Over 500,000 people are affected by Governor McCrory’s decision not to expand Medicaid. Over 1000 people die in NC each year as a result of this refusal. Beside the human cost, NC has lost BILLIONS of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs ALL OVER NC by refusing to expand Medicaid.
Governor McCrory officially recognized that he could follow the lead of many Republican Governors across the nation who have expanded Medicaid to help their states. See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/01/07/mccrorys-firm-grasp-of-the-obvious-on-medicaid/
There was a Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Day in Raleigh last week, and there is a demonstration at the Governor’s office in Charlotte on Monday, Mar 30, at 5pm.
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Together we can move our Senators
Both U.S. Senators from North Carolina have said they plan to vote against NC native Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General. NOW has an action you can take encouraging them to vote for this very qualified candidate from anywhere you can access the internet (your office, kitchen, phone on the move).
Use the same action to tell your Senators (Richard Burr and Thom Tillis) to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General and to pass a ‘clean’ Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. At first, many Senators held up Loretta Lynch’s nomination as an excuse to complain about President Obama. Now they are holding Lynch up to try to force an anti-abortion clause on what had been a bipartisan bill against human trafficking.
Senators are supposed to ensure that the nominees are qualified and competent, and vote based on that criteria. The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Lynch last February. When they return on April 13, 2015, Lynch’s nomination will be hanging for 150 days!!
Read more background on this stalled nomination at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/tell-your-senators-to-stop-playing-politics-with-our-next-us-attorney-general/
The picture of Loretta Lynch is from the Senate hearing (credit: Ron Sachs).
Can you believe the following statistics from a US Senate survey and report?
- 1 in 5 undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault on campus.
- Fewer than 5% of these rape victims report their attack to law enforcement.
- 8% of institutions don’t allow confidential reporting of rapes and sexual assaults.
Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri) had the US Senate survey campuses across the country and documented the findings in “Sexual Violence On Campus: How too many institutions of higher education are failing to protect students” at
http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/SurveyReportwithAppendix.pdf. This next statistic shocks again.
- More than 40% of schools in the national sample have not conducted a single investigation in the past five years.
So it is clear that a lot of reported sexual violence goes UNINVESTIGATED.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch has been waiting to be nominated for U.S. Attorney General for over 4 months, since last November. Find out about the job, who she is, what is causing the delay, the part our own Senators are playing in the delay, and what you can do to move her nomination forward.
What does the US Attorney General do?
The US Attorney General leads the Dept of Justice (DOJ), and is in charge of enforcing the laws of the United States federal government. DOJ includes many law enforcement agencies, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Marshals, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Attorney General is also the chief legal adviser to the President. Many federal laws are the last defense on the legal rights and futures of women across our country.
How far has US Attorney General nomination gotten?
President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY, on Nov 8, 2014. Since then, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved her with bipartisan agreement on Feb 26, 2015, with 9 Democrats and three Republican voting for her. The nomination should have gone to the full Senate during the first or second week of March. However, the Senate Majority Leader is refusing to hold the vote.
Many Senators, including North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis plan to vote against this extremely well qualified North Carolina native. And we can do something about that.