State Treasurer John Kennedy

The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, a small business advocacy group, hosted a forum for U.S. senate hopefuls Wednesday. In attendance were Congressman Charles Boustany, Congressman  John Fleming, and state Treasurer John Kennedy.

Boustany warned the audience, “Fact of the matter is, things are worse than you think.”

Fleming said his extreme conservative credentials make him the best pick for the Senate seat: “We need somebody who is an outsider, if not an outcast.”

When state Treasurer John Kennedy addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday,  much of his speech focused on his usual litany.

“You’ve heard me talk about this before,” he said. “We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.”

He also gave his take on the trio of legislative sessions just ended.

“Governor Edwards won these last 3 sessions,” Kennedy observed. “The governor beat ‘em like a sugar mill mule. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the Louisiana taxpayer lost.”

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With the House and Senate taking today off, this is a chance to update you on some of what happened in the flurry of activity, changing over from the regular session to the second special session.

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Perhaps it’s because it’s so late in the session, with so much left to be done, but some of the ladies in the Legislature are no longer putting up with political posturing from the men on the far right. The women are instead using logic to deflate the rhetoric.

Take  West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth’s argument against a bill to end the Enterprise Zone program.

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“Tonight I speak to you as no other Louisiana governor has ever spoken to our state, because this is a historic fiscal crisis.”

In an unusual move, Governor John Bel Edwards took to the airwaves last night to address the people of Louisiana. Previous governors have done this in times of imminent danger: for example, to urge evacuation for approaching hurricanes. Edwards made it clear he believes this requires similar urgency.

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