by Jim Brown
If there was one area of financial help that could have and should have been addressed by the Louisiana legislature in its recent session, it was insurance reform. After all, a Dallas-based research firm completed a new study last month that concluded that Louisianans pay a greater percentage of their annual income for insurance than folks in any other state. How did the legislature respond to this dubious honor? They took quick action and raised every Louisiana policyholder’s insurance rates.
Three news stories on the last day of July and first day of August raised more questions than they answered about Bobby Jindal’s personal and campaign finances and, at the same time, re-opened a controversy over the funneling of $4.5 million in state funds to a family member of one of Jindal’s campaign contributors at the expense of Louisiana’s developmentally disabled.
One can argue that US Senator and now Louisiana gubernatorial candidate, David Vitter, gets pleasure and political mileage, in knocking a Landrieu at every opportunity. He helped torpedo Senator Mary Landrieu’s ship last year by backing fellow republican Bill Cassidy. Now, he has another Landrieu in sight, her brother Mitch, the Mayor of New Orleans.
Much has been made over the reported decline in David Vitter's poll numbers, as presented in a recent controversial poll conducted by pollster Verne Kennedy. In part two of Tuesday's WGSO-Bayoubuzz Google Hangout, moderator Jeff Crouere and publisher Stephen Sabludowsky, discussed if the drop is real, what might be driving the decline and John George's roll in the campaign and the poll.
As New Orleans continues to burn, our emperor, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, continues to fiddle. In the first six months of 2015, violent crime has surged in New Orleans. Compared to last year, rapes have increased 61% and murders are up 30%. Since the end of June, murders have increased at an even more alarming rate. At this pace, murders will reach 200 in 2015, the highest level since 2007.
The recent Louisiana governor’s poll conducted by Verne Kennedy showing Scott Angelle leading David Vitter has been criticized. It also has sent puzzling shockwaves across Louisiana. How can Scott Angelle come from so far behind, so quickly—assuming the poll is accurate, which the Vitter camp is say, it is not.
So what does it mean when two different polls about the same political contest come up with differences beyond the marginal? It means that observers get a peek into the imprecise world of survey data and the impact it can have on larger perceptions.
By Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of LABI
It is hard to flip the channels these days and not come across one reality show after another. With low production costs, unlimited viewer interest in anything called “reality” despite how orchestrated it may be, and a nation full of people in desperate need for their 15 minutes of fame, reality TV has slowly but surely taken over the airwaves.