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December 31, 2019

Support for Children with Disabilities

All parents want to see their children thrive in school, but when your child has a disability, this goal can seem out of reach. The parents of children with disabilities fight every day to get their children a fair education that ensures they continue to grow. This extra work compounds the already heroic task of…

December 28, 2019

Empowering Unions in the 21st Century Economy

Over the past two years, teachers marched in Illinois, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Arizona, and other states to win higher wages for themselves and better conditions for their students. The United Auto Workers struck a deal with General Motors to raise wages and prevent over-reliance on temporary labor. Airline workers are striking for better benefits. Last…

December 16, 2019

A New Way Forward for Healthcare in America

We are having the wrong conversation on healthcare.  Instead of addressing the underlying problems driving unaffordability and access, we Democrats are spending all our time arguing over who is the most zealous in wanting to cover Americans. Over who has wanted to do so longer. Over who cares more about the health of Americans.  We…

November 19, 2019

Ensuring Voter Access for Our Democracy

Voting is a pillar of our democracy that has helped keep our government accountable for hundreds of years. As generations of activists fought and died to protect and expand the right to vote, we won ourselves a more inclusive and representative government. We all know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s marches in Washington D.C….

November 14, 2019

Regulating Technology Firms in the 21st Century

The advancement of technology in America has driven the advancement of humanity nationally and globally. But technology has also outpaced our government’s understanding of it, and regulations are falling short of protecting us from Big Tech companies that are prioritizing profits over our well-being. Today, we live in a hyper-connected environment, led by these tech…

September 5, 2019

Restoring Democracy, Rebuilding Trust

Restoring Democracy, Rebuilding Trust Only 17% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job; fewer believe members of Congress are doing their jobs with high levels of honesty and ethical standards. The Environmental Protection Agency, Food & Drug Administration, and Veterans Administration all have approval ratings that are underwater. The net approval…

August 28, 2019

It’s Worse Than You Think – Lower Emissions, Higher Ground

INTRODUCTION Our planet is a mess. The past four years have been the four hottest on record, and July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. Greenland is expected to lose 440 billion tons of ice this year, a rate that was the “worst-case scenario” for 2070. The West is on fire, the middle of…

August 7, 2019

Combating Gun Violence and Hate in America

Combating Gun Violence and Hate in America Gun violence is a scourge in this country. Nearly 40,000 Americans die every year to gun violence: 24,000 from suicide and 15,000 from homicide. After the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, there have been 255 mass shootings in 2019 – more than days have passed in the…

July 22, 2019

More Than A Handshake – My Plan to Better Serve Our Veterans

“If we’re going to send our men and women into harm’s way and break ‘em, it’s our responsibility to fix them when they come home.” – Richard Ojeda Somewhere between 7 and 8% of the US population has served in the military. These brave individuals took on the sacred duty of protecting our democracy and…