MONDAY 7/3/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell the Congress to Censure Donald Trump:

From his baseless accusations of massive voter fraud, to his lies about Obama’s non-existent wiretapping, to his incendiary and abusive tweets, and to his incessant attacks on the media, this man has proven himself, repeatedly, to be unfit for the office of President. How long will his enablers in Congress look the other way? We demand that Congress do its job and officially rebuke this bully writ large. Clearly, this will not be popular in the GOP, but starting the dialogue will get the ball rolling towards the ultimate goals: a strong Democratic showing in the midterms, and eventual impeachment proceedings. Even though Congress is on recess, you can still leave voicemails, send emails and faxes, and contact local offices.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to demand that Rep./Sen. _________ enact a measure to censure Donald Trump, the President of the United States, for a long train of abuses against the American people, his political opponents, and above all, the truth. His latest tweet that encouraged violence against an established news outlet is just the latest example of his unstable, ignoble pattern of behavior. As a sitting Rep./Sen., you have a moral duty to speak out. Anything less is complicity. Thanks for recording my message.

A Call for Town Halls

This week, our dearly beloved representatives are 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, 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.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _______ to urge Representative/Sen.  __________ 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.

 

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

 

STATE:

Thank Governor Cooper for Standing up to Trump and Kobach:

Last week, the so-called “Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity” asked for a trove of voter data from all fifty states, prompting some staunch opposition from states across the country. Governor Cooper added North Carolina to the list with a rebuke of the commission’s very existence, saying that he has “grave concerns that it is an effort to justify the President’s false claims about voter fraud.” Some have said that Cooper should have gone even further, but do note that he used an official communique to call the President of the United States a liar.

Here is a link to Roy Cooper’s email form. Use your own words to thank him!

https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

Covington Case Sent Back to State Court

This is the case that so long ago declared our state legislative districts unconstitutional. Now that the case has travelled the country and finally returned home, some observers think we should not close the door on special elections in 2017. As insane as that sounds, that was the original directive in a court decision. The only action here is to not lose sight of this possibility. This could be a golden opportunity to deny the legislature of a super-majority, but we cannot afford to be caught flat footed with no candidates. Background:

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/06/30/lawmakers-attempt-set-timelines-racial-gerrymandering-case-court-will-final-say/#sthash.WdLfHDqg.dpbs