THURSDAY 5/11/2017



Both the timing and reasons stated for the dismissal of James Comey are suspect. Now we are finding out that every time FBI Director James B. Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia.
Trump had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the director’s lack of action in recent weeks on leaks from within the federal government. By last weekend, he had made up his mind: Comey had to go.
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein threatened to resign after finding out that Trump was going to paint him as the prime decision maker in Comey's firing.

Let's call Rosenstein today!

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - 202-353-1555

I'm calling to implore Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the president, his ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election. Public trust in this administration is at an all time low, and public concern about the ability of the government to do the right thing is at an all time high. If ever there was a need for a special prosecutor, the time is right now. I hope the Deputy Attorney General does what's in the best interest of our country and appoint a special prosecutor today. Thank you.

Senate Budget: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Senate’s budget is not the worst we’ve ever seen. It would return the Teacher Fellows program that forgives student loans for participants who teach in North Carolina, and it creates incentives for outstanding college students to go into the profession. It also funds over 2,000 new spots for pre-schoolers. To the bad: the budget slashes funding for the UNC school of law by 30%. It eliminates some promising small programs that help farmers and tech companies. It puts a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects. The budget does raise teacher pay, but the bulk of the raises go to teachers in the middle of their careers, a tactic used in previous GOP budgets. Raising overall starting pay is critical in attracting the next wave of teachers our state desperately needs, and rewarding those at the end of their careers is the right thing to do. Overall, teacher raises are significantly smaller in this budget than that of the one proposed by Cooper. Finally, the ugly: this budget would curtail access to insurance benefits for all future state employees when they retire. After serving the state in law enforcement, maintenance, and education, the GOP thinks it is okay to send career public servants into their twilight years with little medical coverage. Given what the U.S. House just passed, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.

I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Senator _________ to please fight for more robust raises for teachers, particularly those at the beginning and end of their careers. Funding the teacher fellows program is a good start, but will not attract as many quality teachers as higher base pay. Also please fund sound insurance coverage for those who retire from working for the state. Thanks for recording my call.

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