This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Carol Ross, Mike Stagg, and Warren Caudle joined "Nathan and Bernie in the Morning" to discuss the upcoming state and local elections as well as unrest in Iraq.

Here's what the panel had to say:

1. Qualifying begins next a week from today (Wed. Aug 20) which races do you think our listeners need to pay attention to?

Warren Caudle started us off:

They’re all important. The school board issue. That thing is totally dysfunctional. City Marshall race will be contest for the first time in 20 years.
US Senate race, and the big race everybody wants to focus on is the DA race. I’ve heard remarks coming in here with the DA scandal. If people really have the problem with the DA they need to change the constitution of Louisiana, because Louisiana DA’s have more power than any other DA in the world. I think Harson was pretty well exonerated in all this stuff.

Carol Ross posited:

The DA race is one that will work itself out. This will be a huge ballot. The Senate race is the crucial one. We’ve got to get Mary Landrieu out of there. School board race is very important. The other problem we have, there are 14 constitutional amendments that will be on this ballot. Many of them are cockamamy and deal only with New Orleans. The big race is the senate.

Mike Stagg concluded:

The senate race is the big race but they are all the same party, the grand oil party. The school board will be interesting. There’s going to be big changes in the 15th judicial district. There’s some retirement of judges, there will be a number of women candidates running. It’s going to change the character of the court Most of the races will be grassroots races.
The one constitutional amendment is the proposed bed tax for Louisiana Hospital Association. This is bad politics. This is bad governance. If this constitutional amendment would pass, it would mean all future cuts in budget shortfalls would come out of higher education.


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2. Airstrikes in Iraq: President Obama says U.S. aircraft are positioned to strike any ISIS forces that threaten Erbil in Northern Iraq. Your thoughts?

Mike started us off:

These are the mistakes that keep on giving. We spent about a trillion dollars there and didn’t accomplish much. I don’t know if airstrikes will be an effective tool, but…
The whole middle east is a messWe’ve had almost a century of lines drawn by Europeans between states and it’s all collapsing now. It’s a huge mess and I don’t know if anything can be done to stabilize it. There’s no longterm prospects for American success there

Carol Ross posited:

We won the war, we lost the peace when Obama pulled out the forces prematurely. Contrary to what the President said, he did not have to abruptly pull out the troops leading to this destabilization.
Here we see ISIS coming in and what are we doing now? It’s a little too late as far as I’m concerned. Does anyone in his right mind believe the world is a safer place since Obama has been elected.

Warren concluded:

If anyone in their right mind did not see this coming before we went in there in 2003, they had their heads buried in the sand. We went in there and took out what you used to be our friend in Saddam Hussein We took out a regime without replacing it. You’ve got to answer the question - ‘then what?’. It’s not our job to replace him, it should not have been our job to take him out.

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