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Senator — United States Senate

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About this office

Senators are elected to six-year terms to represent the people of their state in the federal government. They make new laws, hold hearings, approve presidential appointments, and help set priorities for U.S. policy.
For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.

Alert: Voting in the U.S. Senate Primary

This year there are 37 candidates running for U.S. Senate in California. Make sure that when you vote, you choose only 1 out of the 37.

Look at your ballot carefully. Because there are so many candidates, they may be listed in two or more columns or even on two separate ballot pages! But you can only vote for one candidate.

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Candidates

You can vote for 1 of these 37 candidates.

Kamala D. Harris

Democratic
California Attorney General
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Repairing the ladder of opportunity and tackling income...
  2. Fighting for improved educational opportunities, affordable...
  3. Advancing equality, justice and civil rights for all...
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Loretta L. Sanchez

Democratic
California Congresswoman
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Fixing our broken immigration system
  2. Making a college education affordable and accessible
  3. Shrinking income inequality and protecting workers
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Duf Sundheim

Republican
small business owner, mediator
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Create better paying jobs and reduce the rising costs...
  2. End the High Speed Rail and use those funds to help...
  3. End Common Core, return control of our education system...
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Phil Wyman

Republican
Attorney & Elected Official
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Thomas G. Del Beccaro

Republican
Small Business Attorney & Media Contributor
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  1. A Flat Tax that will replace the existing tax code,...
  2. A comprehensive Water Plan for California
  3. Restore clarity to American foreign policy
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Greg Conlon

Republican
Businessman, Attorney, CPA, Accountant...
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  1. Create jobs by providing income tax incentives (reducing...
  2. Fix immagration issues by strengthening our borders,...
  3. Balance the Federal budget by cutting administrative...
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Steve Stokes

Democratic
Mortgage Broker
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George C. Yang

Republican
Software Developer
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Karen Roseberry

Republican
Educator
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  1. Security by providing real foreign policy solutions...
  2. Accountability in the economy by establishing a fair...
  3. Values of America- life, liberty, freedom, and opportunity-...
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Gail K. Lightfoot

Libertarian
Retired professional nurse
Top 3 Priorities
  1. My first priority is bringing together the issues...
  2. My second priority is to hold the oil companies accountable...
  3. My third priority, though it is close to my heart,...
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Massie Munroe

Democratic
Civil Environmental Engineer
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Restore, strengthen, update, protect, defend the United...
  2. Establish a U. S. Citizen's Bank to serve as America's...
  3. Hold Congressional hearings, investigate and put an...
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Pamela Elizondo

Green
Environmental Healing Consultant
Top 3 Priorities
  1. To stop global warming & the need for war by legalizing...
  2. To convince or leaders & rich CEO's of the profit,...
  3. Stop global warming & the need for war, spend taxpayer's...
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Tom Palzer

Republican
Long-Range Planner with 32 years...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. National Defense/Anti-Terrorism - Our National Defense...
  2. The Economy - We need to deregulate, reduce the corporate...
  3. Veterans Affairs - My fellow veterans died waiting...
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Ron Unz

Republican
Software Developer, Businessman,...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Raise the national minimum wage to $12 per hour
  2. Ensure that all children in American public schools...
  3. Sharply cut legal immigration and drastically reduce...
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Don Krampe

Republican
public administration - ymca director-...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. EDUC. teach students how to think,success princilpes,...
  2. SECURE OUR BOARDERS
  3. BRING BACK OUR JOBS FROM OVER SEAS, GET OUR COUNTRY...
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Eleanor García

Aerospace Factory Worker
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Massive public works program at union wages to rebuild...
  2. Immediate end to the embargo against Cuba. U.S. out...
  3. Organize workers to build a movement to fight for...
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Jarrell Williamson

Republican
Health Care Lawyer
Top 3 Priorities
  1. I affirm the Second Amendment and our Right to Keep...
  2. Reduce the size and scope of the federal government,...
  3. Reduce the spending of the federal government, and...
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Von Hougo

Republican
Science Teacher
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Create a secure digital portal to allow registered...
  2. Allow voters to specify the issues that are most important...
  3. The water situation in California needs to be addressed....
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Mark Matthew Herd

Libertarian
Businessman, Community Organizer
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Reduce the size and scope of government
  2. Stop government waste on foreign wars of occupation...
  3. Remove the undue influence of money in politics with...
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John Thompson Parker

Peace and Freedom
West Coast Coordinator of International...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Stopping police killings, especially against Black...
  2. Working towards ending the "endless wars," drone program...
  3. Working towards the ending of the prison industrial...
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Herbert G. Peters

Democratic
Three Careers: 1. Farmer's Son; graduated...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Federal Spending Excessive, Drives Up Cost of Living
  2. Jobs, about 23% Unemployment; Everyone Should Be Able...
  3. In 59th Year Without a Balanced Budget; Deficits for...
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Emory Rodgers

Democratic
Activist
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Income Inequality is central to Emory Rodgers campaign....
  2. Protecting and preserving our environment is essential...
  3. Eliminating corporate influence in our political system...
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Mike Beitiks

Attorney & Writer
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Clive Grey

Woodworker/Businessman/Entrepreneur
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Improve our healthcare system and work towards requiring...
  2. Promote green technologies and water reclamation and...
  3. Convert the prison systems into non profit educational...
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Jason Hanania

Attorney/Engineer
Top 3 Priorities
  1. I am an evoteAmerica.org Evoting Candidate. I do what...
  2. I am an evoteAmerica.org Evoting Candidate. I do what...
  3. I am an evoteAmerica.org Evoting Candidate. I do what...
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Paul Merritt

self employed [Broker] former rancher/...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Protection of our California environment and restricting...
  2. create a U.S government that works and is for...
  3. Stop reckless Federal spending. Respect...
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Jason Kraus

Business Owner
Top 3 Priorities
  1. No campaign contributions. No salary. One term.
  2. Remove all forms of income tax. Free the American...
  3. Secure all American borders. Stop human trafficking....
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Don J. Grundmann

Doctor of Chiropractic
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Stop the mutilation of children into so-called "...
  2. Expose the racism of Planned Parenthood, stop all...
  3. Expose the lie, scam, and fraud of so-called " Global...
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Scott A. Vineberg

Businessperson
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Tim Gildersleeve

Data Analyst & Transit Operator
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  1. Ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are...
  2. Be part of an impactful public works project that...
  3. Strengthen laws that allow union accessiblity for...
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Billy Falling

Republican
Author
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Restore the teaching of the Ten Commandments to public...
  2. Stop the killing of babies
  3. Defend Traditional Marriage
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Alexis Stuart

Republican
Alexis Stuart, the Credit Whisperer®,...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Secure the border.
  2. Bring jobs back to America and put U.S. Citizens to...
  3. Drastically reduce the size of the Federal Government...
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Democratic
Attorney General of California
3,000,689 votes (39.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Repairing the ladder of opportunity and tackling income inequality -- the greatest economic challenge we face
  • Fighting for improved educational opportunities, affordable college and 21st century job training
  • Advancing equality, justice and civil rights for all people

Experience

Experience

Profession:California Attorney General
Attorney General, State of California — Elected position (2011–current)
District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office — Elected position (2004–2010)
Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (2000–2003)
Managing Attorney, Career Criminal Unit, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (1998–2000)
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (1990–1998)

Education

U.C. Hastings College of Law J.D. (1989)
Howard University B.A., Political Science & Economics (1986)

Biography

Kamala D. Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, a career prosecutor and a Democratic candidate for California’s open United States Senate seat. Kamala was raised by a family steeped in the civil rights movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by those in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the people of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

She has been a national leader in reforming the criminal justice system. Her book, ‘Smart on Crime,” challenged the false choice that we must either be “soft” or “tough” on crime and set forth a new vision for public safety that focuses on combating recidivism and addressing the root causes of crime, rather than just treating its symptoms. As Attorney General, she expanded her efforts statewide, creating the Division of Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry at the California Department of Justice and building data-based initiatives that focus on early-intervention in children and young offenders. And she’s fought to ensure law enforcement has the top technological tools to more effectively and efficiently fight crime.

Kamala has spent her entire career fighting for the voiceless in our society and against those who prey on them – taking on criminal organizations and transnational gangs and fighting against fraud and abuse in all its forms. As Attorney General, Kamala fought the biggest banks in the world and won $20 billion for California homeowners harmed by the foreclosure crisis. She successfully defended California’s environmental protections in court and prosecuted those who prey on immigrant families. She has a lifetime commitment to protecting children, from early in her career when she prosecuted child abusers, to her work as District Attorney fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, to her groundbreaking move as Attorney General to create the Bureau of Children’s Justice in the California Department of Justice to protect our state’s children.

Kamala has also been a national civil rights leader, playing a critical role in the national movement for marriage equality and leading opposition to cynical efforts to discriminate against Californians based on age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

The science is settled -- global warming and climate change is an existential threat to our existence. While Congress has failed to act, California has been a leader in the fight against climate change. As Attorney General, I've defended our landmark climate change law from challenges by the biggest polluters, like Big Oil. I have fought to improve air quality across our state and prosecuted polluters who disregard our environmental protections. In Washington, I'll bring California’s environmental leadership to the national stage.  For too long, Congress has refused to pass any legislation to fight climate change and global warming. Instead, Republican majorities in both chambers are working to undo the rules that keep our air clean and protect our future. I will stand up to the climate change deniers and fight to pass national climate change legislation that promotes innovation like establishing a carbon tax or creating a cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

Advancing legislation to prevent gun violence will be one of my top priorities in the Senate. As California’s Attorney General, I was proud to sponsor legislation to ban the “bullet button” and close loopholes in California assault weapons ban. As a prosecutor, I have seen assault weapons kill police officers and babies. There is no place for military-style weapons in our streets. But Congress has failed to renew the assault weapons ban that Senator Feinstein has fought hard for, and I would join the fight in the Senate to restore those crucial protections. I’ll also work hard to pass comprehensive background legislation that closes loopholes in our national background check system. Congress needs to stand up to the special interests who have stalled on progress on gun safety issues in Washington, and that's what I will do in the Senate.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

No. I support finding ways to increase trade opportunities, but any trade agreement must protect workers and safeguard the world-class environmental protections we have worked so hard to create in California. I am proud of my office’s work protecting and defending California's landmark climate change legislation and those environmental protections should not be jeopardized.   I am not satisfied TPP protects those priorities and would not support it.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

First, I am proud to have been a long-time advocate for medical marijuana and know many people who have been helped by California’s medical marijuana program. People who are fighting serious illness like cancer should have all the treatment tools available to them.  I am generally supportive of legalization broadly but, before we do, I think we need to put safeguards that protect our kids, help law enforcement detect impairment and make sure we protect public safety.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:
California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in our state’s history. Every Californian needs to continue conserving – the cheapest, most effective way to increase our water resources – but we also need to update our aging water infrastructure, increase our stormwater capture and storage capacity, and make smart investments in water recycling, purification, and desalination. That’s why I support a comprehensive, long-term, comprehensive approach to creating a more sustainable water future for California’s children.
  • Conserving Water For Immediate Savings: All Californians must conserve water – our most precious resource. Reducing water usage is the fastest, cheapest way for all Californians – families, businesses, and communities – to increase water capacity and stretch our water supplies further.
  • Improving Water Infrastructure & Increasing Water Storage Capacity: Our water delivery infrastructure was designed decades ago when California had only a fraction of our current population. Not only is this infrastructure crumbling, but it also isn’t meeting the needs of a modern California. Instead of holding onto precious rain water after a storm, many of our coastal water systems simply flush it out to the ocean. I would support efforts to increase rainwater storage capacity and supports the urgent need to restore and modernize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
  • Investing In Water Recycling & Desalination Technologies: This water crisis and drought are opportunities for California to make smart investments in and utilize new technologies that help increase our water supply. Already, communities across the state are using water-recycling technology to expand water resources. And Israel is already showing how successful desalination plants can be at supplementing water supplies. In the Senate, I would lead an effort to build out and improve these and other technologies.
Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Kamala D. Harris:

I will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington that includes a fair pathway to citizenship, and I will take on those who stand in the way. Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $14,748,067

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Warner Bros. Entertainment
$93,400
2
Employees of Venable LLP
$82,525
3
Employees of Creative Artists Agency
$72,433
4
Employees of Twentieth Century Fox
$66,600
5
Google and employees
$65,225

More information about contributions

By State:

California 71.57%
New York 7.53%
District of Columbia 5.75%
Massachusetts 2.15%
Other 13.01%
71.57%13.01%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.47%)
Small contributions (9.53%)
90.47%9.53%

By Type:

From organizations (6.82%)
From individuals (93.18%)
93.18%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

In all of her work, Kamala’s approach is grounded in her many years of experience as a career prosecutor fighting for everyday people. In Washington, she’ll put the interests of California families first and stand up to the powerful special interests and big corporations. As one of California’s United States Senators, Kamala will work to:   

Ø  Repair the ladder of opportunity that’s broken for so many Americans by fighting income inequality, creating good-paying jobs and enacting family leave and equal pay policies that help working families

Ø  Fight to ensure our children have a fair shot in school and in life by passing universal pre-kindergarten legislation, making sure funding actually gets into classrooms and saving young adults from crushing student loan debt

Ø  Protect our water resources through conservation and an all-of-the-above approach that upgrades our water infrastructure and invests in the best new recycling and desalination technologies

Ø  Pass comprehensive immigration reform that brings the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in our country out of the shadows and provides a fair pathway to citizenship

Ø  Take California’s leadership fighting climate change to the national level and finally pass meaningful federal environmental legislation that cuts fossil fuel emissions and keeps our families healthy

The only way we can fix the dysfunction in Washington is to change the type of leaders we send there. We need more leaders like Kamala Harris who will win results for California families and put the interests of everyday people first.

Standing Up For Immigrant Communities

Summary

Kamala Harris knows that California and the nation are stronger today because of the generations of Americans who came to this country in search of a better life. She’s the daughter of immigrants and knows that embracing our diversity makes the fabric of our society stronger, our economy more innovative, and our community more inclusive.

Kamala Harris knows that California and the nation are stronger today because of the generations of Americans who came to this country in search of a better life. She’s the daughter of immigrants and knows that embracing our diversity makes the fabric of our society stronger, our economy more innovative, and our community more inclusive.

Kamala believes that everyone should have access to public education, public health, and public safety regardless of their immigration status. As San Francisco District Attorney and now California’s Attorney General, she has fought for justice on behalf of immigrants who are targeted by criminals based on their immigration status. As Attorney General, she warned immigrants seeking drivers’ licenses against scammers, and she demanded thousands of hours of pro bono legal aid worth millions of dollars from the state’s largest and most powerful law firms for immigrant children and families caught in legal limbo.

In the U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that creates a fair pathway to citizenship. She’ll work on behalf of DREAMers who know no other home than America, and she compassionately and responsibly welcomes those fleeing violence.

  • Finally Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. This failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she will take on those who stand in the way.
  • Protect President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions: The only way to truly fix our immigration system is to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but the President’s recent executive actions offer some relief to millions of families living in our country. Kamala has fought to protect these actions as Attorney General, and in Washington, she will block attempts in Congress to dismantle them without action on comprehensive reform.
  • DREAMing Of A Better Tomorrow: Over the last several decades, millions of undocumented children were brought to America by their parents and don’t know any country other than the United States as home. These young people want to fully participate in the American dream. Thanks to the President’s actions, many of them now have a temporary reprieve from the fear of deportation, but a more permanent solution is needed. Here in California, Kamala supported the California DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to access financial aid at public universities and community colleges. In the Senate, Kamala will support a federal DREAM Act, which would create a fair pathway to citizenship for DREAMers who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces or graduated from high school and pursue higher education.
  • Build Trust Between Immigrant Communities & Law Enforcement: Some criminals prey on immigrants, relying on them not to report crimes to law enforcement officers because of their immigration status – a prospect made all the more real by the failure to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. When criminals can get away with victimizing entire segments of the population, it makes all of us unsafe and weakens our society. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, Kamala has fought to bring these criminals to justice and to ensure that immigrants feel safe in their communities so they can report crimes. As Attorney General, she challenged federal policy that attempted to turn local law enforcement into de facto Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and supported law enforcement to build relationships of trust with the communities they serve in order to improve public safety. In the Senate, Kamala will encourage law enforcement agencies both to strengthen protections for immigrants who report crimes without fear of deportation and to seek justice against criminals who target immigrants.
  • Fighting Scams & Fraud That Target Immigrant Families: As Attorney General, Kamala has prosecuted scam artists and criminals who target immigrant families. She’s provided guidance to and warned consumers against unauthorized immigration consultants. In the Senate, she’ll continue fighting to protect immigrant communities and make sure immigrants, regardless of status, know they have access to our justice system.
  • A Place Of Hope & Opportunity For Those Fleeing Oppression: Kamala believes that we have a moral obligation to responsibly resettle refugees who flee violence and oppression in their own countries. That’s why, as Attorney General, she brought together California’s top law firms and secured millions of dollars and thousands of hours worth of pro bono legal aid to help the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America in search of peace and stability in the United States. And now we should not turn our backs on those who are most harmed by ISIS. Kamala believes that we should responsibly resettle refugees who flee violence and oppression in their own country. We don’t have to sacrifice our compassion for our national security, and we shouldn’t let the violent images from Paris blind us to the images of the child who washed ashore on a Mediterranean beach. Refugees should rightly submit to the most rigorous background checks and screenings possible, and we should prioritize the most vulnerable refugees for admission – survivors of torture and violence, those with severe medical conditions, and women and children.
  • Stop Wage Theft & Protect Immigrant Workers: Kamala believes strongly in the protection of workers’ rights for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. All individuals are eligible for minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and other workplace protections. As Attorney General, Kamala established and expanded the Underground Economy Unit within her Civil Rights Enforcement Section in order to increase enforcement of state worker protection laws. She filed suit and obtained more than $1 million from eight Northern and Southern California car washes that underpaid workers, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked. She also has aggressively pursued litigation against a Southern California trucking company for misclassifying its employees as independent contractors so the company could avoid paying a minimum wage, workers compensation, and business expense reimbursements. Kamala’s prosecution of the case resulted in a landmark 2014 California Supreme Court decision that allows the state to hold accountable trucking companies for violations of state worker protection laws. As Senator, she will work hard to ensure that important workplace protections are strengthened and enforced, keeping our economy strong and the playing field level for all businesses.

Civil Rights, Justice & Equality For All People

Summary

Kamala Harris was raised by a family steeped in the Civil Rights Movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by the people in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the People of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

Kamala Harris was raised by a family steeped in the Civil Rights Movement and has fought her entire career for justice for everyone – especially for those whose voices aren’t often heard by the people in power. From her first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to her work as San Francisco District Attorney, to her current service as Attorney General, Kamala has had one client – the People of California – and has time and again made a difference for California families.

Kamala has spent her entire career fighting for the voiceless and vulnerable in our society and against those who prey on them, and she’ll continue those fights in the Senate. She will stand up for a woman’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work, lead the charge against LGBT discrimination, work to pass comprehensive immigration reform, expand access to voting, and focus on fixing a broken criminal justice system.

From income inequality to education to criminal justice and beyond, far too often the color of our skin still determines our life chances. All of our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers, deserve to be safe and sound – safe in their homes and safe if they’re walking down the street to buy a bag of Skittles. And we should guarantee a sound foundation of equal education and economic opportunity upon which young people will build their futures.

STANDING UP FOR WOMEN
  • Protect A Woman’s Right To Choose: Kamala Harris has been a champion for a woman’s right to choose and access to comprehensive reproductive health care throughout her entire career. When the U.S. Supreme Court took up important cases on women’s health, Kamala fought to require for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby to provide their employees with health insurance that covers contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act and to protect patients’ rights to access reproductive health clinics. Most recently, she sponsored legislation to ensure that crisis pregnancy centers provide women in California accurate information about the full range of reproductive services available to them elsewhere, including abortion. In the Senate, Kamala will lead the charge for women’s reproductive rights, defend Roe v. Wade, and fight against any attempt to defund reproductive health providers.
  • Equal Pay For Equal Work: Every person regardless of gender deserves equal access to the American Dream. However, women still earn, on average, less than men for the same jobs. Nationally, women earn about 21 percent less than men, and the disparities are even more alarming for black women and Latinas. The majority of minimum wage workers are women, and reducing and eliminating this gap will help lift up millions of women and their entire families. In California, Kamala supported the Fair Pay Act, which prohibits employers from setting wages at rates lower than those of the opposite sex for similar work. In the Senate, she’ll make it a priority to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and will be a leading voice for fairness in the workplace. Get more details on Kamala’s plans for creating economic opportunity for all.
  • Stop Campus Sexual Assaults: Every student has the right to pursue an education in a safe environment. College campuses should be safe spaces, but unfortunately, about 1 in 5 women – as well as many men – report being the victims of sexual assault while in college. As Attorney General, Kamala brought together colleges and local law enforcement to create protocols for investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults, and has helped schools and law enforcement implement changes to California law to better protect survivors of sexual assault. She championed new technology to allow California to process rape kits faster and clear a longstanding backlog of rape kits in state crime labs. Throughout her career, she’s worked to ensure that survivors have the support they need and that their attackers face swift accountability and consequence for their crimes. Kamala will continue the fight against campus sexual assault in the Senate and push for improved support services for victims and a renewed focus on sexual assault prevention on college and secondary school campuses.
  • End The Trafficking Of Women & Girls: Kamala has been a national leader in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking networks, which victimize and enslave poor and vulnerable women, girls, and boys. The United States has a moral and public safety obligation to end human trafficking at home and abroad. Kamala led a group of state attorneys general to Mexico to strengthen cooperation between the two countries to fight the money laundering that enables human trafficking, and she signed a bilateral accord with Mexico to improve coordination of law enforcement resources to target human traffickers. And in the U.S. Senate, she’ll continue that work to disrupt and dismantle human trafficking syndicates and be a voice for their victims. Learn more about Kamala’s approach to foreign policy.
  • Combat Cyber Exploitation: Kamala has been a national leader in fighting cyber exploitation – too often mislabeled “revenge porn.” A 21st century form of violence against women that involves posting intimate images online without consent, cyber exploitation often results in significant harm to a victim’s personal and professional life and physical safety. As Attorney General, Kamala brought together major technology companies in a unique public-private partnership which resulted in the transformation of industry-wide standards to combat and prevent cyber exploitation. These transformative new standards empowered victims by giving them better tools to remove the images from the Internet. She also developed tools and training for law enforcement to investigate these crimes and help support victims. Kamala also prosecuted the first cyber exploitation website operator in the nation, resulting in a prison sentence for the defendant. In the Senate, Kamala will continue to be a leader in fighting cyber exploitation. Get more details about how she’ll use a “smart on crime” approach to criminal justice reform.
CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR LGBT EQUALITY
  • End Discrimination Against The LGBT Community Nationwide: America has come a long way in recognizing marriage rights for same-sex couples. But in many places across the country, it’s still legal for businesses and institutions to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. In fact, in 31 states, a person can be fired or evicted simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Kamala was proud to lead the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8 at the U.S. Supreme Court and to fight for marriage equality nationwide, and she knows that there is much more work to do to achieve full equality for the LGBT community. In the Senate, Kamala will fight to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the Civil Rights Act.
  • Ban the “Gay/Trans Panic” Defense Nationally: As San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala was a national leader in fighting the “gay or trans panic” defense, a legal argument that it was OK for a person to commit murder or other violent crimes against an LGBT person because they “panicked” after discovering the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Kamala sponsored the bill making California the first state to outlaw this defense, and in the Senate, she’ll fight to expand this work nationally.
  • Ensure LGBT, Homeless, & Runaway Youth Have Access To Social Services: LGBT youth are far more likely to get kicked out of their homes and subsequently find themselves homeless without access to social services. LGBT youth are also particularly vulnerable to discrimination and bullying, which severely harms their health and well-being. These children often fall through the cracks of our social service system and don’t know that resources are available to help them. Even worse, some non-profit service providers block these children from accessing services underwritten by the federal government. Kamala will fight to stop this kind of discrimination and increase support for LGBT youth.
FIGHTING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS & JUSTICE
  • Eliminate Obstacles To Voting: Voting is fundamental to our democratic society, but participation too often has been abysmal. Kamala believes that we must make it easier for everyone to vote, stop voter suppression, and zealously protect access to the ballot box for all Americans. She’ll work to strengthen protections against discriminatory laws, modernize voter registration systems, and expand early voting so everyone has ample opportunity to vote.
  • Strengthen The Voting Rights Act: In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key section of the Voting Rights Act. In the Senate, Kamala will work to update and reinvigorate the vital protections of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that our fundamental rights are protected throughout the entire country.
  • Reform The Broken Criminal Justice System: Kamala Harris has been a national leader in reforming the criminal justice system, challenging the false choice that we must either be “soft” or “tough” on crime, and instead focusing on how we can be smart on crime.
  • Make Public Education More Equitable: Providing our children with a world-class education is the first rung of the ladder of opportunity and the first step to success in life. Unfortunately, too many schools lack the resources needed to meet the needs of each student, and too many children are left behind as a result. Success in school shouldn’t be decided by where students live, the color of their skin, their immigration status, or their parents’ income. Kamala is focused on eliminating disparities in our public education system, which will lead to greater community stability, economic growth and opportunity, and will put all of our children on a solid path to succeed.
DEFENDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
  • Finally Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. That failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages will rise, putting an additional $250 in the pockets of the median American household. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala will fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she’ll take on those who stand in the way.
  • Stand Up For Immigrants Regardless Of Status: As Attorney General, Kamala has made fighting for immigrant communities across our state one of her top priorities. She has taken on scammers who prey on immigrants and has worked to strengthen trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. California has led the nation in expanding rights and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their immigration status, in health access, student loans, and more. She will continue to fight for the rights of California immigrants and their families, including workplace protections.

Repairing the Ladder of Opportunity

Summary

For far too many California families, the ladder of opportunity is broken. Incomes aren’t keeping up with increases in the cost of living, and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class is larger than at any time since the Great Depression. Kamala believes income inequality is the defining economic challenge of our time. 

For far too many California families, the ladder of opportunity is broken. Incomes aren’t keeping up with increases in the cost of living, and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class is larger than at any time since the Great Depression.

Kamala believes income inequality is the defining economic challenge of our time. The minimum wage must be a living wage, and families should have tools they need to compete in the workforce – from affordable childcare and early childhood education to paid family leave and truly equal pay. Kamala will fight special interests that try to game the system or take advantage of working families, just as she’s taken on the big banks engaged in predatory lending practices, for-profit diploma mills, and big polluters as Attorney General. While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Kamala will oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believes we need to strengthen these safety nets.

But addressing income inequality is just one part of the solution. We also need to cultivate economic growth that creates real opportunity for California families and businesses. To that end, we must invest more in education – from early childhood through college and technical school – to ensure we spur entrepreneurship, fuel small businesses, and develop a workforce that meets the demands of employers in the 21st century.

California is the world’s eighth largest economy – a place that fosters so much innovation and growth. Washington needs to finally approve critical investments to our transportation infrastructure and support policies – like clean energy investments and passing comprehensive immigration reform – that allow entrepreneurs, creators, and small businesses to innovate, expand, and thrive.

REPAIRING THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FAMILIES
  • Paid Family & Sick Leave: America is the only industrialized country that doesn’t have a national paid family leave policy. That lack of flexibility leaves families to choose between taking care of themselves or a loved one, or putting food on the table. Kamala will fight for national paid family and sick leave that provides a safety net for working families.
  • Raising The Minimum Wage: The federal minimum wage is far too low and makes it impossible to support a family. Kamala believes we need to make the minimum wage a living wage and tie it to inflation so Washington can’t keep playing politics with our economic security.
  • Ending The Student Debt Crisis: The average student takes on tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That’s not right. Kamala believes we must create pathways for college students to graduate on time and without a mountain of debt. She supports the President’s plan for making community colleges free, and she supports lowering the cost of college and allowing current borrowers to refinance at lower rates. Get more details about how Kamala will work to make higher education affordable for everyone.
  • Strengthening Social Security & Medicare: Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of our social contract. Together, these safety net programs keep millions of seniors and people living with disabilities out of poverty. While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, Kamala would oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and believes we need to strengthen these safety nets.
  • Expand Pro-Work Tax Credits: Together the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) help keep millions of families from falling into poverty and enable many parents to afford childcare, which allows them to work and provide for their families. Kamala supports expanding these credits and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps pay for college.
  • Pass Paycheck Fairness: Every person, regardless of gender, deserves equal access to the American dream. However, women still earn, on average, less than men for the same jobs. Nationally, women earn about 21 percent less than men, and the disparities are even more alarming for black women and Latinas. The majority of minimum wage workers are women, and reducing and eliminating this gap will help lift up millions of women and their entire families. In California, Kamala supported the Fair Pay Act, which prohibits employers from setting wages at rates lower than those of the opposite sex for similar work. In the Senate, she’ll make it a priority to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and will be a leading voice for economic equality. Get more details on how she’ll fight for equality.
  • Stop Wage Theft & Protect Immigrant Workers: Kamala believes strongly in the protection of workers’ rights for all Californians, regardless of immigration status. All individuals are eligible for minimum wage, workers compensation, and other workplace protections. As Attorney General, Kamala established and expanded the Underground Economy Unit within her Civil Rights Enforcement Section in order to increase enforcement of state worker protection laws. She filed suit and obtained more than $1 million from eight Northern and Southern California car washes that underpaid workers, denied rest and meal breaks, and created false records of time worked. She also has aggressively pursued litigation against a Southern California trucking company for misclassifying its employees as independent contractors so the company could avoid paying a minimum wage, workers compensation, and business expense reimbursements. Kamala’s prosecution of the case resulted in a landmark 2014 California Supreme Court decision that allows the state to hold accountable trucking companies for violations of state worker protection laws. As Senator, she will work hard to ensure that important workplace protections are strengthened and enforced, keeping our economy strong and the playing field level for all businesses.
  • Provide Our Veterans With What They Earned: With more than two million Veterans, California has more Veterans than any other state, and we owe them the support and care they earned while wearing our nation’s military uniform. Over the years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued by scandal and budget crises, resulting in disgraceful levels of service and irresponsible delays in providing medical care and disability benefits. As Attorney General, Kamala formed a working group to fight scams and other predatory conduct uniquely targeting service members, and secured enhanced protections for active-duty and Veteran homeowners during the foreclosure crisis. In the Senate, Kamala will champion a robust VA for our Veterans. She will fight to ensure that when Veterans leave military service, they have the support they need to readjust to civilian life, including proper physical and mental health care. It’s unconscionable that 22 Veterans take their own lives each day. Kamala will bring together federal, state, and local government leaders plus Veteran Service Organizations and non-profits to ensure that every Veteran knows what benefits they earned and how to access those benefits. Additional outreach should be directed to our rural, minority, women, and LGBT Veterans who often access VA care and benefits at lower rates than others, especially since the issues facing women and LGBT Veterans are changing with their inclusion in combat roles and the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Kamala will bring her prosecutorial drive to the Senate to help clean up the VA’s scandals and make sure no Veteran waits unnecessarily for VA benefits. Kamala will continue her fight against the for-profit colleges that prey on Veterans, sapping their GI benefits and robbing taxpayers. Kamala opposes privatizing Veterans Affairs, and she will join President Obama’s fight to reduce and end Veteran homelessness.
CREATING SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH 
  • Universal Pre-K & Educating A 21st Century Work Force: The only way we will be able to compete in a global economy is to create a workforce that can meet its challenges. But too many children in our country are denied a quality education through circumstances beyond their control. Kamala believes we need to ensure every child has access to a quality public education – from universal pre-kindergarten to affordable higher education – in order to build the workforce of the future.
  • Community Colleges Can Help Prepare The Workforce Of The Future: Increasingly it seems that a four-year college education is required to get ahead. Community colleges should play a greater role in preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century, so that when students complete their second year, they’re ready for good-paying, sustainable jobs in high technology, clean energy, and other emerging fields. In the Senate, Kamala will bring the educational community together with the private sector and labor organizations and lead the fight to incentivize the development and implementation of curricula that will ensure community college students are prepared for high quality jobs upon graduation.
  • Investing in Infrastructure: In California, we know infrastructure like roads, bridges, tunnels, and ports form the arteries of our economy. But too much of our infrastructure was built in the early 20th century to meet the needs of a much smaller state, and improvements haven’t kept pace with the state’s growth. Upgrading our infrastructure in a strategic way – not just building roads and highways – will create good-paying jobs, improve our economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping us fight climate change. Senator Barbara Boxer has been a national leader on expanding our transportation infrastructure, and in Washington, Kamala will follow her in footsteps. Kamala supports proposals to create an infrastructure bank to repair and expand our transportation, water, and technology infrastructure.
  • Research & Development: In 2014, Congress let the Research and Development Tax Credits expire, a key tool that helps spur innovation in the private sector. But despite bipartisan support, for months Washington failed to extend it. Kamala supports expanding the research and development tax credit and rewarding businesses that invest in science and technology research.
  • Helping Small Businesses, Start-Ups & Job Creators: Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and job creation. Kamala is committed to both making sure small business owners have access to capital and to cutting excessive red tape. As Attorney General, she supported efforts to stop abusive lawsuits against small businesses and business owners, and in Washington she will fight for our California small businesses and job creators.
  • Create Clean Energy Jobs To Sustain Economic Growth: Congress has missed many opportunities to spur creation of clean energy jobs, which will strengthen and sustain our economy, power our businesses, and protect our natural heritage at the same time. Kamala will fight to establish a national cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution that will spur investments in clean energy jobs and technology, giving California companies a leg up in a new greener economy and making them more competitive in the global economy over the long term. Get more details about her plans for protecting the environment and building a clean economy.
  • Combating Climate Change Is Good For Our Economy: Without long-term planning, climate change impacts, like rising sea levels, will create massive economic disruptions since coastal communities are home to 40 percent of America’s population. Kamala believes in fighting climate change by investing in clean energy, improved energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, smart grid upgrades, and public transportation – all investments that will sustainably lower energy costs, create jobs, and help clean our air.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Boost Our Economy:Congress has repeatedly refused to pass comprehensive immigration reform that protects our borders and provides a fair and just pathway to citizenship. That failure has hurt our economy, made it harder for our businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and hamstrung local and state governments’ ability to meet the needs of their communities. Worse yet, Washington’s failure has forced more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to live, work, and raise a family in the shadows of our society. That’s unconscionable. Bringing these workers out of the shadows will strengthen the economy, grow the GDP, and reduce federal deficits and debt. Comprehensive immigration reform will increase productivity and wages. With comprehensive reform, all workers will benefit from protections in the workplace, and reform will spur innovation, entrepreneurship, and encourage job growth. Kamala would fight hard to pass immigration reform in Washington, and she’ll take on those who stand in the way.

Official Statement

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Source: California Secretary of State

My name is Kamala Harris. I am running for the United States Senate because I believe it is time to repair the ladder of opportunity for more Californians and more Americans. I am proud to be a daughter of California. I was born in Oakland. I went to California public schools. As a lifelong prosecutor, I have always served just one client: The People of California. As District Attorney of San Francisco and California Attorney General, I got things done for the People of California. I took on violent predators, including transnational criminal organizations and human traffickers who profit from exploiting women and children. I also took on the big polluters and the big banks and worked across the aisle to pass the nation’s toughest anti-foreclosure law to protect our homeowners. This is the approach I will bring as your United States Senator. I will fight for the jobs our people need by bringing home federal dollars that will repair our crumbling water and transportation systems. I’ll fight for better schools and to give every child access to pre-kindergarten and affordable childcare. I will fight for our veterans who deserve quality health care and job training when they come home. I’ll defend our environment and coast and lead the fight against climate change. And as a career prosecutor, I will work every day to keep our people safe from terrorism at home and abroad. Please join me. Thank you for your consideration.

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— April 19, 2016 Harris Campaign

California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris speaks at the 2016 California Democratic Party Convention. Learn more about Kamala: www.kamalaharris.org.

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Democratic
California Congresswoman
1,416,203 votes (18.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fixing our broken immigration system
  • Making a college education affordable and accessible
  • Shrinking income inequality and protecting workers

Experience

Experience

Profession:California Congresswoman
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1997–current)
Financial President, Amiga Advisors Incorporated (1993–1996)
Financial Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton (1990–1993)
Financial Assistant, Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates (1987–1990)

Education

American University M.B.A., Finance (1984)
Chapman University B.S., Economics (1982)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

I believe we must incentivize the production of clean energy. That is why I co- signed a letter of support for the extension of both Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which provide tax credits to various renewable electricity sources. Today the fossil fuel industry – coal, oil, and natural gas – benefits from numerous direct and indirect subsidies. These loopholes allow them to avoid complying with laws to protect our air and water. Congress needs to end these subsidies and close the loopholes.

 

 

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

The plague of gun violence demands a strong response at all levels of government.

While I affirm the constitutional right to bear arms, I support reasonable regulation of firearms, which is why I stand with President Barack Obama on this issue and have endorsed every measure he has taken to strengthen enforcement of existing gun laws.

I support the proposed ban on high-capacity magazines, child safety locks, waiting periods for gun sales, development of “smart gun” technology, universal background checks for all sales and closing the gun show loophole.

 

Please read more at my April 2016 Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article73430062.html

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

I have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and believe any trade agreement must protect American labor, intellectual property rights and economic interests. We also shouldn't engage in trade deals with countries that have abysmal human rights records and can not be trusted to fix those injustices. American workers should not be forced to compete against the lowest bidder. 
At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

Legalizing marijuana is a decision that should be left up to the voters of each individual state. The federal government should not step in if a state votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, as Washington and Colorado have. Marijuana should be decriminalized and moved from Schedule I to Schedule II. I have always supported access to medical marijuana. I have voted against funding to the DOJ to conduct raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. I have worked to bring this industry out from the blackmarket by supporting efforts to allow banks to hold accounts for medical marijuana businesses. I also supported the move to unionize the first medical marijuana dispensary in California, which occured in my district.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

My water plan includes conservation, reuse, desalinization and increased pumping from the delta. We must balance our water needs with environmental protection, but I support legislative action to correct some of the biological opinions that have reduced water pumping from the delta. I support immediate desalinization incentives. I support duplicating the water reuse plan that has served my congressional district and OC statewide. 
Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Loretta L. Sanchez:

 

Immigration is the moral imperative of our nation and a key issue I want to address in the Senate. Our immigration system is broken, deeply dysfunctional and must be reformed now. I have voted time and time again for the commonsense, bipartisan DREAM Act which would provide millions of young people who grew up in the United States with the opportunity to achieve the American Dream and a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. I've continued pushing for this commonsense bipartisan legislation's passage and I've held listening session with local activists to ensure their important voices and perspectives are included. The DREAM Act passed in the House but failed in the Senate, which is why I want to provide a strong voice for passing comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate. 

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Contributions

Total money raised: $3,724,532

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Loretta Sanchez
$300,000
2
Employees of Aitken Aitken Cohn
$32,400
3
Employees of Newport Orthopedic Institute
$25,300
4
Molina Healthcare and employees
$21,700
5
Employees of Garcia Hamilton & Associates
$19,150

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By State:

California 66.35%
Texas 9.62%
District of Columbia 7.57%
Virginia 3.67%
Other 12.79%
66.35%9.62%12.79%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.65%)
Small contributions (1.35%)
98.65%

By Type:

From organizations (14.09%)
From individuals (85.91%)
14.09%85.91%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: California Secretary of State

California needs an experienced and proven leader to tackle the full range of economic, educational and security challenges we face today. Our next U.S. Senator must have extensive legislative and national security experience and share the life experiences of working people. I do, and that’s why I am the best candidate for the job. I came from a union household of immigrant parents who struggled to provide for their seven children. I worked my way through college with the help of government and union grants, and the Anaheim Rotary Club paid for my MBA. I know the struggles of working families. My parents worked hard, valued education and are the only parents in American history to send two daughters to Congress. That’s why I have fought passionately in Congress for 20 years for education, tuition assistance, healthcare reform, immigration reform, gender equality, LGBT rights, worker’s rights, and environmental protection. I’ve also demonstrated independent judgment and courage when it mattered most: I voted against the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and the bank bailouts, when few others did. As a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I’ve worked to ensure our troops are trained and equipped to win and cared for when they come home. I’m the only candidate with the national security experience necessary to keep America safe. As your Senator, I will fight for all Californians, so together we can have a stronger and more prosperous future. I humbly ask for your vote.

Republican
Small Businessman/Mediator
584,251 votes (7.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create better paying jobs and reduce the rising costs of housing and food
  • End the High Speed Rail and use those funds to help solve our water crisis
  • End Common Core, return control of our education system to local elected officials, make college more affordable

Experience

Experience

Profession:small business owner, mediator
Principal, GPS Mediation, APC (2001–current)
Co-Founder, CEO and Board Member, CRAFT (2007–2010)
President, Doty, Sundheim & Gilmore (1986–2003)
Board Member, California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices — Appointed position (2000–2003)
Board Member, California Master Plan for Education, Emerging Modes of Delivery, Certification, and Planning Working Group — Appointed position (2000–2002)
General Counsel, Themed Entertainment Association (1991–2001)
Delegate, U.S.-Soviet Conference on the Law and Trade — Appointed position (1990–1990)
Delegate, U.S.-China Joint Session on Trade, Investment and Economic Law — Appointed position (1987–1987)

Education

Northwestern University J.D., Law with the aid of an Exceptional Student Fellowship (1980)
Stanford University B.A. , economics with Honors and Distinction (1975)

Community Activities

Senior Advisor, Franklin-McKinley School District, Sylvandale Junior High Health Career Academy (2011–2015)
Co-Founder, Board Member, LINC, focused on education issues in the Latino community (2009–2015)
Senior Advisor, Yes on B, successful San Jose pension reform initiative (2011–2012)
Board Member, California Dream Team, largest donor to successful California redistricting initiative (2007–2010)
Chairman, California Republican Party (2003–2007)

Biography

Who Duf Sundheim Is 

 

Duf Sundheim’s aspiration is to help others achieve theirs.  Although he has never held elected office, working with his mentor, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Duf Sundheim has played a key role in enacting several historic reforms many had thought could never be achieved.  

 

Duf is a federal court approved mediator and spends much of his time working on education reform and providing mediation services in underserved communities.  

 

He and his wife of 32 years, Cheryl, are the proud parents of two adult children.  

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Early Life and Education

 

Sundheim graduated with Honors and Distinction in Economics from Stanford University in 1975.  His Honors Thesis was on campaign finance reform.  Sundheim also earned two varsity letters on the Stanford football team. While at Stanford Sundheim ran “Volunteers for Youth,”  a program that matched Stanford athletes with children with self-esteem issues.  The program was so successful that upon graduation Sundheim and Chris Avery took the program national, eventually having programs at 54 campuses across the country.

 

Sundheim earned his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in 1980 with the aid of an Exceptional Student Fellowship.  While at Northwestern, Sundheim interned for a federal judge and the Better Government Association.

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Career

 

Upon graduation from Northwestern, Sundheim joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Ware, Fletcher and Freidenrich.  In 1986 Sundheim and former Stanford classmate Stan Doty formed Doty & Sundheim.  Sundheim served as President of the firm until 2001.

 

During this period, Sundheim served as a delegate on the U.S.-China Joint Session on Trade, Investment, and Economic Law in 1987 and the U.S.-Soviet Conference on the Law and Trade in 1990.  He was President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, worked as an NFL Contract Advisor and General Counsel to the Themed Entertainment Association. For his work in the underserved community of East Palo Alto, Sundheim received the California State Bar Pro Bono Award.

 

Since 2001 Sundheim has been a Principal at GPS Mediation, APC. During this period he has been involved with many education reform efforts including co-founding LINC with Elias Chamorro and served as a Senior Advisor to the Superintendent of the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose.  Their they developed a program that led to the doubling of the students on the Honor Roll.

 

Sundheim had been active in the Northern California Lincoln Club since 1990, chairing it from 2001-2003. But starting in 2000, Sundheim began to get more actively involved in California Republican politics. He served on the Committee to Reform and Restructure the Republican Party in 2001, along with several bipartisan committees and boards. In 2003, Sundheim ran for and was elected Chairman of the California Republican Party.

 

Successful Political Reformer

 

Sundheim shattered numerous records as Chairman of the California Republican Party.  Having never previously even been a delegate to the CRP, Sundheim ran as a reformer promising to shake things up.  Sundheim defeated the CAGOP Vice Chairman for the Chairmanship in 2003, the first time in 38 elections the Vice Chairman did not ascend to the Chairmanship.

In 2003, Sundheim played a key role in the only successful recall of a sitting governor in the history of California in 2003.  The very next year he ran a voter registration for which he received the RNC’s “Best Voter Registration Program in the United States,” and was appointed Chairman of the RNC’s National Voter Registration Task Force.

 

In 2006 under his leadership, the GOP set modern day records for the percentage of African Americans, Latinos, women and Asians voting for Republicans.  He served on the RNC Executive Committee from 2006-2007.  During his tenure as Chairman, Sundheim raised over $100 million (an all-time record).

 

Sundheim then took on two of the most powerful political forces in California — and won.  Prior to 2008, Nancy Pelosi and other political bosses drew legislative districts to ensure their reelection. Duf played a key role in passing an initiative that transferred that power to a citizen’s commission.

 

In 2012 Sundheim was a Senior Advisor to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and passed a pension reform initiative which saved San Jose taxpayers $1 billion.

 

U.S. Senate Candidate

 

In September 2015, Duf announced that he would run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer. Since announcing his campaign, Sundheim has traveled over 37,000 miles, holding over 360 events across California.

 

He has received many high-profile endorsements; including Secretary of State George Shultz, John Chambers, Charles Schwab, Governor Pete Wilson, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin – and the endorsement of every Republican legislative leader; including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Senator Jean Fuller and Assemblyman Chad Mays.

 

Issues

 

Sundheim likes to take on the “unimaginable” and make it a political reality.  While he has repeatedly taken on powerful incumbents and interests and prevailed, he rejects the extremism on both sides of the aisle and instead focuses on reforms that have broad appeal, and hence are more likely to last. 

 

Sundheim’s goal is to bring that common sense, effective approach to Washington to:

 

•Create better paying jobs

•Get housing and education costs under control

•Solve our water crisis

•Reform our education system

•Keep us safe

 

 

Sundheim particularly emphasizes the plight of working-class. He writes a column for the Spanish-language newspaper, “La Opinion,” every two weeks, largely on economic and education issues.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duf_Sundheim

 

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

 

My mentor, Secretary Shultz, is a proponent of a revenue neutral carbon fee.  I have not taken a position on this specific issue.  While I understand the benefits of discouraging the use of such fuels, I am concerned such measure would increase the cost of energy to American businesses and make them less competitive internationally.  And even if that concern were addressed, such measure would have to be revenue neutral (the proceeds would need to be distributed to the American people, not used to reduce the deficit).  

 

However, I do support the elimination of carbon subsidies such as the oil depletion allowance.

 

Climate change is real and humans are contributing to it.  There is a balance that needs to be struck between encouraging innovation and regulating conduct.  I believe we focus way to much on regulation and not nearly enough on encouraging innovation.  In traveling the state, I have seen first hand regulation tends to have a negative economic impact on America’s middle and lower classes.

 

 

In so many areas of our economy we have seen innovations such as Uber that have both lowered costs AND increased the quality of service.  In this area, I believe we have to focus on innovations that BOTH reduce pollution AND increase productivity.  Funding research is one avenue I will work to actively support.

 

 

 

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

First, I am a strong supporter of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. Second, the primary role of government is to keep the people safe. Third, I am open to federal involvement only if state or local control is not effective. Consequently, I would oppose any new, federal legislation unless the sponsor was able to show there was a significant, national threat to public safety and state or local legislation would not be effective to address the threat. In California, we have the second stiffest laws on the books. Our problem is the Attorney General’s failure to enforce the existing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are unstable. Finally, I had a brother with a mental disability. My sister was a special education teacher. My wife Cheryl works with women in recovery. Many times the underlying cause of gun violence and gun-related tragedies is mental health. When I am in the United States, mental health issues will be a top priority.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

I support free trade and in general support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority.  However, I do have reservations about TPP in its current form.  More than 40% of California’s exports go to TPP countries, potentially making TPP a massive economic benefit to Californian workers, but I also want to make sure it doesn’t become a corporate give-away.

 

I believe free trade is both an avenue for economic growth and as an important diplomatic tool.  Moreover, we have witnessed time and again that as nations become wealthier, they have paid more attention to their local environment.  Trade is a crucial avenue to increase the wealth of the world, thereby benefiting the global environment.

 

Trade along with specialization and competitive advantage are the three cornerstones of economic development and economic progress.  They have improved not only the quality of life, but also the standard of living. 

 

In addition, history has shown if you are not at the table, other countries will still reach agreements.  Consequently, it is much better if we are at the table to ensure our interests are represented.  That said, when finalized and implemented, we ought to rigorously enforce trade agreements fully. 

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

Simply, no.  Marijuana can be very destructive. I would not entertain federal legalization of marijuana.  Moreover, the United States is a member of a series of anti-drug international treaties, which prohibit the legalization of such substances.  We would have to sever important international relations in order to legalize marijuana, which is a poor trade-off for any preceived benefits legalization might have.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

I will stop all federal funds going to the High Speed Rail and work with state and local officials to allocate those funds in three key areas:

 

*  Increased above and below ground storage

*  Increased recycling plants

*  Strategic use of small scale desalinization plants

 

In addition, I will work to ensure federal policy promotes making water markets function.  Such markets increase conservation by encouraging the more efficiient use of this valuable resource.  This is not only requires connecting willing sellers and buyers but also 

 

*  Reducing transaction costs by developing a public water market platform 

*  Clearly defining water rights as enforceable and transferable, and 

*  streamlining the trading regulatory review process.  

  

These are the specific steps I will work to enact.  However, water is an emotional as much as it is a legislative issue.  I will work tirelessly with all the stakeholders to ensure their voice is heard and they feel part of the solution.  And we must find a solution to an issue that is so central to the future of California.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Duf Sundheim:

It is no secret that our immigration system is broken.  We are one of the only developed nations worldwide to prioritize familiar immigration over economic immigration.  The world’s best and brightest and hardest working want to come to America and we ought to encouraging that and ought to have a system in place that makes it straightforward and fair.

For those who are here illegally, I do support a pathway to legal status. There are too many people in too many countries who have been waiting 10-20 years to enter this country legally to do otherwise.  But it is also unrealistic and would require a massive growth in government to deport all of these individuals. I also, emphatically, support a secure border.  The two must happen together.

I believe there is a fair and efficient way to create a pathway to legal status. There must be a probationary period, which would require pay back taxes, fines, and passing a criminal background check and English proficiency test.  During that probationary period, they must remain employed, not acquire a criminal record, and not be delinquent with their taxes. Only after this can they apply for legal status.

But just because we have a broken immigration system doesn’t mean state and local governments can ignore current law.  Sanctuary cities should be punished. State and local law enforcement must work with federal immigration officials.  Otherwise, more tragedies like Kathryn Steinle’s murder will occur.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,123,933

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
George "Duf" Sundheim and employees
$749,967
2
Employees of Cisco Systems
$11,350
3
Employees of Landmark Technology
$5,500
4
Employees of Asset Management Company
$5,400
4
Employees of Crestwood Behavioral Health
$5,400
4
Employees of Dodge & Cox
$5,400
4
Employees of Epiphany Center
$5,400
4
Employees of Foster Care Counts
$5,400
4
Employees of ICG Advisors
$5,400
4
Employees of Matteson Realty Services
$5,400
4
Employees of National Collegiate Scouting Association
$5,400
4
Employees of Pritzker Group
$5,400
4
Employees of Sequoia Capital
$5,400
4
Employees of Stanford University
$5,400
4
Employees of Stephenson Foundation
$5,400
4
Employees of Underhill Investment Management
$5,400
4
Employees of WSJ Properties
$5,400

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.42%
Illinois 0.56%
New Jersey 0.27%
Florida 0.24%
Other -0.50%
99.42%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.18%)
Small contributions (1.82%)
98.18%

By Type:

From organizations (3.55%)
From individuals (96.45%)
96.45%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

The Second Age of Reason

 

We are on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason, one of the most exciting times in the history of man.

 

Before the first Age of Reason: the word was flat, and Kings and Queens ruled the world.  Then came the First Age of Reason, ushered in by the Gutenberg Bible.  We learned the world was round.  There was an explosion of philosophical thought.  And the American Revolution taught us that we did not need the Kings and Queens, that we could govern ourselves.

 

We are now on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason.  Technology, especially the smart phone, has totally transformed what we know and our ability to communicate with our 7 billion fellow human beings.  This has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  

 

Yet, it has had almost no impact on government.  In fact, as the world is moving faster and faster, it is more and more difficult for government to keep up.  This is one of the main frustrations people feel not only at the national level, but at the local level, where it can often take longer to get a building permit than it took us to beat the Germans!

 

Because of (1) the dispersement of knowledge, (2) our ability to communicate quickly and (3) our ability to track performance and hence keep others accountable, there is no longer the need to centralize nearly as much power in Washington as before.

 

Hence, my goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

 

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, the American Revolution was one of the few successful revolutions in the history of civilization.  Hence, since revolutions seldom succeed, I support an orderly transition to a decentralized system as opposed to a revolution.  However, as is evidenced by the mood of the people and the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, this transformation must begin immediately.  We should encourage the states to take on more responsibility and using big data, learn from those experiments what works and what does not and make the necessary and continuous adjustments.

 

The second major concept in this area follows the first:  since there is so much knowledge and communication among up to 7 billion data points, it is no longer possible for one individual or group to have more knowledge than the people as a whole.  Hence, to truly represent the people of California, we are looking at ways to “crowd source” our campaign.  I will also attempt to do so as a member of the U.S. Senate.  And wherever feasible I will look to find ways to transfer power from all elected officials and bureaucrats to the people through crowd sourcing and concepts yet to be developed.

 

The Role of Emotions

 

The more facts we learn, the more we think we are behaving based upon this growing set of facts.  We thus are under the illusion we are becoming more and more rational.   But the more we study how we behave, the more we should realize we are not governed by our rational thoughts but by our emotions.  And this growing disparity between what we think we know and how we actually behave is one of the biggest threats we face today.  

 

  • It causes us to think we know more than we do (both in absolute terms and relative to others)
  • It causes us to overestimate our abilities and
  • It causes us to underestimate risk (for example, the risk of war) 

 

For the good of mankind and the safety of the world, we need to get our arms around this concept quickly.

 

One Possible Way to Shift from Gridlock to Problem Solving

 

I once had a mediation where the estranged parents (Mary and Mark, not their real names) were complaining the other was failing to meet their obligations to their child. They would not communicate these feelings directly, but would tell the child, “You tell your mother that if she continues to be such a jerk . . .” etc.

 

So at the mediation where only Mary and Mark were present, I just let them verbally punch themselves out.  After 45 minutes I told Mary:  “Mary, clearly there are many issues you have with Mark we are not going to be able to resolve today.  But clearly your son Bill is the most important thing in your life.  Is that right?”  To which I got a strong “Absolutely”.

 

I turned to Mark, “And Mark, the way you light up when you talk about Bill, is it fair to say he is the most important thing in your life?”  I received a similar, strong response.

 

Turning to both of them I said, “So can we agree, that for the balance of our time together, we will focus on what is in Bill’s best interest?”  To which they both agreed.  And for most of the rest of our time together, instead of complaining how the other was not meeting their obligations, Mary was volunteering to be the primary person with respect to homework and Mark was volunteering to focus on sports and other peer interactions. 

 

That is what we need in Washington today.  We are not going to resolve every dispute between Republicans and Democrats.  Neither side is going to “surrender”.  We need to stop blaming the other and start looking at what is in the best interests of the country and what each side can contribute to make that happen!

 

 

The beauty of this approach is that you do not have to give up what you believe, in fact, it honors what each side believes.  However, at the same time, it is equally critical that as we head down this path we don't forget we are just as emotional and just as flawed as the others.

 

Putting the American Worker First

Summary

With every economic vote I cast, I will ask one question:  "How does this impact the American worker?”  If it helps them, I will support it.  If it does not, I will oppose it.

 

Putting the American Worker First

In America, it used to be that it was not about where you came from, but where you were headed.  And whether you were 20, 30 or 50, you could achieve the dream you had for you and your family.  

For too many Americans, that is no longer the case.  In California alone, 49% of us live close to or below the poverty line. 

Americans feel the system is rigged.  Wall Street banks who made bad loans are bailed out while a single mother who takes out a loan to get an education can’t get such relief.  Multinationals sometimes pay next to nothing in taxes while many small businesses pay 35%.  Poor border enforcement and trade agreements that encourage the exportation of jobs contribute to more people competing for fewer jobs.  

There are four things we can do to dramatically improve the economic lives of the working men and women of this country.

Water.  The best way to improve the lives of working people is to identify those issues which, if addressed, would have a positive impact throughout the economy.  In California, the number one issue is water.  People cannot build homes or grow crops because of a lack of water.  With water we could build more homes in lower density areas which would create high paying construction jobs.  More water also would enable us to grow more crops, which would create jobs in our most depressed areas.  The benefits would not only be on the jobs side - a greater supply of homes would bring housing prices down and more food would lower its cost.

Consequently, I would stop all federal High Speed Rail dollars and use those funds to help solve our water crisis.

Resurrect Small Business.  It is disgusting the fastest growing path to the middle class today is a government job.  We can change that.  The number one creator of private sector jobs is small business.  We have a three point plan to make American small business the envy of the world and the engine of job growth:   

* Resurrect the community bank system to provide small business with access to capital.

* Get rid of the tax breaks and gimmicks that have nothing to do with improving the economy - and everything to do with taking care of the well-connected.  Then lower the marginal tax rates for individuals and businesses. 

The value of the reduction in the marginal tax rates to individuals is obvious.

In terms of businesses, it will enable small businesses that are not able to take advantage of such gimmicks to compete on a more equal footing.  It also will enable the trillions of dollars that are being parked overseas to come home to develop our economy instead of the economies of other nations.

* Dramatically reduce government regulations and put limitations on the scope of discretion bureaucrats have.

Control Our Borders.   I strongly support legal immigration.  However, to protect our workers we need to take control of our borders to prevent people from entering the country illegally.  There is a role for 5th Century B.C. technology (a wall) to help us achieve this goal.  However, we should have a triad approach:  

* A wall where cost effective

* Sensors, drones, big data in less populated areas

* Border officials with the manpower and tools they need to do the job.

Better Trade Deals.  Historically trade deals have focused on opening up markets to American goods and reducing the cost of goods imported into our country.  However, the American worker has not been well represented in this process.  Our trade deals need to do a much better job of taking the needs of the American worker into effect.  When I am in the U.S. Senate, I will ensure this is the case.

 

The bottom line:  When I cast my vote on economic issues, I will be focused on one issue:  “How does this law impact the American worker?”  If it either helps raise their pay or lower their costs, I will support it.  If it does not, I will oppose it.

 

How to Keep America Safe

Summary

The number one priority of our federal government is to keep America safe.  An effective foreign policy has four components: 1) Accurate Intelligence, 2) Thoughtful Diplomacy, 3) Innovative Technology , and 4) a Strong Military.

How to Keep America Safe

The number one priority of our federal government is to keep America safe.  That requires bold, balanced, and smart leadership. With geopolitical threats from Russia, North Korea, and Iran and terrorist threats from radical Islam, it is essential our nation has both a strong defense and maintain a robust offensive capacity.  

As a U.S. Senator, I will work to empower the four core pillars of an effective national security policy: 1) Accurate Intelligence, 2) Thoughtful Diplomacy, 3) Innovative Technology , and 4) a Strong Military.

Intelligence is one of the most important national security components.  If we don’t know where our enemies lie and what their plans are, it is impossible to prevent, deter, and combat them.  Accurate intelligence can prevent wars and if you are in a war, accurate intelligence is the difference between winning and losing.

Current law makes intelligence gathering cumbersome and despite efforts to better coordinate intelligence across agencies, there is much more to be done.  We need to empower our intelligence agencies, not politicize them.  We need to better coordinate our intelligence with our allies across the world, especially in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. And we must aggressively prosecute anyone who undermines our intelligence gathering and networks.

Diplomacy is essential to an effective foreign policy.  From the Truman Doctrine to the fall of the Soviet Union, leaders such as George Marshall and George Shultz helped the United States build long-lasting relationships abroad that played an invaluable role in keeping us safe.  

We need to stop thinking of the State Department as a separate foreign policy entity from our intelligence agencies and our military and better integrate its diplomatic efforts into a grand national security agenda. 

In Europe, NATO should be transformed to also focus on the threat ISIS poses to its members. In the Middle East, we ought to be building a coalition to combat a nuclear Iran and ISIS. In Asia, we should work with the Japanese, and the South Koreans and pressure the Chinese to prevent North Korea from attempting anything reckless.

Moreover, we ought to be using the economic might of the United States as a diplomatic carrot and the military as the stick.  As Theodore Roosevelt was apt to say, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Technology can be the difference between success or failure in national security.  From muskets to sailing ships to computers, the entity that has mastered the latest technology usually has been the masters of their fate.  As the home of Silicon Valley, America should have a huge technological advantage, yet state actors like the Chinese and North Koreans have consistently hacked our government and terrorist organizations like ISIS have mastered the use of social media to recruit and propagandize.  

First, we need leaders who understand technology.  Second, we need to streamline the ability of our national security network to utilize the most innovative technology.  And third, technology must be thought of as a defensive and offensive priority.  As much as we should try to plug every hole in our technology network, we will never be able to do so.  People who try to undermine our network need to understand the price they will pay if they try.

Our military is the envy of the world thanks to the courageous men and women who serve in uniform. It is our most valuable national security treasure. But it is only effective in both preventing conflict and winning conflicts when it is undeniably the strongest military in the world.   

First, we must make investment in modernizing our military a key priority.  Second, we should prepare for the wars that haven’t been fought, not the ones we have.  Third, we should incorporate our military into our diplomatic missions.  These men and women are on the front lines and can be our most visible and effective diplomats. Fourth, we should leverage our military with strong alliances worldwide so that America isn’t alone fighting other people’s wars.  Fifth, we should never take military action off the table; it may not be the first option, but it must remain one.  Sixth, when we decide to engage our military, we must be prepared to do what it takes to win.  Leaving a combat zone with the mission unfulfilled creates new and more dangerous problems. And finally, we must work to ensure our veterans are cared for.  The current situation is shameful.

 

Protecting the American people is not only the most important priority; it also is one of the most difficult.  It takes persistence and clarity of vision.  In the Senate, I will have no higher responsibility than to do everything I can to keep the American people safe.

 

Imagining a New Age of Reason

Summary

Technology, has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  It has had no impact on government.  My goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

Imagining a New Age of Reason

 

We are on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason, one of the most exciting times in the history of man.

 

Before the first Age of Reason: the word was flat, and Kings and Queens ruled the world.  Then came the First Age of Reason, ushered in by the Gutenberg Bible.  We learned the world was round.  There was an explosion of philosophical thought.  And the American Revolution taught us that we did not need the Kings and Queens, that we could govern ourselves.

 

We are now on the cusp of the Second Age of Reason.  Technology has totally transformed what we know.  It has also transformed our ability to communicate what we now know with our 7 billion fellow human beings.  It has had a profound impact on the way we live, work, learn and play.  

 

It has had almost no impact on government.  

 

In fact, as the world is moving faster and faster, it is more and more difficult for government to keep up.  This is one of the main frustrations people feel not only at the national level, but at the local level, where it can often take longer to get a building permit than it took us to beat the Germans!

 

Because of (1) the dispersement of knowledge, (2) our ability to communicate quickly and (3) our ability to track performance and hence keep others accountable, there is no longer the need to centralize nearly as much power in Washington as before.

 

Hence, my goal is to make Washington as relevant in the everyday life of the American people as Prince Charles is to the people of England. 

 

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, the American Revolution was one of the few successful revolutions in the history of civilization.  Hence, since revolutions seldom succeed, I support an orderly transition to a decentralized system as opposed to a revolution.  However, as is evidenced by the mood of the people and the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, this transformation must begin immediately.  We should encourage the states to take on more responsibility and using big data, learn from those experiments what works and what does not and make the necessary and continuous adjustments.

 

 

The second major concept in this area follows the first:  since there is so much knowledge and communication among up to 7 billion data points, it is no longer possible for one individual or group to have more knowledge than the people as a whole.  Hence, to truly represent the people of California, we are looking at ways to “crowd source” our campaign.  I will also attempt to do so as a member of the U.S. Senate.  And wherever feasible I will look to find ways to transfer power from elected officials and bureaucrats to the people through crowd sourcing and concepts yet to be developed.

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: California Secretary of State

Economic uncertainty and terrorist attacks have created anxious times. We want action from our leaders; instead we get excessive partisanship and a divisive, ineffective government. I promise to be different. I will be bold, balanced. I will find achievable solutions. California once was the “Land of Dreams”; aspiring to compete, to achieve—and to win for ourselves and our families. But that dream is being suffocated by leaders that have taken extreme positions. The result is businesses, our neighbors and our children are leaving California. Our schools are ranked 41st in the country. Taxes keep rising, and the cost-of-living is through the roof. This bleeding has to stop. I have the experience and passion to fix this. I graduated from Stanford and Northwestern Law. I solve problems for a living. I am a federal court approved mediator and volunteer settlement judge. I was Chairman of the California Republican Party, overseeing the only successful recall of a governor, and the first to be re-elected; because we got stuff done. Leaders from every segment imaginable are supporting my vision to renew the “California Dream.” Former Secretary of State George Shultz, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Cisco’s John Chambers, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, The California Small Businesses Association. I am guided by the Constitution. My priorities are jobs, national security, education and water. Please visit SundheimforSenate.com for policy details. Integrity. Common sense. Results. They’re my foundation—and the foundation upon which we will bring back our “Land of Dreams.”

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Experience

Profession:Attorney & Elected Official
Owner, Phillip D Wyman & Associates (not availa–current)
President, Summit Lime Company (2010–current)
Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (2001–2002)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (1993–1994)
Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (1979–1992)
Attorney, Private Practice (1974–1977)
Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (1969–1973)

Education

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law J.D. (1973)
University of California at Davis Bachelor’s, agricultural economics (1967)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $48,900

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Pandol Brothers
$250

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By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.49%)
Small contributions (0.51%)
99.49%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
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Candidate Contact Info

Email phillip.wyman@gmail.com
Republican
Business Attorney/Author
323,614 votes (4.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A Flat Tax that will replace the existing tax code, reduce the power of the IRS, boost the economy and end corporate welfare
  • A comprehensive Water Plan for California
  • Restore clarity to American foreign policy

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Attorney & Media Contributor
Contributor, Forbes.com (2012–current)
Owner, PoliticalVanguard.com (2002–current)
Principal, Small Business Attorney, Del Beccaro, Hornsby & Blake (2000–current)
Chairman, California Republican Party — Elected position (2011–2013)

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law J.D. (1987)
University of California at Berkeley B.A., English (1983)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

I do not favor a federal carbon tax.

I do support the reduction of pollution worldwide in a cooperative manner.  Unfortunately, the result of our regulations has been increased pollution in other countries as manufacturing has moved offshore.  Rather than push even more jobs to countries like China and India that pollute wantonly, we should have more practical regulations at home to allow jobs to stay here and have less global pollution with cleaner manufacturing here in California.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

The federal government should encourage state and federal policies that refocus our efforts to reduce gun violence.  The second amendment states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  So any policy changes must respect our 2nd amendment rights.

 

The key to reducing gun violence is to reduce criminal activity. It is not to infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.  The different approaches of Chicago and New York are telling.  Chicago has focused its efforts on restricting the rights to own and use guns.  That has resulted in increased crime and gun violence.  New York, under the Giuliani administration, focused on reducing crime overall, which necessarily focused on cracking down on criminals.  That resulted in reduced gun violence and a safer New York.

 

Finally, if someone uses a gun in connection with a crime, they must go to jail.  We must enforce that policy.  Too many prosecutors are plea bargaining away gun charges. That encourages gun violence and puts criminals back on the streets earlier than the law should allow.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

History demonstrates that the richest nations have been those that have traded internationally. America should stand for free trade and I support free trade efforts.  Unfortunately, our own governments have weakened the ability of American companies to trade. Our excessive taxes and regulations are the cause of that weakness.  Our weak economic growth over the last 7 years (under 2%) has been 40 years in the making and has been made worse by recent policies.  One result of that weak economic growth is the historically low labor force participation in America.

The trade pact likely would increase the number of foreign workers in America at a time when the American economy is not able to produce enough jobs because of those bad government policies.  In other words, if the TPP were instituted tomorrow, our weak labor market would be exposed at the height of its vulnerability. 

I support a flat tax and a reduction in the level of regulation to allow the American private sector to thrive and to boost employment here at home.  That could all happen by March of 2017.  Once that recovery is under way, then the impact of the implementation of TPP would not hit American workers when they are most vulnerable. In short, the trade pact should have been negotiated when America was economically thriving and had maximum leverage and implementation ideally delayed until the implementation of tax and regulatory reform here at home – reforms which should be made in full not later than early next year.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

I am not in favor of relaxing the federal marijuana laws. 

The experiment in Colorado is demonstrating that there are collateral effects to increased marijuana sales and use. For instance, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director in San Diego stated one of the collateral effects of increased accessibility to marijuana is that “Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts.”  Indeed, the use of heroin and methamphetamines is on the rise as well as the importation of those drugs.

Rather than plunge forward here in California, we need to understand the full effects of the amount of legalization we already have.

 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

The impact of California’s water policies is far-reaching. More than just a question of the length of showers, they directly contribute to high unemployment and poverty. The solution to our water crisis can boost employment and reduce poverty – and it’s high time we get practical about it. - See more at: http://www.delbeccaroforsenate.com/2016/03/practical-plus-high-tech-solutions-can-ease-californias-water-crisis/#sthash.Lof4yBN3.dpuf

The resolution of the water crisis can actually be quite simple if we are as practical as Singapore, a world leader in water technology. When I went to summer law school there in 1986, I was impressed by how the tiny nation island went about solving its problems. Only 277 square miles and surrounded by ocean and near the equator, Singapore has severely limited freshwater sources.

It anticipated a population boom and now leads the world in water recycling technology, including capturing rainfall not just on protected land but on buildings and roads, as well as desalination plants and water recycling. Singapore also partnered with neighboring Malaysia (with whom it sometimes had sharp disagreements) and built a dam to increase water supplies for Singapore.

California should be the high-tech water capital of the world. Rather than build high-speed rail, we should allocate funds to retrieve storm water from our roads and have the water pumped to recycling stations. Within 10 years, no lawn in California should be watered with anything but recycled water.

To ease unemployment and the water crisis, our aging municipal water pipes should be replaced. Those older pipes, by many estimates, leak as much water as all of the state’s residential use. Los Angeles alone has more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance. Since we have a plan to measure, monitor and regulate all of California’s groundwater, shouldn’t we fix our pipes? That would create shovel-ready jobs and could be completed within four years.

Our forests can provide a solution as well. They are overgrown and present a fire danger, but a policy that allows thinning of trees would create dramatic increases in runoff – some say enough to feed the Central Valley. Those are shovel-ready jobs as well.

We should also (1) build desalination plants (70 percent of Californians live within 30 miles of the ocean) and more reservoirs, including the long awaited Sites Reservoir, (2) require greater water recycling.  Every blade of muncipal grass should be watered with recycled water within 10 years.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Thomas G. Del Beccaro:

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amidst our divisions. I proposes a more practical approach:

I believe we should do the following to address the immigration crisis:

1. National Security.  Immigration should now be viewed as the national security issue it has become.  Whatever we thought about immigration before 9/11 and the San Bernardino terror strike, we must think again.  We can build a consensus on immigration by putting the interests of the entire country first.

2. Comprehensive Legislation Won’t Work. Large, 2,500 page bills – especially on this contentious issue – are unlikely to pass any time soon and have proven to be a pandora’s box of bad provisions and policy.  We don’t have to attempt to solve all problems at once and our national security concerns mean we cannot wait.  Therefore, I believe we need to take a piecemeal approach to solving the crisis.

3.  Immediate Visa Reform.  Up to half of those here illegally have overstayed their visas. We can reduce racial tension in this country by acknowledging that fact instead of implying all illegal immigration is from a single country. Also, remember that the 9/11 conspirators took advantage of our lax visa laws.  The San Bernardino terrorist took advantage of our weak protections by simply giving a false address at the time she applied for a visa.  We have lost track of hundreds of thousands who have overstayed their visas.  Enough is enough.  We must strengthen our visa laws. 

4.  All Ports of Entry.  We must understand that all of our ports of entry represent a danger.  Therefore, we need to bring added resources to protect all of them not some of them. We also must support enforcement of existing laws when it comes to those who come here illegally.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $588,319

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Thomas Del Beccaro
$40,000
2
Employees of Peck Enterprises
$10,800
3
Employees of Pacific Meritage
$10,750
4
Nelson T. Lewis Construction and employees
$8,000
5
Employees of BCCI Construction
$7,450

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.08%
Connecticut 1.12%
New Jersey 1.04%
Arizona 0.52%
Other 1.23%
96.08%

By Size:

Large contributions (81.77%)
Small contributions (18.23%)
81.77%18.23%

By Type:

From organizations (1.56%)
From individuals (98.44%)
98.44%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Flat Tax and Pro Growth Economics

Summary

America must return to economic growth of above 3.5%.  In order to do that, Tom believes we need tax and regulatory reform. 

Tom believes that the last 40 years of growing tax burdens, regulatory burdens and government debt (at the hands of both parties), has slowed our economy and made it hard for people to find and keep good paying jobs.  In order to get the robust economic growth we need to produce good jobs and rising wages, Tom supports the following: 

1. A Flat Tax for the Country and California. Tom is the only U.S. Senate candidate in the country with his own flat tax plan. It is supported by Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer and Steve Moore. Tom’s tax proposal will reduce the 77,00 page tax code to just a few pages, grow the economy for all and reduce the power of the IRS. Please read Tom’s Flat Tax proposal below.

2. Regulatory Reform. The number of regulations in America are at an all time high and cost the economy nearly $2 trillion per year.  We need to be sensible about our level of regulations.  Tom proposes that all existing and new regulations undergo a cost benefit analysis and that any new regulations that cost consumers over $200 million be approved by Congress.  Any existing or new regulations that fail this cost benefit analysis should be scrapped.

3. Trade.  America should be the world leader in trade.  Too much of our trade deficit is due to the fact that our employers are subject to high taxes and regulations that make American businesses uncompetitive in the world markets.  We need to reduce the costs of doing business in America (through tax reform and regulatory reform) so we can reduce our trade deficits.

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Republican
Businessman/Attorney/CPA
230,944 votes (3.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create jobs by providing income tax incentives (reducing the tax rate fro 35% to 5%) to bring back $2 trillion that could increae one to two million new jobs.
  • Fix immagration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas legally issued when they expire, reduce Federal funding to all so-called Sanctuary cities and enforcce the E-verify system to be sure all jobs are provided to American
  • Balance the Federal budget by cutting administrative expenses in all agenies except those that are performing securty, military or safety functions.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businessman, Attorney, CPA, Accountant and Veteran
Business Consultant, Self-employed (2001–current)
President and Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commisiion — Appointed position (1994–1999)
Commissioner, California Transportation Commission — Appointed position (1996–1998)
Partner and Certified Public Accountant, International Public Accounting Firm (1959–1991)
Officer/Pilot, U.S. Air Force (1956–1959)

Education

University of San Francisco J.D. (2000)
University of Utah B.S., business and accounting (1955)

Community Activities

Board member or Committee member of my Church, Church (1992–current)
Committee Member of Finance and Audit as well as the Rail Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006–current)
Committee member of each Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006–current)
Establish and help operate two Charter Schools in City of Alameda, Ca., Alameda Community Center (1991–1993)
Volunteer Board Member or Chairman/ Treasurer for Non-profit agenies, Self Help for the Elderly (1980–1992)

Biography

Greg is a businessman, an attorney licensed in Washington D.C., a CPA and a former veteran as a Air Force Officer and pilot.  He served as a former Commissioner to the California Public Utilties Commission where he served two years as its President and for two years on the California Transportation Commission as a Commissioner.  He was a partner in an international acacounting and consulting firm where he served clients as a CPA and business consultant and he was later a business consultant to both large and small businesses.  In addition to his experience in the public sector on the two California Commissions he also served on several non-profit agenies and schools, including Self Help for the Elderly in San Franciso where he served on the Board for over 10 years.  This agency provided social service to almost 20,000 seniors and served 1,000 lunches a day to the same seniors. In addition he served on the Board of Pineview Housing that built a senior housing project for 80 people in San Francisco.  He help originate and operate two Charter Schools in the City of Alameda serving almost 800 students.  He contines serving on Boards or Committees in his Town of Atherton and in his Church.     

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

The main emitters of carbon dioxide are Chian and India.  I would review carefully the treaties that are enforce and those proposed in the future to be sure that these two countries and any other that are strong emitters to be sure they are doing their share in reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.  In addition I would want to explore the use of standardized nuclear plants for the future to reduce the emission of carbon gases by coal,oil and natural gas plants.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that the U S Constitution provides everyone the opportunity to own guns for both self defense in their homes and recreational use under safe conditions. 

I support the Second Amendment for the two reasons just mentioned.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Greg Conlon:

All trade ageements should be reviewed to be sure they are fair to the U S companies trading with a particular country now.  Extreme tarriffs restricting import fess like the Smoot Hartly Act of the 1930's I believe caused the depression or certainly added to it.  I would not want to go down that street.  I would be sure that countries importing into the U S are not illegally supporting private companies be able to lower their pricies and put U S companies out of business. 

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that marijana should not be legalized because it will start users down the drug track of becoming serious users of hard drugs that our nation is now facing in many states. . 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

At this point in time I would call for more stoarge and reserviors to be able to take advantage of the rain and snow as much as possible.  I would also review the enviormental endangered species laws to be sure we are not going to far in retricting economic activity in the fishing and timber industry in California and to reduce the risk of drought. 

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe this country should protect its borders and not allow people to enter without a reasonable legal basis to do so with a passport or visa.   Therefore we need to strengthen our borders to be sure that people are only admitted if they have a legal basis to do so. 

Also I would advocate better monitoring and review of all legal visas issued that the person returns to their home nation or obtains a legal green card or work permint to stay in the country.  My understanding that of the 11 million illegals in the U S today aobut 40% entered into the U S with legal visas or student or work permits.  We need to monitor they visas when they expired to be sure the people return to their country or gain another legal basis for staying.  Otherwise many are taking high paying jobs from our citizens illegally.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $63,121

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Greg Conlon
$23,765
2
Employees of A Wilsey Properties
$5,400
3
Employees of Ernst & Young
$4,400
4
Employees of Law Office Of Mark Watson
$3,400
5
Employees of O'brien Homes
$2,700
5
Employees of Oak Investment Partners
$2,700

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.92%
Nevada 3.39%
North Carolina 1.69%
94.92%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.50%)
Small contributions (6.50%)
93.50%

By Type:

From organizations (1.69%)
From individuals (98.31%)
98.31%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Greg has a philosophy of giving back to the community that was instilled in him during his business career always trying to serve in his communities, his church and non-profit agenies.  His philosophy is supporting free enterprise and competition but recognizing the need to give back to the community inwhich he lives and works.  He started out his leadership activity becoming an Eagle Scout at very young age and serving on his high school student council during his high school experience.  After high school he attended the University of Utah again taking a leadership role running for Student Body Vice President and becoming an officer in the Air Force ROTC.  After college he served in the Air Force as an officer and a pilot before beginning his private sector experience discussed obove. 

His political philosophy is to rely on the private sector to grow the economy and provide economic growth that creates necessay jobs to keep people employed at the same time helping people help themselves rather than trying to take care of everyone who is able to take care of themselves.  He recognizes that certain people who are unable to work need assistance from the social agencies or the public agencie of the government. 

Greg has been dependent on his self since he graduated from high school, since his parents were unable to provide assistance to him in college or thereafter.  His hard work and perseverance allowed him to be successful to raise his family and provide for them.  He has prepared himself to serve in the public as a U S Senator and is looking forward to that opportunity. 

 

 

Greg Conlon's Comments on California's Higher Education Problems that need to be addressed

Summary

 

This paper explains the current situtation of the UC System's decrease in funding from the State and how it is handling it by increasing out-of-state an out-of-country students admissions who pay higher tuition fees.  The paper makes recommendations on what Conlon believes could help solve the financial issues. 

 

GREG CONLON COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE OF

 

CALIFORNIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM    

 

(Palo Alto, CA) - California is taking away an outstanding educational opportunity from some of its best and brightest high school graduates by limiting their access to the University of California system. US News and World Report ranks UC Berkeley and UCLA  20th and 23rd in the nation, yet 30% of their students come from out of state.  That amounts to approximately 8,500 students each out of a total of 27,000 to 30,000 students, respectively. While out-of-state tuition costs $36,000 per year, or $23,000 more than in-state tuition, this additional revenue supports only about 6% of UC System’s expenses.                                   

 

Is this really what we want to do — give away about 17,000 spots a year in these two schools to out-of-state and out-of-nation students and deprive our own top students of this educational opportunity and future high-paying jobs?.  My answer is no.  The State of California has decreased its funding of the UC System in total from 18% of the State's general fund in the late ‘70's to 11 to 12% today.  These decreases compare with increases in health and human services, corrections and rehabilitations, and K-12 education from 60% to 80% of the State's General Fund expenditures.  These statistics are available from a Study of Public Education in California by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 

 

Meanwhile other universities that are ranked equal or higher than our two top public universities are charging about $10,000 more per year (average $48,000 per year) in student fees.  So not only are we giving away these top spots to non-state students, we are doing it at a discount compared to similar top 20 universities in the nation (see US News and World Report Rankings).  

 

As a candidate for the U. S. Senate, I believe a federal policy regarding issuance of student visas to out-of-nation students can positively address the inequity of educational opportunity for California’s equally qualified best and brightest students.  I propose that out-of-nation students (who are primarily from China and India) be subjected to requirements similar to those currently imposed for issuance of "Green Cards" for foreign persons to obtain work visas.  My recommendation is that each University would have to demonstrate that there are no equally qualified in-state students, based on test scores and GPA, who could fill the available slot for admission. Only then would student visas be issued. While the loss of higher tuition revenue would have an impact, I believe we can find ways to make up much of the lost revenue.  First the California legislature should try to increase appropriations for the UC System and reverse the trend of the downward spiral.  Second, based on my experience in both the private sector as a businessman and CPA and my public sector experience as President of the California PUC, it is not out of the question to find some savings to recover some of the 6% in the University System expenditures.  

This is not an easy problem to solve but by addressing this issue we can increase the chances for California’s best and brightest to receive a high-quality education and gain access to future high-paying jobs right here at home.

U S Supreme Court issues recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on Northern California.

Summary

This postion paper is in the form of a letter to the editor on how the U S Suprem Court's recent decision in Evenwel v Abbot has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industries in Norther California.  It also discusses why the Court should reverse its decision in order to better protect the interests of rural California by giving these areas more political representatives in the State Senate. 

 

Letter to the Editor or Opinion Letter April 9, 2016:

 

US Supreme Court issues a recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industry in Northern California

 

U S Supreme Court in its recent decision  (Evenwel, v Abbot, Governor of Texas) continues supporting the 1964 Case of Reynolds v. Sims where the Supreme Court upheld that "The Equal Protection Clause" of the U S Constitution "requires that the seats in both houses of a bicameral state legislature must be apportioned on a population basis."   The Supreme Court  decision stated "a State may draw its legislative districts based on total population."  This decision does not require that only the use of population basis be used to apportion state legislative districts and related maps.  It uses the terminology "one-person, one-vote" to describe this rule.   Over the ensuing decades, the Court has several times elaborated on the scope of the one-person, one-vote rule.  Finally it decided in another case, Brown vs. Thomson in 1983, that the Court would allow deviation in the method of apportionment as long as the deviation, between the largest and the smallest is less than 10%.  The Court has held that the maximum deviations above 10% are presumptively impermissible.  One later decision allowed a 16% deviation in order to accommodate the State's interest in "maintaining the integrity of political subdivision lines.”  The State of Hawaii was allowed to deviate because of its geographic island separation. 

Northern California counties were severely impacted by the 1964 "Sims" decision because they had to redraw their California Senatorial Districts, (as did the entire State), using total population from the U S Census Bureau rather than using the eligible or actual registered voters or just using county lines, i.e., one Senator per county.   This had a dramatic impact from Sacramento north causing a loss of seven Northern California Senators from the State Senate.  This loss in Senators caused an extreme transfer of political power in the State Senate from Northern California counties with very low population towns and cities to large metropolitan urban centers like Los Angeles County.  Today there are only 4 Senators out of 40 representing most of Northern California (excluding the San Francisco and Sacramento area) while there were 11 Senators before the 1964 decision in Sims and the subsequent reapportionment. 

 

Although this loss of political power by Northern California is hard to measure I believe that State legislation in the 1970s and the Federal legislative changes over the years have had a dramatic impact on both the timber and fishing industries in these counties.  I reach this conclusion from my experience traveling through six of these Northern California counties two years ago when campaigning for State Treasurer.

 

The fallacy of the use of total population rather than political boundaries like counties makes no sense in a bi-cameral government where there are two bodies--a house or assembly and a senate.  The house or assembly should be elected by population as it is in the U S House of Representatives and the Senate body should represent the different government sub-bodies normally counties within a state.  This logic follows the practice in the Federal Congress where the U S Senators are based on two per state, not on some equal population formula as is the House of Representatives with about 800,000 persons in each District.  If the Federal U S Senate were apportioned by the equal population formula called for in the "Sims case" decision and the recent "Evenwel case" New England states would likely have only one or two Senators instead of the 8 or 10 they have today and California with its large population would have 12 U S Senators.

 

Hopefully the U S Supreme Court will recognize its use of population apportionment for both houses of a bi-cameral State government is inconsistent with the Federal apportionment of two Senators per state. Instead States should be allowed under the 10th amendment states rights to come up with their own apportionment process for the second house (usually the Senate) in a bi-cameral legislature. One of these processes would be to use the county boundaries within the State to reapportion each Senatorial District. 

 

Greg Conlon, Wash. D.C., Attorney

 

Candidate for U S Senate in California

 

 

 

Official Statement

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Source: California Secretary of State

I was a partner in an international accounting firm, serving clients as a CPA, and have been a business consultant to various business entities. I have my attorney’s license in Washington D.C. and was a pilot in the US Air Force. I understand the economic, financial and legal challenges in balancing budgets and effectively serve the public and Veterans. In addition I am an Eagle Scout. As a Commissioner and President of the California Public Utilities Commission I was in charge of proceedings that allowed residential and commercial customers to buy electricity directly from private and community public entities not privately owned utilities. I also led an initiative that increased competition and allowed businesses to select different telecommunication providers. If elected I have three objectives: First, reduce the size of government and balance the Federal budget each year by reducing the administrative work force in Federal agencies and not replacing retired employees. Second, resolve immigration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas issued to foreign citizens and reducing all Federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities. Third, provide private sector jobs by reducing the income tax rate on large businesses to 5% for cash returned to the U.S. in exchange for new job creation. I was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in 2014 and garnered almost 3.0 million votes; I know how to run a successful General Election. I look forward to representing California and would be honored to have your vote.

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Small Business Owner
168,805 votes (2.2%)
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Experience

Experience

Profession:Mortgage Broker
President, Stokes Mortgage Capital (2005–current)
Owner, Echo Park Realty (2003–current)
Real Estate Broker, Various (1983–current)

Education

El Camino College Degree, real estate (not availa)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $12,723

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By State:

California 97.46%
Tennessee 2.54%
97.46%

By Size:

Large contributions (31.00%)
Small contributions (69.00%)
31.00%69.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
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Internet Startup CEO
112,055 votes (1.5%)
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Experience

Profession:Software Developer
CEO, EtaCar.com (2015–current)
Sustainability Advisor, Silicon Valley International Group (2012–current)
Project Coordinator, Lucent Technologies (1999–2001)
Senior Software Engineer, Impact With Quality (1997–2000)

Education

Golden Gate University Bachelor’s, computer information systems (not availa)
Golden Gate University Master’s, telecommunications management (1997)

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Educator
110,557 votes (1.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Security by providing real foreign policy solutions through the strengthening of our military, trustworthy commitments to our allies, and an unwavering word in our diplomatic negotiations
  • Accountability in the economy by establishing a fair and simplified tax code, requiring a fiscally responsible budget, reducing regulations in the private sector to promote job creation, and restoring practices that support the great American work et
  • Values of America- life, liberty, freedom, and opportunity- upheld and protected / Educational excellence pursued in our schools with local answerability, choice, and opportunities in all fields of study/ *S.A.V.E. the Future

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator

Education

California State University of Northridge Master of Arts, Political Science (2008)
California State University of Northridge Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2007)

Community Activities

Summer Camp Counselor, Victory Ranch Campground (2003–2015)

Biography

Karen Roseberry is a California native who has spent the last 7 years working passionately to educate youth both in the Antelope Valley and overseas. Having worked first hand with students, often high risk, in low socio-economic areas she believes that a strong foundation of values is most needed to improve conditions educationally, socially, economically, nationally, and internationally.

With over 10 years in customer service Karen realizes the importance of working tirelessly to ensure the satisfaction of guests and carries that same work ethic into her desire to be the next U.S. Senator of California. It is her goal to end the extreme sense of dissatisfaction felt by the constituents of this state that have for too long been poorly represented by career politicians. She strongly supports the understanding that elected officials work for the people. She earnestly comes before the electorate as the candidate willing to work the hardest on their behalf, seeking their best interest in legislation, and asking for their vote to have the opportunity to do so.

Karen grew up near the South Bay area before moving with her parents to the Antelope Valley. She has traveled extensively throughout the state, has lived in both Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, and is actively involved with her church near North County of San Diego, along with the ladies’ ministry at Grace Chapel in Lancaster. Karen has also traveled to 17 countries, has taught in two village schools of India, and has visited 35 states learning much about the tremendous blessings afforded to those in this country and state, and that could be so much better utilized with more effective leadership.

Karen attended the University of Denver, before returning to California to eventually graduate from California State University of Northridge with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

No, increased taxes and burdensome measures on corporations will only drive businesses overseas resulting in detrimental effects to the economy. What is beneficial is for the American people to make sound consumer choices that reflect what they want from business and to allow the market influences of supply and demand dictate to business what action they need to take to be successful, rather than to have punitive measures placed upon them that do little to actually promote sustainable change.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

The 2nd amendment guarantees individuals (as the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to protect the rights of individuals) that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What is necessary is to ensure that proper actions are being taken to ensure that gun-owners behave in well-regulated manners.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

No, the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is not good for California and I would not vote to support it, because it would hurt efforts to bring jobs to the region, most notably because of the terms set forth under the section on the environment that will put increased regulation and hardship upon many businesses trying to create jobs. Additionally, the labor terms outlined in the agreement are also unfavorable for the U.S. especially in having to compete with countries with wages far lower than in America. There should be negotiations set forth that can work to provide opportunities to create international markets for goods with other countries, and for them in the United States, but the degree of artificial manipulation set forth in the agreement will interfere with free market practices that better regulate the economy than efforts taken to abitrarily create results.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

No, it is not for the federal government to legalize marijuana. It is the federal government's job to ensure that borders are secure and that drugs do not enter the country through the borders.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

Efforts necessary to handle water shortages include reducing restrictions to the ability to build the necessary reservoirs and water storage facilities. Additionally, responsible building of desalination plants to best utilze California's extensive and beneficial coastline should also be taken.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Karen Roseberry:

The immigration issue has three primary components which must be addressed if any proposed policy is to effectively work and bring the sought after reforms- the violation of the rule of law, the effect on the economy, and the threat to national security. A comprehensive immigration policy must first address the rule of law violation, then and only then can economic and security matters truly be addressed, so as to solve the problems, and not merely put a band-aid on an issue in need of  an operation

For those individuals who have violated immigration law, but have not committed any felonies or class A misdemeanors, in certain instances, they may be eligible to be sentenced to serve time in a community project, charity, or area of service to the public whose trust and laws they have violated. By so doing these individuals can begin to work to establish a trust with those whom it has been lost, and not by merely paying their way out of the violation. Additionally, this action has the benefit of mobilizing citizens to partner with those who have entered the country without understanding the values for which America stands and to effectively inform them as much in order to build a sense of community and ensure that the American Dream does not become a distorted nightmare.

In respect to the effect on the economy, the diplomatic measures to allocate costs to the countries whose citizens are in violation of immigration law will help to address deportation funding. Companies found to be hiring illegal immigrants will be fined, and any individual or entity caught dealing in the issuance of fraudulent documents will face the steepest of fines. Furthermore, to qualify for any form of federal aid or federal social program, documentation of citizenship is required- individuals who are not citizens will not receive benefits of citizenship. If the economic benefits to illegal immigration can be eliminated through the use of systems such as e-verify to ensure that only those individuals here legally can obtain employment, and there are no entitlement services to non-citizens, it is very possible that many individuals here illegally will choose to voluntarily return to their home countries.  

Finally, in respect to national security, an excellent example can be found in the nation of Israel and how they secure their borders even amidst tremendous hostility. A combination of resources will be most effective, beginning with a double-layered razor wire fence, along the U.S. southern border. It is more cost effective than a wall and is more consistent with American views in respect to certain other walls in recent history. In addition to the physical component to border security the fence should also be supplemented by a responsible use technology including, motion sensors, cameras, and night-vision equipment. 

Political Beliefs

I am declaring my candidacy for the office of U.S. Senator of California because I am zealous about the future. For over the past 7 years I have spent my time investing in the lives of students, who I believe to be the best return on any investment of time. Instead of seeing a generation optimistic and looking up, I have watched as apathy has spread, due in large part to a rampant spread of hypocrisy and a complete deterioration of values in government. The result has been to rob and undermine the future before it ever even begins, and I can no longer just watch. I am declaring my candidacy for the office of U.S. Senator of California because I firmly believe the time has come to S.A.V.E. the future and encourage a response to look up once again.

Our state and nation must have a sense of SECURITY in order to prosper. Currently, our nation’s foreign policy is undermining security, and, most alarmingly, it is actively promoting instability throughout the world. It is just a matter of time until those failed foreign policies will result in insecurity and outright danger within our own borders. Instead, real foreign policy solutions are needed by strengthening our military, having trustworthy commitments to our allies, and an unwavering word in our diplomatic negotiations.

Economically, California is need of a senator who will hold individuals, corporations, and foreign nations ACCOUNTABLE for their actions with clear consequences enforced. These consequences should be compassionate when appropriate, retributive when in the best interest of justice, and decisive when necessary to ensure compliance. Personal responsibility for choices will promote a respect for the law that has recently been trampled by a variety of individuals, including many in high offices. Corporate responsibility will ensure that the American people are never again called upon to be responsible to bear the consequences for the grievous, unethical, and negligent decisions of institutions, but instead are held accountable for their own actions. In financial foreign policy, just as in security matters, our economic and trade agreements must reflect strength, commitment, and veracity.

At the heart of any expectation for greatness in the future are the VALUES upon which that future is to be built. The values that have been foundational to this nation since its conception, and that again need to be championed, are life, liberty, freedom, and opportunity. For over two decades I have watched these values be eroded by legislative action. I have watched abuse of power and laws passed that go completely contrary to those principles. I’ve watched as politician after politician has failed- failed to keep promises, failed to support these ideals, and failed to make California a better place. I believe that now is the time for the values which have made this state, and nation, great for so many years, and that have been forgotten for too long, to be once again represented by this state in the U.S. Senate.

Finally, it is imperative that the EDUCATION of the voters of the future be an education that upholds these same values, that promotes individual accountability, and that prepares individuals to be productive members of society. Our students must have the necessary skill set for the 21st century, a determined work ethic, and a “can do” attitude that has propelled America to greatness for over 200 years. The pursuit of such excellence in education requires local accountability, choice, and opportunities in all fields of study. Additionally, it requires involvement on the part of all of us as citizens to make our leaders in education (and politics) perform their duties in a responsible and informed manner, and to pattern our own lives in a way that upholds the ideals being taught.

Together we can all S.A.V.E. the future!

Government and the Economy

Summary

Excessive debt and financial uncertainty is detrimental to economic growith; governmental policy must address those concerns.

In respect to the economy, the primary involvement by the government concerns budgetary spending, legislation enacted that affects jobs, and taxes. In all three of these areas, politicians currently in elected office have been doing a pitiful job. Now is the time to take action to save the future. It is time to require accountable and responsible financial policies from our representatives.

Karen believes that governmental action related to the spending of your tax dollars should operate in a fiscally responsible manner, by collecting and spending the least amount of your money possible. Practically speaking, this means beginning with zero-base budgeting in order to drastically cut unnecessary expenditures.

As governmental action relates to job creation Karen will diligently work to ensure that excessive legislation does not bog down the creation of jobs, especially in the private sector. She recognizes that private sector jobs are best created when the market can most freely operate, competition drives quality, supply, and demand, and unnecessary regulations are limited to prevent undue burdens and reduce costly bureaucratic measures. Additionally, it also means that both private and public sectors are responsible for the choices they make and must face the consequences for those choices. This means that the American people are never again to be called upon to bail out institutions considered “too big to fail” and who acted irresponsibly, recklessly, and without accountability.

California is need of a senator who will promote economic growth through policies that will encourage employers and investors to want to benefit from all the many incredible opportunities California has to offer, and subsequently promote employment. Opportunities that include our extensive coastline and that could be developed to meet two clear needs in our state- increasing the water supply and creating more jobs.

Regarding taxes, when spending is properly controlled and individuals are productively and gainfully employed, then there can also be an effective limiting and lowering of taxes. Through the creation of more simplified tax code, a fair percentage to be paid equally by individuals, and one for corporations, the necessary tax dollars can be collected without disproportionately burdening any group of people and driving corporations and jobs out of the country.

Security and Foreign Policy

Summary

The international arena is safer, more stable, with greater national security for all countries, especially the United States, when America takes a leadership role in the world.

America’s first and primary responsibility in any foreign policy decision is to ensure the safety of American citizens, both within the United States and abroad. In recent years, this most fundamental principle has not been upheld. Poorly crafted foreign policy decisions, lack of clarity regarding the goals and objectives sought for each region, and actions based on inaccurate, completely naïve, and unrealistic conclusions reached about other country’s intentions, that have clearly stated intentions to the contrary, have resulted in a drastically unstable international arena, in desperate need for the United States to regain its leadership role.  

As America looks to restore its leadership role in the global community it is imperative that our allies know we stand with them and we honor our commitments to support them. Other nations that have tried to exploit the power void felt as a result of actions and inaction over the past several years must be strongly reminded of the full strength and power of the United States. We must invest in ensuring that our military has the best resources available, including information and strategic assets.

It is time that the military be represented by leadership in Washington that understands the way the world actually works, not by those making decisions on the way they “wished” the world looked. Idealism is to be championed in many areas of diplomacy, and such diplomatic measures can be of great value in moving the world towards greater ideals. Idealism, though, must be tempered by the reality of the situation, and decisions made must reflect reality as it is, not wishful wonderlands. Understanding the hard lessons of the past, in order to save and build a better future is what is required. The lessons of appeasement that brought the rise of Nazism, the Iranian Revolution, and now ISIS must not be forgotten, and corrective action must be taken.

It is essential that we have an accurate understanding of the situation in countries where we have Americans stationed, and our actions within a country are working towards clear and well-defined goals. Furthermore, it must be understood by all countries that the United States is a nation who will only take military action when absolutely necessary, but when military action is needed it will be taken. In those cases the action will be decisive, unwavering, and fully committed to accomplishing the necessary and clear objectives for which the action needed is being taken.

Official Statement

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Source: California Secretary of State

*S.A.V.E. the future!*

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Libertarian
Retired Registered Nurse
99,761 votes (1.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • My first priority is bringing together the issues of sustainability, local action and social justice to relieve groups denied the basic requirements for life, promised to them as a trust by the nation they served. Among the most eggregious examples
  • My second priority is to hold the oil companies accountable for long term damage to the health of people and the Earth, this often focused in minority areas. The missing links that have allowed oil companies to evade being held responsible include t
  • My third priority, though it is close to my heart, is the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. It is simple justice long over due.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired professional nurse
RN, Hospitals and Agencies in the Los Angeles area (1961–1997)
Home Health Care and Home IV Therapy, Arroyo Grande Hospital (1995–1996)
ICU, MICU, ER RN, San Dimas Hospital (1979–1980)

Education

California community colleges Political Science, Early Childhood Education (1988)
Los Angeles County Hospital School of Nursing 3 year Diploma program Nursing (1959)

Community Activities

Leadeship, Libertarian Party of California (1980–current)
Membership Chair, Basin Street Regulars - Dixiland Jazz Associatin (2015–current)
Local President, American Associatin of Critical Care Nurses AACN (1976–1976)

Biography

            Gail Lightfoot is a widow and retired professional nurse

   

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

Taxes are simply another way to use force for compliance to some standard set by others. I prefer to see the business world study and develop new technologies that benefit everyone over time. I trust inquiring minds to come up with solutions for good practical reasons that improve our standard of living while protecting the environment without federal mandates.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to Individuals. That Right is inviolate! It is impossible to prevent any harm to others by regulating ownership of guns. Danger exists so, as individuals, we must have the ability to defend ourselves against danger.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

This Treaty is a very long complicated document with the potential for a huge impact on our country. Careful study is needed to determine if this treaty is what we need and want. I would rely on experts as well as my personal study of each word and phrase in order to make an informed decision.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

Yes! In fact, cannabis and Hemp [for its uses as fiber] should be legal along with many other controlled substances. The government should not be in the business of telling Americans what to plant, harvest, eat, drink, smoke, ingest in any other way or sell to others. Those choices are up to the individual with the help of personal research, educators, counselors and physicians.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

1: The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

The history of government water projects in the State of California is one of taxation to finance dams, canals, and pipelines. This is exactly why California is currently facing a severe shortage of water for its residents and farmers.

California has postponed converting to a more sustainable water policy. There will be costs involved but California cannot avoid embracing every possible solution. Adopting the latest technology reducing water use in every way possible can ensure the survival of the smallest water dependent animal or plant, each resident and farmer on up to the largest company or corporation operating in the state.

Congress will have to take a step back so that California can solve its water problems according to the needs and wishes of Californians. I will ask my fellow Senators to allow California to solve its water and other problems in its own way with the cooperation of neighboring states.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Gail K. Lightfoot:

I support more open immigration. Our goal should be a system that allows us to know who is here, why they are here and what they are really doing here. It should not be based on where an individual is from, what religion the individual accepts or some number per country or skill. We are a nation of immigrants known for welcoming those seeking to be free. We must continue to be that nation!

Political Beliefs

As a high school student, Gail found politics and gov't profoundly interesting and recognized the importance of both in our everyday lives. It was perfectly natural for her to take an interest in elections beginning with casting her first vote while still a high school senior.  Her last name being on the Declaration of Independence was no small influence.
  Later, after completing a 3 year program for a diploma in nursing from the Los Angeles County Hospital School of Nursing, she joined the Young Americans for Freedom, the Young Republicans and the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Pasadena, CA. This would have a profound effect on her thinking later in life.
  In 1964, Lightfoot was one of many young political activists who were very pleasantly surprised when Barry Goldwater won the Republican nomination for president. After all, Pasadena had always been a conservative - in its most elemental form, that is to say, unchanging and unwilling to change the status quo - Republican community. The young, political conservatives were definitely outside mainstream Republican thinking. 'How dare they go against us and our money?' was the prevailing sentiment. 
  She spent 1964 in a solidly Republican community, Westfield New Jersey, where no household would accept a Goldwater brochure, a disillusioning experience.
  Lightfoot left the Republican after the Goldwater campaign, never to return. She welcomed and joined the LP as a Charter Member in 1972 delighted to be in the first mailings of the new party advocating Individual Liberty.
  Reading National Review, Lightfoot watched the ideas of free markets and individual rights be misapplied over the last forty-five years. She began to realize what is today called a Free Market is truly nothing of the kind. What we have today is a heavily regulated by gov't market that benefits some over others. 
  This has created the system as it is today, allowing those with money and influence to manipulate the system of gov't rules and regulations to profit both inside, and outside, of government. Real competition is now a thing of the past.  
  The principles of individual freedom were suborned and distorted by corporatism to misdirect what began as a grass-roots movement into a political tool for increased corporate control of the market. This has led to the a pervasive distrust of corporations manifested by numerous political groups and movements today.
  Redefining words, such as took place with the word, “Conservative.” and the later adaptation of the word, Neoconservative has taken place rapidly. This misuse was augmented by the political philosophy and rationalizations justifying deceit and manipulation in the quest for power and money through the use of government.
  These distortions fed into the creation of a public relations infrastructure which, today, continues to main stream these redefinitions of America's founding vision, as laid out in our vision statement, the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. 
  These ideas and principles are the origin and basis for the movements for social justice in the Nineteenth Century, Conservatism, and Libertarianism. 
  Through her candidacy Gail rejects the use of the Libertarian movement to advocate for corporate personhood and the use of government in ways which violate the original vision for America. She advocates for the return to America's original goals of individual rights, local control, and community. 
  Personal Note:  
  As the mother of three children, the grandmother of six and the great-grandmother of five,  the future we leave to the next generation matters to me for many, many reasons.   Working for their freedom has always been my focus.

War for profit and treason.

Summary

The wars American is engaged in today are not based on defending our country.

    Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are resulting in more violence.  Those who lied us into war have violated both the Constitution and committed Treason against our country and war crimes against other nations and people.   
      ISIS is populated by a remnant of the military who followed Saddam Hussein and people who grew up in the world we created for them by imposing violent war for the profit of the corporations.  As is always the case, the violation of the rights of individuals, unacknowledged and therefore never healed, results in rationalizations for more of the same.    
     The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere were carried out for the profit of the oil companies and other participants in the Military-Industrial Complex.  Assisting them in these crimes were agencies of the United States government, including the CIA.  There must be accountability and restitution made - not by the American people, who are also victims, but by the corporations and individuals within government who abused the power entrusted to them.  
     We call for an investigation of those working within the Bush Administration, all those they engaged with to bring on the wars, and all events which lead up to the call for war against Iraq who, demonstrably, was not involved in 9/11. We further call for all of those who lied to the American people, thus profiting from the conspiracy, to be charged with treason and prosecuted to the full extend of the law for treason, murder and mayhem.  
  ISIS and Slavery
    The The The the acts of those who brought ISIS into being, funded what is actually a war machine disguised behind a misstatement of Islam are crimes.  Those who planned these acts or have participated are guilty of war crimes and must be prosecuted as such.
      Enslaving women and children and exploiting them for labor or sex must stop.  Those enslaved must be freed, made safe, and compensated for the atrocities they have suffered.  Those guilty of setting the existence of ISIS in motion, specifically Saudi Arabia and any other participants, must pay these reparations.  
  National Security
     Our security as a nation and our rights as individuals are both threatened by the criminal actions of those who have converted government and war as tools for their own profits.  Our focus for National Security must be the prosecution of those responsible. 

QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

Summary

I believe enabling people to pick and choose between competiing health insurance plans will allow quality, accessible, affordable health care to be more available to our families, children and seniors.

To ensure that all citizens can access adequate, affordable health care, we must increase the supply of health care, remove barriers to a free market and encourage competition.

When people purchase their own independent health plan covering the services they need and allowing for less out of pocket visits to their doctor, they are more secure and less dependent on others.

When an individual has more control over their own health care and is less dependent upon a third party, they become empowered to be assertive consumers of health care.

It is a proven fact that there is a greater interest in price information and demand for price transparency from consumers as their cost-sharing responsibilities increase. This results in more competition that keeps health care affordable and of high quality.

Therefore, I, as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, support the following measures to make quality, affordable health care accessible to all citizens:

  • Health insurance premiums, co-payments, deductibles and all medical expenses shall be deducted directly from income without having to meet any standard deduction.
  • A Medical Savings Account shall be established to be used for medical purposes in which up to 10% of income shall be deductible but without limitation on contributions.
  • Barriers to price transparency shall be removed to empower consumers and to encourage efficiency of care and competitive pricing.

I, support the following measures to increase the supply of quality affordable health care by increasing the numbers of medical professionals, facilities and medical non-profit and for-profit organizations:

 

  • Eliminate or greatly simplify all state medical regulations and licensing standards which impede the supply of health care. Replace the state monopoly on regulation and licensing with an open market for testing and review of products and services to ensure more accurate, timely and cost-effective ratings and controls on quality.
  • Provide tax credits, exclusions and above-the-line deductions (without "percentage of income" limits) for medical education, educational savings accounts, charitable contributions to medical schools, facilities, service providers, medical research and construction of medical facilities.
  • Streamline permit processes and zoning variances for construction of medical facilities and schools.
  • Reclaim our Tenth Amendment right to control pharmaceuticals distributed within the state. Reduce the function of the Food & Drug Association to a merely advisory capacity rather than a licensing authority. Allow drugs which have been proven to be safe to be marketed even if not yet proven effective. Allow patients access to unapproved drugs upon informed consent.

EDUCATION FOR A MODERN AGE

Summary

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance of the preservation of our Liberty,” Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

 The founding fathers believed everyone should have a good education but they feared the tyranny of a central authority. For this reason, they left control of the schools to individual states/communities and made no mention of education in the Constitution.

 

Today the Federal government not only has a Cabinet level Department of Education, it is seriously considering mandatory taxpayer funded preschools for all children. States are handed federal dollars and required to spend more meeting federal standards than they receive. For every $13 in funding, a school has to spend $15 meeting federal guidelines. This alone is reason enough to end federal interference in education.

We, as a society, need to wake up to the opportunities we have to personalize the education of each and every child in the U.S. It is time to take the technology of the 21st century and put it to use advancing the ability of every American to live, learn and earn a living using their knowledge and skills. Such learning can continue for a lifetime allowing each of us to gain new knowledge and skills as we wish and need.

 

Education no longer needs to be carried out in classrooms with neat rows of polite children listening to a teacher explaining what they are expected to know. The tools for completely individualized learning are there for the using. Now is the time to make the change.

 

I am an advocate for private, individualized educational models. This means I support private schools, Charter schools, Independent Study, Home Schooling, Computer learning or Un-Schooling, whatever works for the individual and their family or guardian. The goal is to instill a love of learning and the tools needed to learn throughout life.

 

To this end, I would seek to abolish the federal Dept of Education encouraging the states to advance educational opportunities according to local needs.

 

As a method of transition from government schools to freedom of choice in education, I support vouchers so tax money follows each child to the choice of schools during their learning years.

 

 

For every individual, there is a learning method that works for them if not others. As a society, we must give learners freedom to find and use what works for them. 

Democratic
Civil Environmental Engineer
98,150 votes (1.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore, strengthen, update, protect, defend the United States Constitution and extend America's constitutional principles to the United Nations
  • Establish a U. S. Citizen's Bank to serve as America's central bank empowered to create Government Created Money to pay down our national debt
  • Hold Congressional hearings, investigate and put an end to electromagnetic human behavior and cognitive Mind Control and energy weapons

Experience

Experience

Profession:Civil Environmental Engineer
Engineer of Record, Professional Civil Environmental Engineer Consultant (2009–current)
Representative, Los Angeles County Democratic Party — Appointed position (2001–2003)

Education

Loyola Marymount University Master's, environmental science and civil/environmental engineering (2004)
Bangalor University BMS College of Engineering; Cal. State U., Fresno; USC, L. A.; U.S.I.U.; San Diego; L. M. U., L. A. B.S. in Civil Engineering & M.S. in Engineering in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering, Electrical, Civil, Eathquake, Structural, Envir., Industrial Engineering; Wood & Steel Structure Design, Finite Elements (2004)

Community Activities

President, Democratic Political and Environmental Committee chartered under the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (2010–2014)
Television program writer and host, Tasvir (2007–2009)
Poll Worker, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder (2005–2007)
Chairperson, Interior Committee of the Southern Caifornia Structural Engineers Association (1981–1982)
President, Women Engineers Association, Student Chapter (1978–1979)

Political Beliefs

U. S. Constitution, Create a U.S. Citizen's Central Bank, End Mind Control energy weapons, GLBT&Women's Rights, Unions

Summary

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Official Statement

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My candidacy represents the United States Constitution, the only contract between the people of America and America’s government “Of the people, By the people, For the people” to be restored and strengthened in America and extended to the UN as a contract between all people of our world through US leadership and diplomacy. International bankers, multinational corporate leaders, militaries and police must all 100% obey, comply with the Constitution of the US/UN in the Spirit of Truth, Serving All in Peace. Transforming from the Industrial Technology Age to the new “Energy Technology Era” will saturate US job markets for the next 500 years. My campaign represents ending international bankers’ rule and their financial exploitation of nations; reestablishing people’s rule by creating a Citizen’s Bank to serve as America’s central bank; ending mind control slavery; ending non-consensual human experimentation; ending hunger, homelessness and violence; protecting earth, water, air, forests, oceans and animals; practicing Christ consciousness and implementing constitutional justice under the leadership of the US/UN. Through my national and international research and political activism, I identified “mind control slavery” by satellite energy technology weapons and social engineering programs that have been in continual development for the past 50 years and facilitated their “declassification”. As a result, I came under heavy sanctions that are ongoing. I request you, the voter, to rise above all untrue accusations that assail my good character and heart. See my evidence and review my service. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidency is crucial for bringing this into reality.

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Green
Environmental Healing Consultant
95,677 votes (1.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To stop global warming & the need for war by legalizing marijuana profit hugely by growing everywhere as substitute for all it's uses.
  • To convince or leaders & rich CEO's of the profit, environmental healing, employment not imprisonment of growing marijuana everywhere for all it's uses
  • Stop global warming & the need for war, spend taxpayer's money only on retoring Earth & Inhabitants, employment not imprisonment, limit judicial systems, prisons, jails

Experience

Experience

Profession:Environmental Healing Consultant
Environmental Healing Consultant, Self-employed (1986–current)
Psychiatric Technician, various state hospitals (1962–1978)
Bartender, Oakville Bar and Grill (1975–1976)
Owner and Operator, Baltic Avenue Candle Factory (1970–1974)

Education

Mendocino Junior College Associate degree (1991)

Community Activities

legalize marijuana, grow everywhere for all it's use, STOP GLOBAL WARMING , environmental healing consultant (1986–current)
AGRICULTURAL MINISTER, United Coalition (2016–current)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

Not, higher taxes only add to higher costs for users who pay for everything from schooling costs, to land, vehicle taxes & registrations, continuously rising bridge tolls, income & social services taxes with virtually NOTHING GOOD in return. we need to create non-toxic fuels & substances to take the place of ground destroyed sources of ore, which growing marijuana everywhere can provide. The  deficit should be reduced by diverting taxpayer's money now wasted for taxpayer's NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, [defense, space research, charity to other countries, unneeded building] to employing people restoring Earth growing marijuana everywhere, employment not imprisonment creating taxpaying consumers. 

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

First we need to stop defense spending & our government profiting from selling weapons around the world. Then we need to heal our society by teaching our children to love themselves & our Earth. then spend mismanaged taxpayer's funds on paying people $15 an hour, a 30 hour workweek, a $300 monthly living stipend which equals $27,000 yearly less then jail or prison, creating taxpaying happy consumers who won't want to use guns to relieve their anger & frustration.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

I don't support trade agreements because they are not good for the people here or there. I think all countries would do better economically if they concentrate on restoring theiir own country supplying their own needs growing marijuana everywhere, particularlly China, Russia, India, Africa, South America & Japan since they're installed there already.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

ABSOLUTELY,we have more important isuues then marijuana cultivation, abortion, same sex marriage to deal with: poverty, unemployment, failing economy, environment social security, healthcare drought, all of which can be solved by diverting money now mismanaged on defense, space research, ect, to employing people at decent wages growing marijuana everywhere for all it's uses. 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

We should outlaw all watering of produce except for 9-10 pm to help relieve drought.

We should grow marijuana everywhere, particularly land & water wasting vineyards, all other produce to provide water & profit from using it for all it's uses: substitute for current source of gasoline, all fossil fuel & timber products, nuclear, coal, hydro energy, an entire house with incinerator toilet that uses no water or septic syatem, parents for baby trees, dirty air, food water, local unemployment, failing economy, environment, social security, healthcare. STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Pamela Elizondo:

Yes. Mexicans in particular were here long before any caucasions, so how fair is it to keep them out. building a wall is too expensive, impractible, ridiculous. WE should bring our terroristic troops & huge corporations back from all other countries, concentrate on saving Earth & Inhabitants here & let other countries concentrate on saving their own countries, put everyone to work here growing marijuana everywhere for all it's uses. STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR..

Political Beliefs

Stop global warming & the need for war

Summary

.We should divert taxpayer's money now wasted on taxpayer's NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, [defense, space research, charity to other countries, unneeded building destroying Earth, highways, bridges, skyscrapers, sports arenas, oil lines] to employing people restoring Earth & Inhabitants growing marijuana everywhere for all it's uses.

I submitted an application to the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2014 & 2015 with the premise we can grow enough marijuana everywhere to stop drought & provide all countries with the fuel they need without tearing up the Earth or cutting down more trees, the alternater to this was continued destruction through warfare, continued uses of fossil fuel & other ore. The incredibaly educated people on the panel salected IKEA, who does nothing worthwhile, electric car producers, which use contemporary ore, solar & windmill producers who waste land, use toxic batteries, provide not enough energy or any water to stop worldwide drought. We need to recreate our educational system worldwide to create a healthy world researching the growth of marijuana everywhere for all it's uses.

Pay, Pay, Pay

Summary

We pay for everything from huge fees for birthing to burying and get virtually nothing in return. Not the right to make decisions of things like what drugs to do, wear seatbelts or helmets, have a baby or not. IS THIS FAIR!

For years I've wondered why our government has a right to make decisions concerning the continued rise in payment of income tax to have a job, DMV & land taxes to own a vehicle while paying huge bank payments & interest & never owning our property. We pay huge fees for birthing, doctors bring babies early & c-section to make fortunes, Then for death, funerals cost upwards of $8000. Our gov. doesn't want to pay for forest fires so they let them burn & charge us regular taxes, $150 a home yearly plus  county taxes, taxes for voting priveleges then fees for ballot access [$3480 for us senate], $25 a word for ballot statement, & though we pay the same rate only the TOP TWO go to the general election,  2010 it cost a 3rd party 150 in-lieu signatures for any office & the top vote getter of each party went to the general election, for us senate it was 10,000 signatures. It's called LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD so you don't get to vate for anyone but democrats or republicans when we should have to pay nothing but have 2 ideas to save Earth & Inhabitants, no labels, just great Ideals. 2014 we spent a minimum of $526 billion  on defense, many billions more for space research, $7 million on tiny Mendocino counties judicial system, $9 million their sherif & jail, They profited $1.5 million phone & canteen, $20 million from Governor Brown's ab 109, $3.5 billion for new prisons & security pods voted against by voters with maybe 3 violent offenders monthly that woundn't be violent if they had a decent job. WHAT DO WE GET IN RETURN? Let's divert this wasted money to putting people to work restoring our Earth & Inhabitants, profit from growing marijuana everywhere, particularly land & water wasting vineyards to be used as substitute for current source of fossil fuel & lumber products, nuclear, coal, hydro energy, a source of water, clean air, food, water, an entire house with incinerator toilet, local employment not imprisonment, stop failing economy,environment, social security, healthcare, GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR. Who are these people who control us & do such terrible things to us? If our constitution is valid at all, the part that says "If it doesn't work we have the right to change it" should be called into effect.

The UGLYFICATION of California

Summary

72 years watching California's destruction & how to heal it, the Earth & Inhabitants, STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR.

When I was a child our family traveled all over California to visit relatives.The mountains to San Francisco where mostly bare, then came the huge freeways, oil tanks, many housing tracks, the same to Los Angeles to join the wastland of southern Californias vast oil fields of dinosaur appearing machinery. There were many water filled rivers on the way to Los Angeles, many agricultural fields along our highways, from Sacramento to San Pablo. Even then the logging had destroyed the center valleys & many mountains, today highways, unneeded bridges, oil lines, huge cement mall areas with the same stores every two miles  many housing tracts filling agricultural areas, telephone & electric lines mar the valleys, mountains, oceans, satellites mar space & at great expense we're paying ATT billions of dollars adding unneeded broadband, [two foot trences eight hundred miles or more at the cost of $100 million dollars per mile. California still looks good sometimes from the road, but like Oregon, Washington, most states it looks bare from the tops of mountains. Governor Brown appropriated $3.5 billion for new prisons & maximum security pods for jails against voter's wishes that mar not only the land but huge amounts of people's lives Most the state is covered with land & water wasting vineyards that are huge tax write-offs for huge corporations that grant the people no addition to our taxbase, water all day long despite the drought. The politicians I know say the marijuana growers cause more damage then all of theses. we're the only ones who grow foliage to provide oxygen, good nutrients to heal Earth.  I submitted an entry to the Zayed future energy prize twice one time they picked IKEA & an electric car manufactured from ore dug up from the ground instead of everything that can be created with marijuana, all IKEA's furniture, buildings, everything, all entire vehicles with non-toxic fuel. Check out the educations of the people who pass those prize awards out. OBVIOUSLY their education is inferior if they don't know we need foliage to create water, STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR! Imagine the worldwide delight of having a GREEN environmental, PEACENIK in the US Senate. A politician that doe more then explain &complain, offers concise solutions to worldwide problems of poverty, unemployment, high food costs, imprisonment, worldly uglification. 

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I'm talking about everything we pay for to survive, taxes, vehicle registrations, bridge tolls, etc that we get nothing in return for & how to make it so we can stop paying & start profitting in our lives by growing marijuana everywhere.

mARIJUANA lAWS — May 25, 2016 jAMES lAsAGE

Why we should legalize marijuana , grow it everywhere for all it's uses, save Earth & Inhabitants, STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR, employment, not imprisonment

US Senate forum Monterey — June 1, 2016 James La Sage

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Candidate Contact Info

Email politicswithpamelizondo@hotmail.com
Republican
Long-Range Planner with 32 years of experience advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government
93,263 votes (1.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • National Defense/Anti-Terrorism - Our National Defense needs to be strengthened and terrorism eliminated wherever it exists
  • The Economy - We need to deregulate, reduce the corporate and capital gains taxes, revise the tax code and renegotiate our trade agreements in favor of America
  • Veterans Affairs - My fellow veterans died waiting for the V.A. to provide needed medications, appointments and therapy. I will sponsor legislation to reorganize the V.A.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Long-Range Planner with 32 years of experience advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government
Deputy Director for Operations/Director of Information Services, Chicago Area Transportation Study/Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission/Chicago Area Metropolitan Agency on Planning — Appointed position (2000–2008)
Deputy Director of Operations/Director of Information Services, Chicago Area Transportation Study/Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission/Chicago Metropolitan Area Agency on Planning (2000–2007)
Director of Information Services, Chicago Area Transportation Planner (2005–2007)
Deputy Director of Operations, Chicago Area Transportation Study (2000–2004)
Executive Director of Planning/City Planner, Kankakee County Regional Planning Commission - Illinois/City of Kankakee, Illinois (1972–1997)
Executive Director of Planning/City Planner, Kankakee County/City of Kankakee, Illinois — Appointed position (1972–1997)
Sgt., United States Air Force (1969–1972)

Education

Governors State University M.S., Urban & Regional Planning (1977)
Governors State University Masters of Science (M.S.), Urban & Regional Planning (1977)
Governor State University Master of Science (M.S.), Urban and Regional Planning (1977)
Governor State University, University Park, Illinois Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Urban Planning, Economics, Constitutional Law (1976)

Community Activities

Volunteer, 'Back-to-Basics' Childrens Reading Program (2014–2015)
Volunteer, Kankakee County Training Center for the Disabled - Illinois (1984–1986)
Volunteer, Easter Seals (1982–1985)
Board Member, American Heart Association (1979–1981)
Vounteer, American Cancer Society (1981–1975)

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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

I would not support the application of the tax.  I signed the "No-new Tax Initiative."   A balance must be struck between environmental issues and economic development.  Jobs must be maintained and expanded to support our economy.  I'm not a proponent of climate change.  I believe the science on both sides have merit, but our world has evolved and adapted to atmospheric conditions since the first recorded climate information was published 1880.  Since 1880 to present, our climate, in terms of warming, has increased 2.3 degrees Celsius   The need to feed, clothe, and provide the opportunity for a good education for our children and providing for the needs or our elderly and veterans, especially in terms of therapy and sheltering our homeless veterans, far outweigh an over reaction to the ebb and flow of nature.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Tom Palzer:

I support the Second Amendment.  I do not believe we can legislate the possession and use of firearms out of existence.  What we can do is record the purchase of firearms. We must deny purchase of them by mentally-ill individuals and those with a record of conviction of crimes where the use of a firearm(s) was the basis for a conviction(s).

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Tom Palzer:

Any effort to 'level the playing field' as the TPPTA consistently refers to is good for America 'on paper.'  Adherence to the provisions of the Act is problematic in that, in the case of Japan relative to automotive production, while a partner in the 'treaty', Japan has had a tendency to counter measures by the U.S. and other countries by creating tariifs that off-set the intent and purpose of the Act.  NAFTA is a perfect example of a measure that leaves America at a distinct disadvantage.  While National treaties can be beneficial to their members, individual treaties are necessary to ensure they benefit America, which is exactly what NAFTA has not done.  During my speaking engagements, I address the need to renegotiate existing treaties so that they benefit the U.S.  Over time, existing treaties regarding trade have raised our National Debt.  We need to take restorative measures that do not continue the growth of our debt.  Immediate renegotiation of long-standing treaties must be enacted.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

Only in instances as prescribed by a doctor for a specific condition.  Absolutely not for 'recreational' purposes.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

I would draft legislation entittled, A Comprehensive Water Resources and Drought Management Plan for the State of California.  The legislation would include a statewide inventory of water resources and infrastructure, proposed infrastructure needs throughout the State, allocation of funds to construct water management infrastructure, which would include identification of damsites capable of generating electricity (hydro-electric facilities) and construction of desalination plants.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Tom Palzer:

Immigration laws should first be consistently enforced.  The lack of consistent implementation of our immigration policies and regulations created, in large part, the problems with immigration that we now face.  In brief, my stand on immigration is that we must place a moratorium on immigration until such time as we have propery screened and vetted who lives among us now.  Only then should we consider opening our borders to further immigration.  Deportation is essential to maintaining the safety of our Nation.  I would act to defund'sanctuary city' status.

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Contributions

Total money raised: $19,845

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Mercer
$10,800
2
Employees of Echo Consulting Llc
$200
2
Employees of Frank Cai, Cpa, Pc
$200
2
Employees of Municipal Bank Of Bourbonnais
$200
3
Employees of Oil Company
$100

More information about contributions

By State:

California 41.92%
Florida 27.21%
New York 27.21%
Illinois 3.53%
Other 0.13%
41.92%27.21%27.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.73%)
From individuals (99.27%)
99.27%
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Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: California Secretary of State

I’m running for U.S. Senate to restore conservative government to California and the Nation. I have 32 years of experience advising elected officials at all levels of government. Priorities: National Defense, Anti-Terrorism, Economy, Veterans Affairs, Life-at-Conception.

Candidate Contact Info

Email info@tompalzer.com
Republican
Entrepreneur/Writer/Publisher
92,325 votes (1.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Raise the national minimum wage to $12 per hour
  • Ensure that all children in American public schools are taught to read English, write English, and speak English as quickly as possible
  • Sharply cut legal immigration and drastically reduce illegal immigration until there are substantial improvements in the economic well-being of ordinary American workers

Experience

Experience

Profession:Software Developer, Businessman, Publisher, Author, and Political Activist
Founder/Publisher, The Unz Review (2013–current)
Publisher, The American Conservative (2006–2013)
Founder/CEO/Chairman, Wall Street Analytics (1988–2006)

Education

Stanford University M.A. (Not sure whether I officially received it), Theoretical Physics (1985)
Cambridge University Tripos Part III (M.A.), Theoretical Physics (1984)
Harvard College B.A., Theoretical Physics and Ancient History (1983)

Community Activities

Founder and Chairman, English for the Children (1998–current)
Founder and Chairman, Free Harvard/Fair Harvard (2015–current)

Biography

As a theoretical physicist by training, I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University, and was a past first-place winner in the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search.  During the late 1980s I co-founded Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company.  Over the past twenty years my writings have appeared widely in prominent publications of both the Left and Right, and I currently serves as publisher of The Unz Review, offering a selection of alternative-media perspectives. 

 In 1994 I received 34% of the vote running as a pro-immigrant conservative challenger to incumbent California Gov. Pete Wilson in his Republican primary.  Shortly afterwards, I was a top featured speaker at the 70,000-person march against Prop. 187 in Los Angeles, the largest pro-immigrant protest in America history but an event boycotted by almost every other politically prominent non-Latino in the state. 

We live in an era when issues of race and ethnicity are central to our national politics, yet their candid discussion is a dangerous minefield, widely avoided. 

For more than two decades, I have regularly traversed this territory, applying my physics-honed analytical skills to the examination of such contentious social topics as immigration, affirmative action, and bilingual education, as well as the nexus between race, crime, and IQ.  One of my recurrent themes has been "the end of White America." 

My candid discussions of such explosive topics have regularly appeared in leading publications across the ideological spectrum, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Commentary, and National Review, as well as in the pages of The American Conservative, where I served as publisher from 2006 to 2013.  "The Myth of American Meritocracy," my 30,000 word analysis of the biased nature of Ivy League admissions was ranked by some as one of the best magazine articles of 2012, and helped spark an ongoing national debate on the subject. 

In 2011 I suggested that a dramatic hike in the minimum wage to $12 per hour would produce numerous social and economic benefits.   My proposal was quickly taken up by several prominent advocates, including James Galbraith, Ralph Nader, and the late Alexander Cockburn, and further promoted in my own articles, gradually entering the political mainstream, recently becoming a mainstay of Democratic Party policy. 

Aside from my writings on social and economic issues, I have also widely criticized the honesty and reliability of our mainstream media outlets, suggesting that they often constitute an "American Pravda" almost as deceitful as those of the collapsed Soviet Union. 

 

Most recently, I have organized the Free Harvard/Fair Harvard slate of five candidates, headlined by Ralph Nader, to run for the Harvard Board of Overseers on a platform to immediately abolish all undergraduate tuition and increase the transparency and fairness of the admissions process.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Ron Unz:

I oppose a federal carbon tax.  Although I have not researched the issue sufficiently to form a solid conclusion, I am somewhat skeptical of the reality of man-made Global Warming due to fossil fuel use, and until I am more solidly convinced on this issue, I obviously cannot support major policy changes to address that supposed problem.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Ron Unz:

I'm very skeptical that gun control laws have much impact one way or the other on crime or murder rates, at least compared with numerous other factors.  Since I doubt that gun control laws have much practical impact, it seems to me that most sides in the highly-contentious gun control debate are focusing on an ideological distraction.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Ron Unz:

Although I haven't formed an absolutely definitive opinion on the TPP trade agreement, everything I've read causes me to lean strongly against supporting it.  In particular, it seems to allow numerous existing American laws and regulations to be overridden by international courts, in ways that might greatly benefit business corporations while hurting the interests of ordinary Americans.

Also, its emphasis on increasing the protections of intellectual property rights seems misguided.  Individuals and businesses centered on such rights are now among the wealthiest and most successful sectors of American society, and an agreement to further increase their wealth may not be the best focus of government efforts.

Finally, my impression is that the TPP is directly against against China, intended to spur the formation of an anti-China economic block, and I think this may be an unwise policy.  Instead, I support good relations with China.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Ron Unz:

Although I haven't studied this particular issue enough to take a direct position, it seems to me that most of our existing illegal drug law policies have been a gigantic failure over the last forty or fifty years, and we should closely consider all possible alternatives to keeping the current system in place.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Ron Unz:

When I was born in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, the California public infrastruction, including water infrastructure, was easily able to handle the needs of California's population.  Since that time, California's population has increased by 150%, so it's hardly surprising that our infrastructure problems have become severe, including our water problems.  

Population growth nationwide has also been very rapid, and in recent decades America has had the fastest population growth rate of any developed country, and a rate of increase nearly twice that of China, leading to similar problems in other states.

Therefore, an important step that the federal government can take in helping to solve California's water problems is to help reduce our population growth rate.  And virtually all of this population growth rate has been due to very high levels of immigration over the last 40-odd years.

Therefore, I support a sharp reduction in current rates of legal immigration.

 

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Ron Unz:

Yes, I strongly support sharp cuts in legal immigration rates and strong safeguards against illegal immigration (although the latter is relatively low at the present).

By the simple laws of supply and demand, the large scale immigration of new workers serves to sharply reduce the wages of existing American workers, benefiting Capital at the expense of Labor.  I think it is more than pure coincidence that over the last 40-odd years America has had very high levels of new immigration and over exactly the same period, the bulk of ordinary Americans have seen their incomes and standard of living stagnate or decline.  This was exactly the reason that liberal icon Cesar Chavez spent decades as one of America's most prominent anti-immigration activists.  Indeed, the group that economically suffers most from additional immigration are existing immigrants, since they are faced with the most direct economic competition.

Furthermore, as mentioned above, these decades of very heavy immigration have caused an exponential increase in America's population, which now is rising far faster than any other developed country in the world, and this puts severe strains on our public infrastructure and natural resources.

Meanwhile, the best and most effective means of preventing future illegal immigration is a large hike in the minimum wage.  All studies show that the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants come to America for jobs, and the pundits are absolutely correct when they say "immigrants take the jobs that Americans won't."  But the reason that Americans won't take those jobs is that the wages are just too low, and only desperate, recently-arrived illegal immigrants are willing to take such terrible jobs.  A big increase in the minimum wage would make such jobs much more attractive to native-born Americans and existing immigrants, and this would eliminate the job-magnet that lures future illegal immigrants, making our border-control laws much easier to enforce.

 

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $68,565

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Nguyen, Vincent
$600
1
Employees of Young, Michael
$600

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.20%
1.80%
98.20%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.29%)
Small contributions (2.71%)
97.29%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
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Political Beliefs

Based on my particular policy positions over the last couple of decades, I have been variously characterized in the media as "conservative," "libertarian," or even "liberal."   The reason for such contradictory labels is that I tend to form my opinions on policies on a case-by-case basis, relying on what I like to consider the non-ideological facts of the matter, so sometimes the positions I take fall into one camp and sometimes a different one. 

Over the years, I've published a great deal of material on a wide range of subjects, totaling over half a million words, and recently collected my major articles into a book running about 700 pages, "The Myth of American Meritocracy and Other Essays," inexpensively priced on Amazon.com for $19.99.  The book has a very comprehensive index, so anyone interested in seeing where I stand on a particular issue can consult the index and read the relevant pages, then decide for themselves whether they consider me a "liberal" or a "conservative."

 

The Myth of American Meritocracy and Other Essays

Summary

Over the years, I have published many hundreds of thousands of works of articles on a wide range of subjects in numerous national publications.  Last year, I collected some 100 of my major articles and columns and published them in a 700 page book, containing a comprehensive index, that is now available from Amazon.com for $19.99, with most of these articles also being available on my www.unz2016.org campaign website.

 

A number of very prominent journalists and academics provided some strong endorsements of my published articles, as provided below:

With high intelligence, common sense, and advanced statistical skills, presented transparently and accessibly, Ron Unz has for decades been addressing key issues in a rapidly changing America, enlightening us on the implications and effects of bilingual programs in American schools, clarifying the issues around crime and immigration so often distorted in political and popular discussion, placing the question of an increased minimum wage effectively on the national agenda, and addressing most provocatively the issue of affirmative action and admission to selective colleges and universities, revealing some aspects of this ever disputed question that have never been noted or discussed publicly before. He is one of our most valuable discussants and analysts of public issues.—Nathan Glazer, Professor Emeritus of Education and Sociology, Harvard University, and author of Beyond the Melting Pot.

Few people on the planet are smarter than Ron Unz or have more intellectual curiosity. This fascinating and provocative collection of essays explores a remarkable range of topics, many of them high profile, some of them arcane. Unz’s analysis is always serious and invariably challenges prevailing wisdoms, which is to say there are a lot of controversial arguments in this book. No one is likely to agree with every one of his conclusions, but we would be better off if there were more people like Ron Unz among us. —John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and author of The Israel Lobby.

Ron Unz is a brilliant essayist. His interests run from ancient history and black holes to contemporary issues like racial quotas and the minimum wage. He moves swiftly to the heart of a subject with cogent analysis and limpid argument. This collection of essays sparkles with unexpected gems ranging from critiques of the mainstream press to appreciation of dissenters from common wisdom such as General Bill Odom and Alexander Cockburn. In every paragraph of these essays the reader enjoys a penetrating intelligence at work. —Nicholas Wade, former writer and editor for The New York Times, and author of Before the DawnThe Faith Instinct, and A Troublesome Inheritance.

Over the past two decades as an original thinker and writer Ron Unz has tackled complex and significant subjects such as immigration, education, economics, race, and the press, pushing aside common assumptions. This book brings together in one volume these pieces from a variety of publications. Unlike other essayists on culture and politics, Unz shreds ideology and relies on statistical data to support his often groundbreaking ideas, such as his 2010 essay on “The Myth of Hispanic Crime.” And his 2014 efforts to put a $12 an hour minimum wage bill before California voters is an example of how the action of an individual can draw public attention to an issue he believes is necessary for the economic health of the Republic. Anyone reading this book will learn a great deal about America from an incisive writer and scholar who has peeled back layers of conventional wisdom to expose the truth on issues of prime importance today. —Sydney Schanberg, Pulitzer-Prize winning former reporter and editor for The New York Times, whose story inspired the 1984 film The Killing Fields.

 

Provocative and fearless, sometimes infuriating, and quite often, persuasive. And when American’s low-wage workers get their coming big raise, the apostate conservative Ron Unz will deserve a decent share of the credit. —Prof. James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal and Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe .

 

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Don Krampe

Republican
Retired
69,635 votes (0.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • EDUC. teach students how to think,success princilpes, community service,"AMERICAN CREED," how to save compoundingSECURE
  • SECURE OUR BOARDERS
  • BRING BACK OUR JOBS FROM OVER SEAS, GET OUR COUNTRY OUT OF DEBT. STRONG MILITARY FORCE

Experience

Experience

Profession:public administration - ymca director- uso director vietnam-assist.admin.VA- area director SFsavings bond div. u.s. trea

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As a United States Marine, I served my country in combat during the Korean War. I later went on to serve our nation’s veterans as the Director of the USO in Vietnam and as an assistant to a Regional Director for the Veterans Administration. In 1958 I cofounded the Hugh O’Brian Young Adult Leadership Seminars which, since its inception, has benefited hundreds of thousands of young men and women. I have earned a Masters of Public Administration from Cal Lutheran University. I believe our two-party system is dysfunctional and does not understand the acronym “ ‘TEAM’—Together Everyone Achieves More”. Our country’s greatest resource is our young adults and students who must be taught “Not What to Think, But How to Think.” As The American Creed so eloquently states: “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic a sovereign Nation of many Sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable: established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.” I would appreciate your consideration. To find out more visit my website: 2016krampeforsenate.com.

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Email xptriumph@hotmail.com
Aerospace Factory Worker
65,084 votes (0.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Massive public works program at union wages to rebuild the infrastructure and put people to work.
  • Immediate end to the embargo against Cuba. U.S. out of Guantanamo. All U.S. troops out of the Middle East.
  • Organize workers to build a movement to fight for political power. Replace the capitalist government with a workers and farmers government.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Aerospace Factory Worker

Biography

Eleanor García, 63, an aerospace worker at Triumph Vought Aerostructures in Hawthorne, outside Los Angeles, was born in Phoenix. Her father was a fireman and her mother, after she raised her children, a production-line worker at Revlon and member of the United Auto Workers union. Her grandfather, an underground copper miner in the Inspiration Consolidated Copper mine in Miami, Arizona, was crushed by a mine car and killed at work.

In high school García was inspired by the successful fight to overthrow Jim Crow segregation in the South and by farmworkers fighting to win representation by the United Farm Workers union. Public schools in Arizona mining towns were segregated for Mexicans and Native Americans.

Cesar Chavez, leader of the UFW, held a 24-day fast in Phoenix in 1972 to protest an Arizona bill restricting the union and outlawing strikes and boycotts. García was part of the security team to defend Chavez and meetings organized to support the fight.

She became an organizer for the UFW and the Arizona Farm Workers Union in the 1970s, helping workers win union contracts in vegetable fields and citrus orchards.

García joined the SWP in 1977. In the 1980s she lived in Minneapolis and joined protests by family farmers who faced foreclosure in a debt crisis that swept the region and were being driven off their land. She supported the fight of Native Americans for land and water treaty rights on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

García is a longtime supporter of women’s right to choose abortion and has defended clinics against right-wing attacks. As SWP candidate for governor of Utah she helped organize protests against the cops when a teenage cousin of one of her co-workers at Kennecott Copper was shot. Family, friends and supporters of the youth used García’s campaign statement to build support for a march and rally in the copper-mining town of Magna.

She helped organize activities to tell the truth about the Cuban Revolution. She was part of the international movement that won freedom for the Cuban Five, five revolutionaries unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. for the “crime” of defending their country’s socialist revolution.

In addition to the Steelworkers, García has been a member of the United Transportation Union, United Food and Commercial Workers and United Auto Workers union. She has worked in rail, garment and in a smelter.


 

Political Beliefs


Workers on strike at Verizon need your support and solidarity. In a multimillion-dollar ad campaign run daily since the strike began, Verizon bosses want you to turn your back on the workers. Verizon claims they get “outstanding compensation,” “exceptional retirement benefits” “very reasonable” health insurance and “numerous perks.” And that the company has “put a fair offer on the table.” Don’t fall for it!

Verizon bosses say they want a deal that “positions our wireline business for success in the digital world” and that makes “changes to legacy constraints in our contracts.” Translation: Verizon wants to keep speeding up the work pace, disregard job safety, reduce health care benefits, cut wages by using more contractors to increase their profit rates and fill the owners’ bank accounts.

This is not just a fight for union workers at Verizon. The strikers are fighting for all of us. If Verizon gets away with this it will encourage other bosses to do the same. Workers across the country have a vested interest in mobilizing the broadest solidarity possible. The fight by construction workers for job safety in the face of increasing numbers of deaths on the job will gain strength if Verizon strikers, who face similar conditions, can push their bosses back.

Fast food and Walmart workers fighting for $15 an hour and a union also have a stake in this fight. Every blow the bosses deal to our fellow workers is a blow against us. Every victory by our brothers and sisters puts us in a better position to move forward and would boost the fight to organize the unorganized.

Other unionists face concession demands from their bosses, who seek to make us pay for the deepening crisis of capitalist production and trade. Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 at Con Edison in New York just voted to authorize a strike in the face of that company’s attempts to push through further cutbacks. Their contract expires June 25.

We call on our fellow workers: Join the Verizon workers’ picket lines and demonstrations. Take up collections for their strike funds. Invite strikers to speak to your union meetings or to your neighborhood association and other community groups. The Verizon strike shows both the power of working people in action and that our struggles would be even more powerful if we had our own party, a labor party based on our unions, instead of relying on bourgeois politicians who claim to be “friends of labor.” An injury to one is an injury to all! Solidarity with the striking workers at Verizon!

 

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Republican
Health Care Lawyer
64,120 votes (0.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I affirm the Second Amendment and our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
  • Reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and reduce its intrusion into private affairs, and reduce the excessive regulation that are stifling the economy.
  • Reduce the spending of the federal government, and reduce taxes.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Health Care Lawyer
Assistant General Counsel, Saint Agnes Medical Center (2009–current)
Attorney, various companies (2005–2009)
Associate Attorney, Reed Smith LLP (2000–2004)
Latin Teacher, Regents School of Austin (1995–1997)
Senate Messenger, The Texas Senate (1993–1995)

Education

University of Texas School of Law J.D. (2000)
University of Texas School of Law JD, Law (2000)
University of Texas at Austin B.A., classics (1995)
University of Texas at Austin BA, Classics (1995)

Biography

My name is Jarrell Williamson.  I live in Clovis, California, in Fresno County, with my wife and children.

I believe that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

My vision for America, is to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfar, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

I was born 1971 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and Texas.  (My family roots are in Texas.)

I graduated 1990 from New Braunfels High School in New Braunfels, Texas.

I graduated 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, studying ancient Greek and Roman language, history, literature, and philosophy.

I graduated 2000 from the University of Texas School of Law.  I am licensed to practice law in California, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

I have served for the past seven years as a health care lawyer for a hospital in Fresno, California.  Prior to that I served as a lawyer in law firms, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device companies.

I enjoy reading and writing about morality, ethics, philosophy, history and politics.  I also enjoy sports and fitness.

Political Beliefs

My political philosophy is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

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Republican
Teacher
63,609 votes (0.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create a secure digital portal to allow registered voters to see each bill before the U.S. Senate, including pros/cons, costs and benefits. Voters can cast their virtual ballot and instantly see it instantly where it is polling statewide. The major
  • Allow voters to specify the issues that are most important to them. Whenever a bill is brought to the Senate regarding that particular issue, a text or email will be sent ensuring that California voters are engaged in the process, having their voice
  • The water situation in California needs to be addressed. This includes addressing the archaic water laws and the unsustainable Colorado River Pact. We need to use every option to ensure adequate water for agriculture, fisheries and cities.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Science Teacher
Science/ Video Production Teacher, William S. Hart Union School District (2004–current)
Auto Claim Representative, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (1994–2004)

Education

University of LaVerne Masters, Education (2004)
California State University Northridge BA, Communication/RTVF (1993)

Biography

I am running a no donation campaign, so that I am beholden to no one except the voters of California.

Technology has made the world smaller and more connected, yet we are further from our from our elected representatives than ever before. Democracy 2.0 is a secure website where every registered voter has a portal. Each bill coming before the U.S. Sena