Sister Bay, WI.
Greetings fellow Wisconsinites! Welcome to an adventure that Scott Walker could never take you on – a journey of prosperity and kindness, one where we, as citizens of this great state add to our democracy, not dismantle it. We keep hearing about a lack of leadership within the Democratic Party, and Republican officials who will not stand up to our current President. I have an innate ability to care for others, to lead without discrimination or judgement. If elected Governor of Wisconsin, there will be no lack of leadership or inability to challenge the anti-American administration. I respect our environment, and will work to improve the quality of our inland lakes and rivers, and also work together with the other Great Lakes states and Canada to keep Lake Michigan healthy and clean. I promise to advocate for the elderly and our disabled brothers and sisters. I believe in health care for all as a universal right. We need to improve and continuously reinvent our public school curriculum as new challenges arise, making an investment in American society and economic progress. It is my hope that our citizens and farmers can come closer together to enhance our knowledge of how food goes from seed to shelf, and look for ways to step away from certain types of pesticides that can be harmful to humans and the environment. We believe in the Family Farm model. Our current Governor has saddled our state with enormous debt, but an alternative exists. There is hope for our future, and if elected Governor of Wisconsin, I will bring that hope to our state and our country like no other candidate. Please visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more information and updates. Thanks for your support!
Rainwater harvesting involves collecting runoff from an impervious surface and storing it in a container or basin for later use. The container can range in size from a rain barrel, typically 55 or 90 gallons, to a cistern which can hold hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. Harvested rainwater can supply water for various uses including car washing, toilet flushing, clothes laundering, irrigation, and fire fighting. Rainwater harvesting helps reduce dependence on the drinking water supply for non-consumptive uses and reduces stormwater runoff. Requiring the utilization of porous paving for parking lots, and looking to increase the number of tree boxes alongside or within paved areas can allow rainwater to seep into the soil beneath. With our wetlands being compromised, and sustainability as our target, it is increasingly important that Wisconsin adopt a variety of green approaches to infrastructure development and water reclamation.
Our Wisconsin campaign is about compassion, and this election is about survival. In the wake of the dynamic and threatening advances made by Mother Nature, and with empirical evidence showing there are more to come, as a species, we must act faster than ever to combat climate change; we must ready Wisconsin for a stable and prosperous future!
Rebuild Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.
- Protect inland waters.
- Monitor phosphorous and nitrogen levels.
- Maintain and improve fish populations.
- Work with Farmers to:
- Make small decreases in cattle herd sizes to reduce threat of manure.
- Develop and enhance the use of Manure Digesters and other related technology.
- Coordinate and share information on best practices regarding manure use and disposal.
- Work proactively with wastewater treatment facilities.
- Fight Invasive Species.
- Protect & monitor endangered and fragile species:
- Revive the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee population.
- Return “Wisconsin Natural Resources” magazine to bi-monthly status.
- Oversee and maintain public lands.
- Monitor and study ungulate herds and other creatures in Wisconsin to maintain and foster healthy populations.
- Issue and oversee applicable licenses and documentation.
- Continued partnering in research with the UW system.
Protect the Great Lakes.
- Work with communities along Lake Michigan & Lake Superior.
- Help coordinate Adopt-A-Beach and other localized clean-up programs.
- Establish closer ties with concerned American and Canadian elected officials, industrial entities, and Great Lakes advocacy groups.
- Exercise utmost caution when assessing requests for water extraction.
- Utilize available technology to remove different types of waste.
- Study and maintain fish and other aquatic populations.
- Make decisions using science-based empirical evidence.
Tax Industrial Polluters.
- Create revenue for the DNR and also public school funding.
- Force businesses to adopt environmental best-practices.
- Reinstate the Mining Moratorium.
Respect and engage with Tribal Elders in applicable discussion and decision-making processes.
RECYCLING, PACKAGING & WASTE
- Modernize (as needed) and maintain existing facilities.
- Provide tax incentives to businesses creating and marketing eco-friendly packaging and re-useable containers.
- Continually assess ways to move away from and reduce the use of plastic.
- Make varying increases in the number of trash and recycling containers across the spectrum of Wisconsin’s park system.
- Work with businesses and consumers to reduce waste.
- Tax industries (when applicable) who are not utilizing post-consumer waste materials.
- Integrate scientific applications in helping to break down materials already in land fills.
- Integrate the study of plastics, recycling, and waste management into the public education curriculum.
I will keep Planned Parenthood’s doors open in Wisconsin.
- I believe in a woman’s right to choose.
- I believe Planned Parenthood is an important part of society.
- Over 90% of the services provided by PP include:
- Education about safe sex and STDs
- General health care
- Pregnancy testing & services
- Patient education
- LGBT services
- Birth control
- On-line care
- Men’s and women’s services
- “Spot On” app for women to track their menstrual cycle
- Approximately only 3% of PP services actually involve abortion/abortion referrals.
- PP’s main goal as an organization is to prevent unwanted pregnancies altogether.
- Body Cameras.
- Body cameras are proactive in that they:
- Increase the likelihood that justice will prevail.
- Serve as a form of checks and balances.
- Accrue valuable footage that can be used to train future cadets.
- Can work in tandem with cameras on police vehicles.
- Additional/Enhanced Training:
- Review urban layouts.
- Mental Health.
- Increase awareness of mental health conditions.
- Connect with psychiatric and community support networks.
- Increase the potential for safe interactions between civilians and police.
- Community Integration.
- Public School visits for Q&A sessions.
- “Police Academy”-style educational programs for interested students (6-8).
- State Troopers.
- Ready to assist other states in times of need (not fossil fuel corporations).
- Full legalization of cannabis in Wisconsin.
- Eco-friendly industry.
- Decrease number of inmates jailed for minor drug charges.
- Large-scale economic boost for the state.
- Diplomacy should be employed whenever possible.
- Against building a wall between the border of the United States and Mexico.
- Continue to build positive relations with Canada.
- Environmental Concerns.
- Access routes/transportation concerns.
- Build greater ties with China and other SE Asian nations.
- Expand markets for the Wisconsin cranberry.
- Food/Food products.
- Repair, rebuild and improve our relations with allies and other countries.
- Against nuclear weapons.
- WI National Guard.
- Ready to assist other states and territories in the event of a natural disaster.
- Close Guantanamo Bay.
- LGBT soldiers proudly serve without stigma.
- Women can assume all combat duties.
- This campaign is about Gun Safety, not Gun Control.
- Finding a symbolic means to express the desire for safety on both sides.
- Guns in the hands of mentally unstable individuals threaten all members of society.
- “Agree on Three” (#AgreeOnThree) IS the gesture.
- All firearms subject to a three-day waiting period solely in the name of safety.
- Prevent the mentally unstable from carrying out violence on a whim.
- Individuals who are familiar with firearms and respect the capacities of firearms understand the danger of such a tool in the wrong hands.
- Anti-gun advocates realize that any change has to start somewhere, and Agree on Three is much better than current legislation.
- Not a solution, but symbolic enough to finally admit the ultimate concern for safety on both sides of the issue.
- Firearms should be registered with the state.
- Promote justice.
- Help prevent gun owners from being incriminated in scenarios where a firearm is stolen.
- Assist law enforcement with investigations.
- Investigate the effects of lead bullets used for hunting on the environment and humans.
- Particles/fragments from ammunition found in game.
- Children under six and pregnant women at greatest risk to lead exposure.
- Toxicity factor as opposed to other types of bullets.
SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY
- Stymying the use of the internet based on class misrepresents freedom.
- Support Affirmative Action.
- Against the Death Penalty.
- Support gay marriage.
- Support Equal Pay.
- Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
- High School students become registered to vote upon graduation.
- Individuals automatically registered to vote when renewing their drivers license.
- Voting districts redrawn accurately by independent GAB.
- Anti-gerrymandering legislation.
- Support Black Lives Matter.
- Support equal rights for LGBT citizens.
I was recently asked about my stance on immigration, and recognized the significance of of creating walls, being that we are a nation of immigrants. Topically, today’s version of immigration is laden with stigmas of racism and xenophobia. One is either “for” or “against” immigration, when the parameters are actually one of the human community and not entirely defined by walls or paper. One of Wisconsin’s most iconic leaders and the creator of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson once spoke of immigration. According to Senator Nelson, one could not be an advocate for the environment and in favor of immigration simultaneously, as they conflict in principle. Indeed, the more crowded certain areas become, the greater strain on resources in those regions. Is it wise to employ a more laissez-faire immigration policy if the result includes a broad disruption of fragile ecosystems? Through the lens of the environmentalist, without the tint of hate, the shifting of populations is certainly a global concern. Travel bans and like policy are not part of this campaign. The wall shares no love, and individuals affected by the DREAM Act should be embraced by America as outlined in President Obama’s legislation. Moving forward, the United States needs to have a neutral, efficient, and thorough immigration system balanced with a keen eye on geographic areas that are especially environmentally sensitive to the planet.
As of 2015, Wisconsin ranked in the top ten of the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly States Assessment. Gently rolling terrain provides opportunities for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike to enjoy more than 80 trails in the “rails to trails” system, and hundreds of miles of on-road bicycle facilities throughout the state. The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation is a non-profit advocacy group that is committed to making bicycling in Wisconsin convenient, safe, accessible and fun for everyone. Already, the continued investment in bicycle facilities (approximately $240 million total), has led to an estimated statewide impact of $1.5 billion annually. Voluntary registration fees could go to infrastructure repair (and be part of a database for stolen bikes). In addition, bicycles do not cause wear and tear on roadways like other forms of transportation. Embracing our bicycle culture promotes economic growth, diversity, and protects the environment. This campaign delivers support for bicycle use to make Wisconsin a more enjoyable and healthier place to live.
As record-breaking strides are made by online shopping, we move closer and closer to the end of the shopping mall as we know it in America. To meet the needs of today, our campaign proposes transforming these retail galas, which are already linked to sewer, water, and electricity. These mammoth structures and the areas of land around them (already bathed in concrete) will serve Wisconsin in a different way. These areas will be gradually dedicated to the generation, storage, and transmission of energy. Opportunity for economic growth reinvents itself conveniently in the name of adaption for survival, without having to tear up more land that might otherwise compromise our valuable wetlands.
When we consider the American Dream, it is often associated with a house, two-car garage, driveway, and perhaps a lush green lawn. We as Wisconsinites can choose to make our voices heard when addressing climate change, not only at the voting booth, but by foregoing (or at least in part) the timeless notion of a lawn. We as Wisconsinites can help preserve and utilize water more effectively in different ways; redefining the lawn model to reflect today’s era.
There are approximately 40 million acres of lawn, and turf grasses occupy 1.9 percent of the surface of the continental United States, making it the single largest irrigated crop in the country. Conservatively speaking, American lawns take up three times as much space as irrigated corn. With time and interest, transform your lawn to a vegetable garden, or expanse of wildflowers, versus the unclear bounty of turf grass. One could simply comprise their lawn of stones. Little to no maintenance, no extensive sprinkler sessions, and time spent mowing will be given back to you. A decrease in the use of motorized lawn care machinery will also mean a decrease in the use of fossil fuels. Creativity is not frowned upon.
Without revoking one’s freedom to have a turf grass lawn, I will work with communities who have interest in such projects. Just as some cities in Wisconsin have residential composter units available, materials utilized in landscape transformations could be made more accessible. While bottled water is often the talking point, Wisconsin should ask questions about other types of water consumption in our society. Climate change is real. It is important to reassess our traditions of landscaping, and allow the American Dream to adapt to reflect today’s era.
Hurricanes, tsunamis, tropical storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, and raging forest fires are all part of an unprecedented dispatch from Mother Nature. New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles are significantly below sea level; years of concrete on top of concrete pushing them into the Earth. The oceans are rising. Wisconsin is exposed to flooding, tornadoes, and large power outages. Other potentially dangerous variables exist that we may not be able to take into account at the moment. I propose that we make modest transformations to public libraries throughout the state, so that they can serve as “emergency checkpoints” for all citizens in the event of such emergencies.
Libraries are proportionally separated from each other, inlaid amidst populated areas, and well-defined. All branches are synchronized with one another; there is already a state-wide on-line system that connects all of Wisconsin’s public libraries, “LINKcat”. Public libraries contain computers, phones, fax machines, internet, bilingual staff (if present), and a wealth of information within. Many “seed libraries” are now maintained within our public libraries. Wisconsin’s public library system also possesses vehicles such as box trucks, which are utilized to transport materials about the state.
Some libraries may not need to be utilized in this capacity, others would likely require remodeling. In the wake of climate change and our overall safety, Wisconsin needs a degree of readiness to address the future. When water towers are actually tapped into, we will wish we had taken such measures. Imagining the need for such preparation is a bit overwhelming, but implementing a strategy for the health and safety of our communities, establishing these “emergency checkpoints” ahead of time, is symbolic of the shared interests of all Wisconsinites.
I am a strong advocate for public libraries, and despite these proposed changes, as Governor, Wisconsin’s public libraries will maintain their natural roles in our society, and continue to flourish within those roles.