A MESSAGE FROM MOE …

Hey everyone, I hope you are wearing masks, social distancing and being safe as we continue to protect ourselves from COVID-19. The good news is that it’s a beautiful summer in Western North Carolina and there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Ride a bike, take a hike, kayak on a river and know we will get through this. Together.

We have some updates from the campaign: I am scheduled to be on Rising with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Hill.tv on Thursday, July 16 at 9:15 a.m. As with all interviews, this is subject to change at the last minute.


We have an impressive guest for Moe Talks! this week, with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joining Moe on Tuesday at 7 p.m. I will also join U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Cal Cunningham on Zoom for his Carolina Conversations series on Saturday at 2 p.m. See moedavisforcongress.com/events for links.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress and on Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNc11 and please share our posts with your followers. And get your voting age kids/grandkids to follow me on Snapchat at @moedavis4nc11. We can build a community and create a blue wave if we can bring others onboard.

There are better days ahead. I believe in the future.

MAJOR GENERAL DEVEREAUX ENDORSES MOE DAVIS

Major General Rick Devereaux (USAF, Ret.), a 34-year veteran who worked at the Pentagon before moving to Asheville, has endorsed Colonel Davis (USAF, Ret.) for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.

General Devereaux served as a pilot, commander of a squadron, operations group, two wings, two installations and the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center in New Jersey. He was Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Pentagon before retiring in 2012.

“Moe Davis has a deep well of experience and farsighted vision to superbly represent us in Washington,’’ General Devereaux said. “His track record is impressive. Moe demonstrated exceptional leadership as an Air Force Colonel, capping an impressive 25-year military career. He mastered the law as a military attorney and judge, U.S. Department of Labor Judge, and assistant director for the Library of Congress.

“Finally, he showed uncompromising moral courage as the lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who held the line against torture-obtained evidence. Moe has the maturity, breadth of experience, and acumen to represent ALL the citizens of Western North Carolina and be a powerful voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. I strongly endorse Moe Davis for Congress, North Carolina District 11.”

Since retiring, General Devereaux has worked as a strategic consultant for numerous defense firms, think tanks, and technology companies, and is a member of the American College of National Security Leaders. He lectures and writes on security and military topics and continues to serve the Air Force as an adjunct professor.

General Devereaux has served on the Boards of several civic and veterans organizations, including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA (Past Chairman), the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, Salvation Army of Buncombe County (Chairman), the City of Asheville Civil Service Board, the Rotary Club of Asheville (Foundation Chair), the World Affairs Council of Western NC, the Advisory Group of the Center for Climate and National Security, and the Consensus Group of the American Security Project in Washington, DC.

IT’S NOT A CULTURE WAR

Madison Cawthorn, our opponent in the 11th Congressional District race, says he wants a culture war, not a debate on policy. Maybe that’s because his policies will do nothing to help Western North Carolina.

Let’s be clear. This is what the 2020 election is really about:

  • It’s about healthcare.
  • It’s about education.
  • It’s about creating an economy with good jobs that pay well.
  • It’s about expanding broadband internet capability to rural areas to attract business, improve education and access to healthcare.
  • It’s about protecting our precious environment.
It’s about us.

Those who want a culture war seek only to divide us. Don’t let them.

PROTECTING OUR PARKS

Not all of the news is bad. Not all of government is hopelessly divided.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate a bipartisan effort to invest in our national parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. The Senate recently passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide $9.5 billion over the next five years to the national parks and other public lands. The money will help cover the backlog of desperately needed maintenance projects so we can repair and upgrade our parks, from buildings to roads and trails.

The bill was overwhelmingly approved, 73-25, and now goes to the House. The President has indicated he will sign it.

We can be cynical and point out that it’s a way to buy votes and help struggling candidates like Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner in a key election year. So be it. Whenever there’s an opportunity to do good, we should embrace it.

SUPPORT FOR A 51ST STATE

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. Finally.

It’s long past time to grant statehood to the 700,000 United States citizens – a larger population than Wyoming or Vermont – who have been denied representation in Congress historically because of race, as Indivisible’s Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg point out. They posted this excerpt of a speech by a southern Senator from the 1890 congressional record:

“Now, the historical fact is simply this, that the negroes came into this District from Virginia and Maryland and from other places…they came in here and they took possession of a certain part of the political power of this District…and there was but one way to get out…and that was to deny the right of suffrage entirely to every human being in the District and have every office here controlled by appointment instead of by election…in order to get rid of this load of negro suffrage that was flooded in upon them. This is the true statement. History cannot be reversed. No man can misunderstand it.”

It’s time to end this racist denial of statehood.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP VOTERS

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County is recruiting members for a Voter Services Action Group. The group educates voters on registering and voting, provides information on candidates and tracks voting locations and districts.

The LWVAB also needs volunteers to fill leadership roles and help with special skills including graphic design, videography, social media, public speaking, writing, research and outreach.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.

Thank you!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Those TV viewers who receive free, over-the-air local television in the Western North Carolina may need to re-scan their televisions to continue receiving those channels. An alert was issued to viewers on July 3.

Re-scans are free and can be done using the remote. Select Scan or Autotune from the TV or converter box control menu. Go to TVAnswers.org for more information.

The scan is necessary because the FCC is changing frequencies to provide more channels for wireless broadband services.

SIGNS AND BUMPER STICKERS AVAILABLE

Do you want a Moe Davis for Congress yard sign or magnetic bumper sticker? Just email your request to YardSign@moedavis.com with your address and we’ll get them to you.

REFORM OR RAGE — IT’S YOUR CHOICE

As you read above, Moe’s opponent’s campaign can be boiled down to one word: Rage. He wants voters angry. And he wants voters to blame Democrats for causing their problems.

We are not their enemies. And this is not a war. We are their neighbors and the 2020 election is to decide the policies we support.

We need to reach voters with that message, because we believe they’re tired of the division, too. But we can’t do it only online – not enough folks in Western North Carolina have broadband access to hear us.

So it takes dollars. As much as we can raise. We’ll need all that and more to flip the 11th District blue and bring much needed change to Western North Carolina.

Help us. Donate.

Thank you.

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Mountain Strong