Healthcare

A common sentiment of my friends and family is that they don’t go to the doctor because they can’t afford it. I believe that healthcare should be available to all. After all, it’s not your fault that you got sick so why should you have to be the one who pays for it? Access to healthcare should be a right …

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Second Amendment Rights

I believe that if you are a responsible gun owner, you should retain your right to own a weapon. I do not believe that banning certain weapons like the AR-15, limiting the quantity of bullets in a clip or creating a gun registry are effective measures in preventing the tragedies that this nation has witnessed. I do believe, however, that …

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Marijuana

Many find it strange that I include Marijuana among my important issues. But I don’t believe it’s an issue. I believe it’s a solution, one which would provide billions in tax revenue. This is money that can go toward health care, student loan forgiveness or to fund research into alternative energy. In addition to marijuana’s medical benefits, studies have also indicated …

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Education

It’s absolutely 100% commendable if you were able to obtain an education through sheer determination and force of will. I want to make it absolutely clear that I, in no way, intend to detract from, nor demean the value of the hard work and effort that was put forth to obtain a degree. There’s no argument that that’s something to …

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Government Accountability

In 2014 there was a federal insurance program established that would ensure that farmers would be able to maintain their operations in times when there was a drop in demand. This year, dairy farmers in the region suffered from a decline in demand as well as a drop in prices. This insurance program, despite collecting over $73 million in premiums, …

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Social Security

Over 180,000 people in the 19th district are eligible to collect Social Security but with property tax and the cost of living as high in the region as it is, many seniors cannot afford to live on what social security pays them, including my own grandparents. They will be the first to tell you that social security, while reliable in …

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The Rights of All

No matter how you look at it, diversity is essential to the growth and progress of a nation. Without different points of view and different perspectives, we cannot hope to achieve our full potential. Discrimination in any form hinders the progress of our communities and of our nation and it’s something that cannot be tolerated. I feel strongly that we need to protect …

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The Environment

Oil lobbyists would have you believe that it’s not true but it’s no longer a topic of debate in the scientific community; the use of fossil fuels is damaging our planet. Climate change is real and we need to do something about it. While I believe that it’s important that we as a nation are Energy independent, it shouldn’t be …

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Jobs and The Economy

Small business is the heart of the economy in the 19th District but these businesses face tax burdens that make it more difficult to operate in our community. In addition to taxes, small businesses face regulatory challenges. While large corporations can afford to pay the fees associated with these regulations, small businesses don’t necessarily have these resources making it difficult …

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