Category Archives: David Vitter

Donald Trump? Louisiana Republicans hardly know him

By Robert Mann Donald Trump? The name is familiar. He’s the GOP nominee? Well, I guess I support my party’s nominee. Next question. That, in essence, is where Louisiana’s courageous GOP leaders stand on the presidential race. Their nominee is … Continue reading

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Good, slim or none? What are Democrats’ chances in this year’s Louisiana Senate race?

By Robert Mann Gov. John Bel Edwards’ victory over U.S. Sen. David Vitter in last year’s governor’s race gives hope to Democrats across Louisiana. If a little-known Democratic state representative could knock off a well-financed two-term incumbent Republican, why shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Why no GOP demand for budget cuts and efficiencies when Jindal was governor?

By Robert Mann “A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II There are days I wish that David Vitter … Continue reading

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Donald Trump unites Louisiana GOP leaders and David Duke

By Robert Mann It was a nightmare scenario. In 1991, Democrat Edwin Edwards and Republican David Duke faced each other in a runoff for Louisiana governor. At first, state GOP leaders couldn’t imagine supporting Edwards for a fourth term, regarding … Continue reading

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When expanding Medicaid in Louisiana, keep it simple

   By Robert Mann “Any damn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” – Pete Seeger Des Moines – It was a simple proposition: Help the working poor become eligible for health insurance as … Continue reading

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Louisiana Politics: The Good, Bad and Ugly Awards, 2015

By Robert Mann The past year was the wildest and most unpredictable in my 30-plus years of observing Louisiana politics. Besides the entertainment value, 2015 was a humbling 12 months, especially for those of us who were certain that a … Continue reading

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Jindal and Vitter were adversaries to the bitter end

By Robert Mann They can barely stand the sight of one another. They have never been political allies. Sometimes, it seemed Louisiana was too small for their outsized egos and ambitions. How ironic, then, that the political careers of Gov. … Continue reading

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