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wdsu-debateBy Robert Mann

I have watched many unsatisfying political debates over the years, but I have never witnessed the kind of journalistic malpractice that WDSU and its moderator, Scott Walker, served to Louisiana voters on Thursday night.

rino-economyFor the past few years, the Obama lovers in the media have been boasting about the supposedly great economy Americans are enjoying. According to this fictitious narrative, Obama’s strong leadership saved the economy and led to our “recovery,” but, in reality, we face today a RINO or “Recovery in Name Only” economy.  

la-capitol-money-elections 2 Suppose Louisiana held a governor's race and nobody cared or showed up to vote? If Louisiana's election this fall is a precursor to what we can expect nationwide next year when all of the Americas communities rev up for national elections, what can we expect for the future?

oct-triumphAnd, now, a new poll and interesting Louisiana governor's race poll and other statewide elections.

First, let's get the preliminaries out of the way:Lt. Governor race--John Young (R) and Kip Holden (D) tied at 27, Billy Nungesser 22 and Elbert Guidry trailing the undecideds at 6.  Undecideds garner 17 percent.

Bernie-burnsLouisiana’s pollster, Bernie Pinsonat rarely minces any words.  Which is why we have coined is opinion columns and our interviews with him —“Bernie Burns”.

Today’s interview is no exception. Actually, it’s not just a "burner". It’s a scorcher.

The issue? The governor’s race and a recent poll by The Advocate and WWL TV which claims that John Bel Edwards and David Vitter are tied, but, the other two major candidates Lieut. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, (along with Edwards) can beat Vitter in a runoff.

party-politicsWould a candidate (Scott Angelle) who served for both Democrat Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Republican Bobby Jindal be hurt by that service?  How bad does a presumed relationship to prostitute hurt a candidate (David Vitter), if at all?  Would voting for taxes in the past hurt the candidate in this election (Dardenne)?  How much of a factor is Vitter's enormous money advantage over the other candidates?  How will the Super PAC affect the election?  What appear's to be Vitter’s campaign strategy?

fat-lady-sings1by Jim Brown
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith spent 20 years in the broadcast booth with Howard Cosell on Monday night football.  When the game became out of reach in the waning minutes for the team behind, Meredith was famous for singing: “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”  Too bad Meredith is not around today to sing to Louisiana

FAUCHEUX-PICCan either Republicans Jay Dardenne or Scott Angelle overtake Democrat John Bel Edwards for a runoff position against current leader US Sen. David Vitter? Can Edwards, when against a Republican given the recent election history of the state?

CRIME-SCENEIt what has become an all too familiar and tragic story another Uptown restaurant or bar was targeted by a roaming band of thugs. In this case, the Monkey Hill bar on Magazine Street was robbed last night by three masked gunmen. Five patrons and a bartender were victimized and robbed of their valuables. 

by Lawrence Chehardy

The race for Louisiana’s next governor is in its final weeks.  Candidate strategies will become apparent if not apparent already and desperation will certainly show its face.  

chehardyThe David Vitter (R) campaign has abandoned a positive message for constant attacks on his two republican opponents.  Calling Jay Dardenne a liberal and Scott Angelle Obama-like is typical political hyperbole.  Neither claim is true but to the republican base it can sell, and that is what the Vitter campaign and its political action committee are trying to do, rally conservative voters around David Vitter through a constant barrage of negative ads to serve as momentum to a runoff victory in November.  But this strategy may not be working out so well.

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