Info update forwarded on important issues


1) Failing Characteristics, false promises from GOP led NC State Legislature — Warning from Voter Integrity Project Group (VIP) on NC Voter ID Law — being GUTTED!

Having followed VIP NC, I believe their motives are honest in trying to make sure only citizens vote and only once in the proper precinct on election day.

Below is commentary late yesterday from the Voter Integrity Project folks in North Carolina concerning the North Carolina General Assembly.

Below is commentary late yesterday from the Voter Integrity Project folks in North Carolina concerning the North Carolina General Assembly.

NC Voter ID Law GUTTED! Take Action Now… or forget about real voter ID in NC.

Statement from Jay DeLancy – VIPNC,

“Late today, in a stunning betrayal of every NC voter who fought hard for “real voter ID,” our House and Senate completely gutted the voter ID law by allowing any voter to sign an unenforceable affidavit, attesting to their name, and by allowing any voter, of any age, to use an expired driver license for voter ID, despite clear evidence and media accounts of the thousands of DMV customers in late 2005 and early 2006 who flooded their offices for driver licenses before the proof of citizenship was required. This must not stand. Our last hope now lies in the mercy of God Almighty and the hands of people who elected a reform-minded super majority to both chambers in 2012.”

Take action to make sure illegal immigrants do NOT vote

Disgusting Details

Beginning on Page 6, line 33 of HB836, NC lawmakers stripped all authority from county election boards to reject the provisional ballot of any voter who signs an toothless document, called a “reasonable impediment declaration,” and produces an official looking piece of paper with the voter’s alleged name and address on it.
Page 7, Line 22 guts the rules preventing expired driver licenses in voting.

At the 1:17:30 mark on this house audio recording of today’s session, Rep David Lewis announces the measure originated by Sen. Angela Bryant (D-Rocky Mount), a vocal opponent of voter ID from the beginning.

Not content with winning, Rep Glazier @ 1:22:20, began a series of questions to Rep Lewis that made more detailed demands to negate enforcement. Lewis caved on every added loophole that Rep Glazier could muster. (We congratulate him on keeping a straight face.)

Later in the audio, Rep Lewis admitted his party’s surrender was a direct result of the Soros-backed Democracy NC’s well-funded coordinated statewide effort over the past two weeks to demand unenforceable affidavits for people who couldn’t be bothered to obey the new voter ID laws.

Urgent Action Steps:

Call the Governor’s office to demand his veto of HB 836. The numbers are 800.662.7952 and 919.814.2050. He could sign the bill right away, so please take this action immediately.

Call your State Senators or Representatives and demand they remove Section 8 from HB 836 after the Governor vetoes it. They did this in the last 20 minutes of the session and then left town until Monday, so you will need to reach them in their home districts. 

Below is a weblink to find your NC House and NC Senate member if you do not who who he or she is:

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

2)  JBS info on “free-trade” agreement TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) —

Here’s a recap of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) votes in the House and Senate:
  • On May 22 the Senate passed a TPA bill and a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill as a package and sent it to the House. On June 12, the House voted on TPA and TAA separately with the understanding that both TPA and TAA must be passed by the House to match the Senate action on the TPA/TAA package. Although the House passed the TPA bill by 219-211, it rejected the TAA bill by 126-302. This lopsided vote against the TAA bill resulted from most Democrats voting against the bill as a way to temporarily stop the approval of TPA.
  • Since the House failed to pass both the TPA and TAA portions of the original Senate package, GOP leadership tried a new approach involving passing a standalone TPA bill (attached to an unrelated bill, H.R. 2146) on June 18 by 218-208 and sending it to the Senate for a vote. The Senate will have a cloture vote on the TPA bill on Tuesday, June 23.
  • Although the Senate passed its TPA/TAA package by 62-37 on May 22, it is still possible to defeat TPA in the upcoming Senate cloture vote on the standalone TPA bill by convincing a few senators to change their vote. It takes 60 votes to invoke cloture and prevent a filibuster, so as few as three senators could stop passage of TPA by changing their minds and allowing a filibuster to prevent a vote on TPA. Click here to see how your senators voted on TPA on May 22. You should phone your senators no matter how they voted to help the ones who voted against TPA to stay the course, and to help convince those who voted for TPA to switch their vote.
Here’s the new information from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has read the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, that should change some minds regarding the upcoming TPA vote in the Senate:
It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track [TPA] preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one [of] its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law-legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote….

This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union. This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty.

Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.” (Emphasis added.) (For Sessions’ full statement click on Sessions’ photo at left.)

Please take the following actions:
  • Phone both your senators on Monday, June 22, and tell them to vote NO on the cloture vote for TPA (planned for Tuesday, June 23), and if cloture is invoked (filibuster prevented), vote NO on the TPA bill itself. Click here for phone numbers for DC and district offices.
  • Tell them that you agree with Senator Sessions that TPA must be defeated because TPA would make it easier for the TPP, TTIP, and TISA agreements to be approved that would lead to a Pacific Union, an Atlantic Union, and increased labor mobility between the United States and 50 or so other nations, respectively.
  • Tell them any other talking points against TPA that you find relevant in Sessions’ statement above.
  • Please send your senators an editable, prewritten email with reasons that they should vote NO on TPA.
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