The last race in the country for the U.S. Senate is over. On Saturday, Louisiana voters elected Congressman Bill Cassidy to serve as their next U.S. Senator. It is unusual for an incumbent senator to be defeated for re-election in Louisiana but this election was unusual from the beginning.
The race for Louisiana’s senior Senate seat is almost over. After what seems like a lifetime of mudslinging by the candidates, voters will go to the polls and make a decision. Will Senator Mary Landrieu (D) hold on to the seat she has held for eighteen years or will she be unseated by a Baton Rouge congressman, Bill Cassidy (R)? A third candidate, Rob Maness (R), is playing the role of a spoiler to Bill Cassidy. There are also a number of minor candidates who will get few votes.
The official start of the 2014 campaign season will soon be upon us. Qualifying for the U.S. Senate seat and other offices opens up next week and candidates will have to officially declare their candidacies. Louisiana voters will have the chance to decide whether Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who is running against Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is an uncaring, wealthy doctor as depicted in pro-Landrieu television commercials or whether Senator Landrieu is out of step with Louisiana voters and a tool of President Obama as depicted in pro-Cassidy ads. One thing is for sure the candidates are seldom as bad as their opponent’s depiction portrays them. Voters will have the chance to decide on November 4th.
The second presidential debate did little to shed new light on either candidate. For President Obama he gave his campaign stump speech in answer to every question he was asked. Mitt Romney gave his most compelling argument in favor of defeating the president by saying the American people can do better.
Budget Cuts. It will be the big battle of the next Congress, cutting the federal budget, reigning in spending, and reducing the national debt. Democrats want a token tax increase, a feel good proposal to tax the “rich.” Republicans want no tax increase, but do want big cuts in spending. So what will the ramifications be? Here in Louisiana we have an insight of just how popular these ideas might be.
The Debates. President Obama and Challenger Mitt Romney have been spending the past several weeks preparing for their upcoming debates. These series of debates are crucial for both candidates and especially so for Mitt Romney. In fact, a mediocre performance by Romney dooms his campaign.
Hurricane Isaac has moved on. Many people were lulled to sleep by the media and led to believe that Isaac would be a wind and rain event, not too bad by tropical storm and Category 1 hurricane standards. Little did anyone realize that Isaac would not only move onshore just to the west of Greater New Orleans but that he would cause deadly flooding and extensive wind damage for so many people. Isaac liked South Louisiana a little too much and hung around far too long.