TUESDAY 11/14/17

FEDERAL:

Stop the GOP Tax Scam:

The GOP is on the defensive about their cruel and malicious tax plan. Many Republicans, especially in New York, New Jersey, and California, are jumping ship on this bill, so we can defeat it. More than anything, this is an immoral bill that takes funding from programs that help the middle class to fund tax cuts for billionaires. Even senator McConnell has admitted that many middle class families will see a tax increase. Let’s make sure our representatives know that we’re not standing for it. Several members of the NC House delegation, especially George Holding, have been defending this bill, so let’s make absolutely sure he knows that he is voting against the interests and wishes of his constituents. If you have personal stories about how this bill will affect you, it wouldn’t hurt to highlight those.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling to tell Sen./Rep. _________________ not to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill will provide enormous tax cuts for the wealthy while also cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I’m opposed to the fact that the bill eliminates the deductions for medical expenses, cuts the deduction for state and local taxes paid, caps the mortgage interest deduction, and eliminates the student loan interest deduction. All of these provisions will hurt middle-class families. I’m also concerned about the elimination of the Johnson Amendment. This opens up a Pandora's Box for churches to become the equivalent of SuperPACs, where wealthy donors can channel money to endorse candidates. This is a dangerous and destructive bill, and I want Sen./Rep. _______________ to vote against it.

Block Unqualified Judicial Nominee Brett J. Talley

Trump has nominated Brett J. Talley to a lifetime seat on the Federal Court in Alabama. Talley is unqualified by almost every measure. He has never tried a case, has practiced law for only three years, and was unanimously rated as “unqualified” by the American Bar Association. He is best known as a conservative blogger who openly opposed Hillary Clinton and endorsed the NRA. He should not be given a permanent seat on the federal bench. Talley has already been passed through by the Senate Judiciary Committee on partisan lines. But let’s push our Senators to reject his nomination.

Script (Senate only):

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________to urge Sen. ___________________ to oppose the nomination of Brett J. Talley to the federal bench. Talley is not qualified to be a federal judge. His record as a political blogger shows that he will be incapable of being impartial. More crucially, he does not have enough experience for being a federal judge. He has never tried a case and the American Bar Association has also rated him as unqualified. Talley also failed to disclose that his wife is a layer in the Trump White House, creating a conflict of interest. I want Senator ________________ to vote against Brett Talley to be seated as a federal judge.

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/

***FCC COMMENT FILING ACTION***

(Thanks to Kelly FD)

Re: FCC Sinclair-Tribune Merger

The FCC is meeting very soon to discuss the possibility of removing restrictions on

To comment directly to the FCC Committee comments must be filed through the ECFS System.

Follow directions below:

1. GO TO: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
Note: You are filing a document into an official FCC proceeding. All information submitted, including names and addresses, will be publicly available via the web.

2. Type Docket Number in first box “Proceedings”: 17-179

3. Fill in name and address

4. Cut and paste this comment into comment section:

I am writing to oppose the Sinclair-Tribune merger. If this deal goes through, a single company would own more than 200 local-TV stations and control over 72% of the local news market. Such ownership undermines local control of news and reduces diversity of viewpoints and competition in local media markets. This level of ownership is unprecedented and would violate the national FCC regulated ownership cap. Sinclair has evaded FCC rules, received FCC fines for airing propaganda, and drawn wide criticism for airing politically slanted content on its stations. The FCC should block this merger and restore policies that encourage a diversity of local media owners and a wide range of viewpoints. Thank you for taking my opinion via the ECFS filings system.

Sinclair-Tribune merger request Background:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the TV voice of the alt-right and white supremacists is poised to control 72% of local news in the United States. Problem is, it's Trump TV and conservative propaganda disguised as real news. You can do something about this right now.

Tell the FCC to stop Sinclair's takeover of your news.

The Federal Communications Commission, the regulatory group that decides whether or not the Sinclair-Tribune merger passes, is now allowing public comment. And we need you to make your voice heard.

If the FCC allows the Sinclair-Tribune merger, your local news becomes Trump TV 24/7.

For the good of the American people, the FCC should reject the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Approving this merger will give one company reach into the homes of nearly three out of four American households. Sinclair is already the largest TV broadcasting company in the country, and Tribune is the second largest. Allowing this merger would give Sinclair unprecedented control over local media. No matter Sinclair’s partisan tilt, no one company should have that much power over our local news.

This merger isn't just inconsistent with our values, it violates FCC rules. With its expanded reach to 72 percent of U.S. homes, the new Sinclair would clearly violate the FCC's ownership cap. It would also have duopolies in at least ten media markets, violating another core FCC rule. It would undermine local control of news and reduce diversity of viewpoints and competition in local media markets.

While it's true that the media landscape has changed, and people have more choices in where they get their news, it is as important as ever that we have trusted, independent local news sources. More choices mean more competition. That is a good thing. It means lower prices for consumers and a robust and healthy variety of viewpoints and voices.

When it comes to mergers the FCC has one job: only approve deals that follow the rules and benefit the public interest. The Sinclair-Tribune merger does neither and it should be rejected.

Since Pai joined the Commission, he's worked to undo policies designed to protect internet users, communities of color and poor people. While he's supposed to protect the public interest, he's continuously voted against it and sided with the deep-pocketed corporations — like Verizon — that once employed him.

Pai has made it clear that he doesn’t care about protecting the communication rights of everyday people. Time and time again he’s failed to stand up for those he’s sworn to serve. This is unacceptable.