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capitol-dcIf Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy wishes to confirm his conservative credentials in his contest to knock off Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu, he should vote to end welfare to big businesses and discrimination against private banks, and not become what fellow Republican Rep. Charles Boustany has on the issue of reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

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And now, there are three.

palinOn Monday, Paul Hollis, Republican Louisiana member of the Louisiana House of Representative  called it quits in his US Senate bid.

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It’s not surprising that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis announced his exit from the U.S. Senate race this fall, because it never made much sense for him to enter it in the first place if he thought he could win.

That’s not because Hollis is not a conservative, with a three-year average score on the Louisiana Legislature Log voting index of just under 75 (well above the chamber and a bit above the GOP legislative averages, where 100 shows always voting for the conservative/reform preference). That’s not because Hollis has not demonstrated that he can win elections and has experience in a significant elective office, as he got himself elected to his position in 2011. It is that he got in the contest later than the two other Republican candidates who carved out space in both of these areas.

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has proven conservative credentials and almost six years’ experience in national government, including putting into law a significant item or two (for example, being one of the main forces behind getting markedly higher flood insurance rates for some homeowners delayed and lowered). But if somebody doesn’t like that Cassidy didn’t vote the conservative issue preference every single time and/or that he’s been in Congress all that time, then for you there’s absolutely politically inexperienced Republican Rob Maness who claims he can vote more conservatively than Cassidy.

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landrieuSenate race: Dead heat
    A new poll on the Louisiana U.S. Senate race by Public Policy Polling (PPP) reveals that as few as six percent of voters could determine the outcome.
    In a hypothetical runoff between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, it was a 47-47% tie with 6% undecided.

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|Citing the repeated delays of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Fla., says President Obama is more concerned with placating environmentalists than he is with creating jobs.

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KEYSTONE-COPSSteve Scalise, the Keystone Pipeline, new Mary Landrieu commercials and Louisiana Representative Lenar Whitney are in the political news today. 

Also, just in, a new Landrieu-Koch commercial debate

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cassidy-maness In an e-mail, Col. Rob Maness’s campaign manager Michael D. Byrne writes that “the choice in the Louisiana Senate race is becoming clearer and clearer.” He argues that Bill Cassidy misrepresented the NorthShore Republican Men’s Club Meet the Press Dinner as a “meet and greet” for himself on Facebook. This choice, Byrne asserts, is evidence of “the stark contrast between the politicians and the people.” Unlike Cassidy, Maness, he writes, supported and valued the efforts of his local Republican Club, asking his campaign staff to promote the event to area Republicans.

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The establishment wing of the Republican Party was given a major shock this week with the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. He was defeated by David Brat, a college professor who focused on the issue of illegal immigration and reminded voters that Cantor was trying to negotiate a deal for “immigration reform” with Democrats. Conservatives know that such deals are, in reality, amnesty.

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jindal-landrieuA Republican based-firm is claiming that the LAGOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Bill Cassidy, is leading Mary Landrieu by a sizeable six-point differential 50-44.

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wetlandsHow important was Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's levee district legislation bill which he signed on Friday?  With the GOP supporting Bill Cassidy against Mary Landrieu, is there any push-back against the Louisiana GOP for that action despite two other Republican candidates also running in the upcoming US Senate race? WGSO's  Jeff Crouere and Bayoubuzz's Stephen Sabludowsky discuss these issues in today's WGSO-Bayoubuzz webcast.

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