Just as a reminder for those who have not read my previous posts about Allen, here are a few stances on issues
*A single-payer system is now a part of the national conversation and one many Americans are interested in exploring. As your representative, I will advocate for this approach and work to improve healthcare accessibility and cost for all Americans.
*The American middle class deserves a tax break. Let’s put money back in working American’s pockets. When working Americans have more money, they spend it in their communities, creating jobs. A prosperous and robust middle class means a healthy American economy.
*To ensure Social Security is around for the next generation, we must address funding now. One simple fix would be raising the salary cap on contributions. That way, we correct the problem on the front end by bringing in more revenue and avoid reliance on complicated formulas to determine how benefits are paid out.
For far too long our families and communities have been ignored, dismissed and disenfranchised. We have witnessed stagnated wages and good paying jobs are hard to find. Wall Street and huge conglomerates have put profits over people. This must change. We must begin doing what is right for all of us.
We have the resources to take care of the issues important to us: jobs, healthcare, education, the environment, social security, the list goes on. The choice is ours. Will we take the bold step and demand that our country represent we the people once again? Jenny Marshall is prepared to step up and fight for the people of North Carolina’s 5th District in Washington. A true voice for all
Healthcare – While the Affordable Care Act was a step towards covering more Americans who needed health insurance, many issues remain including rising out of pocket costs and high copayments/deductibles. The most troubling of all is that 27 million Americans are still uninsured. Access to healthcare is a human right that all Americans should enjoy. Our present healthcare system is organized by and for the benefit of big insurance and pharmaceutical companies and not the American people. This must change. We must strive for a single payer healthcare system including dental and vision coverage that empowers the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices of prescription drugs.
Environment – We only have one earth and we must take care of it. This means investing in clean renewable energy sources, increasing sustainable building and clean air, soil and water protections.
•She will push for a •ban on fracking and eliminating the EPA fracking loophole for oil and gas companies.
•reinstate the superfund tax structure so that the cleanup of such sites does not burden the citizens, but the industry who created it.
•the passing of a renewable electricity standard (RES) setting binding targets for renewable energy in the near- and long-term to diversify the U.S. electricity generation mix, save consumers money, and reduce pollution.
Money, Politics and the Electoral Process – Our political system has been corrupted by corporate interests and ultra wealthy donors who abuse the system for their gain. The Citizens United ruling that absurd notion that money is speech, corporations are people, and giving huge amounts of undisclosed money to politicians in exchange for access and influence does not constitute corruption. Campaign finance reform must be accompanied by efforts to strengthen voting rights – restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, expanding early voting, and vote-by-mail, implementing automatic voter registration and same day registration, moving to ranked voting, ending gerrymandering and ensuring open primaries, among others.
Making Work Pay – Many people across North Carolina are struggling to pay their bills simply because wages are too low. Our federal minimum wage, $7.25, has not come close to matching inflation. Basics like food and housing have become more expensive, but comparatively, the buying power of the minimum wage has decreased.
*She will push for:•Raising the minimum wage to $15 which would mean a raise for hundreds of thousands and help to close the gender wage gap.
•Ensure that people get the pay they have earned and not comp time which can be controlled by the employer.
•Raise wages of service workers that rely on tips.
I Learned from my parents to revere nature. Their way of teaching my siblings and I to respect the environment was to be in it, and so we spent a great deal of time outdoors. I fondly remember a family vacation at Dismal Swamp – rowing a boat up and down the swamp fishing for several days; once while at the beach in Virginia, my sister and I floated at least a mile out on the Chesapeake Bay on dime store blow up rafts. The Marine lifeguards who swam out to rescue us were surprised that my sister and I were not scared. We calmly sat atop our rafts because the ocean was a familiar place.
Running for Congress isn’t something I ever thought I would do. I got my start working to get out the Native vote, because I felt more of us needed to be active participants in electing people who would represent us. I persevered election after election, and eventually decided to run myself and won my seat as New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman. I was the first Native American woman to chair a state party. After years of grassroots organizing and advocacy, I decided to continue my mission to elevate our Native voice — in Congress.
If I win, I will be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Over 10,200 people have been elected to Congress, and not one has been a Native woman.
But, that’s not the reason I’m running. Diversity is important, but I have a larger agenda, and it starts with saving our planet. Everything depends on our ability to sustainably inhabit this earth, and true sustainability will require us all to change our way of thinking on how we take from the earth and how we give back.
ECONOMY – We will double down on clean energy to create more good paying jobs; we’ll make it easier for those who want to start or expand their small business, and we must increase the minimum wage locally and federally. I believe in a fair society, where hardworking New Mexicans all have a shot at opportunities for success, and where corporations and the wealthiest all pay their fair share in taxes. Read my full education platform
HEALTHCARE – I support a woman’s right to choose when and how to have a child, full access to contraception, and believe that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. Let’s fix Obamacare to protect healthcare for 250,000 New Mexicans, and move to a universal health care program. No American should face bankruptcy or death because of a lack of healthcare. Read my full healthcare platform
ENVIRONMENT – Climate change is real, and poses a real threat to our economy and our way of life; we must work for real solutions to stop it. We must fight for clean air and clean water, and drastically reduce our carbon emissions. We must make real change now so that we protect a future for our children. Public lands are there for all of us, and not for a few at the top to make a profit. Read my full environment platform
This movement is about a politics of purpose. I am driven by a core belief in Michigan’s people – our potential and the promise of our future. I was born and raised in Michigan. I wore the winged helmet as a lacrosse player at the University of Michigan. There I met the love of my life, Sarah. At 30, I was appointed to rebuild the Detroit Health Department after it was shuttered when Detroit faced bankruptcy. As a doctor, an educator, and a public servant, my work and my life has always been about creating opportunities for real people.
I am running for Governor because I believe we will come together right now because of our shared future.
As you may have read earlier in the news roundup, candidate Paul Perry dropped out of the congressional race for PA’s 7th district.
““As I depart this race, I leave with real questions about the sustainability of our democracy. It is awash in money and influence-peddling on both sides of the aisle,” said in a release published first by Roll Call.”
The good news is that there’s still a progressive in the fight and his name is Daylin Leach. Daylin:
represents Delaware and Montgomery Counties in the Pennsylvania State Senate where he has passed some of the most meaningful bi-partisan legislation in Pennsylvania’s history including medical marijuana and the strongest anti-human trafficking legislation in the country. Daylin has worked hard to build and grow the middle class; is a steadfast supporter of public education, civil and LGBT human rights; and a vigilant protector of the environment.
Daylin is running for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district to bring the sort of bold, creative leadership he’s known for in Pennsylvania to Washington. His priorities include Investing in infrastructure to create good jobs, raising the minimum wage, and creating a free college option. He supports enacting Medicare for all that can’t be taken away. Daylin will press for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United, and he wants to end political gerrymandering and enact a Voter Bill of Rights so every vote is counted.
Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia’s Jewish community, Daylin learned the importance of fighting injustice and discrimination. He also learned to value education and investing in our communities. Daylin was raised by his mother Rhonda, who struggled to care for both her son and her ill mother. Daylin was able to thrive because his community invested in him through good public education, school lunches, and Pell grants that allowed him to attend college. Daylin believes that investing in our communities is the best way to ensure prosperity for all Americans.
*Average Americans increasingly can’t afford college for their kids and have to work 2 jobs just to get by. The middle class in our area has shrunk from 59% of the adult population in 1970, to just 39% today. The middle class is shrinking in all 50 states as more and more people fall into poverty.
*I’ve introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would raise the minimum wage to a livable $15 per hour, and once and for all eliminate the obscene tip minimum wage. And I’ll fight for this in Washington.
*If you have a new child, or a sick relative, you should be able to take some time to take care of your family. We are one of only 3 industrialized countries on the planet that have no mandatory paid family leave. I introduced family leave in Harrisburg, and I’ll fight for that Washington.
*It is time America joins much of the rest of the world and creates a cost-free college option for kids who want nothing more than to better themselves and serve their country.
*We can create millions of jobs by finally investing in our infrastructure, building badly needed roads and bridges, public transportation and clean lead-free water pipes.
Healthcare – I support extending Medicare to all Americans so we can drive down the overall cost of our healthcare system and ensure no one has to go broke paying for insurance or care. We cannot allow our healthcare system to continue to be hijacked by corporate interests that exist only to deny coverage to people when they need it most and leave people with a choice between unaffordable insurance or relying on the emergency room for care.
*In congress, I will follow five core principles in shaping how we solve the healthcare crisis in America:
A Medicare-for-all system is the most efficient way of delivering quality care to every American, which is our right, at the lowest overall cost to the system.
*Corporate profits, CEO salaries, and insurance advertising budgets should not be allowed to inflate the cost of insurance premiums for middle class Americans.
*Healthcare providers are best served by a system that pays for everyone so that people who are unable to afford care do not create a burden on hospitals and healthcare professionals.
*Access to preventative care is essential to driving down the overall costs of healthcare, because when providers are able to intervene early, costs go down and outcomes improve.
Ryan is a 31-year-old data analyst living in Palatine. He is a lifelong resident of Chicagoland, having grown up in Elgin and attended public schools in District U-46. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008, and earned his Master of Public Policy degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2015. His professional career includes time at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Crain’s Chicago Business, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and the White House. He’s proud of what he’s accomplished in his career, but it has been anything but a smooth ride. Like so many of his generation, Ryan found gainful employment almost impossible to come by in the aftermath of the Great Recession. He carries six figures of student loan debt that he won’t pay off until 2045. He knows what it means to struggle, and he will fight tooth and nail to build a new economy that includes millennials too.
Huffman has a rather large priorities page, which you can access via his main site. I’ll just do some random blockquotes below:
Money In Politics– The most important thing we can do is get money out of politics. Not only has the disastrous Citizens United ruling made it easier than ever for corporations to buy elections, but our elected officials spend hours every day calling donors to raise money for their next election. It’s no wonder representatives like Peter Roskam don’t vote in the interests of their constituents. Do we really think he voted to sell our internet search histories to the highest bidder because he thought it was good for the residents of the 6th District? I pledge that I won’t take a dime of special-interest money during the campaign or while serving as your congressman.
Healthcare – Ensuring that every American has access to affordable healthcare must be our number-one priority. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made a great deal of progress on not only insuring more people, but also on making certain that everyone’s health insurance plans met certain minimum quality requirements. Even so, people in this country still die or go bankrupt due to lack of affordable care. It is a tremendous injustice that, in this land of plenty, we still allow people to suffer so much from preventable problems. We also need to address rising premium costs, excessive prescription drug prices, and barren counties that will have no plans offered on the individual market.
Ultimately our country needs to transition to a single-payer, Medicare for All health system similar to what has worked so well in other countries around the world.
Wages– In today’s economy, too little of each worker’s productivity is returned as income to that worker. In fact, 95% of all new wealth created in this country goes to those at the very top. This is not only bad for the workers, it is bad for the economy as a whole. Working class people are much more likely to put that money right back into the economy than those at the top. In short, higher-paid workers means higher-spending consumers. Everyone wins in a world where workers get a higher portion of a company’s revenue.
Unfortunately, this is not happening naturally, as the decline of unions and rampant underemployment has allowed corporations to get away with underpaying their workers for decades. Wages for the middle and working classes have remained stagnant for years, even as income for those at the top has risen to unprecedented highs.
One way to correct this injustice is to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Even if a minimum-wage employee works full-time, they’d only receive an annual income of about $15,000. I support raising the minimum wage to $15 and indexing it to inflation. That will allow it to increase naturally along with the cost of living. We also need to raise the tipped minimum wage, which sits at a paltry $2.13, and institute a law capping corporate salaries at ten times the company’s lowest paid employee.
Well holy crap, it looks like maybe some of my persistent tweeting on the Cathy Myers blackout may be paying off. ( yep, I’ll go ahead and take full credit for this just to boost my ego a bit). But Seriously… thanks Jimmy Dore!
Yes this is another example of where we are highlighting multiple candidates In the same district. Site users can make up their mind who/if any that they want to support, but it cannot be said that we don’t provide options, and some pretty great ones like Janet Everhard.
Gynecologic Physician and Surgeon, managing her solo private practice since 1993, creating work-life balance for her employees, and promoting the health of women across southern Ohio. (She prematurely retired in 2011 due to the loss of use of her hands)
Volunteer Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Event planner, ACA Instructor, and Photographer for Team River Runner since 2010 using paddlesports as a recreational therapy tool for veterans afflicted with PTSD, severe physical disability, chronic homelessness and substance abuse www.teamriverrunner.org
Activist/founder of the USA Works Community to return the balance of power to the people www.usaworkscommunity.org
Founder of Tri-State Kayakers (now 3000+ members), introducing many women to a new sport www.meetup.com/Tri-State-Kayakers
Team member of New Richmond Economic Development, developing “Walk New Richmond”
Author/photographer of the Facebook blog “The CURE for Adventure Deficit Disorder”
Dr. Janet’s goal is to be an effective champion for the people of the second district versus an incumbent whose priority is supporting the wealthy and well-connected. We the People deserve a seat at the Washington table so we can swing open the doors of opportunity for our health and wealth.
Please join Team Everhard to make Congress Blue Again and reserve a seat at the Washington table for the citizens of OH-2!
*to bring back power from the 1% of the 1% to the People
*to ensure our families’ education, safety, health, and wealth
*to demand integrity from public servants and each other
*to care for our neighbors next door and around the globe
*to learn to tread lightly on our planet
*to realize our pledge of liberty and justice for ALL
My name is Richard Crosby; I am a husband, father, attorney, and entrepreneur, and now I’m running to be a voice for citizens of Ohio’s 2nd congressional district.
I was blessed to grow up in a household where the values of hard work, dedication, and public service were instilled in me at a young age. My father was a Commander with the Columbus Police Department where he proudly served for over thirty-three years. My mother managed a dental office where she exhibited an unparalleled work ethic. Growing up in a union household, I know that when hard work meets perseverance and determination, anything is possible.
It is with these values that I live my life. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ohio University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. I was then privileged to clerk for one of the most distinguished Common Pleas Judges in the State of Ohio before working as a Prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati and subsequently moving to a firm.
I am running for Congress because I want to serve. I want to create solutions for the people of our district and country instead of simply managing problems. I want to be the leader that the constituents of this district deserve! No longer will we be divided; No longer will we stand idle; From this point forward, we stand together.
Economic Growth: One of my top priorities will be to create new jobs, opportunities, and prosperity for everyone in the district. For America to have the ability to create jobs and succeed in an ever-changing society, we must be willing to support our local businesses and companies, while making our area appealing for new investors and entrepreneurs. Simple, strategic changes can make our district flourish, such as implementing legislation that allows all new businesses to defer payroll taxes for their first year if they hire locally. The extra costs are often cited by business owners as the biggest deterrent for hiring employees. For example, if an employer hires an employee, on average, that employer will pay 18%-26% more than the employee’s salary in payroll taxes. We need to encourage hiring, defer these taxes, and allow employers to invest in their companies.
Education: With rapid expansion in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, clean energy, and health care, we need to have an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our school systems. STEM is essential to ensuring our students are prepared for the future and ready to compete and excel in a global workforce. We must also be willing to fight and protect our college students from crushing debt, with the first step to doing so being a lower cap on both government and private student loan interest rates.
When I asked about his position on Medicare For All and The Fight For $15, this is what I received:
Currently I am a proud husband, father, Texan Democrat, and practicing business lawyer. Married for 12 years, my wife and I are proud parents of two smart and energetic girls who attend elementary school in Flower Mound. As a father I want to pass down the values that I learned as a child: to love people wherever they are, to yearn for justice, mercy, and equality, and to value the inherent dignity of the human soul.
Like so many others, I woke up on November 9th in shock from the direction our country had taken, unsure of what a future America looks like for my kids and future generations. The direction we are headed does not reflect our shared American values, and I believe our current congressman, Michael Burgess, is contributing to this moral disaster.
I’m proud to have put down roots and settled my family in Texas. I came for the economic opportunities, but soon learned that what made Texas special was its people. Good people with big hearts. I believe in fairness, justice under the law, and equality of opportunity, and I have a soft heart for those disadvantaged in our society. I believe we’re at our best as Americans when we’re diverse, and that ensuring minority groups have every opportunity and legal protection as the majority makes us a stronger, more vibrant nation. I believe that love is love, regardless of gender. Most of all, I believe that we’ll never be fully free so long as we allow inequality and injustice to persist. I believe we all deserve better than the representation our current leaders are providing, and by working together we can elect representatives who reflect our shared values.
These are the reasons I’m running for Congress! My team and I are fired up, and like you, we’re working hard so the entire district can bid farewell to Burgess. I invite you join me in this effort. Let us rise up and take District 26 together. Let’s teach Michael Burgess how to say goodbye.
Born in Evanston, IL to Indian immigrant parents, Sameena and her family soon moved to the Edgebrook neighborhood, so her parents could work for the City of Chicago. Having lived in the 5th for 30 years, Sameena currently lives in North Center with her husband, Talha F. Basit.
A graduate of Chicago Public Schools, Regina Dominican H.S., and Northwestern University, Sameena has dedicated her life and career to standing up for those unable to stand up for themselves. Having previously managed Planned Parenthood’s Austin area clinic and now as a tenant advocate in commercial real estate, Sameena has spent years advancing the issues and needs of women, children, and marginalized groups.
In her spare time, Sameena serves on the advisory boards for Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo) and Chicago Women’s Health Center and has volunteered at Chicago Cares, YWCA, and the Chicago Community Trust. She founded Hand Her the Mic, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color through comedy, and co-founded her own diverse comedy troupe, Simmer Brown.
Sameena was selected as a 2017 National Leadership Academy Fellow by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, D.C.
I intend to be a representative for everyone in the 24th Congressional District, not just those who happen to agree with me or identify with my party. That means I am willing to listen and engage in conversations, especially when we don’t agree. The issues below are my conversation starters, not the final word. That word can only come from the people of the 24th. If you’d like to know more about a specific issue or would like to keep the conversation going, please contact me here.
Kitchen Table Economics – Middle Class Tax Cuts and Deductions
•The American middle class deserves a tax break. Let’s put money back in working American’s pockets. When working Americans have more money, they spend it in their communities, creating jobs. A prosperous and robust middle class means a healthy American economy.
•For many Americans, child care costs are like having a second mortgage, and student loan debt feels like quick sand. We have an obligation to help working American families. By increasing the tax deductions for child-care and student loans, we recognize the burden faced by American families and offer a deserved helping hand.
Education – They’re Children, Not Products
•For too long we’ve been sold standardized testing and vouchers as “solutions” for public education, but these solutions are really just band-aids for bullet-holes. Education isn’t about test scores or treating students as a defective cog in a testing machine, it’s about opportunity. It’s time we acknowledge that there is as much value in a student who has a genius for machinery as there is for one who can write an academic essay.
•With that in mind, we have an obligation to provide an opportunity for our children who have a skill or an interest beyond academia. We must invest in entrepreneurship, skilled labor, and innovation. By investing in a variety of educational programs designed to match the needs of our changing labor force, we offer our children the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families in the future.
Healthcare – Increasing Access for All Americans & Lowering Costs
•60,000. In just the 24th District, that is the number of Americans who would lose healthcare coverage under the Republican House plan energetically supported by our current representative. Most of us would agree that healthcare insurance premiums are too high and that the cost of coverage is hurting more American families than it heals.
•A single-payer system is now a part of the national conversation and one many Americans are interested in exploring. As your representative, I will advocate for this approach and work to improve healthcare accessibility and cost for all Americans.
Like so many in the 9th, I’m a middle class working woman and wife, living in Kent, trying to keep up with a mortgage payment and student loan bills. I’ve worked any job I could to keep that roof over my head today. I’ve been a foreclosure specialist, a paralegal and a liability negotiator. Today I work full-time as an administrative coordinator for a small business.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been socially, if not politically, engaged. I’ve marched, donated, served and organized for Planned Parenthood, the World Wildlife Fund and the Humane Society. Through the years I’ve worked with refugees, Indian-Americans, young girls and feminist groups.
Working families like ours have lived on the edge of disaster for a long time. Yet despite all the times Congress has threatened the social safety net that helps people get their lives back on track, the net was always there. There were holes in that net, to be sure. That’s why I’ve helped coordinate food drives to aid families impacted by program cuts. But the net was still there. That all seemed to change November 8th, 2016. The 115th Congress is more hostile to the needs of working families than I’ve seen in my lifetime. It was, for me, an awakening, and I knew it was time to abandon my armchair liberalism and get involved.
Sarah on what is wrong with the current Democratic party:
PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS WITH HEALTHCARE THROUGH MEDICARE
This will include high-quality general, dental, vision, and mental health coverage. Medicare is more efficient than any private insurance provider and is accepted by 95% of doctors. Under our plan, private insurance companies will be allowed to compete with each other in a truly free market to offer supplemental insurance plans.
INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS, CLINICS AND HOSPITALS
We have a shortage of doctors and health care facilities in America today. In rural areas, it can be almost impossible to see even a general practitioner let alone a specialist. The American Medical Association currently restricts the number of doctors who are admitted to medical school and the number of foreign trained doctors who can be certified to practice in America. They do this to ensure higher salaries for doctors. We believe doctors are incredibly valuable members of our communities and economy and should be paid well — and they should not have to create shortages to raise their wages!
END THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
Many children go to schools with aggressive zero-tolerance disciplinary practices, which are directly tied to Congressional funding requirements. These policies often result in suspension or expulsion for students with disciplinary issues — pushing them out of school and into the criminal justice system. Not only does this leave children without the resources they need to succeed, but it also creates antagonism between children and authority figures, contributing to the likelihood of their incarceration.
GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS ONCE AND FOR ALL
We will reform our electoral system to create a more perfect democracy: This will include removing money from politics, getting rid of the electoral college, investigating alternative voting systems such as ranked choice voting, and making election day a national holiday. In addition, we must improve the actual mechanics of voting to make it easier to vote and to defend against electoral fraud.
Are you disgusted with the complete lack of morality and values shown by this GOP dominated government? Have you realized that we the people are of no concern to them? Does it infuriate you that our elected representatives work strictly for the top 1% and their special interest groups? The only way to reverse our government’s disastrous course is to remove the GOP majority in Congress. Nevada House District 3 is open for 2018. This is a crucial seat. We must keep it Democratic. I want the United States to get back to being a democracy, not an oligarchy. If you agree, then I ask you to join me. I have no rich donors, I do not come from a long line of politicians, and I am not beholden to any special interests. It‘s time to fight. The future of this country and our people are at stake.