Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim Brown is a Louisiana legislator, Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner.  

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vitter-mobileby Jim Brown

Well, here we go again.  Big banks and major insurance companies are “high-fiving” each other after they won big in Washington last month. We thought lawmakers had learned an expensive lesson after the financial crash in 2008 that led to massive bailouts at taxpayer’s expense.  Back then, the financial industry was allowed to carry on high stakes gambling with your money.  And now, it’s déjà vu as congress has reopened the casino doors.

jindal-speechLouisiana’s feisty absentee Governor Bobby Jindal sure knows now to ignite a political firestorm half way around the world.  He sent out advance warnings of his lighting rod litany when he admonished: “I will warn you in advance that I’m going to say some things that are not politically correct, so brace yourselves.”  So naturally, I held onto my desk, took a deep breath, assumed the worst, and braced myself. 

roadby Jim Brown

Poor Congressman Steve Scalise. He should be on cloud-nine having reached the pinnacle of political success by being elected majority whip in the Republican controlled congress.  But out of the blue, he is blindsided by a 28-year-old democratic blogger and law student who ties him to David Duke.  Scalise’s sin?  Accepting a speaking invitation 12 years ago when he was a state representative to a group (located in the district from where he was elected) that has close ties to David Duke. 

dutch-morialby Jim Brown

I drove down to New Orleans for a funeral service last week. I find myself attending a growing number of funerals each year as I get older and as and long-time friends pass away. I’ll turn 75 in May of this New Year, so my memorial visitations will no doubt continue and grow.  My trip last week was for a reinterment; a re-burial of an old friend who passed away 25 years ago this week.  His family wanted to rebury him into a new family tomb.

Friday, 26 December 2014 15:32

Words matter in blacks, police conflicts

CRIME-SCENEby Jim Brown

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.  Words matter.  The old saying that “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me?”  Wrong!  Dead wrong!  Words can inflame, and the rhetoric can reach such a fever pitch, that violence erupts.  And people can die.  That’s what happened last week in New York City.  A disturbed career criminal got so caught up in the speeches of hate and virulence that he took what he thought was revenge.  And the blood on his hands is on many others all across this nation. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014 14:39

Mary Landrieu forgot politics is local

tip-oneilby Jim Brown

Former U.S. House speaker Tip O’Neill said it time and time again.  All politics is local. I interviewed Tip on a New Orleans television show I hosted back in the 1990s.  He went on for sometime that you have to be intimately involved in your home state, if you want to survive.  It’s a lesson that Senator Mary Landrieu forgot. 

campaign-cash-funnelThe political termites are swarming into Louisiana.  They are coming from everywhere; north and south-east and west.  All with one purpose in mind. The want to tell us whom we should vote for as the state’s next U.S. Senator.  I don’t know about you, but I get sick and tired of all these out-of-stators who must think we are too dumb down here in Bayou country to make up our own minds.

keystone-mapAlmost overnight, the approval of the Keystone pipeline has become a key issue in Louisiana’s cantankerous senatorial runoff campaign.  Incumbent Mary Landrieu is leading the charge in the U.S. Senate, while challenger Dr. Bill Cassidy is trying to one up Landrieu by being the Keystone champion in the House of Representatives.  So two questions.  Where have both of these candidates been with such an important issue all these many months?  And is building the pipeline the huge job creator and economic bonanza that both candidates say it is?

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Remember the days when candidates for U.S Senator or Governor would speak to thousands of supporters at weekend rallies all over Louisiana? Huey Long was the master, mainly because he promised he’d give voters just about anything they wanted. A long line of colorful politicians followed in Huey’s wake. But those days seem to be long gone and forgotten.

gridVoters sent a strong message on election night that congress needs to work across party lines and begin to get things done. No more gridlock. After all, the popularity of members of congress is at an all time low. Less than 10% of Americans think congress is doing a good job. Herpes and the chicken pox have a higher favorability rating.

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