WEDNESDAY 5/10/2017



Trump dismissed FBI Director Comey who is tasked with investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential elections. Trump cited Comey’s handling of his investigation into Secretary Clinton’s e-mail during the 2016 election and Comey’s mishandling of testimony before Congress on that topic. However, Trump’s timing is suspect. And now, after firing Comey, Trump will appoint a new FBI Director to look into his Administration’s connections with Russia.
Earlier this week, the American public also learned that Trump sat on his hands for 18 days after his White House Counsel learned that the National Security Advisor had lied to senior officials in the Trump Administration and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Donald Trump’s inaction for so long raises alarming questions the American public deserves to have answered.
The connections between the Trump team and Russia create a tangled web of overlapping interests that are difficult to unpack. Here is a visual put together by Representative Eric Swalwell of California:

Hi. My name is __________ and I'm a constituent in [ZIP].  I'm extremely concerned about the President's decision to fire James Comey, especially its timing. We know that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. We now know that the White House waited 18 days to take action after it learned Michael Flynn had lied to senior officials, AND was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. It's long past time that [Rep/Sen____] demand that the Deputy Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the president, his ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election. This may very well be the greatest threat our country has faced and we need to have confidence this investigation is removed from the sickening political posturing. Rep/Senator ________ should immediately join other members of Congress, and publicly call on the appointment of a special prosecutor. I will be watching to see what my representatives do. Thank you.

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

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

S 131: A Bad Stream Bill

Under current state law, developers are allowed to damage stream habitats up to 150 feet before they are assessed a mitigation fee. This bill would extend that to 300 feet. Some states do not allow damage to streams, so why would North Carolina lawmakers actively work to harm streams? It could have to do with the fact that one of the bill’s primary sponsors is a developer who happens to have properties for sale by streams. Or it could be part of the short-sighted thinking that pits environmental regulation against business. Yes, taking care of our waterways is costly to certain businesses. At the same time, however, clean waterways are crucial to insure fresh drinking water and are key to the state’s considerable outdoor recreation economy, not to mention the health of ecosystems. This bill has passed both chambers and is awaiting Cooper’s veto. Let’s call him to make sure he does just that, and call our reps to make sure they do not override.


SCRIPT for Cooper:
Hi, I am a North Carolina constituent calling to urge the governor to veto S 131, a bill that would make it easier for developers to damage streams. Healthy waterways are important to preserve. Thanks for recording my call.

Roy Cooper: (919) 814-2000

SCRIPT for General Assembly reps:
Hi, I am a constituent from ________ calling to urge Rep./Sen. _________ S 131, a bill that would make it easier for developers to damage streams. Healthy waterways are important to preserve. Thanks for recording my call.

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