Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Senator
NameDustin Blake Murphy

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Party AffiliationRepublican
Present Employer / positionWelder at Motion Industries Mill Services
Length of residence in Jurisdiction31 years
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Questions specific to the position

1. The United States is formally withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, effective Nov. 4, 2020. The formal withdrawal is reversible. Explain your reasons why you support or oppose the United States joining with other nations to reduce global emissions. We should withdraw from all foreign governing bodies. The US needs to focus on the problems we face at home.
2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues? End all mail in voting, pass voter ID legislation, and fight to end the revolving door of congressional members becoming lobbyist.
3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)? a. A living wage for all workers:
Eliminate Federal Agencies so we can cut taxes, this gives the most economic opportunity to everyone.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
The government should allow the free market to work. All industries are moving to implement these changes without government persuasion.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
Every worker is responsible for excepting or declining the pay offered by an employer.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
This is outside the scope of government. Government should limit it's role in all areas. Without the extra burden of regulation forced on the industry, the cost will decrease naturally.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
Remove the Federal government from setting curriculum for schools. Give the power and control back to our teachers and local districts.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
Since the passage of Sallie Mae, higher education cost have increased exponentially. What started as good intentions by the government, has only lead to more regulation and increased cost for pork filled degrees. To really reform higher education we should only ask students to participate in classes that focus on their field of study.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
Involving the government in housing lead banks giving out loans that were questionable at best. These practices brought on the first housing market collapse.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
Let the market work, phony capitalism and single payer are not responsible answers.
4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation): a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities:
Work to eliminate the victim mentality, quit putting labels on everyone, and follow the golden rule-love that neighbor as thy self.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
Qualified immunity already has limits.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
If an officer is facing immediate bodily harm, they have a right to use force and protect their life.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
Having a database of officers that have multiple misuse of force violations is a good idea.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
Only certain units have need of military style equipment.
5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary? Yes, but only if illegal immigration is dealt with in an immediate manner. The first step is to slow legal immigration from countries with the highest levels of illegal immigration. This ensures we can keep our immigration rates at acceptable levels to not flood job markets. The second step is to prioritize applicants that have skills and experience in job fields that are understaffed.