FRIDAY 4/28/2017

FEDERAL:

DEMAND DEPUTY AG ROSENSTEIN APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIA/TRUMP

On April 25th, the Senate confirmed Rod J. Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice, the #2 position within the department. This position is much more significant now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all Trump campaign related investigations, as the entirety of the Trump-Russia investigation will now be spearheaded by the Deputy AG.
During his confirmation process, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called upon Mr. Rosenstein to commit to appointing an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, to which Mr. Rosenstein agreed to do, “If one is required.”
Over the course of the last few weeks, the need for a special prosecutor has become clear. The House Intelligence Committee's investigation has been corrupted by Chairman Devin Nunes’s partisan loyalty and politically motivated actions. And in the Senate, it has been reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee is moving at a snail’s pace, with only 7 staffers working part time, no seasoned investigators, no subpoenas issued, and no interviews conducted.
It is now time for Mr. Rosenstein to fulfill his promise and appoint an independent special prosecutor.

Call this office:
U.S. Department of Justice
202-353-1555

SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a concerned citizen from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to ask Mr. Rosenstein to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election. It has become clear that this is the only way we can be guaranteed a fair and full investigation instead of more partisan politics. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

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SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN RUSSIA SANCTIONS REVIEW ACT OF 2017:
As a penalty for Russia illegally annexing Ukrainian territory in Crimea, starting in 2014, President Obama issued a series of executive orders imposing increasingly heavy sanctions. The sanctions have had a crippling impact on the Russian economy and getting them lifted is a high priority for Putin. Prior to the Inauguration, Trump expressed an openness to lifting the sanctions and we now know that during that period, General Michael Flynn, then on the Trump transition team, discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador (and lied about doing so). Concerned by this and Trump’s very friendly attitude towards Putin, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation to hamstring the Administration’s ability to act without the consent of Congress. A week later, the House followed suit with it’s own corresponding bill. We now know the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia are subject to an ongoing FBI investigation that started last July.  Congress needs to stay on top of Russia sanctions and pass this legislation, especially while there are ongoing investigations into what may be a quid pro quo deal between Trump and Russia trading election help for lifting of the sanctions.

Script for Senators:
Hi. My name is __________  and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I’m calling because I want Senator _________ to support S.341, the Russia Sanctions Review Act. I’m very concerned that the administration may attempt to strike a deal to do business with Russia despite numerous investigations into Russian meddling in our election and I want Congress to stay on top of the issue by passing this bipartisan legislation. Please take down my contact information and have Senator __________ reply, so I know where he stands on this issue. Thanks for taking my call.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

S.341 here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/341?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s341%22%5D%7D&r=1

Script for Representatives:
Hi. My name is __________  and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I’m calling because I want Representative _________ to support H.R.1059, the Russia Sanctions Review Act. I’m very concerned that the administration may attempt to strike a deal to do business with Russia despite numerous investigations into Russian meddling in our election and I want Congress to stay on top of the issue by passing this bipartisan legislation. Please take down my contact information and have Representative __________ reply, so I know where he/she stands on this issue. Thanks for taking my call.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

H.R. 1059 here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1059?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr1059%22%5D%7D&r=1

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

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STATE:
Bipartisan Thank you Messages for Crossover Week Heroes
The GOP supermajority has made us the laughingstock of the nation, as one outrageous bill after another was introduced by extremists who are only in office due to racial gerrymandering. From an anti-gay marriage bill that quoted the Bible and refuted the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to a proposal to classify protesters as “economic terrorists,” our lawmakers provided endless fodder for the late-night talk shows. Luckily, those bills were defeated, but some very dangerous ones are alive and well, including HB 330, a bill that would exonerate people who hit protesters with cars. Seriously. Meanwhile, HB 113 is a measure that would drastically punish any municipality that could remotely be construed as a sanctuary city, even though days ago a federal judge struck down a similar executive order issued by Trump.
However, many representatives voted against those bills, including a handful of Republicans. The General Assembly is out of session tomorrow, but let’s greet those principled reps with thank you emails to send them home for some much needed rest this weekend.

HB 330
Use the link to read the full vote. Summary: all Democrats except Brisson voted against, and were joined by the following 

Republicans:
Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net
Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net
Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net
Full vote: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/voteHistory/RollCallVoteTranscript.pl?sSession=2017&sChamber=H&RCS=477

SCRIPT for HB 330:
Subject line: Thank you for voting “no” on HB 330

Text: I am a constituent from ________ writing to thank you for voting against HB 330. We need to protect free speech, not target protesters. Thank you for protecting common sense and free speech.

HB 113
Use the link to read the full vote. Summary: all Democrats except Brisson voted against, and were joined by the following 

Republicans:
Bert.Jones@ncleg.net
Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Josh.Dobson@ncleg.net
Jon.Hardister@ncleg.net
John.Torbett@ncleg.net
Full vote: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/voteHistory/RollCallVoteTranscript.pl?sSession=2017&sChamber=H&RCS=480

SCRIPT FOR HB 113:
Subject line: Thank you for voting “no” on HB 113
Text: I am a constituent from ________ writing to thank you for voting against HB 330. Rather than attack municipalities for making local law enforcement decisions, we should work for comprehensive and humane immigration reform.

Find Your Rep:
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx