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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 …

  • Random Thoughts
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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.

  • Follow the Money
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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.

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For the second year in a row, Louisiana voters have reached the end of a primary election cycle while scratching their heads. Many are wondering why another televised debate featuring statewide candidates looked more like a train wreck than an important function of our democracy. 

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In today’s political marketplace — for Louisiana’s U.S. House and Senate races only and not including the presidential election — your vote is currently worth approximately $9.93. 

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After posting Friday’s column, “A Presidency from Hell,” about the investigations a President Hillary Clinton would face, by afternoon it was clear I had understated the gravity of the situation.

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There are eight states in the nation that have laws detailing grounds for recalling elected officials. For example, in Alaska, voters can only trigger a recall for four reasons, including “lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption.”

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With so many heavyweight candidates running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, both of the state’s mainline parties are steering clear of the carnage. The national parties aren’t interested in the race, either, especially given the unpredictability of our state’s jungle primary system. Plus, …

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Twenty-one Louisiana residents have been put in charge of spending hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. No, they don’t sit on a legislative committee, although eight of these people are elected officials. The other 13 are representatives from local and state governments; the bu…

  • Random Thoughts
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We’ve moved past the first round between Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Two more debates remain between the White House hopefuls, but the first meeting may have said enough.

  • Follow the Money
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Amid a flood, a change at the head coach position for LSU football, and - less importantly for Louisiana residents - a presidential election, there’s another election that’s getting pushed down to the bottom of everyone’s conciousness.

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Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, “This is what democracy looks like.”