The role of government ought to be the administration and execution of all services that people need. This includes aspects of public safety, law and order, public infrastructure, and well-being, from police to healthcare. Government should not be restrictive on the lives of people, but in place to enable and empower them.
I will sign the People’s Platform.
Everyone has a seat at the table if I am elected. Our table includes Idahoans from every county, industry and community. Constituents will also have a direct line to my staff, and we will always have an open-door policy, where constituents will be able to speak with my office about their issues in person, online, or over the phone at all times. I would be personally willing to meet with United Vision and United Action for Idaho on a regular basis, to ensure that we are working together to provide opportunity and justice for Idahoans.
I will use the power of my office and the unique voice I will bring to the U.S. Senate to take action against bigotry and injustice. The policies that I advocate for will always seek to treat people equally, regardless of race, sex or gender. As Senator, I will lead by example by first hiring a diverse staff.
Here in Idaho, our land is not only our heritage, but also the source of our livelihood. It serves as a valuable asset to our state – one that should be shared by everyone, not auctioned off to the wealthy few and private corporations for profit.
As one of our most precious resources, it must be protected and preserved for Idaho’s future generations. We will work to provide economic opportunities for businesses to create and expand green jobs, so that we can fuel our state with alternative energy sources like solar and wind power. We will show that businesses can be environmentally friendly and profitable at the same time.
I will oppose business practices that seek to destroy the land and our beautiful state solely motivated by profit. The state should provide tax incentives and subsidies to help businesses move their focus to make our economy greener.
We need to roll back a bulk of the Trump administration’s tax cuts made in 2018 and close loopholes like capital gains and stepped-up basis. No matter how powerful, no business or individual should be exempt from paying their fair share of taxes.
Under not circumstances do I support the privatization of our US Social Systems.
On their 18th birthdays, citizens should be automatically registered to vote.
There should be a national holiday for voting like in countries such as Australia.
Early voting and mail-in voting should be supported and encouraged.
Voters should have to present proof of address, but not government-issued voter ID to be able to vote.
I want to take the money and corporate interest out of the political process. I favor a smaller limit on individual, PAC, and corporate contributions, so that dark money cannot dominate our elections.
In 2018 when I ran for Governor, I strongly supported Idaho’s ballot initiative proposition 2, expanding Medicaid to provide everyone in Idaho with the primary care and coverage they deserve. This initiative once fully implemented will save Idaho and our local counties $34 million per year by avoiding the medical costs of uninsured patients – funds that we will reinvest back into our local hospitals and communities.
Healthcare is absolutely a human right. As Senator, my first priority would be rebuilding our healthcare system from the ground up to a system based on data and outcomes. I have a plan for that and I am lucky to have the advice and counsel of some of the best world-renowned healthcare experts. Healthcare should be a simple process and easily understandable.
As Senator I will provide a bright spotlight to the opioid and addiction crisis. I will advocate to ensure access to effective treatment and recovery for substance use disorders, reform the criminal justice system so that no one is incarcerated for simple drug use alone, we need to hold big pharma accountable for their role in initiating this crisis and to curtail the amount of illicit drugs, like fentanyl and heroin, that come into this country through our borders.
Professional caregivers, teachers, first responders and all hard working individuals deserve to be treated fairly. As Senator, I will push to ensure that every American feels like they are not being taken advantage of by their employers and are equipped with the tools they need to succeed.
Ensuring workers’ rights is important to me. Employees should have the ability to be vocal about any requests, grievances or inequalities in the workplace without fear of being targeted or terminated for it. When this is not the case, it is important to have advocates that can respond to these injustices for all workers. As Senator, I will be one of those advocates and do everything in my power to protect the rights of hard working men and women and their families.
Americans who work full time shouldn’t be living in poverty. Idaho has the lowest minimum wage in the West, but the highest number of minimum-wage workers. As Senator, I will look at every opportunity to raise the minimum wage, and ensure they have access to the benefits they have worked so hard to deserve.
As a mother, I have witnessed firsthand the shortcomings and successes of Idaho’s education system. As a businesswoman, I understand that investing in education means investing in Idaho’s bottom line. Strong public schools succeed economically, and it’s no secret that the quality of our education system should not be based on your zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability, We need to invest in all American children from birth so that they are prepared to succeed in society.
We can improve the source of funding to our public schools through smarter spending. It starts by paying our teachers the salary they deserve.
Idaho is ranked 51st in education among the other states in America. We can do better. At the federal level, government has the responsibility to insure the right to a free and high quality education for all K-12 students by protecting their civil rights and by providing resources for the most in need, using public data and high quality research, and by providing support and infrastructure for schools, districts, and states to help them continuously improve in their work.
As Senator, I will work to ensure that no student is denied the right to equal educational opportunity based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other protected status.
I will work to provide the necessary funding to facilitate access to educational opportunity for high-need students, including, but not limited to, students living in poverty and students with disabilities.
It is also important that at the federal level we support education research and development, and the gathering and dissemination of information about the scope and quality of the nation’s education system, to inform policy and practice at the state and local levels; and in a manner consistent with both its unique advantages and limited capacity, support the development and conditions to promote continuous improvement of state and local education systems.
As a member of the Idaho state legislature, I also prioritized education. I helped introduce a bill that would forgive teachers’ student loan debts if they worked in our rural schools. Incentive programs like this one help create education equity across our state, and help retain quality educators in our communities. As Senator, I will continue to find innovative solutions to help students eliminate or forgive student debt so that our youth, the future of our country has access to quality education.
Our communities need more opportunities for our children to feel valued in and outside of the classroom. Our emphasis should be on preparing them to be productive members of society and not setting them up for failure. I believe that further investment and innovation in our public education will our school systems and reduce the high school to prison pipeline that is all to common in this country.
Public education is a critical piece to a flourishing democratic society. Decades of funding cuts continue to cripple our public education system. In rural Idaho we value school choice. I do not advocate for the for profit model for public schools. In our community in North Idaho, Charter Schools have been impactful for children who are not being served adequately at their neighborhood schools. I support Charter Schools to be accessible to more of our children while we continue to invest in the traditional public school system.
I am proud to stand with women and families across Idaho and this great country in this campaign for the US Senate. Throughout my political career, I have a record of fighting to protect women’s access to healthcare and defend reproductive rights. Sadly, these rights are under attack. Powerful groups are determined to roll back all the progress we’ve made on reproductive freedom, and that scares me. Women’s personal health decisions should be made between their families and their doctors -- not by politicians.
I never believed the U.S. Constitution was made to divide people. It was made to unite them. In the state House I was able to block legislation pushed by Republicans that attacked LGBTQ rights and communities of color. I will remain an advocate and uniting force as the U.S. Senator from Idaho, so that we can unite this country.
I fully support sanctuary cities. As an indegenous woman, my ancestors supported immigrants – I see no reason to change. I believe in humanity first.
I support expanded background checks, banning bump stocks and raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21. Enforcement, Education and accountability. I think that's the future of Idaho. Is one holding people accountable when they shoot, and while anyone and everyone can own a gun in this state, we still need to stand strong with our laws and being responsible gun owners. I don't want to drive out our families, I want to make sure we're protecting them.
The leadership of the students in Parkland has inspired youth all around the country to organize, and I believe we should support our students and stand with them. I disagree with arming teachers and allowing guns into schools. I favor expanding mental health services and early intervention efforts.
Education is the key. We have the opportunity to reduce crime rate by spending tax dollars on early-childhood education, which is typically available only to the parents who can afford it. The primary solution to mass incarceration is to reinvest that into early-childhood education. We have the money. We’re currently sending people out of state in our prison system instead of thinking of ways to put an end to the corrosive system of mass incarceration.
We need to elevate issues like addiction, poverty, and prison reform at the highest levels of government in this country. I plan on doing just that if I’m elected Senator.
I promise to be a strong voice and advocate for all in Idaho. No community in Idaho deserves to live in fear by those who have been sworn to serve and protect them. We must hold accountable those both in government and local counties that think they are above the law.
I realized there is more damage being done when there is a system that is not allowing the public to be heard and is not listening to the will of the people. Especially when they are suffering from poverty, a global pandemic, lack of health care, lack of access to opportunities; especially when their education systems are failing them and everything seems out of reach.
As Senator, I will ensure that all public lands remain in the custody of the public, so we can continue to enjoy and utilize them. As a member of Idaho’s land board, I have long been a supporter of the Good Neighbor Authority Agreement, which allows the state of Idaho to co-manage public lands with the U.S. Forest Service for healthy forest management and continued public access.
Here in Idaho, our land is not only our heritage, but also the source of our livelihood. It serves as a valuable asset to our state – one that should be shared by everyone, not auctioned off to wealthy individuals and big corporations for private profit. As an asset, it must be protected and preserved for Idaho’s future generations.
We need to support economic incentives for energy companies to transition to renewable sources of energy, and we need more supports in place for developing companies that invent cleaner technologies. We should continue to incentivize all companies to transition their sources of energy to renewables. Finally, our workforce development programs should prioritize teaching skills for use by renewable energy companies.
As Senator, I will push for the expansion of these opportunities to ensure that every American is equipped to compete in the American economy of the future. I will help ease the financial burden of higher education by investing in technical and career training programs for high school students – particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math), a field that yielded 7,000 unfilled jobs in Idaho last year alone.
We should not be fracking people’s lands, fracking our public lands, and wasting clean water to utilize that as a resource to continue to frack and pollute our water systems. If there are no protections or limitations, then we are allowing corporations to ravage our land for their own benefit and then we are stuck cleaning up their messes. As Senator, I will find a way forward for clean energy renewables, and provide stronger regulations to support clean water, clean air, and soil conservation.
The Trump administration has been busy during the pandemic, reshaping and rolling back long-standing environmental regulations on water, air and climate change. As of May 2020, the Trump administration has rolled back 64 environmental rules and regulations, and an additional 34 rollbacks are in progress. As Senator, I will work with the EPA and other federal departments to reverse this common practice to ensure we have clean, and affordable public water.
Idaho is home to four of the ten most polluted school counties in the United States. Every day that our leaders fail to clean up this contamination and neglect to enforce existing air and water pollution laws, they endanger the ability of our children to learn and grow.
It is a simple fact that Idaho’s economy is suffering just like many other places in our country. Local businesses struggle to keep doors open and many workers cannot provide for their families on a full-time salary. These economic realities hit our rural towns the hardest. As Senator, I will work to revitalize our economy in every part of our state and look to expand quality affordable and ADA compliant housing.
As an enrolled citizen of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and also of Sinkiuse (known as the Moses–Columbia Band of the Colville Confederacy), Nez Perce, and Yakama–Palus descent I owe it to my ancestors to be in solidarity to preserve tribal sovereignty. We must hold the U.S. government accountable to honor its obligation through both treaty and executive order agreements and prevent termination of such agreements.
As Senator, I plan on meeting with tribes as often as possible about all matters federal to make sure that they have a voice at the table. We have to stay in communication as effectively as we can to ensure our voice is not absent on policy affecting tribes.
Uniting and combining voices have and will lead to many more protections and gains that continue to improve Indian Country by protecting and enhancing sovereign rights and strategically building upon economic opportunities. I will do my part to bring to unity those voices.
As Senator, I will put people over politics. The far right and special interests have targeted Idaho for many years. ALEC (The State Exchange Legislative Council and political arm of the far right that produces the vast majority of Idaho legislative bills) ranks Idaho 7th among the 50 states in identifying targets. Across the country, red states have been targeted by these groups to institute their policy agenda through the Idaho legislature.
I promise to govern by putting Americans first – above political parties and above special interests. I will stand up for the people who haven’t always had a voice in government, from the folks in rural areas to the indigenous populations to the hardworking families who often struggle to get by.
Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have proven to myself to be a strong and effective leader. Someone with the determination to get things done and reach across the aisle to hear others perspective. As Senator, I will do everything in my power to continue to do that and also encourage those who do not, to remember the will of the people that we serve and the lives that will be effected with inaction and disfunction.