by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
Not sure if you have noticed or not, but there is something called the fiscal cliff looming in Louisiana. If you haven’t heard of it yet, sit tight, because you will hear a whole lot about it over the next few months.
The 2018 crisis will be filled with plenty of drama, finger pointing and inflammatory rhetoric. Every (former, current and future) politician will say it is the other (former, current and future) politician’s fault for the deficits and lack of agreement on the appropriate mixture of taxes and cuts to fill it.
In 2005, then U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) met with the Congressional Black Caucus along with Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, a certified racist, homophobe and anti-Semite.
President Donald Trump says the media is FAKE NEWS and not reporting on major news stories hurtful to Democrats, such as missing FBI text messages. Some Republican leaders and Fox News Network promote the “Deep State” is also a “Secret Society” of FBI agents planning to destroy the Trump presidency. One Republican Senator states FBI members are meeting off-site to conspire some type of Trump overthrow. Devin Nunes, the duty-bound head of the House Intelligence Committee has created a memo which almost guarantees the destruction of the FBI and Robert Mueller. They all claim the end is near, Mueller is about to go.
A few minutes ago, I browsed through my email box as I do frequently. Unfortunately, this time, I saw a heading that I should have known was coming.
It was from Jeffrey Sadow, a political science professor. The email said, “Lou Gehrig Burnett, 1941-2018”.
ouisiana has one of the worst insurance regulatory environments in the nation. That is according to Washington-based conservative think tank R Street Institute in its 2017 Insurance Regulation Report Card just issued. And no, it’s not because of the trial lawyers or the big insurance companies. The blame is laid directly on the Louisiana legislature. In ranking states across the country, Louisiana was given an F.
John R. Edwards and Donald J. Trump—what do these two men have in common?
Remember John R. Edwards? He was a North Carolina US Senator who twice ran for US President and who Kerry chose as his 2004 running mate. He is the man whose career blew up during his presidential run in 2008 after an affair was exposed while his wife suffered from cancer? The Department of Justice indicted him for his role because of payment of hush money to his mistress was claimed to be an illegal campaign contribution.
Did Donald Trump or his campaign (or anyone else) violate the federal campaign finance law--assuming an alleged $130,000 was paid to Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen to silence her from talking about an possible sexual affair in 2006?
This is a question that emanates from a legal filing by Common Cause early this week.
Are Donald Trump and associated organizations in some “stormy weather”, legally? Are we seeing a repeat of the John Edwards controversy?
Assuming the truth of allegations being made in the media, which President Trump contends to be FAKE, are the latest revelations of a reported relationship between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels, anything more than titillating gossip being lodged against the current President of the United States?
Jim Brown, former State Senator, Louisiana Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner, knows a little bit about the term, “scrub the budget”. That was the term famously used by former Governor Buddy Roemer, who came from election nowhere in the final weeks of the gubernatorial campaign, to beat then-incumbent Edwin Edwards, Billy Tauzin, Bob Livingston and Speedy Long in 1987.
The Louisiana Republican Party through its Chairman, Roger Villere slammed Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Democratic Party and Gumbo PAC for an email that was sent out by the Democrats bashing Congressman Ralph Abraham. Below is the LAGOP response and the original email by the Democrats
As posted on twitter, the White House has offered Wendy Vitter, the wife of former US Senator David Vitter, a lifetime post as US Federal District Court Judge.
The "Fiscal Cliff" is upon us and is making news throughout the state as once again, Louisiana is looking at a roughly one billion dollar hole, if not much more.
How will the state solve the fiscal problem remains to be seen. Below are two perspectives, one from the conservative organization, Pelican Post and the second from Louisiana Budget Project.
US SENATOR APPROVALS
Morning Consult has issued its "definitive" US Senate approval rankings revealing the popularity of the 100 US Senators within their own respective states.
Louisiana is a state loaded with people who live through by their passions. Now. a new brand for the state permeates to its soul.