The 2015 race for Governor of Louisiana will make history and not in a good way. Since Governor Bobby Jindal is term limited, the race is wide open with no incumbent running. In the past such elections have generated plenty of serious candidates with big war chests and lots of voter interest.
The Republican Governor's Association, which has attacked Democrat Jon Bel Edwards with over a million dollars of commercials in the final week of the campaign has launched an email campaign, slamming Edwards and linking him to VP Joe Biden's comments today. Here is the email:
Seems that in 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial debates are as common as pairs bared on Bourbon Street during Carnival. Which is why whatever flaws observers may suggest with them that they allege need correcting makes for much ado about nothing.
Louisiana is less than one-week from Election Day with the governor’s election being the biggest prize.
Unfortunately, the state is also in the middle of reliving a personal controversy involving the individual I believe will be our next governor.
It 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.
Based 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.
by 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.
by 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
If 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.