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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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Louisiana has some good revenue news, after being hit this week by Fitch's lowering of our credit rating.  The good news, according to Treasurer John Kennedy's office?  Revenues are improving, the decrease is not as bad as last year's.

Here is the treasurer's report

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Should Louisiana not be able to pay for the roughly $300 bill for the popular tuition-assistance TOPS program for college students, it appears both the Louisiana governor and legislature could agree upon cross-the-board-cuts, instead of some other device, such as reducing the access to TOPS by the lower ACT scoring students.

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Sure, as shooting, when it was announced that Fitch was lowering Louisiana's credit rating, the blame-game went in full gear.

Republican Treasurer John Kennedy and US Senate candidate announced the bad news and said, "This is what happens when you spend more than you take in for seven years running. It's disappointing but not surprising," said Treasurer Kennedy. "The rating agencies are tired ofLouisiana's accounting gimmicks and spending practices."

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Kennedy interview2The Louisiana State Bond Commissioner has approved $209 million for projects.  According to the Office of the Treasury, it saved more than $11.2 million by doing so at teh March 17 meeting. 

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manessby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Interesting Senate poll

    There is a new poll on the Louisiana U.S. Senate race.  But a word of caution.  It is always prudent to determine who commissioned the poll

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