New Orleans DSA candidate questionnaire
On behalf of the New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, we respectfully request that you respond to a brief survey of critical issues facing working class Louisiana residents preparing to vote in the upcoming elections this fall. New Orleans DSA organizes for the power and benefit of working class people in Louisiana, to reclaim political influence from the wealthy and corporations, and to further the values of fairness, direct democracy, and human dignity. DSA is the fastest growing socialist political organization in the United States exceeding 60,000 dues paying members nationally and with over 2,000 members and supporters in Louisiana.

The survey consists of 30 “Yes” or “No” questions with optional further elaboration. Your responses, if received in time, will be used to inform the development of our voter guide for the fall elections which will be distributed to our membership and to the general public as well as published on our website http://dsaneworleans.org/.

To meet our publication deadline, your responses must be received no later than Monday, August 26, 2019. We hope that you will take this opportunity to communicate your views on how you will use the power of your office to strengthen working class communities in our state, protect our environment, and further the cause of a fair and just society.

Thank you very much for your time.
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1. Would you vote to preserve local control of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program? *
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2. The Louisiana Budget Project reported Louisiana has the 3rd highest combined (state and local) sales tax rate in the country. Should the tax burden be shifted more to wealthy individuals and corporations? *
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3. The Commonwealth Fund reported that Arkansas dis-enrolled more than 18,000 people from Medicaid when it instituted new work requirements. Do you support work requirements for public assistance programs such as Medicaid? *
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4. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 15,000 people died because their states didn’t expand Medicaid. If you were a member of the U.S. Congress, would you vote for H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All bill that guarantees universal health coverage? *
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5. Are you in favor of a statewide $15/hour minimum wage with automatic increases for inflation? *
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6. Card check is the clearest and simplest method for employees to organize into a labor union in which a majority of employees in a bargaining unit sign authorization forms, or "cards,” stating they wish to be represented by the union. Do you support organizing by card check? *
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7. Open Society Foundations found that criminalizing sex work increases sex workers’ exposure to violence, extortion, and health risks by reducing their ability to negotiate with clients and employers, access healthcare and emergency services, and organize for their rights. Would you support legislation that decriminalizes sex work? *
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8. Many Louisianans are prevented from getting jobs because they have a criminal conviction. Do you support banning the box that some employers put on job applications requiring people to disclose that they have a criminal conviction? *
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9. Do you support the 2020 Louisiana No Right to Abortion amendment to the state constitution that would deny the right to an abortion under any circumstance? *
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10. Would you vote to tax and regulate recreational cannabis? *
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11. The Coastal Master Plan is expected to cost upwards of $100 billion. Do you believe it’s possible to fully fund the state’s Coastal Master Plan without significant contributions from extractive industries? *
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12. New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board estimates it will need at least $3 billion in the next 10 years in order to protect the city from flooding and ensure safe drinking water. Will you support efforts to fund this endeavor that minimize impacts on poor and working class people? *
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13. A study by the University of Memphis found that there is strong evidence that poor and black residents are exposed to greater risk of cancer in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. The EPA and Louisiana environmental groups have identified fenceline air monitors as crucial technology to help identify pollutants at industrial sites. Would you vote to require fenceline air monitors? *
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14. If you were in the United States House of Representatives, would you vote for H.Res. 109, the Green New Deal resolution? *
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15. Though Louisiana has some publicly owned electric co-ops, many residents are forced to buy electricity and gas through Entergy, which reported an $850 million profit in 2018. Should public utilities be publicly owned? *
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16. In Louisiana, landlords can file for a 10-day eviction for no cause against tenants on month-to-month leases. Would you support a bill requiring at least 30 days notice before an eviction for renters on month-to-month leases? *
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17. Do you support municipalities regulating their housing markets through restrictions on the short-term rental industry and/or rent control ordinances? *
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18. A recent report by the Vera Institute showed that ending money bail could reduce crowding in New Orleans jails by as much as 56 percent, saving the city up to $8.3 million annually. Would you vote for a bill eliminating money bail for the entire state? *
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19. Would you advocate for funding parity between public defenders offices and district attorney offices? *
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20. According to The Sentencing Project, Louisiana's black residents accounted for 63 percent of the more than 108,000 people disenfranchised by criminal convictions in 2016. Do you support the right of all Louisianans to vote regardless of a criminal conviction? *
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21. Do you support New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s practice of issuing material witness warrants and jailing witnesses who don’t cooperate with the district attorney? *
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22. New Orleans just became the first major American city without traditional schools. Should the New Orleans charter school experiment be implemented statewide? *
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23. A study by the Brookings Institute found that a healthy school lunch boosts academic performance. Should school lunches be free for all Louisiana children? *
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24. Should Louisiana’s higher education institutions be tuition-free? *
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25. Do you support the continued diversion of Louisiana public school funds to private and parochial institutions via the state school voucher program? *
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26. Last year Louisiana state courts blocked the Governor from prohibiting discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, state law does not currently protect individuals from discrimination on this basis. Should state law afford LGBTQIA+ persons the same rights as all other Louisiana citizens? *
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27. Do you support state or municipal resources being used to coordinate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? *
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28. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already approved automatic voter registration (AVR). AVR makes voter registration “opt-out” instead of “opt-in”—eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated, unless they affirmatively decline. Do you support automatic voter registration? *
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29. Would you support the creation of independent oversight bodies to review police conduct such as citizen review boards? *
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30. Is climate change real and caused by human activities? *
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What is your name? *
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What office/district/seat are you running for? *
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