• AG Landry beats Governor JBE in court, Louisiana, the loser with discrimination?
  • Louisiana Governor Edwards favorables top Senators Kennedy, Cassidy
  • Cantrell 18-point lead over Charbonnet SHOCK, Bye Louisiana Treasurer's Race?
  • LABI's Stephen Waguespack talks Edwards, Fiscal Cliff, Louisiana's "rite of spring"

landryCourt throws out Edwards Order

Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Gov. John Bel Edwards on his executive order protecting gay and transgender Louisianans from discrimination in state employment and services.

State Attorney General Jeff Landry had challenged the 2016 order from the governor.  He won in a lower court and now has scored a victory in the Appeals Court, which upheld the lower court’s ruling.

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Ranking for governor, senators

 The annual rankings of governors and members of Congress by POLITICO/Morning Consult is out, and it shows Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards with a 53% job approval rating.

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shocked pollSurprised? Indeed. Well, how about, somewhat shocked!

This morning, I discovered that LaToya Cantrell is ahead of Desiree Charbonnet by a whopping 18 points, according to a research firm LJR Custom Strategies on behalf of the local branch of a national education reform organization, Democrats for Education Reform.

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Is Louisiana looking at another special session in 2018 to deal with—what seems to be the never-ending budget shortfall?  What is Governor John Bel Edwards doing to fix what appears to be an annual rite of spring—budgetary emergency management? And, just how bad is the budget bleeding going to be given that the state could fall off that proverbial fiscal cliff which near-fall was softened two years ago with a penny sales tax increase and other measures?

In part three of the November 2 interview with Stephen Waguespack, the President, and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the leader of the largest business organization in the state discussed these and other issues confronting the state, once again.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:30

durbin nielsonToday, US Senator Dick Durbin questioned the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kiersten Nielsen about the now infamous Immigration reform meeting that occurred last Thursday in the oval office. During that meeting, President Donald Trump is said to have used S--t hole (or is it now S--t house?) in describing certain black and brown-populated countries.  

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:57

edwards presser mar9The war of words over how to deal with a budget deficit or otherwise in Louisiana annual parlance, the fiscal cliff, is mounting as the temporary sales tax comes to an end this week. The sales tax brings roughly one billion dollars into the state coffers. 

Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has taken to the press pulpit to argue that Republican moderates want a plan presented by their members but the fiscal conservatives refuse to present one, thus, a budgetary showdown that will result in major reductions in government spending.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:50

retirementAccording to a recent report on retirement, Louisiana ranks the 7th worse in the nation.  WalletHub, which issues regular reports released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Retire.

The report scored best with Adjusted Cost of Living and worse with life expectancy.

Monday, 15 January 2018 12:59

ala laThe incentive package that Louisiana offered to attract a new Toyota/Mazda plant had nothing to do with why the state lost out to Alabama. That Louisiana has an uncompetitive tax code, badly needs tort reform, and has uncertainty surrounding its industrial tax exemption program has everything to do with its jilting.

Monday, 15 January 2018 09:58

laettner williamsPainful loss will become Saints’ Laettner moment

The Orleans Saints on Sunday were on the wrong end of a play that will live forever in team infamy. Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs caught a desperation pass from Case Keenum and rambled 61 yards untouched into the end zone as time expired in a play that will be memorialized as maybe the greatest playoff moment ever. Long-time Kentucky fans immediately saw the parallels in Diggs’ catch that sends the Vikings into the NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The play became the Saints’ Laettner Moment.

 

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