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....while Louisiana’s debt is downgraded, and all of our public universities teeter on bankruptcy, this is what we...

Posted by Brian Salvatore on Sunday, February 28, 2016

edwards vicThe consensus of most folks down in the Bayou State is that Louisiana has a governor who is a pretty decent fellow.  He comes across as friendly, accessible, and hands on in running the daily operations of the state.  He has an impeccable military background having voluntarily served his country in the Army, something few politicians bother to do in this day an age.  He has a supportive, attractive wife who is a schoolteacher and receives high marks as the state’s first lady.  Voters call him John Bel and his approval rating hovers above 50%.  Yet he will be in the fight of his life in two years with a real battle on his hands if he has any hope of being re-elected. 

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fiscal gop cliffTo Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ invitation to share in blame for his tax-and-spend agenda, Louisiana’s legislative Republicans should demur.

Edwards recently announced that he might forgo a special session of the Legislature under certain conditions. An additional meeting outside of the 2018 regular session prior to the end of the fiscal year is widely anticipated to address the disappearance of temporary taxes by then, at current spending levels leaving a gap of about $1.2 billion.

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shamed capitolby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Not-so-Special Session?

    It was as if the members of the Louisiana House of Representatives were having a good time in Baton Rouge and did not want to go home.
    With a threat of a Special Session hanging over their heads immediately following the Regular Session, House members refused to compromise with the Senate’s budget plan.

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alarioIf Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted to avoid political defeat on Louisiana’s budget, he managed to set himself up to make it more inevitable and worse.

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wagby Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Perhaps it is the baseball fan in me, but I am a traditionalist in many ways.

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confedby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

Senate kills Carmody bill

    It was a losing proposition right from the get-go.  Shreveport Rep. Thomas Carmody was successful in the House of Representatives, but it was a different story in the Senate.

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Louisiana State Capitol at nightby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Avoiding a special session?

    The Louisiana Senate may have saved state legislators from having to stay in Baton Rouge for a special session.  That depends, of course, on whether the House concurs with the Senate changes to the budget.

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Today, the Louisiana legislature approved an important legislative bill, the Coastal Master Plan.  Below are statements from the Governor and other stakeholders:

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capital potWith one week left to the end of the regular session, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his satisfaction with the Senate budget.  He released thie statement today. On Wednesday, he released his Call for an upcoming special session set for immediately after the regular session.  The call is below.

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AbramsonGiven an opportunity to concoct corrections to fiscal flaws in Louisiana’s Constitution, lawmakers flinched earlier this week.

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  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

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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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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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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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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