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EDITORIAL BOARD QUESTIONNAIRES

Marie Newman

Democratic candidate for U.S. House (3rd district)

Marie Newman

Marie Newman

Democratic candidate for U.S. House (3rd district)

Education
Bachelor of Arts - Journalism and Business University of Wisconsin, Madison
Occupation
Full-time candidate; I have no other employer
Home
LaGrange
Past Political/Civic Experience
Volunteered on six federal and state level campaigns. I have not previously held elective office.

Responses to our questions

The U.S. government is now $20 trillion in debt. To address that historic level of public indebtedness, the country would need to raise revenue and/or decrease spending. What is your position on the budget and debt?

The ballooning deficit is quite concerning and I feel reducing it is a priority. Key steps I would support to increase revenue and stabilize the budget: o Implement Medicare For All to drive down ever-increasing healthcare costs o Create a re-training program designed to help fill the 6-7 million open jobs currently in the country o Implement an infrastructure program that prioritizes civic structures in the greatest need or pose a public health threat to boost employment o Reduce/end fossil fuel subsidies o Eliminate loopholes: carried interest, jet owners depreciation o End the foreign-earned income loophole o Enact caps on deductions and exclusion for upper income citizens o Shift spending away from antiquated larger artillery and more modern equipment and technology o Enact taxes on financial institutions transactions

Can you identify any major federal expenditures or programs that you would eliminate?

-Rather than cutting a full program, I would suggest looking at performance and effectiveness in each of the major agencies (AG, Commerce, DOD, Energy, HHS, Homeland Security, HUD, Interior, Justice, DOL, DOS, Transportation, Treasury and VA). I would look to revise processes, streamline operating models and reduce waste.

Medicare and Medicaid costs continue to spiral. How can these programs be restructured to control costs and avoid collapse? Be specific about your willingness to change or reduce future benefits.

-Police abusive practices by both recipients as well as providers -Require providers to use cost-saving technologies -Negotiate pharmaceuticals -Consider increasing the age of social security for white collar recipients (not recipients who have a physical element to their work) only to 67 years -Roll out Medicare For All in a phased way by age group and pilot by geography or other smaller programs before a full rollout

What if anything should be the federal government's role in helping Americans obtain health insurance coverage?

I believe Medicare For All is the best current solution to provide universal care, but would also allow for private brands to provide premium products for purchase

Economic growth has been steady but wage growth is slow. Are you content with the state of the economy? What is your recipe for enhancing American prosperity?

No, I am not satisfied with the economy and my greatest concern is the wage gap. The top 1 percent of American households earned an average of $1.26 million in 2014; the bottom 90 percent got an average of $33,068. And since 1965, income inequality has worsened: The ratio of CEO pay to worker wages skyrocketed from 20-to-1 to 303-to-1 in 2014 (source: U.S. News & World Report, February, 2017) This is obviously not acceptable.

We need to address the causes of income inequity: Develop and make retraining available for folks who have lost their job to automation; Support community colleges and expand programs to include more middle skills training and entrepreneurial programs; Allow community banks to lend to entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and small biz more readily  Make college more accessible and affordable  Combat discrimination; Invest in women; Provide affordable/universal childcare through our school system; Drive real criminal justice reform and develop restorative justice programs

If you could fix longstanding problems with this country's immigration system tomorrow, what would you do? What is your position on the future of DACA and the Dreamers?

My number one priority would be to implement DACA permanently, prevent families from being torn apart and facilitate a path to citizenship.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program represents a direct threat to the security of the United States and its Pacific allies. How should the U.S. confront or contain Kim Jong Un's regime?

While we should continue to engage China and other Asian countries as partners in sanctions and diplomacy, we also need to consider a path to negotiation vis-Ã -vis determining a reward system for positive behaviors such as limiting or ending their nuclear program. Alternately, there should be a schedule of sanctions when actions or milestones are not met.

ISIS is contained in Syria and Iraq but terrorism remains a threat. What are your priorities in keeping the country safe?

It is the duty of any public servant to prioritize the safety our nation. While the loss of territory for ISIS is a substantial blow to their power, they (and other) non-state actors still pose a threat to the homeland through both complex and lone wolf attacks. As such, our focus should be: -Re: Complex Attacks: Increase international intelligence sharing operations to identify high risk individuals and limit their ability to form local cells. Aggressively use economic sanctions to cut off the funding sources needed to support such complex attacks. -Re: Lone Wolf Attacks: Reject the dangerous actions of this administration that seek to label Muslims as a threat to America so as to limit the potential for radicalization of lone wolf actors in the homeland. Pass commons sense gun regulation to ensure that people on the terrorism watch list cannot legally purchase a weapon and close the gun show loophole

Should the U.S. continue to abide by the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iran?

President Trump is not only wrong in his threats regarding the Iran Deal, but he is putting the United States and our allies at greater risk by threatening to pull out of it. At this point we must stay in the deal and closely monitor for compliance because: The Iranian regime depends on leveraging anti-American sentiment to maintain power.

Tearing up this deal, especially at a time of protests against the regime, would play right into their hands and strengthen the regime's claims. Tearing up the deal would leave America isolated in the world on an issue, and at a time, when a broad coalition is the only viable way forward to solve these problems long term. Tearing up the deal would ensure that Iran gets everything it originally wanted. It will have reclaimed the money taken from the sanctions and may feel fully justified, to the extent it wishes to, pursue a nuclear weapon. American credibility would be lost damaging future efforts to resolve similar conflicts including the conflict with North Korea.

If Iran does in fact violate the deal, staying in allows us to martial the entire international community to respond (including through non-military action to bring Iran into compliance) and if military action is necessary, which should be the absolute last resort, this will ensure that the United States doesn't repeat the disastrous Bush administration decision of ignoring the international community like we did in Iraq.

What is your position on the continued presence of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan?

More broadly our nation has been at war for nearly two decades and at great cost to the nation. That forward footing has also damaged our reputation abroad. We should continue our presence via peace-keeping and training support, but should begin to assess more closely our military activity and possibly, special operations.

We need to return to a security posture focused on:

Diplomacy: We need to ensure that the Department of State is fully funded, fully staffed, and fully empowered.

Economic Development: Building economic ties and helping emerging nations develop thriving economies is one of the best ways to ensure peace.

Democratic Values: This administration has abandoned Americas role on the global stage, given up the moral high ground, and has treated the world as a series of disconnected transactions. The world is safer when human rights are respected, when democratic norms are valued, and when our leadership honors and respects the interconnected nature of all issues and all nations.

Defense: While there is a heavy burden to pay for being the leader of the free world our armed forces should only be used to defend our nation, our people, and our core strategic interests.

Do you support a unified, federal background check system for gun sales? Do you support magazine limits or a ban on certain rifles? Describe, briefly, your position on how to balance safety with the Second Amendment.

I support responsible gun ownership. I also support a federal background check system, ban on assault/automatic firearms and magazine limits. Similarly, terrorists, criminals, domestic abusers and Americans with severe mental illness should not be allowed to own guns. I believe Americans who are above 18 and are responsible, law-abiding citizens should be allowed to register, purchase and own guns

Should the U.S. government take steps to curb emissions of greenhouse gas? If so, what steps? If not, why not?

Yes, I believe we should take steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The priorities should center around: o Reinstating the full Clean Power Plan o Cleaner vehicles and hybrid car requirements o Cleaner fuel appliance usage requirement o Cleaner energy production o Stronger investment in solar and wind energy

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I passionately believe entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses and making our tax structure better for small business is critical. Small business represents 55% of the economy and similar amount of the overall labor force. We must start to address the skills, training and curriculum needed for entrepreneurs and small business people.

If you are an incumbent, tell us the most significant accomplishment of your current term.

Not applicable.

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