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Louisiana News & politics focus on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana legislature

lawrence chehardyJohn Bel Edwards is the Governor-Elect.  The race is over, and an analysis of it is in order.

This election was without a doubt the most negative and nasty of any campaign I can remember.  The tone of the election was set early on by Senator David Vitter and his Political Action Committee who ran a nearly totally negative campaign against his two republican rivals in the primary and against Mr. Edwards in the general election.  This onslaught of negative campaigning contributed heavily to the Edwards victory.  By attacking his republican opponents so heavily, many of those voters found it impossible to vote for Mr. Vitter in the run-off election.  To win John Bel Edwards did not need all of Jay Dardenne’s voters nor did he need all of Scott Angelle’s voters.  He just needed some of them, and he got them.

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lawrence chehardyWe are now entering the last week of Louisiana’s race for governor.  After seven and one half years of Bobby Jindal, voters are ready to make a change.  Louisiana has been neglected by its current republican governor.  So the question is which candidate will be that change.  Voters are struggling with conflicts of democrat vs. republican and a “serious sin” republican vs. a West Point graduate, former Army Ranger, and pro-life, pro-gun democrat.  The choice would not be so difficult if the pro-life, pro-gun West Point graduate and former Army Ranger were a republican.  But in this race that ideal candidate with the credentials, background, and family values is not a republican.  He is a democrat.  For all voters, democrat, republican, and independent, the obvious choice is a democrat, John Bel Edwards, if the man and his substance mean more than simply voting political party. 

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lawrence chehardyWe are now entering the last week of Louisiana’s race for governor.  After seven and one half years of Bobby Jindal, voters are ready to make a change.  Louisiana has been neglected by its current republican governor.  So the question is which candidate will be that change.  Voters are struggling with conflicts of democrat vs. republican and a “serious sin” republican vs. a West Point graduate, former Army Ranger, and pro-life, pro-gun democrat.  The choice would not be so difficult if the pro-life, pro-gun West Point graduate and former Army Ranger were a republican.  But in this race that ideal candidate with the credentials, background, and family values is not a republican.  He is a democrat.  For all voters, democrat, republican, and independent, the obvious choice is a democrat, John Bel Edwards, if the man and his substance mean more than simply voting political party. 

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normandIf David Vitter doesn’t do well in Jefferson Parish, his home base, one would have to ask, just how might he fare statewide?
Vitter was State Representative for District 81 and Congressman for much of the Jefferson Parish region before he turned his eyes to the US Senate, and now, the Louisiana governor’s mansion.

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obama edwardsThe race for governor is now headed into the anticipated runoff but with a new twist.  Six month ago the runoff was expected to be John Bel Edwards, a democrat, against republican David Vitter.  That prediction was correct.  But the outcome of the primary election was far from predicted by the experts.  It was expected that once David Vitter had John Bel Edwards in the runoff he would run away with the election.  Well, that is not going to happen.

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filmToday is a big day for Louisiana’s future.

The Louisiana House of Representatives will likely be voting upon the future of film tax credits and tobacco taxes and other legislative instruments to generate revenues for its $1.6B budget hole.

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The Louisiana enters its fourth week with another month left to run before a constitutionally-mandated -balanced budget must be fashioned.

chehardyWith the state suffers with a $1.6B budget deficit, there are ideas proposed by the Jindal administration and by members of both the House and Senate, however, all of them are facing opposition, to date.

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brown-chehardyIt’s the morning after the Republican takeover of the US Senate, and the domination of the GOP on almost all election fronts. Just as the Democrats defeated their opponents to submission in 2012, the Republicans gained seats everywhere.

 

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brown-chehardyDid the televised Louisiana US Senate Race, anxiously awaited by thousands, meet the expectations of two of the state's most politically-savvy experts?  What were their disappointments, if any?

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capitol-red-blueThere has much debate, especially in conservative circles, about a national sales tax or a value added tax as a way to raise significant revenue for the federal government while reducing its reliance on personal and corporate income taxes, if not eliminating them altogether.

 

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