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stokesWhile 2017 is a somewhat quiet political year for Louisiana, one election could make a difference for the state and for the winner for years to come.  That election is for the Office of Louisiana Treasurer for which an election has been called this fall.  John Kennedy, who had been Treasurer for over a decade, moved up to Washington DC by virtue of winning the US Senate Race seat, formerly held by Republican David Vitter, who retired from public office.

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kennedy senLast week, Louisiana Republican United States Senator John Kennedy, stepped into the New Orleans-Mayor Mitch Landrieu-confederate monument removal-controversy, during a radio talk show conversation with Jeff Crouere of WGSO Radio.

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CROUERE KENNEDYLouisiana US Senator, Republican John Kennedy is not in love with the Obamacare replacement bill currently being promoted by Republican House Leadership and President Donald Trump.

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by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Surprising Senate money

    The final financial figures are in for the Louisiana Senate race, and they contain some surprises.  They were filed with the Federal Election Commission and include activity through December 31, 2016.

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kennedy officeWith state Treas. John Kennedy ascending to the U.S. Senate at the start of next month, the job he has held for 17 years comes open. Since now it has catapulted upwards its last two occupants who won reelection to it, ambitious politicians reasonably view it as a stepping stone to higher office, attracting a number who have voiced consideration for the job.

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campbell campaignLast weekend’s elections produced a big and unexpected surprise in north Louisiana in a cycle that should not have produced anything unusual, perhaps foretelling the future.

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mike johnson2Kennedy in a landslide
    Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy scored a landslide victory over Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell this past Saturday, winning 61 to 39%.  Voter turnout was only 29.2%.
    Kennedy, en route to victory, carried 55 of the state’s 64 parishes.  Campbell won in East Baton Rouge, East  Carroll,  Iberville,  Madison,  Orleans,  St. Helena,  St. James, St. John the Baptist, and Tensas parishes.
    Campbell was hoping to emulate the path followed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who won over Republican David Vitter.  Edwards endorsed Campbell.

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treasurerLet’s assume that John Kennedy, Louisiana treasurer, wins the US Senate race against Democrat Foster Campbell, on Saturday?  Who might run for Kennedy’s seat?

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kennedy appropriations2by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

The money picture
    The two Senate candidates have filed the required campaign finance reports, which covers activity through November 20.
    The race between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell has drawn national attention.  Since the last report, which covered activity through October 19, Campbell has out raised Kennedy.

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by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
This is it!

    The last U.S. Senate election in the United States takes place Saturday, December 10.  The contest is between two old hands in Louisiana politics.
    Republican John Kennedy got his start as counsel to Gov. Buddy Roemer in 1988 as a Democrat.  In 1991, he ran for state attorney general and lost.  In 1996, he was appointed the Secretary of the Department of Revenue by Republican Gov. Mike Foster.
    He was elected state treasurer in 1999, a post he holds until this day.  He has run for the Senate twice before.  In 2004, he ran as a Democrat in the race won by Republican David Vitter, finishing third with 15% of the vote.

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  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

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miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

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trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.

 

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At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

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