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As a mom, and a gun owner, I know that discussions of gun violence can be heated and lead to misunderstanding. But one thing I have learned from talking with hundreds of gun owners - whether my own family and friends or people I came in contact with through my work with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is there are two things all Iowans agree on:
- People who have been convicted of violent crimes or who have serious mental illness should not have access to guns.
- Americans have a constitutional right to own weapons to defend themselves and for hunting and sport shooting.
Safety and freedom do not have to be at odds with each other.
As your state legislator, I will do everything I can to prevent dangerous people from accessing weapons and to protect the rights of law-abiding Iowans.
- Domestic Violence - let's close loopholes that allow dating partners convicted for domestic violence, stalking/harassment, and assault to access firearms.
- Background Checks & Permits - states that allow people to carry firearms without a permit have 53% more law enforcement officers shot and killed in the line of duty. I will protect the Iowa permitting system for the sake of our law enforcement community and every Iowa family.
- No Guns In School - guns do not belong in schools, school parking lots, day care centers or on college campuses, except in the hands of law enforcement officers in the line of duty.
Iowa's strong public schools were my path out of poverty. I was the first person in my family to attend and graduate from a 4 year university. Since then, I have served on the board of a private preschool, I worked as an Academic Advisor at the University of Missouri, and I have been a Parent-Teacher Organization leader for more than six years - including serving as President and Vice-President.
Strong public schools from preschool to Ph.D are the back bone to our community, our state and our economic future.
- School Funding: The massive cuts in 2016 and 2017 to public education broke my heart. Protecting school funding and providing everything our students and teachers need to be successful will be my top priority.
- College Tuition: I worked three jobs most of the time while I was a student at Iowa State, putting in as much as 35 hours a week on top of 12-18 credit hours per semester. Students should not graduate with mountains of debt yet tuition at all three public universities will rise 30% over the next three years. I will fight efforts to raise tuition on Iowa families already sacrificing to send their kids to college.
- Universal Pre-K: One of the best ways to improve health outcomes, reduce incarceration, increase our skilled workforce and pump money into our state economy is by offering universal preschool to every 3 and 4 year old in Iowa. Let's invest now in a better future for all Iowans.
- Collective Bargaining: In 2016 and 2017, the Iowa legislature gutted collective bargaining for Iowa's teachers and other public employees. I will work to restore and even improve collective bargaining for all of Iowa's more than 45,000 public employees.
Women make up 51% of Iowa's population and 47% of our state's workforce yet our state lags behind others in pay equity, and 57% of those living in poverty in Iowa are women. I want my daughters to inherit a state that recognizes their inherent value and their contributions to the culture and economy of our state.
- Abortion: Abortion is a safe, legal health care procedure. Private health decisions should be left up to a woman, her family and her doctor - not politicians.
- Equal Pay: Iowa women deserve equal pay for equal work. It's time to close the wage gap.
- Safe Workplaces: One in four women is sexually harassed in the workplace. I will take strong action to address this issue inside the Statehouse and in workplaces all across the state.
- Maternity Leave: Bringing a new life into the world is a time of great joy - but it can also be physically challenging. Women need time to recover and bond with their babies before heading back to work. Iowa can lead the way in Maternity Leave policies by making important changes to to protect women and their jobs after they give birth.
My husband and I have made our living as small business owners for nearly 20 years and have carried private health insurance just as long. We have seen the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright immoral when it comes to health insurance options for entrepreneurs like us.
We don't need to wait for the federal government to fix a broken system in Iowa. We can create a program of low-cost, high-quality health insurance for independent contractors and the self-employed that fits the needs of our farmers, entrepreneurs and innovators.
- Stability: let's create a stable system. Constant change makes it hard for families to plan for their financial futures.
- Prevent Premium Hikes: Premiums in Iowa are rising faster than almost any other state in the US. Low-cost, competitive, high-quality health insurance will help us attract and retain the next generation of Iowa business builders.
- Protect People with Preexisting Conditions: I will stand up for people with preexisting conditions and ensure that they have access to reasonably-priced coverage no matter what.
Growing up on a farm, I learned that our health and the health of our soil, water and air couldn't be more intertwined. Controlling pollution and contamination doesn't just make sense environmentally and financially, it's about being a good neighbor -- whether our neighbor lives next door or 100 miles away.
With the right mix of incentives, restrictions, and accountability, we can take big steps to keep our water and air clean and our soil healthy and reduce emissions that cause climate change.
- Water Quality: Nitrate levels in Iowa's major rivers have more than tripled since 1950. We have known for more than 30 years that excessive nitrates can cause health and environmental damage. I support the Nutrient Reduction Strategy and will look for ways to work with all Iowans to protect our waterways.
- Grow the Green Sector: Expanding wind energy, solar energy and biofuels not only make good sense for our planet, they are a great way to expand the economy of our state. Iowa can take a lead in the coming decade in reducing carbon emissions, lowering energy bills and creating green jobs for generations to come.