Louisiana Business Leader Waguespack: Budget and elections

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:40 Written by

waguespack-compressedIt is time we look at the facts and get back to the basics.

The budget of Louisiana’s state government is the top issue this election season. While issues such as improving educational outcomes for our children and diversifying the economy are critical for the success of Louisiana, the state budget is the topic that is dominating the debate.

UNO’s Ed Chervenak talks Louisiana Democrats lack of turnout, election activity
Monday, 19 October 2015 16:47

chervenak-photoBased upon the survey of pre-election day voter-turnout, thus far, Louisiana Democrats have a long-haul if they are going to prevail this election season.

In a Bayoubuzz interview with Dr. Ed Chervenak of UNO Political Science Dept, early voting does not look good when compared to 2014 mid-term elections.  Any democrat running for office in Louisiana would have to “maximize” their turnout if they want to compete in the state.

Chervenak said based upon the results they have compiled, “we know who is getting out to vote”, the trend appears to be Vitter and Edwards leading.  But, in 2014, Mary Landrieu, who had 100 percent name recognition could only get 45 percent of the vote, which would make it difficult for Jon Bell Edwards with roughly 30 percent name recognition.

Angelle, Dardenne, Edwards or Vitter, your choice for Louisiana Governor?
Monday, 19 October 2015 12:36

governor-collage2The Louisiana governor’s Election Day is now days away.

The independent polls indicate a runoff.

Legislature: Beware of the Louisiana Medicaid expansion myths
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:42 Written by

med-expansionby Jeffrey Sadow
Today, Louisiana’s Senate Finance Committee will converge to discuss Medicaid costs. Undoubtedly part of the discussion will include expansion of Medicaid and its impact on the state’s budget, which continues to face pressure. Forces with an ideological motive to see the U.S. move towards government single-payer insurance have promoted a mythology about expansion that continually confuses debate on the subject. As a public service, myth and reality on this topic are explored here.

David Vitter playing chicken over prostitute Wendy Ellis smear-controversy?
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:27 Written by

VITTER--CHICKENby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
By now, anyone with anything more than a passing interest in Saturday’s gubernatorial primary election is aware of the latest bombshell about U.S. Sen. David Vitter and his cavorting with prostitutes: that Vitter allegedly fathered a child with New Orleans hooker Wendy Ellis.http://www.theamericanzombie.com/2015/10/david-vitter-interview-with-wendy-ellis.html

UNO: Early voting reports are concern for Louisiana Democrats
Sunday, 18 October 2015 20:37

ed-chervenak2If the Louisiana Democratic Party wants to generate a comeback this fall in the statewide and governor’s election, they are not doing a good job of showing it. 

Based upon some statistical information regarding “early voter turnout” provided by Dr. Edward E Chervenak, Director, Survey Research Center at UNO, turnout so far is down altogether, but the drop could be particularly hurtful to the campaigns of democrats and possibly even Jon Bel Edwards.

Judicial Watch tracks lavish lifestyle of the Champagne, Caviar Obamas
Friday, 16 October 2015 13:11 Written by

obama-marieby Jeff Crouere
It must be nice being Barack Obama. He gets to travel the world on the taxpayer’s dime and never worry about the cost. Thanks to Judicial Watch, the American people now know how much it costs to travel like a rock star. Due to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, the U.S. Department of the Air Force reluctantly released records that show the travel costs for President Obama in February and March of this year exceeded $4.4 million.

Vitter leads favs, negatives, Jindal going--yet voters pulled out the plug
Friday, 16 October 2015 12:54

election-blabWhy does it appear that Louisiana voters don’t care about the upcoming Louisiana governor’s and other elections, this year?

Wouldn’t one think that a state, knowing that it has a chance to begin anew after eight years of Governor Bobby Jindal, would be rising to the occasion, to politic and to vote?

The Saintly spirits of Steve Gleason touching Michael Mauti, New Orleans and the nation
Friday, 16 October 2015 11:28 Written by

gleasonThe NFL New Orleans vs. the Atlanta Falcons rivalry over the decade has had its share of special moments.

It started during the first years in the sixties, when the New Orleans franchise took to the Tulane University Stadium.  It grew with intensity during the last-moment-Falcon victories in the dirty-birds home.  It worsened with that Hail-Mary Atlanta win in the Superdome, sending a hopeful crowd to the sad Poydras streets.   Over the years, the two teams and their cities have fought, cursed and hated one another, with a football passion, like no other.

Louisiana holding its nose before voting, what gives?
Friday, 16 October 2015 09:48 Written by

hold-noseby Jim Brown

Remember the 1970 song by Chicago; “Does anybody know what time it is, does anybody really care?” Well it’s close to Election Day in Louisiana, and it would seem by early voting and general lack of interest that Louisianans are not holding their breath to cast their ballot. Why the lack of attention to an event that affects the future of the state, where now, a new LSU poll shows only 40% of the voters are really tuned in to the governor’s race? There are a number of reasons.


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