WEDNESDAY 4/12/2017

FEDERAL:
Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017
The legislation is currently under consideration in both the House (H.R.371) and the Senate (S.65) and would require the President to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Unlike all previous presidents, President Trump has declined to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. Instead, he created a revocable trust in favor of his sons to run his business, an arrangement initially deemed inadequate by ethics experts, which has since been further weakened by a provision to permit to Trump to take out funds at will and an agreement to provide regular financial reports to Trump. Trump’s numerous conflicts continue to mount. The Atlantic keeps a weekly running tally of known Trump conflicts of interest. Among the latest are a recent grant of trademarks for Trump’s hotel businesses in Mexico and on-going profits from his use of Mar-A-Lago and other Trump properties for presidential excursions. The proposed legislation would require disclosure and divestiture of assets to eliminate such conflicts of interest.

You can find the weekly running tally by The Atlantic here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/donald-trump-conflicts-of-interests/508382/

Script for Senators:
Hello, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in zip code _______.
I’m calling because I want Senator ____ to support S.65, which would require the President to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. I’m very concerned about the appearance of corruption and think this legislation would go a long way to solving the problem.
I appreciate your time!

Script for Representatives:
Hello, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in zip code _______.
I’m calling because I want Representative ____ to support H.R.371, which would require the President to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest. I’m very concerned about the appearance of corruption and think this legislation would go a long way to solving the problem.
I appreciate your time!

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685

HOUSE:
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531

Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

__________________
STATE:

HB 612, Another Gun Bill
The NCGA has assaulted us with a plethora of NRA boilerplate bills, including an open carry campus bill, and another that would allow guns on churches that use public school buildings. The latest is HB 612 that would create elective courses in high schools for firearms training. The timing and optics of this bill could not be worse, considering that because GOP lawmakers are delaying HB 13, arts and PE programs across the state are on the chopping block. Why? Because they are using it as a bargaining chip in their fight over Cooper’s state budget that includes long-overdue raises for teachers. What do we value in public education? Healthy bodies and vibrant, creative minds, or guns?

HB 612 full text: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/…/BillLo…/LoadBillDocument.aspx…

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent from __________ and I am calling to urge Rep./Sen _____________ to oppose HB 612, a bill that would create elective gun classes in public schools. Our resources would be better spent on the arts, physical education, and in adequately compensating teachers. Thanks for recording my call.

NC House:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gas…/members/memberListNoPic.pl…

NC Senate:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gas…/members/memberListNoPic.pl…

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