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October 16, 2019

What Happened in Louisiana Election?

Were you pleased with results in last week’s Louisiana first primary election? Needless to say, the results showed a number of surprises. Incumbent Gov. John Bell Edwards was forced into a runoff, contrary to what to the polls that were taken in the last few weeks. Now there will be quite a knock down drag out run-off with lots of negatives TV spots that will begin soon. And what happened in the insurance commissioners’ race? I give a full explanation in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

 

A New Book is Popular!

The Lisburn Press has published a compelling story of the yellow jacket epidemic in New Orleans back in the in 1800s.  I’m pictured above with author Renee Uzee ,who is speaking all over Louisiana about his popular new book.  It’s available on our website at www.thelisburnpress.com.

The Lisburn Press Award!

The Lisburn Press has been selected for the 2019 Best of Baton Rouge Award in the Book Publisher category by the Baton Rouge Award Program.The Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Baton Rouge area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. We at the Lisburn Press are proud of receiving this high honor.

 

October 9, 2019

LABOR OF LOVE TO VOTE!

Did you vote in advance i n the first primary election for numerous offices that were on the ballot? About 35% of the registered voters did in Louisiana. There’s been a huge upturn in people voting early since the laws have been changed. In my column this week, I write about some of the stranger things that happened to me when I absently voted. For instance, why no donuts! Take a look and see what you think. You can read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Book Tour to Lafayette!

I have kicked off my new Louisiana book tour,  to promote my book, My Louisiana Odyssey. At a recent stop was in Lafayette, I spoke to the Lafayette Rotary Club.  As a public official in the past, I have spoken to this large civic club on a number of occasions.  It was a treat to renew old friendships and talk about my new memoir. I’m pictured here with Rotary Club President Nanette Heggie and have put to use my new special cup to good use.

October 8, 2019

Saturday Night Live one Race!

Saturday night Live on NBC, always a bit edgy, had a funny and one the money sketch on race relations in our country last weekend. It’s well worth watching.

October 2, 2019

WHO’S GOING TO WIN ON LOUISIANA ELECTION NIGHT

With the Louisiana statewide election only a matter of days way, it’s time for me to look into my crystal ball, wave my magic wand, and make predictions of just to who is going to be the winners and losers. Incumbents always have a big advantage and that is certainly true this time around. I’ll look at the statewide races and tell you my observations. Also, voters are straddled with for constitutional amendments. I’ll tell you why it was irresponsible of the Legislature to even put them on the ballot to begin with. So lots to predict with just a few days left until the polls open. It’s all on my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

September 25, 2019

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER’S RACE IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

Absentee voting is just beginning here in Louisiana with statewide election day just a few weeks off. As I’ve written before, there are only two major statewide races on the ballot. There’s a real horse race for governor, and the question is can current incumbent John Bel Edwards win in the first primary. But the second race of interest is that for Insurance commissioner. Long time incumbent Jim Donlon is getting a run for his money, and it looks like challenger Tim Temple is on the verge of real upset. I talk about it in this week’s column. You can read it all now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 18, 2019

LITTLE INTEREST IN COMING LOUISIANA ELECTION!

Down here in the Bayou State, the election for major offices as well as the legislature and local offices is only a few weeks away. So how do we sum up what people are thinking? BORING! Very little interest, and it’s just quite surprising. After all, voters all over the country are quite mad about their elected officials, and politics in general. I write about this general malaise of little voter interest in my home state in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

New Orleans vs. the referees is still the N.F.L.’s most intense rivalry

 After the debacle of last season’s N.F.C. championship game, you would think officials would be bending over backward to not have a huge missed call go against New Orleans. But in the first half of the much-hyped rematch between the Saints and Rams, Jared Goff fumbled the ball to Cameron Jordan of the Saints, who had a clear path to the end zone for what would have been a game-changing 87-yard touchdown. Not so fast. The play was incorrectly blown dead as an incomplete pass, so New Orleans could not advance the ball. The referees just blew another call…again!

Is Your Dog a Democrat?

If you come to my website regularly, you know I make fun of both political parties. That’s one of the advantages of being a registered independent. You can be a bit sarcastic on either side. Here’s a good rant for the Republicans. New song out by country singer Brian Lewis titled “I thank my Dog’s a Democrat.”  Take a look and listen and you will smile a bit.

September 11, 2019

IS THERE ELECTION FRAUD IN LOUISIANA?

The Louisiana Democratic Party is upset with Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin saying that “Louisiana is one of the most vulnerable states for election interference in the nation.” Any truth to such charges? I happen to know a good bit about the elections process because I served as Louisiana Secretary of State through the 1980s. In this week’s column, I take a look at the concerns expressed by the Democrats and you can read what I think. Also, you might enjoy a little history about election fraud in years past. You can read my column now about going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 4, 2019

NO MORE RETAIL POLITICS IN LOUISIANA!

State wide elections in Louisiana are just around the corner, and it is an exciting time for political watchers to see the candidates pressing the flesh and attending so many public events throughout the state. Or are they? It’s a sad state of affairs that retail politics have been cast aside by the candidates, particularly at the state-wide level. It used to be that you could not attend any public gathering without being besieged by those who seek public office. But no more. What happened to retail politics? I write about it in this week’s column. You can read it now bye going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

August 28, 2019

A DUMB IDEA TO BUY GREENLAND?

What’s all this talk about America buying the country of Greenland? After all, it’s stuck way up there in the northern corner of the world, and not really worth anything is it? Surprisingly, yes, and it’s certainly in the interest of United States to acquire Greenland if possible. America has acquired land from many other countries throughout the nation’s history. Should we stop now? I take a look at the President’s suggestion of buying Greenland in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

That Ragged Old Flag!

I’ve always been a fan of country singer Johnny Cash. His is music is one of the reasons I took up playing the guitar. And I’ve always admired him for being such a strong patriot. I was particularly taken by his comments you can watch and listen to below regarding the state of America today, and the meaning of the American flag.  It’s worth taking a few minutes to listen.

August 21, 2019

GOVERNOR’S RACE DOMINATES POLITICAL SCENE!

Election day in Louisiana is less than two months away. There’s very little interest in most of the statewide races, but the governor’s race is turning into a knockdown drag out event. Can current Gov. John Bel Edwards win out right in the first primary? If not, he’s going to be in for a heck of a run-off election, with the possibility of President from getting involved. I look at this whole scenario in my new column that is now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

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August 14, 2019

BOBBY JINDAL-A POLITICAL PUNCHING BAG!

The gubernatorial election in Louisiana is only two months away, as incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards is on the stump for second term. So is Bobby Jindal running against him? The previous two-term Republican Gov. Is being criticized every campaign stop by Gov. Edwards. You would think he was running against Jindal. But that’s not the case. Regardless, Bobby Jindal continues to be the whipping boy for Democrats. I take a look at Jindal’s career, and give you an explanation as to why. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

And check out the Youtube voided below making  fun at Jindal’s expense.

Familiar Evil Special-Next Thursday!

 

August 7, 2019

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES IN THIS FALL’S ELECTION?

Election season is here, with qualifications just ending. What should the candidates be talking about? The Bayou State is way behind most other states across the country in many surveys that rank education, economic development, health and overall quality of life.  Does any candidate, from governor on down to the local level, really offer any specifics towards a master plan for the state?  How do we get out of the rut we are in? Or do we just continue to jump from one crisis after the other, with no vision about a solid future for the state?  I write about this dilemma in my new column now posted. You can read it but going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

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