frayed nerves 3Has the Louisiana legislature become a battle-ground of anger and acrimony, based, in part upon political philosophy and to an extent, whether willing to admit it, or not, race?  Essentially, this was the first question asked in Bayoubuzz’s interview with The Advocate’s Reporter, Elizabeth Crisp, who covers the Louisiana legislature.

maness copSometimes, 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.

lopinto fortunatoThe 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. 

yenniWith 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.

lopinto fortunatoAccording to a new UNO poll conducted by Ed Chervenak, Professor of Political Science, interim Sheriff Joe Lopinto has now overtaken John Fortunato with a 47-44 advantage. What is significant is the poll, only weeks ago had Fortunato up by double digits, 16 points.
down laDemocrats in particular are driving frustration in the Louisiana public, perhaps egged on by unkept promises from Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards.
 
Such a conclusion comes from data gathered by Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab. The first release from its 2018 Louisiana Survey came last week, focusing on questions of trust in politicians and government and assessing its performance, as well as perceptions of the population’s political views and attitudes.

DRIVER CLIFFIf you think about it, aren't the Louisiana Republican legislators in the driver's seat to be able to fix that onerous and seemingly ever-present, fiscal cliff?

I think so. And, apparantly, so does Rob Maness, who like the fiscal hawks in the House of Representatives and some in the Senate, want budget cuts now and deep and reasonable. They, along with just about everybody in the state are tired of the annual budget crises. They have been urging primarily the scapel and reform, others favor less knife and more gas, or revenues, to soften the blow of less governmental services. 

And guess what? It seems since the Republicans control the Louisiana legislature, they can make those cavernous cuts without the help or"interference" of the Democrats (some might say). This could mean Republican slamming down the peddle preventing various factions, including even Governor John Bel Edwards, from having any real say.

congress districtThe Louisiana Legislature just completed a “do nothing” session that proved to be a stalemate towards solving the state’s financial crisis.  A new regular session has begun with few signs that anything substantive will come about.  By law, no new tax matters can be considered in this even numbered year. So what’s the problem in getting some cooperative effort?

geezer billby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

First Published on the Louisianavoice.com

State Sen. Dan Claitor (R-Baton Rouge) sometimes seems to be Louisiana’s answer to California Gov. Jerry Brown, aka Moonbeam.

Claitor can sometimes be an example of what we should expect from our legislators but far more often than not, fail to get. He also can do a spot-on Jekyll-to-Hyde transformation.

Jindal collage As we have come to expect from the left, caricature and oversimplification make for lots of red meat thrown to the unthinking masses, but it’s a lousy method for valid understanding of public policy ramifications. 

Just such as example comes from a leftist opinion writer named David Leonhardt on the pages of the New York Times. In a recent piece, he attempted to use Louisiana’s income tax cutting during the former Gov. Bobby Jindal years as an indictment against that option, alleging that promises that “tax cuts would lead to an economic boom” didn’t pan out and produced the state’s budgetary difficulty. 

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