MONDAY 4/3/2017

FEDERAL:
CHANGE THE SUPREME COURT NOMINEE, NOT THE RULES!

Senate Republicans have already been playing games with the Supreme Court for over a year. They only have a seat to fill today because of their unprecedented obstruction and breach of protocol last year. And those same Republicans, who used Senate procedures to block fair consideration of Merrick Garland, threaten to change the Senate rules to silence Democrats, unless Democrats rubber stamp the far-right, anti-worker, anti-women, friend of big business and big donors they have picked for the Court.

SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is _______, I'm calling from (City, State, Zip) to ask Senator ________ to publicly pledge that Judge Gorsuch will only be confirmed to the Supreme Court if he receives a filibuster-proof majority (60 votes) in the full Senate? There is talk that Republicans will resort to the “nuclear option” of scrapping the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. This is a shocking departure from centuries-old norms, and I’m worried that it could permanently damage the fairness and legitimacy of the Supreme Court. 
I expect Senator _________ to uphold the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. In the history of our country, every single justice to sit on the Supreme Court has received the approval of a filibuster-proof majority. This is a vital check-and-balance in our democracy, and an important function of the United States Senate. Supreme Court Justices enjoy lifetime terms, and they should not be selected on the temporary whims on on political party or the other. I will be watching closely what the Senator does on this issue and will cast my vote accordingly. 
Thank you for recording my call.

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

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STATE: 
SB 554 The creation of a joint legislative study session on fair redistricting.
The excellent bill does not commit the state to anything now, but its language points to the injustice of race-based gerrymandering and the need to use guidelines long established under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Tellingly, this bill is being sponsored by three African-American state Senators, Angela Bryant, Floyd McKissick, Jr., and Gladys Robinson. Call and email to find out where your representative stands on this bill.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent from ________ calling to urge Senator ___________ to support SCB554, a bill that creates a legislative study session on fair redistricting. Fair voting districts are essential for a healthy democracy. Thank you for recording my call.

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HB 13: a waiver for new class size requirements.
Smaller class sizes sound great, until you realize that these new requirements, which kick in next school year, are completely unfunded. Schools would be forced to cancel arts and P.E. programs which have already suffered much under McCrory-era heavy budget cuts. Thousands of teachers could be out of work. This bill gives some relief and flexibility in meeting the new laws, and schools are unanimously for it. We have called on this one before. It has passed the House, but is stuck in the Senate. School systems are making budgets now for the upcoming school year.

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ___________ and I urge Senator ____________ to support HB 13 by helping to get it to an immediate voting for its swift passage. We need to preserve arts and P.E. programs in our public schools.

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