The Heritage Foundation, a D.C.-based policy institute, has released a scathing report on the prospect of income tax increases for the coming year. The authors contend that while high income households may be targeted, everyone will pay the price through lower economic growth and fewer employment opportunities. In the case of Louisiana, they project that the approximately $5 billion increase in total tax revenue over the next ten years would cost the state an average of over 9,000 lost jobs each year for the next decade.

jeffcrouere_150_200What will happen this November when republicans, independents and democrats clash in a number of Louisiana elections ranging from Lieutenant Governor to Congress to local battles/

Radio talk show host, political consultant and columnist, Jeff Crouere responds to these questions:

steve_sabludowsky01The Louisiana election preliminaries are over and now for the main events.

Roughly twenty-two percent of the Louisiana voting population spoke out in the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s, a Congressional election and in other local races on Saturday.  In doing so, the stage is set for what could be a feisty election season.

I sent questions to Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media & Opinion Research and to political analyst, columnist and radio talk show host, Jeff Crouere  and requested that they answer all of the questions listed below. Now, to throw in some of my own two cents, here are my responses focusing only on the Lt. Governor's race with more to come tomorrow: 


pinsonatNow that Louisiana voters went out to the polls on Saturday in low numbers to select the top candidates to vie for November general election what do the results mean for the upcoming Lt. Governor's race and other races across the state?

Bayoubuzz asked Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media & Opinion Research the following questions about the impact that the past election over the weekend will have upon next month's bout. 

staton1The Tiger Stadium scoreboard read 0:00 when Stevan Ridley, a beast of a runner, barreled over left guard for a game-winning touchdown on Saturday as LSU escaped under a setting sun with a 16-14 SEC victory over Tennessee.

The 12th-ranked Tigers, one the least disciplined teams yet one of most talented teams  in the country, emerged from the game (5-0, 3-0 SEC).   LSU will face once-beaten Florida in the swamp at 6:30 p.m on Saturday in a game to be on ESPN. Head  the Gators beaten Alabama, the game would have been at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Bama defeated the Gators 31-6.  

Late in the fourth quarter, The Vols (2-3, 0-2) looked to add to their 14-10 lead when they moved into Tigers territory. However, the Vols elected to go for a fourth-and-1 from the LSU 31, but the Tigers held them for no gain and took over with 5:41 to play.

Democratic candidate for Louisiana US Senate office, Congressman Charlie Melancon has written a letter to Senator David Vitter requesting that the televised debates schedule be finalized and that Sen. Vitter face the voters and debate the issues.

The challenge comes one day after Melancon released a two-minute commercial called "Forgotten Crimes" in which the Congressman focused directly at the DC Madam scandal that has dogged the Senator since 2007.



jeffcrouereThe polls look bad and time is running out, so Democrats have now resorted to playing the sex card in the Louisiana U.S. Senate race.

With one month until the election, Republican incumbent David Vitter is comfortably ahead of his Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon. Most polls show Vitter leading by at least 15 points.

To close the gap, Melancon is now airing a two minute television commercial linking Vitter to the late D.C. Madam and former New Orleans prostitute Wendy Cortez.


stephen sabludowskyWith the Lt. Governor’s election scheduled for Saturday, it is time for us to seriously reflect upon the future of Louisiana.

For years, many voters have felt that the office of Lt. Governor is a do-nothing position and is simply a fill-in position for Governor, should there be a vacancy.

Nothing could be further from the truth and especially this year.

While Governor Jindal has stated that he is running for re-election, there is no shortage of people who feel that should the right opportunity for a national position become available; the Governor would vacate this state’s top political job.

tidmoreJust as Christine O’Donnell 53-47 victory over former Governor and current Congressman Mike Castle in Delaware’s US Senate race shocked the political establishment, just as Joe Miller’s similar 51-49 victory did over sitting Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, some wonder if the same Tea Party surge might also aid GOP Chairman Roger Villere in his bid for Lt. Governor.

Villere has earned the endorsements of the Tea Party of Louisiana (a group from Baton Rouge).  One of the only ones the Chairman has not won outright, the Baton Rouge Tea Party, sits in his principal opponent’s, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne’s, hometown.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior's Secretary, Ken Salazar today announced two new rules that it says will help improve drilling safety by strengthening requirements for safety equipment, well control systems, and blowout prevention practices on offshore oil and gas operations, and improve workplace safety by reducing the risk of human error.

The announcement follows Louisiana's US Senator Mary Landrieu's decision to put a hold on President Obama's OMB nominee, Jack Lew due to the Gulf of Mexico deep drilling moratorium imposed by the administration after the BP oil spill. 

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