Category Archives: Louisiana governor’s race

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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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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Edmonson’s reappointment casts doubt on Edwards’ commitment to ethical governance

“I Will Not Lie, Cheat, or Steal or Tolerate Those Who Do.” — John Bel Edwards By Robert Mann Any hopes that the election of Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards would signal a change of direction at the ethically troubled Louisiana State … 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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This is why David Vitter lost

    By Robert Mann “Politicians, like generals, have a tendency to fight the last war.” — John Bolton Perhaps it was latent disgust at U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s 2007 prostitution scandal. Maybe his vicious attacks against his Republican opponents backfired and … Continue reading

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