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AbramsonGiven an opportunity to concoct corrections to fiscal flaws in Louisiana’s Constitution, lawmakers flinched earlier this week.

trump taxesQuestion: What do you do when a candidate running for President says he/she will release their income taxes, but then, reneges?

Answer: You make it mandatory in order to run for President in their state.

 

The Advocate's Tyler Bridges gives Louisiana Legislature 2017 Update--Once again, there is a budget crunch. The House and the Senate are far apart from an agreement. Criminal justice reform is a hot button issue for the session.


Then, there is a special session looming prior to the start of the next year's regular session. The reason? An approximate one billion dollar fiscal cliff because the legislature raised the sales tax to ten cents in 2016. The penny sales tax expires next year and if the economy does not improve for the state, once again, Louisiana will be facing more debate over taxes, cuts as Governor John Bel Edwards enters his third year of his four-year term.


The Advocate's Tyler Bridges discusses these and other issues with Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com

griffinThe Internet is on fire with responses to the sickening image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody head of President Donald Trump. The similarity to the terrorist organization ISIS is unmistakable. While Griffin offered a lame apology for her actions, it is clear that she was well aware of the controversy she created. In the video of the photo shoot, Griffin joked about having to move out of the country.

 

trump laughFake news!

Donald Trump’s mantra, whenever he doesn’t like a news story.

He blasts the media, says the article is fake news?  Doesn’t give any reason for the falsity, just claims it’s fake.

jeff kushner steveWhat did President Trump know and when did he know it?

That is currently one of the questions being asked about Donald Trump’s son-in-law’s alleged meeting with Russian diplomats.  On Friday, the Washington Post broke a story that Jared Kushner allegedly held a meeting with Russians and had recommended a back channel communication with the Russians, using Russian facilities.

coast la 1During the Facebook Live interview with Bayoubuzz publisher Stephen Sabludowsky, Fredrick, Communications Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, said that the master plan has steadily grown more important, that the state redoes the plan every five years.  He praised the fact that the legislature would approve the plan in an up or down vote, which he said would depoliticalize the plan and the vote. 

troy carter2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

No minimum wage hike

    The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee, by a  7-3 vote, voted down Sen. Troy Carter’s bill, which would have raised the minimum wage to $8 in 2018 and to $8.50 in 2019.
    The bill would have also required the state minimum wage to be raised to match any increase to the federal minimum wage should it be raised above the state minimum.

trumpertensionby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Trump makes voters nervous
    A majority of American voters – 55% – report feeling nervous about the future of America as a  result of the latest controversies surrounding President Donald Trump.  That’s according to a recent poll conducted by Morning

ich bin 5The confluences of the moment are laden with Irony.

Today, John F. Kennedy would have become 100 years old.  The young President, while visiting Berlin under the backdrop of a nation shattered by Nazism and evil, then split in two by its victors, spoke heartfully and bravely “Ich bin ein Berliner”.

jared ivankaThe words, “scandal,” “obstruction,” and “cover-up” are starting to be replaced on news shows with other nouns – “treason,” “espionage, and “spies.” If applicable, the Daily Worker party, in three generations, will have left the rag-taggle streets of New York, and labor’s smoky halls, to infiltrate the very pinnacle of our government where Ferragamo shoes far outnumber work boots.

grand visions 5 1As the Robert E. Lee monument was being removed last Friday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech to a select group of supporters at Gallier Hall, ironically, a former slave auction house.

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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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