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11:02 min | 2 years ago

"mitch koci" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"They didn't like they said thank you and put it in the circular file right now because of the twenty eighteen election, the supermajority. Or Republicans about the state house and Senate are gone, which means that governor ROY Cooper is going to play a much bigger role in the next two years because he can help guide legislation. If there's something the general assembly passes, he doesn't like he could be an only Republicans can get support in both the house and Senate for Democrats will they override it by guess is the Democrats are going to be much less likely. This time decide side with Republicans over the veto cover. Way Cooper guesses over this next two years. He's going to play a much larger role. Now, of course, he also is preparing for re election in twenty twenty. So that will create another wrinkle because the governor will want to stakeout somebody prime positions. Republicans who run the general assembly. We'll agree with him on some issues. I think they're going to agree on economic development, probably hurricane recovery some infrastructure items. Go. Gonna be a lot of issues where they disagree school choice size of government. Standing tax rates all of those things are gonna to by the Republican to run the general assembly and governor ROY Cooper, the democrat who runs the executive branch. They're going to be a lot of fights. And just as we saw over the past two years a lot of uncertainty about what's going forward. One thing. I would a guarantee is that we will probably see I should see problems. We will definitely see of the next couple of years a lot of legal action. Because the last two years were characterized by a lot of court fights between governor ROY Cooper, and our our Republican general assembly. My guess is that continues well into twenty nine the people who will probably like the next two years. Very well, our lawyers who work on all of these issues. Koci joining us at the Carolina journal, how can people follow you can follow me on social media at my name bitch, Koci, am I T C H K O K? I hope they will also monitor what's happening with Carolina journal. Carolina journal dot com or Carolina journal on social media. And also the John Locke foundation, we are John Locke NC on Twitter. Mitch koci. Thank you for joining us. Happy new year to you happy new year to you. Thank you for the opportunity joining us along the way to give perspective from various places across the country as Laura Belen. She is with the website, bleeding, heartland. She serves as their editor, Laura bell and thanks for joining us. Happy new year. Thank you paid your happy new year to you f for those who don't follow you closely, bleeding, heartland. What is about and what the cover it's a website, primarily focused on Iowa, politics, so campaigns and elections legislative politics. What state government officials are doing and social environmental issues as well. So on the east coast, Elizabeth Warren analysis, she's forming an exploratory committee. What's the reverberation there in Iowa? Well, I think the Iowa caucuses are wide open. And I'm very encouraged that we're going to have what looks like a large field of strong candidates. I was on a Facebook yesterday. And I saw I think most Democrats want to wait here for many candidates. But I definitely saw several people say they are all in Elizabeth Warren and those included people who had caucus for Bernie Sanders in two thousand sixteen. So I think most people are wanting to wait and see how field shapes up Elizabeth Warren, we'll have strong support here. And she was one of the few presidential candidates who didn't come out at all during twenty eighteen. And so I think when she makes her first to Iowa she's going to draw some pretty big audiences. I'm looking forward to hearing her. So who have you seen come to so far, what piqued your interest about those who have come? Oh. Who hasn't come to Iowa so far? I mean, we've had several of the declared presidential candidates are Representative John Delaney as been here. More than a dozen times. Andrew Yang has been here. A number of times, but Senator Jeff Merkley has been here nine or ten times. I think in the last couple of years we saw Senator Cory Booker and Senator Harris they both made trips within the last month or so before the election, they were very well received. A Representative Eric swallow has been here. A number of times, he actually had staff on the ground helping some Iowa democratic candidates during this campaign, and that was very much appreciated their many other candidates. I mean, I think easily more than a dozen people might run for president. And we've seen a lot of them come through many people did fundraisers for down ticket candidates. And and it's just interesting to hear. I mean, I'm looking forward to a healthy and vigorous debate. So you think also has a lot of support in Iowa as well, you mentioned Andrew Yang. There's a profile of him in the Washington Times this morning of one of the things that he kind of focuses on is this idea of an income for every US citizen a thousand dollars per mothers. Can you expand on that? And how does that play out in is that a different strategy than you've heard amongst other candidates? It's very different. I actually I went to that. I have a democratic waging which is one of the largest events of the year. It's up in clear lake historic surf ballroom, and there were four potential presidential candidates. They're and the one who is getting a lot of attention at the time was Michael ninety perc- ended up saying that he wasn't going to run for president. I don't think he was ever serious about running for president. But I thought Dave. The most interesting speech. It's an idea. We don't hear a lot about the universal basic income. He calls it a freedom dividend. They do something similar in Alaska where every adult gets a certain amount of money. They've they funded there to oil money. He has an idea basically technology type tax to fund this program. But one of the cases that he makes for that. I thought was interesting is that right now his wife is a mom carrot fulltime caregiver including two child with disabilities. And right now, our economy values are labor at zero. And if we had some kind of universal basic income at least, she and many many other people at caregivers are stay at home. Parents their work would be valued. And also that would be money that they could use to put into it could cover household expenses. But it could also help people start a small business. So I thought it was a very interesting idea. I mean, I don't know how much support he has right now. I think he still needs to become better known. But I thought the. Audience and clear lake responded favorably to it. And I think it's an idea that I I'm hoping that more Democrats will talk about it. It's something that almost asked the congress in nineteen seventy when Richardson was president walk us through the year ahead, particularly as we head through the caucus in twenty twenty what kind of major events will these democratic candidates have to go through. And and what are you particularly looking at? Well, I think one of the things for so many of them are in congress right now. So I think people will be wanting to see what are they going to stand for something? So for instance, what's going to happen with the shutdown who is are people going to be willing to cave eventually to give while funding to the president. I think that's one big question. Another big question for a lot of Iowa Democrats is healthcare. It was a huge issue in our congressional campaigns this year, and is, you know, some of the candidates are for Medicare for all single payer type approach others favors expanding the Affordable Care ACT's or something like public option. And I think that'll be a big issue that people are talking about. I think that campaign finance reform will be something that most candidates agree on. I think the democratic agenda. I think most people agree on. So I think the how much people want to confront Trump. I'm curious to see who anyone will come out for impeaching Trump. I think we'll have. To wait and see what a Muller report looks like. But I think that that could be about lying in the in the Iowa caucus campaign. I also think that a lot of people are going to declare a presidential campaigns. And I'm not convinced at all of them will still be in the race at the time that the Iowa caucuses happened in early twenty twenty it should be really. That's Laura bell joining us via Skype and sometimes as these things happen. You know, sometimes you get pauses. Let's try more bell. And are you there? I'm still here. I can hear you Johnson. Gotcha. Gotcha. You mentioned the shutdown particularly what kind of effect. Are. We seeing there in Iowa if any. Well, I mean there I would doesn't have the largest number of federal workers. But as you know, there are federal employees all over the country. And so and some of them are not getting paid. It's it's a staggered payment system. So some people got paid for the work that they did before the holidays that others haven't. And I think that there's a real misconception that federal employees are also well paid they can afford to go weeks and weeks and weeks without a paycheck. And it's no problem because they'll get their back eventually. So I think that that's an issue. I mean, one of the topics of conversation in Iowa is this trade war that we're having. I mean, the China zero soybeans from the United States during the month of November. They were that. I look reduces about a quarter of the country. Soybeans and China was major market for us. That is not there basically right now. So that's something that will have ripple effects through the economy, probably more than the federal government shutdown. But I mean, the federal government services, of course affects. A lot of people who don't directly work from federal government. I looked at your blog the other day, and you talk a lot about Justice issues. Particularly what's going on in Iowa. Can you highlight that for those who may want to follow the blog later, and why you posted those things? Yes. Well, we have a lot of Iowa has one of the best judicial selection systems in the country. We really since nineteen sixty two we've had a merit based system. So judges aren't elected and the governor is really restricted in who she or he can appoint as judges. We have nonpartisan commissions who screen candidates, and that's something that are Republican controlled legislature at may try to change this year, and our governor is open to changing that. And so I'm pretty concerned about that prospect because the judiciary is really well respected around the country because we have a much less politicize. Or it's the other thing is criminal Justice reform any that's been a major topic for me. I was a terrible state when it comes to racial disparities in our. Justice system. We have one of the worst systems of felon disenfranchisement were one of now only two states that disenfranchised most balanced for life. And so I would like to see changes in that. It's just something that we need to progress and need to improve. And so that's that's just been one of the topics over the years that I've enjoyed covering, but we have a vacancy right now on our Iowa supreme court, and that's one reason why the judicial selection system is kind of in the forefront. Here's the bleeding heartland.

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"mitch koci" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

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11:28 min | 2 years ago

"mitch koci" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"And so when it comes to this idea of the government shutdown. The Democrats are expected to unveil legislation to keep it open. They won't offer any new money for the president's wall. Do you think that's a good strategy or should Democrats offer something, well, let me let me just say something right now, here's what I think is the frustration. You think you're negotiating with Donald Trump? And that's basically a fiction you were really negotiating with Laura Ingram. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest of the boys and girls at Fox News. That's the problem. There is no person sitting there named Donald Trump who's going to tell you what the answer is about the wall. There is no saving face for Donald Trump. Donald Trump will be able to tell you when he wanted to go. She ate with the Democrats win. The Fox News w GOP or whatever you wanna call. It gives him permission. That's part of the problem when you had Pelosi. There isn't a negotiating person on the other side of the table. So what is she supposed to do? I think she's going to basically so to stay. The course. This isn't about a wall. This is about who's pulling Donald Trump strength and the problem for Donald Trump is he has to get permission from them. And that's something that Nancy Pelosi can't basically can't abide by Arnie Arnesen. You said you've started off talking about New Hampshire tells a little bit about the activity. What do you expect particularly this year? We heard about Elizabeth Warren. But what else are you seeing? And what do you expect to see in this year? Well, I mean, obviously, we're going to be seeing a lot of what's going on with the presidential campaigns, which unfortunately is also going to sort of have a maybe not necessarily a positive effect on what happens with state legislation because to to a large extent, the presidential political to the sucks the energy out of politics, except here's the good news. I think we're gonna see things like this. We're gonna see putting a minimum wage Bill on the table. What you need to know about New Hampshire. We don't even have a New Hampshire. Minimum wage that means that the feds ever got rid of a minimum wage, we wouldn't have them. So that means we're still at seven twenty five all the surrounding states have not only their own minimum wage. They're raising it Massachusetts just raised it starting. I believe today. So I think you're gonna see conversations about minimum wage, you're gonna see conversations for example, about legalizing marijuana all the states around us have done it where so sort of, you know, living in the dark ages a lot of these conversations. However, well, also sort of I think parallel what's happening on the presidential campaign. So to a large. If we're talking about bringing the bottom up the minimum wage conversations there the whole idea about legalizing marijuana is not just state issue. Frankly, the fans have to sort of step into this. So I think you're gonna see those kinds of things begin to happen. And I think that that's important. And let's also be honest here. Climate change is real let me repeat this everyone. Climate change is real it is costing us billions and billions of dollars. I think my state is going to begin to look at how they need to begin to operate to address climate change that is going to be a huge issue nationally. And then last, but not least I am pessimistic about the economy. The rest of the world is beginning to see I was significant softening in a recession. We're not an island. We are really part of that sort of international conversation. You saw what happened with Wall Street? I think we're due for a recession. The problem is we have an enormous deficit, which means you can't turn to the feds when there's a recession so states you're going to have to prepare for that. And they're going to have to make. The right investments and make sure that their economies can sort of hold together. I think that's another conversation that will be having as he watched. What's happening with the economy? Talking people follow your show. They can go to W and H M dot org. My show is called the attitude with Arnie Arnesen, we stream live from twelve to one every day, we podcast, and if you want to know, what's happening nationally internationally, and especially at the presidential level. We will be absolutely keeping cats and everyone from data to come to bite into my next door. Neighbor Bernie Sanders. This is Arnie artists and joining us for our conversation. One of many opinion is we'll have on during the course of the morning happy new year to you and thanks for coming on new year. Oh, it's a pleasure. Happy new year. Everyone joining us from North Carolina. Mitch Koci of the Carolina journal. He is their senior political analyst good morning to you. Welcome and happy new year. Good morning and happy new year to you. I hope it's going to be a great plenty nineteen. That is is this a sense of optimism that you feel then perennially at optimist. I'm also the sort of a realist as well to know that we're ever going to get everything that we want. But I think if you look at the where things are headed there, certainly plenty of things to talk about the DeLuca polarization right here in North Carolina. We're still still dealing with the fact that we don't know who our whole complement of members of congress because of a fight in the ninth congressional district. But despite that, I always look ahead with it with a sense of optimism at the beginning of the New Year's because at the beginning of the year. You haven't seen all the stuff that would make you a pessimist yet? So if you had guideposts to point you to your way about this optimism that you might feel what would you look at? Well, I think the thing that you have to look at is that the United States if we're looking at the national picture is still a one of the dominant countries our economy has been rolling along fairly. Well, now, of course, with the the tariffs that President Trump supports that's been something that's been a hindrance of economic growth, but largely were still in pretty good shape. Although we have had troops fighting overseas in the Middle East for the large part. We have been spared for decades and decades from World War. The economy is still growing developing countries are still a growing by leaps and bounds. So in large respects, if you look at the world in twenty nineteen compared to the world say forty fifty sixty years ago, you have to say in almost every measure United States and the world are doing better. And I think that will continue even though there's still going to be some challenges. We're going to have to deal with a lot of problems, including the increased political polarization, which I. I think everyone sees as big problem. How do you factor? The current thing that we're talking about in Washington, the shutdown and to your sense of optimism. How does it really make an impact for those folks who live there in North Carolina the people that you talking associate with? At this point. We don't really see a whole lot of discussion about it on a whole lot of impact. And I think largely that's because this shutdowns partial shutdown took place near the end of a calendar year people are shutting things down. Anyway, they're shutting down the work for the year, not really dealing a whole lot with the government. I think if the or to see some major impacts from the shutdown it's probably going to take back now moving forward after day when everyone starts get back to work, and they noticed that some of the things that we dealt with the federal government. We're not seeing these open, but I think so far most people dealing with the holidays visiting grandma and grandpa, and for the kids dealing with that now once we launched to the new year people will start to see an impact if any from the checkout now, I think one of the things that people who like to use the shutdown as a way to to try to get people moving together to try to get some sort. Deals. One thing that could be a downside for them is that if the shutdown continues and people really don't see a major impact on their lives. Then the shutdown loses a lot of its value as a scare tactic and people will say, wait a minute. If we don't we could live our lives, just as we are without these government agencies operating at full staff and a full power. Do we really need off his government agencies? So there is that danger that if people continue to live their lives, and they don't see a major impact on the shutdown. They might say why do we just stuff anyway in DC, Mr. Koci this time of year? There's always stories about new laws and regulations that go into a place across the nation. What's the picture there in North Carolina? And what do you think about you after you're all these layers of new laws being put into place? Well, I think someone suggested one time that we might be better off if every new law had to come along with a repeal of two previous laws, and that might be something. Good in North Carolina. We've seeks some interesting new laws are some election changes. We'd also see and you've probably heard this on the national level. One of our one of our do laws has gotten a lot of publicity is this one that would ban those who sell non dairy milk from calling milk. And so several other states in the in the US go along with that same measure than the people are so soya milk or almond milk. When be able to call it not anymore. You look at that. You say do you really need a law for that? This is the type of thing that probably people could figure out on their own. We at the at the John Locke foundation and a Carolina journal up at supportive of trying to keep government in it in its limited spot where does the things that he needs to do any lead people to run their lives the way that they would like to otherwise. So when you see a bunch of laws come into place that can always create a problem. Our big story here, of course, in North Carolina, dealing with the national picture is what happens at our ninth congressional district. This is something where the congress is coming back as you very well now, you're just a couple of days, and we are going to have a nice district congressman because our state board elections, which now no longer exists that board of elections refused to certify the results in the night special district. One thing that we do know is that the comeback from the last session of congress. Robert pittenger is not coming back. He lost a primer. Mary election any just announced within the last couple of days, if there is a brand new election with a brand new primary care in North Carolina. He's not going to be he's not going to try to get his seat back. So we do know the one thing we know about district is no Robert pittenger. But there's still quite a bit of interest and concern about who is going to be. I the Reverend Mark Harris who was the Republican unseated picture, you know, primary appear to have one on election day by about nine hundred dotes over a democrat new damage creepy, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about what's happening because of some irregularities involving absentee ballots in the eastern part of that district. And as I said, we don't have right now in election sports, and there's a fight between our governor and our general assembly about whether the governor could set up a temporary elections for the Republicans who are lead, the general assembly say go you can't do that. You don't have the power to do it. The new brand new election sports by law checks. At the end of January. So what happens between now? And then is uncertain. We know that some leaders the new leadership in the house of representatives in in DC as said, it's not interested in seeing the Reverend Mark Harris says the new congressman because of all of the sensor, and that in terms of political stories is probably the main thing we're watching your right now. North Carolina, hyper locally vary in North Carolina. You have a democratic governor ROY Cooper has two years left in his term. How would you? How would you? I guess bracket that the first two years, and particularly what faces them in these next two years. The first two years were very tough ROY Cooper because Republicans held veto proof supermajority in both our state house and Senate. So basically, they would go along with governor. If it was something they already wanted to do if you put forward a proposal at that..

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13:36 min | 2 years ago

"mitch koci" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"We don't really see a whole lot of discussion about it or a whole lot of impact. And I think largely that's because this shutdowns partial shutdown took place near the end of a calendar year. When a lot of people are shutting things down. Anyway, they're shutting down the work for the year, not really dealing a whole lot with government or to see some major impacts from the shutdown. It's probably going to take effect now moving forward after today when everyone starts get back to work, and they noticed that some of the things that we dealt with with the federal government. We're not seeing these open, but I think so far most people have been dealing with the holidays visiting grandma and grandpa and gifts with the kids dealing with that now once we to the new year people will start to see an impact if any from the shutdown one of the things that people who like to use the shutdown as a way to to try to get people moving together to try to get some sort. Deals. One thing that could be downside for them is that if the shutdown continues and people really don't see a major impact on their lives. Then the shutdown loses a lot of its value as a scare tactic and people will say, wait a minute. If we don't we can live our lives, just as we are without these government agencies operating at all staff and in full power. Do we really need off this federal government agencies? So there is that danger that if people continue to live their lives, and they don't see a major impact on the shutdown. They might say why do we this stuff? Anyway, in DC, Mr. Koci this time of year. There's always stories about new laws and regulations that go into a place across the nation. What's the picture of their North Carolina? And what do you think about your after your all these layers of new laws being put into place? Well, I think someone suggested one time that we might be better off every new law had to come along with a repeal of two previous laws, and that might be something. Good in North Carolina. We've seen some interesting new laws are some election changes. We've also seen and you've probably heard this other national level. One of our one of our do laws has gotten a lot of publicity is this one that would ban those who sell non dairy milk from calling it milk. And so several other states in the in the US go along with that same measure than the people soy milk wouldn't be able to call it not anymore. Look at that. You say do you really need a law for that? This is the type of thing that probably people can figure out on their own. We at the at the John lockout Carolina journal been supportive of trying to keep government in its limited spot where does the things that he needs to do and lead people to run their lives the way that they would like to otherwise. So when you see a bunch of new laws come into place that can always create a problem. Our big story here, of course, in North Carolina, dealing with the national picture is what happens at our ninth congressional district. This is something where the congress is coming back as you very well know in just a couple of days, and we are going to have a ninth district congressman because our state board elections, which now no longer exists that board of elections refused to certify results in the ninth congressional district. One thing that we do know is that the comeback from the last session of congress. Robert pittenger is not coming back. He lost a. Primary election any just announced within the last couple of days, if there is a brand new election with a brand new primary here in North Carolina. He's not going to be he's not going to try to get his seat back. So we do know the one thing we know about this is no Robert pittenger. But there's still quite a bit above interest concerned about who is going to be the Reverend Mark Harris who was the Republican unseated picture primary appear to have one on election day by about nine hundred votes ever, a democrat new damage, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about what's happening because of some irregularities involving absentee ballots in eastern part of that district. And as I said, we don't have right now in election sport. And there's a fight between our governor and our general assembly about whether the governor could set up a temporary elections for the Republicans who are leading the general assembly say go, you can't just do that. You don't have the power to do the new brand new elections for by law takes effect at the end of January. So what happens between now, and then is uncertain. We know that some leaders the new leadership in the house of representatives in in DC as said, it's not interested in seeding. The Reverend Mark Harris says the new congressman because of all of the sensor, and that in terms of political stories is probably the main thing, we're watching your right now North Carolina, hyper locally, very North Carolina. You have a democratic governor ROY Cooper has two years left in his term. How would you? How would you guess bracket the first two years, and particularly what faces them in these next two years? Well, the first two years were very tough for ROY Cooper because Republicans held veto. No proof supermajority in both our say house and Senate. So basically, they would go along with governor. If it was something they already wanted to do if he put forward a proposal that they didn't like they said, thank you put it in the circular file right now, though because of the twenty eighteen election, the super majorities or Republicans about state house and Senate are gone, which means that governor ROY Cooper is going to play a much bigger role in the next two years because he can help guide legislation. If there's something the general assembly passes, he doesn't like he could be an only Republicans can get support in both the house and Senate for Democrats will they override it by guess is the Democrats are going to be much less likely this time one decide with Republicans over the veto cover with Googlers guesses of this next two years. He's going to play a much larger role. Now, of course, he also is preparing for re election in twenty twenty. So that will create another. Wrinkle because the governor will want to stakeout some but this prime positions. Republicans who run the general assembly will agree with him on some issues. I think they're going to agree up economic development, probably hurricane recovery of infrastructure items. They're going to be a lot of issues where they disagree school choice. The size of government spending tax rates, all of those things are going to divide Republicans around the general assembly and governor ROY Cooper, the democrat runs the executive branch. They're going to be a lot of fights. And just as we sell over the past two years a lot of uncertainty about what's going forward. One thing. I would put forward as a guarantee is that we will probably see will definitely see of the next couple of years alive legal action. Because the last two years were characterized by a lot of court flights between governor ROY Hoover at our Republican general assembly. My guess is that continues well into twenty nine thousand nine hundred the people who probably like the next two years. Very well, our lawyers who work on all of these issues. Myth coca joining us at the Carolina journal. How can people follow? You can follow me on social media at my name bitch Koci, am I T C H K? Okay. I I hope they will also monitor what's happening with Carolina journal at Carolina journal dot com or Carolina journal on social media. And also the John Locke foundation, we are John Locke NC on Twitter. Mitch koci. Thank you for joining us. Happy new year to you. Happy new year to you. Thank you for the opportunity joining us along the way to give perspective from various places across the country as Laura Belen. She is with the website, bleeding, heartland. She serves as their editor, Laura bell and thanks for joining us. Happy new year. Thank you paid your happy new year to you eh for those who don't follow you closely, bleeding, heartland. What is about and what the cover? It's a website, primarily focused on Iowa, politics, so campaigns and elections. Legislative politics. What state government officials are doing and social environmental issues as well. So on the east coast, Elizabeth Warren analysis, he's forming an exploratory committee. What's the reverberation there in Iowa? Well, I think the Iowa caucuses are wide open. And I'm very encouraged that we're going to have what looks like a large field of strong candidates. I was on a Facebook yesterday. And I saw I think most Democrats want to wait in here for many candidates. But I definitely saw several people say they are all in for Elizabeth Warren and those included people who had Caulkins for Bernie Sanders in two thousand sixteen. So I think most people are wanting to wait and see how the field shapes out Elizabeth Warren, we'll have strong support here. And she was one of the few presidential candidates who didn't come out at all during twenty eighteen. And so I think when she makes her first trip to Iowa she's going to draw some pretty big audiences. I'm looking forward to hearing her. So who have you seen come to Iowa? So far, what piqued your interest about those who have come? Who hasn't come to Iowa so far? I mean, we've had several of the declared presidential candidates. A Representative John Delaney has been here more than it doesn't times. Andrew Yang has been here. A number of times, but Senator Jeff Merkley has been here nine or ten times. I think in the last couple of years we saw Senator Cory Booker and Senator Harris they both made trips within the last month or so before the election name were very well received a Representative Eric swallow, well has been here number of times, he actually had staff on the ground helping some democratic candidates during this campaign, and that was very much appreciated era. Just many other candidates. I think easily more than a dozen people might run for president. And we've seen a lot of them come through many people did fundraisers for down ticket candidates. And and it's just interesting to hear. I mean, I'm looking forward to healthy and vigorous debate. Thank you for also has a lot of support in Iowa as well. You mentioned Andrew Yang. There's a profile of him in the Washington Times this morning, one of the things that he kind of focuses on is this idea of an income for every US citizen a thousand dollars per mothers. Can you expand on that? And how does that play out in is that a different strategy than you've heard amongst other candidates? It's very different. I actually I went to that. I would democratic waging which is one of the largest events of the year. It's up in clear lake at the historic surf ballroom, and there were four potential presidential candidates there and the one who is getting a lot of attention at the time was Michael the he ended up saying he wasn't going to run for president. I don't think he was ever serious about running for president. But I. Most interesting speech. It's an idea. We don't hear a lot about the universal basic income. He calls it a freedom dividend. They do something similar in Alaska where every adult gets a certain amount of money. They they find it there to oil money. He has an idea basically technology type tax to fund this program. But one of the cases that he makes for that. I thought was interesting is that right now his wife is a stay home mom carrot caregiver including child with disabilities. And right now, our economy values or labor at zero. And if we had some kind of a universal, basic income at least she and many many other people caregivers are stay at home. Parents their work would be value. And also that would be money that they could use to put into it could cover household expenses. But it could also help people start a small business. So I thought it was a very interesting idea. I mean, I don't know how much support he has right now. I think he's still needs to become better known. I thought the audience and clear lake responded favorably to it. And I think it's an idea that I I'm hoping that more Democrats will talk about it. It's something that almost asked the congress in one thousand nine hundred seventy when Richard Nixon was president walk us through the year ahead, particularly as we head through the Caucasus and twenty twenty what kind of major events will these democratic candidates have to go through. And and what are you particularly looking at? Well, I think one of the things for so many of them are in congress right now. So I think you be wanting to see what are they going to stand for something? So for instance, on what's going to happen with the shutdown who is are people going to be willing to cave eventually to give while funding to the president. I think that's one big question. Another big question for a lot of Iowa Democrats is healthcare. It was a huge issue in our congressional campaigns this year, and is, you know, some of the candidates are for Medicare for all single payer type approach others favors expanding the Affordable Care ACT's or something like public option. And I think that'll be a big issue that people are talking about. I think that campaign finance reform will be something that most candidates agree on. I think the basic democratic agenda, I think most people agree on. So I think the how much people want to confront Trump on curious to see who let anyone will come out for impeaching Trump. I think we'll have. Wait and see what a Muller report looks like. But I think that that could be thought lying in the in the Iowa caucus campaign. I also think that a lot of people are going to declare a presidential campaigns. And I'm not convinced that all of them will still be in the race at the time that the Iowa caucuses happened in early twenty twenty it should be really. That's Laura bell joining us via Skype and sometimes as these things happen. You know, sometimes you get pauses. Let's try more Belen..

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"We went out again this conversation with a former FBI director took place last, April speaking with. Mike Allen, pondering executive editor of axios. Jonathan Karl ABC news. WCBS PFM worst. This morning on the Washington journal. We talked with several radio hosts around the country about optimism and pessimism for the new year. Joining us first off via Skype Arnie Arnesen from New Hampshire. He's a syndicated talk show host of U N N H sorry at N. Good morning. Thanks for joining us again. Well, you know, I live in concord New Hampshire happy new year everyone. And of course, things started off with a bang just yesterday. I was on the air. And just before I go on the air. Elizabeth Warren announces she's starting at exploratory to run for president. Of course, you're talking in New Hampshire, which meant that the conversation. I was supposed to have about looking back with the conversation about looking forward because we are the first in the nation primary, and she'll be spending a lot of time here, and they'll be a conga line of candidates showing up. But she was smart. It was a slow news day. So she announced his that a source of optimism, then herb declaring this story committee. So you know, you know, what the optimistic I am. I'm a mug lump. I'm on both sides of the optimism pessimism line. I look at last year twenty eighteen as like riding a bucking Bronco. I mean, it was just unbelievable. But what was so exciting about that? Bucking Bronco was the blue Sonam e that we saw happen in the twenty eight. Eighteen election. I mean, you have a hundred new members of congress that are non incumbents repeat that one hundred nine incumbents, so many women all my God. They're gonna have to add new bathrooms like just amazed. And the average age was under the age of fifty. So what I saw was a lot of people were frustrated and frightened and concerned, and in despair to some extent, but rather than sort of going under a rock and hiding they decided to run, and you saw a lot of new people that even the Democratic Party could not recognize. And I think that was what we still exciting about what we saw happened in November with a new faces, and so many women and such diversity. I mean when you elect a gay a congresswoman from Kansas. What does that tell you? When you see the first black congressman from Massachusetts. What does that tell you? And just to give you an idea of the flavor in my state, the Republicans had controlled everything in twenty eighteen until the election. The Democrats took back. The house. They took back the Senate. They took back the executive council the governor managed to sort of stay the course. But this is I think apocryphal in the first congressional district. It was a race between an openly gay democrat and a black Republican and the openly gay democrat one. But think about this folks, a black Republican an openly gay democrat the face of America. Do you think by virtue of those additions to the house? Do you think the house will then become more progressive, particularly amongst Democrats and legislation? That's passed. I think it'll become more real. I mean, let's remember we know have women with children, we know how young people we don't have people who you know, they they didn't come with a portfolio. They came with the life and their life wasn't about politics. Their life was struggling to get healthcare. Their life was being in the military. Their life was being, you know, a Pepsi a Muslim in America where you know, there is so much sort of racism, and there's so much anti semitism. So they bring their life experience to the table. Is that progressive? No, I think you call that America. And I think that there's been sort of this disengagement with this level of incumbent after incumbent after incumbent getting reelected, and now you've got people who don't have that backpack of incumbency. Instead they have that backpack of life if that's progressive. Well, then so be it. But I do. I think what it is. Is it? It's going to demand change because we have to change we have an enormous debt. We have climate change. We have student debt. We have an economy that softening we have a man in office right now named Donald Trump who doesn't believe in democracy and his best friends, or basically, you know, autocrats and despot. So I think that a lot of ways their voices are more needed. And I'm not sure you have to label it Progressive Conservative. I think what you have to label. It is we need to change and we need to change. Now, representing Nancy Pelosi will once again gain the gavel as she becomes house speaker. What should she do this time around that she didn't do last time? Well, let me just share something about Nancy Pelosi. So, you know for the last eight years she's been out of office. But she's been demonized by the Republicans and two large extent what's been so successful is they've kind of demonize relationship, even with the Democratic Party. What I think is so exciting Pelosi getting the speakership is that she is sort of reacquainting herself with the Democrats and reacquainting herself. With the country. And she is showing that she is able to be a sophisticated leader that she understands the new faces that have showed up that she's willing to play in the sandbox with them. She's also willing at least to say that she's only going to serve maybe another two or four years. Of course, you'll be eighty two by that time. So maybe she should retire. But I think she's also showing that the Democratic Party not only values new, but they value experience and skills, and what Nancy Pelosi is bringing to the table. She's bringing that experience and skills and part of that skill set is to learn to work with not fight the new voices, but work with the new voices because they're going to energize the base, and they will make a difference in twenty twenty. And so when it comes to this idea of the government shutdown. The Democrats are expected to unveil legislation to keep it open. They won't offer any new money for the president's wall. Do you think that's a good strategy or should Democrats offer something, well, let me let me just say something right now, here's what I think is the frustration. You. Think you're negotiating with Donald Trump. And that's basically a fiction you were really negotiating with Laura Ingram. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest of the boys and girls at Fox News. That's the problem. There is no person sitting there named Donald Trump who's gonna tell you what the answer is about the wall. There is no saving face for Donald Trump. Donald Trump will be able to tell you when he wanted to go. She ate with the Democrats win. The Fox News w GOP or whatever you wanna call. It gives him permission. That's part of the problem for Nancy Pelosi. There isn't a negotiating person on the other side of the table. So what is she supposed to do? I think she's going to basically so to stay. The course this isn't about a wall. This is about who's pulling Donald Trump strings and the problem for Donald Trump is he has to get permission from them. And that's something that Nancy Pelosi can't basically can't abide by Arnie Arnesen. You said you started off talking about New Hampshire. Tell us a little bit about the activity. What do you expect particularly this year? We heard about Elizabeth Warren. But what else are you seeing what do you expect to see in this year? Well, I mean, obviously, we're going to be seeing a lot of what's going on with the presidential campaign, which unfortunately is also going to sort of have a maybe not necessarily a positive effect on what happens with state legislation because to to a large extent, the presidential political scene to suck Z energy out of politics, except here's the good news. I think we're going to see things like this. We're gonna see putting a minimum wage Bill on the table. What you need to know about New Hampshire. We don't even have a New Hampshire. Minimum wage that means that the feds ever got rid of a minimum wage, we wouldn't have them. So that means we're still at seven twenty five all the surrounding states have not only their own minimum wage. They're raising it Massachusetts raised it starting. I believe today. So I think you're gonna see conversations about minimum wage you're gonna see conversations for example about legalizing marijuana all the states around us have done. We're sort of you know, living in the dark ages. A lot of these conversations, however will also sort of I think parallel what's happening on the presidential campaign. Situa large. Extent if we're talking about bringing the bottom up the minimum wage conversation. Is there the whole idea about legalizing marijuana is not just a state issue? Frankly, the feds have to sort of step into this. So I think you're going to see those kinds of things begin to happen. And I think that that's important. And let's also be honest here. Climate change is real let me repeat this everyone. Climate change is real it is costing us billions and billions of dollars. I think my state is going to begin to look at how they need to begin to operate to address climate change that is going to be a huge issue nationally and then last, but not least I am pessimistic about the economy. The rest of the world is beginning to see significant softening in a recession. We are not an island. We are really part of that sort of international conversation. You saw what happened with Wall Street? I think we're due for a recession. The problem is we have an enormous deficit, which means you can turn to the feds when there's a recession so states are going to have to prepare for that. And they're going to have to make. The right investments and make sure that their economies 'cause sort of hold together. I think that's another conversation that will be having as you watch. What's happening with the economy? Talking people follow your show. They can go to W NHL FM dot org. The nape of my show is called the attitude with Arnie Arnesen, we stream live from twelve to one every day, we podcast, and if you want to know, what's happening nationally internationally, and especially at the presidential level. We will be absolutely keeping cats and everyone from Dato Kamala to bite into my next door. Neighbor Bernie Sanders, this is Arnie artisan. Joining us for our conversation. One of many opinion is we'll have on during the course of the morning happy new year to you and thanks for coming on new year. Oh, it's a pleasure. Happy new year. Everyone joining us from North Carolina. Mitch Koci of the Carolina journal. He is their senior political analysts good morning to you. Welcome and happy new year. Good morning and happy new year to you. I hope it's going to be a great twenty nine hundred is this a sense of optimism that you feel then. Perennially at optimist. I'm also the sort of a realist as well to know that we're not ever going to get everything that we want. But I think if you look at the where things are headed there, certainly plenty of bad news to talk about the political polarization right here in North Carolina. We're stealing still dealing with the fact that we don't know who are full complement of members of congress are going to be because of a fight in the ninth congressional districts. But despite that, I always look ahead with a with a sense of optimism at the beginning of the new year because of the beginning of the year, you haven't seen all the stuff that would make you a pessimist yet. So if you had guideposts point you to your way about this optimism that you might feel what would you look at? Well, I think the thing that you have to look at is that the United States we're looking at the national picture is still a one of the dominant countries are Konami has been rolling along fairly. Well, now, of course with the tariffs that President Trump supports that's been something that's been a hindrance of economic growth, but largely were still in pretty good shape. Although we have had troops fighting overseas in the Middle East for the large part. We have been spared for decades and decades from World War. The economy is still growing developing countries are still growing by leaps and bounds. So in large respects, if you look at the world in two thousand nineteen compared to the world say forty fifty sixty years ago, you have to say in almost every measure United States and the world are doing better. And I think that will continue even though there's still going to be subject. We're going to have to deal with a lot of problems, including the increased political polarization, which I. I think everyone sees as big problem. How do you factor? The current thing that we're talking about in Washington, this shutdown in to your sense of optimism. How does it really make an impact for those folks who live there North Carolina the people that you talking associate with? At this point..

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