Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:00
Jim Brown: It's hard to leave Louisiana

louisiana swampLet me tell you something I’ve learned over the years. You just can’t get away from Louisiana, no matter how hard you try. Just about anywhere I’ve traveled throughout the world, images of the Bayou State always seem to crop up. That was certainly the case last week when I headed to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains for a little fly-fishing. 

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gerryDespite a weak attempt to show otherwise, partisan gerrymandering above any minor influence does not exist relative to Congress, although whether it could in Louisiana’s Legislature is difficult to ascertain.

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capitol cliffFor every bit of good news to echo off the mountain tops (that is, assuming here in Louisiana there were mountains, there’s always a fiscal cliff.

The State joins Alaska, Alabama and Washington DC as the areas with the largest percentage gains in jobs according to the Department of Labor.

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dhhSome shocking numbers to consider as republicans and democrats debate the Louisiana budget starting Monday as the Louisiana legislative session commences:
As per an article in NOLA.com, titled Medicaid could make up close to half of Louisiana's state budget

Spending on Medicaid is likely to make up close to half of Louisiana's total state operating budget in the next fiscal cycle, though most of the money will come from the federal government and not state tax dollars.

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lou gehrig burnettLou Gehrig Burnett
The Treasurer’s race

    It’s been quite a while since the state Treasurer's  job has been on the election block.  John Kennedy has owned the position since he won the seat in 1999, defeating incumbent Ken Duncan, 56-44%.
    He was unopposed or received minor opposition in subsequent elections.  His election to the U.S. Senate created the opening to the statewide office.

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edwards vicThe soaking wet Fleur De Lis, heralding in the New Year hasn't yet fully dried, but let the record be known, that politics has no season. Especially, in Louisiana.  

The Louisiana GOP has taken the first shot of 2017t, this one against those eyebrows of Governor John Bel Edwards, about, a matter that they know much about--making mother's milk out of a disaster.

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father-clockby Stephen Waguespack

(President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry)

Well, another year has come and gone. It hasn’t necessarily been the most enjoyable year for many, but it very well may go down as one of the most memorable.

 
2016 began with Louisiana welcoming a new Governor for the first time in eight years after a hard-fought and ugly campaign filled with excessive name calling and character assassination.  The year ended with America electing a new President after a similarly unpleasant election season following eight consecutive years of the same leader.  A majority of Louisianans supported the victor in each instance, though Governor Edwards and President-elect Trump are from staunchly different ends of the political spectrum.

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car treeSay it isn’t so. The Bayou State, made up of docile souls who are law abiding, courteous and well-trained motorists, has just been tagged by several rating services as having the worst drivers in the nation. Look, the folks down here in the deepest of the deep Southern states do get a little rowdy now and then.  Maybe Mardi Gras and Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.  But day in and day out, we are a bunch of lousy drivers? It just can’t be!

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clinton foreign policyby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Clinton closes gap in Louisiana
    RealClearPolitics is reporting on a poll conducted by JMC Analytics which shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is closing the gap with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Louisiana.
    Trump has a seven-point lead in the poll, which is down from 10 points a month ago.  Here are the results:

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sbaThe SBA announced today that Louisiana has been awarded $160,000 as part of a $18.85M to support export growth for small businesses.  

Here is the announcement

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  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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