Donald Trump sat down with the not-quite-yet-failing New York Times to end the year with one last hurrah, via an impromptu interview. The President, among other things, told the paper not less than sixteen times that there was no collusion with Russia. Trump could save time if he ordered the phrase to be included on the Great Seal of the United States. More practical, though, and certainly more remunerative, Trump Stores could sell a “No Collusion” hat for supporters, while Ivanka Jewelry might spell it out in diamonds for those willing to rebate some of their winnings from the new Trump tax relief for the rich bill.
It would be an understatement to say that this past year has been controversial on the political scene. Three major stories dominated the news from my perspective. Obviously at the top of the list was the continuing saga of Donald Trump. Then there was the Alabama Senate race that became the nation’s number one soap opera. And we learned that the government spends millions of dollars running down rumors of UFOs.
Hours after the United States President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress celebrated a humongous legislative victory with passing its tax reform package in record time without any Democratic support, back home in Louisiana, there's a different tune being sung.
First, up in DC: The US tax reform plan passed without any hearings and sworn testimony. Very few, if anyone in Congress read the legislation since none of them even saw it until an hour or so before the vote. That legislation, which passed and signed into law today, put the finishing touches upon the Trump-led US Congressional congressional agenda in which all respect for the ordinary congressional process was ignored. Earlier this year, Republicans unsuccessfully yet similarly attempted to repeal Obamacare without any hearings, or participation by the minority Democrats and yes, without legislation being available for lawmakers to debate.
The evidentiary issues are headed to the courts, and no one can say how they’ll rule, but you can add the General Services Administration to the Trump enemies list. It was reported on Saturday December 16, that the GSA, which had hosted the email server used by the Trump transition team, forked over 7,000 emails from twelve separate accounts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The GSA, previously, had turned over various transition team members’ laptops, cell phones and at least one iPad.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has released two statements today, one concerning the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and the second concerning the Louisiana legislative audit of former State Police Mike Edmonson.
What's in the Louisiana Biz News for the Day?
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Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials dedicated the completion of an important step to assisting the state with its coastal erosion problems while serving to elevate applied education and spur economic development in Baton Rouge.
Facing a political party adversary, who happens to be an ambitious politician, hoping to be the next Louisiana governor, is not the way that New Orleans Mayor-elect, LaToya Cantrell, wants to spend the next six month as she pieces together her transition team and ultimately her city government staff-- until she gets sworn in as New Orleans Mayor, May 2017.
As the great John Maginnis, used to say, “I owe it all to the material”, so does political cartoonist like Fred Mulhearn,
Earlier this week, I interviewed Mulhearn, about his work and his new book “Looziana Political Cartoons”, that is a compilation of his cartoons.
According to various media reports, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced this morning that former national security advisor Michael Flynn and early political advocate for then-candidate Donald Trump will plead guilty during a 10:30 a.m. court appearance for "willfully and knowingly [making] false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations" to the FBI regarding his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's former ambassador to the United States.