forcibly removed, some dragged from their wheelchairs. Thank you to these brave folks.

  

 

National Bailout Day – Donate – Pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on our communities in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Our LBGTQ and gender nonconforming family are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates, and once in jail are significantly more likely to be sexually and physically abused. For instance, one in five transgender women have spent time in prison or jail and one in three of them reported being sexually assaulted while there.

 

 Anna Navarro needs to come on over to our side. It’s obvious the Republican Party has nothing for her anymore. C’mon over, Anna. We have cookies!

 

 

And Mika Brzezinski’s reply to Cheeto von Tweeto’s morning rage-tweet from the toilet.

 

Protesting a “Campaign Event” Wednesday evening

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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.

THURSDAY 6/29/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Shenanigans in the NCGA

STATE:

 

TRYING HARDER TO CONSOLIDATE POWER

As if we didn’t know they’d try something like this. They are going to do everything possible to screw up state government before they have to fix the gerrymandered mess they’ve created. They’re stalling on redistricting and have been since their late night “emergency” sessions, which by the way were in contempt of court, last year. Now they’re going to drop this bomb and head off into the sunset for vacation while we have to suffer with the consequences of their actions. It’s time for the NCGA to remove it’s collective head from its collective nether regions and do some work for the people of North Carolina, instead of incessantly spit shining Art Pope’s bald spot. This sort of behavior is the reason people hate politicians so much.

House committee to consider impeachment proceedings against NC secretary of state – (This particular article seems biased and short on facts and clarity, but here it is.) – “Representative Chris Millis (R-Pender) introduced the PCS (proposed committee substitute*). The move comes months after he called attention to the fact (is it a fact? Other articles dispute this assumption) that Marshall was commissioning notaries public who are not legal residents of the United States.” FYI, this article fails to mention which committee will be taking up this issue,

From March 2017: Lawmaker calls on NC secretary of state to resign over notary IDs – Neither state nor federal law requires that a notary be a U.S. citizen. He or she must, however, “reside legally in the United States.” The issue appears to be the definition of legal residency.” 

*COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE — A bill offered by a committee in lieu of another bill
that was originally referred to the committee for consideration; technically, the
committee substitute is an amendment to the original bill. (In other words, shenanigans.)

Call your legislators and tell them to knock it off down there in Raleigh. Their brazen power grabs are getting old and it’s time they acted like adults and started fixing things that are actually wrong and stop further mucking up the process. Once again, this is why people hate politicians.

Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

 

Ask Governor Cooper to Veto Garbage Juice Spraying Bill!

Tomorrow (June 30) is the last day for Governor Cooper to veto House Bill 576 (allowing spraying of landfill leachate without an air permit) – can you make a quick call to his office at (919) 814-2000 and ask him to veto this bill, which would almost certainly harm nearby communities’ air quality and health.

That bill is especially relevant for Randolph County because it is going to grease the wheels for the permitting process at all NC landfills.

 

 

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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.