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inaug 2016Inaguration day for any elected official is always an exciting event.

For those beig sworn into office in 2016 for the State of Louisiana, it was a day not just full of political suspense but some of the finest Louisiana music, food and politics money could buy. 

BARRAS 5Before we celebrate January 11 as Louisiana House Independence Day, let’s call it what it was—a political putsch.

Nothing more, nothing less.

emilyEMILY SNEED ARATA MOVES ON

One of Mitch Landrieu’s top aides ever since he first ran for Lt. Governor has left the fold.
Today, Deputy Mayor of External Affairs Emily Arata announced that after over ten years of service to the City and the State, she will leave her post on Jan. 15, 2016, to serve as the Director of Economic Development Initiatives and Community Relations for the Ochsner Health System.

Emily Sneed Arata is the younger sister of former Jefferson Parish councilwoman Jennifer Sneed.

landrieu leeIn New Orleans, 2015 ended just as it began, with a plethora of violence. There were 165 murders in New Orleans last year, a 10% increase from 2014. Other violent crime categories, such as armed robbery, rape and carjacking increased as well. In fact, crime researcher Jeff Asher noted that in each of the last 74 days of 2015 at least one armed robbery or carjacking occurred.   

louisiana legislative auditor sealpng 3bb79481afa7aad6 mediumBy now, we know that Louisiana’s budget condition is on life support, with the new Louisiana Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, being sworn in this Monday and with the outgoing head of state, Bobby Jindal, leaving office after eight years.

JIM JOEYIs the incoming Louisiana Governor, John Bell Edwards, telling the truth about the severity of the budget which over the next year-and-a-half could be as deep as $2.6 billion short?  According to Team Edwards, the budget is much more horrific than anticipated.  Some believe the Jon Bel Edwards camp is not be candid about this issue. Others, especially some of the former Vitter supporters are outright calling him a liar.

led entertainmentToday, the Transition Committee on Economic Development released its final report to Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. Since December 1, 2015, the committee met on a regular basis to develop recommendations on how to create jobs, enhance economic outcomes, and improve the quality of life for all Louisianans.

louisiana capitolLouisiana is a budget disaster with not too many options.  In part two of our conversation with Dr. Pearson Cross of University of Louisiana, we discussed the severity of the budget gap between revenues and expenses.  In this segment, we talked possible solutions, Medicaid expenses, the Jindal Administration using bait and switch practices, the possible losers and reducing the number of universities in the state, a position favored by many conservatives.

vitter teaIn part three of the interview with Trey Ourso, the Director of Gumbo PAC, we touched upon the Super PAC rules regarding prohibited coordination and communications.  While a SuperPAC can be a very powerful weapon in elections campaigns, such as the one against David Vitter, it can have risky consequences.

adleyWith less than one week until inauguration, incoming Governor, Jon Bel Edwards has made a number of  major appointments including Secretaries to DHH, Homeland Security, Workforce Commission and more.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:05
Bill Clinton, the Bill Cosby of American Politics
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crosby clintonBill Clinton is a legendary politician, a former Arkansas Governor and two term President. He survived impeachment proceedings and left the Oval Office with a very high approval rating. Since that time, he remained in the public eye through a full schedule of lucrative speeches and the work of his non-profit foundation. He should be enjoying retirement and the riches that are associated with a career as a successful politician.

jindal legacyLess than one week and counting for Bobby Jindal until he is called, the ex-Governor of Louisiana.

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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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