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LINDA'S PRIORITIES

 

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focus on improving our health care system

  • Move toward a single-payer system to cover all Americans
  • Work to expand access to primary care doctors in rural communities
  • Negotiate to lower the cost of prescription drugs for seniors
  • invest in comprehensive mental health and addiction recovery treatment
  • Address the contributing factors to illness -- poverty, food insecurity, lack of decent housing and social isolation
  • Support Planned Parenthood

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Support an economy that strengthens the middle class

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Invest in vocational training and trades apprenticeships so our young people can get ahead and stay ahead in the Southern Tier
  • Invest in the jobs of the 21st Century -- wind, solar, and geothermal to move toward energy independence and provide good paying jobs for working families
  • Eliminate tax loopholes for international companies and champion fair trade policies that support workers in NY-23

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HONOR the social contract

  • Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Champion quality education and college affordability

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cure the opioid crisis

  • Tightly control prescribing and dispensing of addictive pain medications
  • Educate health care providers and the public about addiction
  • Develop systems for tracking and prescribing pain medications after surgery
  • Prevent the influx of illegal drugs into the country
  • Look for the underlying causes of drug dependence

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Invest in upstate new york small businesses to spur job growth

  • Support a fair an balanced tax policy
  • Single payer will reduce the health care burden for small businesses and farmers
  • Repair and rebuild America's infrastructure (example: sea wall in Dunkirk)
  • Fight for a clean environment so that NY-23 can be the recreational capital of New York State
  • Protect vineyards and small family farms

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save our democracy

  • Reverse Citizens United
  • Stop the privatization of public institutions
  • Reinstitute the Voting Rights Act
  • Make Election Day a national holiday

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Address the issue of mass incarceration of people of color
  • Never privatize the prison system
  • Look at the structural underlying causes of incarceration
  • Eliminate solitary confinement
  • Eliminate the death penalty

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foreign policy

  • Eliminate the power of a single individual to effect a nuclear strike
  • Work toward worldwide de-nuclearization
  • Promote a policy of collaboration rather than isolation
  • Promote fundamental human rights
  • Refrain from the imperial impulse to dominate other nations
  • Assure territorial security
  • Assure economic security
  • Resolve that Congress prohibit the unilateral intervention of the US in foreign countries

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

  • Universal background checks - no loopholes
  • Eliminate assault rifles
  • Reverse the Dickey Amendment 
  • People charged and convicted of domestic violence should not have access to guns.

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IMMIGRATION

  • DACA immediate citizenship
  • Refugee status clearly defined
  • Keep families together
  • Plan for migrant workers