WEDNESDAY 02/07/18

FEDERAL:

Stop Holding DACA Recipients Hostage

The GOP is threatening to shut down the government again because they want to throw $25 billion away on a border wall and to do away with the family-based immigration visas that are designed to keep families together.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ and I am calling to urge Sen./Rep. ____________________ to support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. DACA recipients are hard-working and law-abiding members of our community, and it is beyond offensive that General Kelly referred to them as “lazy.” I am strongly opposed to wasting taxpayer dollars for a wall that will do nothing to make Americans safer. I also want Congress to maintain the diversity lottery rather than moving to a merit-based system and to support immigration policies based on family-reunification. 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:

Protect Judicial Elections

The NC GOP efforts to take control of the judiciary have apparently reached a boiling point. The NCGA will be in session this week, and word on the street is that there will be a vote on at least one of their proposals. We want you to focus on two major issues: (1) GOP plans to gerrymander judicial districts and (2) a possible attempt to allow the NCGA to appoint judges rather than allowing the state’s citizens to elect them. If the GOP judicial map is allowed to proceed, approximately 70 percent of judicial districts would lean Republican. In fact, the judicial districts they’ve drawn bear an “uncanny resemblance” to the legislative districts that were recently rejected by the Supreme Court. The GOP also wants to take away our right to elect judges by creating a system in which the NCGA would produce a list of judges and the governor would then appoint judges from that list. Voters must approve this system through a constitutional amendment, which Republicans could put on the ballot in May, when voters will select state legislative candidates in the primaries (a low turnout election that would likely benefit Republicans). The good news is that there is at least some evidence that public pressure is working, so let’s keep up the fight.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to convey my concerns about pending legislation that would radically change how judges are selected in North Carolina. First, I want Sen./Rep. ________________ to oppose the new judicial maps currently under consideration. These maps bear an uncanny resemblance to the legislative maps that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional on the grounds of racial gerrymandering. I also want you to oppose any attempt to change the rules so that the legislature would appoint judges. North Carolina voters should have the right to elect their judges. Thank you for taking my call.

 

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