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edwards-trinaBy Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Cassidy clobbers Landrieu

 They say no good deed goes unpunished.  That’s how Democrat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu must feel after being sent packing by Louisiana voters.

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edwards-trinaIf we needed any confirmation of why Democrats have fallen from any meaningful power in Louisiana, we need only observe the intervention of the base upon which it dominated state politics into the congressional campaign of Prisoner #03128-095, the microcosm of the old Louisiana political culture, in the guise of Juror 68.

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edwards-trinaThe Louisiana 6th Congressional district campaign 2014 received signficant statewide and national attention once Edwin Edwards, former four-term Governor, Octagarian, newly-wed with a woman five decades his minor and recently-released federal felon jumped into the remarkably republican Congressional District.

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dssc To some political observers, the prospects of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) pulling reserved commercials space for the runoff with Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, might have been quite unlikely even after the Republican party trounced the Democrats nationally and even after Louisiana US Sen. Mary Landrieu eked out a very slight lead over her major challenger, on Tuesday, election day.

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edwards-lamar-whiteUnhealthy healthcare system

Louisiana healthcare system is still a very controversial subject. Marsha Shuler of The Advocate, has written “Inside Report: Uninsured care causes problems for hospitals” gives an inside view of the impact to some of the hospitals not getting reimbursed for treating uninsured patients.

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boysie-commercialSome quick thoughts on some of the political stories found on the web:

Here's Stonecipher 

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edwards-lamar-whiteOur apologies to Sir Ray Charles,

“Oh, it’s qualifying time, you’re gonna leave me

I can see that far away look in your eyes

I can tell by the way you kiss those babies

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edwards-lamar-white With former Democratic Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards running for US Congress in a conservative district, a question in many minds is whether the reddening of the State of Louisiana, since his last election, would force Edwards to moderate his views. 

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fullmoonMaybe its the mysterious swamps or the grey-mossy bayous.  Perhaps it’s the French-Spanish-Indian-African-English-Haitian bowl of voodoo gumbo that flavors our spirits.

Whatever the reasons, Louisiana has and still owns the title and deed to the Master of the Ripley's House of the Political "Believe it or Not".

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capitol-dcNo doubt about the clout
   Louisiana, which seems to be at the top of every bad list and at the bottom of every good list, is doing quite well when it comes to its clout in Congress.
   Every session of Congress, Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, ranks the states in what it calls its “Clout Index.”

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