What if Governor McCrory actually stood up for us? What if he vetoed Senate Bill 4 and said to the General Assembly: ‘You know there is nothing at risk for North Carolina if we sign on to the Expansion of Medicaid for the first three years when the Federal Government pays all the costs. Let’s try it out and see what happens.”
What if the Governor not only stood up in support of Medicaid Expansion – like 22 other governors, including 7 Republicans – but also went one step further and said: “You know, I’m just back from my first National Governor’s Association meeting and I heard the most interesting ideas there from other Governors about how to improve the health care of our citizens and also control costs: we can do what Maryland does and set rates for hospitals and health care professionals. We can help lead the way.
More Greetings for Governor McCrory.
Our Governor is due back on Tuesday from the NGA meetings. Can we greet him with another onslaught of calls and letters urging him to follow in the footsteps of Governor Scott of Florida and Governor Brewer of Arizona and Governor Kasich of Ohio – to name just 3 Republican governors – and sign on to Expansion of Medicaid Benefits for 2014-2016 when costs for 500,000 North Carolinian adults, newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, will be 100% paid for by the Federal Government. The only risk is saying NO.
I know you have already written or called. But we can win this if we don’t give up. That’s how they won in Arizona, and Ohio and Florida. Citizens and advocates and hospitals and hospital associations all came out in favor of Medicaid Expansion. So please call on all your friends and colleagues to ask the Governor to “Just say Yes.”
Write the Governor:
Governor Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Call the Governor at: 919-733-5811
Monday, February 25, 2013. Vigil for the Uninsured.
In deciding FOR Medicaid Expansion, Governor Scott said: “I cannot, in good conscience, deny Floridians access to health care."
There are over 1.5 million people uninsured in our state. And almost half of North Carolina's adults in poverty lack health insurance. Can Governor McCrory, in good conscience, deny North Carolinians access to health care?
Write your letter, make your call and stand together against SB 4 in a Vigil for the Uninsured at Duke Chapel. Led by Rev William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, the vigil will also include speeches by:
- Rhonda Robinson, patient advocate.
- Charles van Der Horst, M.D. Duke class of '74, Associate Chief at the Division of Infectious Diseases, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Laura Svetky, M.D. , Vice Chair Duke Department of Medicine
Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Call Senator Hagan out on opposing gun violence.
“…it gets in your bones.. In the wake of Hadiya Pendleton’s shooting, we’ve talked about stiffer gun control laws, about better policing, about providing mentoring and afterschool programs, all of which are essential. But missing from this conversation is any acknowledgement that the violence eats away at one’s soul – whether you are a direct victim, a witness, or simply a friend of the deceased.”
Alex Kotlowitz, The Price of Public Violence, NYTimes.2.24.13.
On February 21, 2013 the National Rifle Association published a full page ad in the Greensboro News and Record urging citizens to contact Senator Kay Hagen to oppose President's Obama's gun control efforts.
The League of Women Voters of the Piedmont is organizing a campaign to call Senator Hagan and tell her that you support the President’s efforts to stop gun violence.
Call her Washington office at 202-224-6342
You can leave a message by pressing #1
You can speak to a staff member during business hours by pressing #2
Be sure to say that you are a resident of North Carolina and leave your name and zip code. Tell the Senator that you appreciate her leadership on the Violence Against Women Act and that you hope she will continue to show leadership against violence by supporting the President’s efforts to stop gun violence.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Want to learn more about progressive issues effecting our city and state?
Head out to People’s Alliance’s first “Fun Forum” of the year on February 28 at 6:30pm at Motorco.
The topic will be “Economic Inequality and the Economy.” Panelists will be:
Economic Inequality in NC
Gene Nichol, UNC School of Law, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity
Connections Between State Policies and Economic Inequality
Rob Schofield, Director of Policy at NC Policy Watch
Policies for Full Employment
Sandy Darity, Professor of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Community-based Solutions to Economic Inequality
Jeff Ward, Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney, Community Enterprise Clinic, Duke School of Law
Precinct meetings March 5
We can build a political infrastructure in Durham to help take back North Carolina. NC needs a STRONG Democratic Party and right now the state party has new leadership promising greater grassroots activism across the state. Maybe if more of us showed up and took leadership in our own precincts we could push forward the process of change across the state.
Precincts 2, 17, 19, 25, 28, 31, 36, 55.47 have no one organizing the meeting. If this is your precinct, please help.
Meeting times and locations vary. Get more information fromwww.Durhamdemocrats.org
Save the Date: Saturday March 16, 2013 , 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Durham will be host to the North Carolina Democratic Women Region 7 Annual Meeting at Pomodoro Restaurant (Hillandale and Front St). Meet women from all across our region – from Chatham, Franklin, Granville, Lee, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren Counties - vote for new regional officers and hear the latest from Planned Parenthood about the state of women’s health care in NC.
We will make a difference if we stand together.
Sondra G. Stein
Durham Democratic Women