TUESDAY 8/29/2017

FEDERAL:

Say No to Sheriff Joe!

Writers and thinkers from across the political spectrum agree that Trump’s Arpaio pardon sets a dangerous precedent, and amounts to nothing short of a constitutional crisis. It’s not difficult to see the bind this terrible act has put the Mueller team in, since now Flynn, Manafort, and other players in the Russia investigation can pretty much expect full immunity by way of presidential pardon. Now they have no incentive to cooperate with investigators. Of course, this is just one of many reasons this pardon may have been the most outrageous thing Trump has done to date as president. Yet, the silence from GOP lawmakers remains deafening. Today we have two actions, continued from yesterday: 1) push the Coons-Tillis bill strengthening the special prosecutor, and 2) demand that reps denounce the Arpaio pardon. Please let us know in the comments if you get any response from staffers. Trump must be held accountable for his lawless actions.

SCRIPT supporting Coons-Tillis (Tillis):

Hi, I am a constituent calling from ________________ and I want to thank Senator Tillis for sponsoring the bill that would prevent Trump from firing a special prosecutor without judicial review. This is an important piece of legislation, and I want to encourage Tillis to keep supporting it. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio sets a dangerous precedent, and I want to make sure that Trump does not abuse his power in order to interfere with the Russia investigation. Thank you for taking my call.

SCRIPT supporting Coons-Tillis (Burr and Congress):

Hi, I am a constituent calling from ________________ and I want to encourage Sen./Rep. ____________________ to support the bill co-sponsored by Senators Tillis and Coons that would prevent Trump from firing a special prosecutor without judicial review. This is an important piece of legislation, and I want to encourage Tillis to keep supporting it. Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio sets a dangerous precedent, and I want to make sure that Trump does not abuse his power in order to interfere with the Russia investigation. Thank you for taking my call.

SCRIPT Condemning Arpaio:

I am a constituent calling to inquire about Sen./Rep. _____________’s position on Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio. (If given a response, note it, thank the staffer. If the response is evasive or unsatisfactory, proceed.) As a constituent, I urge the Rep./Sen to take a public stand against this shameful act. While it is within the president’s legal rights, the manner in which the pardon was executed has no modern precedent. Arpaio himself is a dangerous man who was convicted of unconstitutional acts while in a position of high authority. Continued silence by the Rep./Sen is nothing less than condoning the pardon. Thanks for taking my call.

Oppose the SHARE Act:

As the authors of a sweeping condemnation of this bill put it, the SHARE Act is a “thinly disguised measure to gut the 1964 Wilderness Act and the protections for every unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System.” Hunting and fishing–as well as associated wildlife manipulations, including road building–would be given priority over every other consideration in our nation’s wilderness areas. The idea of a wilderness area is to preserve some few places of native ecosystem “untrammeled by man.” This bill would gut this very idea by putting various land managers in control of these areas. This bill has already passed the House, and alarmingly, has bipartisan support. The Senate is our last chance to defeat this bill. If you think there ought to be at least a few select places in our country where nature is allowed to flourish without human intervention, please call Tillis and Burr. Background and bill text:

http://wildernesswatch.org/images/wild-issues/2017/07-2017-WW-Analysis-SHARE-Act.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4332200d-176c-43a5-b68d-ee3deb829f6a

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2406

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Senator ___________ to oppose the SHARE Act, a bill that would gut long-standing protections for wilderness areas under a thinly disguised justification to improve conditions for hunters and anglers. Please help preserve a small slice of truly wild America. Defeat this bill. Thanks for taking my call.

Tillis

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

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/

STATE:

Last Chance to Prevent Garbage Juice from Raining Down on North Carolina:

The governor vetoed this senseless bill that does nothing but save private landfill owners money, but potentially puts citizens’ health at risk. This bill is up for vote on Wednesday. We are going to keep this one short and sweet, so we need as many people as possible to send messages. Or, read the attached background material and compose your own heartfelt missive. Either way, please do not let this terrible bill become law without at least registering your objection. Background:http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2017/05/02/behind-scenes-leachate-bill-inventor-lawmaker-5000-not-much-science/

EMAIL SCRIPT (subject line only):

Vote NO to override HB 576, Leachate Bill

NC House contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=House&viewType=normal

NC Senate Contacts:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal