Louisiana Schoolchildren Required to Recite Declaration of Independence – DAILY

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from … Continue reading Louisiana Schoolchildren Required to Recite Declaration of Independence – DAILY

Trump’s Introduction to Louisiana Politics

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Donald Trump isn’t a happy camper and is now threatening a lawsuit against the Louisiana GOP.  As you may recall, Trump won the Louisiana primary a few weeks ago, however, as I noted in my post on the election, there were a number of votes cast for candidates that had … Continue reading Trump’s Introduction to Louisiana Politics

Random Notes from Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Some random observations from way down South this week. Technically, Donald Trump won Louisiana in the primary Saturday, but my friends at The Hayride make the case that the true winner was Ted Cruz.  If you look at the Trump – Cruz gap and compare early voting to the results … Continue reading Random Notes from Louisiana

Report From Louisiana: The Lights are Still On

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – We are more than halfway through the legislative special session in Baton Rouge meant to solve the staggering $900 million state budget deficit and there does not appear to be any clear or painless way to solve the crisis. You might remember a couple of weeks ago when I reported … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: The Lights are Still On

Report from Louisiana: Crisis!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – When news broke this past Thursday that John Bel Edwards had halted all payments to the enormously popular TOPS college scholarship program, you could feel the panic and desperation throughout the state.  Thursday afternoon, February 11, word came down about the program via NOLA: Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget chief, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Crisis!

Governor John Bel Edwards is off to a Rocky Start

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It would seem that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is off to a rather rocky start as he goes up against the majority Republican Legislature. It appears that the Republicans aren’t going to make life easy for Edwards. On the campaign trail, Edwards wrapped himself in moderate clothes and won … Continue reading Governor John Bel Edwards is off to a Rocky Start

Report from Louisiana: A $750 Million Budget Shortfall Will be First Problem for New Governor, Almost

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In just over a week, John Bel Edwards will take over the gubernatorial reins from Governor Bobby Jindal in what is being called a “low key” inaugural event. In the face of budget woes that are reportedly worse than anticipated, Edwards is keeping things simple on January 11. The inaugural … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A $750 Million Budget Shortfall Will be First Problem for New Governor, Almost

Raising the Minimum Wage, Expanding Medicaid, and Re-instating SNAP: John Bel Edwards Prepares to Take Office

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has declared that Louisiana has given him a mandate to do what he wants, what he promised during the campaign, and he intends to govern just that way.  Among his first steps, as I outlined last week, will be working to enact the Medicaid expansion that … Continue reading Raising the Minimum Wage, Expanding Medicaid, and Re-instating SNAP: John Bel Edwards Prepares to Take Office

Still Skeptical Regarding John Bel Edwards

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is settling into his new transition digs at Kirby Smith Hall on the campus of LSU and facing some realities about at least one of his campaign promises. Edwards promised to expand the Medicaid rolls in Louisiana on “day one” which would add some 300,000 people … Continue reading Still Skeptical Regarding John Bel Edwards

Some Thoughts on the Weekend Election in Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I am disgusted by the apathy in yesterday's election here in Louisiana.  As I understand it, the early numbers show about a 39.7% turnout, only slightly higher than the October primary.  As of this writing, official numbers are not yet compiled. In general, I am disgusted with the outcome.  Louisiana has … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Weekend Election in Louisiana

I’m Old Enough to Remember when Democrats Routinely looked like John Bel Edwards

I'm going to shock a few people here by saying how pleased I am to see John Bel Edwards win in Louisiana To regular readers of the blog this might be a shock, why on earth would I want to see the democrats get a morale increasing win at a time when things look very … Continue reading I’m Old Enough to Remember when Democrats Routinely looked like John Bel Edwards

Let the Mud Slinging Begin: John Bel Edwards Getting Down and Dirty in Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – How effective is negative campaigning?  We may soon find out. The Louisiana gubernatorial election runoff is now in early voting and the November 21 election is fast approaching.  Democrat John Bel Edwards is bringing out the big guns with what some are calling the most negative campaign ad in the … Continue reading Let the Mud Slinging Begin: John Bel Edwards Getting Down and Dirty in Louisiana

The Caddo Parish District Attorney Race Turns Gubernatorial Election into a Sideshow

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  The Louisiana governor’s election turned into a sideshow for the main event this past Saturday.  It was not the governor’s race, but the Caddo Parish District Attorney's race that garnered national attention and the interest of liberal billionaire George Soros. There was already a crowded field of candidates in the … Continue reading The Caddo Parish District Attorney Race Turns Gubernatorial Election into a Sideshow

Flipping and Flopping in Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana governor’s race continues to flip and flop and contort in every conceivable direction.  One week Senator David Vitter looks to be a goner, and the next, he’s on top again.  Such is the way of politics everywhere, but especially in Louisiana. This week, the New Orleans Times-Picayune declares … Continue reading Flipping and Flopping in Louisiana

The Louisiana Governor’s Race Is a Toss-Up

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  With early voting now underway for the October 24 primary election, the Louisiana governor’s race is very tight. John Bel Edwards is the only Democrat in the race and is giving Senator David Vitter a run for his money according to a recent poll by the Clarus Research Group.  Their … Continue reading The Louisiana Governor’s Race Is a Toss-Up