THURSDAY 01/11/2018

FEDERAL:

Trump’s Executive Order on El Salvadoran TPS Recipients:

Trump has rescinded a long-standing U.S. policy of granting thousands of native El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allowing them to live and work in the United States. Salvadorans were granted TPS in 2001, and many of them have established homes and lives in the US. Many of them have children born in the US, and sending them home will disrupt families and place people in a dangerous location where there will be fewer job opportunities. We need to push for a Congressional solution, ideally one that would provide them with permanent residency.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent from _____________, and I am calling Sen./Rep. _____________ regarding Trump’s decision to not to renew the Temporary Protected Status for thousands of immigrants from El Salvador. Many of these immigrants have now lived here for decades and have established families here. Sending them home would, in some cases, put their lives at risk and would potentially separate people from their families. I would like to see Congress pass legislation that would provide this group of residents with some form of permanent residency. Thank you for taking my call.

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Oppose Trump’s Plan to Lift the Ban on Offshore Drilling:

Trump has announced plans to lift the ban on offshore drilling, a move that could lead to devastating environmental consequences, but he also made an exception for Florida because of its “unique” reliance on tourism. It’s probably just a coincidence that the state has a Republican governor--Rick Scott--who has cultivated a friendship with Trump and even more of a coincidence that Trump has significant real estate holdings in Florida. This gives us enormous leverage because Trump’s action seems to violate rules against privileging one state over another. Governor Cooper has already announced that he would fight any offshore drilling off our coasts. This won’t reverse all the other damage done by the Trump GOP, but it’s a start. Note: if you have an anecdote or personal investment--a beach condo or whatever--that might be worth emphasizing here.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. ________________ to oppose Trump’s plans to lift the ban on offshore drilling. The risks of a massive oil spill are too significant, and continuing to drill will just perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuels. Here in North Carolina, an oil spill could do huge damage to our tourism industry, in addition to the environmental damage we would face. Florida has already asked for--and received--an exception, so it would be unfair for other states to have drilling off their coasts. Thank you.

 

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

 

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STATE:

Oppose Shortening Judicial Terms to Two Years (SB 698):

The GOP state senate has drafted a bill that would shorten judicial terms to two years. This is a bad bill because it would place judges in constant campaign mode. Appellate judges and Superior Court judges currently serve eight-year terms and District Court judges serve four-year terms. An array of experts, including current Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin and retired Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr (both Republicans) and Governor Roy Cooper have spoken out forcefully against this bill, which would force judges to campaign and fundraise constantly.

Background:

https://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/01/09/north-carolinians-resisting-conservative-assault-courts/

 

Script:

Hello I am a constituent calling from ________________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to oppose Senate Bill 698, which would shorten judicial terms to two years. Appellate judges and Superior Court judges currently serve eight-year terms, allowing them to avoid being subject to the whims of short-term political conflicts. Shortening terms would essentially force judges to campaign and fundraise constantly. Several judicial experts, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin, are opposed to this bill. Please oppose SB 698. Thank you.

 

Fix HB 13, the Class-Size Fiasco Bill by Supporting SB 703:

As we warned, HB 13, the bill that mandates reduced class sizes but doesn’t fund them, has created huge problems in many schools. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri has introduced SB 703, which would mitigate some of the biggest concerns about HB 13, providing schools with greater flexibility when it comes to staffing K-3 classrooms and ensuring that schools will continue to be able to keep their art, music, and PE teachers. It’s not a perfect fix--repealing HB 13 would be--but it will help.

 

Script: 

Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ to ask Sen./Rep. ____________ to support SB 703, which revises HB 13, the bill that mandates lower class sizes K-3 schools. While reduced class sizes are beneficial, HB 13 did not provide schools with adequate funding, and the result is that many schools will no longer be able to afford dedicated art, music, and PE teachers. SB 703 offers greater flexibility to schools in meeting enrollment caps. Please support it. Thank you.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx