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