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June 5, 2018California Primary Election

United States SenateSenator

About this office

Senators are elected to six-year terms to represent the people of their state in the federal government. They make new laws, hold hearings, approve presidential appointments, and help set priorities for U.S. policy.
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Republican
Published Author
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  • Further National Security initiatives
  • Work with the Senate to confirm appointments desperately needed to ensure National Security interests are met.
  • Work toward Repeal of Obama Care, Enact tort reform & competition across state lines.
Profession:Entrepreneur, Published Author
  • Code Of Vets

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Libertarian
Retired Attorney
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  • Immigration
  • Imprisonment
  • Corruption
Profession:Engineer Lawyer Market-Military-Politics Analyst
http://www.derrickmreid.com/resume, Self (19752009)
CSULB, UC Berkeley, USC, Western State University B.S.E.E. J.D. (current)

http://www.derrickmreid.com/resume

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate systemic wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collections, to fund national  infrastructure builds.  

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Distributed health clinics. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Paths to citizenship in compromise to reduced future immigration. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collection, so California can fund state infrastructure builds.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Common ground will be sought between democrats and republicans, to solve our many problems. 

Congressional rancor is undignified. As a moderate and a uniter, there will be increased civility to political functions. 

 

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Classic liberal supporting civil liberties and freedoms, supporting indigents and the working poor, and opposing regime change wars. Christian. Social and fiscal Conservative

A Comprehensive solution set to solve the major systemic problems facing California and the Nation

Summary

20 years analysis of our social and economic fabric has led to devising the comprehensive solution set. 

 

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US Senate Run 2018

Republican
Scientist
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  • Integrity of Science/Technology and Education We need top-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As the most developed nation in the world, our educational system must raise up to our development level.
  • Jobs for Californians One way to support everyone in California is to help this state look beyond the tired old school leadership of the past and embrace practical progressive and conservative policies that help everyone prosper and generate jobs.
  • End Veteran Homelessness By working for several years with the VA I have come to a high understanding of how to help our Veterans which would include ending homelessness..
Profession:Scientist, Entrepreneur, Author
National Republican Congressional Committee, PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY BOA, Political Bio is at https://mario-nabliba-for-senate.com/political-biography — Appointed position (20082018)
University of Phoenix Masters in Computer Science Information Systems, Computer Science (2006)
University of Lisbon Bachelor's in Science/Physics, Science, Physics, Computer Science (1989)
IT, Veteran's Administration (20162017)
Program Analyst, Veteran's Administration (20102015)
Staff Research Scientist, Veteran's Administration (20092010)

I was born in West Africa, I continued my advanced education in Europe, came to the United States and became a US citizen. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Physics. I received my Master’s degree in the US in Computer Science Information Systems.

The reason I want to run for US Senate is I love America. It is truly the land of opportunity. I have found this by starting small businesses and being the author of 3 books. 

  • J. Martin Crowley 46 years of Law Enforcement
  • The Law Office of Elford H Clark
  • Margaret W, Wyant
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

I am a fiscal conservative therefore I will encourage our state to work with the Federal government for effective lower bonds and the desirability of gradual interest rate adjustments. We could also implement tolls.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

In my opinion I see health care as a state issue. A state can always lower their health care costs by building more health care facilities and by embracing effective and professional training. With these endoavors prices tend to drop due to competition. There is self therapy and e-medicine that can also lower health care costs. These items can make health care more affordable for all. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

IMMIGRATION

Focusing on our security is a priority. This means using the highest technology for the security of our airports and borders. Consider in this equation that our first responders have all resources in order to accomplish the safety of our nation. For example, increasing drone technology for surveillance of our borders and improvement of drone technology.

All immigrants that come to the United States are handled on a case by case basis. So what do we do with illegal immigrants? They also need to be handled on a case by case bipartisan basis. We can create a path to citizenship where only productive, non-criminal individuals are allowed to take this path. 

We need to use drone technology to help secure our borders.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

California is the most high tech state in the world. I will use recycled waters to be purified. Technology can be used to made ocean water usable. 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Mario Nabliba:

I have not found this to be true. We are an open society and when greet people in Europe, they generally do not greet strangers. Per the 1st amendment there is civil liberty. I took a college course called American Government which taught democracy. I would encourage the study of this course to improve civility. 

If I am elected and as a Scientist I will approach each issue with a viewpoint that what has worked in the past will work again and ineffective programs and individuals will be trained or eliminated. Improvement can be made in any area if the right actions are taken. When one sees success in areas like more jobs, one needs to continue those actions which caused the improvement. Governmental benefits to illegal immigrates/sanctuary cities needs to end and this money will be used to support education for all Americans including our Veterans. There are individuals in this world that can make a difference and I have chosen to do this in all areas I address as a Senator.

Our Veterans, Jobs, Immigration, Education, my goals

Summary

My stance and goals as a US Senator.

Mario Nabliba for US Senate

OUR VETERANS

By working for several years with the VA I have come to a high understanding of how to help our Veterans which would include ending homelessness. My first priority is to end veteran homelessness. I would work closely with Housing and Development to create a program to give affordable housing to Veterans. It breaks my heart to see someone fight to protect our nation and to then see this person homeless. This is the true reason I am running for the US Senate. 

JOBS FOR CALIFORNIANS

One way to support everyone in California is to help this state look beyond the tired old school leadership of the past and embrace practical progressive and conservative policies that help everyone prosper and generate jobs for everyone who wants one. We together can move from being the 10th largest economy on the planet back to the 5th and better.  We also have the highest poverty rate in the nation.  How will we handle this?  Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and tax reform are the issues to address. 

IMMIGRATION

Focusing on our security is a priority. This means using the highest technology for the security of our airports and borders. Consider in this equation that our first responders have all resources in order to accomplish the safety of our nation. For example, increasing drone technology for surveillance of our borders and improvement of drone technology.

All immigrants that come to the United States are handled on a case by case basis. So what do we do with illegal immigrants? They also need to be handled on a case by case bipartisan basis. We can create a path to citizenship where only productive, non-criminal individuals are allowed to take this path. 

EDUCATION

I am running for Senate so I can implement those policies to support you and your children as you work to become more educated, more prosperous and better off as individuals, families and communities. We need top-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. As the most developed nation in the world, our educational system must raise up to our development level, not be falling behind. 

GOALS

If I am elected and as a Scientist I will approach each issue with a viewpoint that what has worked in the past will work again and ineffective programs and individuals will be trained or eliminated. Improvement can be made in any area if the right actions are taken. When one sees success in areas like more jobs, one needs to continue those actions which caused the improvement. Governmental benefits to illegal immigrates/sanctuary cities needs to end and this money will be used to support education for all Americans including our Veterans. There are individuals in this world that can make a difference and I have chosen to do this in all areas I address as a Senator.

 

 

No Party Preference
Attorney/Engineer
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  • I am a technodemocratic candidate. I have no political party and I do not accept campaign donations. I will support the majority interests of the people of California, as documented by a decentralized evoting service (preferably blockchain).
  • To ensure accountability, the Evoting Service will utilize blockchain security. Through blockchain security, evotes will be transmitted user to user, in order to prevent the hacking associated with centralized databases.
  • The Evoting Service first will be crowdfunded and then will self-fund through data analytics. It will eventually provide every American with free, encrypted, decentralized communication capabilities, including internet, email, social media & banking.
Profession:Attorney and Engineer
Democratic
Construction Project Manager
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  • Get the money out of politics. Money has corrupted our elections. Free speech should be free. Why is government so expensive? Because getting INTO government is expensive. Those millions in campaign donations are repaid with your tax dollars.
  • Changing the messaging and rhetoric coming from the Democrats. They have failed us. Example, I've yet to hear anyone mention that we spend 3 trillion dollars each year on healthcare 500 billion going yo insurers profits and overhead.
  • We need to understand that the Founding Fathers would be the first to do something about gun control, they started a war over a tax on TEA. They would do everything in their power to stop attacks on innocent children.
Profession:Builder, teacher, chemist, writer, director, etc.
Senior Estimator, Major Real Estate Developer (2017current)
Senior Estimator, Swinerton Builders - Los Angeles (20062015)
California State University, Northridge Master of Arts, 27 units, Theatre, Lighting design,, performance, research, playwriting (1984)
Missouri Western State University Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, business, science (1976)
Assistant Scoutmaster and Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America (2006current)

Few others can do what I can do!

 

Because few people have done what I’ve done. It really is that simple. From farm work as a kid, to pumping gas and fixing cars in high school to lab tech/ chemist in college working in quality control and research and development for 8 years to designing sets, building homes, teaching college, calibrating electronics in the Glendale power plant, taking Asbestos out of schools, producing and directing TV shows, building special effects for theme parks and museums, writing and producing stage plays, to building schools, colleges, hospitals, and airports.

 

 

Too many people today worry about issues. I don’t have issues. I just have a way of looking at problems and implementing unconventional and mostly simple solutions that actually work. 

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

A combination of well regulated bond programs and Public/ Private Partnerships depending on the type of project. I've personally seen the waste in multi-billion dollar school and college bond programs and know where to focus on mis-management of those types of programs. Public Private Partnerships can be crafter into a win/ win for both citizens and private investors  when  the rate of return is clearly written in stone. The electrical grid would be a prime candidate for a PPP. 

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

Open Medicare to enrollment for all. It has an overhead cost of about 2% and gives access to the sickest and oldest part of our population. While private insurers take as much as 30% in overhead, profits and sky high salaries for upper management. That adds up to about half a trillion dollars of healthcare costs that do NOT buy a single bandage or life saving procedure. I would rather the public have the open option to pay premiums to Medicare and get 98% worth of value for their money than pay insurers and get 70%. That could also lead to covering current Medicaid recipients through grants to pay for Medicare premiums. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

First and foremost, a legal path to citizenship for those now undeer DACA. A clean bill with no other toxic riders or provisions. Maintain the immigration lottery, not some provision that has a bias against those less advantaged. Stop the nonsense of a 25 billion dollar wall that can be scaled by a $25 ladder. Visitor and Student Visas are abused and we need to strictly enforce and follow up on those who come in legally and over stay their privilege. They are here on a limited basis, when that expires we should have all the information necessary to find them, explain their situation, and make sure they get back to their country of origin safely and swiftly. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

Water storrage and sustainable electrical power can be a win/ win and must be fully implemented where ever possible. Low Impact Development for the construction industry adds unnecessary costs to projects with uncertain results. We need to look more closely at "dry Wells" that capture run-off and allow it to percolate back into the ground water. There are simpler solutions than capturing run-off in cisterns that have a ten year return on investment which makes a gallon of water worth about a dollar a gallon.  

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Gerald Plummer:

There is nothing wrong with political correctness. There is a lot wrong with the attacks on those who support the idea that PC is somehow against free speech. I want to change the fiailed message coming from the Democrats and counter the hate, mis-information, and constant harrange from the other side with simple facts, a sense of our history, and remind everyone that all we need to know and act on was clearly given to us in Christ's Sermon on the Mount. In essence most of us want the same things, we just have different ideas of how we can get there. 

I can’t stand politics or politicians!

 

I made the choice to work at smaller companies most of my life because there was less politics. To me politics is simply a way for people to point fingers and cover up their own incompetence.

 

 

I do not function well in that environment. For those who know me, have worked with me through the years, I have created a “brand.” Always trying to exceed expectations. 

— May 18, 2018 Gerald Plummer

 

Why is government so expensive? Because it's so expensive to get into government. Or do a websearch of "Youtube gerald plummer" to find the site for more videos.

— May 18, 2018 Gerald Plummer

We can hack the current system that has failed us and will continue to fail us. Or websearch "Youtube gerald plummer" if it faiils to play in your browser.

Republican
Retired Urban Planner
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  • Fully-fund national security and state and local law enforcement while sealing our borders
  • Continue President Trump's economic agenda; reduce regulations on business, revise the tax code; renegotiate our treaties
  • Reorganize the V.A.
Profession:Retired Urban Planner (32 years of public service)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County and City Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) (19722008)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County Regional Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) — Appointed position (19722008)
Governors State University, Illinois M.S. in Urban Planning, City planning, including Constitutional Law and Economic Development (1978)
Wrote an initiative to repeal California's Top Two primary election system., Foundation to Stop Top 2 LLC (20172018)

Tom Palzer

Born, educated, and employed in Illinois, Tom Palzer graduated in the upper third of his high school class as Vice President of his senior class.  A U.S.A.F. veteran, Tom earned a B.A. and M.S. in urban planning while workin full-time and raising a family.  He worked for over 32 years as a long-range planner advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.  Tom has worked with over 30 state and federal agencies and many Fortune 500 companies.  He retired in 2008 as Deputy Director for Operations with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS).

Among his achievements, Tom provided the testimony in a case involving a disrimination suit against his hometown.  The judge in this Superior Court case applied Tom's testimony as a bases for finding on behalf of the city which was extremely please not having to pay $22M in damages.

Tom also wrote the initiative measure to repeal California's Top Two Open Primay Law.  As of this reading, it is in the signature gathering phase running though April 23, 2018.

 

  • California Republican Assembly (CRA)
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

Local, state and federal sources under the USDOT, CALTrans, and county and local transportation programs.  I would also include public-private transportation initiatives.  Our infrastructure is aging at a rapid pace and we must make repairs a top priority.  Things often get done in the private sector at a pace that public providers cannot achieve.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I believe that the most affordable health care can be achieved through competition among private health care providers; that minimal participation in and regulation of health care should involve the federal government.  I would protect Medicare.  I would fight any government requirement mandating health care.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Tom Palzer:

In 2016, I ran for the U.S. Senate proposing a moratorium on immigration until such time as we could determine who's hear already and what their status was/is.  Little has happen to slow the pace of immigrants entering our country and deportation has not kept up with the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S.  I would support a policy that provides limits on immigration per year, provide a period for immigrants to obtain citizenship within 6 months, accept DACA, and expedite deportation.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I would not support SB1263. a bill banning small water agencies.  I would support AB2594 proposing the capturing of stormwater for a variety of uses.

The State needs a plan to identify and prioritize water resource management.  While expensive, the State needs to determine where deslination is possible and enourage the constrution of desalination plants strategically located throughout the State.  Hydro-electric power should be encouraged.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I'm extremely concerned that some parents, school districts, and cities have lowered the bar in terms of what is acceptable behavior.  Extremes include liberal judges and administrators offering 'free zones' that coddle students rather than helping them face the realities of life and Common Core offering American History as an 'option.'  There's been a significant up-tick in liberal educational facilities and teachers and professors teaching only one side of an issue or ideology.  We should be demanding much, much more from our educators and not being afraid of firing educators who cannot pass their own courses.  Social media and fake news has evolved to the point that filters are needed to enjoin these providers in 'reporting' the news rather than 'making' the news.  Many people are given an entirely different and biased view of news that have illicited unlawful behavior.  

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I'm a constitutional conservative Republican having grown up in a Republican household.  I believe in the rule-of-law, traditional marriage, the Second Amendment, and oppose abortion -  I am pro-life.

I look at my home State as one falling behind in education (43rd of 50 states), number of welfare recipients, homeless, and unattended water resource and water quality needs.  The State is frought with corruption with the governor's office leading the way with ultra-left programs, including a plethora of taxes.  I believe the best governement is the one that promotes local, grass toots government to ensure public awareness and input in decision-making.  

I believe that the Constitution should be applied, not interpreted beyond the framers' intentions.  Less government.

by:  Tom Palzer

       Candidate for U.S. Senate

CALIFORNIA'S PRIMARY ELECTION SYSTEM IS FLAWED

Summary

The paper describes the current and proposed primary election sytem.  It describes initiative measure 17-0020, an initiative to repeal the Top Two law.

 

    April 11, 2018

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA’S PRIMARY ELECTION SYSTEM IS FLAWED

 

 

 

Our system of selecting our representatives is broken in California.  In 2011, the State enacted the Top Two Open Primary System.  The Top Two impacts congressional and state elective offices.  It allows only the top two vote recipients to move onto the general election.  In 2016, 34 candidates competed for the U.S. Senate in California.  Because of the Top Two, only the top two vote recipients moved on and they were members of the same political party.  Thus, 5 political parties and 32 candidates were dropped after the primary election. 

 

 

 

Proponents of the Top Two claimed that it would provide for more ‘moderate’ or ‘centrist’ candidates from which to choose in the primary election.  In the 3 elections held since 2010, when the Top Two legislation was adopted, more ‘liberal’ incumbents retained their seats and more ‘liberal’ candidates won the plurality of their races.¹

 

 

 

In August of 2017, I filed an initiative measure (17-0020)² to repeal the State’s Top Two law with the Secretary of State.  The initiative is currently in the signature gathering phase.  It’s intent if to remove the language of Proposition 14 that created the Top Two from the State’s Constitution.   Because it is a Constitutional Amendment, a minimum of 585,407 signatures is necessary to place the initiative on the primary election ballot.  The last day to sign a petition to repeal the Top Two is April 23, 2018.

 

 

 

If approved by the voters in November of 2018, the primary election system would be changed to allow the top vote recipient of each Party to appear on the general election ballot.  This is representative government as opposed to ‘manufactured’ government under the Top Two Law.

 

 

 

by:  Tom Palzer

 

        U.S. Senate Candidate

 

        Committee to Elect Tom Palzer U.S. Senate

 

        P.O Box 2413

 

        Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729

 

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¹Ballotpedia

 

² Secretary of State filing dated August 23, 2017.

 

Republican
Chief Financial Officer
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  • Health Care Reform, Ready to introduce the solution to the healthcare crisis in America. Over 30 years developing the “Best in Class” domestic and international health plans that reduce costs, increase quality of care for patients.
  • Decrease Taxes for every American. Our Taxation without representation has distinct similarities of the American Revolutionary War. I will dig deep to decrease taxation for all Americans
  • Less Government Less Regulations. Over the past 20 years our gov't has grown beyond sanity leaving the citizens behind. I will put the voters and citizens first.
Profession:Chief Financial Officer Co-COO in the Healthcare
CFO Co-COO, EmpathaCM LLC (2017current)
President CEO, Healh Alliance Corporatio (20152016)
Vice President Strategic Management, Reny Company (20112015)
AT2 Aviation Crew SAR,LE,Fishery Patrols, United States Coast Guard (19811986)
University of California Irvine Predictive Analytics Certification, Computer Science Practicum of Big Data Analytics to analyze past behaviors in predictions of future performance (current)
Saddleback College A.A., Health Information Technology (current)
National University MBA Financial Management, Financial Management overseeing domestic and international operations (1990)
National University MBA International Business, International Business, studied 25 countries on Political, Banking/Finance, Culteral, Religion Foriegn Policies (1990)
National University B.A., Business Administration emphasis Marketing. (1988)
Advisor, Employer Fraud Task Force (20122016)
Board Advisor, Easter Seals Society (19871990)
  • Proven executive international leadership
  • Veteran Patriot that has successfully united parties under a common goal
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Constitutionalist
  • Seasoned Senior Executive
  • National Speaker
  • Experienced International Executive in South America, North America, Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe

 

International leader with 30 plus years’ experience in senior management roles for technology and service entities within the healthcare, insurance, including but not limited to physician groups, hospital, insurance, mergers/acquisitions and national speaker on developing technologies and practices within healthcare, insurance, and fraud prevention. Extensive experience within governmental and commercial programs in evaluation and design of normalization design to meet market demands. Experienced in Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse which is the branch of data mining concerned with the prediction of future probabilities and trends.

 

Served in the United States Coast Guard conducting search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement, fisher patrols in Hawaii and the South East United States.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

Propose to remove from the Highway Trust Fund programs that should not be the business of the federal government. More than a quarter of the Fund’s spending is diverted from its original purpose. One fifth of its funds are spent on mass transit, an inherently local affair that serves only a small portion of the population, concentrated in six big cities. Additional funds are used for bike-share programs, sidewalks, recreational trails, landscaping, and historical renovations. Other beneficiaries of highway money are ferry boats, the federal lands access program, scenic byways, and education initiatives.  These worthwhile enterprises should be funded through other sources.  

Propose to phase out the federal transit program and reform provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act which can delay and drive up costs for transportation projects. We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for the benefit of unions. Recognizing that, over time, additional revenue will be needed to expand the carrying capacity of roads and bridges, we will remove legal roadblocks to public-private partnership agreements that can save the taxpayers’ money and bring outside investment to meet a community’s needs. With most of the states increasing their own funding for transportation, we oppose a further increase in the federal gas tax.

Our nation’s interstate electric transmission system has long been a catalyst for developing and delivering low cost energy while spurring economic growth throughout the United States The grid is aging, vulnerable to cyber and terrorist threats, and unprepared to serve our energy needs of tomorrow. It should not take seven to ten years to plan and construct a transmission line. We support expedited siting processes and the thoughtful expansion of the grid so that consumers and businesses continue to have access to affordable and reliable electricity. 

Amtrak is an extremely expensive railroad for the American taxpayers, who must subsidize every ticket. The federal government should allow private ventures to provide passenger service in the northeast corridor. The same holds true with regard to high-speed and intercity rail across the country.  We reaffirm our intention to end federal support for boondoggles like California’s high-speed train to nowhere.

 

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

Having served in the healthcare industry for the last 30 years, I can speak with a high degree of confidence that the best programs for all Americans will be the expansion of Medicare with revisions to include:

 

1.  expansion for all age groups

 

2.  Multi-tiered levels of care with commensurate deductibles and co-pays

 

3.  Additional supportive programs for the elderly

 

4.  Continued development of Private Patient Electronic Health Information technology (PHI) HIPPA compliant shared among medical providers to decrease redundant testing and forms for continuity of care and cost reduction

 

5.  Ongoing cost reduction of Pharma

 

6.  Reduction of FDA "Red Tape" to drive pharma costs down, end extended ramp periods for inflated costs

 

7.  Adoption and incorporation of Medical Futuristic therapies and technologies to increase quality of life while retiring un-needed out dated and costly services out

 

8.  Many more....

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

We are faced with immigration issues in California and ever state has their own yet similar challenges.  These issues and challenges must be addressed but the rule of law must be enforced as stated above.  The current issue facing California is SB-54 (Sanctuary State) which has violated the Supremacy Clause of both the California and the US Constitution protecting Illegal and Criminal Illegal immigrants while criminalizing any entity working with federal authorities.  SB-54 must be repealed to restore the rule of law.

 

America’s immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States, and the interests of American workers must be protected over the claims of foreign nationals seeking the same jobs. With all our fellow citizens, I have watched, in anger and disgust, the mocking of our immigration laws by a president who made himself superior to the will of the nation. I stand with the victims of his policies, especially the families of murdered innocents. Illegal immigration endangers everyone, exploits the taxpayers, and insults all who aspire to enter America legally. I oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law, have disadvantaged those who have obeyed America’s immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States.  The executive amnesties of 2012 and 2014 are a direct violation of federal law and usurp the powers of Congress as outlined in Article I of the Constitution. These unlawful amnesties must be immediately rescinded by a Republican president. In a time of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified individuals in this country poses grave risks to the safety and sovereignty of the United States. Our highest priority, therefore, must be to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws.  That is why I support building a wall along our southern border and protecting all ports of entry. The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. I insist upon workplace enforcement of verification systems so that more jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees must be made mandatory nationwide. I reaffirm our endorsement of the SAVE program Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements to ensure that public funds are not given to persons not legally present in this country. I demand tough penalties against those who engage in identity theft, deal in fraudulent documents, and traffic in human beings.  The Department of Homeland Security must use its authority to keep dangerous aliens off our streets and to expedite expulsion of criminal aliens. Gang membership should be a deportable offense. Any previously deported illegal alien who continues to show a lack of respect for our borders and rule of law must be penalized.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

Complete the California State Water Project and build new water storage, above and below ground. We need to build Sites Reservoir, Temperance Flat and raise Shasta Dam is one of the many proposed plans which makes sense.  We have plenty of water available and must utilize the most cost effective and efficient technology.

Support and secure implementation of is the WIIN Act as well as explore furhter the GROW Act

Desalination or desalinization is a process that removes minerals from saline water. More generally, desalination may also refer to the removal of salts and minerals, as in soil desalination, which also happens to be a major issue for agricultural production.

 


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/political-notebook/article208591724.html#storylink=cpy

 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

Civility is an important ideal in the American tradition. And while we are amid a crisis threatening the livelihood of that ideal, there are plenty of ideas and tactics we can employ to restore it. It begins by practicing a basic concept: Look in the mirror instead of pointing the finger.

 

In my experience, something magic happens when we look at each other and keep the best versions of ourselves and others in our eyes.

 

We can adopt programs that have seen great results such as in Maine, “Make Shift Coffee House” an event that moves from community to community where people with opposing political views can meet, learn from each other and have some good coffee.  Arizona’s, the National Institute for Civil Discourse has launched a “Revive Civility” campaign, which empowers groups and individuals to become “Citizens for Reviving Civility.” The program offers guidance, resources and tools to help people combat incivility in their communities.

 

In the end, the most important thing you can do is listen to and understand the people with opposing viewpoints, instead of debating them, judging them and trying to force them to have a different opinion.

 

“When people take time for reflection versus reaction, and when they truly take the time to listen to someone else’s point of view, they have a valuable new experience.  On the basis of that new experience people are often willing to take the next step to tackle harder issues. It’s very, very inspiring to see this happen.

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  • Revamp the immigration system to serve California's needs so that there are candidates available for every job that needs to be filled.
  • Lower the cost of health care, especially medicines, so that everyone can benefit from life-extending advances.
  • Vocational training in jobs that can only be done here, and not outsourced to foreign countries, should be emphasized.
Profession:Businessman/Land developer
UNESCO, University Le Franc, Conalmex Anahuac, Instituto Patria UNAM. Doctor Honoris Causa International Business Embassador; Business Administration, Accounting, Bachelors, Physics and Math, Physics and Mathematics (current)
1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

I would support any and all methods, including triple tax free bonds, any combination of tax free bonds and user fees. We have to make it more attractive for investors to commit funds to improve infrastructure thereby creating jobs and growing the economy.  Tax breaks on bonds are one solution.  Finding innovative ways for equity investors to profit from an infrastructure investment in the same manner as in profit-making enterprise is another.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We need comprehensive health care reform that balances the need of health care with the cost of providing the same. The single most important key to staying healthy is regular visits to a physician. To overcome the present shortage, I would make medical school free providing that graduates spend 5-10 years in their local communities providing free care for a modest salary. The cost of the most popular medications must be dramatically reduced so that all who need them can afford to have them even if they lack insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

We need comprehensive immigration reform that UNITES and not divides FAMILIES and that recognizes undocumented workers to be assets rather than liabilities. It isn't logical to suggest that we can deport 13 million plus immigrants anymore than it is logical to suggest that we cannot deport the small percentage who have committed felonies. We most create a more intelligent effective and efficient on welcoming immigrants to our borders. California should lead on this issue. We need to create a more logical path for citizenship so our families are united and our economies grow. Doing nothing is the worse option, we most act on this immediately.

 

 

 

 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

We need to secure and expand all water sources. California needs to import water from near by states to increase supply line. We need reservoirs and more undergrown storage. California cannot grow without water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

Civility must be made into a civic virtue. It has to be accomplished by education, by the community and by the media. We must respect and be kinder to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Stop the 5G and Internet of Things Roll Out Due To Clear Evidence of Wireless Radiation Health Effects (www.Bioinitiative.org)
  • Hold Accountable the Wireless Companies, CTIA (Their Lobby Group), Industry Captured FCC and Senator Thune for the suffering, disease, and death as a result of wireless radiation exposure (www.saferEMR.com and Google: FCC Captured Agency Harvard).
  • Support a robust economy with a massive expansion of Freeways, Light Rail and Roads. Fight for children's right for a Quality Education with highly qualified teachers. Push for more funding for police officers to patrol our neighborhoods.
Profession:Whistleblower Re:Wireless Radiation Health Effects

I'm a life long Republican.

I have Masters Degree from UCLA and B.A. in Business and Economics with a minor in Government Law from Lafayette College.

My full time vocation is Whistleblower Regarding Wireless Radiation Health Effects

 

Vote for Kevin Mottus, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate (http://www.KevinForSenate2018.com). I will protect the constitutional rights of every Californian beginning with the fight to stop the rollout of the new wireless technology 5G and the Internet of Things which will require and force a cell tower transmitter in front of every 2-12 homes emitting high density, high frequency wireless microwave Radio Frequency radiation (24Ghz – 90Ghz) without your notification, without your permission, without you having any say, and with no legal way for you to stop it.

 

5G and IoT violates our most basic rights as Americans. 5G is a Federal impingement on our local property owner’s rights. It violates our rights to privacy as these transmitters are designed to collect information about what happens in your home to be sold to the highest bidder. 5G violates our right to protect our families and loved ones as we have CLEAR EVIDENCE that wireless radiation can cause Cancer, DNA Damage, Neurological Disorders, Immune System Dysfunction and Damage Human Fertility ($25 million U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Toxicology Program study).

 

Released last week a very large Ramazzini Institute study, Confirmed the results of the NTP study that wireless can cause cancer below our current FCC safety guidelines at levels 60-1500 times lower than levels tested in the NTP study. Importantly this study was designed to look at cell tower radiation exposures. See my website for additional studies you can download and expert medical doctor and scientist testimonies regarding the Dangers of 5G.

 

Studies have shown for decades that RF Radiation has sub-thermal biological effects below our current FCC guidelines (google: Naval Medical Research Institute 1972).

 

5G violates our most basic civil and human rights and needs to be stopped (180 medical doctors and scientists demand a moratorium on 5G). If you have symptoms of microwave sickness: headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, heart palpitations, tingling in extremities, body aches, nosebleeds, difficulty sleeping etc. when you are near wireless transmitters please contact us. If you would like to become involved in pushing back against the rollout of 5G and Internet of Things contact us at 5GisHarmful@gmail.com.

 

The wireless companies, CTIA their lobby group, industry captured FCC, Senator Thune must be held responsible for the suffering, disease, and death they have already caused as a result of wireless radiation exposure (Google: FCC Captured Agency Harvard).

 

In addition, I will fight for your right to be able to Get To Work and support a robust economy with a massive expansion of Freeways, Light Rail and Roads. I will fight for your child’s right to a Quality Education ensuring that our most highly trained and qualified Californians lead our classrooms. I will fight for more funding for police officers to patrol our neighborhoods and get back to Neighborhood Policing.

 

I swear to protect the health, wellbeing and prosperity of every Californian.

VOTE FOR KEVIN MOTTUS FOR U.S. SENATE

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  • Restore God-given right to life for all human beings from conception until natural death.
  • Defend Constitutionally guaranteed rights that are under attack, including free speech, liberty of conscience, and right to bear arms.
  • Support balanced budget amendment, restore fiscal accountability, foster strong economic opportunities through deregulation.
Profession:Bus Driver
bus driver / transportation coordinator, Forest Lake Christian School, Auburn CA (2006current)
public transit bus driver, County of Nevada, Nevada City CA (2006current)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Kankakee IL (20042006)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Fairfax & Prince William Counties VA (20022004)
city letter carrier, U.S. Postal Service, Falls Church VA (19942002)
U.S. Army Wheeled Vehicle Operator School certificate, tractor-trailer operation (1997)
U.S. Army Ordnance Officer Basic Course certificate, U.S. Army ordnance / maintenance system (1992)
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Officer Candidate School certificate, Army officer training (1990)
Valley Forge Christian College teaching (1985)
U.S. Navy Storekeeper Class "A" School certificate, U.S. Navy supply system (1978)
Royal Rangers assistant, Christ Chapel, Woodbridge VA (19941996)
Sunday school teacher, Grace Assembly of God, Spring City PA (19831984)
soccer & basketball coach, Tidewater Christian Academy, Norfolk VA (19811981)
soccer coach, Boys Club, Norfolk VA (19801980)

I'm 57 years old. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and have lived in Virginia, Illinois, and California. My wife, Rodli, and I have been married for 36 years. We have six children and six grandchildren. I'm a veteran of the Navy and of the Army National Guard. My civilian work experience includes: warehouse worker, private security guard, public library assistant, delivery driver, postal service letter carrier, and bus driver. I have been a bus driver for 16 years and a California resident for 12 years.

I have set the following goals to help me become better qualified to be a candidate for United States Senate:

1) Memorize the United States Constitution.

2) Follow the Congressional Record, especially the Senate Record.

3) Familiarize myself with the United States Senate Rules of Order.

4) Communicate effectively and respond compassionately to the needs and concerns of the people of California.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Remove programs from the Highway Trust Fund that are not federal in nature or fail to reduce congestion, enhance mobility, or improve safety in cost-effective ways.

Reform the federal role in transit funding. Phase out the federal transit program and its funding over a five-year period, thus refocusing the Highway Trust Fund on its core mission and restoring the integrity of the “user pays, user benefits” model.

Reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to streamline the environmental review process and accelerate transportation and infrastructure projects, generating cost savings.

Identify and appropriately address federal barriers to the use of public-private partnership (PPP or P3) agreements. Public-private partnerships can increase efficiency, lower taxpayer risk, and spur private investment in infrastructure projects.

Limit Highway Trust Fund spending to available revenue. Instead of hiking taxes to fund new federal spending, Congress should eliminate diversions out of the HTF to focus existing funding on the core mission of the federal highway program. 

Defund the Obama Administration’s livability program, which is meant to “coerce people out of their cars,” according to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Livability programs are politically driven and mark federal government over-reach into the lives of citizens.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Medicaid is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides a right to health care for low-income people. Medicare is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides health care for senior citizens.

Universal government-sponsored health care is neither economically feasible nor ethically sound. I agree with what Ronald Reagan said: "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine," and once socialized medicine is instituted, "behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom."

In the United Kingdom, where universal government-sponsored health care has been instituted, the right of parents to determine whether their own child will be allowed to live or die has already been taken away in the case of Charlie Gard, and is about to be repeated in the case of Alfie Evans unless compassionate legal intervention occurs.

 

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

I supported President Trump’s immigration policy that was rejected by the Senate in February, because it strengthened border security, dealt compassionately with illegal immigrants brought to this country as children, ended extended-family chain migration by limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children, and eliminated the Visa Lottery which is a national security threat. I believe that further compromise on illegal immigration will only perpetuate the crisis we are facing. I believe that any unnecessarily harsh measures that must be used to end our illegal immigration crisis must be blamed on Senators who are unwilling to accept this sound and reasonable immigration policy.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

No answer provided.
5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.

I will promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. I will work to promote and pass a Constitutional amendment acknowledging that human life begins at conception, thus restoring the God-given right to life for every human being in our nation. I will give this matter the highest priority, and encourage every other elected official to do the same until it comes to pass.

Abortion

Summary

Abortion-on-demand is a crime against humanity that must be ended.

In the last 45 years over 60 million innocent, defenseless human beings who have no ability to speak for themselves have been slaughtered in this country. This is a crime against humanity. This is an atrocity of the same magnitude as the American slave trade or the Nazi holocaust. Thousands more will be killed today, and tomorrow, and every day until we put a stop to it.

If there’s no Creator who has given us unalienable rights as human beings, and if there’s no Judge to Whom we’re ultimately accountable for our actions as individuals and as nations, then we have no real grounds for defending the right to life or any other human right. But if there is such a Creator and Judge, I believe we ought to be trembling right now because of the just punishment that awaits our nation if we don’t rise up and put an end to this atrocity that has already saturated our land with the blood of the innocents.

To bring an end to this slaughter a law must be passed defining that human life begins when human parents conceive human offspring. To permanently protect the innocent and defenseless from future threats of slaughter there must be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making the same definition.

I recommend that every American who desires to protect these innocent and defenseless victims who cannot speak for themselves should write, e-mail, and call their Senators and Representatives in Washington respectfully but firmly demanding an end to the slaughter. Here's a suggested letter:
"Dear Senator or Congressman _______ :
Please end the destruction of innocent, defenseless human beings that is taking place in this country. Please sponsor legislation defining that human life begins at conception. Thank you."
You can find the contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representative at this link: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

"Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are appointed to destruction." (Proverbs 31:8)
"Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! (Proverbs 24:11)

Many women experiencing a crisis pregnancy have been pressured to have an abortion. If you are being pressured to have an abortion, please consider the following link for counseling and assistance: 
http://www.theunchoice.com/pregnancyhelp.htm.
If you have already had an abortion and are suffering post-abortion trauma, please consider the following link for help and healing:
http://afterabortion.org/help-healing/.

Thank you and God bless you.

Economic Policy

Summary

The free-market economy that has made our nation thrive must be preserved and strengthened.

One of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution is to “promote the general welfare.” A key aspect of promoting the general welfare of the American people must be to enact government economic policies that will enable us to prosper. From the beginning of our nation, we have had a free-market economy. According to one definition, a free market is an idealized system in which the prices for goods and services are determined by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority.

I believe the following discerning statements quoted from Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt [pages 191-211] are instructive for good government economic policy.

“Economics is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.”
“…when we study the effects of various proposals, not merely on special groups in the short run, but on all groups in the long run, the conclusions we arrive at usually correspond with those of unsophisticated common sense.”
“There is no more certain way to deter employment than to harass and penalize employers. There is no more certain way to keep wages low than to destroy every incentive to investment in new and more efficient machines and equipment.”
“…[increased] taxation has not brought revenues to keep pace with ever more reckless government spending and schemes for redistributing wealth. The result has been to bring chronic and growing government budget deficits, and therefore chronic and mounting inflation.”
“[Many] politicians continue to ignore the necessity of profits,…to denounce unusual profits anywhere, to tax them excessively, and sometimes even to deplore the very existence of profits.”
“More and more people are becoming aware that government has nothing to give them without first taking it away from somebody else—or from themselves.”
“There is a real promise that public policy may be reversed before the damage from existing measures and trends has become irreparable.”

I believe that our government has an essential responsibility of making provision for the poor. Such provision must be made, however, not by penalizing productivity and profits, but by encouraging and rewarding them. Government economic policies that enable individuals, businesses, and corporations to thrive and prosper will promote national wealth and increase the resources from which the poor may be provided, both through private charity programs and public welfare programs. The wealth from which the poor will be provided must be produced—it does not appear out of thin air. Government cannot produce wealth—it can only manage wealth with which it is entrusted through tax revenues.

If I am elected to the United States Senate, I will promote and vote for economic policies that give incentives for productivity and profits, because I believe this is the most effective way to fulfill the Constitutional mandate to “promote the general welfare.” There will no doubt always be some, both rich and poor, who abuse the system by taking as much as they can while giving as little as possible. But this can never be remedied by punishing the vast majority of honorable citizens through economic policies that hinder the general welfare rather than promoting it.

Foundation of Liberty

Summary

Our American liberties are the result of the faith of our fathers.

I believe it is a mistaken and dangerous notion that our American liberties can rest on any other than a moral foundation. This was the belief of the founders of our nation.
Two days after the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774, they began the practice of beginning each day’s session with prayer, a practice that carried over to the United States Congress and has continued to this day. Here is the first prayer of the Continental Congress (offered by Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania):
“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of lords: who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, upon these our American states, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee.
To thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to thee do they now look up, for that countenance and support which thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council, valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the counsels of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, our Savior. Amen.”
The Declaration of Independence, signed by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in 1776, begins with these words:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
and ends with these words:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The Constitution of the United States was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 
Article 6 prohibits religious discrimination in the qualification for any public office:
“… no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Article 7 acknowledges that our civil calendar is dated from the birth of Jesus Christ:
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…”
The First Amendment to the Constitution places two specific restrictions on Congress in regard to religious liberty:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
There was a compelling reason why the people demanded a Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution. The liberties addressed in these first ten amendments had been denied to them or their ancestors over the course of the preceding centuries. And there was a very specific reason why the First Amendment begins with the issue of religious liberty. Many of the inhabitants of the colonies, or their ancestors, had fled to America to escape religious persecution. Many in England (and other countries) had been imprisoned and even put to death simply because they belonged to the “wrong” church or worshiped in a manner that was not approved by the state. 
The intent of the founding fathers in regard to religious liberty, as clearly seen in the First Amendment, was to prevent the state from dictating compulsory religious observance, and to protect the free exercise of religion. The founders of our nation were strongly against religious persecution and religious discrimination. But they were strongly for religion and morality.
Here are a few representative statements of the founders:
John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
Benjamin Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Samuel Adams: “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties.” 
Our founding fathers believed in a higher law to which men and nations are accountable. They appealed to the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God. They held certain truths to be self-evident; in particular, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. They appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions. And they proceeded with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence to secure our cherished liberties. It befits us to acknowledge and appreciate the faith and courage of our fathers that have secured for us these liberties.
George Washington proclaimed: “…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…”
Our American liberties rest on the God who alone has the unchallenged authority to grant them. If there is a living God who is our Creator and Judge, and we choose not to acknowledge Him or give thanks, then we will proceed at our own peril to build on a false foundation that cannot sustain the liberties with which we have been entrusted.

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West Coast Coordinator International Action Center
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  • Immediately declare a state of emergency in Black and Brown neighborhoods to address police murder with the initial step of ceasing the use of deadly force by police in communities where a majority of residents are Black or Latinx.
  • Call for an immediate cessation of U.S. wars and proxy wars and divert the funding to vital social programs and for use in programs to reverse environmental damage.
  • Institute a referendum calling for the conversion of privately owned vital industry into public ownership
Profession:West Coast Coordinator International Action Center
West Coast Editor, Workers World Newspaper (2004current)
Council Member, South Central Neighborhood Council — Elected position (20152015)
President, Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council — Elected position (20112012)
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1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Forbes Magazine of February 2017 estimated that by 2053 the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will have cost 12 trillion dollars. That doesn't even mention the current monies being spent for the U.S. proxy war in Syria or the wars in Yemen and elsewhere waged by the U.S. Financing for roads and all decaying infrastructure can easily be paid with the use of those funds now going to kill for the financial and industrial monopolies that run this country. Which is why my priority would be to immediately end U.S. wars and proxy wars.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Single payer health care is a first step. The for-profit health care system in the U.S. serves only the for-profit health care industry and pharmaceutical companies that facilitate death and hold all of us hostage with their prices based on the maximization of profits, not cost of production. We need to end the privatization of the pharmaceutical industry and immediately begin supplying the necessary medicine to those in need.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Immigration must be understood in the context of U.S. imperialist wars. The current worldwide refugee crisis is a direct result of the U.S. war on Iraq, Libya and Syria. Most of the migration from Mexico and Central and South America is due to both economic and military wars waged by the U.S. against these regions, forcing workers to come over the border risking life and faced with constant terror of being deported. Migrants in this country contribute to the vast wealth of this country without benefit of social security or pensions, yet they pay taxes. Any policy must first take this into account. And, instead of making the lives of migrants worse, perhaps reparations should be due for the destablization of countries like, most recently Honduras. Any border control policies should be humane and more closely resemble the policies of those countries following humane policies as established by international norm. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

Like many problems, agribusiness and the decisions of growers do not reflect the sanity or needs of society but rather their need to maximize profits under this capitalist system. Their requirements and water usage could be greatly reduced if decisions on where crops are grown and the priorities of society were not left up to those who do not have society's needs as their concerns. Any solutions that do not help take control of the means of production, and that includes agricultural production, away from the private control of financial and industrial monopolists is inadequate and counterproductive. We need to make sure that crops requiring the most water do not get grown in the desert. We must ensure that decisions about water usage are not interfered with by the ownership of lands by, for example, Saudi Arabia. The solutions to drought must be analyzed by those whose interests are not inflluenced by profit.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from John Thompson Parker:

With a president who is proud to be a white supremacist, he dangerously encourages the worst ideologies of racism. And, hate crimes and murder against the Black trans community, the increased police killings of Black and Brown people every few hours is just one of the results. Racism and the ideology of white supremacy and fascism should be smashed. These are ideologies that attempt to weaken the unity of working and poor people. Our united struggle and solidarity with each other's struggles are key to our liberation from capitalism.

Why I am Running

Summary

How a revolutionary uses the electoral struggle.

I’m not running to legitimize this system or the election process or give any false hopes that being in office allows you to change anything. Change takes the power of the peoples movement independent of the influences of the ruling class. And, in order to stay in office you have to play to the tune of the ruling class because it’s their structure and their laws. They prohibit any revolutionary changes that make a real difference in the progress of society. However, just in case I do get elected I can, as any politicians who say they are progressive can, use the amplified voice I would have to expose, expose, expose - not only the influence of the financial and industrial monopolies who run the politicians, but the war crimes, crimes against humanity and against our class both here and abroad. For example, I’d expose the fact that 8 million people from Yemen are expected to starve to death directly because of the U.S. war in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, while every few hours Black and Brown people are murdered by racist genocidal police who should be jailed immediately along with the police chiefs who enable them. And, I'd expose the real reason jobs and livable wages are being kept from us and the simple solutions to these problems that are not allowed by the banks and corporations. In other words, I’d use that position to motivate the movement to take over the reins of power.

I’d probably be able to do that for a very limited amount of time – but it is the only thing I should be doing. Stopping global warming, endless wars by the police, ICE and pentagon, and stopping racist, sexist and homophobic violence all begins by exposing the forces that allow them to continue and empowering the people to act outside of the boundaries of what’s acceptable. It’s the only thing these so-called progressive politicians should be doing in office – but instead they are enabling and encouraging compliance with this system.

For instance, here’s an example of what could be done. Perhaps my first day in office could be to start the groundwork amongst grassroots and progressive organizations on the left to work on mobilizing an occupation of the White House that was sustainable and could last for months. After the groundwork was laid maybe I’d call a press conference to the 100’s of millions my voice could reach from that platform and make a public call for the occupation. That would probably be my last day in office but that short time in office and the grassroots organizing I would have done would make a greater contribution to our struggle than any of these enabling politicians in office today, whether they be in office for 10 or 1000 years. And, who knows – depending on the state of the movement in the streets maybe I’d be able to stay a little while longer. That’s just one for instance, there’s many more.

In thinking about any electoral struggle, it’s important to understand that the executive and legislative branches of government have been rigged to ensure the status quo since the late 1800’s. That’s when the money of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Mellons and Morgans, to name a few, locked up the system with the enormous profits they gained from cotton production – in other words slavery. Over 90% of the time whomever the majority of the largest financial and industrial monopolists favored with their donations won. Even in this election of Trump where he was supposedly outspent (not if you count the free media he got), the ruling class could have used the electoral college any way they wanted to change results - but I think they liked those promised tax cuts. Likewise in history, the electoral collage was used for that purpose, and was also used to help end Reconstruction.

The electoral struggle has to be used as a means to a revolutionary end - not in a way which enables acceptance of this unacceptable system of capitalism. The electoral struggle should not be a struggle for a career, it should be seen as one of the many tools that can be used to expose and abolish capitalism, not enable it. The measure of my success is not winning the office of senator, if that could happen – and I guess in an infinite universe, anything that can happen, will - then so be it. But, I’m not running for that purpose, I’m running to win our future. I’m running to quicken the pace of the revolutionary process liberating humanity from exploitation, oppression, poverty and war. I need your vote to do that. Let’s show others that our numbers are large and the revolutionary waters are warm, so they will feel compelled to come on in and start swimming.

 

Whatever we do, we can’t continue to accept and enable the unacceptable.

Debate in Chico, CA — May 8, 2018 John Parker

A debate was held by Our Revolution inviting Senate candidates to participate, which I did.

Democratic
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  • End Citizens United and Get Corporate Money Out of Politics!
  • Pass Single-Payer Healthcare that covers all U.S. residents!
  • Enact a living wage, starting at $15 an hour, tied to the Consumer Price Index.
Profession:Legislative Analyst - State of California
Legislative Analyst/Policy Analyst, State of California (2008current)
Sacramento State University Bachelors Degree, Government (2008)

David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist running to represent the residents of the State of California in the U.S. Senate. The son of a union carpenter, and a past member of a union himself, he knows the value of protecting the working class.

David graduated from CSU Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He volunteered for Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign, and eventually became the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District. It was during this time that he saw the true power of a grassroots campaign, run by the people and for the people.

After the primary, he felt compelled to stay involved and continue the fight for a better future. David helped out with a local school board campaign, and canvassed for healthcare, including the California single-payer bill, SB 562. After serious consideration, and seeing the toxicity of corporate money in political elections, David decided that he would start a U.S. Senate campaign to represent the working people of California.

David will defend California against a Congress and Presidency determined to cut the social, economic, and environmental programs that American workers rely on, and ensure that the government is turned back over to the people, its rightful owners.

David has worked as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California for over 6 years. He currently lives in Sacramento, with his partner Rachelanne, and their two dogs, Clyde and Aurora.

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David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Much like FDR's New Deal, David firmly believes that shoring up the working class will allow everyone to succeed. We have seen the benefits of social programs that help the wrking class in the past, unfortunately, we have let those programs fall by the wayside, instead experimenting with privatization on many fronts, and embracing trickle-down economics.

The experiment has failed. Privatization has led to market crashed, energy shortages, and the wholesale undermining of our children's education. It's time to reinstitute the policies that have a sound record of success. That means passing a tax plan where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share, and don't get away with paying nothing at all, while working Americans are burdened with the rising cost of housing, food, healthcare, and energy. That means education for all Americans, not based on their status or wealth.

For a society to remain successful and free, everyone must contribute. The working class has paid for corporations and the wealthy for far too long, and it is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. More of the same will only bring us more problems. Let's build a new, green energy powered infrastructure to replace the current system. Let's brig jobs, and training for those jobs to all Americans. Let's finally get representation for the people, and not corporations.

 

— April 16, 2018 David for California
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  • Universal health care
  • Ending gun violence
  • DACA and immigration reform
Profession:United States Seantor
United State Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993current)
Mayor, San Francisco — Elected position (19781988)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (19701978)
Stanford University Bachelors of Arts, History (1955)

Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Dianne has built a legacy of finding solutions to problems facing California and our nation. Her accomplishments include legislation increasing vehicle fuel economy standards; preserving the Mojave Desert, Lake Tahoe and our forests; consumer protection, food safety and cyber security; drought relief; securing funding for critical projects; and commonsense gun laws, including the landmark assault weapons ban.

In 2017, Senator Feinstein became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversees judicial nominations and its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. She also currently is a senior member of the Intelligence and Appropriations Committees.

Dianne’s career has been one of firsts – she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to be ranking member of the Committee. Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Dianne was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. As Mayor, Dianne managed the City’s finances with a firm hand, balancing nine budgets in a row. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.”

Today, she continues to work on critical issues and fight for the values we hold dear.

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