United States House of Representatives - District 2


Paul Anderson

Party: Republican

Website: https://paulanderson4congress.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/6/2020, 10:10 am, can not find current phone number or email. Copy of candidate letter mailed to his home address. 
    4/9/2020, 11:08 found a previous email, but it was returned. 
    4/10/2020, 10:38 am, candidate called after receiving letter. provided updated contact info.  code emailed. 
    Answers submitted online April 11, 2020. 8:38 p.m.

Ann Ashford

Party: Democrat

Website: https://annashford2020.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/3/2020, 11:08 am, Spoke personally, sent email and access code. 
    Answers submitted online April 6, 2020, 8:40 a.m.

Donald J Bacon

Party: Republican

Website: https://donjbacon.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/2/2020 4:48 pm Connected with office staff via phone and sent email and access code.
    4/7/2020 10:50 am Another office staff emailed me to thank me for contacting their office. I encouraged him to fill it out asap.
    4/9/20, 3:17am, candidate deadline email alerting to 4/13/20 final deadline
    4/9/2020 10:17 am Re-sent email reminder
    Answers submitted online April 13, 2020, 11:12 a.m.

Kara Eastman

Party: Democrat

Website: http://www.eastmanforcongress.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/3/2020, 4:41 pm, Spoke personally and sent email with access code
    Answers sumbitted online April 6, 2020, 4:01 p.m.

Gladys Harrison

Party: Democrat

Website: http://www.gladys4congress.com/


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/2/2020, 4:34 pm, spoke personally, sent email and access code
    4/7/2020, 9:05 pm, re-sent an email reminder
    4/9/20, 3:10am, candidate deadline email alerting to 4/13/20 final deadline
    4/13/20, 8:04pm, offering until midnight.
    4/13/20, 8:17pm, candidate said working on it, wanting it to be correct
    Answers submitted online April 15, 2020, 10:02 p.m.

Tyler Schaeffer

Party: Libertarian


Information about making contact with the candidate:
    Contact info if you wish to connect with the candidate:  
    Phones:     (402) 885-9305   
    www.facebook.com/tyler.schaeffer.90
    
    contacted by resident of the district
    4/2/2020, 4:32 pm, left voicemail
    4/8/2020, 11:22 am, left another voicemail
    4/9/2020, 10:52 am, Left another voicemail

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?

Paul Anderson
I'm running for the House of Representatives, because, I have No intent or desire, in becoming part of the establishment, or a puppet of the power brokers! I will define success, by saying, (with Gods help), I will sponsor these top four priorities! (1) Reintroducing the articles of impeachment for president Trump. (2) Constitutional amendment abolishing "Roe V Wade" (3) Constitutional amendment abolishing "Same Sex Marriage" (4) Constitutional amendment abolishing "Citizens United" President Trump, you are guilty of two impeachable crimes, and I'm holding you accountable! Your crimes are, (tampering with a witness), and (with your re-election campaign, you asked and got assistance, from a foreign government). Roe V Wade, Same Sex Marriage, and Citizens United should be abolished simply because, they came from, nine (unelected lawyers who wear robes). All of our laws, are supposed to come from, the legislative branch of government, not the judicial branch. I also favor, sponsoring legislation, to term limit all judges!
Ann Ashford
I am running for Congress to knock down the obstacles that are put in the way of individuals achieving their own American dream. We need to remove the blockades that are put in the way of individual opportunities for success. There are too many candidates who say they want to go to Washington to fight. That only gets us more of what we have today: representatives staying in their own corners and not achieving real results for the American people. I am a realistic progressive who will work tirelessly with others to achieve a more perfect union that functions for all Americans. My top 3 priorities are as follows: 1) Healthcare - We must obtain universal coverage and access for all Americans by improving upon what Obamacare started; reducing the cost of care, especially pharmaceuticals; and providing a public option such as Medicare. There is a more detailed plan available on my website at annashford2020.com 2) Climate -We must move urgently to reduce and reverse the effects of climate change and take immediate measures to protect our air, water, and land. 3) Education - Whether we are addressing K-12 or post secondary education and training programs, there are realistic pathways to reduce our crippling student debt and address the cost of education. We must take action to recognize the value the K-12 teaching staff delivers and I will sponsor legislation to make the pay of K-12 teaching staff exempt from federal taxation.
Donald J Bacon
I've kept my promises from my first election: we cut taxes, strengthened national defense, and slashed regulations for our small business and ag communities. This term we've been focused on Nebraska's flood recovery, improving foster care and homeland security, and strengthening worker safety measures. I successfully advocated for the funds to fix Offutt AFB and Camp Ashland, and significantly increased research funding at Nebraska Universities. Now, we're doing all we can to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. If elected to another term, I'll be focused on economic recovery, lowering healthcare costs, and border/immigration reforms.
Kara Eastman
I believe that healthcare is a human right and that no one in the United States should have to choose between seeking medical care and putting food on the table, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ninety-two percent of Americans favor lower prescription drug prices and over 70% favor importing medicine from Canada. The federal government is slated to spend over $34 trillion on healthcare over the next decade. Transforming our healthcare system would save the government over $2 trillion over that same period. It would increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs, allow individuals to choose their provider instead of having to stay in network, eliminate premiums and deductibles, and free employers from having to administer healthcare plans. We have a $2 trillion investment gap in infrastructure, and we must restore our global competitive advantage through public-private partnerships and large investments in infrastructure to provide well-paying jobs across our country. I fully support Davis-Bacon wages on these kinds of federal projects. We also must raise the minimum wage and continue to foster trades programs within our community college system. I support economic opportunities that combat climate change as a way to create great jobs locally and invest in energy efficient housing. We must expand lending opportunities from credit unions and lower interest rates to small businesses, especially those in blighted communities, which in turn create jobs. We must ensure that all our citizens can achieve the American dream. The World Bank puts our income inequality on par with some of the poorest and unequal nations in the world. This is dangerous for our economy and damaging to our collective sense of morality. The GOP Tax Plan was a clear hand-out to the very wealthy and large corporations that simply do not need welfare. It was shown to have raised taxes on the middle class and exempted those who can afford to pay their fair share - this is not fiscal responsibility. We need to ensure that all Americans have a livable wage, are not drowning in student loans and healthcare costs, have healthy, affordable housing, and have a way to care for their children while they go to work. We also need to regulate banks and Wall Street and tax financial transactions to help pay down our debt.
Gladys Harrison
I am running for Congress to ensure that we all have a seat at the table; so that all of our voices are heard, and not drowned out by special interest groups and big business. I want to be of service to my neighbors in the entire 2nd District of Nebraska, to ensure that we all have a fair chance at providing ourselves and our families with economic and social stability--regardless of who we are, where we live, our faith, gender or whom we love. My success will be defined solely by the voters of the district. If the people of the 2nd District approve of my representation of their needs and concerns in Congress, I will have done the job that they elected me to do.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
Please refer to my Resume, in my campaign website.
Ann Ashford
I am a realistic progressive and a registered Democrat who was born, raised and spent my entire career here in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional district. My husband is Brad Ashford, who previously represented this district in Congress. While I am not running for or because of him, he is my inspiration every day as to how a good legislator can work to actually achieve real results. I am an attorney who has spent her entire career in leadership roles in healthcare and human resources. In healthcare, my responsibility was to ensure patients had access to providers and providers had the tools and resources necessary to treat every patient. In human resources, I was tasked with bringing together two sometimes opposing views between the employer and the employee to reach a consensus and move forward together. I was raised by a heart surgeon and nurse and attended public schools here in Nebraska. The overriding principle taught to me at home and in school was that service to others always comes first. That a life without service is a life wasted. For specific positions, please see my website at annashford2020.com.
Donald J Bacon
I grew up on a farm, where I learned the value of a hard day's work. After graduating from college, I joined the United States Air Force where I served for nearly 30 years. During that time, I had five commands, deployed four times, and led ballistic missile defense with the Israelis to defend Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv from potential Iranian attacks. I was the base commander for Offutt AFB, which is the Omaha area’s largest employer. I was also the installation commander for Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a community of 55,000 Americans. I retired as a Brigadier General in 2014, but I wasn't done serving my country. After retiring, I spent some time teaching at Bellevue University before deciding to run for Congress. In 2016, I became the only Republican to beat an incumbent House Democrat in the entire country. I have since been focused on adhering to the principles and promises the people of Nebraska's Second District voted for. I have been married to my college sweetheart Angie for 36 years, and we have four children and five grandchildren with one more on the way. I attend Life Spring Church in Bellevue, NE. I have served in leadership roles or as a member or volunteer in the following organizations: Air Force Association, Military Officers of America Association, Youth for Christ, National Rifle Association, Nebraska Firearms Owner Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. I was previously the President of the local chapter of the Gideons. Please take a look at my website - donjbacon.com - to learn more about me and what I stand for.
Kara Eastman
I am running because my mother had to choose between a $2500 pill that would save her life and paying for her own housing. No one should have to make that choice. An MSW in Social Work, I started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) and grew it from a small, start-up lead poisoning prevention organization to a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe, and healthy housing in Omaha. Under my leadership, OHKA has directly served over 4,000 Nebraska families. In the process, I created dozens of jobs at my nonprofit, within the city government, and through partnerships with the small businesses and contractors I worked with. I have been a board member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and has served as an appointed member of the Mayor of Omaha's Fair Housing Advisory Board. I am seasoned at taking conceptual ideas and turning them into tangible actions. I am an expert at bringing people together around a cause and building consensus. With partners like the city of Omaha, the Kresge Foundation, and Children’s Hospital, I developed programs to improve local communities while also reducing government costs. I also have worked as the director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter; helped start Extra Hands for ALS, a national, student-based volunteer program that proEdited answer:vided assistance to patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease; and was the director of Friendship Shelter, a transitional housing program for homeless adults. Eastman is a life-long Democrat. In 2018, she won the Democratic Nomination for US Congress and came within 1.9% of unseating the incumbent Republican. In 2014, she overwhelmingly won election to the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, one of the top ten community colleges in the country, and was elected as Vice Chair of the Board. Under her leadership as Vice-Chair, she strengthened non-discrimination policies, developed contractor training programs that created jobs in the community, and she led the initiative to ban tobacco usage on all MCC campuses. Eastman is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska Second Congressional District in 2020. Eastman and her husband Scott, an associate professor of history at Creighton University, live in Omaha and their daughter, Sabina, has just started college at Kara's alma mater. In her free time, Eastman is on the hunt to find the best chicken wings in Nebraska.
Gladys Harrison
I’m a native of Omaha, Nebraska. I have grown up here. My family has owned and operated a small business here for over 12 years. I have roots here which ground me, and constantly remind me of where I’m from and what’s important to me. I am the proud mother of three adult children; two daughters and one son. I have one grandchild, and he is the absolute love of my life. I have three older sisters who have been examples of courage, determination and compassion for me. I’m blessed to be a part of a large extended family which spans five generations, and includes members of multiple nationalities of every hue and color. I had amazing parents, grandparents and ancestors whose lives served as examples of how to live in your purpose, and provided the foundation of my faith. My professional career began in the communications industry where I held various positions over 22 years, including Union Steward for the Communication Workers of America-Local 7400. In 2007, I along with my sisters assisted my mother, Patricia "Big Mama" Barron, in accomplishing her dream of establishing and owning a restaurant. I worked alongside my mother until her passing in 2018, at which time I became the owner of Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering. My family and I continue to carry on my mother’s legacy of great food, community and second chances. I grew up in the Mennonite church, Northside Mennonite, wherein I learned the importance of being of service to others and the value of peace. During my time at Northside, I dedicated my time and talents the the youth ministry, the women's group and community outreach until the church closed. I currently belong to a non-denominational local church, Church on Purpose. A leader is a servant. This principle has been instilled within me through the lives my parents and grandparents lead. I have used, and will continue to use my time, talents and abilities to be of service to others by volunteering for various nonprofit organizations, providing jobs to members of our community who were formerly incarcerated, donating food to various nonprofit organizations and continuing to provide culinary scholarships for those seeking a second chance.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
I'm pretty certain that, I'm the only Republican, who's running for congress, who will reintroduce, the articles of impeachment for president Trump. In the 2018 election, I ran for the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors (at large seat), I was the Republican in this race, and did not get any help or an endorsement from the county or state Republican party. I was thrown under the bus (elephant), only because, in one of my campaign TV ads, I took a stand, by asking Nebraskans to join me in voting for the expansion of Medicaid. I have no regrets in taking this position, because I felt that standing up for those "uninsured" Nebraskans, was and still is, the right thing to do!
Ann Ashford
I was the Human Resources Vice President at a large global manufacturer headquartered in Omaha. We had recently acquired a new business line with plants throughout the southeastern United States. At the time, we offered a robust health insurance program with a number of options. There was a copay for prescription drugs that was least for generic drugs and higher for brand name drugs. This was a typical program and determined to be quite generous. Shortly after the acquisition was completed, the President of that business unit complained about the cost of medications for his employees. I embarked on a listening tour of the plants and was informed on numerous occasions that employees were having to choose between putting food on the table for their families or paying for their own medication. At the final meeting, a man stood and pleaded with me to please ask the insurance company to make it right. As I stood there at the end of a very long 3 days, tears streaming down my face, I informed him that I was the responsible party and I would do everything I could to make it right. The next day at the office, I explained the situation to our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. We were doing what the best practice was - the drug copays did not apply to out of pocket maximums or deductibles. With the CEO and CFO approval, we designed a new plan on the spot that put a cap on the drug copays from a person making $50,000 or less. That cap allowed these employees to be comforted and able to budget a maximum amount for which they would be responsible. We were probably the only plan in the country at that time that had that design.
Donald J Bacon
I have a lot of these stories from my time in the military - from creating the highest rated sexual assault prevention program in the Air Force, to standing up to my superior officers when I knew I was right. But for this question I'd rather talk about my time so far in Congress. During the beginning of the debate on DACA, I took a position. It was the same position I campaigned on in 2016, and it's the stance I felt in my heart was the right thing to do. I wanted to allow DACA recipients to stay in the country legally, as long as they contributed to society and didn't break the law again. They should have the ability to apply for - and work toward - citizenship just like every other immigrant, without fear of deportation. At the time many in my party had a different view, including the President. But I stood firm in my resolve. Within a few months, the President and many other conservatives began to share my views. Now, the planned solution for DACA sounds a lot like the stance I campaigned on four years ago. I never wavered in my principles, and I think that steadfast leadership is what the district voted for in 2016 and 2018. I’ve been committed to providing a permanent solution for the law-abiding DACA youth here now, but also to making the border more secure and fixing the immigration system to prevent this from happening again.
Kara Eastman
When I created Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, many people did not want to hear about or deal with issues related to lead poisoning in our community, but I fought daily to put this on the city, state and federal agenda.
Gladys Harrison
Being born a person of color, a woman and poor, I have been blessed with the courage to identify, and stand up for what I know is right when the momentum is pushing the other way. An example of this is how my business provides second chances for those who've been formerly incarcerated. Our family-owned soul food restaurant was founded with a mission to provide employment for those members of our community who have served time in prison. We remove the many stigmas they face, providing the opportunity for them to earn an income, learn a skill and build a resume. Realizing the need for the formerly an incarcerated to access support in achieving a higher education, our family additionally started a culinary scholarship in our late founder’s name, targeted specifically to those individuals who have served time in prison.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
This is not an easy question to answer, but I will try. I do believe, that 75% of those constituents who have or will be voting for me, that their view is in line somewhat, with my view. Of course, it goes without saying, there is not one human being, on any issue, that agrees (100%) with anyone else, my wife assures me of this fact, daily!
Ann Ashford
I believe that constituents would prefer a representative who will vote with what they want 100% of the time. Voters are reasonable, though, and realize that the diversity of a Congressional district means that no one can vote with what 100% of voters want 100% of the time. It is just not possible. Therefore, I believe it's important to vote with a consensus of the constituents represented as often as possible. Constituents will realize that they also voted for an individual with positions and principles and that at those times when there is no clear consensus as to what constituents want, a representative will have to vote her conscience. And then ensure the voters know she voted the way she did.
Donald J Bacon
This is a complicated question. Voters choose the candidate (and that candidate's views) based on who they feel best represents their interests and personal beliefs. It is literally impossible to represent the views of every single person in the district on every single vote. The victorious candidate only wins because the majority of voters believes he/she would represent their views. So, with the above in mind, I would say the answer is 90%. I will always vote my conscience. The voters chose to elect a certain set of principles, and I would not be a good representative if I constantly changed those principles. I know that I am held accountable with each election based on the votes I've made, but I am confident that I have done exactly what I promised to do. I keep my word. However, I am not afraid to admit when I'm wrong or don't have all the facts, and in those cases I try to learn as much as I can before making a decision.
Kara Eastman
I think there are some issues in which voters want you to vote your conscience or based on your expertise as a legislator, and others in which they want you to vote based on their specific beliefs.
Gladys Harrison
This is a great question, thank you for asking it. I had to give it some thought. What I can say I will do is 100 percent of time, I will seek out the voices and sentiment of my constituents, and use that information--in conjunction with fact finding, the U.S. Constitution and its amendments--to guide my decision making.
Tyler Schaeffer
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Constitutional Issues

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

Paul Anderson
I believe that the US Constitution is both, an original and an evolving document. The constitution was established as an original document on September 17, 1787. And since that date, it has evolved (expanded) with 7 articles and 27 amendments.
Ann Ashford
The US Constitution is a living document. It was drafted by 55 men over a period of 4 or so months. The drafts were actually longer than the final version of the Constitution. When you read the drafts, the back and forth that occurred during the writing becomes clear and it appears that the framers knew that they were establishing the basis for the country, but not necessarily the final version. None of them could have envisioned what the passage of time has brought this country. But they did foresee the necessity to amend the Constitution from time to time, as evidenced the first time with the Bill of Rights. Subsequent amendments have been necessary to prohibit slavery and give women the right to vote, among others. If the Constitution was intended to be an original document and unchanging, the provisions to amend it would never have been established.
Donald J Bacon
The Constitution is one of the most beautiful documents ever created and it is the foundational law of our land. I am an originalist. We must adhere to it as we govern. Our nation's founders had a vision for this country: individual liberty, unencumbered by an invasive government. Our responsibility is to uphold and create that vision. The Founders of our country made it possible to amend our Constitution when a change is necessary. We live in the greatest nation the world has ever seen, and the Constitution is a key reason why.
Kara Eastman
Evolving! The original US Constitution did not allow women to vote and treated African Americans as 3/5 of a person. It was built to evolve and to be amended to address changes in society and culture.
Gladys Harrison
The US Constitution is an original document, and it represents the core tenets and foundation of what we believe and hold dear in this great country. In my opinion, it was created with the purposeful intent to be flexible, and to evolve to remain relevant via the incorporation of Constitutional amendments.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
(5) I do support federal gun registration, even though I don't own a gun (yet), and I am a strong supporter of the second amendment. Any American, who, obtains a gun, with the intent and desire, to commit a crime with the gun, will probably not, register the gun!
Ann Ashford
3 I support universal background checks for those wishing to purchase a gun. The borders between states are open and there is nothing to keep a person purchasing a weapon in a state with lax requirements and then relocating or traveling to a state with more restrictive requirements. I support more common sense gun regulation enacted on a federal level. Should such legislation be in place, it would lessen the need for a federal gun registry.
Donald J Bacon
I align with #1. We do not need more gun laws. Instead, we need to enforce the laws currently on the books. Adding more laws only serves to punish law-abiding citizens. Criminals who commit gun violence don't follow the law, so new laws won't impact them. We have seen Democrat presidential and NE-02 congressional candidates say they support confiscation of the most popular rifle sold in America today. Gun registration would be used a tool by anti-2A elected activists. I have worked closely with the law enforcement community on pieces of legislation they believe will be most impactful to gun violence, such as straw purchases (when someone buys a gun for an individual who is not legally allowed to possess one) and improved fusion centers - both of which will help reduce senseless gun violence.
Kara Eastman
There should be federal registration of gun ownership. We need to protect children from being at risk of school shootings.
Gladys Harrison
I'd say number 5. The right to bear arms is granted to us in the second amendment, and to ensure that all gun owners are responsible gun owners, registration and firearm safety training should be requirements.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
Yes, I do believe that our freedom of speech, is an absolute, and should be cherished and preserved. Its my understanding that, the 2010," Citizens United ", supreme court ruling, is and was, based on the " freedom of speech", argument, which in my view, is a myth, joke, and a lie! And this is why, as your congressman, I will work to get "Citizens United", abolished, and replaced with and by, a constitutional amendment.
Ann Ashford
Freedom of speech is so important to our country that it is contained in the First Amendment to the Constitution. This does not mean it is unlimited, however. The Courts have ruled and laws established that speech may be regulated to prevent harm to others. I believe that the ability of constituents to have free and uncensored discussions with their Representatives is vital. I would ensure a town hall at least once a month, whether in person or virtual, be held in the district. This along with regular in person constituent meetings as well as constant visits to locations all across the district will be put in place to ensure open two way communication with constituents.
Donald J Bacon
Freedom of speech, like all our Constitutional rights, is one of most cherished rights and must be guaranteed. And, like all our Constitutional rights, it must not infringe on the safety of another person. We should not be allowed to yell "bomb" on an airplane, "fire" in a theater, and so on, because those actions undermine safety. I ensure our constituents have easy access in stating views to me. We have had 16 public and 5 telephone town halls, dozens of employee town halls in places of work, and respond to every letter we receive. I try to attend four to six events a day when I’m back home so that I know what our constituents are thinking. In 2020, our office was selected as one of eight (out of 535) Congressional staffs with the best constituent services in all Congress.
Kara Eastman
My platform is doing politics differently. I believe in broadening access to elected officials. I will do frequent town halls and be very accessible to my constituents.
Gladys Harrison
We must look to the Constitution to fully understand our rights to freedom of speech, and its limits under first amendment. However, I do believe that this right is absolute, and that Americans should have no fear of being able to respectfully express themselves without censorship, persecution or restraint.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
Immigration is the sole responsibility, of the US Congress, and they have failed miserably! I will be specific, its the responsibility of all 535 (past, current, and future) members of Congress, not the president, or the supreme court, to set immigration policy. In my opinion, the best way to define and improve our immigration policy, would be to limit the number of legal immigrants. I also stand opposed to building a wall, on either one of our borders.
Ann Ashford
The United States must return to its status as the welcoming beacon of hope for the rest of the world. The ideal immigration policy and system secures our borders and at the same time treats immigrants with dignity and respect. All three branches of government must work together to set policy and law (legislative), enforce those laws and regulations (executive), and adjudicate immigration status (judicial). DACA recipients and their families must be granted a pathway to citizenship and this must be done legislatively as executive orders are subject to change with administrations. The United States must be willing to accept more global refugees so that no one country is overwhelmed by the need. Asylum seekers must be allowed to enter the United States and not be required to return to their home country prior to asylum proceedings. The United States should never separate families entering at the border and should not use private, for profit companies to provide detention facilities and services. There must be a funded increase in the number of immigration judges. Prior to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, my suggestion was that caps on visas for foreign nationals working in the US, H1B visas for example, be raised. This would address some of labor shortages faced, especially in some highly skilled professions. At the present time, the US should delay any reconsideration of the cap until we see what changes to our nation's economic trajectory will occur and what the rate of long-term unemployment will be.
Donald J Bacon
In my opinion, the ideal immigration policy is based on merit. We should be welcoming people to this country who can contribute to society - immigrants with high levels of education, special skills, and who are able to fill open jobs. We need to enforce the law when it comes to illegal immigration. I'm in favor of stronger border security, better e-verification tools, enforcing existing laws, and using a combination of barriers and technology to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into America. While I believe that DACA recipients should be allowed to stay on a conditional basis to work toward their citizenship like other immigrants, I absolutely do not believe in granting citizenship or any kind of blanket amnesty. I also know we must never do anything like DACA again, which makes strengthened border enforcement especially important. There are many who enter our country legally and those who enter illegally should not be allowed to jump in front of the line. The Legislative branch needs to fix the system by updating the laws, creating new laws, and appropriating funds to enact the laws. The Executive branch needs to enforce the current laws and any new laws created by Congress, while working to ensure a stronger law enforcement presence on the border. The Judicial branch needs to stop legislating from the bench and serve in their official capacity, which is making sure our laws comply with the Constitution.
Kara Eastman
We need a clean DACA bill, we need to broaden protections for TPS, we need to end construction of a Southern Border Wall.
Gladys Harrison
Unless your ancestors were among the indigenous peoples of this country, we are all immigrants—some by choice, and some involuntarily. The ideal American immigration policy would respect the rights of immigrants as human beings, would give Dreamers a path to citizenship, deter the hiring of undocumented workers and would continue to provide opportunities for people to safely and legally come to this country. In return, our policy should mandate that newcomers faithfully adhere to our existing laws, and ultimately apply to take the oath of American citizenship.
Tyler Schaeffer
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[FREE EDUCATION] Describe the advantages and disadvantages of government paid community college education.

Paul Anderson
I would favor, free education, and not have the federal government pay for it. Instead, follow the example of Tennessee, when their legislature, enacted the free-college program in (2014) called the "Tennessee Promise". Regardless of income, this program has been offering two years of tuition-free community college or technical school to all high school graduates. This Tennessee program, has had a significant and positive effect towards the increase in the number of high school graduates. The state lottery, paid for this 45 million dollar program, with no tax increase! This was the idea of billionaire Republican governor Bill Haslam, shortly after he was elected in 2011.
Ann Ashford
Jobs in our country have changed to the degree that a high school diploma is no longer sufficient to meet the work requirements. High schools no longer offer valuable vocational training and many of those programs have transitioned to community colleges. The advantage of government paid community college is that it evens the playing field so that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds can access the education necessary to work in 21st century jobs. The disadvantage of government paid community college education is that students wouldn't have any skin in the game and students of means could receive the same benefit as those in need. Additionally, a community college is focused on the community in which it is located. If it were government paid, it could lose some of the local focus and some nimbleness.
Donald J Bacon
Advantages: - More people would graduate from community college and attain secondary education and skills. There would also be less student debt. Disadvantages: - This is not the role of the Federal government. Taxes would increase for everyone, everywhere. This would also increase government deficits, which already are too large. The employment market would be flooded with more people of similar experience and skill levels, which would drive down wages and benefits (one of the basic laws of supply and demand). Government would have increased control over our education systems and processes, taking control away from students, families, and local government.
Kara Eastman
I support free community college education. We need to address the huge issue of student debt.
Gladys Harrison
Free community college is an essential option which would level the playing field and create an environment that grants everyone who wants one access to a higher education. Through these types of colleges, more money would be generated to help drive the economy versus student loan debt, and the long term economic stimulus would result in increased home and small business ownership, while fueling the creation of American jobs. The down side of free college education is the question of how it is going to be paid for. Studies suggest that it could decrease the value of a four-year college degree (which makes no sense to me...the smarter we are as a country, the more successful we can be), the quality of the education could be affected and that there may be extensive waiting periods to enroll due to high demand.
Tyler Schaeffer
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[UNITED NATIONS] Describe your beliefs about the U.S./United Nations relationship.

Paul Anderson
I fully support the purpose and mission of the UN, which is to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. I also stand with president Trump, in saying, that all members of the UN, pay their fair share. I'm opposed to having and maintaining a United Nations military force. I stand with the National Association for Gun Rights, in opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (Small Arms Treaty). The reason for their position is, any treaty or international law seeking to subvert our own Constitutional rights should be strongly opposed, and no U.S. taxpayer funds should go to support it.
Ann Ashford
The United Nations was formed to unite countries across the globe. It works to promote peace and engages in peacekeeping activities. The United Nations promotes human rights, provides a forum for international justice, and helps to ensure economic and social justice. The role of the United States is closely tied to the activities of the United Nations and the role the United Nations performs as a global force. The United Nations has a vital place as a non-state actor. It can and has worked across geopolitical boundaries to provide peacekeeping forces, assist in refugee crises, focus on climate change, and act during disease outbreaks. The most important role the United States plays in the United Nations is as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. The United States must reinforce the strength and importance of its relationship with the United Nations.
Donald J Bacon
The United States should cooperate with the UN on initiatives that benefit American citizens and interests, and that help create a more peaceful environment. All "treaty-like" actions taken as part of the UN should be voted upon by the United States Senate. United States involvement in the UN helps steer the organization to support better causes. Without our influence, the UN will grow even more misguided and will no longer be any kind of voice for individual rights. The UN needs to work hard to eliminate the corruption and cronyism it is known for. There is a great deal of waste in the organization, and the United States has not stood firm against this misuse of funds until recently. The US should not be the primary benefactor to U N programs, and we need to ensure contributions are based on fair share.
Kara Eastman
We need to fully fund and staff the state department and re-establish our alliances with our friends abroad.
Gladys Harrison
My belief about our nation's relationship with the United Nations is that we have to be a more strategic, and a better member-citizen of the U.N. With international peace, security and cooperation as its longstanding main objectives, the United States as an economic and military superpower should be the most welcoming, and shining example of leadership and participation within the body, and never diminish the significance and potential of the U.N. to affect positive change.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
I'm a supporter of Article V of the U.S. Constitution. This article, gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. The main reason that I support this article, is because, our founding fathers demonstrated vision, when they put it in our constitution. Another reason would be, its "We the People", who are now servants, of our elected leaders at every level of government.
Ann Ashford
This is a tough question. In this day when one's ability to procure medical marijuana for a seizure disorder depends on which state is your residence; when Medicaid may not be available to you because you live in a state which has not expanded it to cover you; when you may or may not have to go through a thorough background check to purchase a weapon is reliant upon which side of a border you live, it's difficult to make an argument for more states' rights. Our world is so interconnected and borders and boundaries have become more meaningless. I believe that the federal government must provide a baseline for regulation or rights. This was done with the ACA to mandate healthcare coverage for 10 essential conditions, though the current administration allows non-compliant plans to now be sold. In light of the pandemic crisis we are now experiencing, states' rights have become even less of a concern with a pandemic taking lives throughout the world, creating a global economic crisis. We have states outbidding one another for resources and some states refusing to issue stay at home orders. It's make it very difficult to side with states' rights.
Donald J Bacon
The Tenth Amendment is one of the most important of our Bill of Rights, and the one that has been the most undermined. Healthcare and some programs in Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and Health and Human Services should be returned to state jurisdiction. Our system of three equal branches was designed by Madison to have “ambition counter ambition”, and therefore be slow moving. Thus, the federal government should concentrate on the duties enumerated in Article One, Section 8 and leave other duties at the state and local level.
Kara Eastman
I believe that states are the laboratories of democracy; however, I feel like the Trump administration is putting the environment at risk by preventing states from increasing environmental regulations.
Gladys Harrison
I believe that the powers to regulate some healthcare laws, labor and workplace employment issues, vote fraud and illegal immigration--especially in the border states--should be managed at the state level because of the degree of first-hand knowledge, expertise and sensitivity to these specific issues that only a focused, state-centered governance could wield.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
I'm not a medical expert, but my wife who is a retired Registered Nurse, is a medical professional. I agree with her assessment which is, a private health care plan, combined with a national healthcare system, similar to what you have in the United Kingdom, would be the ideal healthcare system for America. The private health care plan, would be available, for those who want it, and can pay for it themselves. And everyone, would pay for, and have, some form of healthcare, with a national system. I have additional thoughts, on this issue, in my website.
Ann Ashford
The ideal health system recognizes that healthcare is a human right and provides for universal access and coverage. We need to keep the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and finish what it started. That means bringing down the costs to truly ensure people have access. If you can't afford something, you cannot access it. And we need to add a public option, such as Medicare, that is available to all and is priced on a sliding scale. We must bring down the cost of pharmaceutical drugs by mandating that Medicare negotiate pricing with pharmaceutical drug companies. (It is somewhat misleading to talk about Medicare negotiating pricing when they do not do so with any other healthcare sector. Medicare sets the pricing for other providers such as hospitals and physicians.) Additionally, we must reign in or prohibit the type of advertising in which drug companies engage. The over $9 billion that US drug companies spend annually in direct to consumer advertising actually drives up total costs by creating demand for sometimes unnecessary medications and that money could be diverted to reducing the cost of medication or research. There are many avenues to pursue to make healthcare available to everyone. Just one path isn't going to do it. Please see annashford2020.com for my health plan.
Donald J Bacon
The ideal healthcare system is achieved through competition, which lowers costs and improves care for patients. I believe that those with pre-existing conditions should be guaranteed coverage, as they are now. We need to change current law to allow for things that would lower costs and increase transparency, such as association pools and the ability to buy insurance across state lines. I've co-sponsored bills to help achieve those goals, but this will be a long process and will require compromise between both parties. What our nation absolutely cannot afford is a one-size-fits-all approach, like Medicare for All. This would lead to long wait times, rationing of care, ridiculously high taxes, and government control over all our healthcare decisions. Employer provided healthcare is an option that many citizens like, and we should protect this as an option. I also support expanded use of HSAs where employers can pay in allowing employees to use to pay premiums and other healthcare costs. These HSAs can be portable going from one job to the next, and allows people to keep the healthcare providers they like.
Kara Eastman
I support tightly controlled prescription drug pricing and endorse Rep. Pramila Jayapal's bill HR 1384.
Gladys Harrison
Well, the the United States is the only industrialized country in the world wherein its citizens can go bankrupt for the lack of healthcare, and where you can lose your home simply by getting sick as well. Any "ideal" healthcare system and plan that I would support has to have these four things: 1. Allow those that have, and like their health insurance to keep it. 2. It must insure and protect people with pre-existing conditions. 3. It must include a quality affordable public option for those who need it—by providing competition to the private insurance companies. 4. A sensible plan to decrease the cost of prescription drugs, as well as the costs of medical treatment.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
My Abortion Stance is, I'm Pro-Life (no exceptions) God and God only, is the giver and taker of life. Please refer to my website on this issue.
Ann Ashford
2. Viability should not be governed simply by weeks into pregnancy. I support Roe v Wade that gave women control over their pregnancies with a trimester approach, allowing more restrictions as trimesters progress. The most troubling arguments that have been made of late are those surrounding so called late term abortions. In reality, these procedure are early inductions, usually carried out because the fetus is no longer viable or the life of the mother is endangered. For a political process to hijack these horrific decisions that are made at a person's most emotionally painful time simply for political purposes is inexcusable. This is using baseless, untrue allegations to make the women facing the worst decisions of their lives political pawns.
Donald J Bacon
I align with a 5. I believe life begins at conception and all life is precious. Abortion stops a beating heart and ends the life of a unique individual with their own DNA. It should only be legal in those rare cases when it is necessary to save the life of the mother. I am strongly pro-life.
Kara Eastman
I support Roe v Wade and I am endorsed by #VoteProChoice.
Gladys Harrison
My stance is number 1. I had my first child at age 18. I was still in high school, and the wonderful staff and faculty and Marian High School fully supported my decision to keep my baby. By the time I was 21 years old, I had experienced the deaths of 2 children and had a miscarriage. This was devastating for my family and I. I value the blessings of motherhood, and being a mom and a grandmother is extremely important to me. I value life and the wonderful privilege of being a mother. I hope the my daughters will never have to face the difficult decision of whether to have an abortion--regardless of the reason. However, I do believe that it's every woman’s right to determine what is best for she and body. It is her right to have that choice.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. No, I do not believe that additional laws/policies should be passed to ensure all individuals are treated equally. By creating new laws and policies, you are creating a separate class of people, which does not line up with Genesis 1:27.
Ann Ashford
LGBTQ+ individuals are discriminated against on a regular basis, including jobs, work benefits, housing and public accommodations. The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in May 2019 which would include protections against LGBTQ+ discrimination in federal civil rights laws. The Equality Act is still sitting in the US Senate, waiting for action. I support the Equality Act which would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing and credit. In addition, the Equality Act extends protections for women, people of color, and other minority groups by extending the definition of public accommodations.
Donald J Bacon
I do believe some LGBTQ individuals have suffered discrimination, and that we should provide legal protections. At the same time, we cannot undermine religious liberty that is guaranteed in the First Amendment. Everyone should be free to have the relationships they want and to practice the religion freely of their choice, without intrusion from government or others. I believe any equality bill should have RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) protections included that was passed during the Clinton Administration. Without RFRA, potential equality bills could shut down faith-based adoption agencies and some private schools. We live in a pluralistic society and our laws should protect that and not be exclusionary.
Kara Eastman
Yes, we need to provide legal protections for LGBTQIA persons in the workplace.
Gladys Harrison
We know that every day in America there are people who suffer from discrimination for a multitude of reasons--including each of those enumerated here and more. No one should have to suffer the pain of discrimination, yet unfortunately we can't simply legislate it away. However, it is the duty of each of us to ensure and protect legal rights for all of us, and if legislation is necessary to accomplish this then that's what we must do.
Tyler Schaeffer
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[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.

Paul Anderson
Yes, my wife and I were co-owners of the Dundee Village Food Mart. We were (landlords), we owned and operated two apartment buildings, which were located near downtown Omaha. And we were responsible for payroll, budget, employees, and subordinates. We were forced into selling the grocery store, because we could not compete with the large supermarkets. We also, were forced into selling our apartment buildings because, we simply didn't have the capital that was necessary, to keep our buildings in compliance with the city codes. I know that my wife and I could write a book about these two life experiences, but we probably will not.
Ann Ashford
During my entire 35 year career in healthcare and human resources, I have always been responsible for a budget and, for 33 of those 35 years, for employees, either direct or indirect reports. The budgets for which I was responsible included projecting revenue as well as expenses. They were structured from strategic plans that I either had input into or for which I was directly responsible. In addition, my husband and I owned Nebraska Clothing Company for approximately 20 years. It was a small retail clothing store that sold men's and women's clothing as well as licensed products for our own line, Bugeaters. As owners, we were responsible for the operations, budget, staffing, sourcing of goods, and marketing strategies. Everything that any business must address was on our shoulders. I understand being responsible for a budget and payroll as part of a larger business enterprise and I have personally been responsible for making a budget and payroll with any shortfalls coming out of our family's pockets.
Donald J Bacon
I commanded an organization of nearly 8,000 and another organization of nearly 7,000. I had a budget of over $310M and controlled aviation assets valued at $10B. I stayed within budget and on occasions was able to reduce spending during my five different commands. As the Wing Commander at Offutt AFB, I directly supervised six group commanders and had oversight of 31 squadrons located all over the world. As the commander at Offutt AFB and in Ramstein AB in Germany, I had to partner with numerous businesses, such as restaurants and many vendors, with the intent of providing quality services to our military and families. Small business owners are a major driver of our economy, and we need to continue removing government roadblocks so they can thrive and flourish in an improved economy. They are the embodiment of the American spirit - resilient, resourceful, and dedicated.
Kara Eastman
Yes, I was the CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and I also run a small business now called Kara Eastman Partners. I supervised 15 people and was responsible for raising the money to pay for their work.
Gladys Harrison
I am the owner of a family-owned business, Big Mama's Kitchen and Catering, a soul food restaurant that has received national acclaim and recognition for our great food--created by founder Patricia "Big Mama" Barron--and our commitment to our community. In 2007, my sisters and I assisted my mother in accomplishing her lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. We worked alongside our mother building our restaurant for over 10 years, until her untimely passing in 2018. Our family continues to carry on my mother’s legacy of great food, community and second chances. Our restaurant has received national attention, having been featured in various newspaper articles, magazines and blogs. Big Mama's Kitchen and Catering has also been featured on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, Sundance Network and The Cooking Channel. As a small business owner I have worn many hats. My responsibilities at the restaurant have included creating, building and maintaining our brand, and completely managing the day-to-day operations of the restaurant to include human resources functions, marketing, budgeting and payroll. And yes, I have even washed dishes, mopped floors and cleaned bathrooms when it needed to get done!
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
As a retired Navy Reserve veteran, the federal government, has a high responsibility, in ensuring that our veterans, and their surviving families, should be taken care of. For the past five years, I've been a volunteer at the Omaha VA hospital. I recently learned that, the VA has eight different categories or levels of veterans as to the kind of care they can get or don't get at a VA hospital. In my view, this is not acceptable, and un-American, if you're a veteran needing health care that is available at any VA hospital, it should be provided! After spending almost six months in Iraq, in a combat zone, I see No value whatsoever, in having women in a combat zone! In my view, God did not create a woman, to be exposed to the horrors of a battlefield.
Ann Ashford
The federal government has a deep responsibility to our veterans and their families. These responsibilities are demonstrated through health care services, benefit programs, and access to national cemeteries. This is why my husband, Brad Ashford, relentlessly pursued his most important accomplishment of his legislative career - sponsoring and getting passed the enabling legislation to get our Veterans Hospital new ambulatory care center built here. This legislation is also being used across the country for other health facilities. This is why I worked with Michelle Obama's and Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative to expand the Choice program for veterans seeking healthcare. Whether it's healthcare, other benefits like the GI Bill and home loans, or burial rights, this country owes a debt to our veterans and the programs benefiting them must be sufficient and funded. Regarding women in combat, many of the concerns have dissipated with actual experience. Women add a different valuable perspective and studies have demonstrated that group intelligence rises in an organization when women are members. With more conflicts occurring in settings of high cultural sensitivity, it is important to have a female perspective as well as the presence of female soldiers to interact with local populations when contact between members of the opposite sex are not acceptable.
Donald J Bacon
We have a moral obligation to take care of our veterans and their families. Commitments have been made in regard to their retirements (if served a career) and their medical care. Our Veterans Administration needs reforms to ensure more choice is provided to veterans, transparency with waiting times and policies, and accountability given to those leaders who are performing below standards. My Gold Star bill took important steps toward taking care of the families of our fallen heroes, and there is much more work to be done. In regards to women in combat, we must ensure the training and performance standards are preserved. Combat capability cannot be diminished. I’ve served with wonderful leaders of both sexes during my career in the Air Force.
Kara Eastman
I think women should be able to serve in combat. We need to fully fund Veterans Affairs and their hospitals and provide excellent resources for those at risk for suicide.
Gladys Harrison
My mother was a veteran of the United States Navy back in the 1960s, during the time when women were restricted to only office work, or healthcare. She wanted to be a cook on-ship, and at that time women were not assigned to ships. Gender should never prevent anyone from serving their country in combat, or any other capacity if they have the desire and meet the requirements to do so. It's courage under fire that counts on the battle field. And, given their selfless sacrifice for America's ideals, I further believe that the federal government should bear 100 percent responsibility for the long-term care of our veterans and their surviving families.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
It makes no difference to me that 30% of Nebraska's population is considered rural because, Nebraska's number one industry, is agriculture! As Nebraska's 2nd District congressman, (mostly an urban district), I pledge and promise, to work with the 1st and 3rd district representative, to ensure that agriculture will have a high priority, when it comes to policy-making in Washington. For a little over 12 years, I lived and worked in the 1st and 3rd districts.
Ann Ashford
One in four jobs in Nebraska is related to agriculture.In addition the cash receipts from farm markets contributed more than $21 billion to the Nebraska economy in 2018. Each dollar of agricultural exports generates another $1.28 in other economic activities such as transportation, warehousing, financing and production. In 2018, Nebraskans exported $6.8 billion of agricultural goods in 2018 and an additional $8.7 billion was generated through additional related agricultural activity. The effects of tariffs and trade wars, decisions on SNAP, and the Farm Bill are all within the control of federal policy making. In addition, nationwide decisions as to how to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change as well as decisions made by the Army Corps of Engineers with regard releasing water from dams and such are within the purview of the federal government. Included must be interstate and federal/interstate water compacts in which the federal government has ultimate jurisdiction. The decisions made at the federal level impact every aspect of agriculture, from the crops and livestock raised to environmental controls to markets available at what prices to exports and beyond. Representatives elected to federal office must have a good understanding of the connectivity among all Nebraska industries, how the country's policies and actions affect each sector, and how they can assist agriculture in greater productivity.
Donald J Bacon
I serve on the House Ag Committee. Agriculture is a primary driver of our state's economy, and the impacts it has on our district are very real. We need to keep trade free and fair, reciprocate against countries that engage in unfair trade practices, and continue to promote Nebraska's agriculture to the world. These are the things I've been fighting for. We have the competitive advantage in the world, and we need to do more to open trade doors so our farmers can compete and win. I enjoy meeting with farmers and ranchers to learn from them and hear their feedback. They're not only the backbone of our economy, they're the foundation for the Nebraska values I'm proud to bring to Washington. Although we don’t have as much farming in NE-02, we have a very large agri-business sector.
Kara Eastman
We need to move towards regenerative agriculture to avoid a future of depleted soil and a depressed rural economy.
Gladys Harrison
The only way that this fact can affect policy-making is in an inaccurate and unfair way, and this needs to be addressed at both the state and federal levels. Our rural ag populations and towns, and our proud farmers and their families are among America's greatest treasures. They have sustained this country for generations, and they have gotten the short end of the federal stick for far too long. It's long past time for them to be fairly and equitably treated, funded and compensated. They feed us all and they feed the world, and we need to fix the fine print like this which impacts policy.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
In my view, the federal government, could improve the socio-economic, educational, and employment difficulties, on the Native American reservations, by simply getting engaged, and work with the leaders of those communities. I'm opposed to any form of gambling, that said, casino development is a benefit to the Native American community. This is because, reservations, according to the federal government treaties, is a sovereign nation. In other words, they can live their lives, as to the way they want to, in reality, they are a country, inside another country.
Ann Ashford
The three principles of Indian Law in the United States are 1) territorial sovereignty for the tribes over Indian land; 2) Congress has greater authority over matters affecting Indian tribes than does either the Executive or Judicial branch; and 3) the federal government has a duty to protect the tribes. Careful consideration needs to occur as to what resources the federal government can provide the tribes to ensure equal education, socio-economic benefits, and job/skills training and employment opportunities. Congress must be willing to pursue avenues identified by the tribes and follow up with resources and funding. The benefit or detriment of casino development is a question best left to the tribes.
Donald J Bacon
Spending time on the reservations talking with their leaders and residents is the only way to better understand their needs, issues, and ideas. I've been working hard to grow our economy for all Nebraskans, which will create conditions where people can more easily earn success. We also must ensure the schools are equipped to provide a solid education, enabling those who work hard to lift themselves out of poverty. I generally believe that, rather than expanding gambling, growing private sector jobs and improving educational opportunities are a better way to lift people up.
Kara Eastman
The federal government needs to fully fund Indian Health Services and needs to stop approving gas pipelines across sacred land.
Gladys Harrison
To begin the process of correcting the socio-economic, educational, and employment difficulties on Native American reservations, the outdated laws that prevent Native Americans from creating these opportunities and others for themselves need to be removed. Proposed solutions cannot and should not be merely limited to casino development, but must also include business and economic development which are the foundation for building safe, progressive and thriving communities.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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?

Paul Anderson
C. I hope that I will never see the day when, America, turns their back on the country of Israel.
Ann Ashford
A. Personal liberty must be respected and protected as long as it does not endanger national security. There must be adequate judicial protections available to an individual whose personal liberty is threatened. B. I support increasing and strengthening our diplomatic corp. A strong and robust diplomatic corp on the ground in locations around the world is our best defense as well as our best face forward. The US must restore a consistent voice to our foreign relations. We cannot afford to be chaotic with our foreign policy. C. The US must support Israel as the only democracy in the region. The US must also ensure that every act undertaken with or on behalf of Israel is in pursuit of a two state solution.
Donald J Bacon
A) The Bill of Rights is inviolable. Our federal government’s first responsibilities are to defend our liberties and then our security. I know our intelligence personnel are loyal Americans who are dedicated to our security, but should be held accountable when they violate laws. Our Fourth Amendment must be protected. B) I believe in a foreign policy that has a mix of realism and idealism. On one hand, our foreign policy priority must be to secure our nation and our national interests first. However, I do believe that nations guided by human dignity, freedom, and rule of law produce a safer world. C) I am an unambiguous supporter of Israel with a record to prove it. We have an obligation to help defend Israel. They are our best ally and the only democracy in the region. The nation of Israel is surrounded by enemies, and we must stand by its side. I supported moving our embassy to Jerusalem. I served alongside Israeli Defense Forces in 2009 and 2010 and was honored to do so.
Kara Eastman
I support Israel but I also support a two-state solution. I think we need to get back into the JPOA.
Gladys Harrison
I am in full and unwavering support of every Americans' personal liberty, so long as it does not pose any obvious threat to national security. As regards U.S. foreign policy, I'd say that while I do support our bolstering of burgeoning democracies around the world, I do not support us leveraging the power to destroy as our leadership and diplomacy. We are not the sheriff of the world. Lastly, while I do agree that the U.S. should support Israel, I do not believe that that support should be open-ended and without conditions. U.S. taxpayers have a right to see the receipts, and to know how their money is being spent by Israel. Lastly, Palestine has the equal right to exist, and a two-state solution must be found that also includes U.S. support and investment.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
The legitimate functions of the federal government are to "protect and serve", We the People! Some illegitimate functions of the federal government are funding Planned Parenthood. Empire Building, is another example of illegitimate functions of the federal government. Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq are examples of this function. The big issue for me, as to where the government has failed miserably is, our National Debt! I honestly believe, that America is on a path to a total financial collapse!
Ann Ashford
i. The federal government must be responsible in matters of national security, infrastructure, guaranteeing equal rights and equal access, and matters that affect the well-being of the country as a whole. The uses of taxes is justified in these matters. ii. The use of federal taxes should not be used to pick winners and losers (as in the case of placing the extraordinary burden on the US Postal Service and their benefit plans), to promote religious over public entities (such as school choice initiatives) or to permit discriminatory acts. iii. The size of the tax cut given to corporations was unnecessary. The cut could have been approximately half of what it was and would have promoted the same goals. iv. This is always a delicate balance - to recognize the purview of the family or church and keep a hands off approach while ensuring that the hands off approach does not cause harm to others.
Donald J Bacon
A) The responsibilities and legitimate functions of government are clearly defined in Article One, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. This should be our guiding light. B) Providing “free” healthcare is not a legitimate function of the Federal government. Government should be very judicious in making regulations that impede the economy, growth of the private sector, or success of the American people. Education and entitlement programs should be reverted more to state control, as the state government is better suited to determine proper use of tax dollars in these instances than a bunch of people sitting in a DC conference room. With our largely-unchecked government growth over the past several decades, I could continue this list of illegitimate functions of government for many pages. Every American should want to trim this back, regardless of political party. C) The federal government has struggled to counter Russian and Chinese cyber warfare, propaganda and manipulation in the information sphere in our elections, and to better prepare for pandemics. I helped write the NDAA that increases funding to our military and national security to prevent things like this from happening again. The predominant governmental power that effects people’s lives should rest primarily with state and local governments. I’ve always supported a Balanced Budget Amendment, but now I see its needed more than ever. We have one in Nebraska and it works. D) The American people created the greatest country in the history of the world because they took personal accountability for their actions and their futures. We seem to have lost a little of this over the generations, and we have now come to depend upon government for far too much. The family is the foundation of society, while churches and other community centers have their own important roles to play.
Kara Eastman
I believe that the government should not play a role in health care decisions between a woman and her doctor. I think that the 2017 tax bill excessively benefited the rich and corporations.
Gladys Harrison
The U.S. Constitution and its amendments define the legitimate functions of federal government, and we must adhere to it. The federal governments' woeful response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all in no uncertain terms one of the key areas, public health, that we must invest more tax dollars in to be better prepared. Other areas we need to invest in most immediately are climate change, public education and infrastructure.
Tyler Schaeffer
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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.

Paul Anderson
I am a Christian, Conservative, and a Republican, in that order.
Ann Ashford
I am a realistic progressive. I believe in building up, not revolution. I have inherited the values that come naturally to those of us who are Nebraskans: self-reliance, hard work, community-minded, pragmatic, and always ready to reach out a helping hand to our neighbors. We are strong stock here in Nebraska and we know together we will get through anything. I have spent my life living with you in the district, working side by side with you, listening and hearing you, and seeing you. I want to represent you in Congress. I spent 20 years in human resources and 20 years in healthcare and I know how these things work. I understand the healthcare system and know how we need to fix it. I have the problem solving skills necessary to address the issues that are keeping us from full success. I have made a commitment to be a mentor to the next individuals who wish to seek this office in the future, to recruit district and DC staff that will reflect our diverse district and ensure that at least 25% are people of color, to hold monthly town halls whether in person or virtually, and to make sure I am as transparent and accessible as possible. This is the people's office I am seeking and it belongs to the people of this district. Please feel free to reach out to me any time at ann@annashford2020.com. I humbly request your support and your vote.
Donald J Bacon
After nearly 30 years in the United States Air Force, I ran for Congress because I knew I could be a strong voice on national security and keeping our nation competitive in the global economy. What we created during my 2016 campaign was truly something special: A group of people from all walks of life uniting under the goal of electing someone who stood for their values - a principled conservative leader who keeps his word. I was honored to receive such strong support, which resulted in being the only Republican to defeat an incumbent House Democrat in the entire country. In 2018, the district needed a steady hand and principled leadership to continue building the economy, fixing our nation's problems, and working toward a better future for our children and grandchildren. Despite a 40-seat blue wave I was able to outperform Republicans nationally by 10 points, and was honored to be trusted and re-elected by the people of Nebraska's Second District. Now, in 2020, we're in uncharted waters. Our district and nation are navigating through something we haven't encountered in our lifetimes. In order to achieve a healthy recovery, we need principled and experienced leadership, and moreover, a Member of Congress who has a proven track record of success and bipartisanship. I remain one of the foremost national security experts in our entire Congress and we need leaders with this expertise. This election is about you - your family, your job, and your future. I believe you know more about the issues impacting your life and business than the federal government does, and that belief is a factor in everything I do. With your support, I know we can continue to bring Nebraska values like civility, common sense, and a dedicated work ethic to Congress.
Kara Eastman
We need campaign finance reform immediately and we need to end Citizens United.
Gladys Harrison
Quite simply, I want Nebraska voters to know that my name is Gladys Harrison, and I’m coming for "our" Congressional seat so that we all can have our voices heard in Washington, D.C. The only way that we are going to move forward as a country is if we all work together. I'm no stranger at all to hard work, and I can work with anyone. I will be a representative who is for the people, all the time, every time. I need your help so please vote for me on May 12th. Thank you.
Tyler Schaeffer
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