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Bayou Bridge Opponents Push for Study Request

10/18/2017
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Governor John Bel Edwards has been clear about one proposed – now controversial – project for the state. “ We do favor, as an administration policy, the Bayou Bridge pipeline,” he said, during his radio show last month. “As a state, we have to find a way to transport hydrocarbons to where they are needed in our refineries and in our plants. And I believe overall the safest way to do that is in a pipeline.”

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Coast Overflowing, But Not the Money to Fix It

10/17/2017
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“ You hear the cliché that we lose a football field every hour? Well, we’ve kind of improved that a little bit,” Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority director Johnny Bradberry told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. “We’re losing a football field every hundred minutes – which is still a bad situation.”

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Election Lows: Turnout, Spending, and Predictability

10/16/2017
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Less than 14-percent of Louisiana’s three million registered voters cast ballots in Saturday’s statewide election, but they sent the Treasurer’s race to a runoff next month between Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder.

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Wheelbarrow of Needs; Thimble of Money

10/13/2017
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Louisiana’s House and Senate Transportation committees have spent the past couple of weeks on the road, seeing and hearing firsthand what needs to be done around the state. “ What we heard loud and clear was the locals really know what they need, and if you can’t get it done then let us do it. Let us get a local option,” Joint Transportation chair Page Cortez said.

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Louisiana Flood Recovery Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

10/12/2017
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Pat Forbes, Louisiana Office of Community Development Director, updated the Legislature’s Homeland Security Committee yesterday on recovery from the 2016 floods. “We know that recovery - disaster recovery especially for homeowners - is never fast enough. We’re 14 months after the August flood,17 months after the March flood," explains Forbes.

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Treasurer’s Race Ads (You Might Have Missed Them)

10/11/2017
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With a statewide election on Saturday, this would normally be the time the mute button on your TV remote becomes your best friend. This year, though, campaign commercials for the state Treasurer’s race have been few and far between. With overall voter turnout predicted to be between 15 and 20% statewide, the race isn’t inspiring voters, campaign donors, or much creativity in the few ads that are out there.

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U-L System Sets Ambitious Goal for 2025

10/10/2017
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It’s no secret that Louisiana has been steadily cutting back financial support for higher education. “Ten years ago, the taxpayer funded about 70% of our operation. Today, the taxpayer funds about 18% of our operation.” But when University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, he also said, “This would not be a higher education conversation if I didn’t complain a little bit about funding. I want to put a little bit different spin on that, if...

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Scalise Doesn’t Favor Added Gun Control Measures

10/9/2017
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“There’s no excuse for using any kind of weapon to try and take the life of an innocent person,” Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise said, when he appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday. The discussion revolved around his stance on gun control in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

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Disaster Tax Relief Approved For Hurricane Victims, But Not Flooded Louisianians

10/5/2017
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Congress has voted to give victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria some tax relief as they recover from the disastrous storms. But taxpayers in Louisiana who flooded in 2016 won’t get the same assistance.

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How Will Legislature Respond to Vegas Shootings?

10/4/2017
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Will Louisiana’s legislators propose new laws in reaction to the tragic Las Vegas shootings? If the past five years are any guide, it's very likely they will. Let's explore that timeline.

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Preparedness for Mass Shootings

10/3/2017
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Is Louisiana ready to respond to a tragedy like the one in Las Vegas? According to Mike Steele with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, they’re as ready as anyone can be for a horrific event such as this. He says state and local first responders practice for situations like this all the time.

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A Constitutional Solution to the Fiscal Cliff?

10/2/2017
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With the current trio of constitutional amendments on the ballot, voters are being asked to prohibit some taxes and lock away the proceeds of others. But doesn’t that contradict what we’ve been hearing from many state lawmakers?

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Scalise Returns

9/29/2017
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“For what purpose does the gentleman from Louisiana seek recognition?” U.S House Speaker Paul Ryan asked, with a laugh. “To speak out of order, Mr. Speaker,” Congressman Steve Scalise responded, to cheers and applause from then entire House , as well as a packed gallery. “The gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume,” Ryan acknowledged.

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Republicans Anticipate the End of an Era

9/28/2017
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Don’t be surprised to hear Louisiana Republican Party insiders singing along cheerfully with REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”, as they look ahead to the 2019 statewide elections. “Huey started it, and Edwin Edwards continued it: a chicken in every pot, a car in every drive, “Every Man A King” – the welfare mentality in Louisiana, and we haven’t kicked that habit since. Their time is ending.” Former state senator Dan Richey, a member of the state’s GOP Central Committee, told...

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The Posture of Kneeling

9/27/2017
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“Bend the knee and join me. Together we will leave the world a better place than we found it,” says Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.” With the treat of incineration by dragon, it’s a good idea to kneel. But kneeling in the NFL? Bad idea.

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Treasurer Candidates Quizzed

9/26/2017
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While the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer – Derrick Edwards -- was a no-show, the three leading Republicans fielded reporters’ questions at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. Since all of them have said they would pattern their term, if elected, on former treasurer John Kennedy’s “watchdog” persona, the first question was: what do you see as the Treasurer’s main role?

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Surplus? So Tempting On A Fiscal Diet

9/25/2017
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Have you ever been on a strict diet, counting every calorie, journaling every bite you take? For lawmakers, the state budget process has been like that for quite some time. But now legislators are being told: “The confidence that we are going to end last year in a surplus is there.”

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Leftover Money

9/22/2017
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There’s good state financial news, for a change. “Revenue is finally exceeding – slightly – the forecast.” After Governor John Bel Edwards made that statement on his monthly radio show Wednesday, it was confirmed during Thursday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting.

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Senator Cassidy Driving Latest Health Care Reform Bill

9/21/2017
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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is leading the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the U.S. Senate.

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"Undecided" Leads in Treasurer's Race

9/20/2017
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“Probably the majority of the electorate doesn’t even know the new state Treasurer will be selected on October 14 th ,” says Jeremy Alford of lapolitics.com . The usual indicators of an imminent election aren’t there. Yard signs for local church fall fairs are more prevalent than those for the candidates. Campaign ads on TV have been rare.

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