National Candidate Category: House of Representatives
U.S. House, Florida, District 23 (Running against Debbie Wasserman Schultz)
Tim Canova has been challenging Wall Street banks and political corruption for most of his adult life. As an activist, attorney, educator, and frequent commentator on the rigged economic and political systems that put Wall Street and multinational corporations first while leaving ordinary Americans behind, Tim is uniquely positioned to shake up Congress. READ MORE
Other Campaign DetailsParty Affiliation : IndependentPrimary Election Date: 8/26/2018General Election Date: 11/4/2018Vetted By:
Restoring Our Democracy and Campaign Finance Reform
Most Americans understand that our political system is fundamentally unfair. Through enormous campaign contributions, giant corporations and a handful of the wealthiest individuals are able to buy access to our elected officials and dictate legislative outcomes. This is perhaps the most important issue we face as a nation.
If we don’t get big money out of politics, we will not accomplish what needs to be done for working families, the middle class, ordinary citizens. This is why my campaign is not taking a penny from corporations, their political action committees (PACs) or Super PACs. Instead, we are financing our campaign through thousands of small donations from ordinary citizens. When elected, I will not owe any special favors to any corporate interests or billionaire donors. This is in stark contrast to my opponent, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has raised many millions of dollars from large corporate interests. Not surprisingly, her policy positions and votes in Congress largely reflect corporate agendas.
- The U.S. is one of only a small handful of democracies around the world that does not have publicly financed elections. We must separate corporate treasuries from public elections, and implement a transparent system of publicly-financed campaigns that amplifies small donations
- We must also restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court has recently gutted.
- Expand early voting and vote-by-mail, and implement automatic voter registration. We also need to Abolish the felon disenfranchisement laws
- End the practice of gerrymandering
Reversing Income and Wealth Inequality.
- I will support an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, along with special protections for small businesses.
- Put an end to “corporate inversions” and other loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy individuals move their money into offshore tax havens, while taking advantage of federal subsidies and access to the largest consumer market in the world.
- Increase the number of tax brackets at the high end of the income distribution scale, with higher marginal tax rates imposed on those making millions and billions of dollars a year. Otherwise, the tax burden falls too harshly on working families, the middle class, and small- and medium-sized business owners
- Supports the Robin Hood tax
- Development of a federal infrastructure bank
- Require the Federal Reserve to provided loans directly to “Main Street” small- and medium-sized businesses again.
- Regulating payday loans and addressing racial discrimination in car loans
- Opposing financial deregulation for the big banks, and calling for regulation of lending standards.
- Breaking up huge financial institutions that have become too big to fail, too big to jail, and too big to manage.
- Reenact the Glass-Steagall Act
- Opposes NAFTA
- Opposes TPP
- Trade sanctions against countries that violate the human rights of their own citizens, lack basic minimal labor and environmental standards, and manipulate their currencies to undermine our manufacturing base.
- Rebuild our infrastructure,
- provide jobs in construction and manufacturing
- Extend credit to small- and medium-sized businesses that have been neglected by big Wall Street banks.
- We can do this. Everyone knows that we must make the investments necessary to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, from roads and bridges, to public transit, high-speed rail, water and sewage treatment systems, and a new smart electricity grid.
Strengthen our own protections for union organizing and collective bargaining.
- Support the Employee Free Choice Act, which would provide an easier system for employees to form or join a labor union to protect their rights and make a decent living wage.
- Expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000 so that those earning more -- and in many cases much, much more -- pay a bit more into the system.
- Expand assistance to our poorest seniors and disabled people under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
Healthcare & Real Family Values
- Improve upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s main health care initiative, by moving to a “Medicare for all” single-payer healthcare system that guarantees every citizen health care as a basic right.
- Paid family and medical leave. We should require employers to provide at least 2 weeks of paid vacation; 7 days of paid sick days; and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave
- Universal childcare and prekindergarten program to support the development of our children in their most formative years.
Addressing Climate Change and Protecting South Florida’s Environment
- Reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses into the environment by aggressively reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and harmful environmental practices like fracking
- Focus our efforts on transitioning to sustainable, clean energy sources to power our future
- Carbon tax, as well as cap-and-trade proposals.
- Make tremendous investments in carbon capture and sequestration technologies to actively remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.
- Wants the United States to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025
Ending the War on Drugs
- Decriminalize drug use
- Supports medical marijuana
- Decriminalize marijuana for personal use, and I call on the federal government to “de-schedule” marijuana from the list of controlled and dangerous substances.
Regulating Payday Lending and Stopping the Vicious Cycle of Debt
- Regulate the payday lending industry
- Supports postal banking – to give working families access to the type of small loans they may need in an emergency, but at much lower interest rates
- Make “racial redlining” in the auto loan market illegal. There should be no place in our society for these kinds of predatory financial practices, including those that discriminate against people on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or other personal characteristics
U.S. Support of Israel and Leadership for Peace and Human Rights in the Middle East
Israel and its security needs
- Fully committed to a two-state solution that includes a democratic Palestinian state and I believe the U.S. must play an active role in promoting the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Supports The Iran nuclear agreement
Wars of regime change
I have opposed every war of regime change in the Middle East, from the Iraq War to the civil wars in Libya and Syria.
- The U.S. must do everything in its power to reverse the militarization of the region, including full diplomatic efforts to negotiate a general disarmament for the entire region that includes nuclear, missile, and conventional arms reductions.
- We should recognize that peace and security for Israel, the U.S., and the rest of the world is no longer possible without general disarmament and fundamental political and social reforms throughout the Middle East. We must work to bring about such reform as much as possible through non-violent peaceful means using the full range of U.S. economic and diplomatic power.
Sensible, Humane, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Our world is more interconnected than ever before. Because of this, the economic, social, and political instability of countries all over the world often create ripple effects here at home. These effects are often most visible in the form of immigration.
- Fair path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.
- support the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs so that people, like the Dreamers, who have lived in America most of their lives are not forced to return to countries they no longer recognize or call home.
- Reform student and skilled worker visa programs so that we can continue to attract the best talent to America and lead the world in technology and innovation for generations to come.
- Enhancing our border security
Ending For-profit Prisons and the Era of Mass Incarceration
- Stop the for-profit privatization of our nation’s prisons.
Making Higher Education Affordable for all Americans
- Free tuition at public colleges and universities
- Voluntary National Service Program that would allow young Americans right out of high school to serve for two years in their choice of civilian or military service. Civilian service would include a Land & Sea Conservation Corps, Works Projects, and National Youth Administration. In return, volunteers would be eligible to receive tuition free higher education and living stipends while they study – like the GI Bill of Rights did for my dad and the entire WWII generation.
Preserving a Woman’s Right to Choose and Fighting for Equal Pay for Equal Work
- Ensure the survival of Roe v. Wade a woman’s right to control her reproductive health remains under attack.
Ensuring Equality for our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters
- Equality Act which would provide LGBTQ Americans with anti-discrimination protections in the areas of housing, employment, and education, among others
- Every Child Deserves a Family Act which would prohibit adoption or foster care placement services that receive federal funding from denying a prospective parent the ability to adopt or foster a child because of the parent’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
Protecting and Expanding Social Security
- Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2015, which would help many SSI recipients from having to struggle with homelessness, hunger or malnutrition
Universal Health Care and Medicare for All
- Allow the federal government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients
- Change the asset and income tests for getting help with Medicare premiums and copays so that the seniors who are most in need are not forced to choose between their health and feeding themselves.
Empowering and Respecting Tribal Nations
- Support tribal sovereignty: Indian tribes must be able to exert civil and criminal jurisdiction over all who break tribal laws on tribal lands.
- Uphold the trust responsibility: The United States must honor its responsibilities under the treaties and statutes that form the trust relationship with Indian tribes.
- Encourage economic development: Diversified economic development must be supported to raise the standard of living of all Native Americans. Access to capital, markets and infrastructure are essential to growing tribal economies
- Restore tribal lands: All Indian tribes must have the ability to place land into trust to restore native homelands. I will work to ensure that the Secretary of Interior can place land into trust for all tribes.
- Protecting sacred places: Native Americans must be empowered to maintain and pass on traditional religious beliefs, languages and social practices without fear of discrimination or suppression. Tribal cultures, sacred places, religious practices, and landscapes must be federally protected.
- Protect native children: Native children are the future of tribal nations; the Indian Child Welfare Act is critical to survival and must be enforced with the original intent of the law.
- Fight Climate Change and Promote Environmental Protection: Indian Country is at risk from environmental pollution of the air, water, and land, as well as from the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels. We must address climate change in a comprehensive and systematic way.
Curbing Gun Violence in America
- Banning assault weapons
- Requiring instant background checks, and closing background-check loopholes such as for gun shows
- Prohibiting individuals on the terrorist watch list and from acquiring guns
- Requiring that gun-owners notify the police when their guns are stolen
- Prohibiting perpetrators of violent misdemeanors, those arrested for domestic violence and anyone under the age of 21, from qualifying for concealed carry permits, and requiring those who qualify for a concealed carry permit to successfully complete a safety training course;
- Requiring criminal background checks on gun owners and gun shop/gun show employees;
- Requiring reasonable liability insurance for gun owners.