2010 Iowa Democratic Party Platform

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200: “Taxation”

38. Legalizing, taxing, regulating marijuana.

 

Palliative and Alternative Medicine

850 We support:
357. Medical marijuana.

 

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IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATE PLATFORM 1
ADOPTED BY THE DELEGATES ASSEMBLED 2
AT THE JUNE 12, 2010, STATE CONVENTION 3
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STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES 5
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Americans’ faith in democracy is a beacon to persons of the developing world as they 7 strive to win the rights Americans take for granted. We are justly proud of our 8 Democratic Party, its heritage, its accomplishments and its diversities. No part of that 9 heritage is more valuable than our belief in the rights and worth of each individual. 10 Iowans and other Americans have given their lives to maintain those rights and we 11 unequivocally oppose policies that require forfeiting those rights in the name of fighting 12 terrorism. Giving up our most precious rights means losing that which makes us 13 Americans. Liberty and diversity are our strengths, and we understand that it is only in 14 maintaining those strengths that we will continue to stand as a beacon of freedom to the 15 world. 16
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We support Iowans serving in the military, especially our troops in the field, and look 18 forward to their return home to this beautiful land. Every day they serve is a testament to 19 their love of country and we honor their service. 20
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As temporary stewards of our natural resources, we demand that our governing bodies 22 develop policies and laws promoting sound energy practices and permanently protecting 23 our environment from wasteful and indiscriminate use. Clean air, clean water, and 24 diverse ecosystems, including our national parks, oceans, and ancient forests, are part of 25 our children’s future and must be protected. As stewards of Iowa’s heritage, we cherish 26 our land and family farms. 27
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All Americans have a stake in local, national and global economic systems that provide 29 first and foremost for the basic human needs: nourishment, shelter, health, employment 30 and education. The answer to governmental fiscal problems lies in a strong economy 31 founded upon broadly based prosperity. An equitable and wide distribution of wealth 32 and a free and fairly compensated labor force expands our economy and creates a 33 healthier society. Market forces alone often do not serve the common good. 34
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We must provide accessible, affordable, and quality education to all Iowans at all 36 educational levels. Adequate funding, accountability, innovation, and cost-effective 37 programming are essential to ensure Iowans are competitive in the national and global 38 economy. Education is an investment in Iowa’s future. 39
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Whenever the rights of any of our citizens are threatened, the rights of all are endangered. 41 We take seriously the obligation to preserve, protect and secure basic constitutional and 42 civil rights for ALL. We believe in a government which consistently and fairly serves and 43 protects ALL people. We believe in equal opportunities and justice for all. 44
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The legitimate function of government is to accomplish those social goals which we 46 cannot achieve as individuals. We will continue to work for a truly representative 47 government: working for the good of the people; compassionate, progressive, 48 responsible and fair; striving to achieve peace, prosperity, and instilling confidence and 49 hope. 50
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We strive for meaningful checks and balances among legislative, judicial, and executive 52 branches of government. 53
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We stand with people everywhere who demand freedom, justice, and opportunity and the 55 free exchange of ideas. 56
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SPECIAL RESOLUTION FOR VETERANS 58
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We recognize the service and sacrifices of our service members and veterans, including 60 Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Leonard Boswell, who are the only veterans 61 serving Iowa in the United States Congress. 62
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All Service Members and Veterans have taken risk by taking the oath, regardless of war 64 or peacetime. A Service Member is always on duty to perform dangerous missions. 65 Service Members face separation from family and loved ones, as well as physical 66 hardships, regardless of when and where their service was rendered. 67
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We call on the Iowa State Legislature to vigorously guard and preserve the financial 69 integrity of the following agencies and programs: The Iowa Veterans Home; The Iowa 70 Department of Veteran Affairs; The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; County Allocation 71 Programs; The Injured Veteran Grant Program; Military Home Ownership Program; and 72 Veterans License Plate Fund. Any reductions in funding will not only have a negative 73 impact on Iowa Veterans and their families but could impact the federal funding of these 74 programs. 75
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It is the unwavering position of the Iowa Democratic Veterans’ Caucus that the Veteran’s 77 Administration (VA) health care program provisions are contractual agreements earned 78 by veterans. 79
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As such, we insist that financial means testing, co-pay, and any other devices utilized to 81 exclude or limit veteran’s benefits, be rescinded. A veteran is a veteran regardless of 82 when, how or where he/she served in our Armed Forces. 83
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We recognize that no party, religious body or individual can speak for all veterans. We 85 also recognize that expressing differing opinions on government policy can never be 86 unpatriotic, as it is that basic right that protects our liberties and is the underlying strength 87 of our democracy. 88
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We support: 90
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1. Mandatory full financing for all US veterans’ health needs arising from US 91 involvement in this and all other wars/conflicts, with automatic increases based 92 on the number of troops put into harm’s way. 93
2. Efforts by the United States, NATO Allies, Afghanis, Iraqis, Non-Governmental 94 Organizations (NGO’s), and regional and international powers to achieve peace 95 and stability in Afghanistan and Iraq. 96
3. Issuance by the Federal Government of a Cold War medal to all veterans who 97 have earned the citation by serving after World War II (September 1945) and 98 before the fall of the Soviet Union (December 1991). 99
4. Manufacture of all U.S. military supplies in the United States. 100
5. Active recruitment of veterans and priority preference for training programs and 101 employment. 102
6. Providing financing for an immediate increase of the amount of the veterans’ 103 property exemption, indexing it to the rate of inflation, and a comparable credit 104 for those who rent. 105
7. An income tax credit of 10% of state and federal income tax for disabled 106 veterans with a service connected disability. 107
8. Iowa combat veterans receiving free tuition at any state institution of higher 108 learning. 109
9. Immediately abolishing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and establishing fair 110 discipline policies, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so all citizens can 111 serve in the Armed Forces. 112
10. The VA paying competitive salaries for mental health professionals and, when 113 necessary, outsourcing the services when caseloads exceed the nationally 114 established mental health standards. 115
11. Forming a special committee to find and recover lost military documents, files 116 and records that are essential to establishing service connected disabilities. 117
12. Preservation of the battleship U.S.S. Iowa as a permanent naval museum. 118
13. Jail diversion programs for veterans with PTSD so they can receive needed 119 treatment. 120
14. The expansion of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment 121 Rights Act (USERRA) job protections for veterans with problems or disabilities 122 that were incurred while on active duty. 123
15. Mandatory review of discharges for veterans that were discharged because of 124 pre-existing mental health or psychological conditions. 125
16. The use of mercenaries and private contractors should be rare and always under 126 the direct command of the U.S. military. 127
17. Legislation to require funeral homes that have possessed the unclaimed 128 remains of a veteran for a year to seek out a veterans’ organization to 129 respectfully bury the veteran’s remains. 130
18. Full accounting of POW / MIA’s and a quick declassification of documents. 131
19. Acknowledgement of the third Friday in September as “POW/MIA Recognition 132 Day”. 133
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STATEMENT OF ISSUES 137
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PRIORITY PLANKS (TOP SEVEN RANKED IN ORDER OF VOTES RECEIVED) 139
1. We oppose corporate personhood. 140
2. We support a single-payer health care plan for all citizens. 141
3. We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. 142
4. We support separation of church and state. 143
5. We support energy independence with locally-owned renewable, eco-sustainable 144 sources. 145
6. We support removing the cap on Social Security contributions. 146
7. We support repealing “right to work” laws (§14b Taft Hartley). 147
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GOVERNMENT AND LAW 149
150
VETERANS AND MILITARY AFFAIRS 151
152
We support: 153
1. Our Special Resolution for Veterans and Legislative action to enact its 154 provisions. 155
2. Pay and benefits adequate to support service members and their families. 156
3. Full rights and privileges of adulthood for all military personnel. 157
4. Mandatory mental and physical health assessments before discharge. 158
5. Universal enrollment in the Veterans Administration Health Care System before 159 discharge. 160
6. Full implementation of Dole-Shalala Commission recommendations. 161
7. Fully staffed and financed Veterans Administration. 162
8. Raising Iowa’s Veterans’ benefits to top 10% of nation. 163
9. Fully financing and inclusion of renters to Veterans’ property tax credits. 164
10. Veterans Court Diversion Programs. 165
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We oppose: 167
11. Offsets of disability compensation. 168
12. Means-testing for Veterans benefits. 169
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CIVIL RIGHTS 171
172
We support: 173
13. Marriage equality. 174
14. Habeas corpus. 175
15. Miranda rights. 176
16. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” “transgender” and “disability” to 177 anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws, human rights policies, anti-bullying 178 and civil rights statutes. 179
17. Right to privacy. 180
18. Separation of church and state. 181
19. Passing “Equal Rights Amendment”. 182
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20. Affirmative Action. 183
21. Title IX. 184
22. Adopting “Employment Non-Discrimination Act”. 185
23. Protecting same-sex couples’ rights in adoption and custody. 186
24. Gender-neutral custody decisions. 187
25. Privacy and protections for genetic testing results. 188
26. 1953 version of Pledge of Allegiance. 189
27. The portability and definition of marriage as a legal contract with all legal rights 190 and responsibilities thereto, without religious connotations. 191
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We oppose: 193
28. Defense of Marriage Act. 194
29. Immunity for those who violate 4th Amendment. 195
30. Subversion of Constitutional rights in the name of national security. 196
31. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. 197
32. USA PATRIOT Act. 198
199
TAXATION 200
201
We support: 202
33. Fiscally responsible, socially progressive budgeting. 203
34. Simplified, progressive income tax for all incomes. 204
35. Expiration of cuts for top two federal income tax brackets. 205
36. Progressive estate taxes. 206
37. Revoking tax breaks for and imposing heavy tax penalties on corporations 207 sending jobs out of the country. 208
38. Legalizing, taxing, regulating marijuana. 209
39. Expanding “Earned Income Tax Credits” eligibility. 210
40. Requiring businesses to repay loans, grants, tax incentives if they fail to meet 211 required conditions. 212
213
We oppose: 214
41. Taxing unemployment, worker’s compensation, Social Security disability 215 benefits. 216
42. Iowa Drug Tax Stamp. 217
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CONSUMER PROTECTION 219
220
We support: 221
43. Requiring permission from account holders before sharing non-public 222 information; compensation for violation or sale of information. 223
44. Reinstating usury laws. 224
45. Rescinding recent changes in bankruptcy law. 225
46. Creating private cause of action for consumer fraud in Iowa. 226
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We oppose: 228
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47. Corporate personhood. 229
48. Immunizing corporations from lawsuits. 230
49. Using credit ratings for purposes other than obtaining credit. 231
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SOCIAL SECURITY 233
234
We support: 235
50. Removing cap on Social Security contributions. 236
51. Honoring federal budget obligations to “Social Security Trust Fund”. 237
52. Social Security benefits for married same-sex couples. 238
239
We oppose: 240
53. Using Social Security funds to balance general budget. 241
54. Privatizing Social Security. 242
243
ELECTIONS 244
245
We support: 246
55. Nationwide standards for consistent ballot type, voter-verified paper audit trails, 247 statistically significant random audits of precincts, public disclosure of voting 248 software used, open-source code. 249
56. “Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections” and “Fair Elections Now Act”. 250
57. “Instant Runoff Voting” in all elections. 251
58. Enforcing “Voters Rights Act” and right of every citizen of legal age to vote. 252
59. Redrawing legislative districts only in the year following national census. 253
60. Timely reporting of “Political Action Committee” and lobbyist contributions before 254 elections and legislative votes. 255
61. Rescinding congressional benefits if a former Congressperson accepts 256 employment as a lobbyist within five years of leaving Congress. 257
258
MEDIA 259
260
We support: 261
62. First Amendment protection for all media. 262
63. Adequate financing for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and continued 263 independence in its operation. 264
64. Reinstatement of Fairness Doctrine. 265
65. “Net neutrality”. 266
66. Publicly owned and accessible broadband networks. 267
67. Local government cable franchise fees to finance “Public, Educational, 268 Government Access” channels. 269
68. Opening “unlicensed spectrum” for community networks. 270
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We oppose: 272
69. Use of media for government sanctioned propaganda, e.g. unattributed “Video 273 News Releases”. 274
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70. Media consolidation. 275
71. Internet censorship 276
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GOVERNMENT SERVICES 278
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We support: 280
72. Transparent, accessible, accountable government. 281
73. Rescinding expanded powers of the Executive Branch and restoring checks and 282 balances. 283
74. Fully financing legislative mandates and entitlement programs without 284 discrimination. 285
75. School and county consolidation. 286
76. Voter representation for District of Columbia. 287
288
We oppose: 289
77. “Office of Faith Based Community Initiatives”. 290
78. Immunity for private military/mercenary/policing groups that have committed 291 crimes. 292
79. Utility deregulation and privatization. 293
80. Military recruiting in Kindergarten-12 schools and supplying student names to 294 recruiters. 295
81. “English Only” laws as applied to government documents. 296
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IMMIGRATION 298
299
We support: 300
82. Legislation upholding human rights, eliminating geographical/racial bias, 301 preserving families, establishing expedient pathway to citizenship. 302
83. Uniting American Families Act. 303
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We oppose: 305
84. Mexico-U.S. border wall. 306
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GUN REGULATION 308
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We support: 310
85. Fair, responsible, reasonable gun ownership. 311
86. Banning private ownership of assault-style weapons. 312
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CORRECTIONS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE 314
315
We support: 316
87. Increased financing for juvenile treatment prevention programs. 317
88. Refocusing drug enforcement efforts toward harm reduction, treatment, and 318 prevention efforts. 319
89. Increased financing for public defenders and Legal Aid. 320
90. Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders. 321
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91. Diverting mentally ill offenders not charged with forcible felonies to special courts 322 and treatment centers. 323
92. Reviewing placement of individuals based on gender identity or transgender 324 status. 325
93. Establishing human rights commission to evaluate complaints by inmates and 326 parolees. 327
94. Judicial discretion in sentencing, particularly for juveniles waived to adult court. 328
95. Binding plea bargains. 329
96. Prosecuting white-collar crime. 330
97. Improving educational/vocational/technical training for prisoners. 331
98. Pardoning Leonard Peltier. 332
99. Rights of all victims to have no-contact orders. 333
100. Substance abuse assessment and treatment for inmates. 334
101. Automatic restoration of felon voting rights upon completion of sentence and 335 payment of court ordered restitution. 336
102. Elimination of drug conviction question on “Free Application for Student Aid”. 337
103. Private property rights guaranteed by Constitution, with criminal conviction as 338 pre-requisite for property forfeiture; forfeiture as rare exception; individual right 339 to jury trial in forfeiture cases. 340
104. Non-violent rehabilitated drug offenders returning to full participation in society. 341
105. Equitable sentencing of drug users. 342
106. Full financing of “Victims of Crime Act”, “Family Violence Prevention Services 343 Act”, “Violence Against Women Act”. 344
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We oppose: 346
107. Mandatory minimum sentencing. 347
108. Capital punishment. 348
109. “Three strikes” laws. 349
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LABOR, ECONOMY AND COMMERCE 351
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JOBS, SAFETY, AND LABOR 353
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We support: 355
110. Repealing “right to work” laws (§14b Taft Hartley). 356
111. Employee Free Choice Act. 357
112. Project Labor Agreements. 358
113. Strengthening “National Labor Relations Act”. 359
114. Fully financing “National Labor Relations Board”. 360
115. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. 361
116. Fair-share clauses. 362
117. Equal wages/proportionate benefits for part time workers. 363
118. All issues being mandatory subjects of bargaining. 364
119. Unemployment benefits for locked out employees. 365
120. Penalties/sanctions on employers for hiring/contracting undocumented workers. 366
121. Equal pay for equal work. 367
122. Employers/government entities abiding by labor contracts and arbitrators’ 368 decisions. 369
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123. Considering bidders’ safety records for government contracts. 370
124. Laws prohibiting “temps” replacing permanent employees. 371
125. Eliminating employee/independent contractor misclassification. 372
126. Requiring prevailing wages for publicly contracted work. 373
127. Davis-Bacon Act (prevailing wage). 374
128. Strengthening, increasing financing staffing of “Occupational Safety and Health 375 Administration”, “Mine Safety and Health Administration”, “National Institute of 376 Occupational Safety and Health”. 377
129. Workers’ rights to refuse unsafe work. 378
130. Workers injured on job choosing their health care provider. 379
131. Covering agricultural workers by health and safety statutes. 380
132. Adequate staffing levels for workplace safety. 381
133. Allowing employees and unions greater participation with “Occupational Safety 382 and Health Administration” activities. 383
134. Improving whistleblower protection. 384
135. Passing “Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act”. 385
136. Laws ensuring job security for preventing discrimination against single parents. 386
137. Encouraging hiring, promoting, eliminating discriminatory practices, and creating 387 employment opportunities for “Persons with Disabilities”. 388
389
We oppose: 390
138. Privatizing public jobs and services. 391
139. Employment-related polygraph tests. 392
140. Prison labor displacing non-incarcerated workers. 393
141. Mandatory overtime. 394
142. Limiting or ending overtime pay. 395
143. Out-sourcing jobs. 396
144. Replacing striking workers. 397
145. Temporary immigration status that exploits workers. 398
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WAGES, PENSIONS, AND BENEFITS 400
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We support: 402
146. “Living wage” as minimum wage. 403
147. Secure portable retirement and healthcare plans. 404
148. Enforcing “Family and Medical Leave Act”. 405
149. Requiring employers’ contribution to health care coverage or Iowa’s Medicaid 406 fund. 407
150. Railroad retirement system “Federal Employers Liability Act”. 408
151. Fully financing “Iowa Public Employees Retirement System” to maintain its 409 long-term financial health. 410
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 412
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We support: 414
152. Strengthening laws to protect employees during company mergers, takeovers, 415 plant closings, or bankruptcy. 416
153. Listing employees as first-in-line creditors. 417
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154. Rebuilding our infrastructure as job and workforce creator. 418
155. Federal jobs programs, vocational training. 419
156. Encouraging purchase of US made products. 420
157. Low interest “Small Business Administration” loans for local entrepreneurs. 421
158. Increasing state support to encourage formation of owner-operated 422 businesses/farms. 423
424
We oppose: 425
159. Subsidies for oil companies and large chain businesses. 426
427
CURBING BUSINESS ABUSES 428
429
We support: 430
160. Enforcing anti-trust, regulatory legislation. 431
161. Corporate tax surcharges on publicly traded corporations operating in U.S. when 432 corporate officer compensation exceeds 20 times lowest paid worker; prohibiting 433 deduction from corporate earnings. 434
162. Amending bankruptcy law to hold corporate officers responsible for corporate 435 irresponsibility. 436
163. Establishing fair limits on bank fees, penalties. 437
164. Adding to State Corporate Business Charter: profits cannot be made at expense 438 of the environment, workers’ rights, or public interest. 439
165. Requiring combined reporting for businesses that operate in Iowa. 440
166. Reinstating Glass-Steagall Act. 441
167. Making it easier to prove employment discrimination. 442
443
We oppose: 444
168. Price gouging. 445
169. Corporate welfare. 446
170. Allowing non-banking entities to establish banks. 447
448
COMMERCE & TRANSPORTATION 449
450
We support: 451
171. Minimizing US trade deficit. 452
172. Requiring “Made in USA” labeled products to contain minimum of 90% U.S. 453 manufactured content. 454
173. Enforcing “Country of Origin Labeling” to accurately reflect where products are 455 manufactured. 456
174. Fair Trade, not “free trade”. 457
175. Developing internationally accepted, enforceable standards protecting 458 human/labor rights, environments. 459
176. Transparency in trade negotiations. 460
177. Open Congressional forums to review agreements and consider amendments 461 prior to approval. 462
178. Increased financing for Amtrak “Federal Railroad Administration”. 463
179. Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. 464
180. Passenger Rail Working Group. 465
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We oppose: 467
181. Countries manipulating their currency adversely affecting U.S. commerce. 468
182. “World Trade Organization”, “North American Free Trade Agreement”, “Central 469 American Free Trade Agreement”, North American Union. 470
183. No-bid government contracts. 471
184. Large business/conglomerates destroying small businesses. 472
185. Remote control locomotive operations. 473
186. “North American Free Trade Agreement” “super highway”. 474
475
AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT 476
477
ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE ENERGY (COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE) 478
479
We support: 480
187. Energy independence with locally-owned renewable, eco-sustainable sources. 481
188. Carbon/mercury sequestration; safe storage/disposal of coal ash and hazardous 482 nuclear waste. 483
189. Cap and trade on carbon dioxide emissions; fines on excess. 484
190. National smart-grid with standardized interconnect agreement. 485
191. Net-metering, front-end loaded and declining for consumer investment of 486 renewable energy production. 487
192. Improved “Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency” standards for all vehicles. 488
193. Green public transportation. 489
194. Passage of “Land and Water Legacy Constitutional Amendment”. 490
195. Industrial hemp production. 491
492
We oppose: 493
196. Construction/study of coal-fired and nuclear power plants. 494
197. Importing strip-mined coal. 495
198. Off-shore oil drilling. 496
199. Denying “Liquid Propane” gas service to rural areas. 497
200. Fossil fuel subsidies. 498
499
PLANNING AND ZONING 500
501
We support: 502
201. “Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design” requirements for publicly financed 503 building construction. 504
202. Reducing urban sprawl with two-rate property tax on commercial properties. 505
203. Counties issuing zoning permits. 506
204. Enforcing laws protecting ambient air quality. 507
205. Sustainable, low-impact development. 508
206. “Complete Streets” legislation that promotes safe community transportation 509 networks accessible to all users. 510
511
We oppose: 512
207. Selling public assets for private enterprise. 513
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208. Enforcing Eminent Domain favoring private enterprise. 514
515
ENVIRONMENT ENHANCEMENT AND REGULATION 516
517
We support: 518
209. Financing, enforcing, updating, strengthening “Resource Enhancement and 519 Protection Program”, “Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship”, 520 “Endangered Species Act”, “Clean Air Act, “Clean Water Act”, “Natural 521 Resources and Outdoor Trust Fund”, and upholding citizens’ right to file 522 complaints with “Iowa Department of Natural Resources”/”Environmental 523 Protection Agency”. 524
210. Reforestation, bio-diversity. 525
211. Protecting bees by banning nicotinyl pesticides. 526
212. Banning lead in sports equipment. 527
213. Banning lead wheel weights. 528
529
We oppose: 530
214. Clear-cutting, mining, grazing, oil drilling in eco-sensitive areas. 531
215. Polluters’ “Grandfather” clauses. 532
533
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT 534
535
We support: 536
216. Access to affordable clean water, safe disposal of agricultural/municipal waste. 537
217. Enforcement of “Clean Water Act” by expanding definition of navigable streams 538 to include intermittent and rising streams, aquifers, National Wetlands. 539
218. Disclosure of “Toxic Release Inventory” reports, citizens’ rights to sue. 540
219. Mandating riverbank and sinkhole “Conservation Reserve Program” buffer 541 zones. 542
220. Financing and enforcing laws that prevent nitrate and other pollution of aquifers, 543 streams; severely penalizing violators who build channels or outlet tiles to 544 sinkholes or alter rate/flow to sinkhole-prone wetlands and watersheds. 545
221. Financing watershed authority to retain storm water where it falls. 546
222. Adding minimum soil depth criteria to the requirements for the “Natural 547 Resources Conservation Service” evaluations done for “Department of Natural 548 Resources Manure Management Plans” and for anhydrous ammonia 549 application. 550
223. Adding buffer distance around sinkholes and watershed drainageways to the 551 requirements for the “NRCS” evaluations done for “Department of Natural 552 Resources Manure Management Plans” and for anhydrous ammonia 553 application. 554
555
We oppose: 556
224. Farming practices creating hypoxia in waterways. 557
558
LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT 559
560
We support: 561
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225. Changes in “Confined Animal Feeding Operations”: County Board of 562 Supervisors authority to veto/approve with state regulation; required “National 563 Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems” permits; compliance with 564 indoor/outdoor air quality standards; halving number animal units; increased 565 distances from residences. 566
226. Regulating antibiotic/hormone use in livestock. 567
227. Humane treatment of animals. 568
228. Ending odor nuisance lawsuit protection. 569
229. Fair market access, prices, and equal treatment of livestock producers 570 regardless of volume. 571
230. Commercial taxation of non-homestead livestock production. 572
573
We oppose: 574
231. Packer ownership of livestock. 575
232. New “Confined Animal Feeding Operations “; lagoons and buildings sold 576 separately; federal subsidies; waste-system tax abatement. 577
578
RECYCLING 579
580
We support: 581
233. Recycling incentives. 582
234. Expanding “bottle bill” including non-biodegradable beverage containers. 583
235. Biodegradable retail bags. 584
585
CONSUMER CHOICE AND FOOD SAFETY 586
587
We support: 588
236. Labeling of food for: origin; “Genetically Modified Organism”; irradiation; 589 hormone/antibiotic use; animal products. 590
237. Testing for diseases, including “Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (Mad Cow)”. 591
238. Legal/enforceable definition of “Genetically Modified Organisms”. 592
239. “Genetically Modified Organism” safe-use labeling of seed. 593
240. Protecting non-“Genetically Modified Organism” farmers from lawsuits by 594 “Genetically Modified Organism” patent-holders. 595
241. Right to save seeds. 596
597
We oppose: 598
242. Growing pharmaceutical “Genetically Modified Organisms” in open 599 environments. 600
601
SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT 602
603
We support: 604
243. Organic farming. 605
244. Market expansion for local farm products. 606
245. Crop/livestock diversification. 607
246. Financing soil conservation districts. 608
609
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STRUCTURE OF AGRICULTURE 610
611
We support: 612
247. Family farms. 613
248. Farmer owned reserve. 614
249. “Grown Locally/Purchased Locally.” 615
250. Farm to school bill using locally produced food. 616
251. Regional food systems, not factory farms. 617
618
We oppose: 619
252. Farm consolidation, vertical integration, foreign ownership. 620
621
UNITED STATES AGRICULTURAL POLICY 622
623
We support: 624
253. “Conservation Stewardship Program”, “Conservation Reserve Program” as sole 625 support programs with $250,000 maximum annual cap. 626
254. Inflation indexing “U.S. Department of Agriculture” loan rates. 627
255. Cap agriculture subsidy payments to large corporate farms. 628
256. Crop insurance program helping farmers, not insurance companies. 629
630
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 631
632
PEACE AND SECURITY 633
634
We support: 635
257. Military action only if there is clear imminent threat to U.S. security and informed 636 consent of Congress. 637
258. U.S. taking lead with enhancing gender equality and political empowerment of 638 women. 639
259. Normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba. 640
260. Diplomatic efforts with Iran and North Korea regarding nuclear programs. 641
261. Combating terrorism as international criminal problem. 642
262. Humane treatment for all. 643
263. Protecting victims, prosecuting those who traffic in humans for sexual 644 exploitation or forced labor. 645
264. Furthering worldwide human rights. 646
265. Ending violence against women, including genital mutilation, honor killings, rape. 647
266. International cooperation for peaceful space exploration. 648
649
We oppose: 650
267. Installation of ballistic missiles in Eastern Europe. 651
268. Torture, degrading treatment, secret prisons or rendition by domestic or foreign 652 governments, private contractors, or sub-contractors. 653
269. Genocide, slavery, all human rights violations. 654
270. Using child soldiers, human shields, collective punishments, suicide bombings, 655 interference with aid workers, and blockading or affecting basic human needs to 656 civilians. 657
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271. Privatizing war: using mercenaries and private police in lieu of regular military 658 forces. 659
272. “Star Wars” missile defense and militarization of space. 660
273. Militarizing American foreign policy. 661
274. Establishing permanent military bases overseas without informed consent of 662 Congress. 663
664
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSISTANCE 665
666
We support: 667
275. Meeting United Nations Millennium Development Goals through diplomatic, 668 economic and cultural means. 669
276. International initiatives to reduce pollution, manage water supplies, reduce 670 dependence on non-renewable energy, and promote voluntary family planning. 671
277. Culturally sensitive, non-exploitative agreements protecting human rights, 672 workers’ rights, public health/environmental needs. 673
674
REGIONAL CONFLICTS – IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN 675
676
We support: 677
278. Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by summer 2010, from Afghanistan in 678 reasonable time frame. 679
279. Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, with refugee resettlement, through 680 International cooperation. 681
682
REGIONAL CONFLICTS – ISRAEL/PALESTINE 683
684
We support: 685
280. Peaceful efforts to achieve separate, secure Israeli and Palestinian States, with 686 contiguous Palestine. 687
688
REGIONAL CONFLICTS – CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA 689
690
We support: 691
281. Closing of Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (School of the 692 Americas). 693
694
We oppose: 695
282. Indiscriminate use of herbicides for coca eradication. 696
697
REGIONAL CONFLICTS – AFRICA 698
699
We support: 700
283. Robust world efforts to prevent, end genocide. 701
284. Rapid international peacekeeping intervention in armed conflicts. 702
703
We oppose: 704
285. Illegally transferring weapons to armed groups. 705
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286. Amnesty for war criminals. 706
287. Rape as a weapon of war. 707
708
UNITED NATIONS 709
710
We support: 711
288. Full United Nations dues payment. 712
289. Linking foreign aid to promoting human rights. 713
290. U.S. membership in International Criminal Court (Rome Statute on International 714 Court of Criminal Justice). 715
291. Participation in Human Rights Council, adherence to “Universal Declaration of 716 Human Rights” and “International Covenant on Economic, Social, Cultural 717 Rights”. 718
292. Addition of sexual orientation, gender identity, and transgender to all United 719 Nations human rights agreements. 720
721
TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS 722
723
We support ratification and/or full participation in: 724
293. Biological Weapons Convention Protocol. 725
294. Convention on Destruction of Chemical Weapons. 726
295. Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. 727
296. Cluster Munitions Treaty. 728
297. Convention on Rights of Children. 729
298. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 730
299. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 731
300. Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and 732 Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Chemical Weapons 733 Convention). 734
301. Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria. 735
302. New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. 736
303. Ottawa Landmine Treaty. 737
304. Agreements responding to climate change. 738
305. Geneva and Vienna Conventions. 739
306. Kyoto protocol. 740
741
EDUCATION 742
743
We support: 744
307. Free public education. 745
308. Educating students to be critical, creative thinkers, constructive citizens. 746
309. Valuing diverse needs, strengths, interests, experiences, potential of each 747 student. 748
310. Individualizing education, developing “whole student.” 749
311. Low student/teacher ratios. 750
312. Safe schools, free from physical danger, predators, bullying. 751
313. Top quality, meaningful professional development for teachers. 752
314. Foreign language education in elementary curriculum. 753
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315. Standards, curriculum with parents, community, public education professionals 754 involved in decision-making. 755
316. Multiple measures to assess student, teacher, school performance. 756
317. Minimal use of standardized multiple choice tests. 757
318. Quality programs with measurable standards based upon best validated 758 research for all subject areas. 759
319. Adopting in public schools math curricula like those of leading “Trends in 760 International Mathematics and Science Study” countries’ math curricula, science 761 curricula based on scientific knowledge. 762
320. Overhauling “No Child Left Behind”. 763
321. Current media, technological skills for students. 764
322. Technology programs providing students opportunities for distance learning. 765
323. Full availability of broadband/high speed Internet telecommunications in all 766 schools throughout Iowa. 767
324. Increasing tax deduction for Kindergarten-12 instructors for out-of-pocket 768 classroom materials. 769
325. State financing of Kindergarten-12 education at allowable growth rate of at least 770 4%. 771
326. Full financing for public vocational, at-risk, “English Language Learner”, 772 “Talented and Gifted” programs, professionally staffed public school libraries; 773 Iowa Tuition Grant program, with increases for dual-enrollment. 774
327. Equitable assured, non-punitive financing for public education, community 775 colleges. 776
328. Financing Iowa Community College formula, Regent’s Institutions at levels that 777 avoid tuition increases. 778
329. Expanding fixed interest-rate federally subsidized student loan programs, 779 increased loan limits in these programs, and restoring loan forgiveness 780 programs for community service. 781
330. Forgiveness formula for student financial aid denied due to drug-related crimes. 782
331. Market-competitive salaries for all public school and community college 783 employees. 784
332. Closing opportunity gaps caused by poverty or race. 785
333. Alternative education for at-risk students. 786
334. Iowa Area Education Agencies, expanding diagnostic, therapeutic services for 787 children. 788
335. Full federal financing for special education and early identification and treatment 789 of special needs and mental and behavioral health deficits. 790
336. Students at state-run institutions receiving same weighted special education 791 dollars as they would at any other public school. 792
337. Non-discrimination, as defined in Iowa Code §216.9, in provision of all student 793 services, programs, activities. 794
338. Increased financing for public early childhood (birth to 5), preschool, after-school 795 and summer programs. 796
339. Transportation for day care, financing of “English Language Learner” classes, 797 “General Education Degree” courses, including humanitarian refugees. 798
340. Adopting “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act”. 799
341. Increased financing for lifelong learning in the arts. 800
342. Mandating fine arts classes in public schools and increasing their financing. 801
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343. Returning librarians, nurses, media specialists, guidance counselors to 802 mandatory status. 803
804
We oppose: 805
344. Cuts in counseling, school nursing. 806
345. Merit pay. 807
808
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 809
810
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE 811
812
We support: 813
337. Single-payer health care plan for all citizens. 814
815
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS 816
817
We support: 818
338. Access to affordable prescription drugs for all consumer needs. 819
339. Banning prescription drug advertising to consumers. 820
821
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND MEDICAL CARE 822
823
We support: 824
340. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, preventative procedures. 825
341. Providing only healthful selections in school vending machines. 826
342. 150 minutes of “Physical Education” per week for Kindergarten-12 students. 827
343. Cost-of-living indexing for food stamp program. 828
344. Increased financing for research, diagnosis, and education to prevent and 829 lessen chronic disease and neurological disorders. 830
345. Strengthening review standards for all medical research. 831
346. Spending tobacco settlement funds on tobacco-related health issues. 832
347. Using tobacco taxes to fully finance smoking cessation, prevention. 833
348. Better compensation, working conditions for health care workers. 834
349. Training more health care, home health care professionals with incentives to 835 keep them in Iowa. 836
350. Legislation to protect retirees’ health care benefits. 837
351. Tax-deductible long-term care policies that comply with Partnership Program. 838
352. Long-term care rates calculated per individual with no spousal discounts. 839
353. Increasing Medicare reimbursement rates for Iowa. 840
354. “Confined Animal Feeding Operation” moratorium until human health impact is 841 addressed. 842
355. Repealing anti-trust exemption for insurance companies. 843
356. Research into water pollution-related health disorders and timely public 844 notification of all mandated test results and land management practices causing 845 water table pollution or affecting public health. 846
847
PALLIATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE 848
849
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We support: 850
357. Medical marijuana. 851
358. Alternative, holistic treatments that demonstrate efficacy and safety in 852 peer-reviewed studies. 853
854
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS 855
856
We support: 857
359. Women’s rights to personal reproductive decisions. 858
360. Legalization, licensing of “Certified Professional Midwives”. 859
361. Requiring pharmacists to fill pregnancy-related prescriptions as condition of 860 licensure. 861
362. Reasonable workplace accommodations for breast milk expression. 862
363. Age appropriate, medically accurate sex education regarding contraception, 863 “Sexually TransmittedDiseases”, non-directive family planning. 864
865
HUMAN SERVICES 866
867
We support: 868
364. Increased financing for “Department of Human Services” social, case 869 management workers. 870
365. Continued public assistance without penalty for eligible workers until benefits, 871 salaries exceed living wage. 872
366. Fully financing: child health, safety, development, and prenatal care. 873
367. Fully financing: shelters, group care facilities, and outreach programs targeting: 874 domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, mental health, 875 physical disabilities. 876
368. Improving transitional programs for those aging out of foster care. 877
369. Increasing regulation and inspection of affordable daycare. 878
370. Reimbursement insurance parity for mental health and substance abuse 879 treatment. 880
371. Better medical assessment and treatment for prisoners with medical, mental 881 health, substance abuse or physical disabilities. 882
372. Including clergy in mandatory-reporter law. 883
373. Expanding affordable housing for low-income, homeless persons. 884
374. Gender parity, increased financing for homeless shelters. 885
375. Providing financial assistance to low income home buyers; aid to homeowners in 886 danger of foreclosure. 887
888
ELDERLY SERVICES 889
890
We support: 891
376. Financing of programs that allow older Iowans to live independently. 892
893
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 894
895
We support: 896
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377. Guaranteed financing through “Home and Community Based Services” waivers 897 so disabled can live at home, receive consumer-driven community-based 898 services. 899
378. Community Choice Act. 900
379. Requiring insurance companies to pay for autism-spectrum treatment. 901
380. Blind Persons Return to Work Act. 902
381. Repealing the Medicare “In Home” rule for obtaining mobility devices. 903
904
DEATH WITH DIGNITY 905
906
We support: 907
382. Adopting Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. 908

 

 

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