Issues

Elections

The Secretary of State's office is coming into focus as the newest battleground to save democracy. This November is going to be very critical for the state of Wisconsin and for our nation as a whole. Far-right politicians have proposed stealing power over elections in the hopes that they can use it to overturn any result they don't like. The state of Wisconsin has been a pivotal battleground in several of the past presidential elections. Far-right politicians are looking to replace me as the bulwark of this office and put in someone who will help determine any election however, they so chose. 

For this reason, it's more important than ever that we elect a Secretary of State that will defend our democracy over party. As America's longest-serving incumbent Secretary of State, I have the track record and deep well of experience to do it. I've overseen the office under Democratic and Republic Governors and if you give me the chance, I'll make sure to keep the far-right Republicans' hands off the Elections Commission. I recently did an interview with the Washington Post that further delves into the subject of elections commission, here.

Worker's Rights

I believe that all workers should have the right to organize and collectively bargain for fair pay, safe and appropriate working conditions, and health and retirement benefits. 

Collective bargaining is an idea that was created in Wisconsin. It was important to allow a strong middle class to develop in Wisconsin. The current giant gap between the 1% and the rest of us has developed, at least in part, due to the deprivation of workers from union membership across the nation and Act 10 was the simply the largest in a series of attacks aimed at hurting the working class.

Sometimes it is necessary for unionized workers to make sacrifices to the common good, but those sacrifices need to be more than matched by those richest of Wisconsinites and Americans in the upper 1%. And sometimes we need to deal with the occasional, but very rare, abuses of unions. But we must give at least as much attention to the horrendous abuses by the corporate and financial giants in our state and nation. 

In short, I stand with the working women and men of Wisconsin and the nation, and pledge to work to make their futures more secure.

Environment

I love our state and the people who call it home. I love our lakes and streams and our ridges and valleys. But most importantly I love and believe in our values and traditions. I am running because I will not stand idly by while everything we hold dear is torn down. 

As you most likely know, I founded Clean Wisconsin 50 years ago [as Wisconsin's Environmental Decade]. 

I have been fighting to protect our Wisconsin for all these many years. I helped my hero Sen. Gaylord Nelson organize the first Earth Day in 1970. We must develop a respect for the environment, which as our great Sen. Gaylord Nelson often said, is critical for a healthy economy

Local Economies

I support legislation that invests in Wisconsin’s local economies, such as the Farm-to-School lunch program, which would directly invest our tax-payer dollars in local farms, and in turn assure that school children have access to fresh, local, and healthy produce. I also support investing in infrastructure that will facilitate the growth of local economies, such as cooperative produce processing plants, which allow small farms to get their products on local shelves. “We can create jobs by keeping our money in our own communities. By shopping at your neighbor’s shop, rather than a big box store, Wisconsonites can increase employment, neighbor by neighbor” said La Follette. 

Decentralization of power

I believe that too much power has been concentrated in too few places at the state level. We're only talking about consolidating elections powers because of a decades-long attempt to rob local governments and various state agencies of their power. I support returning important decisions such as property tax limits to the municipal and county level. I also support returning the appointment of the secretary of the DNR to the board of directors. 

Women’s Rights

I am a strong and passionate advocate for women's rights. Women should have full autonomy over their bodies. While I was a state senator, I wrote and passed legislation through the state senate legislation ensuring women have access to family planning and reproductive health care. I fully condemn the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court to take Wisconsin back to a slavery era law that strips women of a fundamental right that has been a bedrock for almost 50 years.  

Education

I believe that public institutions belong to the people of this state and exist for their benefit. I would fight for strong funding of public education including the state’s valuable technical college and university system. I strongly believe in the Wisconsin Idea that the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state. 

Health Care

I believe that health care is right, not a privilege. He understands that Badgercare is an essential program for many Wisconsinites, and would work to ensure that it is fully funded. 

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