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Donald Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States Friday. In an interesting twist, GOP members of the House and Senate went ahead and started rolling forward with much of Trump’s platform.

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Upon becoming House speaker in 1995, Newt Gingrich decided it was crucial to adopt a plan to eliminate the federal deficit. In a meeting of House Republicans, Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich balked: "Where is it in stone that we have to balance the budget in seven years?"

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While you were gathering with family and friends and celebrating the holidays last month, a new political party was very quietly established in Louisiana. It hopes to one day compete with the Republican and Democratic parties, which may be a bit of windmill-tilting, but for now it’s being to…

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Much of politics is not about solving problems. It's about decrying problems while blaming your opponents for causing them or for failing to solve them. The trick is to always evade responsibility. It's like a game of hot potato. When the music stops, the winners are the ones holding nothing.

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More than a third of the lawmakers now serving in the Louisiana Legislature will be forced to abandon their seats in 2019. That means 36 representatives out of the 105-member House will be making their exit at the end of this term, along with 16 out of 39 senators. 

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We just celebrated Christmas. Jesus Christ had something to say about helping those poor folks you are complaining about. I don’t believe Jesus was talking about Donald Trump, a man who built his wealth on hundreds of $billions in taxpayer funded subsidies, when he told us, “There will alway…

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For most, the end of 2016 was met with cheers, revelry, excitement, and relief.

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In South Africa, people who speak Afrikaans use the word "robot" to mean the same thing it means in English. But it is also the word for "traffic light." Why? Before automated signals, motorists on busy streets were directed by police officers standing on platforms. Those cops were automated…

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From intellectually honest to bitingly sarcastic, the remarks delivered by state Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, during this year’s record run of legislative sessions almost helped us forget just how rough 2016’s budget negotiations actually were. 

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Judging from the reaction to some of Donald Trump's Cabinet choices, there are two types of businesspeople Democrats distrust: those who behave as you would expect businesspeople to behave and those who don't. Neither Andrew Puzder nor Rex Tillerson has found many champions in the opposition party.

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President-elect Donald Trump’s historic victory last month in the general election rocked America’s political landscape. But it was the last-in-the-nation runoff ballot, conducted quietly on Dec. 10, that shook up Louisiana’s elected class and established a few new mile markers for where our…

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Ithink we can all agree that a Louisiana politician talking about prison is infinitely better than a Louisiana politician in prison. And in that spirit, you’re going to be hearing and seeing our elected class at the State Capitol talking in abundance about crime, incarceration and related is…

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‘Flooded and gutted,’ is a term that has become quite a catch phrase in real estate circles. The saying is used to describe homes that were affected by the ‘Great Flood of 2016’ and were then gutted of sheet rock, cabinets, etc. - anything that could potentially house and facilitate the grow…

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It doesn’t exactly capture the imagination when a candidate officially turns into a product — something that is polished to a shine, packaged with ribbons of nuance and proffered to voters like it’s Christmas morning. This metamorphosis happens just about every election cycle as politicians …

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“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style” comprise the first words of the classic Christmas song “Silver Bells”. It symbolizes the idealistic Yuletide image 20th century artist Norman Rockwell romanticized in his illustrations.

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Speaking in Greece on his valedictory trip to Europe as president, Barack Obama struck a familiar theme: “(W)e are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude form of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them’ ...

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In early December 2013, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign spent $250,000 on statewide television ads that sought to distance the incumbent from President Barack Obama and his landmark health care law. 

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The number of “A”-rated public schools in Livingston Parish increased to 28, according to spring 2016 standardized test results the Louisiana Department of Education released last week.

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Donald Trump made a lot of big promises during his campaign. The Republican President-Elect said he would make our government lean, mean, and efficient - a proposition which the now Republican-controlled Congress has already taken on with H.R. 417 to cut 10% of jobs by simply not replacing t…

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No matter what happens in the Dec. 10 runoff elections, Louisiana’s congressional delegation will have an entirely differently look in 2017 thanks to three out of eight members being true freshmen. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a loss of clout.