On the Issues

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!

ENVIRONMENT

  • 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: Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Carp, Quagga & Zebra Mussels, and the Round Goby.
    • Protect & monitor endangered and fragile species:
      • Revive the Honey Bee population.
        • Replace Neonicotinoids with bee-safe biopesticides by exempting said biopesticides from Wisconsin state sales tax
        • Roadside planting of bee-friendly flowers and flowering trees
      • Gray Wolf on the Endangered Species List.
      • Promote frog and toad populations.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Seriously consider vetoing or modifying existing or pending water extraction.
      • Waukesha
      • Foxconn
    • 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.
  • Curtail and shutdown any Fracking-related operations.

  • Respect and engage with Tribal Elders in applicable discussion and decision-making processes.

RECYCLING, PACKAGING & WASTE

  • Modernize 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.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

  • 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.
      • Approximately only 3% of PP services actually involve abortion/abortion referrals.
    • PP’s main goal as an organization is to prevent unwanted pregnancies altogether.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  •  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:
    • Terrorism.
      • Explosives.
      • 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).

MARIJUANA

  • Full legalization of cannabis in Wisconsin.
    • Eco-friendly industry.
    • Utilizations:
      • Medicinal.
      • Agricultural.
      • Recreational.
    • Decrease number of inmates jailed for minor drug charges.
    • Large-scale economic boost for the state.

NET NEUTRALITY

  • Fully support net neutrality.
  • We must have a system of checks and balances with internet providers.
    • Accessible and fair service available to all.

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • We support:
    • Unionization.
    • Affirmative Action.
    • Gay marriage.
    • LGBT rights.
    • Equal pay.
    • Americans with Disabilities.
    • Making voting easier for all Wisconsinites.
  • Against:
    • Death penalty.
    • Act 10.

GERRYMANDERING

  • Enact anti-gerrymandering legislation applicable to all political parties.
  • Establish an independent commission made up of citizens to map voting districts.
  • Every voter needs to know that their Candidate has a chance.

PRISON REFORM

  • Against private prisons.
  • The solution is not to keep building more prisons.
  • Reduce the use of solitary confinement.
  • Utilize some inmates for planting en masse.
    • Promote bee populations.
    • Compensate for disappearance of the Ash tree in Wisconsin.
    • Experience growth outside of confinement.
  • Focus on a successful transition back into society.
    • Lower revocations.
      • Low-level inmates may be able to earn their GED.
      • Certain low-level inmates will be eligible to wear (safe) street clothes.
    • A more humane approach.

RACISM

  • School districts in a given county will be drawn to reflect diversity of said county within 5% points.
  • Ban policing by geographic area, which entrenches racially biased policing.
  • Outlaw arrests in schools for behavioral infractions.
  • Move our public school curriculum away from a Eurocentric model to a multicultural one.
    • Include hard-to-find Native-American, Asian-American & Arab-American writers for youth.
    • Break down racially codified words such as:
      • Terrorist.
      • Immigrant.
      • Revolution.
    • Tell the real story of all Americans.
  • Institute name-blind hiring.
    • A study in 2003 showed that people with names like “Emily” or “Greg” are significantly more likely to receive a job offer than people with names like “Lakisha” and “Jamal”, even with similar resumés.
  • Support Affirmative Action.

LEAD PAINT (MILWAUKEE AREA)

  • Regulate outcomes, not the methods by which the outcomes are achieved.
  • All houses built before 1978 require a new paint job before sale.
  • Landlords in apartment buildings must have apartments painted every three years.
  • Embrace scientific filtration methods for today and tomorrow.
  • Environmental clean-up costs everyone more in the long run.

ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES

  • Not as important as sustaining the soil.
  • Disturb the natural beauty of the Driftless area.
    • One of WI’s most beautiful landscapes.
    • Critical Conservation Resource.
  • Demand remains stable.
    • LED lights.
    • New building codes.
  • Cost of solar power is going down.
  • Battery advancements.
  • Rapidly changing energy market makes the permanence of these structures questionable.

CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAFO)

  • Against CAFOs.
  • Establish a moratorium on the expansion and building of new CAFOs.
  • Rewrite ATCP51 Livestock Siting Standards.
    • Increase distance of livestock operations from nearby public roads & private property (setbacks).
  • Support Family Farms.
  • Address challenges of manure.
    • Largely against Manure Digesters.
      •  A means to qualify and proliferate the CAFO.
      • “Band-aid technology”.
        • Could be utilized temporarily in desperate areas.
    • Move away from cattle as a primary food source in the long-term.