Montanans Deserve Better After COVID-19
Life is changing before our very eyes. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, we have witnessed first-hand the institutions we once took for granted being put to the test in ways we could not have imagined just months ago.
As a nurse with advanced training as a Master of Public Health, I know that one of the many important steps we need to take during this time is social distancing to allow our health care workers to stay on top of this virus. While it is hard, the more we do right now, the sooner life can get back to normal.
However, while key to slowing down the spread of the disease, this practice has caused millions of people across the country to lose their jobs. In the past week, 3 million Americans, and nearly 17,000 Montanans, filed for unemployment. That is approximately 2,100 every day. These are staggering numbers that will unfortunately only continue to grow. Montana families are struggling and facing uncertainty.
The federal government has passed a relief package that would provide some benefits to workers being impacted. However, it should not take a crisis for us to realize that we are not doing enough to support America’s workers. Even in good economic times, nearly half of the United States population lives without a savings account and are one paycheck away from financial ruin. More needs to be done.
While I applaud the actions of many in Washington to help those in need right now, we need to make permanent changes that protect working Montanans. We have average salaries in Montana that are thousands of dollars behind what the average salary is in the nation. According to the Equal Pay Task Force, women in Montana are paid only 73% of what men earn; meaning for every $1 a man earns, a woman earns $.73 for equal work. Equal work but not equal pay. This hits families especially hard — hurting the ability to buy a home, pay for child care, and even save for retirement. There is inadequate affordable and safe child care available for working families to care for their youngest while parents work. Too many Montanans live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide for their families. They have inadequate savings and little or no paid family medical leave....READ HERE
Improving Justice In Indian Country
Long before settlers descended upon this place, Montana was home to Native American tribes who raised their families and built their communities on this land. Our history of settlement is not one to be proud of, and we did not treat these peoples with the respect or fairness they deserved. We still have a long way to go to make up for what we took away so long ago....READ HERE
Fighting For Our Democracy
Ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court rendered the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission decision and changed the landscape of how politicians communicate (or don’t communicate) their views to those they represent. In essence, the infamous decision declared corporate interests and everyday people to be equal in exercising their right to support candidates. It has led to a flood of money from a few ultra-wealthy donors to Super PACs that fund and spread their views....READ HERE
After 100 Years We Are Still Marching
I began my career as a neonatal intensive care nurse and saw the impact that public health policies had on the most vulnerable families. As a state legislator and practicing attorney today, I have been dedicated to improving outcomes for Montana’s women and children. I led the charge to strengthen sex trafficking penalties and protect its victims. I fought for lowering the cost of prescription medication and expanding Medicaid, so that those in need can access vital health services. I decided to become a candidate for Attorney General (the first woman to hold the position if elected) because there is still so much left to do....READ HERE
Prescription Pills, Big Pharma, and Accessible Treatment
What I promise to do as Montana Attorney General to make prescription medications affordable, hold Big Pharma accountable, and make chemical dependency treatment accessible.
It is hard to believe, but there was a time when state and federal governments did not have the authority to regulate the food and drugs that are produced and sold here in the United States....READ HERE
Fighting For Justice In Montana
My name is Kimberly Dudik, and I am running for Montana Attorney General. A little over a year ago, I launched my campaign. Since then, I have had the opportunity to travel all over and talk to people about the future of Montana, hear their ideas, and talk about how we make our state a better place for everyone who calls it home.
Next week, it is going to be 2020. If the last few years are any indication, it is going to be a busy year. So, before we head into the heat of the election year, I want to take a minute and introduce myself to everyone who I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, and tell you why I am in this race....READ HERE
How We Can Fight Human Trafficking Together
I am a registered nurse, domestic violence advocate, and prosecutor who has dedicated my career working for children and people in need. As a prosecutor I fought against human trafficking on the front lines: I stood up for children victimized by parents when those parents permitted other adults to engage in sexual acts with their children in exchange for drugs. As a legislator, I fought to pass legislation to protect citizens’ rights, ensure justice for crime victims, uphold children’s rights, and strengthen Montana’s families. There is still more to do — especially about human trafficking in our state....READ HERE
Making Montana Safer For Everyone
The violence facing our Native American communities has long been a secret in Montana that is just now becoming known. Montana is home to eight Tribes with over 69,000 Tribal Members, according to the 2016 Census. These Tribal Nations are rich in history and culture. Unfortunately, Native Americans, especially women and children, experience violent crime at rates significantly higher than other American women and children. We also know that the rate of missing and murdered indigenous people has risen to crescendo where we finally see news coverage of these cases and people making efforts to improve our response to these tragedies. As a state we can do more and I will lead those efforts as Attorney General....READ HERE
Protecting Our Elections As Montana Attorney General
Safeguarding the rights of Montanans, including the equal right to vote, the fundamental bedrock of our nation, is a pillar of my Montana Attorney General campaign. Every citizen in our state should have confidence that every election, from those for President to city council, is fair and free. We live in the greatest democracy in the world and as Attorney General I will fight to protect this fundamental right.
Montana needs a comprehensive approach to safeguarding our right to vote, including keeping dark money out of our elections so the voices of everyday Montanans, not rich and powerful special interests, are heard; ensuring voting rights of all eligible voters; and fighting back against attempts to infringe on our right to vote....READ HERE
I Promise To Fight For Our Military Veterans
This Veterans Day we honor our veterans for everything they have sacrificed and all they have given to our country. My father served in the Army in the Korean War, and I am thankful every day for the service he gave and that he is still a large part of my life now. Growing up in our household, he instilled in me the values of honesty, hard work, and kindness that I try to live up to every day....READ HERE
Protecting Our Land
I didn’t grow up in a political family, always knowing I was eventually going to run for office. Frankly, I never expected to be in elected office, period. I grew up in a household supported by my father, a union airline employee, and my mother, a small business owner. Like so many Montanans, we were focused on getting by, not getting to the top. It wasn’t until I started a family of my own, saw through my work as a prosecutor the danger some children face, that I realized I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to make the changes that needed to be made to make our state safer. I had to do more.