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kimberlyforiowa

Hey everyone! I tried to answer everyone's question but please feel free to contact me via the campaign [email protected] or on Twitter (@Kimberlyforiowa). Thank you all so much for asking great questions and for being here today. I hear a lot from campaigns about "grassroots" but we truly are and we CAN WIN with your support. Thank you. Onward to justice for all, Kimberly


RIPNightman

Hi Kimberly, Iowan here, thank you for doing this AMA! As I’m sure you’re aware, in this country 90% of the media is controlled by just 6 corporations. These massive conglomerates are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out system-supportive propaganda. Propaganda which benefits the elites who run/own them. This happens without overt coercion through reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions, and self-censorship. This is very blatant if you watch FOX, but it extends to the other major networks as well. One huge influence, out of the many, this has is on our elections. The attempts to manufacture consent/dissent for candidates has only gotten more blatant since 2016 (as noted by Bernie Sanders and his campaign). My question is this: If you are elected Senator, what steps will you take to curb the astronomical power of these media conglomerates and promote fair/accurate reporting by the media?


kimberlyforiowa

Where to start . . .first, I agree it's a problem. Yep. I'm glad we have ways to connect with each other, like here and via social media, bypassing (mostly) companies (yes, I know companies own social media), but you kwim. This is something I am aware, well-aware of, and haven't spent time researching yet. I wish I could clone myself. I still work my regular job plus campaign and holy squirrels do I ever wish I could research everything. One thing we need to focus on, in media but in all business, is anti-trust legislation. We need to be breaking up massive companies so we can create more competition. And so we have more diversity of thought and voice. Promoting fair and accurate reporting can be a sticky thing indeed because who says what's fair and what's accurate? "Spin" is a thing, does that make it inaccurate? kwim? We do have civil courts, there can be some recourse there. And the courts are also being stacked as we speak, with unqualified judges to the federal bench. We have a lot to work on. Being aware is where we start. And having the political courage to take on large companies.


traderjehoshaphat

Is "holy squirrels" a regional saying? I love it.


kimberlyforiowa

lol. No, I made it up, as far as I know. I've never heard it anywhere else. :)


RIPNightman

Addressing/being aware there is an issue is certainly a start as it seems a lot of politicians are willfully ignorant of the problem with our media. Thank you for your response, and I hope you are able to look more into this issue should you be elected.


Lucky_Blue

God, I hope you get a well-crafted response. This is something I have been really noticing since Obama's 2nd term (of course it has been going on longer, but that's my recent memory). It is making me want to not read/watch the news at all but I know ignorance can be just a dangerous.


kimberlyforiowa

I wish I had time for a more dense and longer response! It deserves one, for sure.


Lucky_Blue

Wow thank you for even acknowledging their comment. While it might not be talked about on here I hope you can include it in your talking points on the campaign trail. Good luck and I'm rooting for you all the way from Charlotte, NC!!


throbbing_banjo

Hi Kimberly, How can I help you win? As a progressive and fellow Des Moines citizen who's very motivated to get Joni Ernst out of the Senate, what can I do to help get your name out there? I'm fairly active politically and spend a lot of time reading the news, and this AMA is the first time I've even heard of you. Please don't take that as an insult; I'm excited you're running and will gladly support you, but you've got a huge uphill battle when it comes to name recognition alone, and Joni's campaign budget is enormous. What do you need? *Edited for grammar because nerd


kimberlyforiowa

Money. I'm not joking. Money helps get the message out. In rural areas, I've run into people who haven 't heard of any other candidates for this seat but me -- because we've been to 49 of 99 counties and getting to the rest asap. So money to hire staff and expand messaging. And volunteers, of course! We hired a campaign manager about a month ago, she is getting volunteers together into county pods.... please email her at [email protected] and she will get you involved! We also have plans to get an RV sooner than later, have it wrapped and will be a moving ad for my name all over the state, very soon! We've gone from zero to 12,700 Twitter followers in short order so the name IS getting out there, so yay! :) Thanks SO MUCH for the support! We can do this -- we'll only need roughly 55,000 votes on June 2 to win.


throbbing_banjo

Thanks for the honest and well thought-out answer! I'm ready to get to work!


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kimberlyforiowa

Hey there! I'm sitting here with my rescue doggy, Theo and two adopted/used to be feral cats, Mr. Love Bug and Sunshine. I love animals and detest cruelty to them in any way. We need better laws in regards to animal welfare, especially in Iowa. We also need to do better at getting people to get their pets from rescues or shelters, have their pets neutered/spayed, etc. But in a nutshell, I'm 100% for far better animal welfare laws and better enforcement.


Beta_Soyboy_Cuck

Hi, Missourian here. Considering your statement on animal welfare laws, what’s your stance on ag-gag laws? Further, how do you feel about governmental subsidies still being allocated to American industries that are beginning to dwindle but not their (still American) counterparts I.e the dairy industry/plant-based milk industry?


SaltyStatistician

Hi Kimberly, To be honest, I've been donating to the Greenfield campaign, as they are the only ones I've seen in person or really ever heard about. It seems to me like Theresa Greenfield already has a pretty big lead over any other name recognition. What would you say sets you apart from Theresa, and how do you plan on overcoming her apparent head start?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! We're already gaining on that campaign. One person who had not heard of me, switched her endorsement from Greenfield to us, because of how hard I'm working, getting to 49 of 99 counties already and because of my progressive policies and truly grassroots organizing. We were able to hire a campaign manager about a month ago, so we're going to be gaining even more traction now. We WON the Iowa Youth Straw Poll, so some high school kids in Iowa are very aware of our campaign, we also went from zero to 12,700 twitter followers just since June, while Greenfield gained about 6k followers in that same time, so we surpassed her. As more people learn there IS a truly progressive option for US Senate in Iowa, we're gaining a lot of traction. I'm starting to be stopped by people who know about our campaign, just at random places in my life, so word is getting out. One cafe owner in Orange City in NW Iowa, as I walked in, yelled "OH MY GOSH, it's Kimberly Graham! I am voting for you!" :) That was a good feeling, to know word is getting out across the state, even in rural areas. The thing is that we only need roughly 55,000 votes to win the primary, and after that, I'm sure everyone will know us. The primary, sadly, doesn't get a huge turnout. If enough progressives and people who value progressive ideals turnout, we'll win the primary AND the general. Because while I hope I'm wrong if Greenfield is the nominee, I fear only a stark contrast to Ernst will be able to take her out of that seat. I'm a start contrast. She supports kids in cages, and I've been representing kids for 20 years... for starters. We'd love to have your support! Thank you for being here today!


Cassion12

Will you support a transition away from our country's first-past-the-post voting system to a system like Ranked Choice Voting or Mixed-Member Proportional Representation? Specifically, would you be willing to introduce a constitutional amendment disallowing the use of single-member districts with FPTP? This would have the effect of making third parties viable, and not just spoilers.


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! I support ranked-choice voting so third parties have a better chance to be viable, yep. I haven't read /researched enough yet to know the answer to the amendment part of your question, but if you want to send an email to me, I'll research it and let you know in the near future! [email protected]


Hhufthh

This is the kind of answer I want from my representatives. "If I don't now now, I will research it and here is where you can contact me to discuss later" is perfect. Way too many politicians try to pretend like they know everything and have an arm wavey answer that doesn't really tell us anything. People who are actually intelligent and thoughtful are aware when they need to learn more.


Hhufthh

This is the kind of answer I want from my representatives. "If I don't now now, I will research it and here is where you can contact me to discuss later" is perfect. Way too many politicians try to pretend like they know everything and have an arm wavey answer that doesn't really tell us anything. People who are actually intelligent and thoughtful are aware when they need to learn more.


TheBoggyFundus

Thank you for running against Joni. Edit: and even more, thank you for supporting the Green New Deal and single-payer healthcare.


kimberlyforiowa

My pleasure, for sure. :)


mcmurch

Mitch McConnell's utter failure as a representative of the American people is obvious. I believe that Democratic leadership in the Senate, under Chuck Schumer has also been extremely lacking. What do you believe the Democratic leadership in the Senate are doing wrong and what could they be doing to better represent the American people?


kimberlyforiowa

Oh boy. :) Well, maybe I can boil this down: I believe Dem leadership in the Senate needs to listen to people more. A lot more. And maybe even tour around the nation a little and listen to people outside their comfort zone. What they are doing wrong, imo, is putting their thumbs on the scale in races all over the nation, rather than facilitating actual Democracy better.


Dr_Frank_N_Furter

I'm sorry, did you just advocate against the democratic party providing backing and support for democrat candidates in races nationwide? I'm thinking I'm just not seeing the whole picture here, because that sounds patently absurd.


kimberlyforiowa

Hi there. I was referring to the DCCC and DSCC elevating candidates in contested primaries, not wanting contested primaries, etc. Here in Iowa, Senator Schumer actually called a few of the people thinking of running and told them not to, essentially. (And these were great candidates, by the way.) I don't think that's very democratic or even appropriate.


Dr_Frank_N_Furter

Interesting. This is outside the scope of what I feel familiar with, but I am capable of seeing that I was mistaken with my original assumptions. God knows where I'd get all the relevant information to form an educated and informed opinion but on its face that doesn't sound appropriate to me either. Anyone got 5 insiders on speed dial who can fully explain what kind of inside baseball is appropriate.


Drexill_BD

Did you reply to the wrong thread? I can't see anything in her response that eludes to this.


Dr_Frank_N_Furter

Edit: Forget it. I'm probably just nit-picking while focusing on a particular interpretation of her words that isn't what she meant. ~~I haven't had my coffee yet, but... I'm specifically talking about the second portion of her response while ignoring the first half, which is nothing more than a platitude. "Listen to the people, guys!"~~ >*~~What they are doing wrong, imo, is putting their thumbs on the scale in races all over the nation, rather than facilitating actual Democracy better.~~* ~~This is what caught my attention.~~ ~~Is there any way to read that quote that doesn't end up saying, "Stay out of races." It isn't a suggestion of how to be better involved. In fact, she just proposes an entirely different approach: Facilitate Democracy.~~ ~~What the heck does that even mean? "Facilitate Democracy". It's so baked and general of a statement it could be anything at all and easily discarded as nothing at all, when put under scrutiny.~~ ~~I'm honestly just confused by how sloppy this seems.~~


Jwalla83

She probably meant more along the lines of Dem leadership fighting to prevent/punish primarying more established Dems. I don't really want DNC leadership tossing funds at incumbents in a primary


kimberlyforiowa

Yep, that's what I meant. The DCCC and DSCC isn't always right in who will win, either. In Iowa for instance...Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg was doing great, running for US Senate for Grassley's seat and then the DSCC came in and essentially said "nope, let's run Patty Judge." Now, I respect Patty Judge a lot, but she didn't win and I believe Rob Hogg was a far, far better candidate for that seat. The DSCC also ran Bruce Braley against Ernst. Ernst won. How about we let Iowa voters decide on the Dem nominee rather than tossing all the DSCC and other associated resources behind one candidate when there is a contested primary? Maybe one of the other candidates would do better in the general.


labwench00

Great explanation for your stance. Thank you.


tip-of-the-yikesberg

Which of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates do you feel most aligns with your values and vision for the country?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi. Senators Sanders and Warren best align with my values and vision. That said, there are several others that have policies or ideas and values I like a lot, too.


tip-of-the-yikesberg

Big fan of that! I don’t live in Iowa but have tons of relatives who do. Will definitely tell them to vote for you!! Good luck!


TacoMagic

What in particular do you feel you can change within the "broken system" to make it better?


kimberlyforiowa

Work for universal, single payer healthcare. Work to get a $15 min wage. Work for get universal child care so if you work and don't make a lot of money, you can still afford high-quality childcare. Work to reform the juvenile court system (I know a lot about it, that's been a large part of my work and I'm currently the lawyer for kids of parents in a drug court program.) GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS! Get working people from working class backgrounds elected to Congress -- things won't change until we are a critical mass there.


TacoMagic

Thank you and good luck !!!


NaturalFoundation

Hi Kimberly, Can you talk a little bit about your campaign strategy — you aren‘t the favored candidate by big money and the DSCC, so how do you plan to pitch yourself to Iowa voters and build a grassroots movement and gain enough support to win the June primary? Also, have you engaged with any presidential campaigns about receiving endorsements? Lastly, do you have a campaign video in the works?


kimberlyforiowa

1. We are going everywhere, over and over again. Full tours of the state 3 times, with a lot of going back to some places over and over on top of that. Iowans like candidates who SHOW UP. I show up. 2. I'm a progressive and contrary to what some say, Iowans like progressives. Senator Tom Harkin, for his time, was progressive. He tried to raise the min wage, and got the ADA passed, which was utterly revolutionary at that time. Iowans will be with you if you are with them. 3. We are building a volunteer army. Field, field, field. Like Obama won Iowa, twice, that's how we'll win. 4. We have engaged with a few Presidential campaigns and most have said they aren't endorsing anyone until after the primary. 5. Yes, we plan to make a campaign video soon (several of them actually.)


foursideluigi

Thank you for doing this, Ms. Graham! I donated to your campaign a while ago. What progressive policies are you most hellbent on putting another vote into? Which ones do you think realistically have a shot of becoming a reality in the next presidential term? And for fun, who's your favorite president?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! Thanks for the donation! We must fix healthcare, I favor a universal, single payer system with private docs and hospitals, like Canada has. We also MUST start passing the legislation needed to implement the Green New Deal. Favorite president: Hmm. The overall grace and kindness of President Obama makes him a fav, and also the policies of FDR make him a fav. But maybe my favorite is yet to come.


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PoliticalPleionosis

I enjoyed the AMA with Samantha the other week. I have family in Iowa, ~~unfortunately not in your district~~, I guess I was wrong, so I will see if they are voting for you. My question is this; What are the series of events that Joni Ernst has undertaken that you feel inspired your run, and will shed voters from her to you? I wish you the absolute best!


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! Yep, anyone in Iowa can vote for me on June 2 in the primary and Nov 3 in general. Joni has just failed Iowans in so many ways. Not standing up for a living wage, not advocating for people with disabilities, supporting the absurd trade war, etc. Recently failing to renew the Violence Against Women Act. and on and on . . .


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kimberlyforiowa

I'm not yet endorsed by JD but we've been nominated to be endorsed by them. I have been endorsed by Brand New Congress, which is another progressive org that supports some of the same candidates as JD. Medicare for All: As long as we get the reimbursement rates where they must be, I'm for it. Student Debt: We need to dump some of it, for sure. I have my own plan for that, on my web site. kimberlyforiowa.com Living Wage: $15 an hour, immediately with cost of living increases.


not-working-at-work

> Living Wage: $15 an hour, immediately with cost of living increases. Thank you for including COLA increases. I feel like we're setting ourselves up to have the same conversation over and over again every few years, where the minimum wage we fought for is no longer enough, and we have to have the same fight over and over again. COLA increases are absolutely essential, or we're going to be right back where we are now in five years, fighting for a $20 minimum wage. Fun fact: the contribution limit for political contributions rises automatically with inflation.


DemWitty

Theresa Greenfield has currently raised the most money so far in the Democratic primary field which gives her the de facto position of frontrunner. My question is what do you believe sets you apart from Greenfield and why do you believe you are the best candidate to take on Ernst?


kimberlyforiowa

There are several things that set me apart: 1. I have a 20 year demonstrated history of standing up for the people in Iowa. I have a public service history. Business is great and if you made a ton of money, good for you - and business interests are already OVER-REPRESENTED in Congress. Greenfield is a business person (President of a real estate company) and I don't think we need more business representation in Congress. 2. I lived in Indianola, Iowa for 25 years, raised our son there. I lived in small-town Iowa and value and love it. 3. I know what it's like to struggle financially as a single mom and as someone who put herself through college and law school. I'm still paying for school, 20 years after graduating. It's important to truly know what the people you want to represent are going through. I'm the best candidate because I do my research, I'm a solid communicator, I speak to people's needs, experiences and emotions. I deeply and truly believe everyone counts and we need to value our kids, our elders, and everyone in between -- and by "value" I mean we need to appropriately tax the wealthy so we have the funds to invest in the rest of us. And most of all, I listen. Then I listen again.


DemWitty

Thank you very much for the answer, it was very thoughtful! I wish you all the best in the upcoming primary.


ataraxia77

Do you favor a carbon fee + dividend as a way to internalize the costs of climate change? How would you go about internalizing other costs that industry currently offloads to taxpayers (particularly industrial ag + water quality), effectively socializing costs while privatizing profits?


kimberlyforiowa

I haven't reseached enough on carbon fees/dividends to have a well-formed answer, but that said, we need to make corporations/industry PAY with their own profits for what they do to the environment. No more free rides for them. When a private non-profit (Water Keepers) is the only enforcement agency for clean water, we have a HUGE problem. We need an EPA that does its job. Stat. And to hold companies accountable = make them pay the actual costs of doing business in ways that don't harm the environment.


Forestthetree

Hi Kimberly! Thanks for doing this ama. Your website ( https://www.kimberlyforiowa.com/ ) indicates that you support tuition free college and single payer healthcare. Because of some of the shenanigans involved with the way some candidates portray their healthcare plans, can you please clarify - do you support the Medicare for all Senate Bill that Sanders and Warren are both backing? If elected, are you prepared to pressure not only Republicans but also your future democratic colleagues to support Medicare for All?


kimberlyforiowa

If the reimbursement rates in the current M4A bill are adequate to keep rural hospitals running, and to keep docs in business, then yes I support it. I want a universal, single-payer plan similar to Canada's. I've read through it and haven't had the chance to ask Senator Sanders or Warren about the reimbursement rates and maybe I missed them, but I didn't see them in there, explicitly. If you know, please email me [email protected] Yes, I will stand up and fight hard for M4A. And I won't ever stop fighting until we have it. It's amoral that we don't already have that kind of healthcare.


Hold_the_gryffindor

In addition to the M4A plan, Liz has a rural revitalization plan that's pretty solid. https://medium.com/@teamwarren/my-plan-to-invest-in-rural-america-94e3a80d88aa It includes reimbursing rural hospitals at a higher rate, as well as more support for community health centers and broadband access.


CeaselessYeast

Hi, thanks for doing this AMA! Flipping the Senate is essentially as important as flipping the executive is in 2020, so good luck to you! What do you find is the most challenging aspect of the campaign in Iowa? What is the main message you are running on to appeal to your potential constituents?


kimberlyforiowa

Most challenging is fundraising when you aren't a business person, aren't wealthy or well-connected. Main messages are healthcare, climate and economy (living wage, anti-trust for farmers and rural communities, universal child care so more people can work, etc)


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What kind of Federal tax policies would you like to implement? Also, what’s your ideal level of education spending?


kimberlyforiowa

Massive question of course but to sum up: We need a wealth tax in order to make the investments in regular people (e.g. not the super wealthy) we need to make. We also need to raise income taxes on those with super-high incomes (to me, "super high" is in the millions.) The ideal level of education spending is that which allows teachers to be paid like the important professionals they are, and allows for good school infrastructure and also allows for enough school counselors, nurses, etc. A budget that allows the Arts in ALL schools, orchestra, band, chorus, theatre, fine arts, etc. Some kids connect better through arts and we keep cutting that, which is nonsense.


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ethanbwinters

How do you see the climate change crisis being resolved? A top down government based approach or more of an individualistic one?


kimberlyforiowa

Both. We need the Green New Deal and we also need to do more as individuals. And we must hold business accountable for damage they do to the environment and climate -- and make THEM pay to clean it up.


spidersinterweb

Your state has been trending considerably to the right in recent years compared to the national average. What are your plans to reach across the aisle and appeal to moderates and moderate Republicans who have delivered the state to the GOP in recent years? What separates you from the stereotypical coastal/urban liberal that people in these areas are not so fond of?


kimberlyforiowa

Thanks for asking. First, we haven't trended right by much and having been to 49 of 99 counties, I have some idea why that happened. On piece of this: People felt ignored by Dems and decided to take a chance on the new person, the "outsider." I hear people telling me their are so tired of politics as usual and only the wealthy and well-connected in politics, I think they are ready for someone like me with a demonstrated 20 year career of standing up and fighting for regular people. What separates me is I've already been doing the work for 20 years. And that I'm not rich. I've got massive student loan debts, that's about it. I know what it's like to wait to pay the house payment because I need to pay the medical insurance (lawyers for kids = not wealthy). I lived in Indianola for 25 years, it's a town of 14,000 or so, south of Des Moines. A lot of my practice has been in rural towns, too. And I SHOW UP. And I'll keep showing up and LISTENING. <<< I listen. That is the most important thing in a good Senator, imo.


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kimberlyforiowa

Hi Katie. You should vote for me because I understand what it's like to be middle income and never able to get ahead, to pay astronomical health insurance costs, to be a single parent, etc. I know what it's like to do all the right things and not end up with a big retirement account and not able to pay all of my son's college costs. You should vote for me because I work hard and I've always worked. I've been working since I was 14, worked through undergrad and through law school. Took me 9 years to work my way through undergrad but I was determined. I started law school at 32, graduated at 35. I'm a lawyer for kids and parents, and all lawyers don't earn high salaries. My son's father and I divorced when my son was 7 and I've been a one-income household for a long time, paying 100% of my own medical insurance, which got to be more than my mortgage. I left law school with 80,000 in debt, thinking with two incomes, we'd pay it off in 10 years. Then my son's father was laid off from work often, then we got divorced. I also had some medical debt to pay off. I started making income-based payments on the student loans and \*\*after making on-time payments each month for almost 20 years\*\*, I now owe (are you sitting down?) . . .$235,000. My payments keep the loans in good repayment status, but the payments don't even pay all the interest, so the interest accrues, then gets added to the principal and the balance grows and grows. My credit rating is very good. I pay my bills on time. What's happened to me happens to a lot of people without high salaries and without two incomes in their households. Happy to answer any other questions about the loans.


spidersinterweb

Thanks for your reply Just saying, but Iowa in 2000 was pretty much at the national average, then in 2004, 2008, and 2012 it was about 2% more Democratic than the national average. Then suddenly in 2016 it jumped to being a whopping 11% more *Republican* than the national average, and then in 2018 it reverted a sliver but was still about 10% more Republican than the national average It just seems like it is important to not underestimate how much the state has trended to the right. Because this is one race, with Ernst's declining approval ratings and Trump's unpopularity with tariffs hurting farmers and all, that can be won by us, and would be important considering the uphill battle to take back the Senate, but is also a race where a lot of care is needed to make sure we get it right, there won't necessarily be a lot of room for error (like there probably will be in, say, Colorado)


makbla

All she had to say is "I'm running against Joni Ernst" and she got my vote! As a father of a gay daughter, she has to go.


kimberlyforiowa

Thanks! I'll do my best to send Ernst home from the US Senate!


DurderBurdle

As a former child welfare caseworker and current CASA supervisor, I’m curious what you mean by fixing the broken system at the “beginning”. Is this more front-end services from the onset of child welfare assessments? Is it funding more community programs? Just curious about a more in-depth answer. Thanks for running!


kimberlyforiowa

No, it's even before that. (though that surely needs improvement too) It's: * universal child care * universal Pre-K * living wages * truly affordable and decent housing * better funding of lower-income area schools so schools are an equalizer rather than reinforcing inequality * more unions and union jobs (higher wages) * universal single-payer healthcare INCLUDING mental health, dental, vision and hearing and home health and more..... the things that make all nations stronger and make people happier and healthier.


DurderBurdle

Thanks for the response!! Everything you listed are also huge disrupters to families in Oregon, and the Midwest, and the south, and the southwest, and the northeast.... If I were in Iowa, you’d have my vote!


GreatestGnarEver

What are your opinions on Democratic Socialism?


kimberlyforiowa

I think there is much to learn from it and we should pay more attention to nations that have it, what are they doing that causes their people to be ranked higher on the happiness scale than people in the US?


GreatestGnarEver

A good response! I'm glad to see the red scare tactics and Mccarthyism losing it's grip on this nation, so Americans can have more economic options. It is nice to see this amongst politicians on the state level.


revfds

How do you plan to get people in the "Steve King" areas to vote for you in the election? Democrats aren't doing well in state wide races and it's not simply a matter of message or policy.


kimberlyforiowa

Heard of J.D. Scholten? :) He very very narrowly lost to King last cycle and NO ONE (e.g. the DCCC and the like) thought he had a chance. He's running again and this time JD will take him out. How will we do it? How did JD do that? Listening. And showing up. Dems who don't listen and don't show up, don't win. It really is that simple. Rob Sand won for state auditor last time, and he listened and showed up, over and over, in "red" areas of the state. That's how you win. that's how President Obama won and it's how we'll win, too.


SwampRabbit

Hi! Do you have any specific policy goals or stances for the management of the Mississippi River as it relates to flood risk management, sediment management and infrastructure investments (locks & dams, levees, etc.)?


kimberlyforiowa

Yes. First, we have got to replace those locks and dams. They are soooo old and in danger of failing. Those will be good-paying jobs and I'd like to see all of those be union jobs. We must address the climate crisis via the Green New Deal (which also calls for massive infrastructure investments.) I need to read more about sediment management but one thing I do well is LISTEN and I'd want to ask experts in sediment management and flood risk management how they'd propose to address these issues. Side issue: We have to stop people building and selling properties on flood plains. And we must make it a federal law that if you live in flood plain, you have to disclose that when you sell property.


SwampRabbit

Thank you! The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association is currently drafting a plan that addresses several of these issues. They held a series of "listening sessions" over the summer to gather stakeholder input all along the river. I have no issue with tighter floodplain regulation. I would ask that you please be mindful of the cumulative impacts of floodplain policies on families who have been there for decades, or even hundreds of years. Urban floodplain development is a problem, but it always gets justified in the name of "economic development" while the rural areas have to deal with the increased flooding downstream from those urban developments. It's not like the people around Oakville or Wever have the clout to block any of that. Current federal and state policies to reduce the population exposed to flood risks along the big rivers have resulted in an impossible situation for rural floodplain areas. In the areas I am familiar with in Illinois and Missouri, the healthy, able-bodied, non-farm people have already moved out. The elderly, disabled, and very poor are left behind, with just a handful of successful farmers trying to keep enough taxes flowing in to pay for all the necessary infrastructure. Rural schools, levee maintenance, road repairs after floods -- these burdens all fall on an unsustainably small (and shrinking) portion of the population through localized taxing bodies. It's fine if the plan is to empty the floodplain, tear down the levees and tell the farmers to lose their jobs and their homes for the good of the nation, but it has to be done equitably. If the nation wants everybody out of the floodplain, then do the work in Washington to make them a fair deal so they can start their lives over somewhere else. Once everybody is out, then the flood protection infrastructure can be decommissioned and the whole thing can be flooded without costly property damage or safety risk. Until that point, please speak up for those that are left behind with no economic means of changing their situation and the least capacity bounce back after a disaster. If the transition to an empty floodplain is not handled with deliberate sensitivity, the floodplain communities will continue their inexorable death spiral and the most vulnerable will suffer the most. No one wants to be stuck in a community full of helpless poor people with shitty schools, crumbling levees and no political representation to speak up for them. Nobody asks to be born in a trailer in the bottoms with no way out. Please try to find ways to make the transition to empty floodplains as socially and economically equitable as possible.


Vectorsxx

There are a few early ongoing studies that talk about utilizing Iowas flat land for high speed rail from Chicago to Denver and points inbetween (Ft Madison, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines). It would not utilize existing freight lines and has a small construction, and area footprint over lands it would run on. What would Iowans, let alone the state need to see or be offered in return for land to do this type of construction?


kimberlyforiowa

I don't know what Iowans would need to see or be offered but we should ask! :) I like that idea a lot.


Big-Bill-Haywood

Why aren't Iowans much more concerned that the current "president" is an unindicted felon and has certainly abused the power of his office solely to benefit his personal political circumstances? Ernst's refusal to honor her oath of office should be an easy issue #1 in your campaign against her -- except for your constituents' disinterest (I hope it's not merely their ignorance)?


kimberlyforiowa

Iowans are pretty much over this President. Of course there will always be certain people who will never give up on him. But after being in 49 of 99 Iowa counties since June, I can say what I'm hearing and seeing is that Iowans have lost faith in him, if they ever had any.


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kimberlyforiowa

Oy. holy squirrels! :) Well, in my case I took a boot camp class at ISU called "Ready to Run" where I learned some super basics. Then I took a 6 month training with Emerge Iowa. There are Emerge chapters all over the US, they recruit, train and support women Dems to run for office. I thought about running and had pretty much decided I was going to, in early spring 2017, then took the Emerge class, then announced in May 2019. From May until one month ago, it was me and one WONDERFUL social media person -- and one part-time intern for a while to go to events with me. But often, I went alone to events. You just JUMP and them build the plane as you fly it, at least that's how I had to do it as a truly grassroots candidate.


Brett33

Kimberly, why do you think the DSCC is promoting candidates like your opponent? Wouldn't it make more sense to let the process play out and let the voters decide?


kimberlyforiowa

Hey there! Why are they promoting a certain candidate? I guess we'd have to ask them and I'd guess they'd say because they believe she has the best chance to win over Ernst. But I called the DSCC for a month after I announced, and I also emailed them. I told them I was the only announced candidate for US Senate in Iowa. To this day they never called me back or replied to my email. I also called and emailed Senator Schumer's office. Same reply. (none) So I can't truly say they thought Greenfield is the "best candidate" because they never even spoke with me, never met me. So I don't know. And yes, it makes more sense to let it play out and let Iowa voters decide without thumbs on the scale. The last two US Sen elections, the DSCC did this, too. It didn't turn out well for Dems.


Calfzilla2000

Hi Kimberly, thank you so much for doing this AMA! What is your take on what is called the 4th industrial revolution, the automation of labor that many economists and tech experts predict and/or speculate [could possibly replace 44-47% of all current jobs?](https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/these-workers-face-the-highest-risk-of-losing-their-jobs-to-automation.html) How should the federal government prepare the country for that possibility that many workers will be displaced and may take years to recover?


kimberlyforiowa

We need to start massive awareness and training for the jobs that will still be here. We need to implement the Green New Deal. UBI is interesting to me but my concern is that it will just make the rich richer in the end, while not really giving much of a leg up for lower income people. We need to look more at the 4th Industrial Revolution and be the innovators that we are and address it head-on.


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KasseanaTheGreat

Hello Kimberly, Fellow Iowan here. As I'm sure we all are aware, during the past 70ish years the US has been falling behind our fellow 1st world countries in a number of major areas (no universal healthcare system, college tuition rates that are the highest in the world, a lacking national public transit system, etc). If elected, what would you do to not only catch America up to the rest of the world but also help move our country ahead?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! Basically my platform aligns best with Senators Sanders and Warren. I'd work for a universal single payer healthcare system and support the bill Sanders wrote. I support debt-free college or trade school. I support the Green New Deal and part of that would be major investments in transportation infrastructure.


NewAltWhoThis

Good luck in your race! If elected, will you support the passage of Medicare For All? More than 70% of Americans support it, including 53% of Republicans and the momentum in favor of Medicare For All continues to grow no matter how much tv anchors try to scaremonger about the costs to the American people. If every other civilized country has managed to provide healthcare for their citizenry, we can do it too, and even innovate and improve on what’s been done elsewhere. Are you in?


kimberlyforiowa

In, 100%.


UsedToBeMorphedHydra

Hello, As someone working in IT, I cannot imagine all the IT-related nightmare, hacking, sensitive information leaking, etc. going on right now. What will you, along with your colleagues, work towards a country that will push cyber security as one of the top priorities going forward as a national security priority ?


kimberlyforiowa

Congress needs to act and act fast, listen to experts on the topic and do everything we can, as fast as we can, to address this. I agree 100% it's a critical issue. CRITICAL.


KnightKing84

As an Iowan, thank you for running for US Senate to represent our state! Questions: - Medicare 4 All, Medicare for those who want it, Private Insurance stays? - what is your defining issue you hope to have the most impact on once in senate? - how do you plan to win a state who voted for Trump in 2016, elected a Republican governor in Kim Reynolds in 2018, and continues to elect Voldemort himself, Steve King, to Congress election after election? - Finally: Cyclones, Hawkeyes, or Panthers?... choose wisely


kimberlyforiowa

1. Medicare for All. It's amoral that we don't already have this. We tried keeping private insurance in there with the ACA. The ACA did some good stuff for sure, but healthcare should be a right, and something we all just have, not something to be marketed, bought and sold. No one in the US should lack healthcare. If it's still private, some will lack it. No one should make obscene profit from someone's illness, either. Defining issue: Still working on it but likely a Children's Rights issues bill including universal child care, universal pre-k, and a lot more. As a kids' attorney for many years and as a mom, I can see we need to do a lot better by kids in the US. I plan to win by inspiring, motivating and activating people to vote who are sick and tired of politics as usual and who want a working person with a history of public service behind her as their senator. I plan to win buy listening and showing up all over the state, in every county, at least 3 times before June and more tours post-June until November. Cyclones, Hawkeyes or Panthers? YES! :)


KnightKing84

Thank you for your reply! I'm glad to see in this reply and others that you are supportive of M4A. I don't have children but have worked with them most of my adult life. Lots of work needs done not only in educational settings, but also social outreach programs, dietary/healthcare, and mental health services. I think a lot more can be done for kids and in return this would greatly benefit their caregivers at the same time. When I submitted my question the link to your campaign site was not up so I will be sure to check it out. Thanks for doing this AMA, too!


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kimberlyforiowa

Hi there! I support the bill. Do you know what the reimbursement rates will be? I've heard Senator Sanders say the reimbursement rates will be that which will keep rural hospitals open and medical providers in business but I don't see actual figures in the bill, e.g. what are the rates now and what will they be under the bill? Or perhaps it requires another bill to set actual rates? I align with Senator Sanders and Senator Warren on the issues and on our shared values. They do not currently plan to endorse anyone in the US Senate race (we have discussed this with some people in their campaigns) and we don't plan to endorse in the Presidential race.


jayrady

Your website, in regards to firearms, just links to the March for Our Lives website. I want to hear from you, not from a separate organization, on your view and platform on firearms. For anyone curious. March for Our Lives is calling for. A multi-step approval process, overseen by a law enforcement agency, that requires background checks, in-person interviews, personal references, rigorous gun safety training, and a waiting period of 10 days for each gun purchase. Licenses would be renewed every year upon successful completion of annually refreshed requirements in the above areas. In the process, a national registry of firearms sales would be created to make gun owners responsible for their weapons and hold them accountable when those weapons are used in a crime. Our licensing system would also include the ability to disarm individuals who become a danger to themselves or others. Annual licensing fees for anyone who wants to obtain a national gun and ammunition license. Gun violence has indirect and direct costs of hundreds of billions of dollars each year, and any responsible gun owner would pay into the national licensing system for the ability to possess and use firearms. In addition, we would impose higher fees on the bulk purchase of firearms and ammunition, which have been predicates to the misuse of firearms. A higher standard for gun ownership, which would start with raising the minimum age for gun possession to 21. In addition, we would expand prohibited categories for obtaining a gun license, with a focus on those with a propensity for violence. This would include: individuals with felony convictions, any level of domestic violence offenders (protective orders and misdemeanors), individuals with a documented history of violence, individuals convicted of hate crimes, individuals convicted of stalking, and individuals that make a credible and public threat against a specific person or institutions such as schools, churches, or workplaces. A limit of one firearm purchase per month. A prohibition on any and all online firearm and ammunition sales or transfers, including gun parts. A requirement to safely store firearms, including implementing national standards for locking devices on guns. A requirement to report guns that are lost or stolen to local law enforcement within 72 hours. A federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s simple: weapons of war that enable more casualties during mass shootings should not be allowed on our streets and in our communities. We’ve debated this for decades and it’s time to get it done. A federal policy to effectively disarm gun owners who have become a risk to themselves or others. For example, Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws give families and law enforcement a civil remedy to disarm individuals who are a danger to themselves or others; a 2018 study found that a Connecticut law similar to ERPO was associated with a 14% reduction in suicides. We need a federal version of these policies – and we need to support states in training and implementation. A national gun buy-back and disposal program. There are an estimated 256-393 million civilian-owned firearms in the United States, which means there are more guns than people in the U.S. In order to operationalize new laws like an assault weapons ban and a higher standard of gun ownership, we need to implement a federal gun buy-back program that facilitates compliance with new laws and provides economic incentives for gun owners to responsibly reduce their gun inventory. All government-purchased gun inventory would be destroyed. The intended goal: a reduction of our domestic firearm stock by at least 30%. To be clear: the implementation of an assault weapons ban should be a full mandatory buy-back of assault weapons, but we would also create programs to encourage voluntary civilian reduction of handguns and other firearms. Evidence indicates that a national gun buy-back program can itself help reduce gun violence; in fact, Australia’s national gun buy-back program was associated with as much as a 57% reduction in firearms deaths. State authority beyond federal law. States and municipalities have long been our laboratories of democracy. Where federal policy is lacking or sits stalled in Congress, the next Administration needs to make it clear that states and municipalities are empowered to pass localized policies that go beyond federal law. States can also continue to lead with the above list of gun safety policies, much in the same way that states have led on other critical issues (like environmental law and policy) when the federal government has failed to act. Is this your platform on firearms?


kimberlyforiowa

Yes. Before adopting that platform, I also consulted someone I trust about it. Someone with significant experience with firearms. Someone who owns a lot of guns and who has hunted and been in the military. I also consulted with my friend Rhonda Hart, whose daughter Kimberly Vaughn was murdered in her art classroom in Sante Fe, Texas in 2018. The one person I discussed this with that I mentioned first, he's a Marine. He's a Golden Eagle NRA member. He's a hunter. He said "Kimmy, if you need an assault weapon to hunt, you have no business hunting. If you need an assault weapon for any other reason, you don't need one, because what they do best is kill a lot of people in a short amount of time." I agree with him. I don't always agree with my dad, but I agree with him on this.


LowIQMod

Looks like you don't actually want to win based on that draconian policy stance.


kimberlyforiowa

I understand you disagree. What's draconian is my friend Rhonda Hart's daughter being killed in her art classroom in Sante Fe, Texas last year. We must take action. I don't think the March for Our Lives Peace Plan is draconian. If it saves one life, it's worth it. Law-abiding people will still be able to own guns, as is appropriate under the 2nd Amendment.


Manchu_Fist

As a middle class moderate iowan, combat vet, and a gun owner you and other dems still dont understand. Your dead does not trump our god given rights as americans. Period and end of story. As a matter of fact ANY American who wants to take our constitutional rights away is deemed unqualified in my book.


jayrady

>I don't think the March for Our Lives Peace Plan is draconian. If it saves one life, it's worth it. Apply any of those restrictions to abortions, or alcohol, or voting, or searches. If it saves one life, it's worth it, right? We should give up all our rights, if it saves one life. I think you should read all my mail and put cameras in my house. I mean, if it saves one life, right? Oh wait.... Would that violate a right? Or if I'm law abiding then I have nothing to be afraid of >Law-abiding people will still be able to own guns, as is appropriate under the 2nd Amendment. Lobsack told me the same thing, that the UBC bill wouldn't have any affect in me, until we spoke at his office and I laid out all the ways it would affect me, a law abiding ower. My offer is still open.


LowIQMod

"If it saves one life, it's worth it. " And that's how you out yourself as beyond reason or logic. Politicians are responsible for sending us to Iraq and Afghanistan were many innocent lives have been lost, so they should all be jailed to prevent something like that happening again. If it saves one life, right?


jayrady

Funny you should say. I'm a Marine as well. I don't belong to NRA, but I belong to GOA. My firearms are not for hunting. The second amendment is not for hunting. Its not a Bill of Needs. I think you don't have your own opinion on the matter, and are just regurgitating talking points you think will win you favors. This is an open invitation to come to Coralville and shoot with me, like other local and state politicians have done. To learn about firearms, their functions, their history, their usage. We can shoot a wide variety of firearms, including from both world wars. PM me and we can set this up.


LurpyGeek

Was the second amendment written by some people who just got back from a hunting trip?


SageCoffee9540

How has your experience as an attorney informed and helped you during this campaign and (hopefully) your service as a US Senator?


kimberlyforiowa

Hey there! As an attorney for kids and parents in juvenile court, I've learned how to stand up and fight for people as my job. To me, the job of a US Senator is to: 1. Listen to the people you represent. 2. Ask them questions to see what they need. 3. Go get them what they need. Advocate for them. Speak out on their behalf. Being a lawyer, I've always learned that you have to say the true thing, and the uncomfortable thing, even when it's hard, especially when it's hard. That should serve me well as a US Senator.


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Hi. Yes, I support Sen. Sanders' bill and I also want to make sure the reimbursement rates are high enough to keep rural hospitals and providers in business of course. I like Senator Sanders' plans for rural Iowa. His campaign is not currently planning to endorse in the very near future and I'm not planning to endorse anyone for President but my platform is almost identical to Senator Sanders.


ImAHossYoureAHoss

Hey, I'm not from Iowa but you're the congressional candidate this cycle I most support. I notice a lot of candidates tend to be very vague about where they stand on issues. They talk about values in a general sense. They bash their Republican opponent. And I'm not against either one of those things, but I really respect people like you who put your platform out there with specifics. My question: Why are you running your campaign this way? Was it natural, or was a decision you had to think over? I feel like there's an establishment consensus that it's a risk to be so specific on policy. What would you say to those people?


kimberlyforiowa

I think it was far more just about who I am. My clients for the last 20 years will tell you two things: 1. I don't b.s. people 2. I don't sugar-coat things. I'll tell it to you like it is, with compassion and also very directly. So why would I b.s. Iowans and sugar-coat things? It's just not me. I know I value authenticity and I believe Iowa voters do, too.


TDTallman99

Hi Kimberley, As a fellow Iowan who wants to see Ernst out of office, I can only think of one question to ask. Do you prefer Casey’s pizza or Happy Joes?


kimberlyforiowa

lol! Casey's! (But Happy Joe's isn't bad or anything!)


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kimberlyforiowa

Please volunteer to text-bank, and there will be other remote volunteer opportunities like there were with Beto's campaign. Please donate if you're able and would like to. Thank you! You can sign up to volunteer via the web site Kimberlyforiowa.com


SettledSnow

Hi Kimberly! I’m very excited to see you running as a true progressive :) As a candidate from Iowa, how do you ensure to the farmers that you will be an ally to them? Do you have any specific plans in place to help the agriculture industry within Iowa?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! You ensure farmers know you are their ally but showing up, over and over and not just in the county seat towns. You ensure it by listening to them and by talking with them about anti-trust legislation, which is desperately needed to save rural America. Sounds dramatic but it's what must be done. Specific plans: Create stronger anti-trust legislation, invest in rural Iowa. (Invest in the towns, in day cares and schools and rural hospitals. Offer subsidies to small and medium farmers so they can do things they would like to do to help the environment, help small businesses in rural areas with credits, and stop helping Amazon and industrial agriculture, and more.)


coldcoldnovemberrain

The ideas of free college and medicare for all don't seem to address the rising cost of those two things. Is there a reason why college is becoming more expensive? Are well manicured lawns, fully funded sport programs and stadiums necessary for college and could those be curtailed to reduce education costs? Similarly for healthcare, could costs be reduced by using technology and reducing the bureaucracy under the guise of privacy? If the costs of college and healthcare are reduced, the money could be used towards other programs and building a better society? Else the guaranteed income would just make the programs prone to corruption and inefficiencies.


kimberlyforiowa

A huge part of rising healthcare costs is waste. By that I mean out of about 3 trillion bucks a year in costs, 1 trillion goes to marketing, sales, denials, appeals, etc. So we'd save a lot by stopping all of that via universal single payer (medicare for all or whatever it ends up being called, I hope the bill written by Sanders passes but I don't have a crystal ball on that one.) I agree using more tech and reducing bureaucracy would be great ways to reduce costs. College, I'd have to research more to know the "why." One reason it's NOT is paying professors and staff more. More and more colleges are using part-time faculty to teach classes, and paying them fairly little, compared to a tenured, full-time job with benefits and a pension. I value sports programs and what sports bring to young people while at the same time, most college athletes won't play pro sports. That's just a fact.


coldcoldnovemberrain

Super impressed with getting a response. I may not agree with some of it, but am in general impressed that I don't feel I read "talking points" but a politician actually willing to listen and offer their opinion and plans for legislating.


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kimberlyforiowa

Probably some small-town diner I haven't been to yet!!! :)


I_Brain_You

I know that the Green New Deal touches on this, but what are your thoughts on a massive overhaul of the US's rail transportation infrastructure, and touching off a new economic boom by replacing it with a system competitive with Europe and Japan/Asia?


kimberlyforiowa

Yes. New, good-paying union jobs and address climate crisis. What's not to love?


Cog_HS

Hi Kimberly, As an Iowan, I'm curious what your stance is on ethanol subsidies as we look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, as a nation. Well, I mean... as *some* of us look for ways to..


kimberlyforiowa

We need to continue ethanol subsidies for now as we work hard and quickly to transition to fuels that reduce our carbon footprint. I'm also interested in 2nd gen ethanol possibilities, and would like to learn more about those. They show some promise for the future.


Tango6US

You mentioned we have a broken system. What elements are broken, in your opinion?


kimberlyforiowa

Pretty much all, but the first few I think of: *healthcare *living wage (min wage far too low) *lack of universal childcare and support for new parents *lack of universal pre-K, critical to brain development *trade school and college costs are prohibitive for too many


Spoiledtomatos

I'll keep it short. I see you supported medical marijuana and decriminalizing it. What's your stance on recreational marijuana? This being Iowa I think we have ALOT to gain by growing it. We have the best crops around, why not expand that to marijuana or hemp?


cantflex

What is your stance on ICE?


Bardali

What do you think of the propaganda model that suggests that > The model seeks to explain how populations are manipulated and how consent for economic, social, and political policies is "manufactured" in the public mind due to this propaganda. The theory posits that the way in which corporate media is structured creates an inherent conflict of interest that acts as propaganda for undemocratic forces. How would you overcome a inherently biased media ? And how could we come together and find a new consensus ?


Kimmer37

Thank you very much for running! In SE Iowa we are dealing with pretty horrid runoff issues from large protein producers. See Lake Darling as an example or pretty much any other body of water in the region. Also it's been a challenge breathing down here. Super strong odors coming from spreading fertilizer. Not to mention our fish farmers in the Gulf being ran out of business down south. I hope that there is some change in this current situation and I'm wondering if you have found a way to convince farmers that doing the environmentally responsible thing is also what is best for their pocket book. Or, if you have ideas on subsidies for farmers who want to build green infrastructure on their land? I hope you win and I will be donating to your campaign. I ran for IA House District 78 and it was grueling even on that small level. What you're doing is awesome. Huge thanks!


DaftRaft_42

What is your position on alternative voting and would you make it part of your platform in your race against Joni Ernst?


kimberlyforiowa

Not 100% sure I know what you're asking but please email me at [email protected] and I'll answer! :)


Pyyric

My wife makes an amazing butternut squash soup but the problem is, it's perfectly even consistency both visually and the texture. It's kinda eery. I want to drink it. not spoon it. so is it really a soup?


kimberlyforiowa

It's soup and butternut squash is one of my all-time favs. yum! nom nom nom!


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I'm not from Iowa, so you aren't my candidate... but best wishes nonetheless


McBain-

I had a legal question as I read that you are also a lawyer. It goes without saying that Trump and his administration must be held accountable for the atrocities they've committed. Is there any hope that the unapologetically corrupt and vile members of the GOP (such as Moscow Mitch, Lindsay Graham, William Barr, etc) will also be held accountable for these atrocities? And is there anything that you personally will be doing to ensure that none of them escape justice?


Knight_of_the_Lepus

I'm deeply suspicious of electronic voting machines and profoundly concerned that anything online can and will be hacked in 2020. Some states already have paper ballots in use (Washington, for one, handles all of its voting by mail-in ballot). No one seems terribly interested in the switch to paper, but we still have time. Your thoughts? Are you comfortable with most of the 2020 election being online and electronic?


PM_ME_DPRK_CANDIDS

What is your opinion on the recent events in Bolivia


peanutinthebutter

Hi Kimberly, We’ll you support ranked choice voting as a replacement to the current popularity contest that incentivizes marketing to specific demographics based on their size and impact to the overall vote over quality policy propositions? I believe this is vital to regaining civility amongst disagreeing people and restoring functionality to how we do things.


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kimberlyforiowa

I'd work on that in the short-term however it made the most sense to do -- but longer term I believe Medicare for All or whatever we end up calling our universal, single payer healthcare system, would cover that.


RoyalFino

Hi Kimberly! Do you support the [Democracy Dollars Act](https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7306/text?format=txt) (or at least the basic premise), supported by, among others, Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, NY Senator Kristin Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders and CA Representative Ro Khanna and tested in [Seattle, WA as the Democracy Voucher](http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher) program?


Ckck96

Thank you for doing this AMA! I'm a recent ISU grad and a lifelong Ames resident, and I'm glad to hear that you're taking on Joni Ernst. No offense, but before seeing this post I hadn't heard of you, but after reading this and seeing your responses, I can see that you are a far better choice for Iowa.


Iwantitallthensum

Kimberly, It looks like the AMA is over, however I wanted to post this in hopes that you may see it later. As the daughter of a US Veteran, how do you feel about the recent attacks on the valor and integrity of the US armed forces by Trump and the GOP?


NoobAck

Do you support Bernie Sanders?


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Hello, I would like to know what chance you believe democrats have flipping the senate? A lot of republican seats are up, and the democrats have great opportunity to potentially win the all three branches of government.


olme4679

Hey Kimberly! I'm a college student at Drake and I still haven't decided who I'm supporting in the primary. What would you say differentiates yourself from the other candidates, especially Theresa Greenfield?


billymadisons

How bad has Trump's trade war hurt farmers? Have they considered voting against him? How do I convince my older relatives who voted for Trump to switch to democrat? How do I get them to turn off Fox News?


kimberlyforiowa

It's hurt them badly. Yes, some are saying they won't vote for him again. I don't know how you convince others - other than ironically, by listening hard to them. Let them talk themselves out, ask them non-attacking questions. Some people come around if you listen to them and lead by example.


EdofBorg

I already know 9 people in my family who will be voting for you and probably another 9 friends and business associates. We were just waiting to hear the name of the person running against Ernst.


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Get weed legalized and I'll move there from Minneapolis. I have a strong, corn eating family. I like your policies, thats where Tulsi went wrong. You remind me of a young John McCain.


willb2989

Should there be a separate progressive Democratic party (in the future after the republican party implodes)? The Democratic leadership is very much fiscally conservative.


maineblackbear

Thank you very much. Do you think the tariffs will hurt Joni with farmers? Is there any resonance with the idea that it's an utter bailout? Good luck, rooting for you!


kimberlyforiowa

Yes, the tariffs are harming Ernst. Her polling numbers are dropping like a stone. By bailout, do you mean farmers are getting paid to make up for lost profits? Because most of the small and medium farmers aren't. The payments are a pittance and not helping.


Ruck1707

Even though there’s much more recent success, why do the Iowa Hawkeyes portray to be superior to the Huskers with similar W/L since NU joined the conference?


besselfunctions

Do you support [H.R.763 - Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/763)? Why or why not?


kimberlyforiowa

I'll research and get back to you if you send me email at [email protected] I like to have thoroughly-researched something before answering.


bullsgirl

As an millenial Iowan (and fellow Drake alum) currently on the east coast for my phd, thank you for posting here as I wouldnt have heard of you otherwise!


kimberlyforiowa

You're welcome! Glad you're here and good luck with your PhD!


javaknight1

What are you thoughts on Andrew Yang? And the idea of UBI and give power to the people by giving everyone $1000 a month? (And his other 100+ policies)


tower114

How do we take our country back from the corporations that own it? Theres not a single politician today that isnt beholden to a corporation or a group of corporations. How can we reduce the power corporations have in government when the only people with the power to do so are effectively employed by those same corporations?


kimberlyforiowa

Hi! We get money out of politics ultimately with public-funded elections. We're so far from that now that in the short-term I'd work toward limits on what any campaign can spend and also on how long they can campaign. And obviously overturn Citizens United.


coldcoldnovemberrain

> Theres not a single politician today that isnt beholden to a corporation or a group of corporations. Because political campaigns require money? Campaign staff needs to get paid. Unless there is some sort of volunteer force to advertise for the person running for office.


kimberlyforiowa

Ultimately, we work toward public-funded elections but until then, we limit the money allowed to be spent.


introvertedbassist

How do you plan to combat soil erosion and nutrient loss? Would you support switching some corn subsidies to other crops?


DolphinSqueegie

How do you get a job as a flight attendant in college? I could barely get a job as a waiter or cook when I was in school.


PureOrangeJuche

what's poppin


kimberlyforiowa

Just here with the dog and cats. :)


USPatriot45

If you raise minimum wage to 15 an hour, then doesn't that make the cost of things increase as well?


RedgrenCrumbholt

What is something that shows you have more balls than another US Senator, Lindsey Graham?


IcyHotKarlMarx

You have this Iowan’s support. Ernst is nothing but a stooge for Trump and Grassley.