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Steve Scalise, the Republican House Whip from the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana, who was shot during a baseball practice last year, is the leading candidate for Speaker of the House, as per the most recent Politico, Morning Consult poll.

Scalise has not declared his candidacy for the position as he has supported the House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, but indicated that he might run if McCarthy did not.  According to this poll, Scalise might want to keep the gavel warm as McCarthy is at bottom of pack.

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 scalise flagNo Speaker of the House has come from Louisiana, although we have been close. There was Hale Boggs, who was pegged for that position before being killed in an airplane crash. Then, a casualty from the Monica Lewinsky days, Bob Livingston opted not to take the seat and instead, abruptly retired from Congress.

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speaker next scaliseLouisiana Congressman, Steve Scalisse for US Congress's Speaker of the House of Representatives?  Is that a possibility? As of this morning, what was once a rumor is now a serious discusson since current speaker Paul Ryan has decided not to run for re-election this fall, leaving a leadership vacuum.

So, as Jim Brown and Christopher Tidmore and I were readying to discuss the Louisiana legislative session via Bayoubuzz’s Facebook, Twitter, Youtube LIVE, this morning, opportunity suddenly arose to shift gears and focus upon the “hot” and significant national news that could have a huge local impact.

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TJBE 5mILLIONoday, Gov. John Bel Edwards filed his annual campaign finance report showing that his campaign had $5,013,461.97 cash on hand at the halfway point of his term as governor. 
 
In 2017, Gov. Edwards raised $2,145,518.56 in contributions, with 85 percent of the contributions coming from the citizens of Louisiana.  Gov. Edwards also limited his fundraising, according to state law, to months when the Louisiana Legislature was not in session.
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hsh capitolAs of now, what is the shape of the Louisiana political waterfront?

This was the gist of  a series of questions I asked political analyst and pollster Bernie Pinsonat during a Facebook and Twitter live video conference we held on Wednesday. 

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kennedy cnnIf you’ve been anywhere near a television set lately, whether in Baton Rouge or Boca Raton, you probably have watched that man with the wry grin, slow southern drawl, high-pitch voice answering questions about why he dissected the Trump judicial nominee, why he’s “fer or agin” tax reform, or  whether the Russian probe is a worthwhile endeavor.

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We're roughly two years away from either re-electing John Bel Edwards for Louisiana Governor or selecting his successor. Louisiana, being that dark blood-rich red state comprising a majority of Democrats under Republican dominance, will have a choice.  Does it follow the rest of the Deep South and elect only Republicans for major statewide office or, does it buck the trend once again, and back the Democrat incumbent?

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How important are endorsements by elected officials in the upcoming New Orleans Mayor’s race runoff?

Maybe not much, but it could all depend.

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On the day of the Solar Eclipse cutting across the United States, there’s a lot of gazing into the political skies too.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise participated in a conference call with fellow Republican lawmakers today.  The topic? Spending bills.

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