By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As your humble correspondent is recovering from a vicious round of food-poisoning, I’m going to give you a quick round-up of Louisiana headlines today as any thought deeper than that is simply not happening today. The Governor’s Race: The money reports are in. There are no real surprises on the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Roundup
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The spin machines for the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race is hard at work. Already in the ring on the Republican side are Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, and a couple of weeks ago, to no one’s surprise, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his re-election bid. Local political … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Spinning the 2019 Gubernatorial Race
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana governor’s race is beginning to take shape and from where I’m sitting, it looks like a piece of cake for the incumbent, John Bel Edwards. The Advocate has a good run-down of who is in and who is out at this point, and when you look at who … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The State of the Governor’s Race
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is less than a year until Louisiana’s next gubernatorial election and current governor, John Bel Edwards, is getting his ducks in a row. When election day comes in October 2019, Edwards will be able to tell voters that he has added 500,000 new government dependents to the Medicaid rolls, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is Prepping for Re-Election
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Are you ready to vote Tuesday? Done your research? In Louisiana we have several races of interest, most of them local issues, and I guess at the top of that for me is the Shreveport mayoral race. It’s no secret that Shreveport is in an economic decline and ranks low … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s a rainy, fall day here in Louisiana and we are one week away from fall break at school, and less than two weeks away from publishing day for my book, so my attention span is all over the map right now. I have only some loose, disconnected thoughts for … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts on a Rainy Day
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Normally, news of a $300 million surplus at the end of the State’s fiscal year would be good news, but here in Louisiana it is prompting questions and accusations amongst the political talking heads. All summer long Louisiana residents were pummeled with news that our budget was facing a terrible … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: What Fiscal Cliff? There Was a Fiscal Cliff?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Some random thoughts this week: Book Reviews: I’ve finished reading two books this week: What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, and Educated by Tara Westover. Both have been books that leave what I call a book-hangover, which is to say that they were both so good that it’s been … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Random Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPOT -- Last week Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator visited with Erin McCarty and Robert J. Wright on our local 710 KEEL radio about Governor John Bel Edwards touted Criminal Justice Reform. The bipartisan legislation revamping the way Louisiana deals with criminals and crime was passed in 2017 in an attempt to … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Controversial Criminal Justice Reform
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $650 million dollar fiscal cliff and two previous special legislative sessions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so special session number three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day. Throughout this crisis the normal groups have been targeted and threatened for extinction: … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $994 million fiscal gap if the legislature can’t break gridlock in the current special session which ends Wednesday. Expiring sales tax laws are primarily the culprit for the shortfall but many contend that years of Bobby Jindal’s shell games are also partly to blame. Whatever the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Fiscal Cliff
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
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
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
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