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State Senator Zach Himes will run for Governor of the Plains region. A transcript of his announcement follows:

 

 

For nearly two centuries, the states of the Plains region were new and unexplored territory. The federal government encouraged migration to these lands to till the soil, establish farms, and build the America we know and love today. Today, we don't just feed this country: WE FEED THE WORLD. But it is time for us to confront the uncomfortable reality. Our states are in the midst of a growing crisis: we are losing people. Our kids are leaving because there are limited opportunities here for their futures. In direct consequence, our population i aging and with that comes all the problems of growing older. Seniors in this region do not have adequate access to the care they need to survive. And yet despite these crises, despite the growing concern, our legislators refuse to act and insist on sitting tight, twiddling their thumbs. 

I will bring the Plains into the 21st century to join the rest of our country. I will expand opportunities to those who live in this region. I will provide a reason for not merely our kids to stay but also for other kids to flock to our states. I will expand access to healthcare that our seniors need so desperately. I am Zach Himes, favorite son of Oklahoma, and I am running for Governor. Thank you very much.

 

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Fresh from a rally in Montana, Plains Gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes iterated his concern at the absence of both Governor Swanner and Congressman Spalding.

"Good afternoon all. I am disappointed by the lack of presence by both Governor Swanner and Congressman Spalding. I would have thought that as an incumbent and a nominee that both would be more interested in attending to the affairs of the Plains. Governor Swanner, I can forgive. Running for the Senate takes time and resources. While I do not approve of his decision, he is entitled to it. However, Congressman Splading has been noticeably absent from this race. Instead, he has remained in Washington, rubbing shoulders with special interests and lobbyists. The latter of those is the lesser concern. It is his choice to stay in Washington that should be scrutinized the most. How can any serious future governor spend all his time in Washington without getting to know the people he plans to govern?"

"I intend to focus my time exclusively on the governance of the Plains. I will not seek or consider seeking higher office until my term as governor has finished. And I will be a governor for all the Plains states."

"Thank you and God bless all of you."


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Plains Gubernatorial Candidate Zach Himes held a rally in Grand Rapids, South Dakota today. A transcript of his remarks is below

"Good afternoon everyone! I am honored to be here today in Grand Rapids and speaking to you all. It is always nice to see so many fresh faces especially on a day like this."

"Folks, there are always moments that mark the beginning of great change. When I stood before a crowd in my first campaign, I realized then that the people out there trusted me to represent them well. And I have never forgot who helped me get to where I am today, you the people of the Plains who did so much to come out here and show your support today. Its a lesson that some in Washington could stand to learn, remembering that they serve the people of this country and are not simply entitled to our votes. In getting there, those folks in Washington so often forget why we send them there in the first place: to fight for us and to protect our interests. We send them there to bring the trappings of the American Dream home: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

"It is a promise that was first connected to where we live, when Washington politicians passed laws that promised land and prosperity in exchange for hard work. Our ancestors came West, in search of that promise. But today, this new crop of politicians in Washington has forgotten that same promise. Today, they refuse to extend us the same promise. They tell us work hard but do not say what for. Will we have decent jobs? Will we have access to a doctor when we need him most? When we become to old or sick to work, will we be assured of decent living conditions? Those same politicians in Washington do not say."

"But I know where I stand. And I say loud and clear today: YES!!! Its time for us to have good jobs. Its time for us to have affordable healthcare. Its time for us to be taken care of when we get old or sick. When our Forefathers promised to provide for the general wellbeing of this country, it was a promise to each and every one of you that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would be yours after you had given your hardworking labor."

"And when I am elected as the next Governor of the Plains, it will be my great honor to work for all of you every day!"

"It is time for all of you to be rewarded for your work. It is time for the Plains to live the American Dream!"

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Plains gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes spoke to farmers at a rally in Topeka, Kansas today. A transcript of his remarks is below.

"Hiya everyone! This is absolutely incredible turnout! Thank you everyone who came out today to show your support today."

"Y'know folks, I think there's something a lot of politicians in Washington forget. There are plenty of people out here, and we vote. And when we do, we bring our values to the polls: honesty, hard work, dedication, and resilience."

"That's why I'm running today folks. To bring those values back to the governor's mansion. Those Washington insiders, they only show up a few times every year to bow and scrape and lie about why they should be given another term. And then, once they're elected, they go right back to taking orders from their real masters: the big banks, the big corporations, the big lobbyists. And in the process, nothing gets done. And for us, we are left with the sickening feeling that we have once more been betrayed by the people we trusted."

"The time has at long last come for all of us to say 'Enough.' Enough with being failed again and again. Enough with the fiction that giving billions to the already richest will somehow help us. Enough to these politicians who tell us one thing here but do the opposite in Washington."

"In the coming months, those people will try and tell you that somehow I, a humble State Senator from rural Oklahoma, am secretly a big coastal elitist. That I am out of touch. That I will take my orders from lobbyists who do not live here."

"And when they do, I want each and everyone of you to see them for what they are: fat cats terrified of facing accountability, projecting their own misdeeds upon me, and believing themselves entitled to rule over you as though they were kings."

"The chips are down. This is their final stand, their last ditch effort to keep you from the rewards you deserve for your honesty, your hard work, for your dedication, and for your resilience. This November, the people will finally have their champion in the governor's mansion. Two hundred and fifty years of history will show our answer."

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Plains Gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes announced plans for ensuring greater accountability in state government. Himes announced plans to bring forward the following bills upon being elected governor.

 

1. A Bill requiring any candidate for public office to release their tax returns to the public no later than 180 days before election day.

2. A Bill requiring state officials to place their assets into a blind trust no later than 10 days before commencement of next session.

3. A Bill creating a non-partisan regional redistricting board. 

 

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Plains Gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes released a new plan for a regional redistricting board today.

1. The panel will be chaired by the governor. He/She will not vote. The panel will contain 3 members from the majority party, 3 from the minority, and 5 randomly selected public members.

2. A two-thirds majority must agree to the final maps.

3. This must include at least two members of the minority party.

4. Plans will be adopted for 10 years on condition of 3 being true.

5. Plans will only be adopted for 4 years on condition of 3 being false.

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Plains Gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes unveiled plans for tackling the ongoing opioid crisis. 

 

1. Expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that all Plains residents are covered.

2. Introducing a bill creating a region wide public option to bring down healthcare insurance premiums.

3. Providing greater access to naloxone for opioid overdoses.

4. Decriminalizing marijuana to provide an alternative for pain relief.

5. Expanding subsidies for Rehabilitation/Therapy programs and passing a bill to ensure system accountability.

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Plains Gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes held a rally in Casper, Wyoming. A transcript of his remarks is below.

 

"Hello everyone. How are y'all doing? Thank you all for coming out. I'm always so humbled to see the number of people who support us and our campaign. Folks, I believe that when we stick together, we cannot be stopped by any barrier. And that's just what our campaign is about: breaking down the barriers surrounding the Plains that continue to hold us back."

"By the way, I'd like to welcome Congressman Vang to the Plains. Its not often that we find a man willing to campaign out in an area that is so reliably for his party but Congressman Vang is a leader and one who is determined to carry all of his side to victory, regardless of how weak they are. I suppose though, if I were Congressman Vang, I too would want my guy in control to implement my agenda."

"But I don't want to turn this rally into a bash of either my opponent or a Presidential candidate. Because its not about them today. Its about you, the people of the Plains. You, the people, who have worked hard and lived honestly. The fat cats in Washington continue to believe they are entitled to your votes, that they are entitled to rule over us. So strong is their belief in their entitlement that they only come back here every few months to lie and grift, contort themselves in all shapes, and promise you the world. And when that is all done, they leave all us miserable peasants behind and hightail it back to their ivory towers, martinis, and other well-heeled elites. Perhaps they should remember that it is we, the people, who are sovereign and that they, the servants of our whims, are fully accountable. And we the people, demand change today. We deserve leaders who are ready to embrace the future and move the Plains forward."

"When I am elected governor of the Plains in just a few months, the people of the Plains will be my priority. I shall not allow any elite from either side to dominate the conversation of how to move the Plains forward."

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Plains gubernatorial candidate Zach Himes spoke at a rally in Fort Colorado, Texas. A transcript of his remarks is below.

"How y'all doing today? Seriously, I am honored by how many people always come out at these rallies to show their passionate support for the cause we are all here for. In a short amount of time, we'll be deciding a lot more than just which party gets to load it over the other for the next four years. We'll be deciding what we want the Plains to look like for the people who live here."

"I gotta confess right here: when we first started this campaign together, I didn't think we had a chance. I thought we'd be finished by now that we'd have been buried and yet another casualty of the Plains Establishment. And I owe it too all of you who came to hear me out and allow me to make my case. And I have learned more about the people of our region in the past year than in all my previous 42 years of life. Talking to all of you, learning your stories, your hopes and fears. All of it has greatly enriched my experience."

"Lots of politicians say that we're a fickle people and that our mood swings on a dime. I say that its actually very simple. I say as long as we have money in our pockets, a doctor to look at us when we're hurt or sick, and the government stays out of our houses and keep their hands off our guns and decisions, we are perfectly happy to follow the rules."

"In a few days, we all will be going to the polls together to decide who will lead the Plains for the next four years. Almost no one thinks that we have even the slightest chance. Those "experts" brought on by the media are already sharpening their knives and getting ready to dissect our campaign and what we did wrong. Let's go out there and prove 'em all wrong.

 

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