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Montgomery, AL - In states across the country, CSE state chapters have brought grassroots activists to their respective capitols to lobby their legislators on core CSE issues such as tax-cuts, prescription drugs, the environment, technology issues, and tort reform. Alabama CSE was the sixth CSE state chapter to conduct its CSE Day at the Capitol in Montgomery, AL. Over 150 grassroots activists were bussed in from around the state in order to let their legislators know that they wanted less government, less taxes and more freedom.
Grassroots Education - Each activist was well prepared to lobby their legislators on key legislative bills or issues. Knowing full well that the battle over prescription drugs will soon move to the Alabama legislature, our activists were there to ensure that any prescription drug bill introduced in the legislature would not impede consumers' right to choice and competition. The voice of 150 activists emphatically stated that they would not accept any prescription drug price-caps bills. Aware of the detriments of prescription drug price-caps, each activist demanded more choice and competition, and complete Medicare reform as the answers to the prescription drug issue during their lobby visits.
A Day at the Capitol - CSE Day at the Capitol was filled with educational presentations, a rally on the capitol steps with Lt. Governor Steve Windom giving a speech to the attendees, a barbeque picnic, and most importantly, lobby visits with legislators.
All were equipped with a CSE binder, which included talking points on price-caps, sample letters to the editor and legislators, and CSE Foundation's, "What is Washington Doing With Your Medicare" educational brochure.
Earned Media - As CSE converged on the capitol, so to did the media. Television stations WSFA Channel 12 (NBC), WAKA Channel 8 (CBS) Montgomery, Alabama Public Television, WVTM Channel 13 (NBC) Birmingham, all interviewed AL CSE director Twinkle Andress and activists on the capitol steps. Tapings of the interviews were featured throughout the evening's news telecasts.