What Voters Need to Know

Updated: February 9, 2021 (Week 6)

Karen Carter Peterson is the leader that we can trust to deliver for women and working families like she has over her 21 years in public service. She is an independent voice that will hold government officials accountable and make sure that we have the resources that we need to recover from the crisis created by COVID-19.

SUMMARY:

Black Women, Black Voters over 50, and White Progressive voters within the 2nd Congressional district need to read: Karen Carter Peterson is a fighter with a track record of getting things done for women and working families. In the state legislature, Karen ensured families could rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. When Republicans refused to expand health care to hundreds of thousands to people in our community. She did something about it and got Medicaid Expansion passed. And in Congress she’ll do the same – Karen is a leader we can trust to deliver the much needed $2000 Covid relief to Louisiana families and expand Medicare for all.

Black Women, Black Voters over 50, and White Progressive voters within the 2nd Congressional district need to read: that the top two candidates have very different leadership styles. Karen Carter Peterson is a trustworthy leader always fighting for women. And families and her opponent cannot be trusted.

Black Women, Black Voters over 50, and White Progressive voters within the 2nd Congressional district also need to see on major platforms:

Karen Carter Peterson is a fighter with a track record of getting things done for women and working families. In the state legislature, Karen ensured families could rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. When Republicans refused to expand health care to hundreds of thousands to people in our community. She did something about it and got Medicaid Expansion passed. And in Congress she’ll do the same – Karen is a leader we can trust to deliver the much needed $2000 Covid relief to Louisiana families and expand Medicare for all.


Proof point

Medicaid expansion:

Carter Peterson’s Proposal To Offer Government-Subsidized Health Insurance To The Working Poor Through ACA Was Rejected. “State senators rejected a proposal on Monday for Louisiana to offer government-subsidized health insurance to the working poor through the federal health overhaul law known as the Affordable Care Act. The 7-3 vote by the Senate Finance Committee largely fell along party lines, with all but one Republican voting against tapping into the federal Medicaid dollars available for the health coverage. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson’s bill would have required the state health department to seek federal approval for a program using the Medicaid expansion dollars to provide private insurance coverage to adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level less than $32,000 for a family of four. The federal government would cover much of the cost.” [AP State & Local Wire, 05/20/13]

Reproductive Rights:

Carter Peterson Gave Fervent Speech Opposing Constitutional Amendment To Defend Abortion Restrictions. “When Louisianans go to the polls in November 2020 to vote for president, they will also be faced with a ballot measure asking them to decide whether the state constitution should protect abortion rights or funding for the procedure. Lawmakers on Tuesday gave final passage to a constitutional amendment aimed at eventually defending abortion restrictions, part of a wave of abortion bills being passed in Louisiana and across the country this year. […] State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the state’s Democratic party, gave a fervent speech opposing the measure, decrying its lack of exceptions for rape and incest. The Legislature this session has held multiple debates over whether to add exemptions for victims of rape and incest, but lawmakers have ultimately opted not to include them.” [The Advocate, 06/05/19]

Families rebuild post Katrina:

Carter Peterson Questioned Whether Federal Funds To Protect Homes From Hurricanes Was Reaching Those Who Suffered The Most During Katrina. “Lawmakers are questioning whether federal funds to protect homes from hurricanes are reaching those who suffered the most during Hurricane Katrina and other storms. Sens. Karen Carter Peterson and Ed Murray  both New Orleans Democrats  said at a meeting of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery that many homeowners are postponing improvements as they wait to receive funds from the Hazard Mitigation Program. Peterson said the Office of Community Development has not clearly indicated to applicants whether they will receive a grant. ‘I think that, in some instances, people are being strung along and they’re not being given full information about what their status is,” she said. “Many people will never receive anything, despite the state’s promises.’” [AP State & Local Wire, 04/28/11]

Carter Peterson Suggested That Jindal Send Remaining $250M To Parishes So They Can Run Own Home-Lifting Programs. “Gov. Bobby Jindal’s beleaguered $750 million home elevation program is facing new troubles, with most of the firms in the home-raising game saying they’re unable to meet new bonding requirements imposed to protect homeowners, and the head of the biggest firm facing charges that he lied about his record when seeking his contractor’s license. […] State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, the chairwoman of the Select Legislative Committee on Hurricane Recovery, suggested that it is time for the state to ‘get out of the elevation business’ and send the remaining $250 million to parishes so they can run their own home-lifting programs. She pointed out that when FEMA recently sent the state an additional $390 million in hazard mitigation money, the Jindal administration decided to send it all to parishes. Forbes agreed with Peterson’s statement that parish programs have run far more efficiently and without scandal.” [Times-Picayune, 12/02/11]

Carter Peterson Criticized Jindal’s Decision To Redirect Disaster Recovery Money For Home Owner Subsidies To Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “Disaster recovery money intended to provide subsidies for first-time homebuyers is being redirected to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, state officials told lawmakers Monday night. The money represents some of the federal funds aimed at helping the state recover after Hurricane Katrina that have not yet been spent. The decision to send money to a stadium rather than provide it to homeowners, and the slow pace with which money is still being provided to residents, fueled the ire of members of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery. ‘Why would Superdome operations or capital be more important than getting people back in their homes to the government?’ asked Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans. ‘Help me understand that prioritization.’ […] Peterson said the decision was particularly galling that Gov. Bobby Jindal has turned down federal money for rail projects and other improvements in Louisiana. ‘Repeatedly, this administration has said ‘no’ to federal dollars — but today they said ‘yes’ to federal dollars to repair the Superdome,’ Peterson said.” [Times-Picayune, 03/27/12]

Abrams Endorsement

Stacey Abrams endorses Karen Carter Peterson for Louisiana’s U.S. House seat

https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/politics/stacey-abrams-endorses-karen-carter-peterson-for-us-house/289-d6094bcd-4356-4a39-bfaa-7a0725000ff9

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