by Tom Aswell, Publisher of LouisianaVoice
As I listen all the gun rights advocates voicing support of the sacred Second Amendment, I find myself wondering how we have reached a point where their noise is allowed to drown out the pleas for common sense gun laws, i.e. bans on assault weapons, bump stocks, thorough background checks, etc.
Sometimes, events occur where two people or entities you support, unfortunately, clash. This situation seems to be the case this morning. Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, during our weekly Facebook Live discussion, talked about a reported incident that occurred last night in Pearl River, in which the conflict appears to be between the Sheriff’s Department and the US military veteran.
The campaign of John Fortunato, through its PR firm, Buisson consulting has issued a statement regarding the UNO poll that shows a major change in the vote for Jefferson Parish Sheriff. The campaign appears to confirm the general accuracy of the UNO poll. Earlier today, Bayoubuzz published an interview with Dr. Edward Chervenak, of the University of New Orleans, who oversaw the poll. Here is the statement which acknowledges the margin of error and the fact that the poll is a dead heat, subject to the error margin.
With less than two full days left in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, if the just-released University of New Orleans poll proves to be accurate, one can easily cite one major factor for the outcome. Blame clearly would go to-a statement by candidate John Fortunato that he could support Mike Yenni. President. His opponent, Joe Lopinto said he would not. Mike Yenni, is the beleaguered Jefferson Parish President hit by a sex scandal involving a young man adult.
As I readied for my Facebook Live discussion with Kathy Finn, the author of the unauthorized biography of the life of Tom Benson, many questions jammed through my mind, that i wanted to know the answers to and which i suspected, our audience would also.
Just who was Tom Benson? How did he become a billionaire and one of the richest persons in the United States? Why did he purchase the New Orleans Saints? The New Orleans Pelicans? What qualities did he possess that launched his remarkable success, coming from such a humble background? Given Benson's reported lack of knowledge about football, how did he fit in with the other NFL owners?
More turmoil in the White House continues to cast doubt on Donald Trump’s leadership. Start with the firings of FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, and Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. McCabe’s potentially unfavorable testimony before a grand jury convened by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, doomed him. Trump has now fired two top FBI officials, including Director, James Comey, to protect himself from Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Last night’s Democratic Party victory in a congressional special election in Pennsylvania should terrify Republican Party leaders. Former Marine, 33-year-old Democrat Conor Lamb apparently edged GOP candidate Rick Saccone by several hundred votes.
Donald Trump, unquestionably, had great economic news he had a right to gloat over with the jobs report posting on Friday, an increase of $313,000 jobs for the month of February. The stock market remains strong, the jobs are becoming more plentiful and there is optimism in the air.
The University of New Orleans Survey Research Center has just released a new poll regarding the upcoming Jefferson Parish Sheriff's race. The survey was commissioned by WDSU TV.
Overall, John Fortunato has a sixteen point lead over the current acting Sheriff Joe Lopinto, 48-32 with 20 percent undecided. The prior UNO poll revealed Fortunato leading 44 to Lopinto's 37 percent with a 19 point undecided. Thus, the margin has increased in Fortunato's favor from seven to sixteen percentage points over the five month duration.