Written and curated by Peter Wilbur, Chuck Tryon, and Ellie Wood

****Actions 6/12/2017****

FEDERAL:

Save Obamacare:

While we were (rightfully) focusing on Comey, a couple of new balls dropped on the Senate version of Trumpcare. First, Dean Heller (R-NV) announced that he supports a phaseout of the Medicaid expansion that helps sustain the ACA. Second, there are reports that Senator McConnell is still plotting to pass the bill through reconciliation so that he doesn’t have to get a filibuster-proof majority. No matter what, the GOP is crafting a bill in complete secrecy. Claire McCaskill has been shouting on Twitter that there have been no hearings on AHCA and that everything is happening in a back room. We get the impression that there is a lot of urgency here. The House passed their version of the bill despite the lack of a CBO score, and the Senate could try to pull something similar. There is a #showusthebill campaign going on Twitter, so you can do that, but as always, calls drive the conversation, so let’s make some noise.

SCRIPT:

Hello, I am a constituent from ______________ calling to urge Sen. ______________ to commit to greater transparency for the healthcare bill being crafted by the Senate. There have been no hearings about the bill and no public statements about what is in it. In short, the Senate needs to Show Us the Bill. Also, any bill that does away with Medicaid expansion [or protections for pre-existing conditions, etc.] is completely unacceptable. Thank you for taking my call.

Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154 (pick option 2 to speak to a staffer)

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

Richard Burr is Unfit to Lead an Independent Investigation

Richard Burr is supposed to be leading an independent investigation into all things Trump and Russia. However, as we saw during and after the Comey hearings last Thursday, he continues the strategy that he used to get re-elected to the Senate: cleave to Donald Trump no matter what the facts tell us. While most Americans sat before our TVs with slack jaws, stunned to hear that a former FBI director flat out called the President of the United States a liar, Burr said, “I don’t think it’s wrong to ask for loyalty of anyone inside an administration. I don’t think of what I’ve read there’s anything of wrongdoing. The office of the FBI, and the Justice Department in general, is deliberately walled off from the executive branch, a long-standing practice that takes on critical dimensions when the administration itself is under investigation. Yes, Comey and every other public servant in fact swear their loyalty, but to the United States of America, and not to Donald Trump. We are not a mob family, nor are we a monarchy. Burr has repeatedly shown that he is not fit to lead a credible investigation. The time has come for an independent and select committee to conduct a speedy and public accounting.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep. / Sen. ___________ to call for the immediate formation of a special, independent, and bipartisan Congressional committee to investigate meddling by Russia in the 2016 election. The existing committees are mired in partisan foot dragging. The American people deserve a swift, thorough, and public reckoning. Thanks for recording my call.

Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154 (pick option 2 to speak to a staffer)

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

NC-1 G.K. Butterfield

DC: (202) 225-3101

Durham: (919) 908-0164

Wilson: (252) 237-9816

NC-2 George Holding

DC: 202-225-3032

Raleigh: 919/782-4400

NC-3: Walter Jones

DC: 202-225-3415

Greenville: (252) 931-1003

NC-4 David Price

DC: (202) 225-1784

Raleigh: (919) 859-5999

Chapel Hill: 919.967.7924

Fayetteville: 910.323.0260

NC-5 Virginia Foxx

DC: (202) 225 2071

Clemmons: (336) 778 0211

Boone: (828) 265-0240

NC-6 Mark Walker

DC: (202) 225-3065

Greensboro: (336) 333-5005

Graham: (336) 229-0159

NC-7 David Rouzer

DC: (202) 225-2731

Bolivia: (910) 253-6111

Smithfield: (919) 938-3040

Wilmington: (910) 395-0202

NC-8 RIchard Hudson

DC: (202) 225-3715

Rockingham: (910) 997-2070

Concord: (704) 786-1612

NC-9 Robert Pittenger

DC: (202) 225-1976

Charlotte: (704) 362-1060

Mooresville: (704) 696-8188

NC-10 Patrick McHenry

DC: (202) 225-2576

Black Mountain: (828) 669-0600

Gastonia: (828) 833-0096

Hickory: (800) 477-2575

NC-11 Mark Meadows

DC: (202) 225-6401

Hendersonville: (828) 693-5660

NC-12 Alma Adams

DC: (202) 225-1510

Charlotte: (704) 344-9950

NC-13 Ted Budd

DC: (202) 225-4531

Advance: 336-998-1313

STATE:

Fair Districts Now!

On Thursday, the Republican leadership in Raleigh rejected Governor Coopers call for a special legislative session to fix the glaring, embarrassing, disenfranchising practice of racebased gerrymandering. In numerous court decisions, the state has been told to remedy this blight by drawing new lines. Moore and Berger are thumbing their noses at the courts, at the rule of law, at the voters of North Carolina, and at decency itself. Various bills are already on the floor of the legislature, some with the support and sponsorship of Republicans. We are calling for nothing less than a total shutdown of law-making activities by the legislature. After all, the representatives there were put in office illegally, and as such, have no right to conduct the business of the people.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from _________ to urge Rep. / Sen. ___________ to immediately go into session, as called for by the fairly elected governor, to remedy the illegally drawn district lines that have been repeatedly rejected by courts. Until such time, the legislature, which was elected following illegal criteria, has no moral authority to pass any laws. 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

State Budget: Fund Our Schools!

The Senate and House have passed budgets, and now the sausage really gets made in a conference committee that will reconcile both versions into a single law. This is our last chance to make our voices heard, so we must contact the members of this committee at once. Even after three years with a total budget surplus of $1.5 billion, the state continues to nickel and dime early childhood education, K-12 schools, higher education, teacher salaries, and arts programs. We have the funds to do it, and contrary to right-wing dogma, money really is the answer. Money is what buys books and equipment. Money builds outstanding school facilities. Money pays for teacher training and living wages for educators. Money pays for a world-class university system that attracts talent from around the world. A strong education is the catalyst for economic growth, entrepreneurship, and a well trained work force. Governor Cooper has offered a budget that covers all of the above. We think the General Assembly should consider some of its provisions when reconciling the budget.

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling/writing from ______ to urge Rep./Sen. _______ to consider funding education programs according to the budget laid out by the governor. Strong schools help everyone in the state. Thanks for recording my opinion.

House

Rep. Nelson Dollar, House Senior Chair

Rep. Dean Arp, House Chair

Rep. Justin P. Burr, House Chair

Rep. John Faircloth, House Chair

Rep. Linda P. Johnson, House Chair

Rep. Donny Lambeth, House Chair

Rep. Chuck McGrady, House Chair

Rep. William Brawley

Rep. Jason Saine

Rep. Kelly E. Hastings

Rep. Susan Martin

Rep. Mitchell S. Setzer

Rep. John Szoka

Rep. Jimmy Dixon

Rep. Kyle Hall

Rep. Pat McElraft

Rep. Stephen M. Ross

Rep. Jon Hardister

Rep. Hugh Blackwell

Rep. Jeffrey Elmore

Rep. John A. Fraley

Rep. D. Craig Horn

Rep. Pat B. Hurley

Rep. George G. Cleveland

Rep. Dennis Riddell

Rep. William D. Brisson

Rep. Josh Dobson

Rep. Chris Malone

Rep. Gregory F. Murphy, MD

Rep. James L. Boles, Jr.

Rep. Ted Davis, Jr.

Rep. Allen McNeill

Rep. Rena W. Turner

Rep. Frank Iler

Rep. Michele D. Presnell

Rep. Phil Shepard

Rep. John A. Torbett

Rep. Sarah Stevens

Rep. David R. Lewis

Rep. John R. Bell, IV

Rep. Ken Goodman

Rep. Edward Hanes, Jr.

Rep. Michael H. Wray

Rep. Elmer Floyd

Rep. Becky Carney

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield

Rep. Marvin W. Lucas

Senate

Sen. Harry Brown, Senate Chair

Sen. Kathy Harrington, Senate Chair

Sen. Brent Jackson, Senate Chair

Sen. Bill Rabon

Sen. Bill Cook

Sen. Rick Gunn

Sen. Trudy Wade

Sen. Jim Davis

Sen. Tom McInnis

Sen. Wesley Meredith

Sen. Chad Barefoot

Sen. David L. Curtis

Sen. Michael V. Lee

Sen. John M. Alexander, Jr.

Sen. Tamara Barringer

Sen. Jeff Tarte

Sen. Ralph Hise

Sen. Joyce Krawiec

Sen. Louis Pate

Sen. Warren Daniel

Sen. Shirley B. Randleman

Sen. Norman W. Sanderson

Sen. Tommy Tucker

Sen. Andrew C. Brock

Sen. Jerry W. Tillman