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Oklahoma is comprised of 75,000 farms, covering over 34 million acres of land. That means more than 80% of our state is farming. Climate change, whether you believe it is man-made or just Earth going through a natural cycle, is real. Every year is the hottest year on record over the previous year for the last 20 of 22 years. People hear all the time that we are approaching a deadline of 2 degrees C, but most people don’t know what that actually means. One consequence is a 26% higher chance of 7 days straight of substantial rainfall. Some people might not see that as a bad thing, but ask thousands of families that farm, and it harms the growth and harvestability of crops here in our state. Not to mention the flooding that took place around Tulsa in 2019. Last year was the wettest year on record for the United States. Imagine what could happen in the future. Fracking also adds to the devastation of climate change. The methane gas that is released during the fracking process traps heat that adds the warming of the planet.
- Empowering the EPA and restoring regulations that protect the environment
- Eventually stopping fracking/wastewater injections
- Waste water injections led to a 900 fold increase in Earthquakes in Oklahoma since 2008
- Provide training and job assistance for employees in the gas/oil industry to move away from fossil fuels
Criminal Justice Reform
The criminal justice system is broken in the US and likewise, in Oklahoma. We unfairly punish those who can’t afford food attorneys or can’t bail themselves out of jail. We need to end the cash bail system because what we have right now is essentially a debtor’s prison. Those who can’t afford to raise thousands of dollars are unfairly targeted to stay in jail until their court date. We also need to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Oklahoma has already voted to allow medical marijuana, which more than half the states in the union have. That being the case, we need to be more lenient and forgiving on marijuana sentencing, too. Private prison companies have to be put out of business as well. They get incentives to house more prisoners and are not monitored as closely to make sure they are following proper guidelines.
- Put more money towards rehabilitation and mental health programs
- Reform the “War on Drugs” as is because it targets blacks and other minorities
- Phase-out Private Prisons altogether
Smart Gun Legislation
We need to act on gun legislation to stop the deadliness of all the mass shootings in the US. I am not trying to infringe on anybody’s 2nd Amendment Right, but there has to be a first step to stopping this spree of mass shootings in the US right now. The US is averaging 1.2 mass shootings per day so far for the year in 2019. This is unacceptable! We need someone in Congress who will defend the rights of those who need it. 9 in 10 Americans support enacting gun legislation.
- Pass Universal Background Checks
- If a Court has found you a danger to yourself, no
- If a Court has found you have committed an act of violence or you are a danger, no
- Background checks on private gun sales
- Extends the buy waiting period to 10 days
- If you’re on the Terrorist Watch list, you can’t buy a weapon
- Reinstate the Expired Assault Weapons Ban
Healthcare should be a right and not a privilege. More than 500,000 people will go bankrupt this year because of medical bills. Private health care companies offer plans that have deductibles of up to $5,000 or $10,000 per year. That does not cover the cost of copays that you have for prescriptions, which may or may not be covered by your insurance. The Republicans in Congress have done everything they can to strip the ACA (Obamacare) down to it’s barebones so it isn’t working the way it was designed to do, and because of that, it has become more expensive. For the first time since the ACA was enacted, more people have less insurance than the year before. Also, Republican-led states, like Oklahoma, opted not to take part in the Medicaid Expansion, which would have brought money to the state and benefitted more working-class families and the less fortunate who need it the most. Big Pharma needs to be tackled at the national level. More than 3,400 drugs in the first 6 months of 2019 have seen their prices increase, some by as much as 800%. Insulin in Canada, where there is a single-payer system, costs just 1/10th the price as in the US, which has seen its price more than double since 2012.
- Expand Medicaid and Medicare
- Phase into a single-payer healthcare system in the coming years
- Cap prescription drug prices and give the government drug price bargaining power
As a resident of a college town, I meet a lot of college students. They have a lot of concerns and one of their biggest is about their student loans. Right now, the US population is carrying $1.6T in student debt, with some people in their 60’s. In 2006, student debt was only $480B. We need to invest in our students and give them the best start in their professional life without burdening them with debt that may follow them for decades to come.
- Eliminate all current student debt
- Make all 2 years, 4 years, and trade schools tuition-free
The national debt is out of control. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will cost the US $2.3T of debt by 2028. The first tax year the new code was in place, corporations paid $91B less in taxes than the year. They also added an additional $60B in refunds because of ride offs and other loopholes. This means that the effective corporate tax rate wasn’t 21% that was promised, it was only 7%! That’s the lowest corporate tax rate since 1947. Meanwhile, average individual taxpayers are paying the difference. Individuals paid $93B more last year, while Amazon and 59 other major corporations paid $0 in taxes, with some of them getting refunds.
- Repeal the Tax and Jobs Act of 2017
- Reinstate the Corporate Tax rate back to 35%
- Enact Tax Legislation that benefits the middle class
I am a Catholic. I wasn’t born Catholic and raised in the Church, but I chose to become one when I was 17 when my friend took me to a Mass for the first time and I realized that this was home. This is where I belonged. I 100% whole-heartedly believe that life begins at conception. That is why my husband and I became a working-class family after getting pregnant, especially the second time around. I do, however, believe that it is not my place, nor the government’s, to tell a woman what she should do with her body. The Supreme Court ruled so in 1973. I believe in a woman’s right to choose and that she is the only one who can make the best, the most informed decision between her, her God, and her doctor. She will ultimately have to live with those consequences, whatever they may be.
- Protect Roe v. Wade
- Restore funding to Planned Parenthood
All workers should be able to work a 40-hour week and be able to support themselves. Right now, 21 states still use the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. The last time the minimum wage was raised was back in 2009. That is only $290 a week. Right now, all the wealth in the country is held by the top 1%, who don’t spend it. The bottom 40% are struggling to pay basic monthly necessities including housing, food, childcare, and cell phone. 40% of people in the US can’t even afford a $400 emergency. We need to increase the minimum wage to one that people can live on. When you pay people more, they will spend their paychecks. This creates a demand for goods which then, in turn, creates a demand for a workforce. Business profits may dip in the beginning, but when more people start spending more money, businesses will in return see more business and make more money.
- Enact a Federal Minimum Wage of $15/hour
- End “Right to Work” laws that punish the worker and side with corporations
The LGBTQ+ community is under attack from the government. During the last couple of years, we have seen the President say that Transgender troops can’t serve and a Supreme Court decision that makes it legal to discriminate in business practices. We need to ensure we have someone who will fight for the rights of this community. Whether you personally agree with the lifestyles of these individuals, they deserve no less protection under the same Constitution that you and I enjoy freedom under.
- Defend protections in place for employment and living situations
- Ensure equal access to healthcare and medical plans that provide preventive medications
- Protect laws concerning hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people
The immigration system in this system is broken right now. If you need proof, look at the Southern Border. Immigrants seeking asylum are legally allowed and the US has a legal obligation to allow them to enter. The Trump Administration has tried to put a hold on that process. Right now, more than 100,000 active cases are waiting to be heard on immigrants who have crossed the border. We are truly a nation of immigrants. 14% of the population are immigrants and some of the most successful CEOs in history have immigrated to the US from other countries. Elon Musk of Tesla, along with the founders of Yahoo, Reddit, and Google are all immigrants. Also, immigrants often do jobs that native citizens don’t want to. They also add to the workforce, which means they pay taxes, benefitting the cities we live in and the schools we send our children to. Lots of immigrants are seasonal workers, meaning they help farmers.
- Protect DACA
- Institute a Blind Lottery System
- Expand H1-B Visa program
- Enact sensible Immigration Reform Legislation that addresses the Southern Border