• President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
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  • 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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cassidy freedomRepeal Obamacare is still in the air.  Despite its recent setbacks in the US Senate, the President is urging Senate action. In following suit, at least one lobbying organization has targeted Republican Senators, including Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, to get in line.

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jindal landrieuFor the next year, the citizens of New Orleans will be given the Bobby Jindal treatment. This is what happens when an elected leader takes a national political position and ignores the needs of the voters that elected him to office and instead focuses on his selfish political ambitions. 

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Jindal emperorTwo major political events occurred January 2016 here in Louisiana.  The first was absolutely expected and many people looked forward to the day it would occur.  The second was unexpected yet, those controlling the Louisiana legislature and almost all of state government were probably pleased with the end result.

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jindal broadbandIt’s déjà vu all over again for a broadband access project in Louisiana that saw the same mistakes repeated, leading to its demise both times.

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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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