couvillon pollWhile it is a known fact that Republicans essentially control Louisiana, based upon a recent poll, don't be surprised if an unknown Democrat is in the runoff with one of the leading Republican candidates.

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kennedy officeTreasurer’s race draws seven

    Seven candidates qualified to run for the job of State Treasurer, the only statewide race on the ballot on October 14.
    It is a mixed bag of candidates. There are six males and one female; five whites and two blacks; four Republicans, one Democrat, one Independent, and one Libertarian.  The candidates are:
    *Ron Ceaser. a black Independent from Opelousas.
    *Angele Davis, a while Republican female from Baton Rouge.

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legerJMC Analytics and Polling has released a new poll in the Louisiana Treasurer's Race hours from the closing time of election qualifying.

The poll was commissioned by an organization named AccountableLouisiana.com.  A search of that website reveals little or no information other than a "tips" link and "donate button". The website domain was initially purchased in April 2016 and updated April 2017.  Whois shows no public information.

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baldoneQualifying has begun for upcoming elections in Louisiana and there are no major surprises in the Treasurer and Public Service seats.

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    stokesNot that very many people care, but qualifying  for the job of State Treasurer takes place this week from Wednesday through Friday, July 12-14.

    It is not a sexy political position and it will be the only statewide race on the ballot onOctober 14, so it is not generating much interest.

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stokesState Representative from Jefferson Parish, Julie Stokes, has announced she will be running for State Treasurer of Louisiana to replace John Kennedy, who has recently been elected to the US Senate.

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy invoking a misbehaving child, figuratively spanked Presidential hopeful, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, for Moody’s credit outlook decline from stable to negative issued today.
Governor Bobby Jindal has been claiming that the massive $1.6B budget debt for 2016 is largely due to the decline in oil prices.

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kennedy-webcast1Readers interested in Louisiana politics got another reminder recently of the maddening inconsistency of state Treasurer John Kennedy’s thinking, and why, should he decide to pursue the matter, any attempt he makes to be elected governor in 2015 should be greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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kennedy-inaugIn part two of a three-part Google Hangout webcast interview with Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy, the discussion turned to the Louisiana budget deficit and the state’s consultant contracts.  In part I of the interview, as he has done so in the past, Kennedy, pointed out that Louisiana’s budget obligations have been met by using budget gimmicks, one-time monies, depleting various dedicated trust accounts, severely cutting education while allowing bloated government consulting contracts to prosper.

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kennedy-officeIn 2009, when Alvarez & Marsal, a national performance auditor, recommended a handful of common-sense business practices that would save taxpayers $72 million a year at the state's Big Charity hospital in New Orleans, I asked for a similar audit of the state's nine other Charity Hospitals. The Charity Hospitals resisted.

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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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