Feb 1, 2017|
Tommy talks to Dr. Andy Smith, Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, about President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Now Tommy Tucker WW well AM out salmon dot com guy David Blake's. Supreme Court justice. Very big announcement mile talking about what a big production he made of it last night Donald Trump and same thing. President Obama did Benito bomb in line remember. He walked in at side doing came walking down at all so on lose it. Hollywood production we don't do us very often this is a huge. Selection man outside the united is a deal. I thought that was a little. We're date time to dwell on how much of Hollywood production of wanna I wanna tweets real dollars. Well but I mean I remember it's exactly the way the president announced that they had been line and they made it turn came down at red carpet anyway from. Judge corsets they say as outstanding legal skills brilliant mind tremendous discipline. And honest you know listen nobody was he finished second on the for seasonal master chef I didn't know that I needed so get that don't point your. As they think it's funny that he's the judge. Clerk rather for Justice Kennedy. Who is on the court now ops and there. And I just wonder of Justice Kennedy will revert to old habits and say. Katie and the and Jimmie caught up because it plays moon and Neil Wednesday you know I'm really don't do that anymore and Ghana. I'm kind of a justice now I don't Guyana on on them just Emeka coffee and an analyst at that press in the point Malia. And it there'll be some. You know some ground broken netware and a little adjustment back and forth we don't mean words like yet again as we're in for you in any GeMS bank tells a major people. So I'll ditch your cup of coffee. Anthony but I'd I don't I don't have to do understand that all right Zia to clearly define your rolls 260187. Me here's what I think. I think is that the Democrats are gonna do whatever they can to withhold as they think. There organ now oppose whomever it was it was nominated and they made that pretty Clara area and is just. More gridlock and on that is alioto thing about it do you think he'll get confirmed. It easygoing guy from what you know is me now we know is from what we read write what people have said. Hum the do you think the Democrats will do everything they can keep him from getting confirmed. And that'll mean the Republicans go to the nuclear option. Today I am keeping another promise. To the American people. By nominating. Judge Neil course which of the United States Supreme Court to be of the United States Supreme Court. In case you to another as Donald Trump the president last night with his Supreme Court nominee neo. Corsets she at 617. Tommy talking here along with our friend Andy Smith director of the University of New Hampshire survey says good morning ending. Good morning. Yeah it was good to be back tell me about com. This gentleman do we know much about Lehman and what about the com rulings that he's hand already in May be something to be gleaned from them about what he's likely to do. Well it new orchids from Colorado we currently it justice on the attempts. Its tenth Circuit Court that we that the federal dug for us in 2006. In your in arresting guys that he's got a political pedigree his mother in court it was the director of the EPA under Ronald Reagan. In his. Academic pedigree is about as good as you get out and Democrat Colombia went to Harvard law. School missing class that President Obama went in. And he's got a doctorate from Oxford University. The clerk for the two Supreme Court justices Byron white and Anthony Kennedy. In his also spent time that the private arbitrary he'd been on the court since 2006 but. Doesn't have too many pieces I think that are particularly controversial that I mean he seemed to be the mainstream conservative. Not to the far right as say. Clarence Thomas. Kind of about where it any. Intense Scalia was which is a person needs replacing but I'm sure we'll hear a lot about some of the specific decision that he wrote. And it will be. Used by Republicans to bolster his credentials and is it his abilities that justice. And Democrats pick them apart to the point it is on. Being unfit to serve. Does any of that manner or is that trivia at this point and it's all about the politics and Democrats and Republicans and looking ahead to the next election at least the mid terms and from two whatever portion of the senate that's up not one known there constituencies that think that they sold amounted that are. We have probably more about the politics then the other part but you know. I think it'd be difficult for Democrats challenged him on his credentials that the justice or is. What is its fitness to be the Dutch. So apple for other things it would be political thanks. The democratic activists at the agents especially in the wake of the the recent decisions about immigration to do USC ticket orders a cup. They're terrible scale. And they want to block everything so I think that you're gonna see him thrown into this a lot of questions about. Trump you don't get a lot of questions about. Or curing autism. I. Looked at my emails last night then 906 I got first email that said country in the mail stop from Supreme Court nominee to a poll book a bigoted unconstitutional executive orders to undermine Brody right imagery civil rights and beyond and money. And one of the good ones. The ones that make no mistake the store would be so this is. That this is a seat that. Merrick Garland was nominated for Republicans refused to give it hearing. And Democrats I think are still really angry about that too is going to be top political pride. For corset it's not it's in the end of the personal. And it's going to be focused on trump. But. You know goes. Democrats thought about the boats stopped him with a filibuster. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely eat bad judge. Stretching for results you prefer is rather than those the law demands. And that was able corsets last night as the present and introduce him to be and the Supreme Court nominee take the place of Antonin Scalia and a big line there was when he said that he clerked for two justices one of whom was the only Supreme Court justices. To lead the NFL in rushing yards which I've found interesting I knew about Byron whizzer white. Andy Smith director of the University of New Hampshire survey Sanders or gas and Andy. Is it turned solidly in the first of what what is the likelihood do you think of it turning ugly the Democrats closing ranks. And the Republicans. Having to use the nuclear option and then you can X now you can explain all that and English. You can. Well the Democrats again is in order to. Stop that just as we need forty votes. Assuming that the senate keeps its robust rules. Filibuster reporter revert to a vote to close debate it's called cloture vote. And if you can get you can close debate that at the actual vote on the Clinton nominee. But it takes sixty votes to do that right. Think sixty go to public and that's it two votes in the senate so there and indeed he eight democratic votes. There will be some Democrats will vote for him. Likely because. The the blocks on people right now are two posts. Just based on his credentials but these you'll see people on the democratic side who oppose the political regions. Well. But Republicans have. In their back pockets something it's referred to with a nuclear option which was exercised. By Harry Reid when he was president of the senate. That applies to what we're appointees not Supreme Court appointees but we'll appointees. Which said that if you do dispute simple majority. In debate on these hearings and then go want to vote. Republicans have their own concern that should. Democrat and a break those rules and start using nuclear option to stop filibusters that Republican. It would use it as well. And there's already been rumbling that should Democrats try to stop the point that like this. That Republicans would use in nuclear option they would we require only forty vote should be just the bigger majority. To have somebody true a nomination process. And that really changes the way Washington works then should be at the door busters not in the constitution or anything but then. Except that portal with long time what struck me that cracked walled itself. Not good for the goose is good for the general public deduction. But if that happens what does that portend for the rest of the trump administration. And in general the workings of Washington if I mean it seems like we know we all thought the lines were drawn about his real clearly as they could be four years eight years twelve years ago now. It is seems almost impossible Lee getting things done if you're Democrat I ATF here Republican I agent. Well it it's part of it is the is really the focus on within the next election and the country still pretty evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Both parties think that they can win take over everything and the next election that has been for the last couple starting with the 2000 for the 2000. The Democrats to take over the bank and 2008. And so there's. It is no holds barred political environment right. Where you've got people veteran gerrymandered seats which means at their greatest threat to their reelection is in the primary. Two Democrats right now already while we are getting hit by the more wing activist partner. Their base who want them to stop everything. The beer can be applied to do that Republicans. Concern in the same kind of position. In particular to a nuclear option and this is truly Shelby. Both sides that there's an even greater in the ability of the parties to work together in just a basic things. And seems like if that does happen in the what ever gets done is gonna get on done by the next party so as you keep. Taken to serve sorting on back to you started no matter which direction you go in you know again anywhere. Well that's the one thing that makes. Supreme Court pick a little bit different in that. Guy like of course it's easily 49 years old non entities. A plea that he revealed that quart of thirty years or. Good and bad. We'll have a tremendous impact on US policy. For a long time and that's what these Supreme Court positions are so who. They bring that such animosity. What I think it should point out about or just didn't think about this watching last night is that equally handsome guy. That's gonna help them out because on immediate going to be harder to make him look like some sort of monster. I'm like Democrats are able to do. Went Newport were 24. A it was a nominated yet at a new school to. Things like that matter is it all comes down Apollo. You know but he he is he's telegenic Manning's funnyman at least about showed a sense of humor last night with the Supreme Court justice rushing yards in the and a balance are to be good looking and funny today you know. It's all and it's all with good TV there. Funny and well spoken solo CD think he gets confirmed ultimately. I think he gets confirmed I think that they're gonna get and that's what I think is gonna buy Democrats can fight harder on an expert because that's what really doesn't change the balance of the Supreme Court this is replacing Scalia dissident changing the ideological battle that they'll get through on this one and it was really he would knock down drag out fight on the next appointment. I thank you sir appreciate you time. Eats you Andy Smith director of the university in New Hampshire survey center a lot of controversy yet about dumb these nominee to Supreme Court new courses. But as he goes around Capitol Hill today in talks as some senators it'll be interesting to see how he's received. And getting some texts from people saying Republicans started that is. From the very beginning they played this game three years. I don't know that supposed to mean a Democrat did away institute of so called nuclear option when he came a lower court. Judges love appellate court judges and I just. Think that if the Democrats do everything they can block is and the Republicans have to use that so called nuclear option to change the whole procedure. I think it's it's I hate to say doomed but it's going to be a tough fight for anything. Other than executive order from now on and I just think it's going to be tit for patent yeah you did this so we're gonna do that and meanwhile the business of the country doesn't it'd. It all out on dinner and Don and I'd look at the cabinet secretaries we just talked about that you know that. In these confirmation you know he needs to get as summits of. In court here particularly we've seen if we go to. Changing process season and to get you back for this and the other one I hope it's like Indies said Andy Smith that they let the they give in this one and then the next one and then I'd like to know about it is when they released fight over and I'd like to know about the strategy involved if this is really the guy or Donald Trump figured they wouldn't give him this one. Like the Roman senate I swear to goodness it's close we morally the United States senate 64317. Before a seven what do you think is gonna wind up happening and if your Democrat what you wanted to do. Say what you better hope Whittier Democrat or Republican that this. Is that this man has confirmed courses and I say that because if the Democrats. It is plant their leg and well weeding give me yelling give Merrick Garland they airing. That hadn't been done in eighty years have given and outgoing president. Supreme Court pick. And this is a brand new present I think is a big difference and I think it's gonna set a very bad tone for the next four years Barry in Metairie hi you're on WWL the morning. Eric I mean good lord. I'm sixty years old and that election Regis of them but to me. The most important election we needed change as country just twenty million dollars in debt. You know and I think audit this is goes bacterial action that's why bring it out we we we talk about Democrats tool all of once and so so loses. And there they're gonna they gonna put a line in this day and and and you know obliges all loses and they get bigger and exactly. Elected president to double talk. Who who want real excited about it people and the undecided vote. And peace the when he was president to drop was gonna do and you don't think he's gonna do and that Democrats as a way to. Two quite a ticket takers in computing. Is gonna you know the bigger importance Opel. American you know before it. It's money should say that can I get a text that says is it just me yours Washington now devolve being in two. He'd touch Sunni she's looking at me get your finger on a MySpace mommy's got his finger my face again. It seems petty and it seems childish and like it or not the president gets to appoint the Supreme Court justice and that is part of what this election. Was about this. People spoke me and be as it was elected by the system that we have been placed Electoral College. And they should respect the fact that you want the election in India and put to be able urged parents pat them on the it you know it's Apollo and boys in when he should be do because people in this country. And you know and all. Those. At all. Just stop it. And ovens being held out yet in dozens being held up yet any is gonna get a hearing. Because a sentence the and the senate is in controller that controlled by the Republicans. So he is gonna get a hearing now I don't know how many sentence senators Democrats are on. Judiciary Committee and if they can walk out in. Mambo and agree questions for our political scientists as they can walk out like he did on some of the other hearings and tied up that way. I don't know what happens if if you walk out of a committee kid and you mess in many meetings can you lose your committee assignment I don't know on any of that works but. It just seems and made that you'd you'd better hope this guy gets through or at least the process is respected. Because otherwise it is going to be a long four years. Well it didn't a big go to that town trotted out. Well and they would say that just a simple majority of the senate and I don't know if this is I don't think it's a law I think it is senate rules. They just a simple majority in the senate would be enough to confirm. From. Whomever for a Supreme Court justice but then. You got to watch it because the same thing is gonna apply if or look forward to it if you're Democrat. The same thing is gonna apply. If the Democrats get control of the senate. Well you know it's facility and get so you move all inaudible. Beat Democrats in the liberal ones that won by Donald Trump on pinkie once. Try to get. Gone through congress they need to be a slumping egos. And get pissed me an opportunity gable Bob the last eight years and see what he can do for this country could not think he's gonna be here. Great president Chester B get student America but that. I thank you Barry I tell you I know numb I think it's still yet to be determined obviously what kind of president Donald Trump's going to be. But I think in terms of process and and in some tax here comparing it to Merrick Garland there's a completely see a different situation yeah it'll lame duck president. And for eighty years that hadn't happened there's a brand new president I think is big difference.