HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

HEALTH CARE

ALL AMERICANS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE THEY REQUIRE. WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SKYROCKETING INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE A RESULT OF GREEDY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS MORE INTERESTED IN PROFIT THAN CARING FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN.  WE MUST ADOPT A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS, A PEOPLE OVER PROFIT SYSTEM THAT TAKES CARE OF THE MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASS RATHER THAN LINING THE POCKETS OF INSURANCE COMPANY EXECUTIVES. I SUPPORT A SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE FOR ALL SYSTEM.


ECONOMY AND JOB CREATION

INVESTING IN AMERICA AND EMPOWERING BUSINESS OWNERS

BY INVESTING IN AMERICA WE CAN CREATE JOBS TO FIX OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. ADDITIONALLY I WILL WORK TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS BY REDUCING THE TAX BURDEN AND SIMPLIFYING TAX FILINGS. I WILL WORK TO REWARD BUSINESSES FOR THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THEY EMPLOY AND THE FAIR WAGES THEY PAY. I WILL SUPPORT AND PROTECT ALL WORKING CLASS AMERICANS BY FIGHTING FOR A LIVING WAGE TO END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY.     

CARING FOR ALL OF OUR VETERANS

CARING FOR VETERANS

WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CARE FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM. THIS IS WHY I SUPPORT EXPANDING THE VA BY AUTHORIZING MORE FUNDS FOR ENHANCED OUTREACH PROGRAMS AND OPENING NEW FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  I BELIEVE WE MUST ENHANCE AND EXPAND VETERAN JOB TRAINING AND WE MUST COMBAT THE TRAVESTY OF VETERAN HOMELESSNESS BY ENSURING ALL VETERANS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING  AND BY FINDING WAYS TO MAKE THE VETERANS DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS FASTER. I SUPPORT RESTORING ALL CUTS TO VETERAN PENSIONS.  

SOCIAL SECURITY

THE GOVERNMENTS MOST SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM

MY PRIORITY IS TO PROTECT THIS GREAT PROGRAM. WE MUST FOCUS ON EXPANDING SOCIAL SECURITY BY REMOVING THE TAXABLE INCOME CAP AND MAKING EVERY WORKING AMERICAN PAY EQUALLY. THEN WE CAN INCREASE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS TO LIFT MORE SENIORS OUT OF POVERTY.  

K-12 EDUCATION

WE MUST END THE POVERTY CYCLE BECAUSE EDUCATION BEGINS AT HOME. THE REALITY IS SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND EDUCATORS HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CHILD'S LIFE WHEN THEY ARE AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL BUILDING. I SUPPORT LONGER SCHOOL DAYS AND LONGER SCHOOL YEARS. I SUPPORT THE  ALLOCATION OF INCREASED FEDERAL FUNDING TO GIVE OUR EDUCATORS THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED AND OUR INSTITUTIONS THE INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY THEY REQUIRE TO BE COMPETITIVE ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE. THE JURY IS STILL OUT ON VOUCHER SYSTEMS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THEREFORE I BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME TESTING STANDARDS AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS. BY HOLDING PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS TO THE SAME STANDARDS WE CAN GATHER MEANINGFUL DATA AND MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON FACTS AND EXPERIENCE. FURTHERMORE, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO CONSTRAIN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS FROM USING PUBLIC FUNDS TO INDOCTRINATE STUDENTS. IF THIS CANNOT BE ACHIEVED THEN I SUPPORT BANNING VOUCHERS FOR USE AT RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.     

IMMIGRATION

FAIR AND BALANCED PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

I SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT CREATES A FULL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. I SUPPORT A STREAMLINED PROCESS WHICH IS FAIR AND BALANCED. THOSE WORKING HERE ILLEGALLY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY AND DESIGNATED AS TEMPORARY WORKERS. ADDITIONALLY, THOSE LIVING HERE ILLEGALLY SHOULD BE OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP. IMMIGRATION LAWS NEED TO BE ENFORCED HUMANELY WITH GOALS OF KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER AND SUPPORTING THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, AND EMPLOYERS WHILE CRACKING DOWN ON THOSE WHO PRESENT A SERIOUS AND VIOLENT RISK TO THE PUBLIC.      

EQUALITY

LGBTQ

THE FACT THAT LGBTQ RIGHTS ARE STILL BEING DEBATED AND TAKING CENTER STAGE IN OUR COUNTRY IS SIMPLY RIDICULOUS. I TRULY BELIEVE WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO "LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS". I WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION ENSURING COMPLETE PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. THIS INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO MARRY, A SPOUSES ABILITY TO BE COVERED BY THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS BENEFITS, AND THE ABILITY TO ADOPT A CHILD. I WILL WORK HARD TO ENSURE LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE TREATED FAIRLY IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE AND GIVEN THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS EVERYONE ELSE. I WILL VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST OR INFRINGES ON THE RIGHTS OF LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS.

FOR WOMEN

SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN MY LIFE HAVE BEEN WOMEN, I HAVE MET MANY GREAT LEADERS THROUGHOUT MY CAREER THAT I DRAW INSPIRATION FROM. NOBODY HAS HAD MORE INFLUENCE ON MY BELIEFS THAN MY MOTHER. MY MOTHER HAD ME WHEN SHE WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND ENDURED THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF BEING A PARENT AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. MY ENTIRE FAMILY WERE VICTIMS OF AN ABUSIVE MALE FIGURE, WE ARE TRULY SURVIVORS. BECAUSE OF THIS I MAKE IT A PERSONAL MISSION TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. I WILL WORK TIRELESSLY TO ELIMINATE JOB DISCRIMINATION, FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY, AND STOP INJUSTICES AGAINST WOMAN BASED ON THEIR GENDER AND ETHNICITY. 

BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT

THE ENVIRONMENT

MY GOAL IS TO HELP LEAD ARIZONA INTO BECOMING A BEACON FOR CLEAN ENERGY. I WILL SEEK OUT THE FACTS FROM THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND OPPOSE EFFORTS TO UNDO THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. RENEWABLE ENERGY IS THE FUTURE AND WE MUST ENCOURAGE ITS IMPLEMENTATION AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

WE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR INCARCERATING NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS WHILE RAPE, MURDER, CORRUPTION, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING RUN RAMPANT. I WILL WORK TO REDUCE MASS INCARCERATIONS FOR NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS. I WILL OPPOSE FOR PROFIT PRISONS AND WORK TOWARD REHABILITATION AND HUMANE TREATMENT OF ALL INCARCERATED PEOPLE.  

CORRUPTION

THE ERA OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION MUST COME TO AN END. POLITICIANS ACTING IMPROPERLY AND LYING FOR SHORT TERM GAIN CAN NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED AS NORMAL. IT IS TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO BE FILLED WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO ARE OPEN AND HONEST, WHO WELCOME TRANSPARENCY, AND WORK TOGETHER TO ERADICATE POLITICAL CORRUPTION. I VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE ARIZONA LAW ON DARK MONEY AND THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION.