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Sanchez Campaign endorsed by Climate Hawks Vote: the first candidate endorsed for the 2018 House of Representatives

Climate Hawks Vote announced their first endorsement for the 2018 House of Representatives on November 15: Jana Lynne Sanchez for US Congress in the Texas 6th District. Their announcement is as follows: 

Climate Hawks Vote

We’re excited to announce our first endorsement for the 2018 House of Representatives: Jana Lynne Sanchez, running to be the fossil-free Democratic opponent against incumbent climate denier Joe Barton in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Texas’ primary is March 6, one of the first in the nation.

Jana Lynne Sanchez just might be the bravest candidate in Texas—she’s the first candidate from this fossil-fueled state to publicly sign our pledge not to take any money from the fossil fuel industry.

Jana is running for office on a pro-solar, pro-jobs platform. She’s doing the work to get into office, with fundraising far outpacing the other candidates in the primary. She’s organizing — helping other Texas Latina Democrats running for Congress and state legislature. And she’s traveled to Houston for hurricane relief work.

There are other good people running in the Democratic primary, which is why we asked Climate Hawks Vote members in the district who to endorse. Jana won over 73 percent of the survey— we thank all who voted and spread the word.

We think Jana can win this red Texas district because she’s a strong candidate running against a weak incumbent. Barton has been one of the worst polluter-financed politicians in Congress since he was first elected in 1984, earning the nickname “Smokey Joe” for his endless attacks on the Clean Air Act. When BP caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Barton demanded that then-President Barack Obama apologize to them. Barton has a long track record of ridiculous comments in defense of the oil-and-gas industry, like his claim that global warming is a “net benefit to mankind.”

Barton isn’t just a denier of climate science—Barton votes to deny relief to the survivors of climate disasters, even his fellow Texans. In September, he was just one of four Texans to vote against relief for Hurricane Harvey. Then in October, he doubled down as one of just three of Texans voting to deny relief to Americans surviving the western wildfires and Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and (again) Harvey.

Thanks to the contributions of Climate Hawks Vote members like you, we’re already actively campaigning against Barton, running targeted ads on social media calling him out as #HarveyHeartless in his district. The American people deserve better—and Barton’s constituents deserve better.

We don’t have to watch climate deniers get re-elected year after year without putting up a fight. We can help climate champions like Jana Lynne Sanchez sweep into office across this nation.

Your fellow climate hawk,

RL Miller

Donate to Jana here.

Donate to Climate Hawks here.

References:

@JanaSanchez, 9/26/17: “I’ve just signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge”
https://twitter.com/janasanchez/status/912769883175342080

‘Smokey Joe’ Barton: Global Warming ‘Is A Net Benefit to Mankind,’ ThinkProgress
https://thinkprogress.org/smokey-joe-barton-global-warming-is-a-net-benefit-to-mankind-d9e1cbb614b3/

Eight More Deep Thoughts From Rep. Joe Barton, Time
http://content.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1997963,00.html

Four Texas House Members Voted Against Harvey Relief…for Texas, Houston Press
http://www.houstonpress.com/news/four-texas-gop-congressmen-vote-against-bill-for-hurricane-harvey-disaster-relief-9773645

Latino Majority PAC supports the Jana Lynne Sanchez campaign

Backed by Latino Majority PAC, Latinos Against Trump announced their support for the Jana Lynne Sanchez campaign in an email on Thursday. Their statement read:

The Votes Are In!

Latinos Against Trump is proud to announce the first candidate to receive our support: Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Trained in political science and journalism, and raised right there in Texas, Jana Sanchez is a dedicated problem solver with a head for practical solutions. She is a leader the Latino community can be proud to put forward. Latinos Against Trump is excited to support such an incredible candidate, but it’s up to you to make that support count.

Our support is only as meaningful as you make it. We know you and thousands of others are out there to support strong Latino candidates like Jana, and this is the time to show it. Now is when your contributions will have the most impact. You can help her establish her campaign early and get her message out before her opponents. 2018 might seem a long way away, but with this much on the line we can’t take any chances.

Please donate to the Sanchez campaign here.

 

Statement: Sutherland Springs mass shooting

On Sunday morning, November 5, a shooter walked into a small church in Sutherland Springs, TX and began killing the people inside. Once again we find ourselves mourning the deaths of dozens after yet another mass shooting. While some of us may have become numb to these reports, rest assured that this community will be changed forever, as will each of the communities that have been rocked by gun violence.

We need to come together to solve this. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner. Sensible regulations do not contradict our right to bear arms. In fact, most gun owners agree that there should be standards for who can have a gun. As Congresswoman, I will work hard to protect the safety and security of my constituents and all Americans. People who have a history of violent criminal behavior should not have access to firearms. Owning a gun comes with great responsibility, and each gun owner must be educated about how to safely use their gun.

We cannot accept this as the new normal. For too long, the gun lobby has held us at gun point to line their pockets under the guise of “freedom.” Well, this isn’t freedom. It isn’t freedom when you may lose your life at church, or a music concert, or a shopping mall. We are better than this, and I will fight to end gun violence in this country.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/JanaLynneSanchezforUSCongress

https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/

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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Women to Surge to Electoral Success in 2018

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity for the campaign. As we previously announced, we are being featured in a TV documentary series that will air in September 2018 called “Surge” about the huge number of women across the country putting themselves forward for elected office since the 2016 elections.

On Sunday, the film’s producer and her crew joined our “Women on Fire” female candidate group for our retreat in Dallas. They filmed a two-hour roundtable discussion about the challenges and advantages of running for office as a woman.

The next morning, they came out to Waxahachie and filmed me (and JoJo) at home and block walking in my neighborhood. In the evening they attended the Surge/Light the Fire Meet & Greet, which we hosted for all the Women on Fire. It was a huge success and everyone loved it. We will do more.

At the event, I sang one of our original campaign songs (co-written with Nashville songwriter Judy Klass). Please check out our YouTube video and share it on your social media. It’s a satirical look at Joe Barton’s 32+ years in office. Gene Dooley is playing guitar and Dr. Carla Morton, candidate for State Board of Education, is playing guitar and singing back up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TrQNZ-TKDY&feature=youtu.be

Upcoming events

We had to suspend fundraising due to Hurricane Harvey and are now unlikely to meet our end-of-quarter fundraising goals without your help. We have two fundraising events in the next few weeks. We would really appreciate it if you could buy or sell tickets for the events.

The first is a reception in Washington DC on September 19 hosted by my good friends Holly Page and Dave Fuscus. Please get tickets here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dcsept19.

The second is our big DFW-wide event on Wednesday, September 27 at Legal Draft Brewery. We will have live music and home-made brisket tacos. Please get your tickets here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ARL.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Best,

 
Jana Lynne Sanchez

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RENEWABLE ENERGY AND JOBS PLAN

Introduction

Two of the most pressing issues affecting Congressional District 6 are the need to develop more and better jobs for our young high school graduates (only 30 percent of our district gets a 4-year college degree) and the need to clean up our air quality, which fails federal standards and is harming our health.

Both problems can be at least partially addressed by an aggressive push to develop renewable energy – particularly solar – in the district. Federal policy on renewables is important because the market does not factor in the value of climate benefits of non-carbon fuel.

Current situation/background

Right now, Texas electricity utilities are importing coal from coal-producing states, namely Wyoming. This does nothing to create jobs in Texas and it contributes massively to our poor air quality. Natural gas, produced here, is about 50% cleaner than coal and will continue to fuel utilities for some time to come. We could, however, rapidly transition to solar and other affordable clean energy production in CD6, helping to clean our environment and create many new jobs.

The renewable energy sector is growing 17 times as fast as the rest of the US economy and increasingly provides more and more jobs. The solar energy industry created 73,000 jobs nationally in 2016, an increase of 25%. We must bring some of those jobs to this district. Less than 1% of the electricity produced here is solar, so there’s tremendous opportunity for growth. We should strive to increase that number every year until it reaches at least 20%.

Every increase in the percentage of solar energy produced here will increase jobs exponentially. That’s because renewable energy is job intensive. The wind and solar industries each employ twice as many as those employed in coal mining (despite producing 30% of energy verses 6% for wind and solar combined): Money invested in oil, gas and coal is mainly spent on getting fossil fuels out of the ground. The jobs created in renewable production are good, blue collar jobs of the future as renewable energy production will only increase over time as fossil fuels are depleted. To install solar panels, you need people who can sell, market, and manage the installation and you need installers: these are typically high-school graduates with some education and training in electrical, carpentry and other building trades.

The entire DFW region is a non-attainment area for ozone. This means we have ozone that damages the lungs and increases death rates. President George W. Bush tightened standards to 75 ppb, and President Obama tightened them even further to 70ppb. Dallas region is at 80 ppb right now. President Trump wants to roll back national standards.

Our district can produce solar three different ways: residential panels, community solar where a subdivision or neighborhood invests together in panels, and utility-scale solar farms. There may also be opportunities to develop small-scale wind or geothermal power in our district.

Promoting Renewable Energy Production

There are numerous state and federal steps that need to be taken to promote solar, wind, and geothermal production in our district. Here are some of the main ones:

  1. Subsidy extension: The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30 percent tax credit for solar systems on residential and commercial properties that is scheduled to phase down starting in 2020. This tax credit should be extended and paired with low-interest federal loans, so homeowners can afford solar installations that typically pay for themselves over 10 years. We also need to reinstate the tax credits for geothermal heat pumps and residential wind systems, which expired at the end of 2016. Solar, geothermal, and wind all help Texans save on our energy bills while cutting pollution from power plants.
  1. Import tariffs: The Federal government should drop plans to charge import tariffs on solar panels. In May, the Trump administration informed other members of the WTO that it was considering imposing tariffs on imports. This would drive up the cost of installation.
  1. Net metering: Make net metering mandatory across the state and country. Net metering means utilities have to net out the electricity used by the solar energy producer. Right now, some utilities charge solar customers a much higher rate for the electricity they use than for the energy they contribute to the grid. Solar panel owners should only be charged for the net amount of energy they use over a given month so that they can get the full value from their investment.

Research and Development

Critical to that objective is investment in scientific research and development. It is disturbing that President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress is proposing devastating cuts in energy R&D. I will support increases to make the U.S. the global leader in energy technologies, and I will work ceaselessly to make sure that the great research universities of Texas — UT, TAMU, SMU, U of H, Rice — are poised to be major contributors to this R&D effort. Nearby SMU is already a leader in research on geothermal energy — an affordable, clean energy resource that could be a great complement to other energy sources, since it can provide power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.

University scientific research leads to innovation which can launch the next generation of industry players. The decisions we make in the next few years will decide which state is the friendliest to those businesses. I want those companies to thrive in Texas and not just in California or New York or Massachusetts, so Texas will remain the energy capital of the U.S. and the globe. I will work with state leaders to help create university business incubators that help translate energy research into new business.

 

Upcoming Events

We have a large number of events across the district in the next month. We invite you to join us.

 Events

  • July 22: Healthcare Panel Discusstion
  • July 23: Voter Circle Training
  • July 26: Energy Independence and Jobs Policy Launch
  • August 2: Waxahachie Meet & Greet
  • August 10: Ennis Meet & Greet
  • August 16: Corsicana Meet & Greet
  • Sept 11: Light the Fire – “Surge” Meet & Greet (new date)

 

July 22: Healthcare Panel Discussion by Indivisible FWTX

Come out to Benbrook Library to hear a panelist discussion of current healthcare law. Healthcare is a complicated topic and the many facets affect every American. Come to learn more about an industry that affects one-sixth of the American Economy! Tickets are free, but you need to register through Eventbright here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthcare-panel-discussion-tickets-35894012959?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip

Sat, July 22, 2017

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Benbrook Library

1065 Mercedes St., Benbrook, Tx 76126


July 23: Voter Circle Training

Anyone who would like to participate in our Voter Circle outreach program, please bring your laptop and we will get you signed up. It should take about 30 minutes. Drop by or hang out.

Voter Circle is a new tool that allows our supporters to introduce our campaign to their contacts who are on the voter file.

It’s been proven to be highly effective at bringing in new primary voters and winning races even when the opponent is better funded. RSVP here

Sunday, July 23 at 4 PM

Sanchez for US Congress HQ, 112 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington


July 26: Energy Independence and Jobs – Launch of Renewable Energy Policy

We will be releasing our Energy Independence and Jobs Platform at the largest residential windmill farm in the US, right here in CD6. Come to hear how we will boost America’s energy independence, clean up the air, and create great, blue-collar jobs through supporting renewable energy. RSVP here

Wednesday, July 26 at 1 PM – 2 PM

4831 Honeysuckle Rd, Midlothian, TX 76065


August 2: Waxahachie Meet and Greet

Come out and have a chat with the candidate and other residents. RSVP here

Wednesday, August 2 at 6 PM – 8 PM

The College Street Pub

210 N College St, Waxahachie, Texas 75165


August 10: Ennis Meet and Greet

Please join us for a meet & greet in Ennis, at the Reading Room of the public library.

RSVP here

Thursday, August 10 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Ennis Public Library

501 W Ennis Ave, Ennis, Texas 75119



August 16: Corsicana Meet and Greet

Meet the candidate, join the campaign – hosted by Helen Albritton. RSVP here 
Wednesday, August 16 at 6 PM – 8 PM
1204 Lexington Square, Corsicana, Texas


Sept 11: Light the Fire – “Surge” Meet and Greet

Our campaign – and the work we are doing with other Democratic women candidates in the DFW area – has been selected to be featured on a national TV documentary about the surge of women running for office. The film crew is coming to Texas to film some events, and so we are hosting a meet and greet for all the female candidates and their supporters. RSVP here

Candidates include (more to be added)

Vanessa Adia, US Congress CD12
Michelle Beckley, Texas House 65
Brandy K Chambers, Texas House 112
Sarah Depew, Texas House 67
Linsey Fagan, US Congress CD26
Rixi Melton, US Congress CD21
Danielle Pellett, US Congress CD32
Jana Sanchez, US Congress CD6

Tuesday, Sept 11 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Sanchez for US Congress HQ, 112 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington