It is debate night, tonight and election day in now only 9 days.
Here are the political promotions from some of the campaigns sent to our inbox
The election process can be quite ugly and dastardly deceptive.
Our politicians and now SuperPACS, with unlimited money, use soundbites for TV commercials, to get their packaged messages out to persuade us that only their candidate "cares", or that their opponents are evil budget busters deemed to destroy society as we know it.
Bruce Alpert, who has been a mainstay at the New Orleans Times Picayune posted on his Facebook account that he is leaving the paper and will start writing for Voice of America.
As we near the October 24 primary election in the Governor’s race, voters are finally starting to wake up and take notice of this campaign. Never before has a competitive race for Governor been so lackluster.
Even though there has been millions of dollars spent on campaign advertising by the candidates and “independent” political action committees, voters have not been very interested. Possibly the candidates are not very exciting or voters are distracted by the theatrics in the presidential race or the football season, but it is quite a contrast to previous years.
Is David Duke the grandfather of the Tea Party in Louisiana?
That essentially was the question asked today on the weekly WGSO-Bayoubuzz Radio Google Hangout.
Political shorts for today: The Louisiana Democratic Party, via a press release, is poking Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell for a “lazy smear” against Democrat Geri Broussard Baloney. The powerful Building Contractor PAC has announced their legislative picks. And, tweets for the day:
Two political proxies chimed in today in response to the Times Picayune’s endorsement of David Vitter for Louisiana governor. The first response came from Treasurer John Kennedy. The second, from Stephen Handwerk of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
If by his reaction to partisan criticisms of his position to expand Medicaid gives voters an indication of gubernatorial candidate state Rep. John Bel Edwards’ command of facts and use of logic, then a vote for him backs someone who has neither ability.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A Constitution should be short and obscure.”
If he were alive today and able to read our current long and substantive Louisiana Constitution now, he would likely not be pleased.
US Senator David Vitter, who, appears to be in a runoff with Jon Bel Edwards, and who yesterday picked up the endorsement off the Times Picayune newspaper, announced on Friday he would be attending three upcoming debates, one of them on statewide television.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
There is an interesting parallel to be drawn from Bobby Jindal’s less than earth shaking tax plan in which he advocates raising taxes on the poor (in apparent violation of his Grover Norquist no-tax pledge) while granting even further tax cuts for the wealthy (in harmonious accord with Norquist).
It has been an extraordinary two weeks of massive, positive change in the Republican Party. Yesterday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he would not seek the position of House Speaker. McCarthy was the presumed favorite and supposedly had locked up the votes; however, his misstatements about the House Benghazi committee coupled with his moderate voting record were causing a growing number of conservative activists to vigorously oppose his election. As his support dropped below the magic number of 218, McCarthy bowed out of the race, setting off a mad scramble for the top position.
Unlike the Republican presidential race where outside status almost guarantees a higher spot in the primary polls, the opposite status might be true, here, in the Louisiana governor’s race.
With Louisiana budget looking at another billion dollar budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Louisiana State Treasurer has issued a new statement that state revenues so far this year are down compared to prior year, sales tax growth flat and tax receipts down.
Here is his statement which he blasted out via email:
he September 2015 Net Receipts Report shows that total state revenue thus far for 2015-2016 was $1.738 billion, a thirteen percent decrease compared to that time last year. Sales tax receipt growth was flat. Personal income, severance and corporation and franchise tax receipts were down. One of the few bright spots was gasoline tax receipts, which were slightly up.