meet pat roberts , a Republican running for Senate


Agriculture

As one of the top agriculture producing states in the country, Kansas has long been known as the breadbasket of America. But… read more
  • Aviation

    Aviation

    Kansas has long been considered the “Air Capital of the World.” A world leader in general aviation manufacturing… read more
  • Education

    Education

    As a father of three children, I recognize the valuable role education plays in shaping young minds to grow into successful … read more
  • Energy

    Energy

    When I travel home and visit with Kansans I often hear about one issue that hits everyone’s pocketbook – the high cost of ene… read more
  • Environment

    Environment

    It is important that Americans enjoy the benefits of clean air, soil, and water. According to the Environmental Protection Ag… read more
  • Family

    Family

    Throughout my years as a public servant I have consistently supported efforts that promote strong family values based on a st… read more
  • Federal Judges

    Federal Judges

    Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants presidential authority to “nominate, and by the Advise and Consent of t… read more
  • Foreign Policy

    Foreign Policy

    Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, United States foreign policy has evolved to meet both the increasing global terroris… read more
  • Health Care

    Health Care

    As a member of the Senate Health Committee and Rural Health Caucus, I am a strong supporter of quality health care for all K… read more
  • Identity Theft

    Identity Theft

    Advances in technology and the ease with which individuals can share financial and other personal information has heightened … read more
  • Immigration

    Immigration

    There has been much debate about how to address illegal immigration, border security, and legal immigration policy. While I a… read more
  • Military Affairs

    Military Affairs

    As a former Marine and a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I stand in strong support of the men and women… read more
  • Second Amendment

    Second Amendment

    I am a strong supporter of congressional efforts to preserve our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Furthermore, I am oppos… read more
  • Small Business

    Small Business

    I have long supported efforts to help small businesses grow and expand. Small businesses are America’s job creators. They cre… read more
  • Social Security

    Social Security

    Social Security is an important component of American workers’ retirement planning and also serves as a vital safety net for … read more
  • Taxes

    Taxes

    My record on tax relief is clear. I have consistently supported efforts to reduce the tax burden on Kansans to allow them to … read more
  • Telecommunications-Broadband

    Telecommunications-Broadband

    The past century saw great changes in technology, bringing with it new or improved means of communications. These technologic… read more
  • Trade

    Trade

    Trade is important to our national economy with nearly one in five jobs depending on trade. In 2006, Kansas exports were a r… read more
  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Being centrally located in the U.S. provides Kansans with many economic opportunities. Businesses, homeowners, and our farme… read more
  • Veterans

    Veterans

    Throughout our nation’s history brave men and women have answered the call to duty to protect and preserve freedom and libert… read more

Resource: his website

I don’t know very much about Pat Roberts but his stance on “family values” struck me … and not in a good way.

meet Pete Gallego … running for congress, democratic Party


Democrat finds a way to knock both the GOP and Obamacare in less than 30 seconds

http://wapo.st/1utPsa7 via @washingtonpost

So, given the new information re: Gallego statements about Obamacare aka ACA it is very important to read what Pete Gallego is for versus what the republican candidate will do say and vote for on floor of Congress … It is a given, that those running in (redstates) and are from the Democratic Party the issues they support may or may not push back at what the admin does, but having read the wapo story there are things to consider… It’s from wapo and folks in TX may already know that Pete just may be a blue dog and will need to answer to some things that will impact those who need healthcare now and in the future ~~ Nativegirl77

 

Gallego faces Republican Will Hurd, a former CIA operative, whoever wins will represent the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, a sprawling region that stretches from San Antonio’s western suburbs to the eastern outskirts of El Paso and includes the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border in any district. So, for those interested and support immigration would be doing them and their children will be best suited to vote for Gellego and inform him about how good ACA would be for your state as well.

Medicare

Medicare is one of the most important programs to seniors. More than 3 million Texans rely on Medicare for their health care. Medicare needs to be reformed and strengthened for future generations. But, we cannot make cuts to Medicare benefits that seniors have earned through a lifetime of work. I’ll protect Medicare, and fight efforts by extremists to end it or turn it into a voucher program. Our parents and grandparents should not be given vouchers and forced to negotiate with the insurance industry on their own. To strengthen the solvency of Medicare, I would support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which would save the program $24 billion annually.

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Immigration

Our country is made up of immigrants who made the journey to the United States in search of the American dream. But we all know that our immigration system is broken. Making sure that our borders are secure is the most important aspect of immigration policy. Reform includes border security and putting the necessary boots on the ground to protect us from those who want to do our country harm. Reform also should include an earned path to legalization for people who stay out of trouble, pay a penalty, pay back taxes, learn English and stand in line. We need to create an immigration system that makes America safer, that is realistic, and that makes economic sense.

DREAM Act

I also support the DREAM Act which would let young people who were brought to this country as children, graduated from high school and stayed out of trouble, earn a path to citizenship through military service or by going to college. I was proud to vote for the Texas DREAM Act, and I look forward to voting for the federal DREAM Act in Congress.
  Since extremists in Congress obstructed the passage of the DREAM Act, I support the deferred action policy that offers DREAM Act eligible youth, on a case-by-case basis, relief from deportation.

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Social Security

Social Security is a lifeline for many, and it allows our seniors to retire with dignity. Half of America`s seniors would fall below the poverty line without their Social Security checks. I pledge to protect our seniors by protecting the Social Security benefits that they have earned, now and in the future. I would oppose efforts to raise the retirement age, to slash benefits, or to privatize it.  We must strengthen Social Security and make it easier for Americans to save for their retirement through automatic enrollment in retirement programs at their workplaces. Seniors shouldn`t be asked to sacrifice their health after they worked hard and paid into the system their entire lives. That`s way too high a price for people who have built our nation and paid their dues.

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Energy

The oil and gas industry in Congressional District 23 is a big reason that the U.S. is now a net exporter of crude oil for the first time since the1950s. Making the most of our domestic fossil fuel resources not only creates jobs we sorely need but also moves us toward energy independence from unstable regions. And while we must do the most with the resources we’ve been given, we must also be good stewards of our future and develop green energy to grow the energy-sector jobs of tomorrow. My son’s grandchildren might not have an oil and gas industry to support their economy, and it’s our responsibility develop the energy sources of the future today.

 

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Veterans

My father was a World War II Veteran. His service helped him go to college, open a small business, and propel our family to the middle class. Lots of folks in our district work as civilians, serve as active duty, or have a family member who does one those things at Laughlin Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Brooke Army Medical Center and Fort Bliss. We owe a great debt to the men and women who defend and have defended our country. I strongly support local military families and veterans and will work to increase funding for wounded veterans coming home and provide programs so these men and women can find jobs once they get here.

 

Resource: his website petegallego.com

wapo story

meet joni ernst ~~ Voted against a Farm Bill


FYI:

Joni Ernst hog castrating meme is her misguided notion that PORK is still being passed around. I will be honest: Joni is too extreme and spends her time complaining about not being treated like men … so, she decided to pull out the 2nd amendment.   always, do your research and ask questions. If, you actually read what Joni posted you will find that she believes in a lot of things but doesn’t tell you what she will do to change things or how much it will all cost or who will lose out.  I think Women seem to lose a whole lot and just to add my 2cents joni, nooo one is trying to take away your guns, only from those who should never handle one let alone buy one — and she calls herself a farmer, yet, she voted against the Farm Bill … Votes on the floor of congress matter

btw the Hyde amendment is a rider joni, which is attached to the annual appropriations bill ~~ that Women may not support but accept

 

Protecting Innocent Life

Joni believes life begins at conception, that all innocent life is precious, and that we must cherish and protect the unborn.

Joni opposes any taxpayer funding of abortion and has a record as a strong, proven defender of innocent life during her tenure in the state legislature.

Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

Washington has a spending addiction and Joni is committed to breaking it. It’s simple: Government must stop spending more money than it takes in. That’s why Joni supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to force Washington to stop the reckless spending and live within its means.

Protecting Second Amendment Rights

Joni is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and opposes efforts by the government to infringe upon this fundamental right. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and received an “A” rating from the NRA for her efforts to protect the rights of gun owners as a member of the state senate. Joni holds a concealed carry permit, carries a Smith and Wesson 9mm, and is Army qualified on the 9mm and M16.

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Protecting the Constitution

Joni believes that “we the people” must remain committed to restoring the limited government, Constitutional principles outlined by our Founding Fathers at the birth of our nation. This means respecting the important balance between government responsibility, and individual liberty, that make our democracy the greatest nation mankind has ever known.

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Protecting Traditional Marriage

As a Christian, Joni strongly believes marriage is a religious institution, defined as a union between one man and one woman. She has already shown herself to be a defender of traditional marriage on the floor of the Iowa Senate.

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Priority One: Creating Jobs

Joni believes the free market is the greatest job creating machine ever built, but only when the government gets out of the way. She supports rolling back burdensome regulations that are crushing small business owners. Joni supports pro-growth tax and economic policies that will unleash the full potential of America’s free market economy and create millions of new jobs.

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Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Joni is staunchly opposed to the Obamacare law.  Joni supports immediate action to defund Obamacare, repeal it, and replace it with free-market alternatives that put patients first, and healthcare decisions back in the hands of doctors rather than bureaucrats.

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Scrap the Tax Code

The IRS is a disaster. The greatest nation on earth should not have one of the most predatory, bureaucratic, out of control tax agencies on the planet. Our system is backwards. Joni believes real, fundamental tax reform will require more than tweaks to the tax code. It’s time to scrap it and start over, to make our tax system fairer, flatter, simpler and more certain.

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Keeping America Strong in the World

Joni believes in a strong national defense because she knows the world is a safer place when America is the strongest nation on the planet. She believes that military readiness cannot be allowed to fall victim to Washington politics or bureaucratic maneuvering. Joni also believes that American foreign policy must be consistent and strong – never giving our enemies hesitation as to America’s resolve to defend herself and her interests across the globe, whether by diplomatic means or use of force.

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Honoring America’s Heroes: Our Veterans

As a Lt. Colonel and battalion commander in the Iowa Army National Guard, Joni knows first-hand the incredible service, and sacrifices, our men and women in uniform have given, and continue to provide, our great nation. In the senate, she will fight as hard for them, and their families, as they have fought for us. That means caring for wounded warriors, streamlining the VA benefit system, improving veteran education and job training programs, and accounting for all military personnel, from every avenue, to ensure no soldier, sailor, airmen, marine or coastguardsmen is ever left behind.

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Protecting Social Security and Medicare

Joni believes strongly that Social Security and Medicare must be preserved and protected for our seniors of today and tomorrow. She opposes any efforts to change the promised benefits for today’s seniors. At the same time she supports reforms that will strengthen both Social Security and Medicare to ensure the long-term health of both programs for generations to come.

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Growing Iowa’s Economy

Joni will fight to continue to help Iowa’s economy grow – meaning an influx of even more businesses to the state and a resulting increase in jobs. She believes that by ensuring markets remain open to exports for Iowa goods and promoting innovation that makes Iowa more competitive in today’s global marketplace, Iowa will continue its current upward economic and job growth trajectory.

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The U.S. – Israeli Partnership

Since recognizing Israel’s official founding on May 14, 1948, the bond between the United States and the Jewish State has steadily grown stronger through many historic and turbulent moments, to include the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Six-Day War, and Gulf War to presently underway efforts to downgrade, and ultimately eliminate, the offensive capabilities of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah and to eliminate the regional threat posed by a potentially nuclear Iran. As history has proven time and time again, America has no better friend or more loyal ally than she does with Israel. …[Read More]

Resource : Her website

Meet Vivian Figures


running against Rep.Jeff Sessions — GOP

 

Vivian began her political career in 1984 when she ran as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in which capacity she has served for six consecutive times, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 1993, Ms. Figures was elected to a four-year term on the Mobile City Council, attaining the status of the “only council member in Mobile’s history to hold a perfect attendance record.” Due to the untimely death of her husband, Michael A. Figures, she was later elected in the 1997 general election by an 87% victory to the Alabama State Senate to serve the remainder of his term. The victory made her the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate from Mobile County and the second one in the state of Alabama. Her husband was the first African-American from Mobile County to be elected to the post in 1978 and he was elected overwhelmingly by his Senate cohorts as President Pro Tempore in 1995.  She was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

In 2008, she became Alabama’s first African American woman to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Although this was her first statewide run for public office, she garnered 37 percent of the vote while President Barack Obama had 39 percent.

As Senator, she played a major role in helping to author legislation for school personnel background checks for both public and private schools to make children safer. Because of her sponsorship and passage of the Alabama Clean Indoor Act, she was awarded the National Tobacco Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Outstanding Advocate Award from the American Heart Association. Senator Figures continues to work for a Smoke-Free Alabama.

Resources : From her website

I did a regular search and found that the NRA rates her 67% and while she is in a red state she backs education and most issues that any left of center does but not much information on reproductive rights with the exception of minors. I am not a one issue voter but admit to wanting to read a lot more about where she stood on reproductive rights. So, unless you have a better democratic candidate choice, she looks good on paper but as always … do your research and vote Jeff Sessions out of office !!!!

meet Michael Baumgartner, Republican from Spokane


Want to know how extreme the Republicans are in our State Senate?

Here are some “ideas” coming from Michael Baumgartner, State Senator from the 6th District in Spokane:

  • The unemployed should be required to perform public service before getting unemployment benefits.
  • Washington should be a right-to-work state. Don’t we want workers to have collective bargaining rights?
  • The State Supreme Court is like dictators Mugabe and Putin. Because they’re serious about funding our schools.

In a little over three years, Michael Baumgartner has defined himself as one of the most outspoken voices against Democratic values in our State Senate.

Rich Cowan is challenging Michael Baumgartner and will fight for Democratic values in the State Senate. Will you sign our petition and show your support for Rich Cowan?

We’re in Spokane for our State Convention, and everybody is talking about Rich Cowan.

Rich is a native Spokane film and television producer who challenged Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2012 and developed a taste for taking on the right wing.

Believing that he could do the most good for our state by helping to take back our Senate, he began campaigning last August and has already raised over $122,000 and knocked on over 9,000 doors himself.

Rich has been all over the news recently because he just began filming his latest project, Spokane’s first television series called Z-Nation, which has created 200 crew jobs and 200 acting jobs that pay a family wage with health care and benefits! 1,300 people in the Spokane area are also eagerly signing up to serve as “zombie” extras on the show.

Rich is doing all he can to take back our State Senate. He knows “zombies” belong on the big screen, not in Olympia!

We need to make sure Michael Baumgartner doesn’t become the next Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Join us and stand with Rich Cowan today.

In solidarity,

Jaxon Ravens
Washington State Democrats Chair