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by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Time to put up or shut up
    There has been much talk from elected office wannabes over the past few months, but this week we will find out who will run and who will not.
    Qualifying for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races is set forThursday, July 20 through Friday, July 22.  Candidates for federal office must file with the Louisiana Secretary of State in Baton Rouge.

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maness siteThe Louisiana US Senate Race is just beginning to attract voters’ attentions.  As a result, we discussed the election with pollster John Couvillon of JMC Enterprises of Louisiana, to get his input.

On Wednesday, we published the first part of the interview, which focused upon the Democratic candidates.  On Thursday, we published part two, which targeted the Republican side of the spectrum of the political spectrum, including one independent candidate who is running for the seat.  Today, we talk about John Kennedy’s challenge as the leading candidate in the existing polls, an analogy with the current Donald Trump campaign, the lack of name recognition of those running against him and more.

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vitter trickThe general consensus among the political class in Louisiana is, with the victory of a democrat for the Governor’s mansion, last year, the US Senate Race will be contest between a republican and a democrat, in November.

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kennedyIf you've been anywhere in Louisiana this year, watching TV news or listening to talk radio, you might have heard Treasurer John Kennedy discuss the 19,000-20,000 contracts (or so) that one might think are kicking the state, right in the groin.

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Bernie burns 2Perhaps, two of the most contentious, yet exciting elections to take place in Louisiana in modern history was last year's Governor's race--John Bel Edwards versus David Vitter and the 2014 US Senate race in which Republican Bill Cassidy ousted incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu.  This year, there is another major election, come November 2016, for U.S. Senate, to fill the vacancy being left by Vitter, who decided not to run for re-election after losing to Edwards.

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by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Another U.S. Senate poll
    Polls on Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race just keep coming as the race begins to heat up with four viable Republicans and two viable Democrats seeking the political plum.
    The latest poll comes from Democrat Caroline Fayard’s campaign, conducted by GBA Strategies, a Democratic polling firm in Washington, D.C.

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The Louisiana legislative session is history. It ended Thursday night, at midnight and now the question is-- what happened?

Well, we raised taxes, again although some say, there was no need to do so.  The Republicans have taken credit for successfully plugging the tax dike.  Some say Governor Johnn Bel Edwards was the loser.  Others claim, no, it is the House of Representatives conservative republicans.  And still, others say it is the taxpayers who actually lost.

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by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
    A new poll on the U.S. Senate race has some politicos talking and some candidates grumbling.  The poll was conducted between May 19-23 by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) of Baton Rouge.
    It surveyed 500 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.  SMOR points out that means that the results for each candidate could be 4.4 percentage points above or below the number each received in the poll.

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BAM! POW!

It's Louisiana budget sausage time once again and the House is looking at the Appropriations Bill today, hoping to make cuts, without the necessity of raising taxes.

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The top two candidates, based upon recent polls,  released details regarding their campaign contributions and cash-on-hand.

Based upon those recent polls, Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell lead the field of democrats and republicans.

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