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On Monday, US Senator John Kennedy took questions from WGSO 990 conservative radio talk show host and Bayoubuzz columnist, Jeff Crouere, on a range of issues, ranging from North Korea dictator's haircut to a major haircutting the Louisiana budget needs this year during the legislative session. Kennedy has been touted as the key contender to Democrat John Bel Edwards's stay at the Governor's mansion with the election approaching next year.

 

bell morrellAmid the existence of severe distrust among various factions of the Louisiana legislature, Governor John Bel Edwards  on Monday addressed the opening of the Louisiana legislative regular session.  

Earlier in the morning, Warren Bell (WBOK News Director, anchor of the "The Morning Cup" news show) captured some of the existing anger, frustration and distrust among the legislators.  His guest, New Orleans Senator JP Morrelll, provided the background information and details. 

leadership vacuumMore the second act of the speech he gave to kick off the special session recently concluded early, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 2018 State of the State address just can’t let go, a broken record just sounding along.

la legis tweetToday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, after completing a failed fiscal session ending last week, embarked upon the regular session today, held annually during the Spring.  The fiscal session was called as a special legislative session so revenues could be raised. These revenues or taxes cannot be raised during a regular session. Edwards wants the session to end early so it can engage in another fiscal session at the end of the regular-scheduled spring session to handle the close to one billion dollars in budget shortages.

Below is the transcript of today's speech to the Louisiana legislative session.  The speech was streamed live by Bayoubuzz.com with related tweets off to the side.

 EDWARDS PRESS2Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards released details on the legislation included in his 2018 regular legislative session agenda to champion women and working mothers in Louisiana.

“The women and working moms of Louisiana are everyday heroes who touch the lives of every community throughout our state,” said Gov. Edwards. “Louisiana simply would not be the special place we call home without them, and I see it as part of my responsibilities as governor to champion policy changes that will help improve the lives of women in our state.” 

 

jbe speakerShould the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Reprentatives resign as a result of a failed fiscal session? Is it time for the Republicans to start directing their energies to replace Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, now that the state spent nearly one million dollars for the recent special session, with nothing to show for it?

yenniIn a just-released University Survey Research Center poll, that also surveyed the race for Jefferson Parish Sheriff, it appears that the political troubles that have followed Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni have not abated, thus, almost certaintly creating a climate of serious competition, should Yenni run for re-election.

lopinto fortunatoThe University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has just released a new poll regarding the upcoming Jefferson Parish Sheriff's race. The survey was commissioned by WDSU TV. 

Overall, John Fortunato has a sixteen point lead over the current acting Sheriff Joe Lopinto, 48-32 with 20 percent undecided. The prior UNO poll revealed Fortunato leading 44 to Lopinto's 37 percent with a 19 point undecided. Thus, the margin has increased in Fortunato's favor from seven to sixteen percentage points over the five month duration.

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

As a dad, one of my duties at home is to be a “fix-it” guy. While I may not be the handiest person out there, I can usually put some “MacGyver-esque” skills to the test and find a solution to a wide range of challenges around the house. I’ve replaced a doorbell, repaired a few windows, laid down some tile, fixed a garage door opener, hung a few ceiling fans and kept an old AC unit running for a few years longer than it ever should have lasted. I can open a wine bottle with a shoe (seriously) and once repaired some reading glasses with a chopstick. You shouldn’t hire me to build your dream home, but I can usually cobble together a workable solution or two for a project around the house when needed.

rip constitutionOne million dollars down the drain to pay for a special session of the Louisiana legislature. And all for naught. The Governor is hollering that the financial sky is falling and the state is in dire fiscal straights. Legislators protest that their hands are tied by too many constitutional dedications. And since there is little appetite for trimming the budget, the legislature now begins its regular gathering at the state capitol with a shortfall of over one billion dollars.

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