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Bayou Brief | We Share the Stories of Louisiana

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Headline: Eddie Rispone owes his meteoric rise to a mega-wealthy, construction magnate who openly brags about his scheme to buy Louisiana’s government, one politician at a time. For years, he has operated behind the scenes, but today, he wants you to know who is really in charge. Meet Lane Grigsby. #lagov #lalege

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Minden Press-Herald | The Newspaper for All of Webster Parish

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Headline: Thursday morning, the employees of Fibrebond Corporation, government representatives, members of the community, and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards met at Fibrebond in order to formally announce Fibrebond’s decision to stay in Minden and provide details about the agreements the State of Louisiana made regarding infrastructure and other investments in Northwest Louisiana.

Several individuals took the stage for the announcement, including Dr. Earl Meador, Chancellor of Northwest Louisiana Technical College, Mandi Mitchell, Louisiana Economic Development Assistant Secretary, Louisiana State Senator Ryan Gatti, Louisiana State Representative Wayne McMahen, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and the Fibrebond CEO Graham Walker.

Walker and Edwards both praised Gatti for his efforts in securing Fibrebond’s future in Minden, leading up to Gatti’s remarks.

“I have a special gift for Graham Walker today,” Gatti said as he announced a special presentation. “We flew a flag at the state capital in honor of Fibrebond and the Walker family,” said Gatti, and that was the very flag that they presented to Walker. #lagov #lalege

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Headline: When John Bel Edwards became Governor, Louisiana had record deficits. Now we have a surplus. Under Gov. Edwards' leadership, teachers received their first pay raise in a decade and Louisiana's unemployment rate is at an 11 year low. See the facts for yourself: TruthAboutLouisiana.com #lagov #lalege
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Headline: Ralph Abraham promised to donate his entire congressional salary to St. Jude and the Independence Fund for veterans. He said you "should not pay a penny for representation." But he took the salary instead. Abraham likes to say, "let's be honest with each other." OK, Ralph that starts with you. #lagov #lalege
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Headline: "This Saturday is a big day for Louisiana. Voters will choose the person to serve as our state’s governor for the next four years. My vote goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

When Gov. Edwards assumed office nearly four years ago, he inherited a fiscal nightmare that was worse than anyone realized. It was a $2 billion deficit that the state had to remedy.

Hard hit by years of deep budget cuts under the previous administration were higher education, the TOPS program, hospitals, law enforcement funding, and veterans’ affairs. Since taking office Gov. Edwards put together a broad, bipartisan coalition of republican and democrat legislators who made the hard choices to rescue Louisiana from financial disaster. Together Gov. Edwards and his coalition of legislators from both sides of the aisle succeeded in turning that deficit into a surplus.

For the first time in many years, Louisiana teachers have received a pay raise. Funding for coastal protection and restoration is now at an all-time high. Under the governor’s leadership Louisiana is on the road to solving its budget problems, and our state is moving forward.

For the moment just think how much better off our country would be if the politicians in Washington worked together to solve our nation’s problems and to improve the daily lives of our citizens. Washington should take a lesson from Gov. Edwards and the coalition he has built.

This election provides voters the opportunity to reject Washington style, mean spirited, cutthroat politics with no regard for truth. Campaigns should be run on issues. Criticism of an opponent should be based on facts not innuendo. The national political action committees that have invaded our state with countless negative television ads are doing harm to our political process. We can reject their style of politics by not succumbing to their falsehoods and misleading accusations.

These are the facts. Gov. Edwards is pro-life, pro-second amend
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Headline: Two Louisiana pharmacies owned by Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham, Clinic Pharmacy of Mangham and Adams Clinic Pharmacy of Winnsboro, sit just 12.5 miles apart and serve a combined community of approximately 6,000 people. Yet despite serving relatively sparse populations, the two pharmacies reportedly dispensed a total of 1,478,236 doses of opioid painkillers from 2006 to 2012, more than 35 doses per person, according to a report from the Bayou Brief. #lagov #lalege

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Bayou Brief | We Share the Stories of Louisiana

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Headline: Months before Republican Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone launched an “attack ad” against fellow Republican challenger Ralph Abraham, a decision that angered conservatives like talk radio host Moon Griffon and U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a pair of reports critical of Abraham materialized on the website Conservative Intel. According to campaign finance reports filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration, Eddie Rispone’s campaign spent $278,114.60 with a company owned by the same man who the web publication.

The site is owned by Michigan Republican political operative John Yow, who also owns a portfolio of companies that provide various services for conservative candidates. The Detroit News first revealed Yow’s connections to the website in 2017, raising concerns about the integrity of Yow’s “news outlet” and the ethics of political candidates who may be paying for news articles without disclosing their involvement.

In her report for the Advocate, Crisp mentions news and fundraising emails sent on behalf of Rispone’s campaign by Conservative Intelligence. However, despite the Rispone campaign’s claims of ignorance and assertions about the company merely being “one of several email vendors,” the campaign never actually paid that particular company for email or fundraising services.

Instead, it paid yet another company owned by Yow, Victory Phones, LLC, which allegedly provides auto-dialing resources for surveys and polls.

More great reporting by the Bayou Brief. #lagov #lalege

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Headline: "Our support for John Bel Edwards is guided by a long tradition in Louisiana — namely, the willingness of leaders in both major parties to work together in advancing the state’s best interest. As governor, Edwards has demonstrated an ability to act as a bridge, rather than a barrier, between Republicans and his fellow Democrats in stabilizing the state budget, approving landmark criminal justice reforms supported by both conservatives and liberals, and beefing up funding for education, the best engine of future prosperity.

Bipartisanship seems largely dead in Washington, D.C. Even in Louisiana, where for generations leaders looked past party labels to build a consensus for progress, political polarization is on the rise, threatening the common good.

But in that climate of confrontation, Edwards has been a conciliator. With crucial support from GOP lawmakers, he implemented a package of spending cuts and tax measures to put the state’s fiscal house in order. He’s worked closely and respectfully with President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders on shared goals such as justice reform and flood recovery. Edwards met the tough tests of dealing with natural disasters and emotional crises like the shootings of Baton Rouge police officers in 2016. Additionally, Edwards expanded Medicaid so that hundreds of thousands now have medical coverage, a move that was supported by doctors and hospitals and which his two Republican rivals acknowledge they would leave in place.

Such pragmatism is what Louisiana needs. There are, after all, many problems to solve, and we haven’t always agreed with the governor’s approach to the state’s underlying challenges. Louisiana needs a governor who supports tort reform and will stand up to trial lawyers and teacher unions. Lawsuits against energy companies put our state at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting investment.

Now that state budget waters have calmed, voters would best be served by a more clearly articulated visio
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Headline: Gov. John Bel Edwards, working with Republicans & Democrats pledged $85 million for a new I-10 Bridge in Lake Charles. When Phony Eddie Rispone was asked about a new I-10 Bridge by the American Press he said he'd do a "cost benefit analysis." Translation: more delays. #lagov #lalege
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Business Report - Baton Rouge Business Report

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Headline: Louisiana’s quarterly personal income grew 4.9% in the second quarter of the year, rising to $224.43 billion, the highest on record, according to data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“Louisiana’s personal income continues to set records, growing to its highest point ever this last quarter, at a rate of 4.9 percentage points. That’s a growth of $2.67 billion in the last quarter alone — and more than $9.42 billion since this time last year. All of this is good news for the people of Louisiana, who are taking home more money in their paychecks.

In fact, according to federal data, personal income in Louisiana has grown for 13 consecutive quarters, every quarter since the start of 2016. Our state also has its highest GDP ever, with federal data showing we have the 10th-fastest growing economy in the nation. Unemployment is also the lowest it has been in more than 11 years," said Governor John Bel Edwards #lagov #lalege

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Headline: Ralph Abraham promised to donate his congressional salary to sick children and wounded veterans. That turned out to be a fake campaign promise because Abraham went to Washington and pocketed the salary instead. Suppose he thought no one would ever find out. If Abraham broke his promise to veterans, why would he keep his promises to #Louisiana? #lagov
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Bayou Brief | We Share the Stories of Louisiana

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Headline: Over the past couple days a small group of legislators have started to openly oppose the Emergency Declarations instituted by Gov. Edwards to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in Louisiana. At first blush their protestations appear to be organic. We now know, however, that these public officials are copying and pasting talking points written by a political consultant and distributed by Sen. Sharon Hewitt in a blatant attempt to undermined the Governor without regard, and contrary to, guidelines set forth by medical professionals. #lagov #lalege #COVID19

https://www.bayoubrief.com/2020/04/28/exclusive-internal-memo-circulated-by-la-gops-sharon-hewitt-outlines-effort-to-undermine-emergency-covid-19-orders/
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Headline: White House Coronavirus Task Force ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx endorsed Gov. John Bel Edwards' Phase 3 plan Wednesday, Sept. 23, days before lawmakers begin debate on whether to remove certain coronavirus restrictions during a special session.

“Louisiana made changes that saved people’s lives," Birx said. “Now is not the time to really loosen restrictions.”

Birx said the task force does not want states to relax mitigation measures, including certain restrictions on businesses, until the statewide positivity rate falls below 3 percent and Louisiana reports five new cases per 100,000 residents per day.

“I know people are getting tired of this, but we need to get through this fall," she said, pointing to the strain flu season combined with the coronavirus could put on health care systems.

Birx also said restrictions on bars should remain in place. #lagov #lalege #COVID19

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Headline: Advocate Editorial: Not since Charlton Heston warned Pharaoh Yul Brynner about unfortunate consequences for keeping the people of Israel in bondage has there been such a need for caution, as when the Legislature comes to town Monday with an almost unlimited agenda.

Thirty days of locusts would be better.

The leaders of House and Senate included 70 items on its agenda. Gov. John Bel Edwards is quite correct that it should have been five. We’d have been happier with five or maybe up to 10, but the fact is the “expansive” agenda, in the words of Senate President Page Cortez, is going to be a major distraction during a time of great uncertainty.

It’s a regular session at nothing like a regular time, and we’ve not heard much that the Legislature — a more fractious body than in the past, with many Republicans seeking to criticize Edwards, a Democrat — can really contribute now.

The list of uncertainties facing Louisiana is long, economically and in terms of public health. The list of potential problems that a Legislature can make worse is even longer.

Further, legislators should remind themselves that interfering with the complex machinery of emergency declarations means that lawmakers will be taking responsibility upon themselves, individually and as a body, in a situation where there is no pleasant alternative, only a choice among bad options.

Like when the willful Pharaoh led his chariots into the Red Sea in pursuit of Charlton Heston and God’s people. In the movie, it didn’t end well for the chariots. #lagov #lalege #COVID19

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Headline: For the second year, Louisiana ranks No. 2 among U.S. states for infrastructure investment that supports economic growth, according to Site Selection magazine. For Site Selection’s Global Groundwork Index, first published in 2018, states are evaluated for significant investment in corporate facili...
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Headline: Lawrence Chehardy: "The republican candidates have attacked the governor for raising taxes. A governor cannot raise taxes all by himself. What republicans fail to say is that those tax increases were passed by the legislature – votes in favor of raising taxes by their fellow republicans. But this coalition of democrats and republicans that Gov. Edwards put together eliminated a $2 billion budget deficit that was later followed by a tax decrease. If republicans are going to blame the governor for a tax increase, then be fair and praise him for the tax decrease." #lagov #lalege

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Headline: Keller: Even before the scandal of Lane Grigsby’s attempt to fix the Senate District 16 runoff, “Governor Grigsby” was an ironic phrase among politicos, if a trifle disparaging to his friend Eddie Rispone, the nominal Republican candidate for governor.

But “good government” in the Grigsby administration was almost immediately unveiled as a policy departure that is at variance with Rispone’s campaign theme of himself as a self-made man who grew up, not in a log cabin, but close, in a modest house in north Baton Rouge.

Neither Rispone nor third-place finisher, Republican Ralph Abraham, could take on directly one of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature achievements, expansion of Medicaid insurance for the working poor. But Rispone clumsily said he would “freeze” enrollment in the entitlement program.

Expansion supporters at the Louisiana Budget Project slammed the notion, very thoroughly.

“Although Rispone has provided no details about his plan, the experience of other states shows that an enrollment freeze would reverse the dramatic gains in health coverage that Louisiana has seen since Medicaid was expanded in 2016,” LBP director Jan Moller wrote. “An enrollment freeze also would face legal roadblocks and potentially drive up the state’s health care costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.”

As best anyone can tell, given Rispone’s vast silences, the goal of a Medicaid “freeze” is to use complex enrollment and re-enrollment procedures to kick off health insurance the folks he used to live with in north Baton Rouge, who cooked food and cleaned floors and labored to build things.

As a policy, that is not just counterproductive for health care in Louisiana. It’s morally repugnant, and completely at odds with the message of Rispone’s bio spot. #lagov #lalege

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Headline: Like many policy positions, Eddie Rispone has not publicly revealed the details of his plan — for instance, how long a freeze would be in place, or how he would make it more sustainable. #lagov #lalege

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