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confedby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Senate kills Carmody bill

    It was a losing proposition right from the get-go.  Shreveport Rep. Thomas Carmody was successful in the House of Representatives, but it was a different story in the Senate.

Louisiana State Capitol at nightby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Avoiding a special session?

    The Louisiana Senate may have saved state legislators from having to stay in Baton Rouge for a special session.  That depends, of course, on whether the House concurs with the Senate changes to the budget.

trump campaignAccording to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Donald Trump will not assert his executive privilege prerogative in connection with the upcoming testimony of James Comey, former FBI Director.

petersonby Jim W. Miller

Imagine a small-time beauty queen, say Miss County Rural Electric, who has won her way through some local competitions on her way to winning the state prize. The girls notice her, especially when she drapes her Rural Electric banner across her swimsuit, and the boys notice her because, well, because they’re boys. But one day she is asked to attend a function with other contest winners when another invitee enters and sucks the air out of the room. All talking stops and all eyes turn as another contest winner has arrived, sashaying into the room with an elegance you can’t teach and a smile brighter than the diamonds at Jared.

wetlandLast week the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed the State's Coastal Master Plan in the wake  of the new President's budget that called for the elimination of Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act  (GOMESA) funds for offshore oil and gas producing states, citing that offshore revenues should be  returned to all taxpayers, rather than benefitting "only a small handful of states and not all U.S.  taxpayers despite federal waters belonging to all Americans."

 

trump travel tweetWords don’t matter.

At least, to the Trump administration, they seem not to be important.

royal trump 5The President invented a new word the other day. So, what have we learned about "Covfefe?" (1) Trump is incoherent in the morning without caffeine; (2) he can't spell coffee; and, (3) he has trouble hitting the keys on his phone with fingers stressed from grasping golf clubs, and other people's hands in power handshakes.

 

Landrieu re elected smallDonald Trump Paris Accord decision is reverberating worldwide but particularly in the states and cities that are Democratic Party-based.  

For example, in Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor Landrieu has spoken out against Trump's decision. The Democratic Party nationally has expressed its anguish and anger and explains it’s response. The focus is upon cities and states to do what Trump and the federal government will not do.

Below is a press release from the Democratic Party that shares the opinions of the Democratic Party mayors:

confederate fighting tigerIn our toxic age of political correctness, nothing is immune from liberal political attacks, even the beautiful, majestic and endangered tigers.

It seems obvious that tigers should be supported since their numbers are dwindling the in the wild and their natural habitats are constantly shrinking.

trump egyptPresident Trump has just returned from a whirlwind trip to the Middle East. And he has vowed to keep a continuing and aggressive U.S. presence where American soldiers are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, and other states ringing America’s Middle Eastern battlefields.  But is Trump, like his predecessors, becoming engulfed into conflicts that never end?

Today, the Louisiana legislature approved an important legislative bill, the Coastal Master Plan.  Below are statements from the Governor and other stakeholders:

clapperFAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS…

Again, that has been the mantra coming out of the Trump administration, its surrogates and members of the conservative media. 

The clarion call has been louder and shriller as the facts regarding the Russian investigation have become more focused and closer into the inner circle.

 

  • 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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