To everyone who has been a part of the SAVE OUR POGIES effort, I can assure you as a group we are stronger than ever. Having seen the manner the game of politics is played has only served to empower our committment. We've gone from gettting a Civics 101 lesson, now to Problem Solving 102 and I believe the people involved in this effort are up to the task of figuring out this deal. We are gathering information on various options and want to be on solid ground before we lite things up again so please be patient. In the meantime I am detailing below the committe memebers and how they voted on the bill. What amazes me is how an elected official can completely ignore the strong desires stated by their voters in favor of back door dealing with the lobbyist. Additionally, it was disturbing seeing the widespread use of the "race card" by several legislators who tried to suggest we would be putting minorities out of a job. Obviously that is not the case with our limited restriction and the very insignificant amount of product that is caught in our waters and that they only fish our waters couple days a year. What I found interesting is how these same legislatures could turn their backs on the thousands of minority workers in the tourism industry.
How they voted:[R=Republican; D=Democrat]
Harrell-D- abstained as Chairman
Capps-R-abstained we think
Gibson-D-abstained we think
Gillespie-R-did not attend, did not vote
This is not guaranteed to be 100% correct as there was no roll call taken but we believe it to be correct. What was most interesting is how Charlotte and Raleigh area Reps let us down considering strength of our numbers in those areas. Only Gulley voted for and rest against. I think it appropriate to let your respective Reps know your feeling of their postion on this bill, both for and against, recognizing"it ain't over yet" and they will hear from us again.
Thanks for your continued help.