Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:14
Louisiana US Senate debate poll raises poll questions; JBE raises $ for Campbell
Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Controversy over Senate forum
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is under fire over a Louisiana U.S. Senate forum it held on June 29.  The forum was co-sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association and the Louisiana Retailers Association.

    The controversy developed when NFIB invited only four candidates to participate.  Currently, there are 11 potential candidates.
    The four invited to participate were Republicans Charles Boustany, John Fleming, and John Kennedy  and Democrat Foster Campbell, who did not participate because of a scheduling conflict.
    NFIB defended its decision to invite only those candidates by deciding that a candidate had to have received five percent of the vote in a May poll  conducted by Southern Media and Opinion Research, which it said was the only independent poll.
    In that poll, Kennedy had 32%, Boustany 10%, Campbell 9%, and Fleming 5%. Republican Rob Maness and Democrat Caroline Fayard both had 4% and were therefore excluded from the forum.
    But Fayard was quick to note that the SMOR poll was paid for by Lane Grigsby, one of Kennedy’s major contributors.  She said in a press release, “Imposing an arbitrary restriction on who can participate in a U.S. Senate forum based on partisan polling data is undemocratic, insulting, and it smacks of insider, good ole boy cronyism.”
    If NFIB had used an average of three recent polls on the U.S. Senate race, Fayard would have been included in the forum.  The averages are Kennedy 29%, Campbell 13%, Boustany 11%,, Fayard 9%, Fleming 7%. Maness, with 4%, would still have been excluded.
    There will certainly be more polls and forums to come.  It will be interesting to see what guidelines other forum sponsors will impose.
Governor boosts Campbell campaign
    Governor John Bel Edwards gave a boost to U.S. Senate candidate and fellow Democrat Foster Campbell this past Thursday.
    Edwards was the special guest at a high-dollar fundraiser for Campbell.  A large crowd was on hand at the 421 Texas Street venue for the event.
    Campbell raised $300,000 for Edwards’ gubernatorial campaign with two north Louisiana fundraisers, and the governor returned the favor by attending the fundraiser for Campbell.
    Edwards spoke briefly about the state’s current fiscal situation, then launched into an endorsement of Campbell, saying, “I need Foster in the Senate because he will be someone I can work with for the betterment  of Louisiana.”
Campbell is widely regarded as a favorite to make the runoff against one of the Republican candidates.

FAX-NET UPDATE is published weekly and delivered to your home or office by fax or e-mail. Subscription rates are: $50 for 12 months (50 issues) or $35 for six months. To subscribe, send check or money order to:Fax-Net Update, P.O. Box 44522, Shreveport, LA 71134.


Lou Gehrig Burnett

Lou Gehrig Burnett is the publisher of Fax-Net, a North-Louisiana newsletter.

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Comey's Russia testimony was bad omen for Trump
  • Contenders to succeed N. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, at starting gate
  • JBE spending governance leads to Louisiana's lower credit ratings
  • Will distorting RussiaGate backfire on Trump and Company?

watergateEven the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”

Read More

mike johnson2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Saturday is election day
    The race for the District 8 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives highlights election day this Saturday, March 25.
    It is a special election called to fill the seat of Rep. Mike Johnson, who was elected to Congress.  The winner will serve out the remainder of his term.

Read More

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Louisiana has endured adverse credit rating changes since edwards midDemocrat Gov. John Bel Edwards assumed office, completing a downgrade trifecta last week.

Read More

backgunThe post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.

On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.


Read More

BB Menu



Trump Talk: Ryancare, Russia, Investigations, Travel ban--with Jeff Crouere

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1