If 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.
The 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.
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.
Unhealthy 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.
Some quick thoughts on some of the political stories found on the web:
Our 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
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.
Maybe 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".
No 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.”
Louisiana is known for its colorful political characters. From Huey Long to Edwin Edwards, the state has produced more than its fair share of political rogues. From corruption to sex scandals, the state’s politicians seem to be unable to stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons.