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Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what some of your state officials said…

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Search Continues For Missing Sailors After Navy Plane Crash In Philippine Sea

The Navy says it has notified the next of kin of three missing sailors who disappeared after the crash of a transport plane on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea as the search for them continues. Eight others were rescued shortly after the crash. As we reported Wednesday , the twin-engine propeller-driven C-2A Greyhound, used to ferry personnel and cargo, went down about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa with 11 crew and passengers aboard as it was heading to the aircraft carrier USS...

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Sue Lincoln

It’s no secret that Louisiana has been steadily cutting back financial support for higher education.

“Ten years ago, the taxpayer funded about 70% of our operation. Today, the taxpayer funds about 18% of our operation.”

But when University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, he also said, “This would not be a higher education conversation if I didn’t complain a little bit about funding. I want to put a little bit different spin on that, if I can though.”


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“There’s no excuse for using any kind of weapon to try and take the life of an innocent person,” Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise said, when he appeared on NBC’s  Meet the Press Sunday. The discussion revolved around his stance on gun control in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


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Congress has voted to give victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria some tax relief as they recover from the disastrous storms. But taxpayers in Louisiana who flooded in 2016 won’t get the same assistance.


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Will Louisiana’s legislators propose new laws in reaction to the tragic Las Vegas shootings? If the past five years are any guide, it's very likely they will.

Let's explore that timeline.

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Is Louisiana ready to respond to a tragedy like the one in Las Vegas? According to Mike Steele with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, they’re as ready as anyone can be for a horrific event such as this.

He says state and local first responders practice for situations like this all the time.

courtesy: lapolitics.com

With the current trio of constitutional amendments on the ballot, voters are being asked to prohibit some taxes and lock away the proceeds of others. But doesn’t that contradict what we’ve been hearing from many state lawmakers?


Scalise Returns

Sep 29, 2017
C SPAN

“For what purpose does the gentleman from Louisiana seek recognition?” U.S House Speaker Paul Ryan asked, with a laugh.

“To speak out of order, Mr. Speaker,” Congressman Steve Scalise responded, to cheers and applause from then entire House , as well as a packed gallery.

“The gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume,” Ryan acknowledged.

courtesy: Louisiana Secretary of State

Don’t be surprised to hear Louisiana Republican Party insiders singing along cheerfully with REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”, as they look ahead to the 2019 statewide elections.

“Huey started it, and Edwin Edwards continued it: a chicken in every pot, a car in every drive, “Every Man A King” – the welfare mentality in Louisiana, and we haven’t kicked that habit since. Their time is ending.”

The Posture of Kneeling

Sep 27, 2017
courtesy: New Orleans Saints

“Bend the knee and join me. Together we will leave the world a better place than we found it,” says Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.” With the treat of incineration by dragon, it’s a good idea to kneel. But kneeling in the NFL? Bad idea.


Sue Lincoln

While the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer – Derrick Edwards -- was a no-show, the three leading Republicans fielded reporters’ questions at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

Since all of them have said they would pattern their term, if elected, on former treasurer John Kennedy’s “watchdog” persona, the first question was: what do you see as the Treasurer’s main role?

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