To work with dedication of purpose towards ending the epidemic of gun violence in America
To work to pass voting rights bill/s (Lewis) and others so ensure all citizen are able to cast a viable/valuable vote as our democracy depends on it.
To work to forward environmental initiatives and bills, Our rural lands are under attack by multinational corporations every bit as much as Brazil. I believe we need anti trust intervention immediately.
I would work to remove the Dickey Amendment which limits and effectively blocks federal funds to study the epidemic of gun violence
I will support initiatives and legislation for conservation and soil reclamation practices that will decrease soil erosion to the soil loss limits on a particular parcel of land. There are many initiatives and need further study and well wrought wording to bring into legislation. I will be involved with this process.
My dear moderators, this is way above my theoretical pay grade! I do believe that tax cuts are not the answer. We need funds to keep our county’s infrastructure strong. Universal child care would go a long way to support all the innovative women that should have impact on our economy but are held back
We need to examine antitrust laws that are extant. The monopolization of clinics and health services across rural America is the death knell to rural American life. I believe and will work towards complete and total health care for reproductive services. It is an anathema that legislation or even courts should judge a woman's right to privately plan her family.
I wholly support the John Lewis Voting rights amendment and I do not believe that states should have a say in electoral processes of federal elections. Actually in any election but this question is put to me in a federal election capacity.
My top priority is to improve the economy of western Minnesota. Everyone is hurting from the Democrats’ unchecked spending and record inflation. The first step is to rein in federal spending.
In order to stabilize our economy, we need to focus on our energy resources. The Biden Administration has done everything they can to stop domestic oil and gas production, causing prices to skyrocket and increase our dependence on unstable foreign nations. We must reverse course to encourage America’s energy independence.
I want to make sure we have strong rural communities where we can raise our families, and our children and grandchildren stay and thrive. It’s why I'm running for Congress: to stand up for our western MN values and way of life.
New gun laws, which infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens, are not the solution to mass shootings. We need to address the mindset that devalues life, and instead support mental health awareness and early intervention, such as resources for suicide and life crises hotlines and school-based violence prevention programs.
We have one of the most affordable and abundant resources that lowers greenhouse gas emissions in our biofuels industry. One of the first actions I took after being sworn in was to join the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, a bipartisan group that works to advance policies that support this industry. From conventional motor fuel to sustainable aviation fuel, these products can be produced here in our backyard, creating jobs in rural western MN while achieving significant reduction in emissions.
As previously mentioned, we need to stop the reckless spending and unleash our energy economy.
Congress should pass legislation like the American Energy Independence Act, which would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, unleash U.S. liquid natural gas exports, restart oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, and protect energy and mineral development from regulatory attacks.
First of all, we should not turn over 1/6 of our economy to the federal government, put healthcare decision making into the hands of bureaucrats, and raise everyone’s taxes to pay for it. Independent studies show that proposals like Medicare for All would close rural hospitals and result in fewer physicians in rural areas. Any federal healthcare policy reform should always put the patient’s needs first, and that includes protecting coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
We cannot allow Congress to nationalize our elections. The Constitution established that state legislatures set election laws. In Minnesota, we need Voter ID and provisional balloting in order to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.
My top three priorities are to reduce government spending along with the national debt by shrinking the size and scope of the federal government, to reduce the number of veteran suicides, and to end the drug war by legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana.
I believe the national debt and our out of control government spending are the top threats to our country and our lives as we know them.
We need to think outside of the box when it comes to veteran suicides with lifelong mental health to our deployed service members.
The drug war has cost this country billions if not trillions of dollars to keep a plant illegal. The money spent on enforcement and incarceration as well as lost production for those jailed has better uses.
We do not need legislation as much as we need a reversal of the no fail culture we have developed since the 1980s. This outweighed concern about children’s self esteem has raised generations of adults who are not mentally equipped to handle hardship and failure. We need to instill in our kids the value of life and responsibility. I ask all to look at what has changed and what has remained the same since the out break of violence (it is not just guns). That is what must be addressed.
We need to stop wasting time on solar and wind which is not cost effective nor clean. We need to turn our focus back to nuclear which is the cleanest most efficient power generation. As to corporate pollution, I would make it easier to sue corporations for practices that damage the environment and hold management and stockholders responsible (This would be a part of a much broader corporate reform which is desperately needed). The government needs to stop propping up non-viable practices
I addressed this in my opening question, we need to reduce the national debt and the size and scope of the national government. We need to empty our prisons of no victim crimes and allow these people back into the work force to contribute to the economy rather than pull from it. We need to increase legal immigration and we need to halt corporate welfare and this too big to fail mentality. Corporations failing is what gives small businesses room to grow.
We need to decentralize our health care. The corporations who now run our health care system have no incentive to see patients as the customers, but their stockholders are their real customers. This will not change without radical action. I would address this by increasing taxes on corporations with more than 20 shareholders (while excluding s-corps and co-ops). This should allow for more smaller practices that need to compete for patients and would encourage them in smaller markets.
I do think we need an ID for voter registration. I also think the government needs to provide that ID at no cost if they require it. I think we need a secure chain of possession of ballots from the voter to the polling location. Only voters, immediate family members and bonded agents should be in possession of the ballots until they are dropped off at a polling location and those locations must be under 24-hour surveillance. Confidence needs to be built back up in our elections.