• President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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edwards pressRoughly eleven months are the great flood of 2016 that engulfed the capital region of Louisiana, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today a grant award for Hazard Mitigation to several local entities.

Here is the statement from the Governor's office: 

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alexanderHe might as well take out a full page advertisement announcing it: my singular uber-boss (although he serves under two collective entities), Louisiana State University Pres. F. King Alexander, apparently is on the market for a new job.

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BATON ROUGE SKYA new survey by Wallet Hub reflects what many of us are hearing as the Presidential candidates try to attract voters.

The rust-belt for the most part, are suffering with population growth, while those that are warmer, sunnier, (with exceptions) are doing better. 

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strainUpdate on the Louisiana Flood--Muckers needed, Obama coming, Strain holding meetings

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMKNG TO BATON ROUGE

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montrell jacksonIf Baton Rougeans can find any solace in the senseless murders of Officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald and Deputy Brad Garafola, it didn’t spring from the city’s loins. What else is known provides guidance so that the city can move beyond simmering tensions left from the event that apparently precipitated this heinous crime, the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Baton Rouge police.

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 edmonson2The Baton Rouge area once again is on high-alert as 3 law enforcement officers  are reportedly dead, 3 injured, one suspect dead, 2 more may be on the loose.

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waguespack compressedStephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)

“I do not like that man. I need to get to know him better.”

Abraham Lincoln is credited with this quote that simply reinforces something we were all taught as a kid but too often forget as an adult - the value in looking beyond our differences and instead striving to find common ground where possible. His advice is especially relevant today considering the national effort to recover and learn from recent events related to crime prevention and justice in American cities, including our own capital, Baton Rouge.

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