MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS NEWSLETTER
May 11, 2020
REBUILDING WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
The jobs report came out Friday and the numbers were dire. Unemployment is at Depression-level 14.7 percent. It will take years for the country to recover.
We can’t go back to the way it was, and we’ll tell you this now: We shouldn’t. Western North Carolina’s poverty rate was already above the national average before the coronavirus pandemic. Jobs didn’t pay well enough and here’s one result: A report last week in the Asheville Citizen Times noted that one in four children in Western North Carolina didn’t have enough food to last a weekend.
Let’s not go back to that. Let’s find a better path forward.
We can’t keep marching along with the Republican drummers – taking healthcare away, ignoring the need for broadband internet access and underfunding public education in order to cut the budget and give tax breaks to big corporations and the richest among us.
These shortsighted policies in Washington and Raleigh are hurting Western North Carolina.
Let’s foster green jobs and green technology, because it makes perfect sense. They’re good jobs that pay well. They’re good for the environment, which is so important for our tourism-based economy. And they’re good for national security because if we’re energy independent here at home we don’t need to send our troops to defend foreign oil.
North Carolina ranks second in the country in solar energy production. We should be manufacturing those solar panels right here. So how do we attract those jobs?
- We invest in infrastructure to make broadband available throughout Western North Carolina to attract businesses who would consider relocating here.
- We immediately expand Medicaid on the state level, but we also create a public option so that everyone has access to healthcare. More access also means more healthcare jobs to meet the needs of our communities.
- We invest in educating our students for the high tech jobs of today and tomorrow so there is a workforce in Western North Carolina that’s a magnet for employers.
Or we can keep voting against our own interests and with the Republicans who’ve led us into high poverty, a healthcare crisis and a resource-starved educational system that’s not setting the next generation up for success.
Have you seen anything from Madison Cawthorn or Lynda Bennett, the two Republicans in a runoff to face Moe Davis in November, that tells you they have the vision, work experience or desire to improve lives in Western North Carolina?
The future of Western North Carolina is on the ballot on November 3rd. What are you going to do about it?
MAJOR ENDORSEMENT NO. 1
The North Carolina Association of Educators, the largest education advocacy organization for public school employees in the state, has announced its endorsement of Moe Davis.
“During this time of uncertainty in our country, we need leaders like Moe Davis,” NCAE President Mark Jewell said in a press release. “For him, it’s clearly not a popularity contest. He is not afraid to speak up and speak out when he sees an injustice. He is not afraid to sacrifice for others. He is a true champion for doing what’s right, even if it costs him personally. We need lawmakers like Moe in Washington who are willing to put the citizens first.”
Moe Davis stood up to the Bush administration and refused to use evidence obtained through torture when he was a Colonel in the Air Force and Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay. He later stood up to the Obama administration to defend free speech rights of government employees. Both decisions came at a personal cost to his career.
“I’m truly honored to receive the endorsement of the North Carolina Association of Educators,’’ Davis said. “Unlike the two Republicans competing to run against me in November, I am a product of 19 years in the North Carolina public schools and universities system. I’m grateful to all of the educators who prepared me for what has been an interesting and rewarding professional life. Education is an investment in our future and I’m committed to doing all that I can to enhance public education in Western North Carolina and across the Tar Heel State.”
MAJOR ENDORSEMENT NO. 2
The Progressive Turnout Project, a grassroots-funded organization that reaches out to Democratic voters and works to improve turnout at elections, has endorsed Moe Davis as well.
Progressive Turnout Project plans to spend a total of $52.5 million overall to boost voter turnout in 2020. The funds will allow PTP to knock on more than 10 million doors in 17 battleground states.
“I’m pleased to receive the support of the Progressive Turnout Project,’’ Davis said. “I’m proud to be progressive and to join others who choose to lean into the future. If we’re not progressing, we’re either standing still or we’re in retreat, and either way we’re falling behind. We need for progressives to link arms, move forward, and turn out the vote in 2020 like the future of the country depends on it … it does.”
The Progressive Turnout Project joins the Sierra Club, VoteVets, North Carolina Association of Educators, AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Equality NC and Patriotic Millionaires in endorsing Moe Davis for Congress. He also received a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction.
IT’S THE CORRUPTION, STUPID
Moe Davis has been asked many times why he is running for office. He could have retired to Asheville after ending his career as judge with the U.S. Department of Labor. But he spent 25 years in uniform and another five in government – 30 years spent defending democracy.
He won’t sit back and watch it be destroyed by the current administration.
The rule of law took another hit last week when Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, saw all charges against him dropped by a Justice Department that has been hopelessly compromised by the Trump administration.
“The announcement that Trump’s “Justice” Department is dropping the Mike Flynn case comes as no surprise given that we have the most immoral, incompetent and corrupt president in American history occupying the White House,’’ Davis said. “This is the same administration that’s fine with bringing 3- and 4-year old children before immigration judges without legal counsel or a parent present, but a retired three-star general who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency lacks the intelligence to answer FBI questions truthfully.
“Even if you accept the faulty premise that Flynn was set up, he swore under oath in court that he was guilty, so he either lied to the FBI or he lied to the court about lying to the FBI. Flynn remains a disgrace to this country despite the action taken today to give him a free pass.”
LOOKING GOOD, RUTHERFORD DEMOCRATS!
Let’s give a shout out to the Rutherford County Democratic Party. Officials just completed a round of renovations on the interior and the façade at their headquarters on West Main Street in Forest City.
ORGANIZATIONS OFFER LEGAL ADVICE
Do you need legal advice related to the coronavirus pandemic? Help is on the way.
The Buncombe County Bar, Pisgah Legal Services, Legal Aid of NC and the NC Bar Foundation are joining together to man the WNC COVID Legal Hotline, which will be available to Western North Carolina residents on Thursday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 828-560-3700 for assistance. All advice is free.
MOE CONTINUES TALKING…
Whether you watch on Facebook Live or Zoom, Moe Talks continue at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
These are valuable opportunities to ask Moe questions and get answers about the pressing issues of the day. We can guarantee Moe has spent more time talking to the public in Western North Carolina since December than Mark Meadows did in his seven years as an absentee congressman.
You can send questions to [email protected]. And please share Moe Talks sessions on your personal Facebook page, especially if you have friends, family, co-workers and/or neighbors who are registered as unaffiliated or Republican.
LESS THAN SIX MONTHS TO GO
We don’t accept corporate PAC money, so we need your donations to compete against a GOP that has already spent $1.7 million to try to buy this seat for Republicans. Don’t let them get away with it. Please support our campaign here.
Democracy will thank you.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.