Candidate Responses - Robert Doyel
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
I'm for making it easier to vote. Until we get to the commission stage, I will insist that the legislature follow the fair districts constitutional amendment Floridians adopted in an effort to prevent gerrymandering. The current petition effort addresses only the right to vote and doesn't restore voting rights and does not provide for restoration of voting rights for certain classes of violent offenders. I support restoration of all civil rights for all felons. In fact, I don't agree with taking away felons' civil rights in the first place.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
I support an increase in the minimum wage. I'm unsure what is meant by the word "progressive" in the question. Normally, I would expect the minimum wage to go up as a result of inflation. I would have to study the benefits and negatives of tying the minimum wage to GNP. I support the right of employees to organize and collectively bargain via unions. Republicans' efforts to diminish the importance of unions has been all too effective in diminishing the rights of all workers.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
I support creating major government funded infrastructure programs to repair and replace our nation’s bridges, dams and roadways, and as a way to create jobs.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
Florida has been particularly effective in implementing voucher programs, whose real purposes are to re-segregate and privatize our schools. Kelli Stargel's name as a sponsor is on the disastrous HB 7069 enacted in 2017.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
I support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. 36 states have approved it over the years, one (Nevada) earlier this year. We are getting super close to making it a reality. Polk County legislators have been leaders in passing laws that interfere with a woman's right to control her own body, especially Kelli Stargel. I oppose the use of private jails and prisons. I'm opposed to privatization of other government functions too.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
Abundant, clean water is especially important to Florida. Within Florida, it is especially important to Polk County because of the ridge which runs through the county and causes a natural runoff of water to other parts of the state. I support Amendment 1 funding being used for the purpose intended. The very name of the fund, "Land Acquisition Fund," shows that it was intended for the purchase of threatened land, not for paying existing state obligations. I oppose all oil and gas drilling offshore and in and around the Everglades, and I oppose FRACKING.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
We have had self-defense laws for centuries. Stand your ground laws don't improve upon the right to defend oneself. They provide excuses to kill other people.