FRIDAY 8/4/2017

FEDERAL:

Remind Richard Burr: You Work for All of North Carolina

Several activists have reported disturbing interactions with members of Richard Burr’s flagship Winston-Salem office. This spot is notoriously hostile to peaceful protesters, calling in police backup at the slightest crowd, and barring all but a few visitors inside. However, the latest insults involve Burr staffers telling constituents who call that the Senator “only represents the people who voted for him.” That is fundamentally incorrect. Senators represent states, and by default, all of the citizens within those states, including children who are not old enough to vote. Furthermore, this sentiment violates the spirit of public service that ought to animate political life in this country. We know that as resistance to Trump has continued, so has pressure on the staffs of elected officials. Too bad. Do your job, and answer the people. Maybe if the Senator even once took the time to meet with constituents or hold town halls, the calls would not be so insistent. We wonder what the Senator himself would say when confronted with the question of just whom he represents. Today we propose calling all of his offices to get to the bottom of this. When you call, try to get and record the name of the person with whom you speak. We think this could be an important media story, the tale of a Senator who thought he was above the people.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from ___________. I have been hearing reports that staffers in the Winston-Salem office have been telling callers that Senator Burr only represents those who voted for him. Is that the official position of the Senator? (If “yes” or “no,” ask for staffer’s name and end the call. If “maybe” or “not sure,” continue with:) May I have your name, and could you get back to me as soon as possible with a clarification on the Senator’s position? Thank you.

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

Congress Gave $80 Million to Tillerson to Fight ISIS, Russian Propaganda. Tell him to Use the Money:

We know that both the Islamic State and Russia promote their agendas using sophisticated online campaigns, particularly through social media. In the case of the terror group, it is much more effective to fight them at the source, before they radicalize disaffected individuals than it is to combat fully formed terror cells. With Russia, we need robust tools with which to fight its campaigns of soft hacking and disinformation. Congress has done its job and appropriated the funds. But Tillerson and State won’t use the money! Whether this is a function of the Trump administration’s animosity to the so-called “deep state,” or just sheer incompetence, we may never know. But even conservative Senator Bob Portman, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, has expressed frustration. Today we list all of the members of this committee, and encourage you to give them a call and inquire about efforts to prod State to use these funds. After all, our very survival may depend on it. Background:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/02/tillerson-isis-russia-propaganda-241218

SCRIPT:

I am a concerned citizen calling to inquire about the status of money appropriated by Congress to the State Department to spend on combatting the propaganda campaigns of the Islamic State and Russia. Multiple media sources are reporting that State is not using this resource. What is your committee doing to ensure that its mandates are followed? This is an urgent matter. Thank you for your time.

Chairman, Bob Corker

James E. Risch (202) 224-2752

Marco Rubio (202) 224-3041

Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323

Jeff Flake (202) 224-4521

Cory Gardner (202) 224-5941

Todd Young (202) 224-5623

John Barrasso (202) 224-6441

Johnny Isakson (202) 224-3643

Rob Portman (202) 224-3353

Rand Paul (202) 224-4343

Ranking, Ben Cardin (202) 224-4524

Bob Menendez (202) 224-4744

Jeanne Shaheen (202) 224-2841

Christopher Coons (202) 224-5042

Tom Udall (202) 224-6621

Chris Murphy (202) 224-4041

Tim Kaine (202) 224-4024

Edward J. Markey (202) 224-2742

Jeff Merkley (202) 224-3753

Cory Booker (202) 224-3224

STATE:

Oppose S16, A Terrible Environment Bill

They’re back… The North Carolina legislature begins a potentially free-wheeling special session. When will we get new district maps? Will they override some of Cooper’s vetoes? Meanwhile, there are still a few pernicious bills floating around various committees. One of them is S 16, a catch-all bill that includes some arcane but potentially damaging, anti-environment  provisions. You may remember talk earlier in the year about a bill that would lift the ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks. That measure has been folded into this bill, and any eight-year-old can tell you what plastic does to sea turtles and other aquatic life, not to mention the sight of trash littering our beaches is a deterrent to tourism. Business owners complain about the cost of paper bags, but what if our legislature was really forward thinking and legislated an incentive for consumers’ bringing their own bags to market? Environmental issues are so often cast as a battle between jobs and the planet, but what jobs will exist on our magnificent barrier islands if they are strewn with dead animals and litter? Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article164844302.html

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen./ to oppose S 16. Among other provisions, this bill would roll back the ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks. Please protect this unparalleled natural and economic resource from unsightly and damaging plastic. Thanks for recording my call.

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