THURSDAY 03/08/18

FEDERAL:

Immigration/DACA:

The deadline for a DACA bill has once again passed without any meaningful legislation, once again leaving DACA recipients and their families in limbo. We all know the complexities of this issue. Deporting a single DACA recipient will break up households where other family members have citizenship. It would also be sending people back to countries they never really knew, and in some cases, DACA recipients have no meaningful ties to people living in their native country. We need a legitimate DACA fix that will provide DACA-eligible residents with a path to citizenship.

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. ___________ to oppose any immigration legislation that would end family-based migration and the diversity lottery. Please support legislation that would provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship, but the additional security measures and attempts to limit legal immigration are against the foundational spirit of our country, which is to welcome immigrants. Don’t waste billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall. Thank you for taking my call.

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Reject Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr’s Appointment to the Federal Judiciary:

Many of us in North Carolina are well aware of judicial nominee, Thomas Farr. Farr’s nomination cleared the Senate judiciary committee, and now he is awaiting confirmation by the full Senate. Given Farr’s record in defending voter suppression and other attacks on civil rights, it is absolutely essential that we try to prevent him from getting a lifetime appointment. Farr has worked for decades to intimidate and disenfranchise black voters. He was likely involved in a scheme in which Jesse Helms’ campaign sent over 100,000 postcards to African-American voters, incorrectly telling them they were ineligible to vote and threatening them with jail time if they attempted to cast a ballot. He also participated in the creation of North Carolina’s voter photo ID law, which was struck down by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for discriminatory intent. In addition, he helped the GOP-controlled NCGA create the 2011 electoral maps that were rejected as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court because of racial gerrymandering.

Kyle Duncan is equally bad. According to the New York Times, he has played a leading role in opposing the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Mr. Duncan also defended North Carolina’s photo ID law that the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit wrote had targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision.” He also defended Louisiana’s ban on gay marriage in several different courts before the Supreme Court prohibited state bans on gay marriage.

Note: If you have some time, call some moderate GOP Senators, possibly Flake (AZ), Kennedy (LA), Collins (ME), Heller (NV), and Murkowski (AK). Tillis and Burr are likely all-in on Farr and Duncan, but we can at least make their staffers’ ears buzz with a few hundred phone calls.

Farr Script (Senate only):
Hi, I’m a constituent calling from ______ to urge Senator _______ to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the United States District Court. Mr. Farr has a history of opposing workers, civil and voting rights. Specifically, he has supported legislation that would intimidate and disenfranchise black voters and even helped create North Carolina’s voter ID law, which was struck down by the courts. Finally, he was involved in designing the 2011 electoral maps that were rejected by the Supreme Court because of racial gerrymandering. I want Senator ________________ to oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to the federal bench. Thank you.

Duncan Script (Senate only):
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _____________ to urge Sen. ____________ to oppose the nomination of Kyle Duncan United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Duncan is unfit to serve because he helped defend North Carolina’s unconstitutional voter ID law, fought against gay marriage, and has worked against the provision of the Affordable Care Act that required employers to cover contraception. These positions call into question Duncan’s ability to serve as a fair and impartial judge and he should not be confirmed by the Senate. 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

 

Other Senate contacts: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact

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 Three State Constitutional Amendments:

Bob Steinburg (R-Chowan) announced that the NC GOP will try to push three constitutional amendments during the May NCGA session. A legislatively referred constitutional amendment can go on the ballot if 60% of the members of each chamber of the North Carolina State Legislature adopt an act submitting the proposed amendment to a statewide vote. The legislature can determine the date of the election on a proposed amendment. The three amendments would be: (1) an amendment mandating voter ID (which has already been ruled unconstitutional); (2) an amendment affirming the “right to hunt and fish” (which is unnecessary but popular with the NRA crowd); and (3) an amendment capping the state income tax at 5.5%. All of these amendments are pretty clearly designed to drive out disaffected conservative voters who will support the “right to hunt and fish” and will also support voter ID, allowing the GOP to suppress thousands of NC voters. And while the GOP can set any date for a vote on these amendments, it seems logical they would put these on the November ballot to drive up turnout. Democracy NC has been sounding the alarm bells about this on Twitter, so it’s worth making a few calls.

Democracy NC Tweet:

https://twitter.com/democracync/status/971001481427148800

Bob Steinburg’s Announcement, if you can stomach it:

https://www.facebook.com/rsteinburg/videos/10213247490680463/?fref=gs&dti=1310270742447497&hc_location=group

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from _______________ calling to express opposition to three constitutional amendments floated by Representative Bob Steinburg. We should not be amending the N.C. Constitution to enshrine a voter ID law that has been found unconstitutional, nor should we focus on a constitutional amendment that would cap the state income tax at 5.5 percent. This would place limits on the ability of future lawmakers to make choices about how to pay for services vital to our state. Finally, the amendment focused on the “right to hunt and fish” is completely unnecessary. Those rights are already protected. The Constitution is not a toy, and making willy nilly changes degrades the importance of this document to our state. Thank you for taking my call.

 

NC House: http://bit.ly/2CVneDK

NC Senate: http://bit.ly/2DamgAn

 

Find Your Rep:

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