FRIDAY 6/30/17

(Courtesy RISE Together NC)



Health Care: What do we want? Where do we go from here?

As resisters to the worst aspects of the Trump/GOP agenda, we are pretty good at articulating what we don’t want. 22 million thrown off insurance rolls? No thank you. But in what direction should the country move in terms of health policy? The ACA has flaws; even Obama admitted that. We know that Congress can further cripple it by withholding crucial subsidies to states. So do we push Democrats to work with the GOP on a fix, as moderate Senators and Chuck Schumer are pushing, or do we go with the more liberal wing of the party, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and push for single payer? Trump is poised to exploit this potential rift among Democrats, so we must proceed with caution. Given differing opinions on this issue among those on the left, use your best judgment on what to say. Since we are dealing with two conservative Senators, we think the best path for them is to urge them to work on fixing the ACA. We will also plant a bug about single payer. Let’s all remember that it is okay to disagree on the left, and that in the one coherent and wise utterance he has ever made, Donald Trump said that health care is “complicated.”


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. Given that President Trump wants to provide “health care for all,” we should seriously consider a single-payer plan.  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


Resist Voter Suppression:

Trump’s committee to combat vote fraud, led by Kris Kobach, is demanding that every state turn over its full voter-role data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006. There are about a million things wrong with this request, starting with the  dangerous assumption that widespread voter fraud exists and running up to the substantial privacy risks and through the legitimate questions about how this data will be used. We must stand against this threat to our fair and free elections.


Hello, I am a North Carolina citizen calling to encourage Ms. Marshall not to comply with the request from Trump’s Election Integrity Commission to turn over data about North Carolina voters. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and turning over this information is a violation of privacy and potentially opens up the possibility of voter suppression in future elections. Please stand firm in protecting the rights of North Carolina voters. Thank you for taking my call.

NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall: 919 814 5400


The legislative session winds to a close, and it’s fair to say that we won some and we lost some. Our latest sigh of relief is that the insane call for a constitutional convention went down in flames on Thursday. Take some time off from hounding the legislature, but make no mistake: a special session is coming, and we know that the worst stuff happens then. Remember HB 2? Rumor has it that a new voter suppression law is right around the corner. So enjoy some down time at the beach or the pool, but be ready to whip that phone out and get to work, because things can change in a hurry. Thanks for caring about North Carolina! (Disclaimer: the NCGA may come into session on Friday, but we will not know until the wee hours of the morning. Stay tuned, but your action writers need at least a bit of sleep!)

Hold Chris Millis and Robin Hayes Accountable for Homophobia:

On Wednesday, some vulgar and homophobic tweets emanated from a certain “NC Conservative PAC” account, which has since deleted its entire Twitter profile and web site. However, details soon emerged connecting this PAC to NC Representative Chris Millis, who is currently leading the charge to impeach Elaine Marshall. State GOP Chairman Robin Hayes has also donated to this PAC. On Thursday, the PAC issued a statement that shifted the blame to a “former volunteer associate,” but it seems suspicious, given that this person had access to powerful online tools. At any rate, we are calling for a public apology from both Millis and Hayes. For a little context, Millis voted against the HB 2 repeal–from the right! He would have kept that bigoted piece of legislation exactly as it was written.

SCRIPT for Millis:

I am a North Carolina citizen calling to urge Representative Millis to publicly apologize for vulgar and homophobic tweets that originated for the NC Conservative PAC account. Blaming the fiasco on an unnamed volunteer dodges the issue. The tweets came from that account. Take responsibility. Thanks for taking my call.


Twitter: @RepMillis

SCRIPT for Hayes:

I am a North Carolina citizen calling to urge Chairman Hayes to publicly apologize for vulgar and homophobic tweets that originated for the NC Conservative PAC account, a PAC to which Mr. Hayes has contributed. Blaming the fiasco on an unnamed volunteer dodges the issue. The tweets came from that account. Take responsibility. Thanks for taking my call.

(919) 828-6423

Twitter: @ChairmanHayes