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

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


So, this happened over the weekend:

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

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




Somebody Deserves a Pink Slip…

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



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

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

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




Visit our new and improved calendar for more events coming up!

Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.

SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC  Speakers and entertainment to be announced.

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