Yvette Clarke for Congress

Yvette Clarke: A Record of a Progressive Reformer for Park Slope * Prospect Heights * Caroll Gardens * Brooklyn Heights. Vote in the Democratic Primary, Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 A Woman's Place is in the House of Representives.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Clarke: Fighting Bush’s War Against Women

“Bush plans to eliminate social security survivor benefits for women and children. He also wants to eliminate women’s apprenticeship opportunities for non-traditional employment, cut back on women’s health care programs and the Women in Equality Act which has helped expose women to careers in math and science. Women need to be a greater part of the dialogue in Washington. We're over half the population, after all, but account for only 15% of the representatives in Congress. ” Yvette Clarke

Clarke: We Must Exit Iraq

“There must be an independent investigation of the CIA, Department of Defense and The Bush Administration. If Bush’s prewar statement about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction is found to be a lie, he should be impeached. Bush should have listened to his former Secretary of State Colin Powell ‘Break Iraq and you have to fix it.’" Yvette Clarke

Clarke: We Must Exit Iraq

“There must be an independent investigation of the CIA, Department of Defense and The Bush Administration. If Bush’s prewar statement about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction is found to be a lie, he should be impeached. Bush should have listened to his former Secretary of State Colin Powell ‘Break Iraq and you have to fix it.’" Yvette Clarke

Clarke: Judicial Independence

“I supported Judge Margarita Lopez Torres for Surrogate Court because of her courage in standing up for an independent judiciary in Brooklyn. Her victory in that race and Federal Judge Gleeson decision on Judge Lopez Torres lawsuit against Judicial Conventions who Gleeson ruled only select Supreme Court Judicial candidates chosen by the democratic party bosses, will change who runs for judge and how they elected for years to come in Brooklyn. But more reforms are needed to ensure our courts and judges remain independent.” – Yvette Clarke

Clarke Plan to Reform Judicial Elections

1. Develop public campaign financing: Full public funding would further improve the process by getting judicial candidates out of the business of raising campaign contributions from lawyers and parties who appear before them, while improving the quality of the judiciary by expanding the pool of candidates who can run.

2. Redraw the judicial districts: Elect Supreme Court Judges by Assembly District and Civil Court Judges by Assembly District. Smaller districts would make it easier for candidates to communicate with voters about their qualifications and to learn about the communities whose votes they seek. It would significantly increase the opportunities for candidates of color to compete.

Clarke: Energy Environment and Health

This generation must find a good reliable alternative to fossil fuels to save the ozone and stop America's dependency on Middle East oil. We must push improvement in Hybrid car technology and make alternative fuels easily available.

We must block a Republican-led attempt to allow drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)