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Celebrating working men and women

As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend, I think back to my childhood. My dad worked for a construction equipment dealership, and he was not covered by a union. But just down that same street was a factory where many of my friends’ dads worked. And they did have a union. Even from a young age, I could tell that their quality of life was better than my family’s. Unions gave my friends’ dads better wages and benefits that I wish my family would have had.

That’s why this weekend, while we’re enjoying parades, cookouts, and a day off of work, we must remember the labor of the men and women that make our country great. Because of their hard work, many Americans were able to get better wages, hours, and working conditions.

Yet my opponent, Roby Smith, and his colleagues in the State Senate instead vote to gut collective bargaining, taking that voice away from many hard-working Iowans.

I am proud that Unions representing working women and men are among the many supporting my campaign. And you can be assured that I will fight for these hard-working Iowans in the Iowa State Senate.

Voting should be easy

It may be difficult to believe, but there are some politicians that work to make voting harder while making it easier for them to get reelected. My opponent Roby Smith is one of those politicians. In 2017, he led the movement in the Iowa State Senate to make voting harder for Iowans. Fortunately, the Iowa Supreme Court agreed with a lower court and stopped the implementation of some of the restrictive measures on early voting that Roby wanted.

To me, it is clear that voting should be easier rather than harder. Besides, there are other ways to address the minuscule amount of voter fraud that occurs without disenfranchising thousands of voters.

This election it is more important than ever that we stand up to the self-serving politicians like Roby Smith by VOTING.  And you can do it from the comfort of your own home. To request a ballot for voting at home, go to our website to download the form to request a vote at home ballot. Also, you can visit the Scott County Auditor’s website to get more information about voting at home.  After you request your ballot, it will be mailed to you about a month before the election.

This election, let’s not only commit ourselves to vote but also to convince our friends and family to vote.

Yard Signs

In this day of high tech campaigning, yard signs may seem to be a bit old-fashioned. But it is clear that peer-to-peer advocacy is the most effective campaign strategy. Yard signs send a powerful message that you support me for State Senate in District 47.  Will you put up a yard sign?

Local regulations limit political yard signs until 45-days before an election.  We will adhere to those restrictions, and our team will install signs around the 21st of September.

In order to ensure we have the right amount of signs, we are asking folks to let us know if they want a sign by filling out the form on our website today.  We need to place print orders right away.

We will be in touch with you before we install the sign in your yard.  It is just as easy as that.

Back to school

It’s hard to believe that it’s already August and summer is nearly over. For many, that means it’s almost time to head back to school!

I am proud to announce that I have received the endorsement of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). ISEA and its teacher members work hard to ensure that students receive a quality public education. As a product of public schools from kindergarten all the way through college, I know that I am where I am today because of the hard work of those teachers.

Unfortunately, not all of our legislators here in Iowa understand the importance of a good education being available to all students. Roby Smith is bad for Iowa public schools. For example, he supports creating a massive private school voucher program that would take money away from K-through-12 public schools.

It’s time we start really investing in our communities by investing first in our children. Every child in Iowa deserves a good education from preschool onwards, no matter what city they live in or how much money their parents make. As your State Senator for District 47, I will bring these values to the Iowa State Senate.

A frightening possibility

This week Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. A lot of us are worried about what will happen next. Judging by the list of potential justices that President Trump released, we are in for a big change in SCOTUS. Replacing a moderate voice with one significantly more extreme has many worried about the rights of women, the LGBTQIA+ community, unions, and so many more voices that the far right wants to silence.

If the unthinkable happens and Roe v. Wade is overturned, we need to have legislators in place in Iowa who will defend a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health care. Roby Smith and his colleagues in the State Senate have already gone so far as to pass one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country. If this landmark decision of the 1970s is overturned, he will act fast to make Iowa the first in the nation to outlaw abortion altogether. We cannot let this happen. And if elected as the State Senator of District 47, I will fight as hard as I can to make sure that it doesn’t.

And you can do your part to make sure Iowans don’t lose the rights that so many fought for over decades. Join us for canvassing this Saturday as we knock on doors and share information about our campaign. We’ll meet at 9:30 at Vander Veer Park and be back there in time for the Families Belong Together rally at 11:00. And if you can’t make it, you can still help our campaign by making a secure online contribution on our website.

We won’t go back.

Another disastrous legislative session

Now that the 2018 legislative session has ended, I’m reflecting on the damage that the GOP majority has done in the state of Iowa. They passed a bill effectively banning abortion in the state, taking away the rights of Iowa’s women and squandering taxpayer dollars to defend an unconstitutional law. They did not fix the problems created by privatizing Medicaid, leaving our most vulnerable citizens without the secure access to healthcare that they desperately need. And they failed to adequately invest in public education, even cutting our universities. Our public schools and University are Iowa’s opportunity engines and the majority in the legislature fails to recognize this .

We deserve legislators who look out for the best interests of our citizens, solidifying our rights to health care and creating educational and economic opportunity instead of taking it away. My opponent Roby Smith is making it clear with his votes that those are not his priorities. It’s time to make a change.

Iowa’s Catastrophic Fetal Heartbeat Bill

The state of Iowa is now home to one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. Early on Wednesday after a debate that went into the late hours of the night, the Iowa House and Senate voted on party lines to pass a bill banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected – as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even know they are pregnant. This legislation effectively bans abortion in the state with the only exceptions being if the mother’s life is in danger and in some cases of rape and incest.

This is unbelievable. Women’s health care decisions are a personal matter, and the government has no place legislating what we do with our bodies. We cannot go backward to a time when Women obtained abortions in back alley clinics and by other horrifying methods that placed our lives in danger. A woman’s right to choose was settled in 1973 by Roe v. Wade, and those rights must remain in place across the state of Iowa.

Not only does this law threaten the rights of women all across the state, but it is also a threat to educational opportunity in Iowa. Part of this law states that OB/GYNs cannot be trained on abortion in the state, which is a requirement for training in their programs. Students who could have studied obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa will now potentially have to go out of state, costing them much more in tuition and potentially causing Iowa to lose some great physicians.

My opponent Roby Smith votes for bills that are going to hurt our rights and opportunities. It is clear now more than ever that a change is needed in our state legislature.