THURSDAY 10/12/2017

FEDERAL:

Gun Legislation:

For the first time in ages, there was at least some momentum toward enacting gun safety legislation, but people’s memories are now fading fast. We need to keep pushing this issue and reminding our lawmakers that pro-gun extremists are a small minority in this country. Remember regulating guns is not the same thing as infringing on people’s rights to own them.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to immediately sponsor legislation to 1) make background checks for firearms’ sales more stringent, 2) close gun show loopholes, 3) place a limit of ten rounds on magazine sizes, and 4) ban so-called bump stocks that cause semiautomatic rifles to act like automatic weapons. By taking a few simple steps, we can reduce gun violence without infringing on someone’s right to bear arms. Thanks for taking my call.
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Restore the Clean Power Plan:

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that they are rescinding President Obama’s Clean Power Plan executive order. The Clean Power Plan would have set the country on a path toward modest increases in emissions standards and would have increased incentives to use renewable resources. But Trump, supported by Scott Pruitt’s EPA, is hell-bent on both destroying Obama’s legacy and protecting the rights of polluters to destroy our environment. The Clean Power Plan would have sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 percent by 2030, relative to 2005 levels. Trump is also doubling down on rebuilding the coal industry. We can anticipate that this decision will set off an extended legal and regulatory battle that will likely result in much more modest cuts in CO2 emissions. Let’s make sure our lawmakers know that we stand for clean energy.

SCRIPT:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ________________ to let Sen./Rep. ______________________ know that I am concerned about the announcement that President Trump has rescinded President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. We need to increase emissions standards, not reduce or eliminate them. Climate change is a real--and serious--problem, and rather than using coal, we need to invest in renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Please push for legislation that would preserve the emissions standards established in the Clean Power Plan. Thank you for taking my call.

Tillis:
DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr
DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/
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STATE:

There doesn’t appear to be significant activity at the NCGA right now, but many municipalities do have upcoming elections. City and town council elections often have far-reaching implications, so it’s a good time to get involved. Canvas. Phone bank. Volunteer.
Here are some details about upcoming municipal elections in some of our larger counties:

Wake County: http://www.wakegov.com/elections/info/Pages/electiondates.aspx

Mecklenberg County: https://www.mecknc.gov/BOE/elections/Pages/MultiYearElectionSchedule.aspx