United States House of Representatives - District 1


Kate Bolz

Party: Democrat

Website: http://katebolz.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/8/20, 1:55am, sent email request from personal email
    4/9/20, 3:08am, candidate deadline email alerting to 4/13/20 final deadline
    Answers submitted online April 10, 2020, 11:20 a.m.

Jeff Fortenberry

Party: Republican

Website: http://www.supportfort.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    Contact info if you wish to connect with the candidate: jeff@supportfort.com 
    Phones:     (402) 488-3678   
    www.facebook.com/jefffortenberryforcongress
    
    contacted by resident of the district
    3/23/20, 3:40pm, emailed code
    3/24/20, 6:04pm, office returned call, left message
    4/9/20, 3:09am, VIP candidate deadline email, alerting to 4/13 final deadline

Dennis B Grace

Party: Libertarian

Website: http://electdennisgrace.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    3/20/20, left message, candidate returned call
    3/20/20, 4:58pm, emailed code
    Answers submitted online March 25, 2020, 10:43 p.m.

Babs Ramsey

Party: Democrat

Website: http://www.babsforcongress.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    3/23/20, 10:01 PM emailed code, asked for 3/28/20 deadline
    Answers submitted online March 27, 2020, 7:28 p.m.

Personal/Biographical

[WHY - HOUSE] Why are you running for the US House of Representatives? Name your three top priorities for the office. How will you define success?

Kate Bolz
I care about my neighbors and my community. My whole career has been focused on serving others. That's why I ran for Nebraska Unicameral Legislature and why I have worked with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to get things done for Nebraskans during my eight years of service. I intend to take my commitment to public service to Washington, D.C. to work for you. Health care and jobs are the focus of the nation in response to Covid-19 and these two issues have always been my priorities. I am committed to prioritizing health care affordability and access, including protecting and growing access to health insurance coverage, affordable prescription drugs, and quality health care services, especially in our critical access hospitals. I would not jeopardize protections for 768,000 Nebraskans with pre-existing conditions. I am committed to prioritizing good jobs and growing our agriculture industry. Our nation will require a comprehensive economic growth strategy to get people back to work, including retraining opportunities and infrastructure investments to stimulate growth. Our agricultural industry must be a part of the response, ensuring that producers have resources to weather economic volatility and rebuild global markets. I’m running for Congress because Nebraskans deserve an independent minded leader in Congress that they can trust to put their health care and economic stability first.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
At the creation of our nation, when it was nothing more than idealistic rhetoric, average men stood and offered their services to their fellow subjects. The farmers and smiths, the tradesmen and scholars, brewers and printers. These people decided that they had something to offer, and gave it. One year ago, April 10 of 2019, I had a heart attack. I survived and recovered. But during that time, I pondered the legacy I had to leave for my children. While I have taught them several lessons and tried my best to guide them, THE lesson was missing. It was in the back of an ambulance and on a helicopter to save my life that I realized what was missing. I gathered my family after my recovery and told them of my plan and my lesson, and asked for their approval. The lesson? "If conditions are such that you find it necessary to complain of those conditions, you either rise to change them, or fall into line". In other words, Do not complain about that which you will not try to change. I have had complaints for years, regarding the way we are governed. I have watched as promises are made and campaign slogans tossed about during even numbered years, only to be forgotten in the odd. I have watched as phone calls and letters go unanswered. I have watched as we are told to "tighten our belts", as our representatives spend and waste with impunity. I run because actions must match words. I run because I made a promise to my children and my wife. I run because it is my duty. I run so that other average citizens, afraid of shame, but beholden to values and principles, rise to take their place. I run so the governed remember their power, and the elected remember their place. My top three priorities are to immediately address and redirect the spending of America; to repeal the Authorizations to Use Military Force and return our troops to their homes; and to find a solution to the immigration situation. With these three topics addressed and the focus of our attention, America will again become a beacon of liberty, peace, justice, and diplomacy.
Babs Ramsey
I am running for the US House of Representatives because I want to support bills like the Equal Pay for women bill, the Violence Against Women Act, the Equality Act, and I support raising the minimum wage. I thought long and hard and decided to enter this race so that our district could have someone that cares about women's rights and LGBTQIA+ rights. My top three priorities are to help recognize healthcare as a human right and give every American universal healthcare; pass a Green New Deal and ensure that our farmers are compensated for their hard work in combating climate change; finally, I want to make sure that we allow municipalities to create their own Internet service. This will greatly expand broadband across our country and will open up small communities to existing funding for rural broadband. Success is showing that I am working hard for the people of our district. I will stand up for our citizens and not settle for the status quo.
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[BIOGRAPHICAL] What from your biographical information will help you address your priorities? For example, family members, affiliations such as political party, church and/or professional groups, employment, etc. whatever you consider important for voters to know. You may also reference your website.

Kate Bolz
A proud 6th generation Nebraskan, Kate Bolz grew up on a family farm near Palmyra, outside of Lincoln. She has represented south central Lincoln in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature since 2013. In the Legislature, Kate works with both Republicans and Democrats to deliver an annual balanced budget that reflects Nebraska’s priorities. Her colleagues elected her to serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee, which develops that budget. She is also a member of the Legislature’s Executive Board and Retirement Committee. She also serves on several special committees, including as chair of the Economic Development Task Force, and as a member of the Children’s Commission and the Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee. In addition to her legislative work, Kate was the Executive Director of the Nebraska Association of Service Providers, an association of community based disability service providers across the state. She is also an adjunct professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is a Meals on Wheels Volunteer at Tabitha, and an active member of both her hometown church, the Palmyra Presbyterian Church, and of First Plymouth Church in Lincoln. Kate earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Every person has it within them the abilities and background to address some of the nation's critical needs. And I am not different. As an insurance investigator, I have had to remove any personal beliefs in order to gather the facts and to provide a neutral summary. As an investigator in other fields, I have had to use facts to guide the search for the truth. As a man that has made several mistakes and has often been irresponsible, I have learned how to focus on consequences of actions. I have had to learn that solutions do not come by way of knee jerk reactions. As a manager and supervisor of teams of investigators and others, I have had to address issues from the field, without the ability to see what the investigator is seeing. I have had to use sound judgement and sensibility to respond to emergency and critical situations while having minimal information and access to facts. I have had to address client needs and balance them against the needs of the company. The very issuance of the license requires that integrity be displayed by myself at all times. I have a demonstrated ability, and a desire, to work with people from all walks of life. I have a long time rule for life: "Always be a student". There is something new to learn every single day, in every instance. And we are the sum of those things we have learned. Although I do not have the political relationships many think is necessary, I have the desire to grow, to learn, and to provide clear solutions. electdennisgrace.com
Babs Ramsey
I have worked in Information Technology for almost a decade. I have worked with local governments for five years. I have worked with a non-profit for the last two years. I have been recognized as one of the top people in the world in IT services for my work with local government. To add to this, I served as an advisor for an Inc. 500 company for three years helping them with their government work. In 2017, I cofounded a transgender support group with my therapist to help out the local trans and non-binary people. We are going three years strong and add more members every meeting. If elected, I would be the first open transperson to serve in congress.
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[PERSONAL STORY] Please briefly describe a situation where you had to stand alone for what you thought was right when the momentum was pushing the other way.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
As a newly promoted manager of a hotel, I was being trained by the outgoing manager. During the training period, a family of two adults and four small children had prepared to check out of their room. I had come to speak with them often, as I was being promoted from the night audit position, and the parents would come out to talk when the children went to sleep. The father had left his job and moved his family to the area to reconnect with his father, whom he had not seen in several years. His intention was to live with the father until suitable housing could be found. The living conditions with the man were not conducive to a safe environment for the children, so the parents were forced into the hotel. They had been in the hotel for nearly two weeks, paying cash each day from their tax return. One Sunday morning, as I was preparing a list of things to do for the day, they approached the desk to check out. In the dad's eyes, I saw pain and tears. His jaw clenched, he told me they had finally run out of money and had to leave. I had been searching for a position for a housekeeping position for the wife and had spoken to others regarding a job for the husband, while also speaking to home owners in the area for rentals. I asked the husband where he would stay. "Ive got a tent and the truck. We will probably just stay in the park tonight". I gave the front desk clerk a 100 dollar bill to pay for another night, and approached the family outside. I gave them 60 dollars in cash and told the husband to take the family out to eat and come back when the room was clean. The husband had a job interview the following day and needed rest. They also had an interview for a rental home. This would be the break they needed. One more night in a clean room and warm bed may make a huge difference. The next day, the outgoing manager called me into a meeting. "I thought that family was leaving. Why are they still here?" He asked. "I don't know. They got some extra money and paid for another night. They are checking out today". I lied to him as it was not anyone's business from where the money came. The manager asked me to come into his office later that day, stated that I would turn the place into a homeless shelter, and that he had spoken to the owners and was firing me. I asked him to confirm that he was firing me for paying out of my pocket for a family to spend the night. He confirmed that and asked me to leave. I didn't protest, though it was the only income our family had. I merely went home, told my family what had happened, and happily accepted their hugs. My then 15 year old daughter asked me if we could continue what I started, and feed the homeless when we could. We did that the following day. When asked by a reporter to confirm this story (someone had given the story to a local newspaper) the other employees, some fearing for THEIR jobs, and others wanting MINE, stood with the employer. It did not matter to me, as I knew that I had demonstrated kindness, integrity, and good will. I would do the same thing again.
Babs Ramsey
Many times throughout my career with government I have gone against the grain. In the world of IT you have to be forward thinking and not settle for what will get you by. I have moved the Overton window in regards to technology for many rural counties, allowing them to innovate and provide better security for their constituents.
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[CONSTITUENTS] At what percentage level do you believe your constituents elect you to vote your view (conscience) as compared to representing them? 100%=totally vote own conscience, 0%=should always vote what constituents want regardless of personal beliefs.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
60% I believe that constituents elect representatives that largely reflect the beliefs and principles of their district. At the same time, constituents expect representatives to take the lead on several topics. The constituents want the representative to take responsibility and not put bad decision making on the hands of the public. The representative MUST be firm in their resolve and MUST make decisions based on information the public does not have, while providing balance to their electors desires.
Babs Ramsey
I would say that I would try to vote 50% both ways but it would most likely be skewed more towards a 60-65% of voting with my conscience.
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Constitutional Issues

[CONSTITUTION] Do you see the US Constitution as an original or evolving document? Why?

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
The Constitution, like ourselves, is made up of a basic structure, with the required substance and form to be exactly as it appears, as well as to grow when necessary. The Constitution, as ourselves, is the sum of its experiences and furtherance of knowledge. Like us, the Constitution is beautiful in its form and design, and will stand on its own. But the addition of new information and experiences slightly change the appearance. Adding to the Constitution makes it even more of what it was originally. However, removing basic functions changes the efficiency and effectiveness. The Bill of Rights is the basic structure and form and body of the Constitution and stands on its own. The several Amendments after are the growth and experiences of a people finding their way.
Babs Ramsey
The constitution is an evolving document and it has to be. Throughout our history we have amended it to reflect the rights of our citizens that were not initial worked out. It is imperitive to our nation that it is constantly progressing with the times.
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[GUN REGISTRATION] On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being no gun registration and 5 being federal registration of gun ownership, what do you recommend? Describe your reasoning, if desired.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Gun registration records have been a useful tool in the law enforcement community, to solve violent crimes. However, the federal registration of guns is not without its risks. Local registration, if any should be necessary, would be the most preferable, as most people would only ever be in contact with local law enforcement. This registration would be most easily accessible by those that would need it, in an emergency. It is also at the local level that gun owners would most easily defend their rights and offer legal challenges. I would recommend registration scale 2, if I must present a level at all.
Babs Ramsey
I would have to say gun registration is at a 3.5 for me. I think that we should look at registration but I mainly believe in licensure to obtain a weapon. My reasoning is because my 16 year old cousin Valerie was killed in 1984 by an unregistered gun that was purchased privately. If we had more restictive laws in place, her and many others would be alive to this day.
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[FREEDOM OF SPEECH] Is freedom of speech an absolute, Yes or No? What policies would you put in place, if you are elected, to support the public having access to speak in meetings of this political office?

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Freedom of speech is not absolute, in that speech that produces a call to action must be regulated to some extent. But ONLY to the extent it presents a violent call to action, and is not libelous or slanderous. The representatives, because of the size of its membership, and the amount of business, cannot present time to the public often to speak within its own space. HOWEVER, representatives MUST present themselves before their constituents, at regular intervals, to respond to their grievances, and to explain their actions, or inaction.
Babs Ramsey
I believe in freedom of speech. If I am elected I will make sure that my constituents have the ability to speak with me at townhalls, in the office, and at scheduled calls. I promise that I will not send you a suprise phone call that you have no time to prepare for.
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Specific position issues

[IMMIGRATION-FEDERAL] In your opinion, define the ideal immigration policy. Include what you view as the responsibility of each of the 3 branches of government in that policy.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
The role of the federal government's executive branch, in terms of the national borders, is to provide protection. In international law, a space cannot be considered an independent nation if it cannot defend the land its population calls home. That is a necessary requirement for any country. In its capacity as protector of the borders, it is the responsibility of the legislative and executive branches to create and enforce a viable immigration policy. However, the two sides are often too polarized in their political leanings, that they cannot work together. In that case, they include the Judicial Branch to provide the answers. the courts, with their own political leanings, have been used to defy policy and rule in their own right. This is irresponsible and harmful. Policy should be beyond the reach of political leanings and should, instead, be directed by practicality. It should provide for the greatest freedom while being the least intrusive manner of regulation. It should be fluid enough to provide for temporary alterations in times of emergency. But these alterations should be so apparent that no two people can interpret the threat in different ways. My policy involves a three tiered approach. The first involves the security of the border. The second involves the safety of the people. And the third involves the prosperity of our neighbors. The borders would be protected by a means that is viable, effective, and efficient. Whether it is called a fence, a wall, a barricade, or an obstruction, it must be a physical deterrent to illegal crossing. The second phase includes protecting American citizens, and illegal immigrants together. The facts, whether we like them or not are such: Illegal immigrants have long been in this country. Sometimes for generations. Illegal immigrants are not going anywhere. The illegal immigrant problem is not isolated to America, however much others may want to make it appear so. This immigrant population is a required part of the work force. This population includes women and children subject to particularly high threats of violence. In order to protect this population, and ours, we must work on an arrangement whereby immigrants here illegally are offered an opportunity to earn legal residency. This will bring them out of the shadows and allow them to report their abusers. Those people then can be dealt with. This process is longer and more complex than should be discussed in this format , but will be spelled out on my own page after the May primary. But it is among the more humanitarian and American approaches. The third step is producing a trade and market environment within North and South America that produces prosperous economies for the greatest number of countries. This will create a situation in which Americans and their neighbors share free travel, free trade, and neighborly relations.
Babs Ramsey
The ideal immigration policy would change crossing the border as a simple civil infraction. For too long we have been punishing people for what they have done for millenia; migrating. We need to make sure that the court systems for the immigration cases are fully staffed. We must end the separation of families at the border and no longer have children stand in court alone. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement must also be disbanded. I support all the dreamers in our country and will work to support and expand DACA and DAPA. We must support asylum seekers. Largely, immigrants are fleeing to our country to escape violence, oppression, and persecution. It’s important that we remind the world that the United States is a safe-haven. If you play by the rules and contribute economically, then you are welcome here. Each branch has a duty to uphold our values to ensure that the budget is taken care of for these things, pass legislation to provide for dreamers, and ensure that reparations are paid to the people that have been wronged by our system.
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[FREE EDUCATION] Describe the advantages and disadvantages of government paid community college education.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
The advantages of government paid CC education include oversight to maintain a level of educational integrity. It would also provide a source of support for all who choose to pursue a higher education. It would provide that all individuals eligible can concentrate on education rather than worry about how to pay for it. Providing this relief at the community college level will help fill the occupational necessities for many trade careers, and several administrative and tech level careers, which are typically in high demand. The disadvantages of this policy includes the general incompetence of the federal government to provide quality and effective oversight. Also, the majority of the funding provided for such a policy may go towards administration of the policy and payroll. Also problematic, is the lack of a "buy in". The individual has risked nothing by furthering their education and, therefore, has no reason to continue on or perform well.
Babs Ramsey
Since the 1970s, the cost of college has risen by more than 1,000%. Attending college has become unaffordable for a majority of Americans. We are asking our nation’s students to attend academic institutions and advance their education to help guarantee them a job. By the time they’re done, they’ll be more than $100,000 in debt. Not only are we talking about leaving our young people with a crippling amount of debt in their early 20s, we’re talking about long-term economic impacts. Once graduated, they are unable to purchase their first home, a vehicle, or start their own business. They are now forced to make financial decisions based around repaying their debt, rather than using their education to contribute to our communities. We need to make all public colleges and universities tuition free. No student should be kept from achieving higher education. We also need to do more to promote trade and technical schools. We need to build partnerships with local businesses and industries to properly train students to enter fields such as manufacturing, farming, and crucial skills-based jobs that equally contribute to our communities. Send me to Congress, and I’ll fight to cancel student debt, make public colleges and universities tuition free, and work with industries to continue the work their doing in attracting students to trade schools, with a job guaranteed at the end.
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[UNITED NATIONS] Describe your beliefs about the U.S./United Nations relationship.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
While a relationship with an organization such as the United Nations can be advantageous, it can often lead to the suspension of sovereignty. This is dangerous. The organization can provide for the defense of human rights, but is largely toothless and rarely considered a legitimate authority.
Babs Ramsey
The United Nations is an important peace keeping organization that was established after World War II. The US is a founding member and must remain a beacon of peace and strength for the world. We must continue to have a relationship with the UN.
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[FEDERAL TO STATE] The tenth Amendment of the Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In your opinion, what powers are currently managed at the federal level that should be managed at the state level?

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
The ability to call forth the militia should be separate from the federal government. The ability to control both the military AND state based militias is not a balance of power. The education of the population should be managed at the most local level possible. Having federal government mandates does nothing but risks the progress and educational opportunities of the individual populations. The needs of a child in rural Nebraska may be far different that students in metropolitan Miami. The power to regulate trade with the Indian lands, reservations, and tribes, should be given to the states. It is the several states that are the home of these peoples and there should be more local contact and responsibility for their well being and protection. The states would be more readily available to address their needs and concerns than the federal government, and allowing the states to negotiate trade would allow for greater financial prosperity for the tribes and their members.
Babs Ramsey
I believe strongly in the federal government using the authority to create as much equality across the nation as possible. I do not currently believe any federal powers should be turned over to the states.
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[HEALTHCARE] What do you see as the ideal healthcare system? What action do you plan to take to achieve that? And why?

Kate Bolz
The Covid-19 global pandemic has illustrated the importance of access to affordable health care. In my Legislative career, I have been a steadfast advocate for health care and will continue to vote to protect access to health insurance, especially for individuals with pre-existing conditions. I support a public option, if that’s what Nebraskans choose for their families. I will hold health insurance companies accountable for the cost of insurance and drug companies accountable for affordable prescription drugs.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
A healthcare plan that works for all people should include two systems working together. The first, a private policy, selected by the consumer, to handle their critical care and emergency needs. The second would be a public system that addresses the day to day, urgent care, and preventative medicine needs. This system would be provided throughout the life of the consumer and provided to all citizens. It is hoped that by addressing the preventative medicine needs, the prices for the private insurance plans would decrease. The country would also be better prepared for emergency responses to natural disasters and epidemics.
Babs Ramsey
If you need further justification for passing this legislation, look no further than our own backyard. In 2018, Nebraska voters responded to expanding Medicaid, citing the growing need for adequate healthcare access. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, 28 million people in the United States are uninsured. In Nebraska, 141,000 are uninsured, 97,000 of whom are employed. Across the nation, the average deductible for an individual sits just below $1,500. For family plans, it’s nearly double. In 2018, a report also found that more than half of all Americans couldn’t pay their medical bills or delayed necessary care. Experts warn that those issues are likely to grow in 2020. This issue affects young people and the elderly. It affects those in poverty and the middle-class. Solution: Investing in Medicare-For-All. In 1945 President Harry Truman outlined five goals of establishing a national healthcare program in the United States. The lack of trained healthcare professionals in all communities needs to be addressed. Expand public health services. Increase funding for medical research and education. Lower individual medical care costs. Bring awareness to income loss due to severe illness. Medicare-For-All will reduce the costs to the American healthcare system. In addition to physical health, it would cover dental, vision, and mental healthcare. Nebraskans will take less time off work, and they would have more money for themselves. I will work for everyone’s right to healthcare and ensure that we have proper funding for rural hospitals, which have been receiving less and less funding. This could be a matter of life or death for someone in need of immediate assistance. Medicare-For-All eliminates high-premiums offered by corporate insurance companies, and unaffordable deductibles and co-pays. It will also protect consumers from harmful pre-existing conditions clauses. Our fellow citizens are choosing trips to the emergency room, driving up the cost of healthcare. They are rationing necessary medications, or foregoing them all together. Send me to Congress, and I will fight for a sensible health insurance package with the only goal in mind being that we make good on our promise of providing high quality care at an affordable rate for our citizens. Healthcare is a right for everyone. This position is moral, it is right, it is rooted in restoring the soul of our nation.
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Cultural Issues-State and Fed

[ABORTION STANCE-State and Fed] What is your stance on abortion? (List by number which apply and/or add your own narrative) 1. No restrictions 2. Not allowed past viability 3. In first trimester 4. In case of rape or incest 5. To preserve the life of the mother 6. Other, please explain in detail.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
I do not believe in abortion. I do not believe taxpayers should pay for abortion. I believe if abortion is necessary, it should be as affordable, safe, and rare as possible. That is the whole of my stance on abortion.
Babs Ramsey
The discussion surrounding the Pro-Choice argument is a tumultous one. As voters are entrenched in their belief, often citing moral and religious convictions, there exists little room for movement. As a candidate for the House of Representatives, I will always be committed to actively sharing my beliefs with you. As is the nature of a campaign, I will work to share information, present my opinion, and hope to reach a common ground. After all, that’s how we move forward. In this instance, I don’t seek to persuade you with Pro-Choice rhetoric. In fact, if you happen to disagree with me, I want to hear your story. I want to know your convictions. I want to meet you on solid ground, and talk. Respectable, civil discourse is our best foot forward. I believe that people have the right to bodily autonomy. I believe that it is not the role of the federal government to restrict abortions, defund facilities who provide that service, or act to make medical decisions for its citizens. I believe that the election to receive this procedure is not an easy one to come by. We can help to reduce the number of abortions in our country by increasing sex education in our schools, eliminate the idea of abstinance only sex-ed, and make birth control an over-the-counter medicine. In our nation, everyone should have the free choice, the right, to claim domain over their bodies. I’m the only candidate in this race who holds this Pro-Choice position.
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[LGBTQ+ rights] On the topic of LGBTQ+ rights, a variety of opinions exist. Do you believe these individuals are discriminated against, in jobs, work benefits, housing? Do you believe that additional laws/policies should be passed to ensure all individuals are treated equally? Please explain.

Kate Bolz
As a Member of Congress, I will advocate for the best interests of LGBTQ+ people in both Legislation and in advocacy to administrative agencies. I would add my name as a co-sponsor to the Equality Act.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Of course, LGBTQ+ individuals are discriminated against. Often by their own families, but particularly by employers and housing spaces. In researching this question, I was shocked to find that, contrary to my long held understanding, there are no federal laws protecting LGBTQ individuals. As i had stated previously, there is something to learn every day. I couldn't believe what I had read, although another common understanding of mine came to light: oftentimes, special interest groups shoot themselves in the foot and turn away SOME progress because it is not ALL the progress. Apparently several attempts have been made to pass bills protecting the class, but they have been rejected for not going far enough. A proposal must be introduced that protects all individuals within the class, while also maintaining the rights of others. The biggest issue with this would likely be protecting the religious rights of landlords and business owners, while establishing and maintaining the rights of their LGBTQ tenants and employees.
Babs Ramsey
Since the election of 2016, the rights of LGBTQIA+ people have been under attack. Transgender people have been barred from military service under the false pretense that they are unfit to serve. Existing transgender and non-binary members of the military are terrified of being found out. This directive would destroy years of faithful military service to our country, along with their livelihood. Furthermore, this administration has revoked protections for LGBTQIA+ workers. With these protections missing, businesses can fire LGBTQIA+, as well as pregnant people who are unmarried, under the guise of religious freedom. It’s time we finally say, as one nation, that each individual be afford the same rights and protections. This is one of the reasons I am running for Congress. We can no longer stand on the sidelines hoping that our representatives will work for our rights. We need to be present, making policy to protect ourselves. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I will work to federally ban conversion therapy, expand gender identity options on federal documents, and ensure LGBTQIA+ healthcare coverage. In addition to this, I will work to ensure the Equality Act does not die in Congress. It’s time our representatives look like our communities.
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As time allows

[BUSINESS OWNER] Have you ever owned your own business? Have you been responsible for other employees/subordinates? Have you been responsible for a payroll/budget? Explain.

Kate Bolz
As a member of the Nebraska Unicameral’s Appropriations committee, I have spent the last eight years ensuring a balanced budget that also funds our state’s priorities - in spite of challenging economic times. As a Member of Congress, I’ll take the same approach to fiscal responsibility. The United States has soared to over $22 trillion in debt over the last decade. Today, in the face of a global pandemic we both carry significant debt and the related economic consequences of recovering from the impact of Covid-19. First, we will need to continue a robust recovery strategy - including infrastructure development and job training. Second, we must develop policies that build on lessons learned. We need to establish debt reduction goals and a national savings strategy for difficult economic times.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
I have worked as an independent operator, as a private detective. However, I had no employees and did not have a operating budget above the hundreds of dollars. Therefore, my answer would be no. I have been responsible for employees, large amounts of them at a time, in nearly every job I have held, at one point or another. I have worked my way into management whenever the opportunity availed itself. I have not been responsible for a budget, per se, but was responsible for maintaining client budgets.
Babs Ramsey
I have been a manager at two of my previous jobs. They added to my leadership experience and showed me how to work with a wide array of people. When I worked with the cities and counties across Iowa and Nebraska I helped them design their technology budgets annually. I made sure that we were able to update the systems in a fiscally responsible way while providing optimal network security, and business continuity.
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[DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE] Describe the responsibility you think the federal government should take in caring for veterans who have borne the battle and/or their surviving families. Describe value you see in having women in combat.

Kate Bolz
Our veterans, active military members, and their families deserve our very best. I will support health care, job training programs and education opportunities for veterans and military members. I will be a steadfast partner of Offutt Airforce base, and will stand up to the administration’s efforts to redirect resources away from military infrastructure.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
The federal government is completely responsible for the care of its veterans and their families. Although the risks of battle are evident in its nature, the risks are only to those asked to engage. No politician risks his or her life when they agree to commit troops to some battle or war of their choosing. Throughout history and in many cultures, women in combat have been able and fierce. Sagas have been written about them. They were mentioned because they were rare. However, I have never read a story of a woman warrior who ran from battle. Women are capable and can fight with ferocity when asked to. They should not be excluded from fighting when they wish to be involved.
Babs Ramsey
Anyone that has served our country needs to ensure that they are taken care of for life. We must pay them a pension, take care of their healthcare needs, and ensure that their families are also taken care of. Having women in combat is essential to protecting our country. Why would we eliminate over half of our population from serving when they can do anything men can?
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[AG POLICY - Federal] 93% of Nebraska land is dedicated to agriculture, but only 30% of the population is considered rural.  How should that information affect policy-making even on the federal level?

Kate Bolz
First, the agriculture industry must be an important part of relief policies developed in response to Covid-19, including payments to agricultural producers impacted by the virus and ensure oversight of prices. We also must expand and make permanent disaster programs and commodity support and federal crop insurance programs as well as expanding access to capital and loans for small and family owned farms. Additionally, work must be done to open up new markets and lower trade barriers to the world’s consumers. I would work to reverse the administration’s punitive trade policies with China and rebuild essential markets. Next, I support reducing barriers for small farmers and promote fair, transparent practices that increase competition. I support antitrust agencies including updating legal standards and shifting the burden of proof for mega-mergers to the merging parties. Finally, I would support investments in rural infrastructure and transportation, including broadband and repair of rural bridges.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
No answer given.
Babs Ramsey
We have large swaths of ag land and need to ensure that our federal laws work in favor of it. We must also ensure that our urban populations are also taken care of equally. When we look at passing a Green New Deal we can pay our farmers
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[NATIVE AMERICAN ISSUES] What should the federal government do regarding socio-economic, educational, and employment difficulties on Native American reservations? Would casino development be a benefit or detriment to them?

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Expecting the nation's Native Americans to sustain their culture and future through casino development is insulting and dangerous. The Native American population is in need of cultural identity protections and business opportunities. The ability to negotiate their own trade with other states and countries would allow them the financial means to move in an upward direction. Providing assistance with language experts, to preserve their individual identities, and social assistance to attack the dangers of suicide, drug abuse, and domestic violence is an emergency need presently and must be addressed.
Babs Ramsey
I promise to honor the treaties. I will work with the nations to ensure that legislation is passed to take action against violence and human trafficking of Native women. I’m the only candidate that is opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline. My promise to the nations is that I will work for job guarantees when I help pass the Green New Deal. I will work to make sure the two spirit members of our nation have the civil rights they deserve. Casino development is up to members of the nations to decide and is not up to the federal government to intervene.
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[FOREIGN POLICY] A. Where do you draw the line between national security and personal liberty? B. What would you support or not support in U.S. foreign policy? C. What is your view concerning U.S. support of Israel?

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
National security and personal liberty is attainable when the people can trust their government is using the lowest possible level of security to achieve the desired results. And when the politicians begin acting according to the will of their constituents. I have long believed that our foreign policy, based upon "biggest stick" negotiations and threats of military action, would not be sustainable. We MUST seek out and utilize the very best in diplomatic negotiators and "outside the box" thinkers that can move our foreign policy in a direction that leads us away from long term wars. I will not support constant War On X policies. US support of Israel is necessary to maintain a balance in the middle east. But the US cannot be led to act apart from its own best interests because of that support. A level of support should come with a level of responsibility. Support from the US is not authority to act with impunity.
Babs Ramsey
National security is important for our country. We must ensure that the citizens of our country are safe. In doing this, we cannot impose surveilence that infringes upon our constitional rights. I don't support any acts that will raise surveilence levels on our citizens creating a Orwellian society. We must be vigiliant in protecting our freedoms. I support peace keeping missions and nuclear non-proliferation. Trade must be negotiated with our workers in mind, not profits for corporations. I support our allies like Israel, as well as a two state solution for the Palestinians.
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[FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT] i. Name things you think are legitimate functions of federal government and use of taxes. ii. Name things you think have become illegitimate functions of federal government and use of taxes. iii. Name things you think the federal government has failed to do and should use taxes to accomplish. iv. Describe any ways you see the federal government overstepping areas of responsibility that once belonged to the family, church, other areas of community life.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
Use of taxes should be limited, as much as possible, to maintaining critical infrastructure, military, trade, and diplomacy details. Border Security, federal law enforcement, Supreme Court, legislative, and executive payrolls, the postal service and other similar services, including administration of human rights and equal rights laws and policies. illegitimate functions would be market manipulation, subsidizing every failed idea of business, bailing out banks and large businesses, constant warfare, helping to create big business out of charity. The government needs to reevaluate its expenditures and begin to dismantle bloated and redundant departments. Our military must be brought back home and a smaller, sleaker, more mobile military must be considered. Requiring licenses to work and permits to assemble in public spaces are examples of a large government overstepping its bounds. Others are educational mandates, health insurance mandates, standardized testing, age requirements for consumption of particular items, licensing of marriage, acting as debt collectors in civil cases.
Babs Ramsey
Maintaing our infrastructure, providing healthcare to every citizen in this country, social policies that help those in our society with SNAP, jobs guarentees, and protecting our country through diplomacy. Building a wall around us and destroying natural sites is an illegitimate function of our government.
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Anything else?

[ANYTHING ELSE?] Declare anything else you want voters to know about you or topics which concern you as it relates to the office you're running for.

Kate Bolz
No answer given.
Jeff Fortenberry
Candidate has not submitted an answer.
Dennis B Grace
I am an imperfect man, with an imperfect past. You may eventually hear stories of my lack of responsibility or absence of integrity. And yet, these stories will come from one source only. Although I am imperfect, and I have demonstrated weakness and poor judgement in years past, no one will be able to say that I did not think of others, or that I did not do all in my power to ensure those in need were heard. I will never claim to be more than I am, but I will not accept claims that I am less. I do not seek a career in Congress. I seek to restore a fractured relationship, between the public and their representatives. I seek to do my part to give the legislature back to those it is supposed to serve. Although I believe most people enter public service to do good, many believe it to be one step of many that leads to higher office. I believe that under my representation, the people of Nebraska will prosper, and America will make important steps towards acceptance of its past and excitement of its future. We will remember that government is of the People, by the People, and for the People. I seek to present real solutions to problems we have spent years, decades, generations, discussing. I seek to present the people with the answers they have been waiting for, and the representation they have longed for. I do not seek to be the most popular. but the most successful. I seek to be the hardest working representative on The Hill. No one will like every decision I make or everything I say, but all will be able to celebrate the work ethic of their congressman. I am available for everyone, at all times possible. While I cannot answer each and every email or call, I will attempt to address all inquiries. I can be emailed directly at dennis.grace@electdennisgrace.com The past 15 years, we have been told to "tighten out belts" and "make personal sacrifices", as our congressmen approve spending bills that do nothing to reign in an out of control deficit, and search for new an exciting, exotic locations to wage the next war. I have watched press conference after press conference, town hall after town hall, and presentation after presentation with our current representatives and the script is the same, year after year. A promise to reign in spending goes unfulfilled. Instead, time and money are spent traveling the state pushing bills to change the name of hiking trails or national parks. Nowhere is a substantial bill that will improve the lives of Nebraskans specifically, and Americans generally, written, introduced, and pushed. We dont expect to get all we want. But all we want is a representative that earns his or her pay. If you or I went through a week at work, or a month, or a year, and accomplished nothing that brought profit or positive results to our employees or employer, we would be removed from that position. And yet we look the other way when it comes to our politicians. Don't check just their voting record, which is simply an examination of what they feel about the work of others. Check the bills they have introduced and passed. What have they done with their time? And then decide if they have held their position just a bit too long for you liking. The way forward is by clearing the clutter of yesterday. I expect to serve no more than three terms as your representative, because I believe any substantial bills to move the country in a positive direction should be introduced in that time. If they aren't, I haven't done my job. Hold your current representatives to the same standard.
Babs Ramsey
Some politicians talk about expanding rural broadband coverage. Often, Their plans are built of the same talking points and same general strategy. Their idea is to pledge millions of dollars to expand coverage and rely on corporate ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to build out infrastructure. In short, the plan is simply to throw money at the problem. However, as we have seen, this idea has been a colossal failure. Between 1992 and 2014, ISPs have charged over $400 billion dollars to build an information super highway. They have promised gigabit speeds nationwide. Instead, these corporations pocketed those funds, raised fees on the user, and spent millions on lobbying — over $92 million in 2018. In August of last year, the FCC pledged $4.9 billion to 171 local wireless carriers over the next 10 years. These large carriers — Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink — are all receiving public funds as they are the only provider in those areas. Three companies monopolize a vast portion of the market. In order to keep their racket alive, these organizations have successfully lobbied 25 states to outright ban or block municipalities from creating their own ISP. Nebraska is on that list. Elect me to Congress and I will revive the Community Broadband Act. I will add provisioning to this legislation to declare Internet as a utility, undoing the disastrous FCC reclassification. This will codify Internet as a utility into federal law, rather than a regulation to be easily overturned. Furthermore, this bill will prohibit states from blocking communities from voting to create their own ISP. Funding that is currently hoarded by large corporations will be diverted to our rural communities to build out fiber optic networks. This legislation will also create jobs in these communities in the fields of construction, information technology, and administration. It’s time we take the money from these corporations are invest in directly into our rural communities. There is a group of Americans that are regularly forgotten about and actively discriminated against — Americans with disabilities. Did you know that 1:5 voters in the United States live with a disability? The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 has an exemption for disabled workers to be paid less than the minimum wage that was established within the same bill. For 82 years that exemption has held true. Disabled workers can be paid as little as businesses see fit. Some workers have been compensated for their labor in gift cards. This is discrimination of an entire sub-group of the population, relying on legislation that hasn’t been updated since 1994. It is time that we take care of disabled workers in this country. When elected, I will introduce an amendment the Fair Labor Standards Act to eradicate the pay gap for disabled workers. In addition, I will introduce the first amendment to the Americans with Disabilities act in 26 years. That amendment will establish the following: Require new construction of homes to be ADA compliant Establish tax incentives for established businesses to become ADA compliant Establish a grant system for mass transit updates to accommodate people with disabilities Establish a maximum ramp angle Require doors that exceed a maximum force to require mechanical assistance Require handicap bathroom stalls have the door swing outward Establish safety check standards for public ramps This is my promise to you. No more inaction for disabled workers. We will fix this system for everyone.
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