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There will be plenty of compelling stories over the next two months as the 2019 Legislative Session unfolds in Baton Rouge. It’s an election year, so the governor and all the legislators know the stakes are high.

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You often hear the state of the national economy followed by the number of new home construction starts and the number of existing home sales for the year. It seems that as home sales, both new and existing homes, goes so goes the national economy. Why is it that the sale of homes is such an…

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As the Louisiana legislature begins a new session, the focus—early on—concerns alligators, almond milk, marching bands, the Who Dat Nation, driverless cars, wrestling matches, crab traps, meatless burgers, and changing the name of the state song. By any objective measure, most of these propo…

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Much has been made about the 90-day fundraising ban that Gov. John Bel Edwards has been saddled with during and after the ongoing regular session, but very little attention has been given to the backup fundraising structure that has been established to support the incumbent’s bid.

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It has now been a year since the President appointed me to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, a district encompassing 42 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

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It should surprise no one that in the radicalized Democratic Party of 2019 disgraced Reverend Al Sharpton is a major power-broker. His influence has been on display this week as many of the major Democratic Party presidential candidates attended a convention sponsored by the National Action …

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If you are a sports fan living in Louisiana, you are well aware of the rise to the top by LSU’s basketball team that won the SEC championship and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. But then the bubble burst. Not because the Tigers were defeated by Michigan State. No, the team wa…

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It probably never dawned on LSU football coach Ed Orgeron that he would be criticized for attending a fundraiser for Gov. John Bel Edwards, but he did and he was.

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The regular session convened Monday, April 8, and the filing deadline for quarterly fundraising reports was just a day later, on Tuesday. For the politicos who had connections to both happenings, such as the governor, members of the Legislature and those who are seeking to steal their seats,…

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Despite a weak case seven years ago that has only deteriorated since, another stab is being taken at merging my employer Louisiana State University Shreveport with Louisiana Tech University.

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I was in a meeting last week where we discussed the national and regional interest in our market. We are certainly not Dallas or even Shreveport when it comes to out-of-state interest in the local market.

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The new phenomenon of the political world is U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), otherwise known as “AOC.” This upstart congresswoman was bartending last year. Now, the entire political world knows her by her initials.

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For years, the marketing (admissions) departments of colleges and universities have operated on the following principle: “Go to college, get a degree, and the world is your oyster.” Tens of millions have bought into that principle because for many young men and women it is true. A person wit…

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State lawmakers will convene the regular legislative session beginning Monday. Under normal circumstances, you would expect a hum-drum affair over the following 65 days of the fiscal-only session.

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I wanted a straight answer on the politics that have been fermenting for the regular session of the Legislature that convenes Monday, April 8. So I called Senate Natural Resources Chairman Norby Chabert of Terrebonne Parish. A former Democrat turned Republican and the third member of his imm…

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