FRIDAY 6/9/17 CALLS TO ACTION: It’s good for me but not for thee

FEDERAL:

As expected, the House passed the CHOICE Act along party lines yesterday.

“Dodd-Frank represents the greatest imposition on our business enterprises than all Obama era regulations combined,” (Jeb)Hensarling said Thursday morning in a briefing with reporters. “In many respects, it was not a response to the financial crisis, but a grab bag of leftist ideas that were waiting on the shelf for quite some time.” 

I know, right, because not wanting banks to grow too-big-to-fail is an idea that only leftists support. And only people on the left are victimized by unscrupulous credit card companies and predatory lenders. Now it’s time to call our senators and tell them to give this bill the boot when it arrives in the Senate.

SCRIPT: I am calling from _____________, North Carolina. I would like to urge Senator_______ to vote “NO” on the CHOICE Act which recently passed the House. No one who has been paying attention for the past 40 years believes that Wall Street can be trusted to look out for the interests of middle and lower income Americans. History tells us that Wall Street will run roughshod over the very people Dodd-Frank and the CFPB seek to protect? The Senator should not be siding with Wall Street and should, instead, protect the interests of the middle and working class constituents who elected him. Thank you for your time.

 

STATE: 

NC House, Senate cancel Cooper’s call for redistricting special session, calling it ‘unconstitutional’ – That’s rich, considering all the “special sessions” BergerMoore called last year to strip rights from workers, municipalities and transgender North Carolinians.

 

 

SCRIPT: I am a North Carolina voter and I am calling to demand a special session to address redistricting immediately. This legislature has dragged its feet long enough in defense of these racist gerrymandering schemes. Now is the time to get to work for the people of North Carolina. Thank you for your time.

Call Tillman and Gunn in the Senate and McNeill and Hurley in the House

Then call:

Senate leader Phil Berger: (919) 733-5708 Phil.Berger@ncleg.net https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBerger/

House leader Tim Moore: 919-733-3451 Tim.Moore@ncleg.net https://www.facebook.com/speakermoore/

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

THURSDAY 6/8/17 CALLS TO ACTION: What you FEEL isn’t relevant, admiral.

Today is the big day! Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify before Congress at 10am. Grab your popcorn. Make some of Ivanka’s Champagne popsicles, or maybe an expensive steak well-done, with ketchup and enjoy the fireworks!

While you’re waiting for the hearing to start, give Mark Walker a call. The CHOICE Act is coming up in the US House soon. If this passes, which it probably will because we have a Congress that puts party before people, get ready for more too-big-to-fail banks crashing the economy. It also will pull the teeth right out of the CFPB, Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild, which protects consumers from predatory lenders, etc.

Call Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling from the 6th District. I would like to know why Rep Walker believes that Wall Street can be trusted to look out for the interests of middle and lower income Americans. History tells us that Wall Street will run roughshod over the very people Dodd-Frank and the CFPB seek to protect? Why does Rep. Walker insist on siding with Wall Street and not the middle and working class constituents who elected him?

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REPUBLICAN SENATORS DINING, MEETING WITH TRUMP TWO DAYS BEFORE FBI DIRECTOR – Wonder why Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton were having dinner with Trump right before they will be questioning James Comey about Trump’s improprieties. Wonder if he was showing them some kompromat he (or Russia) has on both of them. Pay close attention to these two and how they question Comey on Thursday. (Beware of autostart video)

Comey released a copy of his opening statement yesterday afternoon.

 

Here are some highlights from yesterday’s testimony.

Senator Angus King, Independent from Maine, was not messing around yesterday when he questioned Coates and Rogers. If they have no legal basis to refuse to answer and don’t invoke 5th, are they in contempt? Inquiring minds want to know.

Senator John McCain – Republican from Arizona called it “Orwellian” that Coates won’t discuss something that has already been published in the WaPo.

Here is a good Twitter thread that explains obstruction of justice. Click the text of the tweet to pull up the entire thread.

 

And finally, this is an interesting document I stumbled across yesterday. First, here is some background on it:  ODNI Releases Report

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

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

WEDNESDAY 6/7/17 CALLS TO ACTION: This is NC, not the OK Corral

 

Let’s concentrate on our home state today while we’re gearing up for the James Comey testimony on Thursday. I am popping all the popcorn I possibly can! Hopefully this will be the beginning of taking down Cheeto von Tweeto and his band of merry morons.

 

STATE:

SENATE BILL 677

Having solved all other problems in North Carolina Republican senators are now pushing for a bill to add an amendment to the NC Constitution by way of a ballot referendum to safeguard hunting and fishing.  The “party of fiscal responsibility” wasting time and money on a bill that Richard Hamilton of the Wildlife Federation says is unnecessary.  “We do have some concern about the traditional uses,” Hamilton said. “This would put in the constitution that a person can use traditional means to take wildlife and that the traditional means go, all the way back to setting traps in the river and all kinds of things that have been outlawed.”  

My guess is they want to codify this in our constitution so that when any effort is made to pass any kind of meaningful gun control laws they will cite the NC Constitution as a reason they cannot pass anything.

Call your Senators Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn and let them know that there are more important things they need to be concentrating on.

SCRIPT: I am a constituent calling from the senator’s district. I want to urge the Senator to withdraw any support for this unnecessary bill. It is already legal to hunt and fish in North Carolina and need not be an amendment to the Constitution. This is nothing but an attempt to preempt any meaningful gun control legislation that may eventually come down the pipe.  Frankly, North Carolina legislators have bigger fish to fry. Thank you.

Click to visit Moms Demand Action

 

PERMITLESS, CONCEALED WEAPON CARRY

With this in mind, HB746 Permitless Carry is coming for a vote this week in NC. This bill would allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns in public with no safety training and would lower the age to concealed carry to 18. I notice that they’ve included a section that prohibits carrying firearms or other weapons on the premises of the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion, or the Western Residence of the Governor, though. There are so many places firearms aren’t allowed and a lot of them are the exact same places legislators might be. It’s almost as if they are afraid of people carrying concealed weapons. So weird, since they seem to love the idea of concealed, permitless weapons.

Call your Representatives: Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

SCRIPT: My name is _________ calling from Rep. ____________ district. I would like to urge the Representative to oppose HB 746, the NC Constitutional Carry Act. It is a bad idea for people who have not taken proper handgun training to be able to legally carry a concealed weapon in this manner. It will make it much more dangerous for law enforcement officers to do their jobs when anyone and everyone feels as if they can carry a concealed gun. There is also the danger of untrained people accidentally shooting someone else because of this lack of training in the handling of their weapon. Please oppose this bill. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesdays at 10:00 with Rep. Walker’s Staff – Tuesday June 6th, join Indivisible: NC 6th Congressional District for our 15th week as we take our concerns to the Congressman, 219B West Elm St., Graham

Women’s Equal Rights Lobbying Day –  Wednesday June 7, 2:00PM, NCGA House Gallery 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC. See link for more details.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

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

TUESDAY 6/6/17 CALLS TO ACTION: The only time I’ll ever be anti-CHOICE

FEDERAL:

Keep Wall St from creating another economic crisis like we had in 2008 by opposing the Financial CHOICE Act and supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Click to oppose Wall Street’s CHOICE Act

    The Financial CHOICE Act seeks to revoke the expansive financial regulations passed under President Obama after the 2008 financial crisis

  • The bill would remove the power through which the federal government can label a bank “too big to fail,” and disassemble it before it collapses and triggers another crisis.
  • The bill renames the CFPB the Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and reduces its power to enforce pre-existing consumer protection laws.
  • Because we have not seen the President’s tax returns, we do not know if this CHOICE Act will directly benefit some of his creditors, therefore causing another conflict of interest in his already suspect financial dealings.

Call Rep. Mark Walker

SCRIPT: I am calling from the 6th District. I would like to know why Rep Walker believes that Wall Street can be trusted to look out for the interests of middle and lower income Americans. History tells us that Wall Street will run roughshod over the very people Dodd-Frank and the CFPB seek to protect? Why does Rep. Walker insist on siding with Wall Street and not the middle and working class constituents who elected him?

What’s Congress Voting On? Week of June 5, 2017 – Countable.us

 

STATE:

Good news! The Supreme Court has upheld the ruling of a lower court that the legislature did indeed gerrymander their districts along racial lines. The Supreme Court also declined to weigh in on whether a special election should take place in 2017. That will be for the lower court to decide.

Breaking: Supreme Court Summarily Affirms NC Racial Gerrymandering Case, Revives Chance of Special Election in 2017 Pending New Hearing

Add your name and tell lawmakers to work quickly to redraw North Carolina’s legislative districts!

Call your legislators and urge them to not drag their feet in redrawing the gerrymandered districts.

 

HouseAllen McNeill, Pat Hurley

SenateJerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesdays at 10:00 with Rep. Walker’s Staff – Tuesday June 6th, join Indivisible: NC 6th Congressional District for our 15th week as we take our concerns to the Congressman, 219B West Elm St., Graham

Women’s Equal Rights Lobbying Day –  Wednesday June 7, 2:00PM, NCGA House Gallery 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC. See link for more details.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

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

MONDAY 6/5/17 CALLS TO ACTION: These are taxing times we live in.

FEDERAL:  

Trump has filed for an extension of his 2016 tax return – “The returns are the subject of much speculation, as they would provide insight into Trump’s financial ties and potential conflicts of interest. Trump is the first president in decades to not release his tax returns.”

Here’s an interesting theory as to why Trump only released his 2005 tax returns. – “Trump married a non-citizen in 2005. Why that matters is that as her sponsor, and joint filer, their joint returns were required to be made available to the federal government in order for her to remain here on a Greencard, and again to get her citizenship. You have to show that you have no problems with the IRS to become naturalized.”

Call your Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis:

SCRIPT:

Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Sen. _____________ to support or sponsor a bill 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 taking my call.

 

TOWN HALLS:

Town Halls: Our illustrious Senators in Washington are still not wanting to have town halls to meet their constituents face to face. They talk tough, but they seem to have feathers on their legs. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to ask them in person why they are dragging their feet on an investigation in to Trump’s ties to Russia or what they plan to do about healthcare now that the House’s replacement for the ACA crashed and burned. The telephone town halls Senator Tillis is so fond of are an easy way to ignore the concerns of citizens.

Call your Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis

 

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Sen. _____________ to schedule an in-person town hall 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 Senator to speak directly to his constituents?

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Tuesdays at 10:00 with Rep. Walker’s Staff – Tuesday June 6th, join Indivisible: NC 6th Congressional District for our 15th week as we take our concerns to the Congressman, 219B West Elm St., Graham

Women’s Equal Rights Lobbying Day –  Wednesday June 7, 2:00PM, NCGA House Gallery 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC. See link for more details.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

FRIDAY 6/2/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Can we get a real president, please?

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I am sort of exasperated today and I don’t quite know what to tell you all. I’m going to overload you with links to information, calls to action and events relating to climate change and science because I just don’t know what else to do at the moment.

The bad news is that the short-sighted, raving lunatic in the White House has decided that the US is going to pull out or try to renegotiate the Paris Agreement to battle global climate change. The good news is that Germany, France and Italy, main players in this agreement have said that renegotiation is not going to happen.

It’s obvious that the “President” can’t see past the end of his nose when it comes to much of anything. If he thinks this is going to reinvigorate the coal industry he’s not living in the real world. This is nothing but a ploy to create more wealth for energy companies, oil and gas interests here and in Russia, and rampant polluters for the sake of campaign donations.

Elon Musk is jumping ship, which has been a long time in coming. “Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has quit two of President Trump’s business advisory councils after the president announced he will pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement.”

Disney’s CEO Joins Elon Musk and Quits Trump’s Business Council – “Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, just quit President Trump’s jobs council in response to his withdrawing of the U.S. from the Paris climate accords. In a tweet, Iger called his resignation “a matter of principle.”

5 Changes That Could Come From Leaving The Paris Climate Deal – “The main goal of the Paris deal was to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. Beyond that point, scientists worry that catastrophic impacts of warming become irreversible.”

Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada in response to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

Oh, and here’s a happy little tidbit. The 2017 Hurricane Season is starting and we don’t have anyone running FEMA or NOAA. 

WITH TRUMP, THE FIGHT FOR OUR CLIMATE GOES LOCAL – “With Trump in the White House, it’s time to shift our focus to the local level. Let’s stop dirty, dangerous fossil fuels and build healthy communities that pave the way to a just, clean energy future.”

MoveOn.org Petition: We, the people of the United States, sign on to the Paris Agreement

Call your Senators and complain, call your Representative and complain. Call your State Senators and Representatives and complain. Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and complain. Tell anyone and everyone you can that we will not stand for this ignorant, short-sighted behavior from the people charged with running our government at all levels. We will not let them trash the world that our children and grandchildren will have to clean up (if they’re lucky that’s all they’ll have to do).

Late breaking last night:

@NBCNightlyNews
 
BREAKING: CA, NY and WA governors reject Pres. Trump’s decision; will convene alliance of US states that want to uphold climate agreement
 
Call Governor Roy Cooper – (919) 814-2000 and urge him to join with other states who want to uphold the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement. 
Then, call your State Senators and Representatives and tell them the same thing.

This is unacceptable, so don’t accept it.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March for Truth – On June 3 at Bicentenial Plaza, 1. E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC, thousands of people in dozens of cities across the nation will gather and march to call for

* special counsel and independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia and Russia’s role in the 2016 election
* release of Trump’s tax returns
* full investigation of Trump’s foreign ties
* prosecution of any wrongdoing that is or has been revealed.

Tuesdays at 10:00 with Rep. Walker’s Staff – Join Indivisible: NC 6th Congressional District for our 15th week as we take our concerns to the Congressman, 219B West Elm St., Graham

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

 

THURSDAY 6/1/17 CALLS TO ACTION: We’ll always have Paris (not really)

FEDERAL:

Well, it looks like it’s going to be contest between Trump and our NCGA as to who can ruin NC first. Signed by an actual president, President Barack Obama, the Paris Agreement was a deal to limit greenhouse gases in order to combat climate change. It has been signed by 175 countries and took effect in November 2016. The Trump Administration is going to keep on deregulating oil and gas, denying climate change and then pulling the US out of the Paris Accords. Yes, Virginia, he is an idiot. And he obviously hates Barack Obama more than he loves America.

Meanwhile in NC: The Department of Defense has identified coastal North Carolina as “one of the nation’s most vulnerable regions to climate change.”  The Union of Concerned Scientists has determined that sea levels in this area could rise between 3 and 6 feet by the end of this century. I guess it’s a good thing the NCGA has already outlawed sea-level rise! Recently Trump signed an executive order expanding drilling for oil off the coast and in the Arctic. He has also opened up the Carolina coast for seismic blasting. I guess we can look forward to our own Deepwater Horizon incident. Bring on the tarballs, oily pelicans and beached dolphins!

Call the White House Comment Line at at 202-456-1111 and tell the Trump Administration how foolish it would be to vacate the Paris Agreement.

Send some postcards to the “President” and let him know that we will not compromise on climate change.

climate change is real (no address)

climate change is real (addressed)

STATE:

From Stronger NC –  The state budget and its ramifications for education in NC “We are concerned about the fact that the House, just like the Senate, broke its promise to fund Specials in NC. As of this exact moment, the budgets on the table include NO funding to restore the funding for specialists that the NCGA’s class size law strips from the schools. Worse, the Senate budget draft also prohibits schools from moving funds from one allotment to another, which has the functional effect of making it illegal for schools to fund specialists.”  Please follow the link for their calls to action. They are very thorough.

How will the House budget impact education in NC? (from Public Schools First NC)

 

Here is the contact info for our Randolph County legislators

House:

Allen McNeill, Pat Hurley

House Appropriations Committee

House Finance Committee

Senate:

Jerry Tillman, Rick Gunn

 

HB 746 – NC Constitutional Carry Act

This is a bill they’re getting ready to take up in the House that allows people to carry concealed handguns without a permit. That means the requirement to take the handgun safety classes would be null and void. Any yahoo with enough cash can go buy an easily concealable pistol and tote it around without one whit of training. You’d think legislators like Allen McNeill, who used to be in law enforcement, would balk at this bill. Hopefully he will, but I’m not going to hold my breath

Call your state representative: .

SCRIPT: My name is _________ calling from Rep. ____________ district. I would like to urge the Representative to oppose HB 746, the NC Constitutional Carry Act. It is a bad idea for people who have not taken proper handgun training to be able to legally carry a concealed weapon in this manner. It will make it much more dangerous for law enforcement officers to do their jobs when anyone and everyone feels as if they can carry a concealed gun. There is also the danger of untrained people accidentally shooting someone else because of this lack of training in the handling of their weapon. Please oppose this bill. Thank you for your time.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March for Truth – On June 3 at Bicentenial Plaza, 1. E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC, thousands of people in dozens of cities across the nation will gather and march to call for

* special counsel and independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia and Russia’s role in the 2016 election
* release of Trump’s tax returns
* full investigation of Trump’s foreign ties
* prosecution of any wrongdoing that is or has been revealed.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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

WEDNESDAY 5/31/17 CALLS TO ACTION: Are we there yet?

FEDERAL:

TRUMP-RUSSIA:

Keep calling about Trump’s ties to Russia. This thing is not going to right itself. We have to stay on the Republicans in Congress. They won’t do the right thing unless we pressure them to. They’ve already proven that their party is more important to them than their country. Call Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and let them know you support an independent investigation into the entire Trump campaign, including VP Mike Pence, all the advisers like Flynn, Bannon and Miller and his entire cabinet and staff.

There are several scripts available on our website in past call to action posts.

 

Republican Insurance Plan (RIP)

Trump effect on health care: NC’s most popular plan sees 40-percent increase in deductible, out-of-pocket max – “One example of the ramifications of ending the payments: For the Blue Advantage silver plan, by far the most popular choice for enrollees in 2017, the deductible would be $500 and the out-of-pocket maximum $5,000 with the payments intact.

However, without the payments, the deductible is $700, or 40 percent higher, and the out-of-pocket maximum is $7,150, or 43 percent higher.”

Memo to GOP: My chronic disease isn’t a choice – “Instead of advancing health care in the United States, the AHCA looks backward. Its provisions return to a time when insurers could charge those with pre-existing conditions more for their insurance or impose annual and lifetime caps on benefits paid. The most vulnerable – people with chronic diseases, the elderly and children – may be at risk for financially crippling medical bills. Further, the AHCA repeals the individual mandate in Obamacare. Instead, it puts in place a continuous coverage penalty that would unfairly punish people with chronic diseases who may not be well enough to work consistently to obtain insurance through their employers or afford individual coverage.”

Call Mark Walker and tell him that his support for this bill is not only unconscionable, but unChristian, which is disappointing coming from someone who calls himself a “pastor”.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mark Walker 6th District Town Halls – Tuesday May 30, 2017  Rep. Walker will be holding town halls across the district, in Reidsville, Graham, Sanford and Asheboro. There is limited capacity and limited time, so please reserve your spot soon! See link for more details.

March for Truth – On June 3 at Bicentenial Plaza, 1. E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC, thousands of people in dozens of cities across the nation will gather and march to call for

* special counsel and independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia and Russia’s role in the 2016 election
* release of Trump’s tax returns
* full investigation of Trump’s foreign ties
* prosecution of any wrongdoing that is or has been revealed.

Equality March for Unity and Pride – Sunday June 11, 2017 First Ward Park 301 E. Seventh St. Charlotte, NC

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