Vote by mail
If there is one thing the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us it is the need for mail-in voting. To protect the well-being and rights of voters, I believe all registered voters should be sent absentee ballots for every election. Voters should never again have to choose between exercising their right to vote and risking their life.In fact, much of the country votes by mail already.
Five states currently conduct all elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah.
There is ample experience to show that a vote-by-mail option is safe and gives citizens the ability to participate.
I believe we need to change the way our election maps are drawn so one party does not draw an unfair advantage over the other. That is why I am signing the Fair Maps Pledge…“As a candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly/Senate, I support an independent process to draw legislative district maps. If elected, I will fight to pass a bill by June 30, 2021, and will insist upon a new process before we finalize a 2021-23 biennial budget, so we can be sure the next redistricting process results in Fair Maps for the next decade.”
Legalizing Medical Marijuana
There are so many Americans currently suffering who could have that suffering alleviated by the use of medical marijuana. Marijuana is currently used to treat a myriad of conditions including Alzheimer’s, cancer, Crohn’s disease, appetite loss, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, pain and nausea. It has been particularly helpful in fighting chronic pain as well as, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. For these reasons and the fact that our district voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum for legalizing medical marijuana I support its legalization.
Decriminalization is a no-brainer. There are many benefits of decriminalizing marijuana, they include:
- Save money by reducing prison and especially jail costs and population size
- Free up law enforcement resources to be used in more appropriate ways
- Prioritize health and safety over punishment for people who use drugs
- Reduce the stigma associated with drug use so that problematic drug users are encouraged to come out of the shadows and seek treatment and other support
- Remove barriers to evidence-based harm reduction practices such as drug checking, heroin-assisted treatment, and medical marijuana
Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
Legalizing recreational marijuana will have countless benefits. It will add billions to the economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, free up scarce police resources, and stop the huge racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. Regulating marijuana will lower street crime, take business away from the drug cartels, and make marijuana use safer through required testing, labeling, and child-proof packaging.
Getting Money Out of PoliticsWhen I talk about getting big money and special interests out of politics I’m talking about the issues created by citizens united. What is “Citizens United?” In a nutshell, it is a ruling that allows corporations and outside groups to spend unlimited money on elections. That’s why it is so important to elect representatives who don’t take outside money or influence and have people-powered campaigns!
Raising the Minimum Wage to $15
Studies show that a $15 minimum wage by 2024 would generate $120 billion in higher wages for workers and would also benefit their communities. Because lower-paid workers spend much of their extra earnings, this increase of wages will help grow the economy and create greater business activity and job growth. It would also begin to reverse decades of inequality in pay.
Another referendum with overwhelming support in this district is expanding Badgercare. The referendum not only passed here but a recent poll from Marquette University shows seven out of ten Wisconsinites support accepting federal funds to fully expand BadgerCare in order to cover more low-income adults.
Wisconsin’s decision to only partially expand BadgerCare has cost state tax payers more than $1 billion and leaves thousands in our state uninsured. We pay millions more per year to cover fewer people.
One of the biggest stigmas that Democrats have to try to overcome because of years of fear mongering by the Republican Party is our push to end gun violence means we are against the 2nd Amendment. In reality, that is the farthest thing from the truth. We are trying to keep guns out of the wrong hands, not law abiding citizens.
That being said, I do believe if you want to fire a weapon designed for war join the military. I believe we must pass common-sense gun safety legislation to require background checks on every single gun sale, including closing the gun show loophole — a proposal that a recent Washington Post-ABC News survey found was supported by 88% of gun owners. We must also stop the sale of assault weapons to the public, pass red flag laws limiting access to firearms for domestic abusers — including closing the “boyfriend loophole” — and those who would commit acts of domestic terrorism, and fully fund the CDC to reverse the damage of the decades-long ban on gun violence research. I think these are measures sensible gun owners would agree on.