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Louisiana house repsWih the Louisiana legislature about to face another special session, UNO has released a new survey and the numbers do not look good.

Governor John Bel Edwards enjoys less than a majority approval, the legislature has a 2-1 disapproval but the public believes a special session is needed.

Below is the report from UNO:

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cooperOn Thursday evening, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his Chief of Staff, former State Senator Ben Nevers, would step down as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor.  Sen. Nevers’ resignation will be effective Feb. 28. Former Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Mark Cooper, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.  

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jindal chuck toddOn Sunday, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal penned an oped that appeared in Politico.  The subject?  Repealing Obamacare.

Jindal has often considered himself to be an authority on healthcare, having previously served as governor of Louisiana, member of Congress and assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.   

 

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jindal cavutoThe US Senate contest is between Foster Campbell and John Kennedy, democrat vs. republican. The task for Campbell to overcome the lead that Kennedy currently has based upon the elections results is difficult. Some believe Campbell will have an anguishing time given the groundswell of support Donald Trump, also a Republican, has in the state.  So, what does Campbell do to maintain a positive association to Trump while helping to build a wedge between Kennedy and Trump?

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As anticipated, the Louisiana Republican Party leaders have taken credit for stopping the invading army of tax hogs descending upon the state.   After the prior special session, despite a GOP-Democratic-Edwards coalition, they pinned the tax tale increase solely on John Bel Edwards and his band of donkeys. Today, via email, the party said:

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In part one of a multi-part interview that we had with Tom Aswell, who has recently written a book related to former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal,  we discussed the reasons why Aswell became disenchanted with the former Governor.  Aswell had voted for Jindal in both 2003 and 2007 but, he began to question certain aspects of Jindal's judgment that suggested the governnor might have other objectives, such as a run for United States President.

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Perhaps nobody has written as much about the Louisiana governorship of Bobby Jindal than Tom Aswell, the publisher of the blog, LouisianaVoice.com.

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by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice.com

Baton Rouge Advocate political reporter Elizabeth Crisp has reported that Gov. John Bel Edwards is in the process of renegotiating the state’s contracts with private partners that have taken over operations of the state’s system of charity hospitals. http://theadvocate.com/football/neworleansprepfootball/15861820-123/state-renegotiating-public-private-hospital-contracts

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by Tom Aswell, Publisher of LouisianaVoice.com

I have added a new signing for my new book Bobby Jindal: His Destiny and Obsession but first I want to begin this post with a sincere apology.

 

When I submitted the finished manuscript to Pelican Publishing, I was asked to submit the usual list of acknowledgements to those who helped with the book, those who inspired me and those who supported my efforts. I did so, including the editors at Pelican, members of my family and others who have influenced me through the years—from teachers to former employers.

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Should Louisiana hold a special session this June after the regular legislative session or should it wait until the latter part of the summer?  Will we cut only or raise taxes?  Which is more important to the state--TOPS or healthcare?  TOPS or higher education?  Which is more important to the voters?

These issues are just some of the issues Southern Media and Opinion Research pollster, Bernie Pinsonat and I discussed earlier this week, as we conducted an online video interview, to discuss various issues, such as the presidential elections and the Louisiana legislative session.

Currently, the issue of healthcare vs. higher education, TOPS vs. healthcare is fronnt and center given the fact that Louisiana is in a $600 million dollar hole, still after raising taxes during the past two legislative sessions.

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