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Congress is back, although we can’t quite say that we missed our “favorite” lawmakers. Now that the leaves are turning brown and there’s pumpkin spiced-everything all-around, our elected officials are back to their usual, partisan bickering. Senate Republicans returned from recess with a $50…

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Among the political classes in Washington and the nation’s state capitals, when and how to open public schools has become yet another contentious issue with partisan battle lines and dueling talking points. This is not the case among the voters, however, according to the findings of an eye-o…

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Congress is finally back in town, and they’ve got plenty of unfinished homework that has piled up since July. Lawmakers will likely need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) by Sept. 30 to avert yet another government shutdown. They will also have to figure out how to deal with continued sky…

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Washington is locked in gridlock, there’s an election on the horizon, and our country is desperate to get out of the COVID-19 economic slump. The good news is that states don’t have to wait for Congress to break its logjam. There’s something we can do right now to put Americans back to work,…

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Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, protests and riots have shaken the country. Tensions escalated further on Aug. 23 after Jacob Blake was shot by police seven times under hotly disputed circumstances. During these flash points, more than 15 million Americans have protested for polic…

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Party time is over. Republicans have just ended their national nominating convention, while Democrats capped theirs off last week. Throughout both conventions, speakers directed their firepower at the “enemy,” the opposing political party incapable of doing anything well.

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On Aug. 8, President Donald Trump unilaterally deferred payroll taxes for millions of workers with the stroke of a pen. He also extended relief for student loan borrowers, bolstered unemployment benefits, and vaguely directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help out strugg…

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The Trump administration has set an ambitious trade agenda for the remainder of 2020. In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing earlier this summer, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressed the president's intent to crack down on foreign countries that discriminate against Amer…

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In its brief ruling Monday regarding the coastal lawsuits against some of Louisiana’s largest job creators, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sidestepped many substantive issues. The narrow decision made on the issue of timeliness sends the cases back to state court for the time being.…

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Sen. Mike Braun isn’t happy that Congress left town without reaching a deal on the next COVID-19 relief bill as the nation continues its struggle to contain the virus. He’s even more concerned that Republicans are going to repeat a 2018 election mistake by failing to take on the nation’s soa…

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Throughout the nation, young people care about climate change and are eager to find solutions. With decades of life ahead of us, our generation recognizes that sound policy action could be the difference between a diminished future and one of continued growth and prosperity.

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(The Center Square) – Four months after governors and local officials announced stay-at-home orders, Americans continue to struggle financially and suffer from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Congress has tried to provide Americans relief and stability through the turmoil, but it ha…

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As representatives of the people in D.C. debate the next big stimulus package that will probably head our way in March, it's important - after much criticism has been levied on the government's financial status - to take a step back and admire a few recent announcements in Livingston Parish.

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As Louisiana students and parents await answers on returning to the classroom this fall, the issue of broadband availability is at the front of many of their minds.Studies show that only 63 percent of rural Americans have access to home broadband internet, 12 percentage points lower than the…

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Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch applauds the Legislature on its overwhelming passage of common sense legal reform legislation during the recent special session. Bipartisan passage of Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s HB 57 would not have occurred without thoughtful discussion and compromise on both s…

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Recently, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information issued a statement calling for greater transparency and accountability from law enforcement. They were joined by more than 50 groups, including the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Coun…

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False accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia have already cost some of the most senior officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice their reputations, their careers, or both. The widespread wrongdoing raises the question: Where were the honest lawmen and women? Was th…

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In 2016, Robert Cahaly was the only pollster to show Donald Trump winning the state of Michigan. His final survey in the Wolverine State projected the Republican nominee beating Hillary Clinton by two percentage points. The final margin was just 0.3% – an outcome that almost no one except Ca…

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Whether it’s connecting with classmates and teachers, working from home, or attending virtual doctor visits, the COVID-19 pandemic has made Louisianans’ need to be connected to high speed internet more important than ever. But too often, the solutions offered for closing the state’s digital …