Here's a little more info:Louisiana's Senate race could determine which party controls the upper chamber. But Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), thinks that more is at stake.
Louisiana requires that any candidate on the November ballot must win 50 percent of the vote in order to avoid a Dec. 6 runoff, which political observers predict is all but certain.
Cassidy referenced the possibility of a runoff in a town hall meeting in Mandeville, La. on April 11, suggesting that Russia's President Vladimir Putin is among the world leaders who might closely watch the period between the November election and December runoff. - Huffington Post, 4/22/14
Yeah, ok, whatever. While Cassidy's focused on that, Senator Mary Landrieu (D. LA) is focused on closing the Jindal Gap:During a Mandeville, La. town hall in April, Cassidy said that it's "likely" that after election day in November there will be 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats elected to the Senate.
"Now if [Landrieu] is reelected there will be 50 and 50 and under our constitution the Vice President Joe Biden will cast the deciding vote," Cassidy said, according to video published by the Huffington Post. "If I’m elected there will be 51 Republicans and the people of Louisiana have cast the deciding vote. For 30 days the entire world will be looking at Louisiana and that sounds a little bit like rhetoric but think about it."
Cassidy continued to explain which world leaders would be waiting for the election results in Louisiana.
"You don’t think Vladimir Putin is going to look to see if the Senate remains Democrat which is to say a rubber stamp for Barack Obama or if there is a Republican senate which would insist upon a strong military? The Chinese, the Iranians, the Israelis, they’re all going to be watching Louisiana for those 30 days," he said.
According to Cassidy, the race will go down in history.
"I like to think of the historian," he said. "She will be writing about this race 100 years from now and she will write about it and she will say in 2014 the country made the decision either to keep going to the left because Louisiana reelected Mary Landrieu 30 days after everyone else was elected, or she will write in 2014 the country made the decision to veer back to the right because Louisiana elected Bill Cassidy." - TPM, 4/22/14
Click here to add your name:In order to have a strong workforce, we need a healthy workforce.
But unfortunately, Governor Bobby Jindal has put his own political ambitions ahead of Louisiana's workers and its economy. By refusing to accept $16 billion to expand access to health care, 240,000 hard-working Louisianians have fallen into the "Jindal Gap" -- where they earn too much to be covered by traditional Medicaid, but not enough to afford coverage in the new marketplaces.
Tomorrow, the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee will vote on a bill that would let the people of Louisiana -- not Governor Jindal's political ambitions -- drive the decision whether to accept the $16 billion to expand access to health care for working Louisianians.
SPEAK UP -- Tell the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee you support letting the people decide whether we should strengthen our workforce and support our hospitals.If the state legislature passes State Senator Ben Nevers' bill, SB 96, the people of Louisiana would be given the chance this November to vote on a constitutional amendment to say YES to $16 billion of their own money that's waiting for them in Washington and expand access to basic health care. And, if it passes, we can close the Jindal Gap, keep workers healthy, and grow our economy.
Independent studies show the infusion of this investment would not only provide access to health care for a quarter-million working individuals and families, but it would also create 15,600 jobs, add $1.6 billion in economic activity in 2016 alone (nearly the same impact as Louisiana's seafood industry), and provide $8 billion to support our hospitals, particularly those in rural parishes that need it most.
At a time when we are willing to move mountains to build a liquefied natural gas terminal to create 3,000 jobs or keep a call center in Bogalusa open to preserve 600 jobs, it should be an easy decision to say yes to 15,600 jobs.
We need to convince the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee to let the people of Louisiana make the decision. Join us today.
Governor Jindal has clearly put his own political future ahead of what's best for the future of Louisiana. That's why we need to let the people decide what is fair and whether they want to accept $16 billion to strengthen our workforce and economy.
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Friends of Mary Landrieu