WEDNESDAY 6/28/2017

(Courtesy RISE Together NC)

FEDERAL:

HEALTH CARE:

On Tuesday, GOP Senators faced the music: they just don’t have the votes to pass their abominable health care “reform” plan. Today, we should celebrate. We let our voices be heard, and constituent pressure remains the primary tool we have to influence policy. But the fight is far from over. Depending on your inclinations, we have provided some options for actions today on health care. Republicans are counting on our complacency after the July 4th holiday, so enjoy some family time, light some sparklers, but don’t forget that our work is not done until this bill is defeated for good.

 

Option One: Thank/Remind Moderate Senators:

SCRIPT:
Dear Sen. _______, I am a concerned citizen calling to thank you for voicing your concerns about the Senate health care bill. Please continue to raise these concerns when the subject is re-opened after the July 4th recess. Thanks for taking my call.

Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Dean Heller (202) 224-6244
Bill Cassidy (202) 224-5824
Shelley Moore Capito (202) 224-6472
Lisa Murkowski (202) 224-6665
Rob Portman (202) 224-3353

 

Option Two: Improve the ACA

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from _______ to urge Sen. ________ to please consider that, given the wild unpopularity of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA, we should consider making the substantive changes that would improve existing health law. Trump’s strategy of letting the ACA implode is unethical, unwise, and will ultimately be blamed on the GOP. Thanks for taking my call.

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154 (pick option 2 to speak to a staffer)
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
Email: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email
NC Health Staffer:
Angela Wiles: 202-224-3154 angela_wiles@burr.senate.gov

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Email: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me
NC Health Staffer:
Joe Nolan: 202-224-6342 joe_nolan@tillis.senate.gov

 

Option Three: Take a Day Off for a Change:

SCRIPT:
Dear family and friends, I know that I have been completely absorbed with doing my part to put out the TrumpGOP dumpster fire of a health care bill. Now that the vote has been postponed, should we catch a movie? Cook a meal? Thanks for recording my call.

_____________________


STATE:

Oppose HB 717, the Judicial Gerrymandering Bill

In North Carolina, gerrymandering has brought us an extreme-right legislature, which has stripped the executive branch of many of its fundamental powers. To complete the #carolinacoup, the last branch to conquer is the judicial. Bills have already begun to do just that, including one that makes many more judicial races partisan. But HB 717 takes the cake: this one would gerrymander judicial districts in a way that would--surprise--favor the party in power. Courts have routinely thrown race-based gerrymandering out, but the NCGA just can’t help itself. North Carolina has one more example of the saying, “absolute power corrupts.”

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to oppose HB 717. This bill would gerrymander judicial districts. Given recent court decisions striking down our legislative districts as unconstitutional, it seems unwise and possibly unlawful for us to apply the same practice to judicial districts. Thanks for taking my call.

NC Senate
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

NC House
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Oppose HB 717, the Judicial Gerrymandering Bill

In North Carolina, gerrymandering has brought us an extreme-right legislature, which has stripped the executive branch of many of its fundamental powers. To complete the #carolinacoup, the last branch to conquer is the judicial. Bills have already begun to do just that, including one that makes many more judicial races partisan. But HB 717 takes the cake: this one would gerrymander judicial districts in a way that would–surprise–favor the party in power. Courts have routinely thrown race-based gerrymandering out, but the NCGA just can’t help itself. North Carolina has one more example of the saying, “absolute power corrupts.”

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to oppose HB 717. This bill would gerrymander judicial districts. Given recent court decisions striking down our legislative districts as unconstitutional, it seems unwise and possibly unlawful for us to apply the same practice to judicial districts. Thanks for taking my call.

NC Senate
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

NC House
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

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

Oppose HB 717, the Judicial Gerrymandering Bill

For years now, a fantasy on the right has been a new constitutional convention, technically possible if 34 states call for it. On Wednesday, North Carolina will inch closer to being one of those states as the House Judiciary I Committee hears this bill. The language is terrifying. It is full of references to federal government overreach; one can almost hear the black helicopters circling overhead. The fact that the legislature is even considering this bill is yet another embarrassment, but should we put anything past the NCGOP at this point? We would rather they attend to the business of funding our schools and fixing illegally drawn legislative districts.

Bill text: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2017&DocNum=161&SeqNum=0

SCRIPT:
I am a constituent calling from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. _______ to oppose SJR 36 (HB44), a bill calling for a Constitutional Convention. We have an imperfect but amazingly durable document that governs our nation. Please protect and defend it, rather than attempt to have it re-written. Thanks for taking my call.

NC Senate
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

NC House
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

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