THURSDAY 6/29/2017

(Courtesy RISE Together NC)



Health Care:

We won a victory on Tuesday when the GOP Senate leaders withdrew their terrible health care bill, but this fight is far from over. This week, the citizens of North Carolina rallied and told wrenching health care stories in front of our Senators’ offices. As of now, Tillis is “undecided,” while Burr, in his usual obeisant fashion, is one of the most eager defenders of the bill, even issuing a statement in which he claimed that the new bill would offer better protections for pre-existing conditions and save hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding! These outrageous and bald-faced lies are what we have come to expect from this man who shirks all responsibility for the sick, for North Carolina, and for the nation. Yet, despite our leaders’ intransigence and indifference, we must continue to rattle their phones off the hook. Stories are emerging from callers about staffers actually returning calls and engaging in conversation. Let’s face it: they have been as in the dark about the details of the bill as the rest of us. So don’t give up hope. Make those calls. Below is a script that asks for improvements in the ACA rather than the BCRA. Even better than a script, however, is a personal health care story. Most of us have at least one in our circle of friends and family.

Burr Statement on Healthcare Bill

WP article on consequences -- bill or no bill


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.

DC: (202) 224-6342
Charlotte: 704-509-9087
Greenville: (252) 329-0371
Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

DC: (202) 224-3154 (pick option 2 to speak to a staffer)
Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916
Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522
Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125
Asheville: (828) 350-2437



A Call for Town Halls

Next week, our dearly beloved representatives will come home for some much needed rest and relaxation and, one would imagine, some town halls or constituent meetings. Judging from the way this has gone during past recesses, we can expect either no meetings, contrived televised town halls, or highly controlled meetings with a handful of citizens. This time, let’s demand more of Ted, Virginia, Mark, Sleepy George, and the rest of the gang. They work for us, whether we voted for them or not. And while the Senate is getting all the attention for its terrible health care bill, almost every one of our GOP reps voted for the AHCA. They must answer simple questions about how average citizens will afford health care. There are many other issues, such as the state of the education budget, to take up with our representatives. But they have to let us in the door.


I am a constituent calling from _______ to urge Representative __________ to hold open town hall meetings with constituents over the July 4th and August recesses. We the people have a host of questions and concerns, and as our representative, we think it is your civic duty to meet with us. Thanks for taking my call.

NC-1 G.K. Butterfield
DC: (202) 225-3101
Durham: (919) 908-0164
Wilson: (252) 237-9816
NC-2 George Holding
DC: 202-225-3032
Raleigh: 919/782-4400
NC-3: Walter Jones
DC: 202-225-3415
Greenville: (252) 931-1003
NC-4 David Price
DC: (202) 225-1784
Raleigh: (919) 859-5999
Chapel Hill: 919.967.7924
Fayetteville: 910.323.0260
* NC-5 Virginia Foxx
DC: (202) 225 2071
Clemmons: (336) 778 0211
Boone: (828) 265-0240

* NC-6 Mark Walker
DC: (202) 225-3065
Greensboro: (336) 333-5005
Graham: (336) 229-0159

NC-7 David Rouzer
DC: (202) 225-2731
Bolivia: (910) 253-6111
Smithfield: (919) 938-3040
Wilmington: (910) 395-0202
NC-8 RIchard Hudson
DC: (202) 225-3715
Rockingham: (910) 997-2070
Concord: (704) 786-1612
NC-9 Robert Pittenger
DC: (202) 225-1976
Charlotte: (704) 362-1060
Mooresville: (704) 696-8188
NC-10 Patrick McHenry
DC: (202) 225-2576
Black Mountain: (828) 669-0600
Gastonia: (828) 833-0096
Hickory: (800) 477-2575
NC-11 Mark Meadows
DC: (202) 225-6401
Hendersonville: (828) 693-5660
NC-12 Alma Adams
DC: (202) 225-1510
Charlotte: (704) 344-9950
* NC-13 Ted Budd
DC: (202) 225-4531
Advance: 336-998-1313



Oppose Impeachment Hearing for Elaine Marshall:

Chris Mills (R-Pender) has filed a resolution calling for the impeachment of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, arguing that she broke the law by authorizing more than 300 notaries public who were not permanent residents of the United States. However, Marshall has shown that the Department of Homeland Security specifically authorized these notaries public to work here in the United States, and notes that they were given temporary protection through DACA. Mills’ resolution is nothing more than a political witch hunt meant to target a Democrat fairly elected to statewide office. No elected official in North Carolina has been impeached since 1870 (!). This is a pure example of the GOP’s politics of spite against Democrats and other progressives. As always, try to use your own words when calling.


Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________________. I want to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to oppose the impeachment legislation being filed against Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. These charges are nothing more than a partisan attack against a democratically elected official. The notaries public authorized by Ms. Marshall were cleared by the Department of Homeland Security. Please stop the partisan bickering and focus on legislation that would improve the lives of North Carolina citizens. Thank you for taking my call.

NC Senate

NC House



Oppose HB 374 (S 501), a Terrible Bill for the Environment:

This multi-part bill has been radically amended at the last minute; the NCGA must be hoping that nobody will notice the many changes recently introduced, changes that are all bad for the environment. These include: an easing of restrictions and oversight for landfills, a potential free pass for Duke Energy and its coal ash problem, stripping of municipalities’ ability to control highly toxic airport runoff, and a dramatic restriction on citizens’ ability to sue companies who pollute. This playbook is familiar: protect polluters while eating away at the rights of local governments and citizens. The first move is unhealthy and unethical, while the second seems distinctly at odds with the values of local control and individual freedom Republican purport to uphold. The bill has passed the House, so direct calls and emails to the Senate.

Bill text:


I am a constituent calling/writing from _______ to urge Sen. _______ to oppose HB 374. This bill would allow Duke Energy to dodge its responsibility to clean up coal ash spills, and would give other polluters a free pass. Please put the health and welfare of North Carolina’s citizens over protecting polluters. Thanks for recording my message.

NC Senate