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Louisiana State Capitol at nightWithout saying Jindal or using the word "governor", it is clear that the House leadership is ready to move separate from Governor Bobby Jindal, who many believe has been AWOL from service over the past years.

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jindal-cavutoLouisiana is in the middle of a cataclysmic budget deficit which has already socked the LSU bonding abilities, is causing havoc to the state’s  healthcare industry and is forcing the Louisiana legislature to be especially creative in cobbling together a budget that the governor would approve.   

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kangaroo-court2by Stephen Waguespack, President, CEO of GNO Inc.

A good reputation is hard to earn, but often easy to lose. A bad reputation is the exact opposite.

Over time, Louisiana has earned a national reputation as a state with a poor legal climate. Sensible and fair-minded people may disagree as to whether or not that reputation is just, but regardless of your opinion on that question, there is no doubt how the nation sees us.

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new-orleans-tourism-compressed1WalletHub has ranked Shreveport as the top city in the United States to start a business while New Orleans is ranked 14th. 

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vitter-memoOn twitter today, the Louisiana gubernatorial election meet the US presidential election.

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kangaroo-courtby Jim Brown

Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river?  He turns to his pursuer, a federal agent played by Tommy Lee Jones, and says: “I’m innocent!”  Jones shakes his head and says: “I don’t care.”  In recent months, a series of investigative reports from across the Bayou State have concluded that numerous federal and state prosecutors are primarily interested in winning — getting the indictment, the guilty plea, the conviction. But when it comes to seeking justice, one could argue that many prosecutors just don’t seem to care.

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jeffdavisby Jim Brown

The Civil War came to an end 150 years ago this week when an exhausted confederate army, led by General Robert E. Lee, formally surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at a farmhouse in Appomattox, Virginia.  From the beginning of the war to a bitter end on both sides, Louisiana played key roles in how this tragic war was fought.

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wallettaxIt’s no secret that tax bills aren’t created equal. But while most of us understand that some states don’t charge income or sales taxes, we don’t necessarily realize how state-by-state tax differences result in us paying considerably more (or less) than our neighbors in other states. To answer that question, WalletHub today released a report on 2015’s Best & Worst States to Be a Taxpayer.

 

 

 

 

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smokinThe Louisiana legislative session, days away from opening bell, is coming out “smoking” in favor of raising taxes on cigarettes.  

A coalition of five major health advocacy groups  launched the “Invest in a Healthy Louisiana” campaign at the State Capitol in which the partners united in support of legislation by Rep. Harold Ritchie to raise the tax on cigarettes which in turn will save thousands of Louisiana citizens from premature death.

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