Friday Five: Cooper vetoes re-opening schools, HR1, and more

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1. FOX NEWS: Biden celebrates House passing HR 1, Dems’ campaign bill, vows work to refine and advance’ legislation

"President Biden on Thursday celebrated the House passing a sweeping election reform bill, saying he would sign it if it passes the Senate."

"The bill would create automatic voter registration across the country and allow felons who have served their sentences to vote. The bill would also expand early voting and enhance absentee voting by simplifying voting by mail. The bill would also require more online political ad disclosures and force all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their large donors. A major pillar of the legislation is setting up a new public financing system for congressional and presidential elections to incentivize small-dollar donations. The legislation would establish a 6:1 match using taxpayer money for each grassroots contribution to a candidate up to $200. For example, a $200 donation to a House candidate would garner a $1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $1,400."

Check out this video from the Mark Walker for Senate campaign to learn what we can expect more of if HR 1 isn’t opposed by the Senate. 

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2. TAKE ACTION: Ask Senators Burr & Tillis to reject the 'sleight of hand' election act, HR 1

Earlier this week, Nancy Pelosi and her far-left allies passed a bill to federalize future elections. HR 1 is ironically called, the “For the People Act,” but a better name would be the “Sleight of Hand Election Act.” While most voters are focused on getting back to normal after the COVID shutdowns, Biden, Pelosi, & Schumer are using their power to rig future election rules in their favor. The end goal of this ‘voting reform act’ is clear—to embed dubious electoral practices into our election laws to encourage behaviors, such as ballot harvesting, false voter registrations, duplicate voting, and ineligible voting. This bill will be devastating to States’ rights and the conservative voter. The U.S. Constitution leaves election laws up to the states, and HR1 is a massive federal takeover of state elections laws. It’s unconstitutional, as well as a big power grab by Democrats in Congress.

Could you take a minute to use this click-to-contact tool to encourage your members of Congress to vote NO on HR1?

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3. NSJ ONLINE: Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes in-person instruction Bill, leaving parents and students struggling

“Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed SB 37, a bill that would have required an in-person instruction option for school districts across the state."

"Sen. Ballard said, 'At the same time the Governor boasts of teacher vaccinations after giving them a higher priority than cancer patients, he vetoes this school reopening bill because it offers school districts the flexibility to operate under the plan that best suits their on-the-ground needs. With teacher vaccinations in full swing, there is no legitimate excuse for Gov. Cooper and the far-left NCAE to oppose the broad reopening flexibility this bill grants to school districts.'"

While Gov. Cooper plays politics with the education of students and the lives of parents, what has become of the state of Public School education in North Carolina?

  • WRAL: Data Trackers survey shows 1 in 5 NC students at risk of not advancing to the next grade level
    • "North Carolina’s public schools say one in five of their students are at risk of failing their current grade in the 2020-21 school year."
    • “The state’s largest school district, the Wake County Public School System, reported 30,063 of its 157,673 students were “at risk,” about 19%. The state’s second-largest district, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, reported 47,942 student “at risk,” out of 138,884 — 34.5%”

  • CAROLINA JOURNAL: NC public schools have seen the highest decline in student enrollment in decades (-63,000 Students)
    • NC’s public schools are “are experiencing the highest declines in student enrollment in decades. Since the pandemic arrived in North Carolina last March, student enrollment in public schools has declined 4.4%, or nearly 63,000 students. For context, that number is nearly the size of North Carolina’s third-largest school district, Guilford County’s.”

  • WRAL: Parents, students upset after controversial music video filmed inside Fuquay-Varina High School
    • "A music video filmed by a local rapper inside Fuquay-Varina High School over the weekend is causing a stir among parents and students. . . . 'I was able to rent it through the [Wake County] Board of Education so it took like two months for the whole process to happen,' explained Raine, who paid over $800 to rent the property."
    • Meanwhile, Gov. Cooper vetoed the in-person instruction bill.

  • NSJ ONLINE: N.C. Senate fails to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of public school re-opening bill by 1 vote
    • “During a Monday evening floor session, the N.C. Senate failed to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 37, the bill to return all students to in-person instruction. The final tally was 29-20, one vote short of the three-fifths requirement.”
    • Three N.C. Senate Democrats supported the bill when it passed with bipartisan majorities and was sent to the governor on Feb. 17. One of those Democrats, Sen. Ben Clark who represents Cumberland County, was a co-sponsor of the bill. Clark requested an excused absence from the veto override session and did not vote.”

  • WRAL: Early data shows NC students slipping on standardized tests for math, science
    • Preliminary data from the North Carolina Department of Public Education shows students scored lower on state tests for math and science this fall compared to fall 2019.”
    • Unfortunately, there are many other articles and sad statistics we could share. As Rep. Matthew Winslow noted in his response to Gov. Cooper’s veto, 73% of North Carolinians want to re-open schools; near 60% of 3rd graders scored the lowest rating on the reading exam (+8.4%); and near 70% of students failed math 1 this year (+18.2% increase).

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4. FOX NEWS: Senate Finance Committee split on HHS nominee Becerra in tie vote

"The Senate Finance Committee did not make a determination on the nomination of President Biden's pick for Health Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, after a vote on the nomination resulted in a tie, split along party lines.

The vote took place at an executive session of the finance committee Wednesday morning. Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. announced that the tie vote will be reported to the secretary of the Senate. He noted that it is up to the Senate majority or minority leader to bring a motion to discharge the nomination for a vote by the full Senate."

As pro-life Americans, we need to let Senator Burr and Senator Tillis know that we OPPOSE this nomination.

Could you take a minute to use this page's tool to CONTACT Senators Burr and Tillis and ask them to REJECT Xavier Becerra's nomination?

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5. YOU’RE INVITED: Final call to join Constitution Alive! 6-Week Citizen Guide to the Constitution

WHAT: North Carolina's Largest Online Constitutional Class in History - Hosted by Craig Seibert (Director of the US Civics Training Initiative) and other North Carolina Leaders.

WHO: Join David Barton and Rick Green, Constitutional experts and advocates for the original intent of our founding documents, in this one of a kind course on the meaning and purpose of the Constitution! It will give you hope! Learn about the Constitution like you never have before whether novice or expert. No experience with the Constitution necessary!

WHEN: 7:00-8:30 pm EST, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th, and April 12th.

WHERE: This is a FREE weekly course and you can access to the digital workbook as soon as you register.

Click here to register.

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WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE

LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility! LORD, may we would not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more.

LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can. 

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'" (Matthew 18:1-6)


Amen

 

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