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When Edwin Edwards died earlier this week at the age of 93 Louisiana lost a political figure whose triumphs and downfall will never be replicated again.

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Thirty years ago, then-Gov. Buddy Roemer vetoed legislation aimed at curbing abortions in Louisiana. Lawmakers overrode the veto. Two years later, lawmakers overrode a veto issued by then-Gov. Edwin Edwards that concerned a flap over funding for the state Attorney General’s office.

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In a matter of about 24 hours, LSU seemingly made a problem go away when an embattled chancellor was reinstated and then resigned amid a narrative that he was as innocent and pure as the Virgin Mary.

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The fiscal-only session of the Louisiana Legislature that concluded Thursday won’t be remembered for its bipartisanship or collegial atmosphere.

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The Louisiana Legislature is in the final throes of its fiscal-only session and to date the only substantive matter lawmakers have approved was a $37-billion budget, which is saying something.

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The man who was responsible for laying the groundwork for LSU to become one of the better publicly funded universities in the country died last week in Baton Rouge at the age of 83.

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Common sense tells us the ongoing legislative session in Baton Rouge should be focused on how the state will spend a $1.6-billion gift from the federal government.

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If you thought LSU had the market cornered in covering up a scandal or two, allow me to introduce a host of judges in the Fourth Judicial District Court in Monroe and a special appointed judge from down on the bayou.

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The ink had not dried on this writer’s opinion piece last week before news surfaced in Baton Rouge that there’s another scandal brewing at LSU, but this time it’s not a football player or coach or former university president who’s in the hot seat.

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You may not realize it but later this month voters in the Fifth District of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives will elect a new congressman, or congresswoman. At the very least, voters in the March 20 special election will decide which two candidates out of a field of 12 will adv…

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State Rep. Jack McFarland may have an almost insurmountable chore awaiting him when the fiscal-only session of the Legislature convenes April 12.

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Roughly two to three years ago, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy paid a visit to West Monroe to speak to the Ouachita Parish Women’s Republican Club.

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The special election to fill the void created by the tragic death of 5th District Congressman-elect Luke Letlow will generate headlines but it won’t be because the race will be hotly contested.

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In recent years, most Americans refer to The Purge as a television and movie series, that depicts the violence and mayhem which occurs when citizens can commit any crime, including murder, during a 12-hour period once a year. However, the real “Great Purge” truly happened, it was not just Ho…

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Regardless of the outcome of President Donald Trump challenging the validity of the vote in key swing states in the Nov. 3 presidential race, Trump has single-handedly altered American politics forever and because of him the battle lines separating the two major parties are crystal clear.

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Editor’s Note: This column by Sam Hanna Jr. was first published the week of Dec. 30, 2019. It remains relevant since the LSU Board of Supervisors has yet to name a permanent replacement for former LSU President F. King Alexander.

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