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It’s not surprising that Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis announced his exit from the U.S. Senate race this fall, because it never made much sense for him to enter it in the first place if he thought he could win.

That’s not because Hollis is not a conservative, with a three-year average score on the Louisiana Legislature Log voting index of just under 75 (well above the chamber and a bit above the GOP legislative averages, where 100 shows always voting for the conservative/reform preference). That’s not because Hollis has not demonstrated that he can win elections and has experience in a significant elective office, as he got himself elected to his position in 2011. It is that he got in the contest later than the two other Republican candidates who carved out space in both of these areas.

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has proven conservative credentials and almost six years’ experience in national government, including putting into law a significant item or two (for example, being one of the main forces behind getting markedly higher flood insurance rates for some homeowners delayed and lowered). But if somebody doesn’t like that Cassidy didn’t vote the conservative issue preference every single time and/or that he’s been in Congress all that time, then for you there’s absolutely politically inexperienced Republican Rob Maness who claims he can vote more conservatively than Cassidy.

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landrieu-blueHow important will the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act be in the upcoming US Senate race?

According to the Opelousas Daily world, the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act could be quite significant.

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obama-marieDue to the 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, President Obama is barred from serving a third term as President. This is a godsend since our country may not survive another four years of Barack Obama in the White House. Fortunately, more Americans are realizing the damage he has done to our country. This explains why his approval numbers are mired in the low 40's and the prospects for the Democrat Parity in the mid-term elections are not very rosy.

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congress-fight No doubt, Mary Landrieu, who is running for re-election for US Senator has the clout the Louisiana citizens would want from their congressional lawmakers.

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landrieu-tea-partyIn the upcoming U.S. Senate campaign, Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu is facing the most difficult campaign of her career.

This November, Landrieu will have to face an electorate concerned about a weak economy and upset about the Affordable Care Act.

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cassidyThe Louisiana US Senate race has been and will certainly be full of surprises.

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hollisQuixotically, state Rep. Paul Hollis has launched himself into the U.S. Senate race of next year. Unless he’s entirely misreading the political environment, it can’t be because he thinks absent something on the order of a miracle he can win.

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congress-fightMany of the Louisiana political antennas rose on Thursday when Bernie Pinsonat and SMOR’s (Southern Media and Opinion Research) issued its fall statewide poll numbers.

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obama-nixonWith tens of thousands of Louisiana citizens being told they will soon be without healthcare insurance, questions are being raised such as--how in the world has this occurred and who should be blamed?  

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The race for U.S. Senate is roughly one year from now, but the campaign gets more interesting as it gets closer.

For one, most thought the competition would be against current republican Congressman Bill Cassidy and Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu.  Then, walked in tea-party favorite Col. Rob Maness who is running to the right of Cassidy.  According to Maness, Cassidy is not conservative enough for Louisiana and Landrieu must be beaten.

Lately, another republican name has surfaced in being a contender--State Rep. Alan Seabaugh.  

manessSome now wonder should Seabaugh step into the ring, whom would it help?

For one, perhaps, it is Mary Landrieu.  Would it also mean that other republicans might also enter the field?  

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