TUESDAY 01/30/18

FEDERAL:

Stop Trump from Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has announced his “retirement” from the FBI. But there is plenty of evidence that McCabe’s decision to leave isn’t entirely voluntary and that he was forced out by Christopher Wray, the FBI director Trump appointed to replace James Comey. No matter what, we should be concerned about Trump’s interference with the FBI investigation, especially when it comes to firing or reassigning key personnel involved with the case. There have been intermittent attempts to pass legislation that would prevent Trump (or any future President) from firing a Special Counsel, including one proposed by our very own Thom Tillis. Senator Tillis has backed off his own bill, but Susan Collins has said in an interview that she thinks passing a bill blocking Trump from firing a Special Counsel is a good idea. Let’s remind Tillis and Burr that they need to stand up for justice.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Sen./Rep. ______________ to support legislation that would prevent Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Senator Tillis’s bill is a good start, but I believe that the Graham-Booker bill would offer an even stronger check against executive overreach. If Trump were to fire Mueller, it would provoke a Constitutional crisis. I also want Congress to demand that Christopher Wray offer a full explanation about the circumstances that led to Andrew McCabe’s departure from the FBI. Congress needs to ensure that the FBI is able to conduct investigations without interference from the President, and the personnel actions at the FBI show a clear pattern of seeking to place Trump in a position above the law. Thank you for taking my call.

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Demand that Congress Stand Up to Trump’s Illegal Refusal to Impose Russian Sanctions:

Trump has notified Congress that he is declining to impose sanctions that Congress passed by large bipartisan numbers. In fact, the Senate version of the sanctions bill passed by a 98-2 margin. Bills that rename highways for war heroes don’t even pass by that kind of margin. But Trump’s White House has said that the sanctions should not be fully enforced. This is a clear violation of the law, and Congress needs to demand that Trump obey the law. As Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel said, “The Trump administration had a decision to make whether they would follow the law and crack down on those responsible for attacking American democracy in 2016. They chose instead to let Russia off the hook yet again." Let’s call and demand that Congress get an explanation for this blatant disregard for a law they passed.

Background:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions/trump-administration-holds-off-on-new-russia-sanctions-despite-law-idUSKBN1FI2V7

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to demand an explanation for why President Trump chose to ignore the Russian sanctions law passed by Congress. Trump’s actions may violate the law and they show a contempt for Congress. Sen./Rep. ______________ voted for the bill, and I want them to hold Trump accountable for his actions and to demand that Trump impose these sanctions. There is increasing evidence that Russia meddled in our elections, and we need to penalize them for that. Thank you 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

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STATE:

Gerrymandering Courts:

There is still quite a bit of buzz that the NC GOP is going to push legislation that would gerrymander judicial elections, which would, in effect, make those races even more partisan. Worse the long-term goal still appears to be a plan in which the NC state legislature would appoint judges rather than allowing citizens to elect them. This is, of course, a huge conflict of interest, allowing lawmakers to handpick the judges who would be ruling whether the laws they pass are constitutional. Please try to attend any NCGA session you can to make your presence felt, but you should also call your lawmakers and let them know that you do not support any plan that would take away fair judicial elections.

Script:

Hello, I am calling from [zip code] to urge Sen./Rep. ______________ to oppose any legislation that would result in gerrymandered judicial districts. The courts have already ruled that our legislative districts were gerrymandered with “surgical precision,” and this would be yet another attempt to silence the voices of North Carolina voters. I am also opposed to any attempt to revise the state constitution to allow lawmakers to appoint judges rather than keeping that right in the hands of North Carolina citizens. Thank you for taking my call.

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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. There is plenty of evidence that shows that student performance improves when they take art, music, and PE. Art can help develop critical thinking skills, while music reinforces math skills, for example. If you have children or family members in elementary school, you can be especially persuasive here.

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 so that they can keep offering students a well-rounded educational experience. 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

 

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CALL/EMAIL HOME DEPOT:

 

Demand that The Home Depot Renounce Bernie Marcus’s Comments:

During an interview on Fox News, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus mocked Democratic concerns about Trump’s tax bill, saying "Democrats, use your stupid brains. You don't have any brains and don't understand what happens." Marcus’s comments are obviously offensive and condescending and not a good model for how a corporate leader should do business. Worse, Marcus has a long history of coercing his employees into voting Republican. His behavior has inspired many people to call for a boycott, but to be fair, Marcus retired from The Home Depot in 2002 and owns only a small percentage of the company (most estimates I’ve seen suggest about three percent), so while a boycott might be warranted, I think a little public pressure might be even better. Let’s call Home Depot’s corporate headquarters and demand that they denounce Marcus’s comments.

Script:

Hello, I am calling because I am concerned about comments made by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, in which he disparaged Democrats by saying they “don’t have any brains.” While I know that Marcus has retired from the company, he is still strongly associated with it and still a significant shareholder in the company. Has Home Depot issued a public statement condemning Marcus’s comments? If Home Depot cannot condemn Marcus’s offensive remarks, then I will be taking my home improvement business elsewhere and will encourage others to do so as well.

Contact:

Email: public_relations@homedpot.com

Phone: 770-384-4646