Issues

Money Out Of Politics

We will be freer and we will live in a more just society with less money in politics, not more. We must stand together and say with a unified voice that corporations are not people, more money does not afford you more speech, and that we the people want our government back. Now more than ever we need to work to overturn Citizens United and retake our democracy. Money in politics takes power away from the people and puts it in the hands of the wealthy few. Now is the time to act.

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Marijuana Legalization

While legalizing marijuana would not be a cure-all to turn our state around overnight, it would enhance personal freedoms, increase financial opportunity, and lead to safer communities.

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Raise The Wage

Wisconsin working families aren’t making enough to make ends meet, much less get ahead. Raising the minimum wage for hardworking Wisconsin families is a win-win, generating business for our economy and our local businesses. Wisconsin workers are the true profit creators for our economy. Our friends and neighbors show up every day, create profits for employers, and support our local businesses and communities. We should all have their backs.

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Heathcare

Expanded access to health care provides people the freedom to pursue a more prosperous future. Affordable health care is the linchpin toward a better life for so many hardworking Americans in our community. Accepting the federal Medicaid expansion would provide people the security of preventative health care, and take away the fear and stress of bankruptcy due to medical bills from a single illness.

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Women's Rights

I believe reproductive health care should not be a partisan issue. In the 21st century, we should all realize that women can and should be empowered to make personal decisions regarding their own bodies. Each woman, not politicians, should have the right to make these personal decisions for herself.

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Gun Reform

We have to do better as a society to avoid future tragedies. I believe that we must arrive at a place of agreement on the role of guns in American society. We can respect Second Amendment rights while still stopping guns from landing in the wrong hands. With recent polls showing that over 85 percent of people support universal background checks for firearms purchases, I believe we are heading in the right direction. The public is ready. We shouldn’t wait any longer to pass common sense gun control legislation in Wisconsin.

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