FRIDAY 6/23/17 CALLS TO ACTION: How can you be pro-life and try to kill us all?

FEDERAL:

After seeing what this bill does, I never want to hear another Republican congressperson say they are “Pro-Life.” You don’t get to claim any moral high ground anymore.

Below is Robert Reich’s take on the Senate version of the “healthcare” bill. It’s basically the House bill with some of the rougher edges scraped off and plastered over with delays, platitudes and tax cuts. Wow. I am shocked.

The Senate version of the repeal (and “replacement”) of the Affordable Care Act — which Mitch McConnell is now sharing with Senate Republicans — eliminates just about all of its extra taxes on the rich by deeply cutting Medicaid and reducing subsidies to the poor. But McConnell figures he can keep moderate Republicans in the fold (he needs almost all their votes) by delaying these provisions and allowing states to reduce insurance coverage.

The plan:

1. Basically retains Obamacare’s insurance subsidies. But starting in 2020 this assistance wouldn’t be available for most of the working-class who now receive them, nor for anyone ineligible for Medicaid. See #2.

2. Cuts Medicaid more deeply than the House version by giving states an amount per person that grows more slowly than the growth in healthcare costs. This provision won’t kick in for 7 years, well past senators’ next reelection battles.

3. Ends the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in 5 years — gradually reducing the extra federal payments starting in 2021.

4. Continues to protect patients with preexisting conditions, but allows states to reduce insurance coverage to everyone, including people with preexisting conditions.

In other words, all cuts are made through the back door of delays and state waivers. It only looks like a kinder, gentler version of the House repeal of the Affordable Care Act — but 7 to 10 years from now its result would be even crueler.

What do you think?

And further analysis from writer Jim Wright:

 

Call your Senators again today and tell them that this bill is unacceptable. Pick a provision in the bill to talk about. There are so many:

Lipstick on a Pig

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood
  • 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

 

And finally, a short video from Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut about the bill:

STATE:

I’m old enough to remember during the Bush Administration, when people on the left wanted to exercise caution and not subvert the constitution with things like the Patriot Act or preemptive wars. We were called unpatriotic and unAmerican for it. You want unpatriotic and unAmerican, well here you go. Republicans like to call us lefties all sorts of names, all while accusing us of the very behavior they themselves are engaging in. I, for one, am sick of it. These fools need to be thrown out, onto the trash heap of history.

North Carolina Republicans Are Trying to Strip the Governor of His Power to Challenge Laws “Now, the state GOP believes it has devised a solution: stop Cooper from filing suit against unconstitutional laws in the first place.”

 

This is a blatant infringement on the separation of powers codified in our Constitutions, both state and federal. This highly cynical move by the NCGOP is indicative of their lust for power and their wanton disregard for the institution they represent. It is no longer about working for the people, it is about consolidating and holding power for as long as they can, in any way they can. Because they refuse to wield it responsibly, they have proven that they don’t deserve the power they have. This has to be stopped, for the sake of our state and our future.

Call our legislative delegation and complain loudly about how this pork-filled travesty of a budget is unacceptable and makes our state seem out of touch and weak.

Call your Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Call your Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Democratic Women Monthly Meeting – June 24, 2017 9:30AM at Democratic Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro.

Protest Sen. Tillis: Spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune! –  Tuesday June 27 12:15 – 2:00PM, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh – We, as North Carolinians who value quality, affordable health care for all, do not accept the Senate’s cruel health care bill / tax cut for the wealthy. Join concerned citizens as we protest in front of Senator Thom Tillis’s office in Raleigh—and spin the Trumpcare Wheel of Misfortune!

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.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

THURSDAY 6/22/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Don’t rile the old folks!

FEDERAL:

BREAKING NEWS:  A Draft of the Senate Health Care Draft has been Released 

Well here’s a little bit of good news. AARP Goes Into ATTACK Mode, Targets 11 GOP Senators On Behalf Of Seniors.  “Trumpcare proposes a $1 trillion cut to Medicaid alone, not to mention the huge changes to health care as far as insurance companies and drug policies. Trumpcare will raise premiums on older Americans, raise the cost of prescription drugs and provide less federal funding for older people in need.” The AARP has a very effective lobbying apparatus backed by 38 million members. If anyone can break this Senate, the AARP can. A good many members of the AARP are also Republican voters who can use their influence to pressure their senators to vote against this bill.

As always, call your Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to tell them to oppose this bill and the secrecy surrounding it.

And by the way, have y’all seen this ad for a candidate running against Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin? It’s awesome. We need someone like Randy Bryce to run against Mark Walker.

Any suggestions on a candidate for us? Send them to randolphdem@gmail.com


STATE:

THE BUDGET

Income tax cuts postponed until 2019 in NC budget compromise

“The tax plan in the budget, which is expected to pass the legislature later this week, would reduce the personal income tax rate from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent. It would raise the standard deduction – the amount on which people pay no income taxes unless they itemize – to $20,000 for married couples filing jointly from $17,500.

It would also lower the corporate income tax rate to 2.5 percent from 3 percent.”

So they’re lowering the corporate income tax rate also. If they go any lower, taxpayers will be paying the corporations for the privilege of having them use the services we pay for.

“The conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity had called for bigger – and more immediate – tax cuts in a memo sent to budget negotiators last week. “Candidly, any tax cut proposal that cuts less than $471.3 million over the next fiscal year – not biennium – is stealing money from North Carolina taxpayers,” AFP state director Donald Bryson wrote.

On Monday, however, Bryson praised the budget in a news release, pointing to “$530 million in much needed tax relief for North Carolina families.”

If Americans for Prosperity is on board, you can bet it will be bad for working families. Sure, they boast of $530 million in tax cuts, but that shortfall in revenue has to be made up somewhere else. And where do Republicans always like to slash and burn? Education and social programs; the things that these families they say they’re helping need to most.

If you do the Twitter thing, check out the hashtag #sooee, as in calling the pigs, to see all the pork in the budget. It’s an amazing thing. They can’t give raises to teachers, but they can spend $975,000 to build a replica of a fort in Iredell County. Phil Berger commandeered 13+ million for a youth center in his home county of Rockingham.

 

 

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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.

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

WEDNESDAY 6/21/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’ve elected the Little Rascals!

FEDERAL:

AS USUAL LATELY, HEALTHCARE IS ON THE AGENDA

Call Burr & Tillis about the Super Secret Healthcare Committee™ and let them know we are watching even though their Senate colleagues are hiding out in their He-Man Woman Haters club house.

There are several scripts in recent calls to action here on our site.

If you’d like to take a crack at calling senators in other states, Indivisible has a handy, dandy list to use, complete with scripts and everything.

Actual footage from the first Senate Healthcare Committee Meeting  😄

STATE:

And while we’re at it, we should call our senators and representatives in Raleigh and try to get them on record about their feeling toward the Super-Secret Healthcare Bill being concocted deep in the bowels of the US Senate. Our General Assembly is notorious for engaging in the same kind of dark-of-night, behind-closed-doors shenanigans as our US Senate is doing right now.  I’m sure we can pretty much guess our legislators’ positions, as they are mostly party line, rubber stampers, but it’s good to have them on record.

You may want to remind them how much of an effect kicking 1.3 million North Carolinians off their health insurance coverage will have on the opioid crisis we are currently facing. There is also the small matter of children, elderly, indigent and disabled people who will lose access to insurance, which will in turn drive up health costs because they will have to seek medical care in Emergency Rooms rather than having proactive care from their regular doctors.

So much for fiscal responsibility on the part of Republicans, huh?

N.C. governor warns Obamacare repeal will hurt battle against opioid addiction

1 in 10 Americans Could Lose Access to Marketplace Plans

(From the above link) See our county right there? We’re in the “high risk” for losing health insurance bracket.

 

Posting this again today, because it is a useful thing.

 

Call your Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

Call your Senators: Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

SCRIPT: Hi, I am calling from Sen/Rep __________’s district. I would like to know what the Sen/Rep’s feelings are about the healthcare bill being drafted in secret meetings in the US Senate. What are the Sen/Rep’s feeling on the 1.3 million North Carolinians who are projected to lose access to health insurance with the passage of this bill? How does the Sen/Rep feel about these proceedings being conducted out of the public eye? Transparency in government is a very important issue to me and I think it’s important for the Sen/Rep to support transparency from the people charged with making our laws. Thank you for your time.

 

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters CANCELLED –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

TUESDAY 6/20/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Super secret “healthcare” bill

This is the most important thing going on right now.

The Senate is still hammering out their guaranteed-to-harm-the-poor-and-indigent “healthcare” bill. Mitch McConnell and 12 other old white guys have retired to their man cave to figure out the best way to stick it to the poors. They’ll be foisting their travesty of a bill off on us any day now. They want so bad to wipe out President Obama’s signature legislation and they don’t care who they hurt in the process. (Granted, they almost always see hurting poor people as a feature, not a bug.)

 

Call your Senators. I cannot stress enough how important this is. Let them know we’re tired of their underhanded, behind-closed-doors dirty dealing.

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am absolutely appalled by the way Senate Republicans have gone about crafting their version of the AHCA. Putting this thing together behind closed doors, without input from anyone other than old, white men is unforgivable. If it is anything like the House version, it will be a mean-spirited handout to the wealthiest people in the US while cutting services for the poorest. I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  I will never vote for someone who has such contempt for his fellow Americans.  Please let the Senator know that, should he support this bill, 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.

 

Going by the House version of the AHCA, how many people stand to lose their insurance? Let’s take a look, shall we? The chart below tallies the number of people in NC who are projected to lose their coverage. It is broken down by Congressional district. The 6th District’s projected loss is 99,000 people will lose coverage. Our representative, Mark Walker, voted to kick 99,000 of his closest neighbors off their health insurance. 

How many would lose coverage under Trumpcare in YOUR State/Congressional District??

Call Mark Walker also. Let him know that his vote for this bill is an affront to the people of North Carolina, and if he can’t do any better than this for his constituents he should go find another job.

 

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Joint Program Committee & Executive Committee Meetings – Tuesday June 20, 2017 Program Committee 6-7 PM, Executive Committee 7-8 PM at RCDP Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

MONDAY 6/19/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Public money for private pockets

FEDERAL: 

DIANE RAVITCH ON “SCHOOL INC.” – (Video) Can education be run like a business? PBS’s series “School Inc.” makes the case, but not everyone thinks it makes the grade. Education historian Diane Ravitch tells us why.

Ravitch: Why is PBS running this education documentary? – “But this month the Public Broadcasting System is broadcasting a “documentary” that tells a one-sided story, the story that DeVos herself would tell, based on the work of the late free-market advocate Andrew Coulson. Author of “Market Education,” Coulson narrates “School Inc., “ a three-hour program, which airs nationwide in three weekly broadcasts on some PBS stations”

Dear PBS: School Inc. is right-wing, DeVos propaganda. Tell the truth. Air Diane Ravitch’s response. Air Backpack Full of Cash.

Sign the Petition

If you’d like to call PBS and ask them directly to show “Backpack Full of Cash,” their number is: 1 (703) 739-5000

 

STATE: 

YOUNG ACTIVISTS THREATENED WITH ARREST FOR TRYING TO DELIVER A LETTER TO SPEAKER TIM MOORE’S OFFICE

If the citizens of North Carolina aren’t able to access the offices of their representatives in the General Assembly, especially those of the Speaker of the House, then who, exactly is this legislature working for? The elected officials in Raleigh should be reminded that they are not our leaders, they are our employees. They are employed at the pleasure of the people, and given people’s general dissatisfaction with politicians, our legislators should be worried about their jobs.

Speaker Moore peeks out from his office to make sure the scary voters are gone.

Call, write or Tweet Speaker Tim Moore and let him know that we will not be deterred from petitioning our representatives in government for a redress of grievances. If Moore doesn’t want to speak to constituents, then he should step down and let someone with an interest in governing have the job.

House leader Tim Moore contact info:

919-733-3451

Tim.Moore@ncleg.net

Twitter: @NCHouseSpeaker

https://www.facebook.com/speakermoore/

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Joint Program Committee & Executive Committee Meetings – Tuesday June 20, 2017 Program Committee 6-7 PM, Executive Committee 7-8 PM at RCDP Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA

Down Time

Folks, I’m taking the rest of the week off. After yesterday’s events I just do not feel up to the job. We’ve been at this since January 23rd and I feel like I need some time to recharge.

If you’d still like to make some calls today, please revisit some of our recent calls to action here on our website. And thank you for your perseverance.

Thank you for your patience. I’ll be back Monday morning, bright-tailed and bushy-eyed.

WEDNESDAY 6/14/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Happy birthday, Mr. “President”

Today is Donald Trump’s birthday. For anyone else I would say we should be nicer. But he is not ‘anyone else’. So, let’s give him a little present. It just so happens that it’s National Senate Call-In Day also!  Weird how that happened.  Let’s overload the phone lines in Washington.

We need to call our Senators once again. They are saying that phone calls have dropped off and we just can’t have that.

Richard Burr

Thom Tillis

STOP TRUMPCARE IN THE SENATE SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT – From Indivisible

OR

SCRIPT: My name is _________ from __________ in NC. I am calling to let Sen. _______ know that I am absolutely appalled by the way Senate Republicans have gone about crafting their version of the AHCA. Putting this thing together behind closed doors, without input from anyone other than old, white men is unforgivable. If it is anything like the House version, it will be a mean-spirited handout to the wealthiest people in the US while cutting services for the poorest. I am someone who has benefited greatly from coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  I will not vote for someone who has such contempt for his constituents.  Please let the Senator know that I will be working diligently to make sure that he and his Republican colleagues will not be reelected. Thank you for your time.

 

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions’ testimony on Trump and Russia

Jeff Sessions’s testimony raises more questions than it answers

Boy, yesterday’s testimony was a wild ride. “Sessions’s testimony, then, is not likely to lay to rest doubts swirling around his possibly conflicted role, and will probably only heighten them.” I don’t know about you folks, but Sessions’ testimony, compared to James Comey’s last week, seemed less than credible. His refusal to answer questions without invoking executive privilege and without testifying in closed session leads me to think he should be held in contempt of Congress.

Once again, Senator Burr reprimanded Senator Kamala Harris. This time because she cut off the witness, who blathered on after answering a question, in order to eat up more of the senator’s allotted time. This was AG Sessions’ modus operandi each time he was questioned by a Democrat or Independent; run the clock down and get to a friendly questioner. Senator Burr should be ashamed for allowing this kind of behavior in a witness while undermining the authority of a member of his own committee.

Call Senators Burr and Tillis:

SCRIPT: Hello, I am calling from __________ in NC. I am highly disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony on Tuesday. His refusal to answer questions is impeding the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and their meddling with our elections. I am asking the Senator to use his influence as a member of the Senate to urge AG Sessions to complete his testimony. AG Sessions should answer all the questions posed to him by the Senators or he should be held in contempt of Congress. His refusal to answer outside the confines of executive privilege just smacks of guilt. Thank you for your time.

And one of the standout moments from yesterday’s testimony: Senator Martin Heinrich from New Mexico. He ate Jeff Sessions’ lunch yesterday.  I’ve seen people calling it the Heinrich Maneuver. Nice.

Harris/Heinrich 2020? 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Joint Program Committee & Executive Committee Meetings – Tuesday June 20, 2017 Program Committee 6-7 PM, Executive Committee 7-8 PM at RCDP Headquarters 803 W. Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC

Documentary, FROM THE ASHES – Parkway United Church of Christ on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30PM in Winston-Salem, NC.  The film focuses on how changes in the coal industry impact local communities, from coal miners in Appalachia to families impacted by air pollution caused by coal power plants in Dallas and families around the Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, NC, who received letters from the state of North Carolina in April 2015 warning them not to drink their water.

Let’s Pack the Courtroom for the League of Women Voters –   US District Court 324 W Market St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401  The trial begins on June 26th at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3.  The League of Women Voters of NC is going to trial over NC’s ridiculously partisan gerrymandering. If athletes play better when the stands are packed with supporters, let’s assume attorneys do, too!

NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) July 15, 2017 – Details TBA