Statement on Net Neutrality

Equality among all is not just a slogan but the essence of our American way of life.

Removing Net Neutrality rules endanger the most basic protections guaranteed in our Constitution, including the freedom of expression and speech. Using the Internet is not a luxury or a leisurely activity, but a part of our everyday life. Millions of Americans rely on the internet for contacting loved ones or requesting help in case of an emergency.

This decision today creates a dangerous precedent that can lead to government censorship and corporate control over our everyday lives (e.g. allowing one news website to load faster than the other, ISPs creating a bidding war between netflix and hulu to decide whose movie stream shows up on your television).

It’s also a seriously anti-consumer stance. Not only will ISPs be allowed to limit or charge extra for consumers to have access to certain sites, we could see cases of retailers blocking access to online retailers while shopping at their stores so to prevent price comparison in real time.

Today’s action could increase social disparity and class discrimination by allowing ISPs to offer easier access and higher internet speeds in certain higher-income areas and throttling speed in lower-income neighborhoods.

Most urgently, this decision opens the door to thought policing via content control, not unlike that regularly practiced by ISPs in authoritarian countries including China, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.

 

Sanchez Welcomes Open Congressional Race in TX-06

 

For Immediate Release

Waxahachie, TX, November 30, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said she looks forward to a spirited and issues-focused debate with whichever Republican challenger emerges from the Republican primary now that Rep. Joe Barton has announced he will not run again. Sanchez says she respects the decision of Rep. Barton to step down and she thanks him for creating an environment that allows us to focus on issues.

“We are prepared to fight any Republican contender and win in this open race. We are raising enough money, connecting with enough voters and are confident that we are addressing the issues of greatest importance to constituents – better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and affordable, universal healthcare. People are sick of partisan ideology and division and just want good government,” she says.

Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.

Earlier this week Sanchez announced that her campaign has raised more than $100,000 in its record-breaking campaign. The amount raised to date is roughly double the amount raised by any Democratic candidate running in this district in more than 20 years and for the entire race, primary and general.

The funds come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed. The campaign counts more than 1,200 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700.

The candidate, staff and volunteers have been attending events around the district since February and walking precincts to connect with voters since May.

Sanchez has been endorsed by the Latino Majority PAC, Climate Hawk Vote PAC and in September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

Sanchez will appear in the Ennis Lights Parade this evening and is available for comment.

 

Sanchez raises $100,000 to run against Joe Barton

Waxahachie, TX, November 27, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today announced that her campaign has raised more than $100,000 in its record-breaking campaign to unseat 33-year incumbent Joe Barton. The amount raised to date far exceeds the amount raised by any Democratic candidate running against Barton for more than 20 years and for the entire race, primary and general.

The funds come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed. The campaign counts more than 1,200 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700.

“Everywhere we go people say they are so excited to have a strong Democrat who can raise money and is willing to do the work to take on Joe,” says Sanchez. “We’ve reached more than 4,000 Democratic primary voters in their homes and they always say that they have never had a candidate come personally to their doors,” she adds.

The campaign is focused on the issues most important to the voters of the district – the unbearable cost of healthcare, the desire to ensure well-funded neighborhood schools not depleted by vouchers and the lack of good jobs for our high school graduates. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.

Sanchez will file her papers to be added to the primary ballot on Tuesday in Austin.

Sanchez has been endorsed by the Latino Majority PAC, Climate Hawk Vote PAC and in September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

 

Media release: Sanchez responds to Barton apology

Arlington, TX, November 22, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today issued the following statement to media responding to an apology issued by US Representative Joe Barton. After the release of graphic photos online, Barton has apologized for poor judgment and letting down constituents. Barton said he was deliberating his political future.

“Texans, just like all American people, are tired of poor behavior of elected officials distracting us from the real issues affecting us – the unbearable cost of healthcare, the poor and sliding quality of public education and the lack of good jobs for our high school graduates. No matter who the Republican nominee is, I look forward to a civil and respectful campaign on the issues – not one sullied by personal attacks.

There is a far larger issue here. Joe Barton, like all Tea Party extremists, do not represent the values of our great state and the people of the 6th congressional district. It’s time for new leadership. The swamp needs draining.

I have been talking to voters all over my district and they want new leadership in DC. They want a representative who will look after their interests and work with anyone who can help improve their lives. I have committed to bi-partisan leadership and finding solutions to real problems. I’m going to continue to focus on the issues that matter to this district, like quality, affordable, universal healthcare, excellent public schools, and good jobs for every constituent of working age.”

The campaign is filing its application for a place on the Democratic Party primary ballot early next week. It has already raised more money in the first part of the primary than any complete Democratic campaign to challenge Barton for at least 20 years. The campaign has already reached more than 4,000 Democratic Primary voters, been the subject of 15 pieces of national and local media coverage and has received important national endorsements and support. In September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

Join Jana at our Fundraiser in Dallas

Join us for our Dallas fundraiser to benefit Jana Lynne Sanchez for US Congress on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The event will be held at our host, Therese Tetzel’s home, which is located on Purdue Street in Dallas.

Donor levels:
CO-HOST: $1000
SPONSOR: $500
SUPPORTER: $250
FRIEND: $100

RSVP to christen@sanchezforcongress2018.com.

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ABOUT JANA
Jana is the first Democrat to run a credible campaign against Rep. Joe Barton, who has been in the TX-6 seat for 33 years. Her campaign has already raised more money in the first part of the primary than any Democrat running against Barton raised through the primary and general for about 30 years.

Jana Lynne Sanchez grew up in the Ellis County, Texas small towns of Maypearl, Midlothian and Waxahachie. Her grandparents, migrant farm workers, settled in Rockett, outside of Waxahachie, in the 1950s. Her grandfather was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who lived in the U.S. most of his life, before becoming a citizen in 1969. Her father, one of 27 children, grew up on the road and had little formal education.

Jana Lynne attended Rice University in Houston on multiple scholarships and thanks to financial aid, student loans, work-study jobs, and the support of family. After graduating from Rice with a degree in Political Science, she went on to work as a political fundraiser, an journalist, and a foreign correspondent.

WHY I AM RUNNING
By Jana Lynne Sanchez
I have always been a person who likes to solve problems – to see an opportunity and seize it. Texas District 6 is made up of almost three-quarters of a million people from all walks of life – employees, business owners, students, homemakers and others. I will do my best to represent all of their best interests in a time when the world is extremely divided on political, religious and social grounds. I want to remove special interests and the extreme ideology of both sides, and focus on job creation and core Texas values of prosperity and opportunity, independence, freedom, and doing what is right.

I’ve led a truly blessed life. I grew up in Maypearl, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. I went away to Rice University on scholarships and financial aid and with the help of family. I am grateful for the experiences I have had living all over the country and in Europe: I will bring what I’ve learned to serve the people of this district.

I am a self-employed businesswoman who has never had any aspirations to run for office before now. I see a district that is in dire need of an ethical and competent representative truly accountable to the people of the district.

I believe citizen representatives should go to D.C. and represent our interests for only a short time, and then return to the district to continue serving. I am fully in support of strict term limits.

Media Release: Sanchez hits historic milestone in fundraising

Raises more money in primary than any Democratic challenger to Barton for entire race in 33 years

Arlington, TX, October 20, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today announced that the campaign has already raised more money in the early primary period than any previous Democratic challenger to Rep Joe Barton in his 33 years in office.

The campaign had collected more than $80,000 in contributions by mid-October. The highest amount raised for the entire primary and general campaign by previous Democratic challengers was only $56,000, excluding loans and other contributions from candidates themselves. The funds have been raised by almost 1,000 contributions ranging from $1 to $2,700 with the average contribution size around $80.00.

In addition to the campaign’s fundraising activities, the candidate, with staff and volunteers, walks precincts five days a week, engaging with voters door to door to discuss issues of importance to them.

“Voters tell us every day what they care about is affordable healthcare for all, good jobs for high school graduates and well-funded neighborhood schools. There’s also a huge demand for Congressional Term Limits, which I support 100%,” says Sanchez.

The campaign has been the subject of 15 news articles in national and local media to date.

Last month, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers. A key part of her platform is her ability to reach across the aisle and find solutions that benefit all members of Congressional District 6.

“People are ready for change and to have a representative in Congress who will stand up for the residents of the district and of the state. As we always say, it’s Time to Texas Up!,” says Sanchez. The campaign headquarters are in Arlington, and the candidate lives in Waxahachie.

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Statement on Gun Rights and Violence

I believe in protecting the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution—including the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. However, with rights come responsibilities. As a gun owner myself, I cherish my right to own a firearm, and believe that safe use of that firearm is my responsibility.

As an elected official, it will be my responsibility to stand up for common sense gun laws to reduce the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans a day.

Beyond the tragedy, gun violence is expensive. If you add together lost wages and hospital charges, the annual cost of shootings in the US could be as high as $45 billion. Given the state of our national deficit, we should be thinking about gun safety as an economic as well as public health issue.

Gun violence often hurts children, and this is unacceptable. Children unintentionally shoot themselves or others every other day. Safe and responsible gun ownership includes knowing how to prevent children from hurting or killing themselves.

There is a sensible path forward where we protect our right to bear arms and also protect public safety. That’s why I oppose “concealed carry reciprocity,” dangerous legislation that would gut state’s gun laws, and allow countless people to carry hidden, loaded guns across the country with no background check or gun safety training.

“Concealed carry reciprocity” wouldn’t create a national standard for who can carry a hidden, loaded gun in public. Instead it would force every state to accept the concealed carry standards of every other state, no matter how weak or nonexistent those standards may be.

Over 90% of Texans support requiring a license to carry, and yet some politicians in the capitol fought hard to get permitless carry passed last year. This is not about our freedom; this is about serving the special interests that line the pockets of our elected officials.

I condemn the comments of my opponent Joe Barton in calling for a “Wild West” proliferation of guns as a solution to violence. In an age where guns are more powerful than ever before, and where madmen plot for months to kill innocent citizens, we need a common-sense approach to protecting public safety. Americans should not have to fear for their lives when they go to church, picnics or concerts.

Statement on Tragic Las Vegas Shooting

I am deeply saddened by the news of last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. My thoughts are with every family affected, and I will keep them in my prayers.

Americans shouldn’t have to worry about being shot at outdoor concerts, movie theaters, elementary schools, churches and nightclubs. We don’t have to live like this. Today we grieve those lost and salute those who keep us safe. Be kind to each other– today and always.

Jana Lynne

Sanchez gains support of pro-growth NewDemsPAC

 

NewDems fund common sense leaders who encourage innovation, fiscal responsibility

Arlington, TX, September 25, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today received the support of the NewDemPAC, a political action committee backed by a group of 61 Democratic Members of Congress who call for common sense leadership, policies that promote economic growth and fiscal responsibility and encourage innovation.

The Texas Members of Congress who are part of the Coalition are Beto O’Rourke, Joaquin Castro and Henry Cuellar.

New Democrats are forward thinkers who seek to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing. New Democrats believe the challenges ahead are too great for Members of Congress to refuse to cooperate purely out of partisanship. Sanchez has already made clear that a key piece of her agenda is to reach across the aisle and find solutions that benefit all members of Congressional District 6.

“I pledge to work with anyone in Congress who will help us create great jobs for high-school graduates in our district, where 70 percent do not have a four-year college degree, and with those who want to ensure all residents can afford quality healthcare. Voters tell me daily these are their priorities, along with well-funded neighborhood schools not depleted by vouchers. They also desperately want Congress to enact Congressional term limits to return Congress to the people,” said Sanchez.

“Americans deserve the kind of common sense leadership that will unleash growth, encourage innovation, and restore fiscal responsibility. The NewDemPAC supports candidates who embody these ideals and who reject partisan gridlock to work together to build an economy that leaves no American behind. The NewDemPAC is proud to support Jana Lynne’s campaign for Congress.”

– Rep. Scott Peters , Chair of the NewDemPAC

I am exceedingly proud to receive this nod – and financial support – from this outstanding group of common sense leaders,” Sanchez added.

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