Moe Davis For Congress, Newsletter – April 27

Moe Talks Move To Zoom

To all those Facebook boycotters who keep asking us to hold our live events elsewhere, we hear you! We are moving our Moe Talks Virtual Town Hall to Zoom starting with today’s 12:30 p.m. session. Please use this link to register for the Monday Zoom sessions. And please use this link to register for the Thursday Zoom sessions.

And, for those who simply can’t live without Facebook, we’ve got you covered. We will be streaming the Zoom event on Facebook Live as well. Best of both worlds!

You can still send questions to info@moedavis.com, and also submit questions during the Zoom sessions and on Facebook Live.

Join us and learn why Moe Davis is the only choice for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.

The Butcher’s Bill

We had a grim reminder on Friday of the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic as we reached a milestone in our failed national response.

According to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, which is tracking the spread of the worldwide pandemic, the United States passed the 50,000 mark in deaths from the virus on Friday. It reached 55,000 over the weekend — far more than any other country in the world.

It wasn’t long ago that the president brushed off the potential death toll. Remember when he said on Feb. 26, when we had 58 confirmed cases in the U.S., “when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

This despite repeated warnings from his own administration that we were facing a much more dire future.

He didn’t act on those warnings. And two months later, we now know how tragically the federal response was botched. How the administration failed to institute more vigorous testing early on to track and isolate the virus. How it failed to take control of the supply chain so that ventilators and personal protection equipment were managed nationally and equitably.

How it failed to issue stay-home orders quickly and on a national basis, leaving states to act disjointedly. Every one of those decisions has cost lives. It’s 55,000 and counting.

We cannot take four more years of his failed leadership. We cannot vote for followers, like Republican runoff candidates Madison Cawthorn and Lynda Bennett, who will continue to blindly support that failed leadership.

Pass it on. Spread the word. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and explain why you support Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Moe Davis

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which works to protect the rights of women to have access to vital reproductive healthcare and sex education, has endorsed Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.

“People need to know their elected officials are looking out for them, especially during a public health crisis like we’re experiencing now,’’ Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Action Fund acting president, said in a statement. “It’s more important than ever that we have reproductive health champions in Congress fighting back against Donald Trump and leadership in the Senate who are actively working to undermine our health care and leaving us woefully unprepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Moe Davis has long supported a woman’s right to control her own body.

“Planned Parenthood has been a champion of reproductive healthcare for over a century and has provided essential healthcare services to millions of Americans from all walks of life,’’ Moe Davis said. “I’m grateful they have endorsed my campaign. I believe all individuals have the right to make their own healthcare choices and I believe all individuals have the right to healthcare. Neither one should be dependent on economic status.”

Planned Parenthood joins the Sierra Club, VoteVets, AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council, Equality NC and Patriotic Millionaires in endorsing Moe Davis.

Moms Demand Action Names Moe Davis Candidate Of Distinction 

Moms Demand Action, the country’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence in America, has chosen Moe Davis as a Gun Sense Candidate of distinction. The recognition is a “signal to supporters, volunteers and voters that a candidate stands for gun violence prevention and will govern with gun safety in mind.”

“I grew up hunting, spent a career in the military and I’m a multi-gun owner,’’ Moe Davis said. “The Republicans use propaganda to mislead and incite their base with their fake claim that ‘the Democrats will take away your guns!’ I am a Democrat and a gun owner. I’m not running to take away guns, but I do want to make it clear that ‘guns’ and ‘sense’ are not mutually exclusive terms. While the Republicans want to stoke rage by fanning a fake claim, I believe I stand with the majority of gun owners who are both rational and responsible.”

Moe Davis supports mandatory universal background checks and red flag laws. He also supports more stringent requirements to purchase military-style assault weapons, modeled on North Carolina’s concealed-carry permit requirements, and strict civil liability if a firearm that is not properly stored and secured is used in the commission of a crime.

Moe Merchandise

Would you like a yard sign for your lawn or personal business? How about a magnetic bumper sticker? Email YardSign@moedavis.com to order one or both. We will fill those orders as soon as we can.

We are also considering making merchandise available for sale. Would you be interested in t-shirts, hats, buttons or other items? Let us know and we will look into adding it to our inventory.

Please Apply For Absentee Ballot   

*(See under “Legislative Watch” on this Website.  Click either “Voting Information” or “Candidates & Resources” to get links for Registering & Absentee Ballot)

Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and how it could impact voting in November, we are urging everyone in the 11th District to apply to vote by absentee ballot. You can go to this link for an application, which can be submitted now.

Voters have until Oct. 27 to request an absentee ballot, but we would recommend it be submitted well in advance so that the State Board of Elections isn’t inundated at the last minute and there isn’t any delay in getting the ballot back in time.

Reminder, you don’t have to vote by absentee ballot if you apply. But it is a great back-up if there are any disruptions and a reduction in polling locations due to the pandemic.

And If You Can…

We know that times are tough for lots of folks all over right now. But if your situation allows it, a donation to help with the campaign would be most appreciated. You can make a donation online by clicking this link, or mail a check made out to Moe Davis for Congress, PO Box 18584, Asheville, NC 28814. Thanks so much for your support! 

Stay home. Stay safe.

Mountain Strong

Moe Davis, 11th District Democratic Nominee, is Endorsed By Planned Parenthood Action Fund – April 17

ASHEVILLE — Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which works to protect the rights of women to have access to vital reproductive healthcare and sex education, has endorsed Moe Davis for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.

“People need to know their elected officials are looking out for them, especially during a public health crisis like we’re experiencing now,” Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Action Fund acting president, said in a statement released today. “It’s more important than ever that we have reproductive health champions in Congress fighting back against Donald Trump and leadership in the Senate who are actively working to undermine our healthcare and leaving us woefully unprepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel and former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, National Security Specialist for Congress, law professor at Howard University and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor, has long supported a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health free from governmental interference.

“Planned Parenthood has been a champion of reproductive healthcare for over a century and has provided essential healthcare services to millions of Americans from all walks of life,’’ Davis said. “I’m grateful they have endorsed my campaign. I believe all individuals have the right to make their own healthcare choices and I believe all individuals have the right to healthcare. Neither one should be dependent on economic status.”

Planned Parenthood Action Fund joins the Sierra Club, VoteVets, AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council, Equality NC and Patriotic Millionaires in endorsing Davis.

You can learn more about Moe Davis at moedavisforcongress.com and follow him at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNC11 on Twitter, and at @MoeDavisforCongress on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact: Viv Bernstein:   828-214-7876 or viv.bernstein@moedavis.com

Mountain Strong

Democratic candidates in WNC call for immediate Medicaid expansion – April 1, 2020

Cory Vaillancourt, Smoky Mountain News

As the greatest public health crisis in more than a hundred years continues to ravage both the physical and fiscal health of the world, the nation and the state of North Carolina, a group of 15 Democratic candidates is calling for the immediate expansion of Medicaid.

“It’s been critical for some time, and we have a General Assembly that basically just has refused to act on the issue,” said Brian Caskey, a Mills River Democrat currently running against incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Edwards in the 48th Senate District. “Medicaid expansion for years has been the decent and moral thing to do, but right now it’s the necessary thing to do.”

North Carolina is one of just 14 states that haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage, which was made available via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

Beginning in 2014, states could choose to include people in Medicaid who earn up to 133 percent of the poverty level, with the federal government picking up 100 percent of the cost of the expansion population from 2014 through 2016, 95 percent of the cost in 2017, 94 percent in 2018, 93 percent in 2019 and 90 percent in perpetuity thereafter.

North Carolina, like most of the South, declined to participate, citing the potential cost to states if the federal government ever decided to decrease or do away with the 90 percent funding level.

North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has also called for Medicaid expansion — something vehemently opposed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly; in fact, Cooper vetoed the state’s budget last summer over the failure to include Medicaid expansion, and nine months after the law requires a budget to be passed (July 1) Republicans still haven’t been able to override Cooper’s veto.

A press release issued by the Caskey campaign on March 30 cites the global Coronavirus Pandemic and the “unimaginable stresses” it will place on North Carolina’s health care system as big reasons for the collective call for Medicaid expansion.

Caskey is joined by a host of Western North Carolina Democrats, including Ed Hallyburton of Rutherford County (District 112).

“No matter what we look like, where we live or what’s in our wallets, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human,” Hallyburton said. “For too long, we’ve allowed a powerful few to profit by making life and health a product for sale. We must ensure that everyone can access the care that is needed, without fearing bankruptcy. This is a moment that we must stand with, and for, each other — across our differences and against anything and anyone who seeks to divide us.”

David Wheeler, Democratic nominee for the Senate seat in Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties (District 47) said that the lack of access to quality health care is “not acceptable in the most powerful country in the world and one of the most prosperous states in the country.”

In addition to Caskey, Hallyburton and Wheeler, N.C. Senate candidates Edward Phifer (Morganton), Julie Mayfield (Asheville) and Victoria Fox (Canton) also signed on to the release.

N.C. House candidates supporting the effort include Ted Remington (Marion) Cecelia Surratt (Morganton), Sam Edney (Brevard), Susan Raye Landis (Murphy), Alan Jones (Canton), Rep. Susan Fisher (Asheville), Rep. John Ager (Asheville) and Rep. Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville, who’s been campaigning on Medicaid expansion for some time now.

“Medicaid expansion is for low-wage workers in North Carolina, and our low wage worker community is taking the biggest hit,” said Queen. “They need health care. Can you imagine being without both a job and health care? We’ve already paid for it and the legislature is just wasting it. It’s way past time, and now the crisis is upon us.”

Moe Davis, the Democratic nominee to replace Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, has also indicated support for the demand, even though elected officials on the federal level have no say in the decision.

“Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina is not the solution to our broken health care coverage system, but it would toss a lifeline to thousands of people in this district who were already struggling to tread water before COVID19 broke open the dam,” said Davis. “If we really had ‘the greatest economy ever in the history of the United States’ as [President Donald] Trump said a month ago when he was in India, we should have been paying down our debt then so we had the capacity to incur debt now when we’re in a crisis. The poor and those who now suddenly find themselves out of work should not have to bear the burden for the revenue problem that began with a massive giveaway to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans.”

Expanding Medicaid would cover more than 400,000 North Carolinians who currently lack access to health care coverage, according to Caskey’s release.

In Western North Carolina, expansion would cover between 600 and 900 people in each of the region’s smallest counties like Clay, Graham and Mitchell.

In mid-sized counties like Avery, Cherokee, Macon, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, Swain and Yancey, that number is between 1,000 and 2,000 in each county.

In larger counties like Burke, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson and Rutherford, between 3,300 and 6,900 people would be covered in each county. In Buncombe County, WNC’s largest county, the number of people who would benefit is estimated to be nearly 17,000.

All in all, that’s almost 56,000 people throughout WNC. The economic growth associated with expansion is estimated by Caskey to be more than half a billion dollars.

“As of [March 30], 44 percent of the COVID19 cases reported are among the working poor, people aged between 25 and 49,” Caskey said. “These are the people who can’t afford to take off work. These are the very people most likely without health insurance and are the very ones bagging your groceries or handling your food in the drive-thru.”

Queen’s November opponent, Bryson City Republican and former Rep. Mike Clampitt, said that in light of the recent federal stimulus package — the largest in American history — as well as uncertainty over the financial impact of the pandemic on tax revenues, he was leery of winding up on the hook for the costs of Medicaid expansion.

“I think it would be a knee-jerk reaction, and with the cost to taxpayers especially in light of the loss of jobs and the tax revenue, we need to be good stewards of what money we do have at the moment and be very thoughtful as we go forward,” Clampitt said. “I’m for health care, but we need to take a step back, be rational, and look at the affordability.”

Davis’ opponent in the N.C. District 11 congressional race has yet to be determined — the runoff between Republicans Lynda Bennett, of Maggie Valley, and Madison Cawthorn, of Hendersonville, was recently moved from May 12 to June 23 as a result of the pandemic.

Bennett didn’t respond to a request for comment on this story, but Cawthorn doesn’t see Medicaid expansion as the right move.

“I don’t think it is,” Cawthorn said. “I don’t think the government does anything efficiently. What they should be doing is introducing more competition and deregulating a lot of the health care industry.”

Caskey’s opponent, Sen. Edwards, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but both Caskey and a quick Google search say that Edwards has been one of the greatest opponents of Medicaid expansion in the General Assembly.

“This is 100 percent of the reason why he’s wrong for North Carolina,” Caskey said. “I’ve been telling people at all my events that Chuck Edwards is simply a Raleigh yes man. He’s simply there to vote for the majority party in Raleigh. November is going to offer voters a choice.”

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