THURSDAY 7/13/2017

FEDERAL:

Net Neutrality: Beware of Legislation:

Wednesday was a national day of action to save net neutrality. To summarize, Trump’s new FCC commissioner, in conjunction with huge internet service providers such as Comcast and ATT&T, are proposing new rules that would give those companies more control over the internet. Expect fast and slow lanes, site blockages, and a structure that will generally make it easier for service providers to make money from their preferred–i.e. Money making–content. Who will be the losers? You guessed it: individuals, non-profits, small businesses, and the very idea of an internet that is open and free to all. The FCC has been flooded with comments; see below for a link to add yours. But now some lawmakers are proposing writing legislation around this subject with the idea that rules can change with each administration. The internet is too important, the thinking goes, and firm laws will set clear guidelines and a solid precedent. However, some observers think that the industry wants these laws because they will essentially get to write them. ISPs have donated vast sums to politicians, and will certainly expect a return on their investment. On the other side of the debate, some neutrality advocates are also calling for legislation, but of course they do not want the industry to write the laws. They want to preserve the rules as they now stand. The bottom line is this: we need to closely scrutinize and proposed legislation in the coming weeks. Chances are good that if the industry is behind it, net neutrality will suffer.

SCRIPT for Congress:

I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Rep./Sen. ________ to carefully consider any legislation regarding net neutrality that may be proposed in the coming weeks. Please preserve the open and free internet we enjoy today. Any legislation written by and for the internet service providers themselves is likely to privilege shareholder earnings over individuals, non-profits, and small businesses. Thanks for recording my message.

To comment directly to the FCC, click here:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

 

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

 

HOUSE:

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

 

Oppose the Senate Health Care Plan:

Are you dizzy from trying to follow every twist and turn of the health care saga? Are you not even sure what reconciliation is, or what the phrase “per capita caps” even means? Let’s keep this simple: The GOP promised to repeal Obamacare, so they are going to throw things at the wall to see if they stick. Reconciling the needs of the conservative and moderate wings of the party is proving difficult for Mitch McConnell, and that’s where we come in. Constant pressure from constituents is an important factor, whether or not our Senators will ever budge. The more the general media narrative is one of widespread disgust and outrage, the better. Senators have to run for election, and they are allergic to negative press.The latest time line could see a vote as early as next week. So, soldiers of the resistance: suit up, but on your game face, grab your scripts, and make those calls.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Senator __________ to oppose the BCRA. This bill would strip coverage from millions, raise costs for the poor and the elderly, drastically affect veterans and the disabled, all the while giving millions in unnecessary tax breaks to the wealthy. Thank you for recording my call.

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

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

STATE:

Urge Cooper to Veto a Wind Power Moratorium Bill:

Just as the latest legislative session was ending, state GOP lawmakers snuck in a provision that would put the brakes on new wind farms until 2019. We will let the public explore campaign contributions from polluting industries to these same politicians to figure GOP motives. The upshot is that two planned projects will likely be pulled if the bill stands. That will mean a loss of revenue for the affected areas, and of course, dirtier air and a warmer planet for us all. Roy Cooper for some reason is hanging on to this one for now, although he has until July 30 to veto it. We must not turn away from green energy technology in our state, particularly as the Trump administration does just that. Good jobs and a green future and non-partisan concerns. Call Roy Cooper today to urge him to veto this dirty bill. Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article159811154.html

SCRIPT:

I am a North Carolinian writing/calling to urge Governor Cooper to veto HB 589, a bill that would put a moratorium on wind farms in the state until 2019. I fully expect the Governor to support green energy technologies in our state, something this bill actually works against. Thanks for taking my message.

Email Roy Cooper here: https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

Call Cooper’s office: (919) 814-2000