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Have ya noticed? Louisiana is holding an US Senate contest in just two-and-a-half weeks.  While fixating on Fox, CNN or MSNBC taking in the latest from the Presidential drama on TV, perhaps you might have seen an ad or two promoting the Senatorial contest.  Or, maybe you haven't.

But, it's true. There is an election on November 3rd. And looking back, a mere six years ago, what a difference time and politics can make.


For those keeping score, as the state begins its early voting today, the Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy is facing a major Democrat Party challenger, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, who has great credentials. He’s has a West Point education, Harvard law degree and military stints in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saturday, 10 October 2020 23:31

When Louisiana Governor Mike Foster took no prisoners

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"There is no place like Louisiana on this earth, and I think that when my days are over, I’ll find heaven to be no different from Louisiana – maybe a little bit cooler in the summer. "

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Governor Foster passed away last week, leaving a legacy of numerous positive accomplishments during his time in public life.  I worked closely with the governor on a number of important issues during the time I served as Insurance Commissioner. 

Sunday, 06 September 2020 05:01

Louisiana students on wrong side of digital divide

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<h2>Louisiana students on wrong side of digital divide<h2

Our illustrious state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in Louisiana has just released a startling report.  Over 25% of students, some 179,000 throughout the state, have no internet access.  Yet the vast majority of school districts teach a good part of the week virtually over the internet.  There are some 403,000 househ0lds that have NO internet connection.

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Say what?  I’m sure I’m not hearing this right.  After spending millions of dollars in lobbying for so called tort reform, and promising that limiting policyholders’ legal rights will cause a major reduction in the cost of automobile insurance, the industry seems to be taking an “about-face”.  Here’s what the Morning Advocate reported this week:

“Louisiana drivers will pay the highest prices for auto insurance in the nation next year despite having passed a sweeping tort reform law that was sold as a way to dramatically lower premiums by as much as 25%, an insurance industry executive, who was one of the primary forces behind the legislation, told a panel of primarily Republican businessmen and legislators, who helped pass the new law.”

Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:14

How Louisiana can cash in on ethical judges

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judge money 7Is Louisiana a judicial hellhole where decisions by state judges are influenced by campaign contributions?  Apparently, the Louisiana legislature and business lobbying groups think so. In the recent legislative session, laws were passed taking away the authority of state judges to make decisions involving small claims above $10,000.  Evidently elected judges often do not make fair decisions.  Or at least that what insurance companies and other business groups want you to believe.

Friday, 24 July 2020 12:01

Turning a page on a pandemic; It's reading time

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If you’re a book publisher like me, and want to sell a lot of books, there’s no better time than during a pandemic. Book sales have been high for months, particularly the big box stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, as well as bookstores nationwide. Some of the titles published by The Lisburn Press have sales that have tripled in recent months.  If you’re stuck inside, what better way to pass time by reading a book.

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Did you hear the news? The Louisiana legislature has passed new laws that will dramatically reduce your automobile insurance rates.  By 25% says the insurance commissioner. And by the end of the year. Wow! I can hardly wait to spend my savings. Well, don’t hold your breath.

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With new Covid-19 restrictions being placed on Louisiana residents, the impact on the state’s business community will be devastating. Already, the state’s economy is teetering from the four-month lockdown. Our major industries, such as hospitality and tourism, have been destroyed. Few patrons are gambling, so the riverboat casinos have announced major layoffs.

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 Assuming in this strange day and age, we still have political conventions this year, no one at this stage is sure just how the process will work. The old process of picking national candidates in the proverbial smoke-filled room has gone by the wayside in favor of party primaries. In the old days, candidates would spend years wooing state party leaders, who would then select delegates and tell them whom to support.

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House Democrats in congress can now vote and participate in committee hearings remotely.  It was a good move that should have been adopted years ago. Is it necessary for members of Congress to spend most of their time in Washington?   In 2020, why can’t lawmakers use the new technology of telecommunications to create a “virtual Congress?”

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