• Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues

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At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

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miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

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trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.

 

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catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

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dhhSome shocking numbers to consider as republicans and democrats debate the Louisiana budget starting Monday as the Louisiana legislative session commences:
As per an article in NOLA.com, titled Medicaid could make up close to half of Louisiana's state budget

Spending on Medicaid is likely to make up close to half of Louisiana's total state operating budget in the next fiscal cycle, though most of the money will come from the federal government and not state tax dollars.

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lou gehrig burnettLou Gehrig Burnett
The Treasurer’s race

    It’s been quite a while since the state Treasurer's  job has been on the election block.  John Kennedy has owned the position since he won the seat in 1999, defeating incumbent Ken Duncan, 56-44%.
    He was unopposed or received minor opposition in subsequent elections.  His election to the U.S. Senate created the opening to the statewide office.

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edwards vicThe soaking wet Fleur De Lis, heralding in the New Year hasn't yet fully dried, but let the record be known, that politics has no season. Especially, in Louisiana.  

The Louisiana GOP has taken the first shot of 2017t, this one against those eyebrows of Governor John Bel Edwards, about, a matter that they know much about--making mother's milk out of a disaster.

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father-clockby Stephen Waguespack

(President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry)

Well, another year has come and gone. It hasn’t necessarily been the most enjoyable year for many, but it very well may go down as one of the most memorable.

 
2016 began with Louisiana welcoming a new Governor for the first time in eight years after a hard-fought and ugly campaign filled with excessive name calling and character assassination.  The year ended with America electing a new President after a similarly unpleasant election season following eight consecutive years of the same leader.  A majority of Louisianans supported the victor in each instance, though Governor Edwards and President-elect Trump are from staunchly different ends of the political spectrum.

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car treeSay it isn’t so. The Bayou State, made up of docile souls who are law abiding, courteous and well-trained motorists, has just been tagged by several rating services as having the worst drivers in the nation. Look, the folks down here in the deepest of the deep Southern states do get a little rowdy now and then.  Maybe Mardi Gras and Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.  But day in and day out, we are a bunch of lousy drivers? It just can’t be!

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clinton foreign policyby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Clinton closes gap in Louisiana
    RealClearPolitics is reporting on a poll conducted by JMC Analytics which shows that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is closing the gap with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Louisiana.
    Trump has a seven-point lead in the poll, which is down from 10 points a month ago.  Here are the results:

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sbaThe SBA announced today that Louisiana has been awarded $160,000 as part of a $18.85M to support export growth for small businesses.  

Here is the announcement

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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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fleming    There  have been some punches thrown by some of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, but with recent developments, the gloves are off.  And, yes, that dreaded word “prostitute” has surfaced in this race just as it had in the governor’s race.

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tourism dayIf you want to have fun, come to New Orleans.  If you want to do business, come to Louisiana.

New Orleans was just ranked as the 4th most fun city in the United States.  Louisiana has received the #5th rank from Area Development, dropping from 8th place.

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