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  • Trump Promises to Never Use Profanity Again

    02/12/2016 1:16:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/12/2016 | Alex Griswold
    During a Thursday night speech in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Donald Trump promised the audience he'd never use profanity again. Trump was railing against "political hacks," when he stopped short of using a worse term. "I won't use foul language," he said to the crowd. "I'm just not going to do it, I'm not going to do it." They're all saying, ‘Do it, do it.' No," Trump said. "I'm not. That's better, right?" "Even if it's not a bad word, if it's a little bit off they kill me, so I won't do it. I'll never do it again, actually," he...
  • [Louisiana Governor] Edwards promotes panic, false choices to grow government

    02/12/2016 11:46:51 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 10 replies
    JeffSadow.Blogspot.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jeffrey D. Sadow
    Viewers of Gov. John Bel Edwards' televised speech to the public prior to the start of the Louisiana Legislature's 2016 First Extraordinary Session should not let the transparency of his tax-and-spend agenda and the insufferableness of the way he pursues it distract them from what needs to doing to resolve the state's current and future budget difficulties. At different points in the address, which probably few people saw, Edwards said "nor would we falsely claim 'the sky is falling,'" "I don't say this to scare you," and "These are not scare tactics." Then he proceeded to try to say things...
  • This Should Shake the GOPe to its Core.

    02/12/2016 8:59:16 AM PST · by dlt · 49 replies
    From an attendee at the Baton Rouge Ralley last night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9RD_Po8gE0
  • [Democrat Louisiana Governor] says budget crisis threatens all of Louisiana -- even LSU football

    02/12/2016 6:02:27 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 20 replies
    Nola.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out an absolute worst case scenario Thursday night (Feb. 11) for Louisiana if state lawmakers refuse to go along with the package of tax increases he has proposed. In a rare statewide televised address, Edwards told viewers that the state would be forced to take extreme action -- such as throwing people with off of kidney dialysis and shutting down hospice services -- if new taxes didn't go into place over the next few months. "The health care services that are in jeopardy literally mean the difference between life and death," Edwards said during a...
  • Louisiana immediately halts TOPS payments to colleges, universities in face of budget crisis

    02/11/2016 3:54:37 PM PST · by smith5460 · 20 replies
    The Advocate (Baton Rouge) ^ | February 11, 2016 | Rebekah Allen
    The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance alerted colleges and universities Thursday that they were stopping TOPS payments immediately because of uncertainty related to the state budget. "Due to the possibility of state budget cuts, all TOPS payments are being suspended until further notice," said an email that went out to all TOPS eligible institutions at 3 p.m. "More details will be provided as information becomes available." What that means for students and parents is that every student who is currently receiving a TOPS scholarship could end up owing the remainder of the semester's tuition that's not already paid.
  • LIVE THREAD:Donald Trump rally in Baton Rouge 2/11/2016 @ 7pm (CST)

    02/11/2016 4:59:52 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 1,131 replies
    Thursday, February 11, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, LA at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM CST. As the "Capital City", Baton Rouge is the political hub for Louisiana, and is the second-largest metropolitan city in the state, with an estimated population of 228,895 as of 2014. The metropolitan area surrounding the city, known as Greater Baton Rouge, had a population of 820,159 people as of 2013.The urban area has around 594,309 inhabitants. HOW DID BATON ROUGE GET ITS NAME? The French name...
  • Louisiana Judge Stops Pro-Life Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics Injuring Women

    02/10/2016 7:31:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    A Louisiana judge sided with abortion advocates Wednesday and ruled against a state law that would ensure abortion clinics are meeting basic health and safety requirements. Baton Rouge District Judge John deGravelles blocked the law from taking effect and declared it “unconstitutional” in a Tuesday ruling, ABC News reports. The pro-life law would protect women by ensuring that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, that informed consent protections apply to all abortions, and that facilities that perform more than five abortions maintain proper licensing. Attorneys for the state immediately asked Judge John deGravelles to stay Wednesday’s order while...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards orders state to drop anti-Common Core lawsuit

    02/05/2016 9:22:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    The Advocate ^ | 4 Feb 2016 | Will Sentell
    Gov. John Bel Edwards directed the state Thursday to drop a federal lawsuit challenging Common Core that was pushed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Edwards also ordered the termination of a $475,000 state contract to handle the legal challenge held by the law firm of Alexandria attorney Jimmy Faircloth, a former Jindal aide. The governor, in a prepared statement, said newly enacted federal legislation makes moot issues raised in the lawsuit. It does not benefit students to continue to use time and resources to pursue litigation that no longer has any bearing on classrooms in Louisiana, Edwards said in the...
  • Louisiana Governor Edwards: No campaign promises have been broken

    02/01/2016 6:34:29 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 28 replies
    WWL.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | WWL.com
    Governor John Bel Edwards argues against those who say he is breaking a campaign promise by proposing to raise taxes to address Louisiana's massive budget shortfall. Edwards says the proposals he's made are different than talked about during the election, because the facts are different. He also says these proposals are not what he wanted, but necessary. "It is time to stop living in a fantasy land, it's time to stop pretending that things are better than they are. You're going to see honest budgeting, you're going to see responsible budgeting from me." Edwards says during his campaign the state's...
  • Louisiana Judge Overturns Pro-Life Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics Not Protecting Women

    01/28/2016 10:19:52 PM PST · by kathsua · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Louisiana judge sided with abortion advocates Tuesday and ruled against a state law that would ensure abortion clinics are meeting basic health and safety requirements. Baton Rouge District Judge John deGravelles blocked the law from taking effect and declared it “unconstitutional” in a Tuesday ruling, ABC News reports. DeGravelles scheduled a conference Friday to consider whether the injunction should be made permanent, according to the report. The pro-life law would protect women by ensuring that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, that informed consent protections apply to all abortions, and that facilities that perform more than five...
  • Federal judge allows New Orleans to proceed with Confederate monument removal

    A federal court ruling issued Tuesday (Jan. 26) has killed an attempt by supporters of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans to prevent Mayor Mitch Landrieu from taking them down. The lawsuit from the Monumental Task Committee, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana and Beauregard Camp No. 130 challenged whether the city had the legal standing to remove the monuments, among other points. The City Council voted 6-1 last month, at the mayor's request, to declare as public nuisances monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard and the Battle of Liberty Place, allowing the city to remove...
  • Michael Moore wants Obama to visit Flint, Attorney General to arrest Snyder

    01/16/2016 3:27:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | 1/16/16 | NBC25 Newsroom
    FLINT - Filmmaker and Davison native Michael Moore spoke before a fired-up crowd in downtown Flint today about the water crisis. In his speech he asked that President Barack Obama visit Flint, when the president is at the North American International Auto Show next week. Moore said that Obama needs to come to Flint before it becomes the president's version of Katrina, conjuring images of when President Bush flew over, but initially did not go to, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina stuck the city.
  • Cruz, Rubio Presidential Eligibility Challenged In FL, VT, and MD!

    01/07/2016 1:51:32 PM PST · by Mariner · 231 replies
    The Marshall Report ^ | January 7th, 2016 | Dianne Marshall
    Well, so far complaints involving the ineligibility for Cruz, Rubio and Jindal to run for president have been filed in three states. Florida, Vermont, and MD. It appears all these people have to do is show proof of the eligibility requirements to run for president as stated in the constitution. So far none have, however Jindal has dropped out so it is moot for him. (Citizenship is not the same as the naturalization requirements for citizenship to run for President as stated in the constitution.) For some odd reason, Cruz has had his birth records sealed. He’ll have to answer...
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • Louisiana Senator Blasts Obama On Guns, Terror(La)

    01/06/2016 9:21:14 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 4 replies
    710keel.com ^ | January 6, 2016 | Robert J Wright
    Outgoing Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory has once again criticized Barack Obama, this time taking the President to task over his executive order on gun control. In addition, (in an interview with 710 KEEL) the Republican lawmaker termed Obama "an idiot" for taking away citizens rights to defend themselves at a time when Americans are "waiting for the next terror attack."
  • The South is key in the race for the White House

    01/03/2016 8:51:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Southern Political Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Hastings Wyman
    The South will play a crucial role in the 2016 presidential contest, both in the nominating process and in the General Election. For the Republicans, Dixie's plethora of primaries come quickly after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and will probably determine the nominee. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's strong support among African Americans in the Southern primaries should cement her already commanding lead for her party's nomination. And in the General Election, at least three Southern states are likely to be competitive and may well determine the outcome of the race for the White House. Until...
  • The End of the Beginning - The Road to the White House

    01/02/2016 8:44:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 2, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    After the British victory at the Battle of the Second El Alamein in November of 1942, Winston Churchill spoke to the British people. Churchill eloquently stated, “Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Perhaps, the same can be said of the opening salvos of the 2016 Presidential Election. We have watched numerous debates on both sides, filled with candidates grandiose and not very grandiose. Gradually, the field is being thinned and on February 1, 2016, the games truly begin at the Iowa Caucuses....
  • Western Illinois University Predicts a Bernie Sanders Victory in 2016

    11/15/2015 5:33:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/03/2015 | By Colleen Connolly
    The results are in for one Illinois university's famous mock presidential election, but the clear winner may surprise some. Western Illinois University's mock election predicted a landslide victory for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, with running mate Martin O'Malley, in 2016. The predicted Sanders-O'Malley ticket garnered 404 electoral votes to Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio's 114 votes. In the popular vote, Sanders earned 741 votes (49 percent) to Bush's 577 (38 percent). The famously accurate mock election correctly predicted the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections, and the university claims it's the "largest and most elaborate mock presidential simulation in the nation."...
  • I Endorse Ted Cruz for President

    12/28/2015 7:16:48 AM PST · by Isara · 42 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | December 28, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at his rally for religious liberty on 8/21/15 in Des Moines. Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com) When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal exited the race a little more than a month ago, I was not sure I would offer another public endorsement. As you can imagine, I have had different campaigns reach out, and I’ve struggled with making a decision. I did have a short list; I admire and respect those who were on it, but I knew that eventually I was going to have make a decision whether I made it public or...
  • No FAFSA, No Diploma in Louisiana

    12/24/2015 12:01:22 PM PST · by Revel · 35 replies
    USnews ^ | 12-22-15 | Lauren Camera
    In order to graduate from high school in Louisiana, students will soon be required to apply for federal financial aid for college. The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the new graduation prerequisite earlier this month, and the new policy will go into effect beginning with the class of 2018.
  • Teenage girl dead, boy wounded in Harvey shooting

    12/22/2015 8:10:34 PM PST · by BBell · 14 replies
    Ben Myers ^ | 12/22/15 | Ben Myers, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A 15-year-old girl is dead and a 16-year-old boy is in guarded condition after a shooting shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening (Dec. 22) in Harvey. The victim who died was identified as Shamairie Joseph of Harvey, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office news release. Responding officers found Joseph suffering a gunshot wound to the chest in the 1600 block of Apache Drive, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The boy was found suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen about a block away, in the 1000 block of Inca Drive. Preliminary indications are that "both victims...
  • How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana [A retrospective]

    12/22/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 02/15/2015 | Rod Dreher
    I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he’s leaving his state in. In today’s NYT, Campbell Robertson tells the country about the current mess. Excerpts: "Since I've been in Louisiana I've never seen a budget cycle as desperate as this one," said Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council, a nonpartisan group based in Baton Rouge.Louisiana's budget shortfall is projected to reach $1.6 billion next...
  • John Bel Edwards, the new Louisiana governor to undo welfare reform

    12/22/2015 2:06:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hope and change is coming to Louisiana after the defeat of David Vitter last month. John Bel Edwards swept to victory by a double digit margin and let everyone know that he was going to start changing up the game. Now, well before he’s even taken the oath of office, Edwards is prepping for some of his first big reforms in the financially troubled state. One of the top items on his docket is getting rid of the work requirement for able bodied food stamp recipients. (WDSU News) Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov....
  • No FAFSA, No Diploma in Louisiana

    12/22/2015 11:35:23 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    In order to graduate from high school in Louisiana, students will soon be required to apply for federal financial aid for college. The state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the new graduation prerequisite earlier this month, and the new policy will go into effect beginning with the class of 2018. The move makes the Pelican State the first in the country to require students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, in order to receive a high school diploma.
  • Edwards says he'll remove work requirements for food stamps

    12/21/2015 2:39:19 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 36 replies
    Lake Charles American Press ^ | December 21, 2015 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov. Bobby Jindal has enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. Edwards sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying he will seek a federal waiver of the work requirements. The governor-elect says Louisiana's unemployment rate qualifies it to skip the work mandate. He's asking the USDA and the state social services department to stop any interruption of benefits until Edwards can reapply for the waiver that Jindal allowed to expire. The work requirements are supposed to kick in Jan. 1 for adults aged 18 to...
  • Will the GOP Mount a Third-Party Challenge to Trump?

    12/20/2015 5:34:38 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | Jeff Greenfield
    Donald Trump may have eased some Republican fears Tuesday night when he declared his intention to stay inside the party. But if their angst has been temporarily eased at the prospect of what he would do if he loses, they still face a far more troubling, and increasingly plausible, question. What happens to the party if he wins? Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/donald-trump-2016-third-party-bid-213449#ixzz3uunF2pRX
  • 4 Smart microcars tipped over in San Francisco

    04/07/2014 7:59:52 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 113 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | Kale Williams
    San Francisco police are investigating an unusual crime spree after four people who live in and around Bernal Heights awakened Monday morning to find their Smart microcars had been rolled over by groups of vandals.
  • Eco-friendly 3D printed supercar

    08/04/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ben Gruber
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A California automotive start-up is hoping their prototype supercar will redefine car manufacturing. The sleek race car dubbed 'Blade' didn't come off an assembly line - but out of a 3D printer. Kevin Czinger of Divergent Microfactories has spent most of his career in the automotive industry. One day he realized that no matter how fuel-efficient or how few tailpipe emissions the modern car has, the business of car manufacturing is destroying the environment. "3D printing of metal radically changes that. By looking at 3D printing not for that overall structure but to create individual modular structures that can...
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • World's first 3-D printed car takes test drive [Eventual Doom of UAW?]

    09/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Sean Lewis
    In a matter of two days, history was made at Chicago's McCormick Place, as the world's first 3-D printed electric car -- named Strati, Italian for "layers"-- took its first test drive. "Less than 50 parts are in this car," said Jay Rogers from Local Motors.
  • Three-wheel vehicles eligible for federal funds

    10/19/2009 5:59:36 PM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies · 728+ views
    CNET News ^ | October 19, 2009 | Martin LaMonica
    Congress has approved a measure that will allow makers of three-wheel cars to receive funding for fuel-efficient auto technologies, according to published reports. The bill, which still needs to be signed into law, could be a boost to companies developing alternative car designs, notably Aptera Motors and Elio Motors. Both companies have argued that their three-wheel cars deserve federal funding meant to promote more efficient vehicles. The legislation, passed late last week, would overturn an Energy Department rule that limited funding to four-wheel vehicles meeting emissions and fuel-economy benchmarks, Automotive News reported on Friday. The new guidelines will now allow...
  • Fuel-Efficient Elio Three-Wheel Car Hits 15,000 Orders Before Production Starts

    04/25/2014 11:56:28 AM PDT · by posterchild · 45 replies
    Green Car Reports via autos.yahoo.com ^ | Fri Apr 25, 2014 | Antony Ingram
    You wouldn't think a small, green, three-wheeled vehicle would be the perfect recipe for creating a buzz in the car world. But that's what Paul Elio has done with his Elio Motors firm, and though the vehicle in question is still a fair while from production reality, the company has a loyal following already. So far, it's enough of a buzz that over 15,000 people have put down deposits for the car, according to Elio's website (via Autoblog Green). That doesn't mean the company has 15,000 sales in the bag, of course. [] It's led Elio to suggest the emissions...
  • Jay Remembers the Three-Wheeled Car- 'The Shotwell'-Jay Leno's Garage

    02/11/2014 6:10:08 PM PST · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    "Ten years ago, I received a letter from a man named Bob Shotwell who lived in a small town in Minnesota. He knew that I liked old cars from watching me on television. And he wanted to give me one. He recalled that he asked his father for a car as he was about to graduate from high school in the early 1930s. But his dad replied that if he wanted a car, he should build one. So, 17-year-old Bob scrounged parts and made his own car. It was a little three-wheeled coupe powered by a 77.2-cu.-in. four-cylinder 1931 Indian...
  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | March 6, 2015
    Elio Motors today announced it has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype, completing one of the company's most important stages of development. With a goal of up to 84 MPG and a projected top speed of more than 100 MPH, the enclosed, three-wheeled Elio requires an engine with a unique blend of power and efficiency that simply doesn't exist on the market today. Elio Motors, which plans to sell the vehicle for $6,800 when it launches in the first half of 2016, turned to world-class engine developer IAV to create a new technology that would meet the company's...
  • Is President Hillary Clinton, 2016 Inevitable?

    12/20/2015 3:19:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | December 20, 2015 | Old Town Yankee
    Not since I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 have I been so excited about the prospect of a true conservative as I was for 2016. With the likes of Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94% there was plenty to be excited about. What I didn’t realize was the depth of disgust and anger that the base had for the establishment republicans. It wasn’t so apparent to me given that I have been living with RINO’s and turncoats up here in Massachusetts for decades. Then enter Trump. I could never have...
  • A monumental victory for political correctness in New Orleans

    12/19/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/15 | Jeff Crouere
    Mayor Landrieu created a firestorm, stoked racial divisions, and attacked the city’s history, all to promote his political career. Yesterday, in the “City that Care Forgot,” New Orleans politicians displayed very little care for their city’s history, but showed they cared a great deal for political correctness. In a 6-1 vote, City Council members passed an ordinance supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to declare four historic Confederate monuments “nuisances” and remove them from the city landscape. It was a big political victory for Landrieu who created this controversy after the murder of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, by...
  • New Orleans considers removing Confederate monuments

    12/16/2015 3:22:25 PM PST · by PROCON · 113 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans is poised to make a sweeping break with its Confederate past as city leaders decide whether to remove prominent monuments from some of its busiest streets. With support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a majority on the City Council appears ready to take down four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their ordinance has sparked passionate responses for and against these symbols, and both sides will get one more say at a special council meeting before Thursday's vote.
  • Louisiana: Governor-elect Edwards selects RINO Dardenne to lead state government (quid pro quo)

    12/08/2015 6:12:26 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    Nola.com ^ | December 7, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is expected to name Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne as his top state government administrator and chief budget officer Monday afternoon (Dec. 7), according to three sources -- two who are close to Dardenne and another who is a leader in state government. The move could be interpreted as Edwards' first substantial commitment to a bipartisan cabinet. Edwards, a Democrat, has picked Dardenne, a Republican who ran against him in the gubernatorial primary, for arguably the most important and high-profile job in the state government next to his own. As Louisiana's commissioner of administration, Dardenne will be...
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • John Bel Edwards' transition team to examine restoring food stamp benefits

    12/04/2015 7:37:32 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 4, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has decided not to re-apply for a waiver that allows out-of-work residents to apply for food stamp benefits after they've been on the program for three months. But because Louisiana's unemployment rate is above the national average, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards could decide to apply for the waiver once he takes office Jan. 11. Doing so could restore food stamp benefits, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to as many as 64,000 Louisianians who have been unable to find work. snip
  • John Bel Edwards will issue executive order protecting LGBT state employees

    12/01/2015 3:03:19 PM PST · by abb · 41 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 1, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards plans to issue an executive order to protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community from firing, discrimination and harassment as state employees and government contractors. Edwards' directive would cover state workers and government contractors in agencies and departments he oversees. But executive orders don't necessarily bind parts of state government outside the governor's control, such as the judiciary. The Edwards' transition team did not provide a timeline for when the order might be issued, but the Democrat will be sworn into office Jan. 11. The governor-elect told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune directly a few weeks...
  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion timeline hits bump in road; here's what's next

    11/27/2015 10:46:13 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 26, 2015 | Marsha Shuler
    By Marsha Shuler| mshuler@theadvocate.com Nov. 26, 2015; 6:25 p.m. On the campaign trial, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards promised time and again that he would expand the rolls of Medicaid on his first day in office. His promise to reverse repeated rejections of expanded Medicaid by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and open the government health insurance program to more low-income workers was a cornerstone of the Democrat’s campaign. But legal realities have caused Edwards to back off, at least for the time being, while his incoming administration works through a legal glitch raised by the Legislature’s fiscal advisers. Edwards told reporters...
  • THE BANKRUPT IRISHMAN WHO CREATED THE DOLLAR SIGN BY ACCIDENT

    11/25/2015 2:52:09 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 23, 2015 | DAN HESS
    The only known depiction of Oliver Pollock, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Richard Cummins/Alamy)Wars cost money. So when the Revolutionary War broke out, the Colonies turned to a number of sources for backing. The top contributors to America’s Independence: The Kingdoms of France and Spain, the Dutch banking conglomerate, and a single Irish merchant based in New Orleans. His name was Oliver Pollock, and he was the “Financier of the Revolution in the West.”  Pollock saw opportunity in war– the chance for a young but wealthy immigrant to stand as a symbol of success and greatness. He desired to carve out a...
  • Where Is Liberal Rage Over Mass Shooting In New Orleans?

    11/25/2015 10:34:22 AM PST · by absentee · 14 replies
    RedState ^ | 11/24/15 | Caleb Howe
    This is news from Louisiana on Sunday. Seventeen people were shot but survived when gunfire erupted on on a playground where a block party was going in New Orleans. If you did not hear about it, do not be surprised. It was barely news. It is amazing to think that there was not a huge media blitz, that there were not the standard outrageous, grandstanding tweets, or the ridiculous parade of pseudo-experts on CNN and MSNBC to spend hours talking about gun control. The endless blog posts, the overwrought editorials. None of those. And why is that? Here is a...
  • Jay Dardenne Auditions For John Bel Edwards’s Commissioner Of Administration

    11/25/2015 10:32:20 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 25, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    The outgoing RINO Lt. Governor Jay “Ephialtes” Dardenne just sat down with Baton Rouge talk show host Clay Young to discuss his future plans and the governor’s race. The interview was largely Jay Dardenne’s audition for Commissioner Of Administration. Young asked Dardenne if there was a deal between John Bel Edwards and him for his endorsement. Dardenne says that it didn’t come up and that he endorsed Edwards because he believed David Vitter would be a terrible governor. Dardenne says Vitter was too much of a Washington politician and he didn’t want the Washington style politics of division to come...
  • GOP leader says Edwards backs New Orleans Democrat for (Louisiana) House speaker

    11/24/2015 4:09:08 PM PST · by abb · 31 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 24, 2015 | Mark Ballard
    Governor-elect John Bel Edwards told Republican House leaders Tuesday afternoon that he backed New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger III, a fellow Democrat as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader Lance Harris said. The Republican majority in the Louisiana House would prefer one its members in the top leadership role and passed a resolution to that effect during a meeting in the State Capitol. The 61 GOP representatives in the 105-member Louisiana House met for several hours behind closed doors to discuss how to handle the incoming administration of a Democratic Party governor. Traditionally, Louisiana governors choose the leaders of each...
  • How Long Did It Take John Bel Edwards To Break His First Campaign Promise?

    11/24/2015 2:42:52 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 24, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    The answer is less than 24 hours after he was elected. John Bel Edwards tried to run an issue free campaign for governor. Instead, he made the election about David Vitter’s character. While he was busy destroying a good man, Edwards didn’t really go into his vision for Louisiana. Despite his best efforts though, he made some promises to the state. One of them was to hold two special sessions this coming year to deal with structural budget crisis the state is in. Here’s John Bel Edwards making the case via some questions posed on social media. Plans or priorities...
  • 'School choice' activists wary of Louisiana's new governor

    John Bel Edwards' alliances with teachers unions and conventional public school leaders are drawing concern that Louisiana's next governor will seek to revisit legislative battles over charter schools and private school tuition vouchers. In a sign of the strength of Edwards' ties to the unions, the Democrat's first speech since winning Saturday's runoff election was Monday (Nov. 23) at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers convention in Lake Charles. "I know the power and the promise of a public school education when it's done right and when you've got a good partner in the governor's office. Well, let me tell you...