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You Are Living Through the 'Great Realignment'
"You are living through a realignment. The great realignment. We have been forecasting this, we have been foreshadowing this for quite some time. We've been telling you that the people of the country are no longer going to tolerate the ruling of the few why the many suffer. We've been seeing it in school board races when seeing it in state representative races. We've been seeing it in voter registration races, but now we're seeing an actual congressional races. We are living through something profound and something generationally significant. We are finally seeing what we have been waiting for as the equal and opposite reaction as we build and we build and we build as we get closer to November. What we saw last night, we haven't seen in well over a hundred years. Actually a 140 years. You see what we saw last night is evidence that there is fight still in the American spirit. That things are not as doom and gloom as the prognosticators might believe. Even conservatives can be awfully apocalyptic in their thinking. A conservatives can say, oh, Charlie, is there any way we could turn this around the elections? I don't trust them, and the media is bought and the intelligence agencies are compromised. Even for some conservative that can be a little bit doom and gloom at times last night was a shock and awe. What we saw last night is something that I believe is the beginning stages of a once in a hundred year political transformation. I believe we are seeing a political transformation a great realignment that will permanently upend our system of government, the Democrat party, and will finally put the conservative movement in the driver's seat, not the Republican Party, but the conservative movement and the driver's seat for generations to
GOP's Rice loses, Mace stays on after challenges by Trump-endorsed candidates
"I'm Jennifer King reporting South Carolina splits the difference between two Trump targets and Tuesday's primaries 5 term U.S. representative Tom rice who supported the second impeachment of Donald Trump was defeated in the GOP primary for South Carolina's 7th congressional district which includes Myrtle Beach This see doesn't belong to me It belongs to the voters right And so it's what they want not what I want Audio courtesy WPD Rice lost a state representative Russell fry who was backed by Trump but U.S. representative Nancy mace who criticized the former president over his role in the January 6th insurrection held on to her seat in South Carolina's first district defeating Trump back challenger Katie arrington Maestro endorsements from high profile Republicans like Mick mulaney and Nikki Haley Trump did congratulate mace on her victory and predicted she would win in November To see that unity come forth is a really big deal to keeping our party together and moving forward in the low country and winning in November Audio courtesy IV I'm Jennifer King
Trump gets impeachment revenge on Tom Rice in South Carolina — but Nancy Mace prevails
"I'm Mike Gracia reporting South Carolina Republican Tom rice loses his House seat after voting to impeach Donald Trump U.S. representative Tom rice who supported the second impeachment of president Donald Trump was defeated in Tuesday's GOP primary for South Carolina's 7th congressional district He lost to state representative Russell Frey who was backed by Trump rice of 5 term congressman as the first of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the January 6th insurrection to lose a reelection bid Trump vowed revenge against the ten House Republicans and four of the ten chose not to seek reelection
Charlie Welcomes California State Representative Kevin Kiley
"That I believe deserve to be in Congress one in, I think they still call it the upper chamber in the lower chamber. They still have that expression, Connor, I don't know. One in the House, one of the Senate and they're both doing a wonderful job and they both have primaries coming up and so first we have Kevin kiley from California, who is one of the few conservatives. In California and he does a great job, Kevin. Welcome back to the Charlie Kirk show. Thanks, Charlie. Great to be with you. If your race is tomorrow, is that right? It is. Tell us about your race. Tell us about, is there a potential for a runoff? So how does it work? It's the top two is like a jungle primary. How does it work? Yeah, California has this crazy top two system, which is a total mass. It's made kind of a joke of our election system. In many races in the state actually, you now have the Democrats are spending tons of money to prop up the Republican that they want to run against in the general. It's this sort of pick your opponent strategy. Fortunately, we don't have any shenanigans like that. In my race, we just have one Republican opponent. There are two Democrats on the ballot. So you're very likely to have a dem on Republican runoff. And I've gotten the support of president Trump. Things are going well and we're just trying to get across the finish line here. It's the only open seat in Congress that's the Republican district in California. So it's a really important one in terms of winning back the majority and making it be the right type of majority that's actually going to do something to get the country back. So this kind of
It's Time We Fire Congressman Tom Rice
"What? It's time we fire them all. Tom rice, he's up for. His seat. A week from Tuesday, June 14th will be Tom rice's day of reckoning. We'll see if South Carolina state representative Russell fry defeats congressman Tom rice. He's a 5th term incumbent. Tom rice is political. Royalty in South Carolina. According to the Washington examiner, internal polling shows that fry is beating Tom rice in a head to head matchup. In fact, again, it's internal polling, so who knows? Surely the people of South Carolina aren't going to put up with Tom rice again. I mean, did you hear him? No, I can't support Trump for president, but if he apologizes, I would consider it. Oh, that's really great of
A Potential Crackdown in Arizona of the Democrats' Criminal Cartel
"Catherine engelbrecht and Greg Phillips of true the vote were in Arizona yesterday for a hearing called by Karen fan, the head of the Arizona Senate. Now the Democrats were screaming, oh, we have been big important problems to deal with in Arizona. Why are we talking about this? Well, the reason we're talking about this is this is one of the, if not the most important problem in Arizona and in other places, and it seems like true the votes testimony was very powerfully received. In other words, they received a there was a big crowd. And there were a lot of legislators there. And people like Kerry Lake, with candidate for governor, was there. But also others, their Kelly Townsend, and Debbie lesko. And there was a sort of sense that all of this is bringing it home because through the vote was very specific about what they found in Arizona. They gave a level of detail that goes beyond 2000 mules. A level of specificity will be talking about maps and streets and at one point very comically someone brought up the fact that geolocation is regularly used to find someone who's broken down in a highway to find a phone that's missing and Greg Phillips goes, well, yeah, what you're describing to The Washington Post is like sheer magic. They have no idea how this can even happen. They're very skeptical it happens at all. And what I found remarkable was that they were legislators there who hadn't seen some of this evidence. Evidently, we haven't seen the movie, but when they saw the evidence, they just got super fired up. There was one, I think Vietnamese guy, who is a state representative. And he's like, he was essentially like, first of all, he knows he comes himself from a communist country. So he's seen the way in which elections are turned into they're just rigged from the top. And he goes, he goes, I'm not putting up with any of this over here. People need to be locked up. So he was absolutely persuaded and persuaded to call for action.
If SC Shooter Was Released, Is the Brooklyn Subway Shooter Next?
"Price is being represented by state representative Todd Rutherford. How about we try to get him on the phone, Derek? He's a Democrat, he'll never come on, but we can try. Why don't you call him? Maybe we'll make some news here. And he can tell me what he's told reporters, well, my client turned himself in. Yeah, so did the Brooklyn subway shooter who shot about the same amount of people. Now, the world came to an end when the guy shot up the New York City subway. Why is the column being how do you say it? Columbiana. Why is the column columbiana center shooting any less horrific? 9 people shot? How many people were killed or shot on the train? Nobody died, thank God. How many people got shot on the subway? Wasn't it ten? So I don't know. The subway shooter shot one more person than Joanne price is alleged to have shot. They let that guy out even in New York. I don't think. I haven't checked. The day is young, maybe he'll go home too.
Our Immigration System Needs a Serious Overhaul
"The U.S. immigration system is old. It's dilapidated it's ill equipped to serve the majority of the American people. It's a lot like our fucking Congress. Our immigration system needs a serious overhaul. But you know what it takes? That takes a lot of work with a capital W and it takes serious work from serious grown-ups, and we don't have them anymore. They're not in place in Washington, D.C.. That's why every black Latino and white and Asian family is going to continue to pay a very high price for the ineptitude of the federal government. How do you get around this? How do you make your life somewhat savable? Get to know you state representatives. Not your only shot, guys. That's the only prayer your family has to shield you yourselves from the harm and the dangers of this illegal immigration. And all the bullshit D.C. is dishing out. And that's because D.C. only cares about themselves.
S Carolina push to be 49th state with hate crime law stalls
"South Carolina remains only one of two states besides Wyoming with out a hate crimes law and proponents worry efforts are stalling it took state lawmakers just two months to pass a law when a female college student was kidnapped and killed by a man posing as an uber driver by comparison state representative Wendell Gilliard says more than six years have passed since the racist murders of nine African Americans at a Charleston church really the storm Abbas's leaders we just don't get it until it locked at your door thank crimes bill passed the house but Republicans blocking it in the Senate say it's unnecessary since there's a federal law Gilliard says it's not enough for several reasons including you can expedite the cases statewide because when you look at the federal government they have a back wall I'm Julie Walker
Stacey Abrams and Biden Blame Scheduling Issue for Voting Rights Speech Absence
"Stacey Abrams didn't show up. Stacey Abrams didn't show up to the speech that Joe Biden was supposed to save as presidency with. So Biden's speech was about voting rights allegedly and all about fixing the filibuster and yet for whatever reason Stacey Abrams who's running for governor of Georgia, same state. Her issue, she wasn't there. And it has Democrat commentators going wild with speculation as to why Stacey Abrams wasn't there. Now let's just be clear, Stacey Abrams has never won an election outside of a state representative race. She lost the Georgia governor's race. She always gets platformed as this Democrat savior. It's really bizarre. And they say that, yes, Stacey Abrams is the reason why Rafael Warnock and John ossoff. Won the Senate races. Now there's only a couple explanations. So Stacey Abrams comes out and she says, yeah, I wasn't there because of a scheduling mix up. Now let me tell you somebody who let me tell you about something that I could be from a first person perspective. We've run a lot of events at turning point action. And when we host the president, president Trump, and he calls us, there's really not much of a negotiation that happens with the schedule. It's not like, hey, we're coming to Phoenix on Wednesday. Like, how about Friday? That just doesn't work. You cancel what you have. And you know what's amazing? And I could say this from personal experience. That when you tell whoever you're canceling, that you're doing so for event with the president, they totally understand. So you're trying to tell me Stacey Abrams had something more important to do than go and greet Joe Biden when he comes down to Georgia? Stacey Abrams had a more pressing commitment. Where was she yesterday?
Florida sues Biden administration over immigration policy
"Florida is suing the bein administration over border policies Florida governor Ron de Santis has been criticizing president binds administration claiming his immigration policies are illegal and has filed a lawsuit claiming the federal policy will cost the state millions of dollars and cause harm to Floridians allowing illegal aliens apprehended at the border simply just be released into American communities he signed an executive order barring state agencies from assisting with the relocation of undocumented immigrants in ordering them to gather information on their identities the order also authorize state law enforcement agencies to detain vehicles reasonably believed to be transporting undocumented immigrants to Florida from the southwest border Florida state representative Anna asking money says to Santos is using the immigration issue to score political points I'm Jennifer king
New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban
"Florida lawmakers introduced a strict abortion ban that similar to legislation enacted in Texas Florida Republican state representative Webster Barnaby filed legislation that would ban abortions if cardiac activity is detected and grant ten thousand dollar rewards to citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone who aids a woman in getting the procedure Democrats are blasting the bill calling it unconstitutional agriculture secretary Nikki freed the woman challenging governor Ron DeSantis next year for governor calls it disgusting hypocrisy when state Republicans say it's personal choice whether to wear a mask to protect against Kobe and what they want to take away women's control of their bodies strict anti abortion bills in the past have died in the Florida legislature but this year is different after the Supreme Court allowed the Texas abortion ban to go into effect I'm Jackie Quinn
A highlight from Episode 53 Part 1 Our Relationship with Planned Parenthood Ft Amanda Weber
"We are creating as a society, it's become very much an us versus them mentality. And when you're stuck in that, when you're stuck in these are my beliefs and no one and nothing could ever swing me from those beliefs, you missed a really amazing opportunity to learn and to grow. And for me, learning different things and learning different perspectives helped me step away from the narrative that I was being given by whatever people, you know, by the representatives, like my state representatives or Planned Parenthood themselves or fellow volunteers, I could step away and say, but that's not what I believe that's not what I agree with. Let me formulate my own feelings and opinions instead of just parroting what I'm told. And that nowadays, I think, is more useful than ever and more needed than ever because we're so afraid that if we listen to another person or give even thought to another person's experience or opinion, then we're in some way, betraying our own, and that's just simply not true. Yes, I completely agree. The other thing that I find sometimes hard to do, especially when talking about difficult subjects like this is I will open myself up to because I am pretty adamantly pro choice. As far as like my abortion stance is concerned, I have mixed feelings about Planned Parenthood, just in general. And I think that's probably true for a lot of people, just like the organization itself. As a stand-alone like organization, but I have found myself where I where I'm somebody who I want to understand both sides. I want to understand what are all the points.
"state representative" Discussed on Discover Lafayette
"Us attorney about the shifts not only in population but like north louisiana's really gotten a lot more gangs and it's just a different place down here. I mean south. Louisiana has been thriving even with the challenges. We have Compared to north carolina the Julia low yeah is a new new congresswoman. And she she'll she lost a ton of people and it's really just a generational shift But yes some challenges you know i mean regardless of how many people they have the challenges. Remain i david david. Joseph and i went to law school so yeah so he was a year or two guy. he's done. he's done a fine. Us attorney knows. You'll do fine job on the bench. His tough on crime man. I love listening to him rodeo. Oh yeah he's just you know he's tough on crime with. Yeah so yeah so the We're we're definitely expecting lawsuits to be filed. Basically no matter what we do. We expect lawsuits to be filed on the congressional districts. Just because you know with all the vested interests that we're we're pretty certain that someone is not gonna be happy and then with that you know we have to follow the state constitution. The federal constitution the voting rights act. So this is not something. That's going to happen willy. Nilly and like you said with with the loss cal he was sad were and he's the expert and on but more broadly. Who's the expert on the senate side and he had gotten a thank rehired. You know to be a consultant for the senate In our in our house staff also has folks that have been involved for many many years in redistricting. Thank goodness. We're very fortunate. I have good saf and no doubt no doubt about it. So it's gonna be a challenge but we do have a local rep represents acadia parish Johnson face key as the chairman of that committee The any proposal for each one of those redistricting the statehouse state senate in the congressional seat Will have to be done in the form of a statute in a bill..
"state representative" Discussed on Discover Lafayette
"John paul serves as chair of the natural resources and environment committee and he is a member of the joint. Legislative committee on capitol outlay and the house select leadership committee. He's a member of the acadian delegation. The louisiana republican legislative delegation and the rural caucus a graduate of lsu law school. John paul is a partner at the lafayette real estate law. Firm of andrews boudreau complete title. He's also co founder of cougar. Construction with a focus on residential construction and rental units and lafayette active in our community. John paul has been honored as top twenty under forty. He's a graduate of leadership. lafayette class. twenty-one served on the cajun dome commission and the executive committee of the lafayette chamber of commerce among many other organizations and i think most importantly john paul is taken time today on september. First twenty twenty one right after hurricane ida tore through louisiana. We've a lot to discuss. Thank you jump hall for making time to visit very welcome thank you yeah also joined you one day after my birthday. Which was.
"state representative" Discussed on Discover Lafayette
"This is john swerved in you're listening to discover lafayette a podcast dedicated to the people and rich culture of lafayette the gateway.
Texas' Abortion Ban Marks a New Legal Strategy for Abortion Restrictions
"Emily i wanna read you from the wall street journal op-ed today which i thought was interesting this supporter of abortion restrictions. In fact getting rid of roe v wade who write this. Texas republicans have handed democrats political grenade to hurt to the antiabortion causes the editorial board pro-life groups has spent nearly fifty years arguing. That abortion is a political question to be settled in the states by public debate. It now texas. They want us the courts by civilization to limit abortion. I do think this law is so frankly odious that more republicans and those who oppose abortion rights should have to own it and i wonder if folks who work in the trenches of the political opinion on this. Feel the same way absolutely chris. Let's start with baxter. The overwhelming majority of americans are on the side of those who want to see and keep rovers wade as the law of the land. That is what keeps women saved. What could people save. Who needed care. This texas law goes too far. And what i would say to your listeners. Your your watchers is. Do you know who your state senator is. Do you know who your state representative is. Do you know who your governor is. And where they stand on this because republican governors. Legislators across the country are looking at this not as a grenade but as a playbook. They're thinking what can we do here in our state to rollback these important rights that affect so many families at emily's list. We're working to hold them to account and i believe we believe that every single member of legislature needs to be asked. Where do you stand on this. It should be asked now. They should be asked to get next year and they will be asked by voters when voters come out just as they did after brett. Cavanaugh was confronted court in two thousand eighteen. They will come out and be held to account at the
Cobb County Hospital Requesting Mobile Morgue as COVID-19 Cases Surge
"Kenneth Stone Hospital calling for a temporary morgue. As it deals with overcrowding due to Covid 19 cases, State representative Eric Allen tells Channel two action news. The request is alarming. That should bring everyone to a pause, um that we're in a situation where Not only are we putting the strain on our health care system, but we're also, um, seeing death at a rate that we can't even keep up with the hospital's been treating more than 200 Covid patients this week. Some new
Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson Explains Why She Joined the Austin Walkout
"State representative cynthia thompson. Thank you so much. For coming to the podcast. Thank you for having me so at that. Press conference in virginia. You talked about your grandmother and the obstacles she faced when she got the chance to vote what were some of those obstacles. She added by poll tax and she yet to save our money. Nicholson pin is not quarters. You'd be able to purchase a poll tax. And then once she got up old tax she had a long ways to travel to cast that ballot. It was Transportation was nothing like being honest. This debate you had to wait for a bus to another part of the city. A pretty good distance from where she was in over fifteen miles. I'm pretty sure in order attacks. Her ballot and she was only allowed to vote in the general election because she was an african american being black. You couldn't vote in the primaries in texas. I wanted you to start with your grandmother. And i'm gonna do something that a gentleman are not supposed to do. We are not supposed to ask a woman her age that i think it's important for people to understand representative thompson. How old are you. I'm eighty two years old. And i needed people to hear that because the fact that you are talking about your grandmother and the obstacles she faced in voting in that the reason why you and i are talking now is about voting. This is not. This is not history. This is living memory for for you. I would love for you to put in context where we are right. Now as a country when it comes to voting rights we're regressing we regressing back to a place in history where we wanna limit minorities right to participate in that democracy just like. My grandmother was limited in her right to participate in democracy. We're going back to that same stage now so it looks like real just regressing.
Grant Stinchfield: Ronnie Johns Made a Secret Deal With Louisiana's Governor
"Follow him onto a stench field. Seventeen seventy six grant. Welcome back to america. I dr genes so get to beyond you so you went to a specific local story which was shocking and it's a levels of corruption. Which would you read tell it here for a millions of listeners across the nation so this was about the louisiana bill i take it. Is that what you're talking about. The guy who was on the the constitutional carry bill and then the guy who was offered the the game can emission a job. Just what will list magin. Nobody knows about this story because everybody needs to hear it. I am so glad you asked me about this. Because just today was announced as the gaming commissioner. I'm talking about state representative ronnie johns of louisiana This is a guy that made a secret deal with the governor to not show up to vote on constitutional carry which is the veto override session. So consider this dr g. The senate passed the bill. The house passes the bill. They have a democrat. Governor anti gun anti freedom governor in louisiana de vetoes the bill. Well he may say deal with this. Ronnie johns whitney surgery two weeks ago. Please don't show up that way. We can override the veto with a super majority. He made another deal with another guy there. Too for some bridge in his in his district and lo and behold what happens if fails in the veto session and just today. It is announced by the governor that ronnie johns will have the gaming commissioner seats Or spot as the gaming commissioner in the state of louisiana knows louisiana. The game commissioner is a very powerful position This is the height of arrogance. It's the height of trading political favors at the expense of the people that elected. You people should be outraged. And i actually think there ought to be an investigation. If it's not illegal it should
Texas Man Who Waited 6 Hours to Vote Arrested for Illegal Voting
"A Houston man who was arrested Friday for illegal voting is being held up as an example of racial bias in the Texas cash bail system. Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies reports her service. Rogers was the last person to vote in Texas last Super Tuesday. Now he's making news for different reason. The Texas attorney general arrested Rogers on charges of illegal voting because he was on probation. He's being held on $100,000 Bond. Texas State representative Joe Moody in El Paso Democrats said. There's a problem with that bail. He didn't commit a crime of violence here. Unknowingly voted. There is bias in our system. There is a desperate racial impact, mostly for black men. The proposed bail reform bill will make it harder for suspects to be released without a cash bond.
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Dire need for improve maternal fetal medicine and informational campaigns run eminent hygiene products. But it is shocking that in this country women are still being penalized and taxed for an item that is simply a necessity or essential product. I have to say even in corporate america. It is not uncommon to not see these being offered freely to employ so it's really rather shocking but would love to hear more about this from. Yeah so one of the things to this is actually turned out. So i used to sit next to a colleague of mine named brian elder. He's a lawyer and he was actually one of the sponsors of the bills the last term and of course we did not get a hearing and he was not able to serve again this term. I reach out to him and to his co. the other pair of bills. Because one removed sales tax one removes us tax is. There's two types of tax that we pay in michigan on on feminine hygiene products. And so i wanted to see you know who is going to take it up. And i asked. Can i partner with tunisia yancey. She's a democrat from harper woods. And she and. I introduced it this time because it was my seatmate who introduced it last time and so i thought it was a great bill when he introduced. And so i was very happy to support the reintroduction in my second term and it was really great to see that our governor introduced in her budget recommendations earlier this year a provision. That would end the michigan sales tax and use tax on menstrual products. It's also been introduced on the senate side so we have two bills on the house side in two bills on the senate side so we're waiting to see if we can follow twenty other states that exempt mental hygiene products from sales tax. There are states across the war across the country from alaska to washington on the west coast in california but connecticut in delaware and new york and new jersey on the east coast. So this is something that i think the mid west could take up. Ohio also has done it so has illinois so neighboring states in the midwest so michigan shouldn't be far behind if we want to be competitive with other states. We need to eliminate these this pig tax as we call it because their medical necessities and our state's taxation practices must be welcoming to those. Who menstruate i much so and we will be watching that. I truly hope that indeed that moves forward in michigan and you recently cosponsored a resolution alongside your house colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support of the nationwide thirty by thirty campaign to protect thirty percent of michigan's land and thirty percent of its water by twenty thirty not in researching for the show. I was shocked to find out that the united states is losing a football field of natural area. Every thirty seconds to some kind of development annadurai resident of troy and a former city of toy planning commission member..
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Wages. I also introduced with one of my colleagues bills. That would better support. And promote women in the workforce. I think that's a really important thing. And we add to the economy by being good workers and being involved in being eight wage earners right and so i really look for policies that others have asked me to to introduce that would enhance representation of women in the workplace women in corporate boards and making sure that i as a woman in the political space can better support women from the time. They're tempting to secure payment to win. They're looking to be leaders in those fields because it will support the growth in health of michigan's economy and also the overall workforce and you know help working families. I know that i was in my first term. I was the co-chair of the equal pay task force. It's still an issue that i care very much about. I really wanna see the gender wage gap ended and so i'm part of the progressive women's caucus in our legislature where we try to introduce and support legislation. That will help women and help working families right when women earn what they are a fair wage As they do when they belong to a union then we will build a better future for everybody and we need to have pay disparities eradicated right. I mean. I think that's really what we're trying to do. And so whether it's because you're a minority or because you're a female you shouldn't be earning less for the same job and so making sure that my voice is lifted on these things. I know as a woman in the workforce i didn't negotiate celery that were commensurate with what my male colleagues were getting. I wasn't good at negotiating. 'cause we teach women to be more acquiescent to be more accommodating and accepting and not rock the boat and so i think it's really important that given the position that i now hold that i can make those statements to support women and say we need better wages that we need to be paid fairly for that makes so much sense and it kind of leads me into my next question you on a few colleagues in the mixture in legislature are trying to get the sales tax feminine hygiene products repeal and this repre guns a third attempt to do so it has been coined the quote tampon tax. But the argument is being made that this represents money and rightfully so i might add. That could go into retirement. Go into education could go into savings for children's education at its religious and unnecessary tax. That takes us dollars out of women's pockets and governor gretchen. Whitmer is a huge advocate of this this well and have to say we certainly know that..
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"I would also add your devoted wife and mother and of course i just wanna hear we know women around the world juggle tax on a daily basis. I would like to hear more from you though about all that yet. Juggling is is in the name of the game. If i did not have a supportive spouse in support a family. I could not have started it when i decided to run. That was the first conversation. People had been encouraging me to run for public office for over ten years and i resisted because they really didn't like politics. I thought it was dirty but i heard very famous indian woman. Speak at a conference in delhi in two thousand thirteen in november. Her name is near molasses that she was asked the question. However you in politics because she was part of the the bjp and in government and she's now famous minister in india but she said in response to a question about. How did you get into politics. it's so dirty. She said well you're women you know had to clean it up get in there and clean it up and so that was sort of an inspiration to me that politics may not be the worst thing for me to go into but especially in two thousand seventeen as a sauce and things unfold here in the state of michigan and especially at the dc level. I realized politics is local again. My father the english professor always told me all politics is local and it was very involved in local issues in local activism. And so when i decided to run we had an outpouring of support from everybody in the community who saw both within the local community the two communities that i represent troy and clawson the two cities but also from the indian community across the region. Now one of the challenges i face is the immigrant community does identify with me which is a blessing. And it's a beautiful thing. Because i am the immigrant story right. We come here. We work so hard and we achieve so..
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Pomme welcome to the show. Thank you so much for having me again. Sonya it is an honor to be here with you and your listeners. At the dc woman podcast. I'll we are so excited to have you here. And i wanted to start with a bit about your journey to this country. We have a large number of listeners from indiana in particular and i know you came to this country for graduate school. I know that you came here briefly as a child and then again for graduate school and so would really enjoy your end where you are from an indian a bit about your journey to this country becoming a mechanical engineer a business analyst experience executive in early the manufacturing finance and now elected official for second term and the first indian and hindu to be elected to the michigan state legislature and spiring journey. That began began in india. That'd be here for me about much. So i actually was born not in where my parents are from. My mom is from regimen dri. My father is from ten ali and then whatever reason you know mothers women go home to their parents or their family to deliver a child so my mom went to. Her eldest brother was working in a city called lie. It was in madhya pradesh. Today it is in check. These cut so is born in july and then my dad had come to the united states in the wave of immigrants that came to study here in the late sixties early seventies and my mother and i followed him. My mom also did postgraduate work here. She's a biologist. She did her phd at the state university of new york at stony brook. And so after living here for so many years in northeastern part of the united states my parents decided. My brother was one year old. I was fifteen and we moved back to india so that they could take the education that they had acquired here and then helped their country. Now i spent eleven years here growing up when i landed in india. I do feel at home. I had an american accent had an american attitude. And so i think that it wasn't just the best age to move to shift cultures in this was pre internet so really had no idea what i was getting into and i would be very outspoken. I come from a traditional seth indian family and you know as the girl amongst many boy cousins. I would always end up arguing with them and associated a lot of the patriarchy that i experienced and that i confronted with
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Welcome back to another episode of a deysi woman. Podcast i am your host estonia. Go klay and the voices. I am seeking may have never been heard before but their stories deserve to be told. What is they see woman. She's a dynamic fearless and strong woman. She is your mother your grandmother your daughter your sister. She is every one of us who is on an endless pursuit of self empowerment and fulfillment. I am stone. Yoga klay and i am a deysi woman. Hello and welcome to another edition of a the woman. Podcast i am your host. Sonia go clay and today. We are so excited to be joined by michigan. State representative padma.
"state representative" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"News. NewsRadio, Kale, BJ. I'm John Cooley. This news of service of a Lumineers. Tonight is an audiology city of also voters approved both props A and B on the November ballot, probably city of also property taxes by about 25%. Overall, proponents say that should amount to a 4% tax hike. It'll go to kickoff Project Connect Capital Metro's Transit overhaul brought B is a 40 to $63 million proposal focused on things like sidewalks bypass, and it's looking like a few Austin City Council members are going to keep their jobs so far. Leslie Pool holds about 67% of the vote for her district. Seven C Cups member Great Bazaar has 67% of his vote in District four. Now for looking now for Robert Wood, who has an update on legislative and congressional races around Austin. We will start this half hour looking at state representative races across the Austin area. State representative District 45, which is down there in Hays County. For the most part, Aaron's Weiner is defeating, carry Isaac 53% to 47%. In state representative district 47 Vicky Goodwin keeps her lead over Justin Berry 51% to 47%. Several races have been decided. District 48 Donna Howard, keeping her seat. Along with a state representative District 49, Gina Hinojosa, winning reelection District 50 Celia Israel also winning reelection and district 51 Eddie Rodriguez winning reelection in the U. S. Senate race, Senator John Cornyn will be returning to Washington. For his fourth term in the U. S. Senate, defeating M. J Hagar this evening. US representative District 10 Michael McCaul maintains a small lead over Mike Siegel 50% to 48%. Pete Sessions wins election from district 17 in Congress US. Representative District 21 is now a dead heat tie 49%. For both Wendy Davis and Chip Roy. The incumbent, Roger Williams continues to lead his race 53% of 45% over Julie Oliver. And in the presidential race, Donald Trump maintains his lead over Joe Biden statewide. 51% to 47%. I'm Robert would use ready okay. LBJ 59 degrees Low. 49 Get Austin News on demand at NewsRadio. Kale BJ dot com This is live local 2020 election coverage on NewsRadio. K O B. J stay with us throughout the night for updates on all the key races from the presidential race to the Austin City Council races and the Big Light Rail issue. We will have you covered now. Here are your hosts Kenny Romeyer, Catholic calmly and Ellen Trucks, Claire and we're coming back to you this hour thanking you for being with us on this election night 2020 and some breaking news I just called by Fox News, Florida President Trump 51.3% to Joe Biden, 47.8% President Trump picking up 29 electoral votes in the key state of Florida, a state they said that he has to win. If he's gonna have a chance and s O the electoral count as it stands right now. Biden at 207 Trump at 1 48. Let's infact this news is just being discussed. The guy's on Fox News. The panel Brit Hume is speaking. Now, let's Let's dip into some of their reaction to this breaking news that appeared in a big A meaningful, big way. It appears that that's not happening, and I don't know how many people Everybody thought, I guess that he would do better among Hispanics and farther than he had before, but not to the extent that he has not had that man Dean tell the tale that he held his own with the seniors and did so well with with Hispanic voters, which may prove a trend it will see in other states as well Worry about the Senate here. Either way, this goes presidential races. Senate will be Critical on defective Joe Biden winds. In my opinion. If Joe Biden wins, it will be a benefit to him if the Democrats don't get to Senate and the reason I say that is that Biden will be under tremendous pressure from his party's left wing to act out the agenda that he agreed to with Bernie Sanders. Biden by temperament and instinct, I think don't want particularly want to do that. But he's not the strongest guy that ever lived and he will be under terrible if his party has control of everything. I think he'll be perilous. Resist that. If our the Republicans hold the Senate and will block that, I think that will leave him in better position. Going forward. That story is that if if if Trump wins And the Democrats controlled the Senate will be pretty stymied there between the House and the Senate for him going forward, And that would be true, even even if the Senate stays Republican. So you know everything went the next two years going to look like a lot of depending on how that a lot will depend on President Trump to win and lose the Senate. You know you'd be looking at the kind of history that we've seen from the house. Across both houses, and it's putting out of grid lock, which people may like with Florida. Florida is a is a must win state for President Trump. Absolutely alright. So of Florida's been called for President Trump and The Associated Press. Has just called California for Joe Biden, as the polls have just closed in California. No surprise there right that was widely expected to be a blue state, and that's A good reason why Joe Biden has jumped up pretty dramatically in the electoral count of as President. Trump got those 29 votes in Florida. Joe Biden got the mother lode of of the The votes there. And of the electoral count in California so that Trump didn't just win Florida. He won pretty convincingly after all, 51% Tio 47%, and it looks like you know, around 350,000 some votes. That's a That's a ballpark number, but it's in that range. Yeah, Yeah, seems like a pretty big margin there and I was going to say Right before you said that about the electoral college counts. I was going to say, Wow, This is the first time in this evening that Trump has the lead in electoral college. And you know, it didn't last very long, Almost like they waited to call Florida until they could count. California says Well, right, So s O Biden. I mean, looking at the street numbers, Biden has been in the lead. Family all night..
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"But the Auto industry could definitely we have GM and Ford and Chrysler all working on electric vehicles and improve fuel efficiency. So we really could do more and I think that Michigan State University is one of the world's best universities for Supply Chain management. I would love to see sort of a off work between industry and government and Academia to figure out how do you manage your supply chain so that you have a lower carbon footprint off. These are all things that we can do right here at the state level and you know, America's middle class was born here in Michigan. And we see that that middle-class dream is not accessible to so many people anymore. Whether it's the cost of college or job opportunities that provide a livable wage. Those are things that we need to look at here in Michigan. I'm sure every other state is doing it too long. As I said, we were the home of the American middle class at the turn of the century when the Auto industry started booming, and so I think it's time for us to look at ways that we can rebuild build back better as Vice President. Biden says, I think it's really important that we look at ways for making the promise of America accessible to all thank you so much. It's really inspiring and you've really given us a lot to think about her and I guess in closing. I just want to say that really thank you for joining us and you've got our support and we can't wait to see a lot will be happening in the next few months. Let's put it that way, but I know just absolute.
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Vulnerable someone who is different someone who is not you know that those who are less fortunate and so differently-abled and so always having that I and I think that's really it's been a very interesting life experience. I can only imagine and I think that you know, it's interesting you kind of already touched on this subject and related to my next question. But you know for many Americans who are US citizens of those of us that are immigrants to this country being engaged politically might be composed of selecting the party affiliation or particular candidate and then casting one vote. It's very different job. On a daunting Endeavor or Prospect for someone to consider going from being a private citizen to entering a public wage for Canada see and then winning your election and serving as an elected official and so, you know, you referenced some of it but what made you interested in entering this often challenging Arena public service and giving up some of that privacy? Yeah, so I had always been a volunteer opportunity as you rightly acknowledged. I had you know, I started out with moving to Troy twenty-two years ago and then realizing that it was really important to volunteer in the community to give back if you wash strong Community you volunteer and you help it Thrive and so I volunteered first and Temple then as my daughter entered kindergarten in the schools and then eventually exactly as a result of nine eleven and seeing people racially profiled at the airport people who look like me and colleagues and friends and my you know community in and so I've off Here in the city with the ethnic issues Advisory Board and then that volunteering just kind of expanded because you know, my parents had a great example of serving wage and people around me that I was close to also where my father's best friend is a conquering a Catholic from Mangalore and he also he and his wife also were very considerate of others and did a lot of charity work. And so, you know, I volunteered and so that volunteering led me to be asked many times. Why don't you consider running off and running for mayor running for school board running for city council was like now I don't do politics. I don't like politics and I in two thousand the early 2000s before Obama. I had helped a local candidate for County Commission. Somebody introduced us. He's a young guy who's very was on the Consumer Protection Bureau and just I really liked him and so I went door-to-door for him and it didn't log. A friend so it wasn't doing it alone. And then the following election cycle in 2008. My daughter wanted a volunteer with the Obama campaign and I was not so sure who was so, you know, I was interested in presidential politics. I read the local Troy times cover to cover but you know president was way far away from me, right but young child you humor your children and not humor, but you encourage your children off and so I volunteered with the Obama campaign along with my daughter and then eventually I realized as I was volunteering and advocating and sort of complaining to my state representatives that they weren't funding at public education properly. When I saw Betsy DeVos get confirmed as a secretary of education. This is the India that I left right where your crony and you get a pointed to something. Um you gave money to a political party and you got a point it to something whether or not you had the qualifications and that's what I didn't like and I was like, you know, you have to fix that and you can't fix that at the national level you have to start at the local level. So if somebody has a problem with what's going on at the national really you have to look at what is happening at the Grassroots and state funding for public education had been cut for many many years here in the state of Michigan and money had been given to Charter Schools. And so I said, let me work at the state level. In fact congresswoman Rashida tlaib. I met her back in December 2013 and she was she said to me, you know, Stephanie Chang is running. She was term-limited for a State Rep seat. And Stephanie Chang is a Asian-American. She's the fog. American she's a daughter of immigrants and she said why don't you run? In Troy Stephanie was running in Detroit and it's an honor. I can't do that. I got kids in school. I got a job. I'm happy. I was working at Chrysler very excited about the project. I was working on well fast forward 2017 watching a divorce get confirmed. I wasn't working at Chrysler and I wasn't sure my kids were both in college and I said, you know what I can do this. So I talked to my family and I thought you know, I always thought because I did all this Interfaith work that I was about pluralism and politics is binary, you know, it's republican or democrat or you win or you lose but to me, everybody was losing when Betsy DeVos headed education at the national level somebody who doesn't have any educational background or qualifications. And so I thought that representing my community in my my Troye and Clausen communities really we we have great Public Schools, they need money, but they need to be funded adequately and I thought if I go there I can make sure that our budgets reflect our priorities and so and I thought I can bring my pluralism into it. And so I I took that plunge. I mean if immigrants are risk-takers immigrants are usually entrepreneurs they serve in the military. They do a lot of things that require a whole lot of courage and I think that that's something that I found within myself because I wanted to make sure that all children have opportunity. I think that's wonderful and I can't wait until the exact test series is released because the one commonality I'm hearing and it's just it's quite amazing between yourself and I speak to Mayo show body of Manhattan, Kansas and, Missouri. NASA senator from Washington State and oh you it seems like a nurse Stories the thought comes to whether someone suggests it to you to run or you perhaps too long around you and seemed the story that inspired you were perhaps someone's put into a position that you may not be qualified for and and that frustrates you and then it takes off but it organically comes to you when the time is right and sometimes that in your case, it may have been years. Some of them it's weeks months but it's fascinating the way that works. It's not instantly you wake up one day and I'm running that's it. But it's something that sits in your mind and then it's amazing. You have the courage to follow through with it. I think also that women have to be asked me many times before they run. That's what they say. It's not just they see women or brown women. It is women in general have to be asked multiple times before they take the e The the risk to run we we always second-guess ourselves in doubt ourselves. And I think that's really lack of exposure to seeing other women. We don't think I deserve to run we don't think we're qualified with you know, that self-doubt that's such a great Point. Absolutely and there's no question. We're in an era of unprecedented divisiveness in the US as a walk-in social injustice Politics the upcoming presidential election and it just never ends that you think that we're at a place were maybe people recognize social injustice is happening. And then what's happening now in Louisville and actual one of the interviews I have is with state representative mean approach Harmony who is based in Louisville. So sending our thoughts to her and the City of Louisville, but I guess you know what I want to ask you is what are you seeing that gives you hope for this country and future Generations, whether it be amongst your constituents, so the younger generation of emerging wage And future voters, I would offer that your story that you shared is in and of itself. So hopeful for the first Indian immigrant and first Hindu to serve in the Michigan State Legislature, but would love to hear from you what you're hopeful about. Yeah. So children children or gives me hope I mean tagore said that every child comes with it the message that God has not yet given up. Hope on man. Right? And so I think that I really feel him when.
"state representative" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Welcome back to another episode of a Desi woman podcast. I am your boss is Sonia go cry and the voices I am seeking may have never been heard before but their stories deserved to be told what is they see woman? She's a dynamic fearless and strong woman. She is your mother your grandmother your daughter your sister. She is every one of us who is on an endless pursuit of self-empowerment and fulfillment. I am Sonia go clay and I am a Desi woman. Hello and welcome to another edition of a Desi woman podcast. I am your host Sonia go play and today I am excited to be joined by Michigan State Representative wage copper, is serving her first term representing Michigan's 41st house district and serves as assistant minority whip for the house Democrats representative Cup champions issues for several caucuses, including labor education and mental health. She serves as co-chair at the progressive women's caucus month equal pay task force to you as the co-chair of the Asian Pacific American caucus historian of the Michigan legislative Black Caucus and a member of the my lifetime Council and the prescription drug task force couples background also includes extensive work as an engineer and project manager in the private sector. Spanning the Automotive Financial and it Industries. We are also delighted that Padma took time from a busy campaign schedule to join us today. That's always a group of time. I'm sure and welcome to the show Padma. Thank you so much Sonia for having me here on a Desi woman. I'm really honored as of the AC woman to to be here with you and get to talk about my journey the political life wonderful. Wonderful. Yeah. I know thank you so much. And so, you know representative about your story is truly quite remarkable and I think a source of inspiration for not only indian-american women, but all women in this country and it is one of the reasons I actually sought you out for an interview firstly you immigrated to this country from India as a child went back to India as a teenager and then returned back to the US to pursue graduate school more than 30 years ago as an Indian American woman was born and raised in this country. I find that part of your formative years extremely interesting because our listeners may not appreciate how that may have shifted your perspective as young woman given the vast differences between two countries and you know, there's no question that this bicultural and immigrant experience is a departure from the background of most us politicians. And so that's my main question how has this experience enabled you to offer a unique perspective as a politician and policymaker? Sure. So first I want to say I never saw myself as a politician but as a public servant this is my journey of Public Service. My parents came here when I was less than four. I started kindergarten and I always knew I look up different when I first arrived in this country. I couldn't even speak English very well. I remember my cousins. I used to make fun of me. I would say Miss Miss multitude. So mrs. Obviously English is the word for nib or the point of a pencil in Telugu, which is my mother tongue and then suit means it's broken which was I was trying to get a teacher that my pencil is broken. So that was that was how I landed here without having really a strong command of English and being more comfortable. Actually. My mom says I spoke three or or Indian languages at that time all of them, you know as a four-year-old would but wow that's and so when I arrived and I knew I was different my mom sent me to school with, you know oil in my hair and have been the same forehead and two braids with ribbons at the end and homemade close cuz my father and she first of all she was a homemaker and then my father was well, he wasn't a professor. He retired as an English Professor, but he was a grad student. And so then she also became a grad student so they didn't have a lot of money so she sold all my clothes and so I was always the other I was always sort of you know, I lived in a university town. So my parents were educated and that was not a problem and they supported me throughout whatever education I pursued. This was in Stony Brook New York, but I I always knew I was different and when we moved to India after eleven years of living here by then, I figured I'm an American even I look in the n and you know, I come I have this third culture going down, right they call it the third culture kid when you live in one culture and your home is a different culture you as a child of immigrants or sometimes its military brats or whatever. It is will call third culture kids. And so I was a third culture kid and then we moved to India. I had a younger brother who was one my mom had finished her PhD and I I thought I could pursue anything else I wanted to and unfortunately because I was a girl and I wanted to pursue math so I could come back to United States cuz my mom said America loves Engineers. I was again the other because I thought Is the girl in a predominantly male profession? And then I came back to United States and I realized that seven years of living in India because I lived in India from 1981 till 1988. I had changed I had been exposed to them what I call a pluralism of product and I had a new perspective on you know, who I was and so I knew I was American but I also knew that there is a part of me that is very deeply connected to the spiritual homeland of India and learned a lot from my grandmother's I would take them to temples and my you know, so I came home and I knew I was the other so I think that really enabled me to be more sensitive to the needs of those who are more vulnerable and that also as a mom I volunteered a lot with my kids not feel otherwise, and so that led me to volunteer more in the community both in the temple in the schools. And that's what really inspires job. Me to run for public office was the fact that I thought every child deserves an education and that was what brought me to this place and then what has helped me as a legislator since I've been elected is that same consideration of someone who is more.
"state representative" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Long musk is ticked off that he can't open his factory he is dying it was nobody's factory some state representatives tells him to go get almost set a state representative told him zero Ilan mosque you on muscle you don't will screw you I'm going to take my factory nomina moving out here so you have the left turning on a popular American hero the guy that manufactures and sells Tesla's I think I think it's some teachable moment but I think he won mass you unless the need to be taught I think he's already figured out what an albatross around his neck liberalism is but this if he hadn't figured out then this this would be his come home event where he learns what dealing with the laughter really is all about he wants his business open he wants his factory open Tesla wants to start making cars the factories in Fremont telling him they're telling him I can't tell you what they're telling him I really I. state Rep not not even not even a member of Congress I'll state wacky some irritable angry state representative woman is telling him to go blank himself and over all of this so here he is out of sorts to because he's he engaged Richard Branson they've all figured out that they're not going to be able to get to Mars before they die so there's one.
"state representative" Discussed on Discover Lafayette
"I think so when I when I hear from them and certainly You know their support for life and and things of that nature so yeah I think Karen Chrome one particular. I know your district is much larger than that. I always think Catholic so for you to be baptist. I was like Oh this is interesting. I is funny I we. We joked a little bit about that when I was running and you know people would ask me about it and of course it. It got kind of interesting because of course we have a really big horse industry in in the district. And so they're like. Oh you're baptist you. You're going to mess with all of our gambling or whatever you know with like obviously with the horse track and stuff and I said look. I'm not on some crusade. They'd like tariff archer industry is going to be fine. You know but no look I mean we we. We serve the same God and I've never ever seen any issues with that as far serving the people and Garin grow areas though when Julie. We're here in the office is a raider as you got. The tour met the Minister of Christmas. And they also have Jason Sikora who tapes our podcast and I know you have questions or look at my notes here. I'll start with this some comments first of all thank you for being here at Raider and undiscovered Lafayette. This is awesome and I really liked. I know you said just call us because that's also one of our values here this. Just call us. Customer Service. Line government is right Mer service. Yeah you mentioned also millennials and taxes. But I'M GONNA say it's the same for us. Gen xers too. I just got my parish in city home tax bills. And today as well yeah exactly big silent more more money here come under the right now right exactly early December Jen. You kind of mentioned this a little bit in. I want to just reiterate that everybody of all ages should make voting a priority. And make sure you do your homework. Don't just go in there blindly and check off. Some things expend an hour reading through everything. That's all it takes and do your best to go meet the people because you may not be able. If you don't live in New Hampshire Iowa you may not be able to meet all the presidential candidates but for everything locally and even people running statewide office. They're they're here. They're out of vents. They're trying to meet you so take those opportunities even even when they walk around our neighborhood. I'll step outside and shake your hand and take your pamphlet. Certainly all right questions here you talk about getting into politics and how it was just an open door but was there a personal drive to get into it or did you just dive in like I. Ah I like to think of myself as a very driven person. You know if I'm if I'm going to make a decision to do something I'm GonNa do it like with both feet in and just like jump headfirst but yeah. I don't know that there there was really ever a drive to say. I definitely want to run for office but I did enjoy being involved involved. You know I got like I got pretty involved in college. Just you know in the party and then in different local politics and things like that And I saw the importance of it early on you know the the actual aspect of running I think was still especially in my young twenty's was obviously like very foreign to me because I didn't other than my grandfather like I said when he was mayor and he stopped being mayor when I was four so I don't remember member at all so other than that. I really didn't have anybody in my life had run for office so I thought that was hard. It is hard but I I mean. I didn't think it was like a barrier that I can do my interesting. And that's why I asked it because even as somebody his forties we've done a ton of different jobs. There's there's sometimes a drive to do it and sometimes you just say us and see what happens. What's the best and worst? Part of politics You know it's funny. I I told him the other day. I've I feel like in politics. You meet some of the absolute best people and some of the absolute worst people in the world and you know fortunately in the legislature look do have a few bad apples like sure you know and and do you have some people that are just absolutely there for the wrong reasons and you get frustrated with them like sure but for the most part people in like they're going to make mistakes and they're gonNA make bad decisions but they're typically there because they really love their community they really want to serve. They love their state And that's look. Yeah I mean I know everybody wants to think the opposite of everyone but that's what I found I've I've made some some really great friends along the way I had some really great mentors along the way and you know have really appreciate that and so and look I mean you can get really hurt you know and you can trust some some people that have no very nefarious reasons for doing what they do. So that's hard when we find out that somebody you thought was your friend to actually turns out to be at all. But that's you know that's that's life as well. I was thinking I asked this question to most of our guests mm-hmm because we've had counselors on here doctors and my wife's a teacher so ask those questions and it's the same thing you want to help the drivers to help. And that's what you stay where you are. But you're gonNA hit some roadblocks and that is the downfall of it. Where can people get more information about you a number of ways you? You know my website campaign wise. Julian Dot Org If you go on facebook and twitter Julia Emerson or Julia Merson. La Email address is Emmerson J. at Legis dot L. A. Dot Gov that goes to our office phone. The numbers three three seven. Eight eight six five three one four. Okay all right so two more questions here. What are some good resources for listeners? Who want a good unbiased? Look at what's going on in politics. I'm putting you on the spot. Oh man cable what do you like you. You know I do like cable. I honestly I would tell you and this certainly not going to be those unbiased thing but follow. Oh you're elected officials series. I mean clearly we all have our political persuasions and everything But I think it's our responsibility to educate educate the public on what we're doing Obviously you can go on the legislative website and read it for yourself I do think par- is Great. I do think cables good The in in you know it's it's kind of funny like you WanNa say basically whatever you want to believe you can find some kind of outlet back you up on it but I think if you have real questions about legislation I really do think that you should try to call your elected officials. I mean if they don't answer the phone call me and I'll text them and be like what the Heck's wrong with you I know but but but seriously I I really I appreciate the people in my district who who follow what I do. who comment on things on mm facebook who email me who call me? Text me Idea my very best. Give everybody the pros and cons. I can only vote one way on a bill up or down. I guess I could abstain. But that's not very nice and so you know we can only we can only pick one of two ways and but I'll be happy to explain to them. Why voted a a certain way and then why other people voted their way? So I knew I was going to put you on the spot with that question but you answered it amazingly so thank you. Thank you final question. If you were doing this what would you be doing. You Know I. I really enjoy what I do and like my my normal professional life. I you know we we do a lot of I mean we do marketing. Really I mean you know. Media Bison and and what speaks to people and we do it for businesses and organizations ends and we do a lot of polling as well to try to understand how people are feeling and so. That's what I mean. I'm I'm with you. I'm always interested in. It's so hard to get young people people to answer polls. It's kind of indicative of like how they vote is well But we do. We have started doing a lot of text polling as well L. to try to younger people will definitely more. Yeah they don't get frustrated. Somebody's texting them. They're weird it some- yes but I mean for the most part they're like Oh okay like because I think a lot of people complain like we'll nobody ever asked me about my opinion. You know so you have this people who will tech back like profanity's fantasies and it's really terrible people back like they'll absolutely answer every question. Yeah so yeah I mean yeah I think I would probably I be doing more of that. I think I'm involved in politics in the legislature. Also because I just I enjoy humans and human interaction and human nature and I'm trying to understand where people are coming from And so I guess like my love of that you know. Running for office in politics ended up being a natural fit for me but yeah just I think it's just really entertaining. You know. I like not entertaining bad way. But you have one hundred and five members of the House and they come from one hundred and five different parts of the state and one hundred and five different backgrounds and experiences and everybody brings something different to the table and has different motivations and trying to figure out what those motivations are is part of. What makes it interesting? That sounds like this office. Well thank you for being here. This is this has been awesome and Jim Of course thank you for letting me ask some questions. Thank you so much. We'll besides her Jason Jason. Thank you besides living humans. I know you love dogs right and cat hat and facebook. Tell us about them quickly. Oh you know my dog. Oh Wow that's durable that's cute. He's showing me his tattoo of his dog organ cat yes. Oh my dog's name. Is Louis like Louisiana real cheesy and stuff So he's he's greatest golden retriever. Seven months old. He's a very good boy He's actually getting groomed right now so I gotta go pick him up a little bit and then migrating the cat's name is Nelson. He was arrested. Kitty that actually ended up picking up one day when I was in South Carolina going to class and anyways long story. Sorry but I found him and I ended up bringing them home because he didn't have anywhere to go. So that keep you grounded. Yeah absolutely absolutely. They're great when Julie Emerson. Thank you for taking time to join us again. Julie Emerson serves as state representative for district thirty nine which is northern Lafayette parish southern Saint Landry parish and of course serving as you do you represent the whole state..
"state representative" Discussed on Discover Lafayette
"I actually did a video on facebook. Then kind of was talking about young people being engaged in the Republican Party and conservative politics And of course you know I got hit on a little bit what she expects you know you do something within political but it really when I talk to my friends. They're not like hyper partisan either way honestly they're more like hey we're just trying to make it and when the government gets in our way we get really frustrated so of course to me being the conservative kind of liberty minded minded person. I am unlike we'll out obviously means you're a republican conservative. But really maybe not. They're like fine. I don't care like I'll be Republican. Publican I'll be a democrat. I really just want you all to get out of my way. And that's like the overwhelming sentiment. I hear you know we have all of these. You know this the generation that I'm a part of that everybody just likes to hit on every now and then you know but we're we're sick and tired of it because you have You went to college and for a lot of people racked up a lot of student debt. Then you get out of college and you know people want to call US Lazy People WanNa WanNa say we overspend too much and all this kind of stuff but but at the end of the day it's like you have all these new things and all these responsibilities that you have in your racking up all this debt and you're trying to work in an economy that's Thankfully getting a little bit better but frankly in Louisiana is not really great right now and it's hard and so when you're constantly getting you know you got to you got to pay this tax and that tax and then you gotTa go pay this fee to get your license to work here and it's a lot you know and I'm obviously oversimplifying it. Right now but but into pretty much it yeah. And it's not just millennials. Should I think it's just a common sense thing. Yeah to have to have all those hours to learn how to break here. It's not like they're learning you know Engineering or or something. Where people's lives are at stake? How did that come out? What was the outcome of your? So kind of like we're talking about is take several well years. Pass the hair braiding Ville got killed. We ran a bill on Flora's licenses that also got killed So finally we did. We did a bill that talked about reviewing all the current licenses. And just hey look. Let's just review everything. Let's take some time you know because obviously I got a lot. Lot Of flack from people. If all you're just trying to ram this through and you know you need to go talk to the people in the industry so look I'm I'm I'm always willing to listen to every side. I try not to rush to too much judgement on anything so took a step back and said Hey. Let's let's have a conversation about about it. Let's do some review and Actually worked with the governor's Office on that and they've actually been doing it. I've gotten some reports on it. So yeah yeah well How Oh you know you? You mentioned the young voters one of the reasons I wanted you on the show was to talk about increasing voter engagements mom you had mentioned to me. That the fifty to sixty nine year olds really. I guess we kind of really universe as far as who goes to vote. Yeah and I know a lot of much. Older people are very religious about if they can't can't make it. They'll mail their ballots in but in this last election it may have been representative of past trends only about twenty five percent at least locally. I didn't look at it. Statewide but very few younger people voted in the primary and the runoff. What what are your thoughts on that and look I? I think it's a number of things. I think that you know. Young people are really busy. They have young families And I think because of that They also just don't have time to pay. Hey attention a whole lot as well. I think that you know it's kind of this. I'm certainly not trying to say this for everybody but I think it's just kind of human nature like as you get older. Your kids are getting older because to get out of the house. Do you have a little bit more time to pay attention You've seen you've also been able to see over the past two or three decades. Hell things have changed and it causes you concern so you get more involved So I think that's really what drives I don't WanNa say old people or older people but that category area people to go vote and for young people. I think it's you know you haven't seen this. Gigantic impact. Yet and Howell. The government either positively or negatively affects you and it's just not on the priority list You mean as far as like paying taxes and actually running businesses right right. Yeah but I just think that like you know I mean I talked about earlier. About how many of my friends are like. Hey get government out of out of the way you know But I I think you do see people who small businesses young people who have small businesses. They obviously see it more. They see the of the taxes and regulation but again. They're they're still there. They're just they're busy. They might have kids who are in a- Jillian sports and they're running all over the place trying to get them there because they're trying to be good parents parents or whatever it may be a priority seat in my own family and my brother is Okay I'm really a big tash right. Now he's GONNA thirty nine next year so you know I mean. He's got three young kids and I've always like texting him. Don't forget tomorrow he's like. Oh yeah you know so yeah I just I think it's I think it's an issue and I think also you referenced it earlier sting there are peers and younger people paul running can be an incentive. You know if there's something they can get excited about. Oh like my friend. WHO's thirty five or whatever is running I wanna go vote for them and I think that the issue there is in both parties or no party or whatever it is you have this mentality of next man up. I mean we have that we've had that mentality for ages you know. Oh I've waited my turn. It's my turn so I'm GonNa do it And honestly I think that if I I had grown up wanting to run for office you know I probably would have had to have waited my turn. And isn't that ironic for me. It was just something that I was like. Hey there's a there's an open door here and I'm going to be crazy enough to jump through it and I had to run against an incumbent to do it. Who was is also young right and so I think for most people? It's just the they don't take that leap. They're just like well. I'm going to wait until it's safe because I don't want to lose or whatever So I think if you know if if we can encourage more young people to run I think that can go a long way in helping younger people get out to vote as well. No I've seen in my family family. We have two daughters one's twenty seven and one's twenty and they both vote you know in every election unless there's some fluke thing Kelly's shoe but she came in for both the primary primary and the runoff this this past fall but we always talk about the issues at home and I don't know if it's because we encourage them and we we don't. We don't vote of like we don't really fight. But we do have some spirited discussions about you know who we each think is the best candidate especially at at the national level. I'm an outlier in our house but It's just been interesting but I think we've just always kind of made it something that was part hard of our family because I was active in like you and your family. I think your family now is probably that heightened awareness. Yeah 'cause you're like in their face going did you make it you. You know you have to go do they. Can they vote for you. Pay Parents are like my noisiest. Constituents my my brother and my sister in law and his family do not but Yeah Yeah Yeah So. It's just I I just was really crestfallen when I looked at the numbers because I thought I believe if we're GONNA have changed. I WANNA see Louisiana rise from the bottom mm-hmm because we we don't our rankings. Don't represent who we are but yet the numbers speak for themselves as far as quality of life issues and education and all. I really believe that we need more young involvement to stand up and say like you're saying retired. Does we want whatever so I just wanted you to kind of address that and anything you can do as an elected official encourage you and I guess anybody listening. That's all it's we're all responsible to size are privilege you know. It's funny because when and I was telling people that because the reason I say baby of the House is because apparently in the UK that is an actual parliamentary term the youngest member of parliament in the UK. Okay is is the baby of the House really. I think Nancy Landry found that out and she started calling me the baby of the House. But you know when I told people might. I'm so so excited to learn that I'm not the youngest anymore and they're like oh no that's pretty cool. You know yes true. It's cool but I really want young people there you know and I've have and I've tried to work with as many groups as as I can to try to encourage young people to run. I know that I saw several people. Several younger people run and neither to run all for loser losing a runoff or whatever it was and it is difficult because it's difficult to get funding because you don't have the connections is that maybe someone who's you know twenty or thirty years older might have So that is that is one really big barrier That I've that I've found in you know I just I'm really I'm blessed and I'm very lucky to have kind of gotten to the situation that I did because I didn't have a ton of money either certainly couldn't sell fund and I had to just scrap like crazy to raise money but it's a real problem now that I see it I'm like like wow I am very very lucky that I was able to make the connections that I did in order to do it because it's tough and I think motivating evading them and squeezing running into office or even being engaged into people's schedules is just harder and harder these days right and I appreciate you doing this because I think it's a big part of it just awareness inconveniently putting it out there it just broke my heart I I I don't know how to describe it. I was just I want you know. I guess people people make a difference. Every vote matters and Just WanNa leave that with that message. Well as we winding down I wanted wanted to get into you or not. Just a legislator. But you're active in your church I interactive at First Baptist Church and are you still on the board of the Southern Baptist theological. Oh Hey am seminary. Am It's funny thing. I'm definitely the youngest person there as well it was down. Beer was do my the best but if it was it was a really interesting thing and I'm really. It's an awesome experience to be able to be on that board way more than I even even thought I actually got nominated seven years ago. Now I think to to do it and it's not going to bore you with all the processes of the Southern Baptist World but basically I got nominated rules then. Yeah no I got allocated for that and I began my tenure on the board in about twenty thirteen. Of course. Dr El Molar is the president of the seminary. And he's you know he's quite an important figure at least in the in the faith-based world and so really respect him and enjoy getting to know him you know just kind of a cool thing that God set up for me there but when I decided to run for office here the Speaker of the House and Mississippi was actually the chairman of the board of the southern said about logical seminary and it was cool because he I heard I was running and he said Oh. Let me talk to you about this for a little. I don't like TV kind of make a mistake but that was just a cool kind of mentor. Ship thing kind of guided me along the way. Okay and was one of my first donors so that was that was really cool too but Yeah I it's it's it's a great thing to be able to sit there and just discuss the direction election of the faith based world as well in that community Yeah very important and I'm very honored to be on that board. Does your faith drive your conservative. The values yeah. I think I think I would be remiss in saying that it didn't but I think that you know if you are strong personal the faith I think it does guide a lot of aspects of your life and so the fact that I am in the legislature and I am person of faith I mean absolutely I think my face gives me because I think it should guide every aspect of your life You know and I think that that's also you know. A big part of what guides guides people in my district is well..
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"I think that's interesting with what you know. People complain about President Trump's twitter all the time but I think that being that people full enjoy the most about it is they feel like the president of the United States even though sometimes it may not be in the friendliest language he's able to directly communicate. Hey with the American public and I think that's what the electorate really wants. They want access to you as their elected official. Because you're the one with the name on the door and you're the one who is out. They are voting and trying to help them so I don't mind it. I mean a lot of times. I'll talk to someone and then I'll send if it's an issue that that my sister can handle with with our legislative liaison at the Department of Health for example She'll take care of it but Yeah I think people people people sometimes I think are afraid of the public calls because they think people are going to be mad at them but always find that if you answer the phone if you talk to them if you listen. They just won't help nope rhinos. They just need assistance. So I I really I don't I don't mind it. What kind of things do people call you about? What are some of the types of calls should get? It's literally just across the board you know ban on the difference between state they don't But but he I I always tell everybody if you have a question about government just call me okay. Okay because if it's if it's a congressional issue I will send it to Congressman Higgins Office or actually. My district has three different members of Congress than it actually adds Johnson Higgins and Abraham all intersect all district. Yeah so so I try to figure out. I basically know the lines. I try to figure out where they live. And you know. Send it to the respective offices but You know I mean that's kind of part of my the job as well as knowing the breakdown of government who handles what You know and and obviously we do have things in the local levels as well that will refer to the city or or whatever it may maybe so yeah but when we have everything from you know immigration issues that obviously I'll refer to the federal level to a lot of Medicaid issues you already disability Just different different things like that. You know the issues so do people call you Julia about legislation. Like do they call about. I want To See less regulation or this bills coming up in this is how I feel feel. Do you get a lot of following the issues. You know so legislature's session so obviously during session at ramping I was. I was actually discussing this with my assistant the other day. She was kind of telling me the time line of how it usually works with email flooding into the office. But just like Whoa. You know we'll be going into a new year and come mid February February or so. We'll start getting them. All people start seeing the bills that are coming out and beyond we get everything from form letters that special interest groups will put together gather to try to get their supporters and advocates to send Obviously you get the personal emails and personal phone calls. Yes I will have some things that will go on in the district strict that somebody says. Hey you should probably call your state rep about that they can help you with the bill. we kind of call them. Constituent request bills So that way I always always offer for them to come and testify on behalf of whatever their issue was and in that committee you will which is honestly one of my favorite things to do Most most people are really really afraid to do that to show up and get in front of rain but it's not after they do it. They like who that was crazy. But still fun and exhilarating at the same time you know because they bet is really citizen government. You know someone going going to the legislature and making their voice heard. So here's a limit on how many bills you can file. Not In the general sessions. So we're going into general session this coming year and we unlimited amount of bills that we that we can author except for the fiscal bills so next year. Unless unless there's a special obsession called we won't be able to author any bills or introduce any bills that have to do with a tax increases or even decreases for that matter Anything related into revenue Except for we do have a budget every year so we have annual budget and then the next year in the Let's see twenty two okay. So twenty twenty one. That'll be the fiscal year. And we'll be able to do an unlimited amount of fiscal bills but then only five other mills. Yeah I used to lobby and it was always interesting to me. And I worked in government also. But you'd see these trends of issues would come up and it would take some times about out ten years out here from people that had been there way before me that you know. There's really no new issues but maybe sure specifics will change. But it can take back a while for bill to actually are a issue to be resolved by the legislature a lot of compromises in hearing over and over. And so you'll have like a couple thousand bills filed but not that many that actually are passed and signed by the governor. You still have several hundred you know. They'll they'll come out actually signed. Yes absolutely you'll have typically between fifteen hundred and two thousand bills with one hundred and five members of the House and the thirty thirty nine members of the Senate you know all maxing down on their bills and so yeah it can get really crazy. Thankfully we do. Have the committee process that kind of flushes out. Sometimes the there's always the running joke that it only takes one session to pass a bad bill and sometimes you know ten years to pass a good one says are the ones I always liked the good bills worse absolutely. So what committees do you serve on so currently I serve on appropriations education and agriculture. That's pro- some of those. Ah Appropriations was it was. It was fun you know. I told the speaker that I was really interested in trying to get on there to really learn the budget process and kind of get that ball rolling Hopefully where I could you know. Try to do some of that in the future as well. I think the more people that you have knowledgeable of the budget the better because it's always the the big ticket item right And it's it's wild sitting in those appropriations meetings. Sometimes we They're they're long and so many needs and say rush limbaugh and then you have to make those decisions I From my experience I was for a time undersecretary at the secretary of State's it's office and deputy secretary and the career Employees really knew what the budgets needs for that department. I and I know a lot of the appointed people you have to trust the people that have been running the Department here in your out because it you know each department has got certain needs but then with our budget woes the past few years. There's so many needs that are just unmet. And it's got to be frustrating for you listening. You know seeing what we could do and yet realizing waist and also you know maybe the priorities that have been set in the past limited what you can actually do to fund things. Sure and I think it's it's it's interesting. Because I I am a proponent of term limits but that that is one negative aspect of it of you lose you lose the the seniority and the knowledge of Being there you know 'cause I may. I got on appropriations after my third year and so I only have two years experience in appropriations and then you know even even if I sit on it for the whole term next time You know obviously you know everybody wants to leadership and everybody wants to be a chairman of something. So that happens wouldn't be on appropriations anymore but if it doesn't which until they find with but if it doesn't then that would be four more years and then even going into my last term you're like barely scratching rushing the service there so you know like I said I think the positives of term limits outweigh the negatives but that is one negative aspect of you give you have a lot more knowledge with the people who have been there You know civil service or or you know appointee non appointees that have been there for a while. So what do you see coming up in twenty twenty. Are there any issues. Will there be any new issues with the government being reelected and you know super majority Republican legislature glacier. Wha what are you anticipate. I think it'll be interesting to watch. Honestly I know. He's put out a list of a few priorities that he has you know. I've only run across one of his staff members At a at a orientational thing that the capital and she mentioned something about trying into some of the licensing reform issues that I worked on this term Certainly I'd be happy about that. That one area that can kind of come together and agree with the governor's Office on Contrary to popular belief we actually do enjoy those times where we actually have something. We all agree on in license form. You WanNa uh no. You've helped some industries expound on that for sure So you know I think the sort of been a little bit of a national movement as well well I got interested in it just because of something that was going on locally with a lady in my area that had come to me She owned a cosmetology school and she had run across the issue. The Hareb Raiders. And then she knew of an organization that had kind of been working on and this In several states and they had hundreds of hours of requirements. It was so weird you know I got honestly okay. I got picked on a lot because of it. Like oh you're desirer. They're working on hair braiding or something but honestly I think it was. It was indicative much larger problem of people. Oh having to basically we get the government's permission to work In in something you know as simple as hair braiding and But the bigger problem there was was that they had to have the the five hundred hours to get the license but there was no school in the area or even the state at the time that actually taught the curriculum. So you have all of these people operating illegally. You know because they can't get the hours and then after we did the bill that year of course a school suddenly started offering the curriculum but he was at a thousand hours. Eleven thousand dollars dollars. Eleven thousand to learn hair. Yeah Yeah in a school in New Orleans so you look. I mean that was. That was very frustrating to me and I obviously I know the people on the other side would tell you that. I'm Oh using little conjecture here but to me it was very simple of look. I mean I think this is something that is a little bit of government overreach and you know honestly it's kind of like going rabbit trails but it's actually a really good segue into what we were talking about earlier with young people being involved because when I talked to my friends in their twenties and thirties I don't you might have seen a couple of years ago..
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"Julia was first elected in two thousand fifteen and recently re elected to serve another four year term in active Republicans. Since her high school days she worked with the Republican Party of Louisiana and attended the two thousand eight twenty twelve twenty sixteen state and national conventions. She currently serves as an elected member. The Republican State Central Committee. And I just found out recently until recently. Julie's served as the youngest member of the Louisiana legislature and she was the youngest Republican female ever elected to the Louisiana legislature. She's been recognized as one of the fifteen most persuasive millennial legislators in the US juuling unlike to welcome you to discover Lafayette. Thank you so much used to be here. Yeah I had my spiel altogether and you corrected me and said after after the last election there is now a younger guy that serving from the New Orleans area in the legislature. Matthew Willard I believe is his last name and haven't haven't been able to meet him yet. But I met a few of my new colleagues a couple of weeks ago in Baton Rouge and and they were telling me that he was young but they didn't really know exactly so went on facebook and there's no question So yeah I think he. He's was born in like November of eighty eight non February so few months younger and honestly I'm I'm happy to relinquish the the baby of the House title so more than having to do that. Well I'm so thrilled to have you on discover Lafayette. We've known each other. We met I think when you were running off avenue four years ago and I really got the inspiration. Ask you on after this last election. You one in October and then we had a run off of course but looking at all the trends in who votes versus. WHO's complaining about the way things go the younger demographic while people seem to care when I looked at the statistics the youngest voters are not showing up even if they're registered to vote so I thought this might just give us an opportunity changed to let people in this region? Get to hear your voice get to know what matters to you and also gets you to share your thoughts on who votes and maybe what we can do to to to spur younger people to get out and actually show up at the polls so you WanNa talk about what led you into politics. I yeah you know it's funny. I obviously as a young person person. being in elected office I get that question a lot and of course it it. It's typically always immediately followed by. Was Your family involved in politics. And I would be remiss miss if I didn't mention that my grandfather was actually the mayor of homer Louisiana in Claiborne parish. I remember that is just a few years. It is funny. We always laugh about got it. He passed away several years ago but he was very much like my father. Quiet leader quiet man. He was a local business owner really. He enjoyed politics but he it didn't really like the like the fighting aspect of it. You know so he actually only served for not even a complete term and anyway so I guess that's it's my claim to fame. That's my family heritage of of politics is. My grandfather was the mayor of a three thousand population town. So up. North of Nordia North Louisiana. Almost Arkansas. So that's basically my only political legacy. But you know I had parent my mom's educator appearance who were always very invested in me understanding what was going on locally state wide nationally but but other than that not really a super political family you know we were really involved alden like party politics or anything honestly I really got interested When I was when I went to you'll hear a major dam? Biology was thinking about going to Med med school. And the affordable care act was going through Congress so I really started paying attention to politics then and because I really thought it was going to affect my future job and right I did and little did I know that was really going to lead me into getting more involved As you said before I went to the two thousand eight National Bench in in Minneapolis. How good friend who was the youngest delegate? They're actually went with him and had a great time and just met so many people and and just stayed involved and honestly just a door opened. And I decided to step through it and here we are today so you grew up in the Karen Crow area. I did yeah I actually My the family moved to Karen Crow in Nineteen Ninety five and grew up there went to elementary and middle school and High School Westminster and then and then you all here in town bright. Did you think When you were in school and college that you'd be staying here? Did you have aspirations for working in politics. You know what once you got involved in all this you know honestly The the whole like working in politics thing it really. It really just kind of like I said it was just sort of an open door. Were I feel like so many things in my life. Just been that way and I didn't imagine them going that way but After I graduated I actually started an MBA program through the University of South Carolina Carolina. where I would go there once a month and honestly the whole the whole reason I did that was because I got an offer to work in the presidential cycle over there in twenty eleven even so it was kind of traveling a good bit Across the US. And doing that. And then and then I ended up starting a communications company from there. Because I I kinda got the bug I guess this is you know and and started and started doing that. A little bit and Had worked work in a lot of different states We did you know digital communications and then eventually eventually into mass comm like media buys and things like that. So why remember thinking back in two thousand fifteen You were very brave to run against an incumbent. Now he was the one one term incumbent and You stepped into the race as a Republican in a and as you were telling me that area has been traditionally more democratic burning. That got you to throw your hat in the ring and such a young age and I think the area has always been kind of moderate or at least socially conservative -servative Not Not necessarily the on the National Democrat Party level but locally. I think still like that. A lot of Democrats You know honestly it was. It was a situation where I talked to a few people in town like. You said it's where I grew up and so just business owners in different things and I wasn't necessarily thinking about running myself shelf but there were a few people that were kind of talking about the race and talking about who may get in who may run and eventually just kind of became me A really did not plan that when I was twenty six years old twenty-seven less and less woman standing behind it. I think I was just the only one crazy enough to do it. Honestly and you know looking back on it now. I don't know like knowing what I know now if I knew then I don't know I would have been crazy enough to do it but I I guess when you're young you do some crazy things. People don't realize how much effort it takes Iran. Not just walking door to door. But it's it's really twenty four seven ransom honey. You basically have to like take off a few months of your life to do it. You have to be fully invested you know and it's it's hard as you know. Yeah Yeah I did. I think we were all little shocks on election night. You know I knew if I got in. I was going to give it everything that I had. We worked worked really hard every single day. You feel like in the mornings. I was going around talking to different people in the evenings. I was knocking on doors raising money all the time And I think thankfully thank you know. In the end. We ended up being successful You know like I said before I think that it was sort of the beginning of a trend in the area The district district was always kind of leaning a little bit more conservative in general. And I guess we just kind of had the recipe there to to flip it. What's it like being a freshman legislator? What was it like that first day or first month is you were getting your feet wet? Well I think you know. Every return is different. Every term is weird but I think ours was was especially crazy with all the special sessions that we had. Of course you know I think in the end after the runoff or as we got into the run off John Bell was polling well but but I think it was a still a little bit of a surprise you know when he won too a lot of people and so suddenly we had a very interesting thing going on you know we had a majority Republican legislature and in the house was especially conservative and and then we had a Democrat governor and so it was it was interesting to see how all that was going to work out You know facing a nine hundred million dollar mid year deficit I believe it. It was and our first year so felt like I got to know those people really really wealth We were we. Were together a lot special. Was it seven in however in the seven special sessions. Yeah I mean just historically that's Outrageous many we broke a record. One year I believe it was maybe in twenty eighteen of consecutive days in sessions right. So can you work outside like explain for people that don't really know how this works. You have a part time time position as a legislator but your call right so we are part time. Legislators which you know I I definitely agree with of looked at other states. That have fulltime legislators. And there's pros and cons to everything. But you know I still am a pretty big proponent of the the part time legislators so yeah everybody else unless unless they're retired has another job It does it does narrow the scope of who can run because of the nature of the job you know you basically have to move to baton rouge in the spring and it's you know it's it can be really weird hours So yeah you know. I'm very fortunate that my job and what I do can basically all be done remotely so we're able to successfully do that And have a really good team helping me out as well but Yeah it's it's it's different. You know I know it it. It takes a commitment from anybody but it is. I know especially for people with young kids and young families. Can you explain how your office is Ron. I know you couldn't didn't do what you do without a good team without his staff that takes the calls figures out priorities. It's a big job. I'm sure you get calls from All kinds of people wanting all kinds of things just confused about. Yeah what's happened. So can you discuss found. Yeah definitely so every. Every legislator has as one legislative legislative assistant. WHO's in the district office and they really kind of field? All the phone calls that. Come into the office. Obviously you know my assistant now has been with me this entire entire time. So she'll be going into her fifth year so she's she knows all the contacts at the different state departments and everything so so that works out well but you know I think I'd I know some people come in saying. Oh I'm not going to give out my cell phone number. Well I mean everybody's GonNa find out your cell phone number it's just so yeah resort to that and that's fine you get circling. Yeah and and I I enjoy it. I mean for the most part I liked that people can access. I mean now with social media in every other way of communication People people want to be able to get to you..