[UPDATE] Daniel Clark for Congress

[UPDATE]: I am not endorsing Daniel Clark for Congress because of his behaviour. He continues to attack anyone and everyone who stood up to Trump by voting for Hillary Clinton last November. Thus, in an effort to take back the House from the Republicans I will be voting for Dave Loebsack.

Daniel Clark is running for Congress in Congressional District 2 as an independent. I asked him a few questions and here are those answers.

 

  • The average student-loan in 2014 was $28,950, representing a 56 percent increase from the 2004 average of $18,550. During that same decade, state funding for public colleges dropped from 62 percent to 51 percent. College is free in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, while in France, public universities are free for students from lower-income families, and those from higher-income families pay about $200 a year. What would you do or support to reduce the cost of going to college or make it tuition free as it is in many nations?
    • I support the Robinhood Tax and I would use that and legislation like it to help push free higher education.
  • The Republican-controlled Congress appears to be fighting for corporations, insurance companies, and for-profit hospitals in their effort to repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Repeal would mean that 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans with Medicare would see higher premiums and deductibles. Repeal would increase Medicare spending by $802 billion over the next ten years, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. Repeal would also take Medicaid away from nearly 17 million people. I am one of the Americans who benefit from the ACA because I live with a pre-existing condition, cystinosis. The disease is a rare orphan disease that causes the amino acid cystine to accumulate in the cells, and it slowly damages my organs including the kidneys, liver, thyroid, eyes, lungs muscles, and brain. Do you support keeping the ACA?
    • I support expanding the ACA into Single Payer Healthcare. We need Universal Healthcare, the ACA was a step in the right direction but we need more.
  • The ACA is a significant step forward, and we must fight to protect it. However, even with it one of my medications, Procysbi costs over $75,000 for a 30-day supply. That is just one medication not including the 24 other medications I am taking. What do you propose which would correct the errors in the ACA?
    • I would push and am raising awareness for HR676 Expand and Improve Medicare for All Act.
  • In 2017, many transgender and intersex individuals still do not have access to high-quality comprehensive health care. Even when transgender and intersex individuals do access health care they are often faced with harassment and discrimination. Some of the issues that transgender and intersex  individuals face  include but are not limited to the follow, physicians and medical staff refusing to identify the individual by  their preferred name and pronouns (for many individuals it is difficult and sometimes even impossible for transgender and intersex individuals to correct their government documents to reflect their identities because of the cost and in some states a confusing process), insurance companies (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and VA) refuse to cover gender conforming treatments including surgery, sometimes transgender and intersex individuals are even refused care by physicians and medical staff. What would you propose to correct these wrongs?
    • We could propose clinics specializing with LGBTQI with counseling offered as well.
  • Over eight in 10 (85 percent) LGBTQIA students experienced verbal harassment based on a personal characteristic, and nearly two thirds (66 percent) experienced LGBTQ-related discrimination at school (GLSEN School Climate Survey 2015). Most LGBTQ students report that they’ve heard homophobic remarks (56 percent) and negative remarks about gender expression (64 percent) from school staff (GLSEN School Climate Survey 2015). LGBTQ students who experienced high levels of anti-LGBTQ victimization were twice as likely to report they do not plan to pursue post-secondary education. Also, LGBTQ students who experienced high levels of anti-LGBTQ victimization and discrimination had lower GPAs, lower self-esteem and higher levels of depression (GLSEN School Climate Survey 2015). What would you do to protect LGBTQIA students? Federal Anti-discrimination law.
    • I think we should institute PFLAG and LGBT safe counselors and after school groups to always offer an escape for those who feel bullied in school. We also need anti-bullying legislation that would hold the school board and officials accountable.
  • In 20 states and DC prohibit in employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In two other states, they include sexual orientation but not gender identity. In 19 states and DC prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In two other states, they include sexual orientation but not gender identity. In 20 states and DC, they prohibit discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In two other states, the include sexual orientation but not gender identity. What will you do to ensure full federal civil rights for LGBTQIA individuals?
    • We need to expand that from 20 to 50. Simple as that.
  • Since 2013, there have been over 200 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week (https://everytownresearch.org/school-shootings/). Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that on an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns. What gun laws and or reforms do you support?
    • I support stricter gun laws on obtaining firearms. Stricter background checks and no one on the FBI watch list. Omar Mateen, for example, was on the FBI watch list and bought his gun legally, there was legislation that almost passed that would have prevented him from doing this.
  • Do you support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship?
    • 100%. No human is illegal.
  • Do you support the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TVDL (Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License), and UAFA (Uniting American Families Act)?
    • Yes to all of the above.
  • Do you support replacing the minimum wage with a “living wage”?
    • Of course, we need a living wage and it is disturbing that our government is more concerned protecting corporations over the people.
  • What is your stance on the Trans Pacific Partnership?
    • The TPP was a horrible deal that we were lucky to avoid.
  • Do you support “too-big-to-fail” legislation?
    • No, too big to fail legislation is why we are in this mess. Nothing is too big to fail.
  • Do you support a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act?
    • 100% I was ecstatic to see Tulsi [Gabbard] introduce this Bill.

 

 

 

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Life Update

Hello everyone,

It is time for a life update.

I have moved on to the University of Iowa. I am working on my BA in psychology and sociology (until I perhaps change that to a minor and finish it up later, perhaps). I do indeed live on campus. This is an interesting situation.

Here are the classes I am taking

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociological Theory

I am actually doing well in these classes. I personally cannot believe it because I think I talked myself down. Told myself that it was too hard for me to do. But I pushed through and focused on studying and doing the readings and at the moment I have a B in all of the classes.

Now, for my medical update. Well, this one is a bit more difficult. I have been okay, no life threatening updates. However, I have been to the Emergency department several times.

  1. I was there for a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. After they gave me IV meds it did go away.
  2. I had chest pain, shortness of breath, and nearly passed out walking up stairs
  3. I had chest pain, shortness of breath

Following up with my primary care physician to see what it was. I am diagnosing myself with dehydration at the moment.

Emotional state, oh my this is quite difficult. Since I moved here there has been several situations that have caused me to have difficulties. Thus, some medications were adjusted.

  1. My younger sister was hospitalized (has cystinosis as well), and was doing very bad. My family were not sure if she was going to make it and thus there were talks if I needed to make it back to Omaha to visit her.
  2. A friend passed a way from suicide.

Both of these events took my mood from doing pretty good with moderate depression to severe depression and anxiety.

Unicameral Needs Your Voice on LB586, WorkPlace Protections.

Nebraskans For Equality

OMAHA, NE – The Nebraska Unicameral Session for 2015 is almost over, just 10 days or less actually. It is crunch time in the Nebraska Equality Movement! Thursday, May 14th, the Unicameral will debate and vote on workplace equality. We need you to call or email your state senator in our state’s Unicameral. Don’t know who that is? You can click here: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php Don’t know what to say or write? We have that covered too!  Read the next paragraph below, You can start with what’s written below and add your experience and name to it!

Dear (Your State Senator’s Name), LB586 adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to the state’s workplace protections statute which already cover race, sex and religion. Discrimination against Nebraskans based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is real. We lose talented Nebraskans to other states that treat their residents equally. We also lose the business opportunities…

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“Transgendered” Is Not a Word

This explains my feelings on the use of the term “transgendered.” Please stop using transgendered when you mean transgender. Being transgender is not a condition. The use of transgendered is offensive.

Transgender Bisexual Political Nerd

This doesn’t need to be a long post. The title says it all. “Transgendered” is not a word. For some reason, though, people use it all the time. Honestly every time someone uses the term “transgendered” it feels like being stabbed. 

The adjective is “transgender” or “trans” for short.

Examples of usage:

She is transgender.

Zi is trans.

The transgender community includes many diverse identities, all of which might be considered trans.

There has never been a reported case of transgender people using bathrooms for devious purposes.

Being trans is not a condition. It’s not something that has happened to a person. It is who a person is.

“Transgender” is not a verb. Thus, a person can not transgender, nor can a person be transgendered. (A person can transition, and a person can have transitioned.)

For some reason when I hear people say “transgendered,” it sounds like “mutated” or “disfigured.”…

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Help Fund Equality

It’s time to move #LGBTQIA equality forward! This is an easy way to do that!

Nebraskans For Equality

OMAHA, NE – If you are not able to volunteer for any of our events, you can do a great service by donating to our cause. The Nebraskans for Equality Blog is part of a nationwide movement to change the conversation on the LGBT movement called The Equality Pledge. The Equality Pledge stresses the LGBT Community and supportive elected officials come together to push for Full Federal Equality which involves a one bill strategy to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a broad of list of laws already granting existing protected classes protection in areas including: Public Accommodations, Public Facilities, Federally Funded Programs, Employment, Housing, Education, Credit, Federal Marriage Equality, Immigration, Disability, and Family Leave.

To help us move equality forward, just  a $5 donation can go a long way to reaching our goals for Full Federal Equality under the law. Will you donate to help fund equality?

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