Women’s Issues

From the signing of our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 until 1920, American women had no voice in our nation.  As we approach the centennial of universal sufferage, we must recognize that there is still work to be done. American women make up slightly more than half of our population.  While most issues affect woman the same that they do men, there are areas …

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Israel

There can be lasting peace in the Middle East. Lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties. A Jewish state can peacefully share a border with a Palestinian state. Actions by the UN General Assembly and militancy by the Palestinian Authority have only gotten in the way of progress. To achieve peace, we must be prepared …

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Education

As a former high school teacher and a professor at Miami-Dade College, I know the importance of education. And I’ve also seen how our present education system is failing a lot of our children. The answer that the Republicans offer is cut funding, transfer needed tax dollars into charter schools, many of which are for-profit entities, and to bad-mouth teachers. …

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Environment

Everglades National Park

South Florida is almost Paradise.  We’re blessed with warm, year-round temperatures, a beautiful blue ocean to our east and the exotic ecology of the Everglades to our west.  Our location gives our residents unprecedented health, lifestyle, and recreational benefits.  We live in the most special ecosystem on Planet Earth. But our paradise is also fragile.  We sit on our drinking …

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Immigration

Immigration

Orderly immigration has been the foundation of American growth since its founding.  Since most illegal immigrants overstay their visas, building a wall on the Mexican border, at an estimated cost of $70 billion, is no way to handle the problem. I believe in a fair immigration plan that will allow DREAMERS to stay, that will not split families, and that …

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Healthcare

Healthcare Issues

For the first time, many Americans with existing conditions, like diabetes and heart disease, have been able to get and keep affordable medical care. Children have been able to stay on their parents plans until they’re 26. There are no lifetime caps for medical treatments. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect.  But the Republicans in Congress are obsessed with repeal, …

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LGBTQ

LGBTQ Issues in Miami Florida

Even before the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, our nation has had a long, tragic history of denigrating members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender communities.  Although the Supreme Court’s decision on constitutional Equal Protection grounds would appear to have settled the matter, there are still some on the Far Right who are intent on re-opening …

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Sea Level Rise

Rise in Sea Level Miami Florida

Sea level rise comes with climate change.  The Third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014, projected a sea level rise of 1 to 4 feet by 2100 if carbon emissions continue at their present rate. At that rate, much of District 27 would be several feet underwater, with high tides moving inland several miles. A national policy that encourages …

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Climate Change

Renewable Energy

Climate change is real and mankind is causing it.  Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century to today, about 200 years, we have burned carbon in the form of oil, gas, and coal that Nature took billions of years to lock away. The planet’s temperature is rising.  More carbon in our atmosphere also means that our …

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Veterans

Veteran Issues in Florida

We should do everything we can to support our men and women in the military service, both while they wear their uniforms and when they come home. Too many members of Congress see taking care of veterans as a burden, instead of what it truly is: our sacred duty and our honor.  The men and women who served during World …

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