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gun 3My home phone rang around 9:00 pm. It was my wife Gladys who was in New York with grandkids.  “Turn on CNN.  They are reporting a mass shooting at the Grand movie theater in Lafayette.  Apparently, several people were killed.”   

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school-systemsAccording to WalletHub, Louisiana ranks 47th in the nation (including the District of Columbia) for the worst school system.  

Massachusetts has been rated the top district, Alaska, the worse.  

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caldwellLouisiana spent a lot of money defending its Constitution for something overturned by federal judicial fiat. It was worth it.

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hecht-budgetToday’s Louisiana Biz news: Michael Hecht of GNO Inc  announced today that a new technology company, CAJO, from Finland has chosen New Orleans as its US headquarters.  Also, Ochsner once again has been listed as one of the top hospital and medical centers in the nation.   Last, there is always time for the Riverwalk and Coke.

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odd-numbersIt might be odd, but could the next Louisiana gubernatorial election win be in the numbers?

Perrhaps. 

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by Jim Brown

garth-brooksIf you come from Louisiana, it’s almost a congenital requirement that you are born with a love for music. Particularly string music, from country, zydeco, blues, rock and even an abundance of classical aficionados.  I’m certainly in that number.  Two of my first legal clients as a practicing lawyer in Ferriday were Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.  I paid my way through law school by playing my banjo on Bourbon Street at a place called Your Father’s Mustache.  Yep, music is in our DNA down here in the Bayou State. 

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Air-Mary-Logo-Transparent-Two-ColorSuppose a Louisiana Democratic governor was on the road for roughly 40-50% of his days in office, yet, charging the Louisiana taxpayers the complete salary--plus millions of dollars in travel expenses for state police entourage?

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1. Shreveport is now leading the nation in the number of people it sentences to death.

Juries in Caddo Parish, which has a population of two hundred and fifty thousand, now sentence more people to death per capita than juries in any other county in America. Seventy-seven per cent of those sentenced to death in the past forty years have been black.
2. Dale Cox is leading the way.
Since 2011, Dale Cox, a jowly sixty-seven-year-old man
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cash-floatShould any of the projected $6.7B dollars that Louisiana anticipates be used for the general funds now that the BP oil spill settlement has been agreed upon, subject to court approval? 

The Louisiana State budget under Governor Bobby Jindal that went into effect on July 1 was $1.6B in the hole until the legislature raised over $700B in taxes on businesses.  Future projections for state budgets are between one and two billion dollars per year. 

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jindal-waveIs Louisiana dragging its feet now that the US Supreme Court has issued its ruling in same sex marriage?

The State of Louisiana has issued a statement today concerning the US Supreme Court decision, however, the representative representing the Equality Louisiana, a gay-advocacy group is somewhat puzzled.  Here is the statement from the DHH, the Department of Health and Hospitals under Governor Bobby Jindal:  

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