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The four Republican candidates vying for David Vitter’s U.S. Senate seat debated before a receptive crowd Saturday, as Americans For Prosperity hosted a crawfish boil in Baton Rouge.

“Do you like Obamacare?” Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette asked the crowd of about 300 people. 

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 Governor John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Labor committee Thursday, to testify on behalf of raising the minimum wage.

“It’s a modest but meaningful increase: $8.00 an hour, and then $8.50 an hour,” the governor stated.

He also spoke in support of the Equal Pay Act.

“Louisiana has the largest pay gap in the country, with women earning 65-cents on the dollar, compared to men,” Edwards explained.

Both bills are part of the governor’s legislative agenda, and the issues figured largely in his campaign last year.

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Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee invoked their faith Wednesday, as they approved a bill to expand the wait time for abortions to 72 hours.

“I feel blessed to be here, so thanks for bringing the bill,” Bossier City representative Mike Johnson told the bill’s author, Frank Hoffman of West Monroe.

Representative Dodie Horton of Haughton quoted scripture.

“God creates life. He says He forms the baby in the womb and He knew our parts before they were formed, actually,” she said, paraphrasing Jeremiah 1:5.

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“Access to healthcare not only results in better individual outcomes.  It also helps to grow a productive workforce,” Governor John Bel Edwards told the Louisiana Health Summit, held Tuesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

He told health care stakeholders in attendance that with the state budget crisis, accepting Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense.

“This Medicaid expansion is more important today because of that shortfall and because of the challenges around our safety-net system, than it would have been otherwise.”

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Louisiana’s incarceration rate is the highest in the world, and costs the state $600-million a year. So how do we change that?

“Nobody’s trying to get murderers and rapists and armed robbers out of jail,” Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson advises. “We’re talking about alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders.”

Yet Louisiana is one of only two states that allows criminal convictions by less than a unanimous jury. (The other is Oregon.)

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