1. On Thursday we wrote about the potential for a discharge petition for Rep. Eric Swalwell’s (D-CA) Protecting Our Democracy Act, [HR356]. This is a way to prompt a vote on the bill, which would create an independent, 12-member commission, similar to the one created after the 9/11 attacks, that’d have the ability to interview witnesses, get documents, issue subpoenas, and hear public testimony on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The commission would be made up of prominent U.S. citizens who’ve worked with distinction in government, law enforcement, the military, law, intelligence, elections, foreign affairs, and cybersecurity. No federal officials or employees would be eligible to participate, and members would be chosen by congressional leadership from both parties. The possibility of foreign involvement in our election is serious enough that we need every available avenue of investigation pursued, even with a special counsel appointed. Contact Goodlatte in support of the discharge petition and the Protecting Our Democracy Act.
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here: http://goodlatte.house.gov/contact/email/
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I’m contacting Representative Goodlatte in support of the discussed discharge petition and the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The possibility of foreign involvement in our election is serious enough that we need every available avenue of investigation pursued, even with a special council appointed. Thank you.”
2. Thank Senators Kaine and Warner for taking a firm stance against the GOP’s AHCA. The CBO score is slated to come out on Wednesday, and this is a good time to remind them that the AHCA is still at the forefront of our minds, and that we appreciate them standing up for the health and well-being of their constituents by staunchly opposing the AHCA.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
- Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I’m contacting the senator to thank him for taking a firm stand in opposition to the AHCA. I know that the CBO report is scheduled to come out on Wednesday, and it means a great deal that he has stood up for the health and well being of his constituents by staunchly opposing the AHCA. Thank you, and thank you for all the work that you do.”
3) UPCOMING EVENT – MONDAY
Live Candidate Forum & Live Stream of Northam-Perriello Debate
The Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro Democratic Committees would like to invite you to join us for an exciting event. On May 22, 2017 there will be a live candidate forum for Justin Fairfax, Gene Rossi, and Susan Platt – all of whom are running for the lieutenant governor nomination. There will also be a live stream broadcast of the debate between Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam. During the course of the evening you’ll have the opportunity to hear from our local candidates running for the State House of Delegates, Angela Lynn and Michele Edwards. The event will begin at 5:30 with light refreshments and time to mix and mingle. The candidates for the House of Delegates will make their presentations and take questions promptly at 6:15 PM campaign materials from all of the candidates will be available as well. This is the perfect event to educate yourself for the upcoming June 13 primary. Please pass along this invitation and feel free to bring friends; the spirit of engagement is infectious. We look forward to seeing you there! [Facebook event here.]