It is early, but the jockeying has already begun in the 2019 Louisiana Governor’s race. The incumbent, Governor John Bel Edwards, is vulnerable as the only Democrat in a statewide elected office in Louisiana. In fact, Edwards is the only Democrat Governor in the Deep South.
He was elected in unusual circumstances in 2015, with a vulnerable GOP opponent, then U.S. Senator David Vitter. He was able to win because he shrewdly focused on his military service throughout the campaign. Edwards also campaigned as a conservative Democrat who defended the Second Amendment and was opposed to abortion.
According to the just-released Morning Consult poll, Louisiana US Senator John Kennedy has a 51-25-24 percent favorable-unfavorable-uncertain/don’t know rating among Louisiana voters. The more senior US Senator, Bill Cassidy possesses a 48-27-25% rating.
Both US Senators from Louisiana are former Democrats, now Republicans in a strong conservative-Republican state.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has a 49% approval and 35% disapproval rating per a new survey released today. Sixteen percent don't know or have no opinion. The Morning Consult national survey ranked the most and least positive governors.
Today, two announcements have hit the wires which indicate that a sense of optimism could be coming.
First, a press release measuing $1.49 billion in good news. The second is a statement by Governor John Bel Edwards promoting economic growth this first quarter of 2018 in GDP.
Donald Trump and his ardent backers like Devin Nunes are fast to scream "witch hunt" at every turn. But, after reviewing the facts, there is a different story brewing.
Now that the FISA warrant is out, I have little doubt that Trump, Devin Nunes, Fox News and certain Republican lawmakers are cooking up narratives for political advantages, only. They surely don’t seek the truth.
For them, it's a matter of stirring the pot of falsehoods or be gobbled up with the facts.
President Trump insists that the FISA application supports his claims that the FBI and the DOJ have engaged in some nefarious actions against him. He and his loyalists have been accusing our intelligence community, the media, a few foreign intel services of Deep State. Arguably, now that everybody can read the FISA application, the four republican-appointed FISA judges should be included in the anti-Trump deceptions.
Louisiana is known for its legendary music, its politics, its culture and yes, it's comedic moments. On Thursday night, Politics with a Punch presents it all. Legendary musician and showman, Vince Vance will valiantly appear on stage along with actor, radio and TV host, Spud McConnell. McConnell along with his Dorignac commercials and other contributitons, put life into the legendary Huey Long. McConnell plays the former Louisiana governor and US Senator in a play featuring the iconic and famous powerful Louisiana politician.
With one recent Supreme Court Justice confirmed and another just appointed by President Trump, the issue of televising hearings before the nation’s highest court will surely be discussed. The Supremes have stood steadfastly against letting the public watch the cases argued before them, even though the court’s decisions can often have major implications for every American. The Constitution guarantees that trials are public and open to everyone. And what could be more public than televising a criminal trial for the whole world to see?
Several weeks ago, ABC made a major public spectacle of firing Roseanne Barr for posting an offensive tweet about former Obama White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Within hours of the tweet, Barr was removed from her successful show. Of course, on the program, Barr portrayed a Trump supporting middle class woman spouting traditional American values. Her show found a huge viewing audience because it was not the usual mix of a leftist agenda with politically correct dialogue. Even though she apologized, ABC had no qualms about removing Barr, but continuing with a show that did not feature its major star.
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a third extension of the federal temporary housing program for survivors of the August 2016 floods has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through. Gov. Edwards requested that homeowners be given additional time and the low rent for the Mobile Housing Units (MHUs) be retained as survivors rebuild their homes that were either severely damaged or destroyed by the floods. The incremental rent increases on the MHUs remains in place. FEMA has confirmed this will be the final extension to the program.
Endangered species, who needs them? They’re lots of other animals. Threatened species are not endangered, yet, so what’s the fuss there? Both impede progress. Climate change, on the off chance it’s real, won’t wipe out entire populations on earth while we’re still alive, so don’t fret when carbon caps get lifted. The banks made honest mistakes in the past, which they’re unlikely to repeat, so everybody’s money is safe again, and deregulation is good there, too. The sick, about time, can stand on their own two feet instead of lounging about in government paid wheelchairs, obviating the need for universal health care. And, hats off to the generous Iowa hog and soybean farmers who are supporting the economy by going bankrupt. Best news of all, however, the Russians mean us no harm.
Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey has finally been exposed. For years, his friends in the media have referred to him as a Republican. This has allowed them to legitimize their criticism of Donald Trump by claiming a Republican FBI Director was investigating him. Of course, in 2016, that narrative collapsed when Comey finally admitted in a congressional hearing that he was no longer a Republican.
Since then, Comey has made positive statements about President Barack Obama, exonerated Hillary Clinton despite evidence of criminal behavior and was ultimately fired by President Trump for his poor performance.
John Kennedy has become somewhat of a folk hero on cable TV since his moving from the Louisiana Treasurer’s office to the US Senate. He’s somewhat of the go-to guy for quips and quotes on the burning issues of the day.
This morning, he appeared on CNN’s New Day. The issue? Of course, President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Since their joint appearance on Monday, there has been much speculation, outrage, counter-outrage by the media, the left and the right over whether Trump presented a strong image last week at the NATO conference and in Finland, at the summit.
Today, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced $60 million in new coastal projects to be built and paid for with funds from the settlement of the Deepwater Horizon, BP Oil Spill.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Every now and then, it is important to take the time to reflect on those who deserve some recognition and appreciation.
I for one feel blessed that I have a loving family, supportive friends and am surrounded daily by hardworking and talented coworkers. I want each of them to know how grateful I am for all that they do.
The last several months, we at LABI have worked daily with an army of elected officials and other dedicated public servants to try and solve the state’s policy challenges affecting Louisiana’s business community. While we agree with some and disagree with others, I want to say thank you to all of them for their commitment to Louisiana and their willingness to offer themselves up for public service.
Donald Trump thinks we’re all fools, based on his embrace of a long-standing enemy, Russia. Ignore all the people who were shot trying to climb the Berlin wall that Ronald Reagan demanded Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev tear down. Forget the Hungarians who were mowed down when that country sought to throw off the yoke of the USSR. What better way to besmirch the memory of all the U.S. men and women who died in Vietnam, killed by Russian arms, than to embrace Russia? The list goes on and on, throughout the post-war era, consisting of continuous Russian affronts to decency and human rights.