November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide

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Idaho House District 21 - Seat A

Incumbent: Republican Steven Harris Term: Two yearsSalary: $16,684

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    Robert Winder

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Name your three priorities for Idaho. Do you support current policy on them? if not, describe your alternate plan. How would you pay for your proposals that have costs associated with them?

How should Idaho address the health care needs of the 78,000 residents in the so-called gap population? Do you support Medicaid expansion in some form? Some other proposal? Please address funding for the option you prefer.

What is the state's obligation to public schools? Is Idaho spending enough on buildings, teachers and operations? How can Idaho improve its go-on rate for students leaving high school?

What is your position on the relationship between the federal government, the states and local governments? Is the state right or wrong to hinder or pre-empt action on the local level? Should the state work to take more ownership or control of federal lands in Idaho?

Name three actions taken by the Legislature this past session that you opposed. Name three you supported or would support. Explain.

What is the proper role of a part-time citizen Legislature? Do you think Idaho’s current system works? Does the Legislature function well or do you see need for changes or improvements?

Do you support your party’s presidential nominee? Explain. Include in your answer who you plan to vote for and why.

Have you been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment? If so, what, when and where?

Have you or a company you owned filed bankruptcy? If so, when and where?

Age 60
Education Bachelor of Science, BYU. Masters of Science, Masters of Technology Management, BYU.
Prior political experience Current State Representative
Civic involvement Volunteer for Senior Solutions, Idaho Food Bank, Boise Rescue Mission, LDS Job Services job training, LDS Cannery, Lyon’s Club
Years living in Idaho 16
Family Wife Wendy of 32 years. 5 children and 9 grandchildren (almost!).
My priorities, as always, are to limit government overreach, protect individual rights, advance free-market principles, and strengthen the family unit. I support flat and fair taxes and oppose special incentives and tax breaks. I believe government should grow no faster than the private economy. Sadly, this year, Idaho government grew nearly twice that rate.
Providing health care or forcing the purchase of health care insurance in not a proper role of government. I do not support Medicaid expansion. But don’t forget: between State and County funding, Idaho tax payers already spend about $100,000,000 annually on indigent health care for this very population. We should look to spend this existing money more wisely.
I support school innovation and choice as the best way to get us out of our education doldrums. Parent involvement and student enthusiasm is the key to great education (and higher go-on rates). I carried House Bill 458 which expanded and streamlined advanced opportunity programs (dual-credit, AP, early completion) for Idaho High School students. I supported the creation and funding of the STEM Action Center. I also carried legislation to allow for Mastery-based Education and Innovative Schools.
The federal government has, in many ways, overstepped its constitutional bounds. In the beginning, the States created the Federal government and delegated limited authority to it. All other powers remain with the States. The States are not political subdivisions of the Federal Government but are part of the proper balance and separation of powers. Idaho should work to take more ownership of federal lands. It makes no sense that two-thirds of Idaho does not belong to Idaho.
I’m working to eliminate some high-stakes testing now required in High School. We should be focusing on learning instead. I support Education Savings Accounts where the money better follows the student. I support improving annexation laws to better protect county residents from being forcibly annexed by neighboring cities. I’m working to improve civil asset forfeiture laws to better protect an individual’s property rights. This past session, I opposed several budgets that had extreme year-over-year increases. I also opposed allowing cities to set their own minimum wage.
I think having a part-time, citizen Legislature is the best way to minimize the “politics” in politics. Once the session is over, we all go back to our regular lives. This helps us stay grounded in the real world. One big improvement would be to eliminate “Pension Spiking,” available to those legislators who are later appointed by the Governor to fill full-time leadership positions. Currently, this potential perk gives the Governor undue influence over senior members of the Legislature.
I believe in a private ballot.
Age 32
Education High School Diploma Emergency Medical Technician Studied Political Science at CWI Tech Support Tech 2
Prior political experience I began getting involved in politics in 2005 by starting in local government. I have volunteered my time to work on the Schwarzenegger campaign when he ran for a second term as Governor of California. In 2012, I moved from California to Boise Idaho for its climate and friendly atmosphere. In 2014, I was elected delegate for Ada County Democrats and worked tirelessly to bring a document that is enriched and encompassing of my beliefs and the beliefs of my fellow Democrats. I have since been re-elected and currently running for National Delegate. I have advocated for Expanding Medicaid in Idaho and Add the Words along with raising the minimum wage. Since 2011, I have been a volunteer for Wolf PAC. An organization to get money out of politics. Where we successfully petition the state of California and six other states to an article 5 convention.
Civic involvement Calvinist Cadet Corps Emergency Medical Technician Advocate Delegate
Years living in Idaho Four
Family My Wife and 3 beautiful children. A boy and two daughters.
Twitter page @RobertWinder_ID
The current system we have isn't up to par with the rest of the U.S. Currently our education system isn't funded properly. School administrators are penny pinching and demanding more from taxpayers. A well-funded education system is my number one priority. 1 in 3 households is struggling to make ends meet. Currently, many families don't qualify for SNAP or food stamps. 70% of them don't even qualify for Medicaid. We need to expand our Medicaid to include those who are in financial hardship. We also need to raise our minimum wage. Individuals who work hard to pay rent, buy groceries and try to stay healthy. Idaho has families who are the definition of working poor. Families deserve the right to be safe, happy and healthy.
Yes, I have received letters after letters from people who have suffered some form of loss or ability to work, yet somehow makes too much to qualify for Medicaid. I am reminded of my dear friend Brittany Long who I have met on my campaign trail. Who is fighting for her right to live? Brittany was diagnosed with Chiari malformation. The cerebellum at the base of her brain is pushing into her spinal canal. For twice a week throughout 2015, she went into the emergency room. Her medical debt surpasses $60,000, and she will eventually have to file for medical bankruptcy. It was not clear why Long owes money to the nonprofit St. Luke’s hospitals, which are supposed to offer charity care to low-income patients. Long says she filled out paperwork, through St. Luke’s, for bills to be covered by the county indigent medical fund but was not granted assistance. By fall, she had missed two months of work. She could not hold a 9-to-5 office or retail job, but she wanted to keep working, she can work even when it is hard to get out of bed. But it does not always pay well. Long made $9,287 last year , almost twice the income cutoff for single parents. This still leaves her in the Medicaid gap.

Idaho's future is at stake. Educating early and continuing education is what is going to be driving this economy. Providing our parents, teachers and students with the tools and knowledge to help Idaho grow is essential to providing our citizens a prosperous future in this state. Public education must be a “system” that begins during early childhood and continues through higher education. Teaching should be based on standards and best practices that maximize student learning. Affordable access, provided by community colleges, vocational/technical schools, and research universities, is essential. Public education funding should be stable and appropriate, and be maintained and protected from variability in the state budget.
The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land.
At this point, Idaho is in dire need of a complete overhaul to protect its citizens from the radical republicans in office. To rid ourselves of this virus, we need to reform our laws on money in politics. We must stop the money from flowing into the hands of politicians from other states and from multi-million and billionaires. Education; 50 of 50 is horrible, we should not be proud that our schools and teachers are underfunded, understaffed and underpaid. You cannot get the best education without proper school supplies and funding to keep up with maintenance. We need to ensure Idaho's future is bright and we should not have to force our students to go broke to get a proper education. Tuition-free college education and more vocational schools are needed in Idaho. Jobs and job creation, tax breaks to companies don’t bring in more jobs. It puts more money in the executive's pockets. We need to focus on raising our minimum wage and push for more companies to commit to hiring more veterans and people in need.
The Legislature's main job is to represent their constituents. The current system we have does not represent all Idahoans and neglects taxpayers and is continuously deaf and blind to the needs its citizens. Every year our part-time legislature try to end the sessions earlier and earlier. Proof that they do not care about voters or the function of government. I encourage our part-time legislators to work just as hard as it's citizens and work as long as needed to provide the best yearly outcome.
While I do not completely support her stances on some issues. I do stand with the party in her nomination. She is competent, intelligent and capable of doing the duty of President of the United States.