Tag Archives: John Kennedy

Indivisible: Protecting progressivism in the Trump era

By Robert Mann During almost 20 years working in the U.S. Senate, I learned how simple acts — a phone call, a letter, a face-to-face conversation — can influence a member of Congress. When I worked in Sen. John Breaux’s Baton … Continue reading

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Let them hear your voices: How to contact your Louisiana U.S. senators & representatives

By Robert Mann As I write in my Times-Picayune | NOLA.com column this week, “preventing a racist plutocrat from reversing years of hard-won social and economic progress — or, worse, bumbling us into a war — won’t be easy, but … Continue reading

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The 2016 Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics Awards

By Robert Mann What a year in politics. Louisiana couldn’t match the national drama, but the state Capitol and beyond served up some fascinating drama. Here are my 2016 “winners” in 10 categories of infamy and esteem. Most Courage: Baton … Continue reading

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John Kennedy is praying for you

By Robert Mann On Sept. 13, Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, issued the following statement: “Earlier today, the [Charles Boustany] campaign sent out an email alleging that my campaign and other candidates’ campaigns for … Continue reading

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The Louisiana GOP’s budget illusions

By Robert Mann In his 1976 book about the Middle East conflict, “To Jerusalem and Back,” novelist Saul Bellow meditated on the seduction of self-delusion. “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance,” Bellow wrote, “when the need … Continue reading

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400 suggestions: Treasurer John Kennedy’s Thursday night fraud

By Robert Mann Does anyone know how state Treasurer John Kennedy got on our TV screens on Thursday night to deliver the official Republican response to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide message on the state’s fiscal crisis? I’m told by … Continue reading

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Bobby Jindal’s budget deficit won’t help his presidential campaign

By Robert Mann In the business of running for president, there are advantages and there are qualifications. Maybe you exude charisma. Perhaps you enacted an innovative education reform program. Those are advantages. And they don’t count for much with Republican … Continue reading

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