Louisiana, Senate, National Democratic Party discussed on Two Broads Talking Politics
I mean, it just depends on what issues you talking about. Obviously, we're an oil and gas state. So on energy and climate change. What you'll find is that a lot of a lot of Democrats probably lean more conservative on those issues than most people in National Democratic Party. I would say the same thing is true with issues like abortion and the death penalty, although that penalty, the Catholic church just recently said that not is off the table, but we, we are slim, adored Catholic state courts, southern Louisiana's majority capital tirane Jordan Catholic. So abortion is another one of those issues that, for example, we have a pro-life democratic governor, but when it comes to living wage and equal pay and Medicaid expansion and a whole host of other issues, you find Democrats museum. It are are just as progressive as folks and you know, Los Angeles, San Francisco. So it really depends on the issue you're talking about. See you mentioned the democratic governor. What kind of dynamic is that? So there's a democratic governor, but there's Republic. Can Lieutenant governor Republican secretary of state attorney general state house in state Senate are Republican majorities, does the democratic governor have any real power? What? What is that dynamic like? So before he came into office, traditionally the the governor, no matter what the governor's political party was. The governor would choose his speaker of the house. It was just kind of, you know, sort of unofficial privilege that the governor always enjoyed when John Bel Edwards, the democratic governor that was elected in twenty fifteen. We saw a pushback by Republicans and they essentially blockaded him from appointing his, I guess, is chosen pick for speaker and in the last two and a half, three years, there has been a lot of really hyper partisanship in Louisiana, losing legislature. It's it's a strange dynamic because on on winning the governor, he does. And he's he's meeting with Alec the conservative group Donald Trump and and have met multiple times. But if you hear from Republicans here in Louisiana, the Republican operatives, they'll basically characterize as a far left radical. So I'm not really sure if that's a great answer to the questions just straight. It's a strange dynamic. The governor here is is caught both ways. So the governor did up to take Medicaid expansion, correct? Yes. Yeah. Has that been a popular action in reasoning, sort of been the politics around that. It's been hugely popular without any questions, but hugely popular. It's led to, I think at the last count it was about four hundred sixty seven thousand new insured people year noisy Anna, which is about ten percent of the populations huge. It's it's had a multi billion dollar economic impact, tens of thousands of jobs have been created or saved. And you know it's worth remembering that when the governor ran for election in twenty fifteen, he faced three Republican challengers all credible Republican challengers, and all three of his Republican challengers also pledged to to accept the Medicaid expansion funding. So this is something that has a bipartisan consensus behind it. There have been a few people like the attorney general who I think has ambitions on higher office who have politicized this, and I think have distorted the facts. There's another state Senator named Sharon Hewitt who also just completely misses the point and as distorted the facts. But aside from aside from those two both have clinical ambitions, I think the polling suggest it's been it's been wildly popular upwards of seventy to seventy five percent approval. Still in Louisiana this year, you do not have a governor race or statehouse or state Senate races. Those are all coming up in twenty nineteen right off years. Yeah. So what sort of turn out to expect and there's no Senate race in this state? I share. So what sort of turnout do you expect this year? I know a lot of places are expecting higher than normal midterm elections, but in most cases they also have things late gubernatorial elections are people fired up to vote right now? Do you think there will be slightly higher than normal midterm, or do you have any sense of what that might look like?.