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The campaign hiatus is officially over, with Governor Bobby Jindal leaving the state, again. He resumed his chase for the Republican presidential nomination, appearing on three national news shows Wednesday.

“There’ve been 3 different polls in the last week, showing that we’re on the move in Iowa,” Jindal said during his stint on CBS “This Morning”.

LA GOP Picks an Early Favorite

Jul 29, 2015
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The Louisiana Republican Party is endorsing former Congressman, Jeff Landry, for Attorney General. 


In order to deal with the Lafayette shooting tragedy, Governor Bobby Jindal announced last Friday he was suspending his presidential campaign. Jindal’s later response to a reporter’s persistent questioning about gun control policies certainly indicated the campaign was on hold.

“There will be a right time and place to have that conversation,” Jindal told the reporter. “I’m more than happy to talk about this in a few days. Right now is not the time.”

“This should not be a platform for political purposes,” Mayci Breaux’s uncle told Lafayette TV station KLFY last Friday.

We agree, so today we are remembering and honoring two vibrant lives that were taken from us too soon.


Louisiana lawmakers weren’t talking about U.S. Supreme Court justices Thursday, as they discussed the phrase “appointed for life”. They were actually talking about registrars of voters.

“Currently, the way it’s stated in the Constitution, the local governing authority’s responsible for the appointment of the registrar of voters, but beyond that, there’s nothing,” said Rep. Mike Danahay of Sulphur.

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There has been plenty of rain, wind, lightning and thunder this summer, followed by numerous power outages. That’s led to more than a few complaints to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

“’There were eight outages from Tuesday through Sunday of last week’,” PSC member Scott Angelle read from a stack of messages, during Wednesday’s meeting.  “He just feels there were too many to just write off as due to ‘weather-related’ issues.”

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In the furor over Donald Trump’s remarks about John McCain, Governor Bobby Jindal’s reception at the Family Leadership Summit this past weekend was somewhat overshadowed.


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There’s a new president of the Southern University System, and he’s looking at the system’s struggles from a new perspective.

“We can make a difference. We should be making a difference,” says Dr. Ray Belton.

Belton, who previously served as chancellor of Southern-Shreveport before taking on the combined duties of system president and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus three weeks ago, has ideas about making Southern more inclusive.


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Oil prices have dropped again, closing just above 50-dollars per barrel all last week. What does that mean for Louisiana’s precariously balanced budget?

“Obviously, if oil prices stay in the low to mid-50s, relative to our 60, 62 dollar price, at some point we’ll have to, you know, reconsider that forecast price,” Legislative fiscal analyst Greg Albrecht says.

Albrecht explains each one dollar drop in the yearly average price of oil costs Louisiana $11-million in revenue.

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The state Bond Commission met Thursday, and the most-debated agenda item was a request for $24.5 million from Memphis-based Global Ministries Foundation. The religious non-profit is trying to buy the Hidden Lakes Apartments in New Orleans-East, which it already manages.  Area residents delivered their objections to the proposal.

“We’re not in opposition to this property being sold to a worthy buyer,” stated Joan Heisser, a member of the Eastern New Orleans Civic Association. “This is just not the buyer we think is best for our community.”

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