TUESDAY 4/18/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Now’s the time to do your job, Congress.

FEDERAL:

No Military Action without Congressional approval (from The Loyal Opposition)

The Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized the President to take military action against any entity that committed or aided the attacks, or harbored perpetrators, in order to prevent future attacks (the 2001 AUMF). All use of US military force since then, including the Syrian missile strike, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. By any measure, the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and there is currently disagreement as to whether President Trump’s missile attack on the Syrian air base is legal and authorized by  Congress. Many in Congress in both parties want Congress to play a more explicit role in authorizing military action in Syria and elsewhere. By dropping a MOAB in Afghanistan and threatening North Korea, Trump appears to be escalating military action, quite possibly as a distraction from the Russia news. With an unpredictable and ill-informed president risking nuclear attack or retaliation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.

Call Burr, Tillis and Walker

Script  Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

I’m concerned that the White House is carrying out military operations without Congressional approval. I urge [Sen/Rep____] to insist Congress reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action in Syria, North Korea or anywhere else.

I appreciate your time. Thank you!

STATE:

HB239 – House Bill 239 reduces the N.C. Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12 through attrition. The next three who leave the bench won’t be replaced. This is, of course, because it is the Governor’s job to replace those judges and he happens to be a Democrat. The Republican-run legislature is overstepping its bounds once again and should stop meddling in the business of the Executive and Judicial branches. There is a thing called separation of powers  and it’s there for a reason.

Our Opinion: Legislature swats governor, courts

Call your State Senator (Tillman or Gunn) or Representative (McNeill or Hurley)

SCRIPT: Hello, I am from __________________ in the Senator/Representative’s district. I am calling to urge the Sen/Rep to vote “no” on HB 239, which would cut the size of the Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 members. The court is operating just fine as it is. This attempt to cut the number on the court is another partisan power grab from a General Assembly that has already tried too many times to undermine the separation of powers. NC voters are tired of these games. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Rally to Pass HB 13 – Wednesday April 19 – Come support all NC Teacher’s teaching positions! Rally to support the passage of HB-13. 5,500 NC teachers are at risk of losing their jobs next school year, 2017-2018, if HB-13 is not passed. Bring a sign to support all teachers and to ask the NC Senate to pass HB-13.
Halifax Mall is behind the Legislative Building.

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard-fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

MONDAY 4/17/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Stop Don the Con

FEDERAL:

Trump Threatens Coverage Of Millions If Democrats Won’t Negotiate On ACA Repeal

“In an interview with the Wall Street Journal that appeared on Wednesday, Trump made a warning. If Democrats won’t talk repeal, the president said, Republicans might decide to cut off some subsidies now flowing to health insurers offering coverage through Obamacare’s exchanges.”

Sounds like he’s trying to live up to his mobster nickname “Don the Con.”

Call Burr, Tillis and Walker

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is _____________, from ________________. I am calling to urge the Sen/Rep to support legislation that would up hold and strengthen the Affordable Care Act rather than trying to undercut the program. The President’s threat to torpedo subsidies if Democrats won’t agree to repeal of the ACA amount to blatant extortion. I am calling on the Sen/Rep to work for the good of working people who rely on the ACA to stay alive and healthy instead of working for corporate interests. Thanks you for your time.


STATE:

Call your state senators and representatives

S175 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act.

HB243 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act.

“The STOP Act takes the humane, comprehensive and evidence-based approach we need when it comes to drug policy. By mandating smarter regulations for prescribing and dispensing controlled substances, such as enforcing the use of a Controlled Substance Reporting System to reduce the act of doctor shopping and placing restrictions on the amount a health-care professional can prescribe for acute pain, we can mitigate the pattern of opioid over-prescribing that has served as the catalyst for this epidemic.

One way to mitigate opioid misuse is to have a replacement painkiller. HB 185, the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, is currently sitting in the Rules Committee. It would permit qualified patients to possess up to 24 ounces of cannabis or grow their own personal supply. Separate provisions in the Act license and regulate the dispensing of cannabis from state-licensed facilities. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have enacted statewide provisions allowing patients access to cannabis therapy. North Carolina patients deserve these same protections.

 

 

 
SCRIPT: Hello, I am a constituent from ______________. I am calling to urge Rep/Sen___________ to support the STOP Act to enact smarter regulations for prescribing and dispensing opioid medications. Too many people are dying from opioid overdoses and this needs to be addressed immediately. To that end, I am asking that the Rep/Sen also support HB185, which would allow patients to avail themselves of medical marijuana which is much less dangerous. Polls show that 93% of Americans are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.  Medical marijuana would provide a stop gap for pain relief and help with maintenance of other medical conditions in the absence of opioids.   Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Rally to Pass HB 13 – Come support all NC Teacher’s teaching positions! Rally to support the passage of HB-13. 5,500 NC teachers are at risk of losing their jobs next school year, 2017-2018, if HB-13 is not passed. Bring a sign to support all teachers and to ask the NC Senate to pass HB-13.
Halifax Mall is behind the Legislative Building

 

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

 

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

 

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

FRIDAY 4/14/17 CALLS TO ACTION: DeVos is DeWorst

FEDERAL:

You may remember this little ditty: Betsy DeVos Ethics Report Reveals Ties to Student Debt Collection Firm  about how the DeVos family is neck deep in the student loan debt collection business. It was obvious to those of us who are neither billionaires nor in the pockets of billionaires (I’m looking at you Burr and Tillis) that Betsy DeVos would be a horrible choice for Secretary of Education under any normal president. But these are not normal times we live in. We called. We faxed. We sent postcards and emails, but money talks. Burr and Tillis only listen when 1) you are a rich Republican or 2) you have a check in hand. Betsy DeVos is both, so guess who got what she wanted.

Call or fax your Representative and Senators and demand that they put forward legislation to continue to protect students who have to rely on loans to finance their higher education. If Betsy DeVos has her way, the only people eligible to attend universities will be people in her own tax bracket.

DeVos dials back consumer protections for student loan borrowers

SCRIPT:

Hi, I am a constituent from _______________ and I calling to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to support legislation that would reinstate protections for student loan borrowers. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently released a memo that would rescind requirements that student loan servicers provide timely, accurate, and consistent information about their loans. It would also remove protections for vulnerable borrowers who are at risk of defaulting on their loans. A college education is increasingly becoming a necessity in our economy, and these consumer protections are vital to poor and working-class students who must take out substantial loans to pay for their education. Please tell Sen./Rep. ________________ to promote legislation that would reinstate these protections. Thank you.

 

FYI, dude, it’s after the election.

TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS:

It’s tax season and if Trump thinks we’ve forgotten about the fact that he hasn’t disclosed his tax returns, he’s sadly mistaken.

Background:
http://thehill.com/…/327394-house-dems-launch-new-effort-to…

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to support a bill sponsored by Anna Eshoo to force Presidents to release their tax returns. With so many ethics questions and open investigations about the administration, we need to see those returns. Thank you for recording my call.

STATE:

S 587: There is also legislation being considered in the NCGA about presidential tax returns.

“Sen. Jay Chaudhuri of Raleigh filed the bill Tuesday under the title “Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act,” or “T.R.U.M.P. Act.” Similar legislation – also featuring an acronym that spells out the president’s name – has been filed in other states, including New York.”

The T.R.U.M.P. Act would keep presidential candidates who refused to release at least the most recent five years of their tax returns from being eligible to be on North Carolina ballots.

NC senator’s ‘T.R.U.M.P. Act’ would force presidential candidates to release tax returns

Call Jerry Tillman and Rick Gunn and let them know you support this measure.

SCRIPT:

Hello. My name is ________ and I am calling from _________ in Randolph County. I am calling to urge Sen.___________ to support S587, the T.R.U.M.P. Act. For more than 40 years, presidential candidates have released their tax returns to the public so that we may be assured their business lives do not create a conflict of interest with their governmental lives. Any presidential candidate who refuses to release his or her tax returns is obviously trying to hide something and therefore does not deserve the privilege of being on our North Carolina ballot. Please support this bill. Thank you.

Some awesome news items from Jen Hoffman’s email list:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

Tax March on Washington – Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns “later.” Then, just a few days after Trump assumed office, his top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that he wouldn’t release his tax returns ever, because the American people “don’t care.” We’re here to say that we do care. Join us at the White House on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Until we see his tax returns, we can’t know for sure. There will also be rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Mooresville the same day. Visit http://taxmarch.org/ for more information.

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

THURSDAY 4/13/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Former presidents spinning in their graves.

FEDERAL:

It’s ridiculous that we have to keep calling about this, but we do. Things seem to be unraveling more and more every day. Keep picking at that thread folks. Pretty soon we’ll have it all pulled apart.

“…financial records newly obtained by The Associated Press confirm that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the ledger next to Manafort’s name were actually received by his consulting firm in the United States. They include payments in 2007 and 2009, providing the first evidence that Manafort’s firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger.”

AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout

SCRIPT:

I am calling to urge the Representative to take a public stand in calling for an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties and possible collusion. It is painfully obvious that the House Intelligence Committee cannot oversee an impartial investigation. Collusion and meddling in our presidential elections is not a partisan issue and I am asking that (REPRESENTATIVE) publicly call for an independent investigation.  Thank you.

 

STATE:

HB 728: More ridiculousness from our NCGA. Now they want to put forward legislation that would remove UNC and NC State from the ACC if the ACC ever boycotts our state because of the wingnut laws our legislators put forward.

Bill would pull NC colleges out of ACC if state is boycotted again

SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is _________. I am from ___________. I am calling to urge Rep.____________ to vote “no” on HB 728, which would prohibit UNC and NC State from extending the grant of media rights to the ACC or NCAA, should one of those conferences participate in a boycott of North Carolina. This sort of legislation is nothing but childish payback for all the bad press HB2 caused. If NC’s lawmakers would refrain from passing discriminatory legislation there would be no reason for any athletic conference or other organization to boycott us. Thank you for your time.

 

And finally, Rep. Larry Pittman made comments Wednesday comparing Adolf Hitler to Abraham Lincoln. It seems that Republicans love to compare people and things they disagree with to Hitler. Seems like low hanging fruit to me. They can’t come up with anything more substantive, so “OMG, Hitler!”

NC legislator compares Hitler to Abraham Lincoln in Facebook post

If you’d like to let him know how you feel about this, there are numerous ways to contact him.

https://www.facebook.com/Larry-Pittman-for-NC-House-101841759858895/

Email: larry@electpittman.com
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 5959 Concord, North Carolina 28025

Concord Phone: 704-782-3528

Office:  N.C. House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1010
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Office Phone: 919-715-2009

Legislature email: Larry.Pittman@ncleg.net

Legislature info page: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/viewMember.pl?sChamber=H&nUserID=633

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

Tax March on Washington – Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns “later.” Then, just a few days after Trump assumed office, his top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that he wouldn’t release his tax returns ever, because the American people “don’t care.” We’re here to say that we do care. Join us at the White House on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Until we see his tax returns, we can’t know for sure. There will also be rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Mooresville the same day. Visit http://taxmarch.org/ for more information.

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 4/12/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Sneaky is as sneaky does.

 

FEDERAL:

H.R. 1902, the Social Security 2100 Act
This bill will keep Social Security solvent for the next 75 years! Social security is in trouble, but it doesn’t have to be. This bill, sponsored by Rep. John Larson of Connecticut, makes changes in how benefits are calculated so that payouts will remain high enough for seniors to survive. To pay for it, a microscopic increase in payments–a .01% increase for each of the next 24 years will be phased in, as well as contributions from high earners. Right now, the wealthy pay no social security, but under this plan, people earning over $400,000 would have to pay their fair share.

https://ctmirror.org/…/larson-takes-on-social-security-aga…/

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep _____________ to support H.R. 1902, a bill that would increase benefits while keeping Social Security solvent for the next 75 years. Thank you for recording my call.

NC-1 G.K. Butterfield (202) 225-3101
NC-2 George Holding 202-225-3032
NC-3: Walter Jones 202-225-3415
NC-4 David Price (202) 225-1784
NC-5 Virginia Foxx (202) 225 2071
NC-6 Mark Walker (202) 225-3065
NC-7 David Rouzer (202) 225-2731
NC-8 RIchard Hudson (202) 225-3715
NC-9 Robert Pittenger (202) 225-1976

NC-10 Patrick McHenry (202) 225-2576
NC-11 Mark Meadows (202) 225-6401
NC-12 Alma Adams (202) 225-1510
NC-13 Ted Budd (202) 225-4531

STATE:

House Bill 780 – Uphold Historical Marriage Act

“The bill says that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country “is null and void in the State of North Carolina.” The sponsors argue in the bill language that it’s “clear that laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently.”

Republicans in the NCGA are determined to make North Carolina even more of a backwards laughingstock. In the wake of the HB2 debacle, this legislation is proof positive that the NCGOP has absolutely no idea how to live in the 21st century.

It is my opinion that they are setting this up for another lawsuit to go to the SCOTUS, but this time Gorsuch the über-conservative will be on the court, making the possibility of marriage equality being overturned.

NC House bill seeks to make gay marriage illegal again, defying Supreme Court

Hello, my name is ___________ and I’m from Randolph County. I am calling to insist that Rep.____________ say “no” to this ridiculous, tone deaf assault on our LGBT neighbors. The SCOTUS decision legalizing marriage equality was the right decision in light of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. Do not help NC become even more of a pariah by endorsing this revocation of rights for LGBT citizens.

 

HB 543: Relief for Caregivers
As this bill notes, 1.7 million North Carolinians care for adult relatives who have limited mobility. HB 543 would extend employment protections such as retention of health benefits and pay for leave taken to fulfill these duties. Call early to support this bill. After passing its first reading, it has moved to the Aging Committee of the House of Representatives for consideration on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
HB 543: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/BillLo…/LoadBillDocument.aspx…

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/#sthash.wIaUSHJN.dpbs

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep. _____________ to support the passage of HB 543, a bill that extends employment benefits and protections to the 1.7 million people who care for dependents who have limited mobility. Thank you for recording my call.

 

From Jen Hoffman:

Avoid normalizing this presidency and #staywoke.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

Tax March on Washington – Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns “later.” Then, just a few days after Trump assumed office, his top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that he wouldn’t release his tax returns ever, because the American people “don’t care.” We’re here to say that we do care. Join us at the White House on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Until we see his tax returns, we can’t know for sure. There will also be rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Mooresville the same day. Visit http://taxmarch.org/ for more information.

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

TUESDAY 4/11/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Meet me outside during recess.

We’re going to do state calls to action first today, because this first one is extremely important.

STATE:

Call Jerry Tillman or Rick Gunn

We all know how the NC Legislature loves a good power grab. Well, they’re at it again. I’m going to let Steve Harrison from BlueNC explain this, as he’s done a much better job than I can:

“Just a quick Legislative update, and I’ll try to make it brief for those friends who hate politics and would rather clip coupons or crush candy: After Republicans lost the election for Governor late last year, they held several “Special” sessions, most of which were dedicated to stripping the new Governor of powers and awarding those powers to, you know, the people stripping them. After enjoying majority control of (all 100) county election boards, they just really didn’t want to give that up, so they passed a law. A law which was (of course) overturned by the courts, as the violation of the NC Constitution that it was. But these guys are so drunk with power, they decided to take another bill about helping students who served as pages (my daughter was a House page back in the day), and just rewrote (hijacked) the bill to make another grab. This is what they do, and the reason they get away with it is because they’ve drawn the maps so creatively your opinion really doesn’t matter. So I guess you might as well go back to clipping coupons and crushing candy. Or maybe get pissed off and start paying attention.”

UPDATED: In voice vote, House favors bill to sidestep court ruling on ethics commission/elections board combination

SCRIPT:  Hello, my name is _______________ from Randolph County. I am calling in regards to the changes made to SB 68.  This practice of stripping a bill of its original purpose and inserting completely unrelated legislation for the purpose of sliding it past committee approvals and voter scrutiny is absolutely ridiculous and underhanded. North Carolina voters expect better of their legislators. I demand that the senator votes no on this bill and work to put forward legislation that prevents this kind of dishonest action in the future. Thank you for recording my thoughts.

 

Call Reps. Allen McNeill or Pat Hurley; Sens. Jerry Tillman or Rick Gunn

Medicaid Expansion (From RISE Together NC)

Congress utterly failed to pass health care reform, so the ACA, or Obamacare, remains the law of the land. Governor Cooper has sought to have North Carolina sign on to the Medicaid expansion that would bring our state fully into the reforms available under law. Predictably, the GOP leadership in Raleigh sued Cooper, and the courts have set a deadline of mid-April for resolution. However, most see little chance of the General Assembly allowing Cooper’s plan to become law.

Meanwhile, some Republicans, including Donny Lambeth of Forsyth County, are offering up a compromise Medicaid expansion bill, HB 662, that would allow the state to participate but with some restrictions on individuals. This plan closely mirrors what Mike Pence established in Indiana. Given Pence’s conservatism, it is not surprising that some of the provisions, including one that stipulates that recipients be either employed or actively seeking work, have a distinct “war on the poor” feeling. Opinions on what the best course to take vary. Accordingly, here are two very different scripts. Read the accompanying links and make your own mind up about which one to follow.

NC House Republicans file bill to expand Medicaid

GOP proposal would expand Medicaid

SCRIPT 1 (support Cooper’s Medicaid expansion):
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to support Governor Cooper’s plan to join the federal Medicaid expansion. Like it or not, the ACA is the law of the land, and we need to participate fully in order to make sure that all North Carolinians have affordable health care. Thank you for recording my call.

SCRIPT 2 (Support HB 662)
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to support HB 662. While an imperfect compromise, this bill, with the Rep’s/Sen’s support, might actually pass and bring additional health benefits to our citizens. Thank you for recording my call.

 


FEDERAL:

Congress is in recess again. Must be nice to only have to work about 150 days out of the year. I know, I know, schmoozing for donations in the off season is hard work what with all the bowing and scraping.

It’s time to start demanding that our senators and representatives participate in town hall meetings or at the very least, meeting with small groups of voters, in order to directly address the concerns of their constituency. If answering voter questions is too hard a job to handle then they might want to think about seeking another line of work.

There are so many issues our congresspersons need to address: healthcare, the environment, the Trump-Russia scandal, cuts to social programs, threats to Medicare and Social Security. The list goes on and on and on.

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to schedule an in-person town hall or constituent meeting as soon as possible. Elected officials work for us, and should engage in dialogue with us about key issues such as ______________. When may I expect the Rep./Sen. to speak directly to his constituents?

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

Tax March on Washington – Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would release his tax returns “later.” Then, just a few days after Trump assumed office, his top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that he wouldn’t release his tax returns ever, because the American people “don’t care.” We’re here to say that we do care. Join us at the White House on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Until we see his tax returns, we can’t know for sure. There will also be rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Mooresville the same day. Visit http://taxmarch.org/ for more information.

March for Science, Greensboro – The rally and march in Greensboro will include short speeches from local scientists who work at North Carolina A & T, UNC Greensboro, and other local organizations. We will also be featuring performances from local bands Disaster Recovery and Viva La Muerte, and from kid activist Sage Advice. Supporters of science from across the Piedmont Triad will gather at this event.  To help costs related to the march, please contribute to our gofundme page! https://www.gofundme.com/marchforsciencegreensboro  Leftover money will be used to send deserving local children to a local science camp.

People’s Climate March –  Join us April 29th in Washington, DC to let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch!  There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles. It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.

 

 

MONDAY 4/10/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Mr. Ivanka Trump, Con Artist

FEDERAL:

Protest Jared Kushner’s dishonesty.

Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.

Call Burr, Tillis and Walker, also.

Script: To receive a security clearance, Jared Kushner had a responsibility to report seven years of meetings with foreign officials. He lied by omission by not including recent meetings with a Russian bank owner and Russian ambassador. His security clearance should be revoked, and he should step down from his role in the White House. Americans will not tolerate dishonesty.

 

 

Push for an independent investigation of 45’s ties to Russia.

Call Burr and Tillis

Script: Hi! I’m from ________ and would like to know what Sen. _______ is doing to push for an independent investigation of the Russia scandal.

(If you get a non-answer:) The FBI’s plans to merge the investigation isn’t enough. We need an independent commission. When will Sen. _________ co sign Senate bill 27?

Send a Postcard

Thank Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for his 15-hour filibuster to protest Gorsuch’s appointment to the SCOTUS.

Address 121 SW Salmon St., Ste. 1400, Portland, OR 97204

STATE: 

HB 467: Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies:

This bill would limit the ability of North Carolina residents to sue industrial hog farms for damages for polluting their air and water. This is despite mounting evidence that industrial hog farms—like Smithfield—can have significant health effects on nearby residents producing symptoms such as burning eyes, breathing problems, headaches, anxiety, and blood pressure spikes. The waste from these farms also disproportionately affects poor people and people of color who have fewer protections from environmental hazards, less ability to leave their homes during high exposure periods, and less access to medical and clinical services than residents of higher-income communities.

Script:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen. _________________ to oppose HB 467, the Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies bill. This bill would restrict the ability of people to sue industrial hog farms for damages. Waste from industrial hog farms has been documented to pollute air and water sources. It has also had significant health effects on nearby residents, contributing to symptoms such as burning eye, breathing problems, and even high blood pressure. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Lunch with Lawmakers – Friday April 21, 2017 Archdale Trinity Chamber of Commerce is having a forum to make Reps. Pat Hurley and Allen McNeill  and Senator Jerry Tillman available to answer questions from constituents. See the link for the official flyer from the Chamber.

 

Thank You to All Who Attended the 2017 Convention

The Randolph County Democratic Party is proud to announce that our yearly convention on Saturday, April 8, went off without a hitch. Democrats from around the county came together to elect new officers, vote on resolutions to send to the 6th District Convention, and discuss some of the issues affecting North Carolinians.

The social and sign in hour began with coffee provided by Lois Bohnsack and cookies from Susie Scott. After the meeting convened, Elworth Cheek gave the invocation and Boots Howard led the Pledge of Allegiance. Outgoing Chair Jim Meredith said a few words of encouragement, then invited Bob Morrison, former President and CEO of Randolph Health, to speak to the group about what he sees for the future of healthcare in North Carolina and the United States. Margaret Megerian, the Democratic member of Randolph County’s Board of Elections, gave the group an update on current legislation in the General Assembly regarding voter rights and access.

All precinct delegates present were elected to be delegates to the 6th District Convention by unanimous consent.  A new executive committee was elected. After calls for nominations from the floor, of which there were none, the slate of candidates selected by the nominating committee was elected with unanimous consent. They are as follows: Susie Scott, Chair; Chip Foust, 1st Vice Chair; Cathy Snow, 2nd Vice Chair; Diane Hubbard, 3rd Vice Chair; Ruth Scanlan, Secretary; Lois Bohnsack, Treasurer. Outgoing Chair Jim Meredith was presented with a framed certificate and card signed by all in attendance honoring his tireless work over the past twelve years for the Randolph County Democratic Party. We look forward to seeing what Jim’s future endeavors will be.

We then moved on to the adoption of resolutions with Chair Susie Scott leading the meeting. There were a broad range of topics for the resolutions, from requiring only scientifically valid curriculum to be used in public schools to changing the manner in which Randolph County’s Sheriff is elected. There was some discussion on resolutions pertaining to the Electoral College and the National Popular vote. Visit http://randolphcountydems.org/resolutions-2017/ to view all resolutions.

Shortly thereafter, the meeting adjourned. The Randolph County Democratic Party wishes to thank the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department for their help and hospitality during our use of the courthouse for this convention.

 

Sarah Megerian in a fabulous hat!

Getting ready to convene.

Bob Morrison

Jim Meredith and Bob Morrison

 

Margaret Megerian giving us information about new voting legislation.

Susie Scott takes the helm.

Susie Scott and Diane Hubbard present Jim Meredith with a Certificate of Appreciation for his many years of work for the RCDP.

Thank you, Jim, for all your hard work!