According to a survey conducted by People's Action, a multiracial grassroots coalition, these are the top five issues in 10 swing states:
1. Health care that won't bankrupt you if you get sick. However, our U.S. representative, Scott Tipton, supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would remove protections for people having pre-existing conditions and remove millions from access to health care.
2. Fair wages. Scott Tipton supports reducing regulations on corporations. He is a party line voter and the Republican Party is notoriously anti-worker.
3. Free access to education. Scott Tipton doesn't support applying federal standards to education. It is hard to imagine him supporting any plan for free higher education or lower interest loans for students. Currently many students graduate from college with huge debt that has high interest rates that they escape by any form of bankruptcy.
4. Clean water (environment). Scott Tipton supports renewable energy. He doesn't support federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He supports all form of energy development including fracking.
5. Government uncorrupted by big money. Scott Tipton has said, "We have a problem with reckless spending across the board at the federal level." Yet he just voted to give trillions of tax breaks to the very richest Americans guaranteeing budget deficits for years to come. The Republican Party is against budget deficits when the Democrats are in control, but when Republicans are in power, they are responsible, over the years, for creating most of the budget deficits. Somehow the public doesn't notice this deceit.
Not addressed in the study but of concern is Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. There are acknowledged plans by Republicans to cut all three of these in the upcoming Congress. Do we the people want to cut these safety net programs?
Republicans and Democrats have collaborated to increase the mess we have now. Many citizens are disappointed with government. We know what we can expect from Scott Tipton.
The alternative is Diane Mitsch Bush who supports living wages, supports Medicare for all, supports public education pre-K through college or technical training and supports a sustainable energy policy. She takes no corporate PAC money or fossil fuel money. Her campaign is supported by small donations.