This time in 2019, Louisiana voters will cast their ballot for Governor
Posted on 11/13/2017 3:30:00 AM.

This week, two years from now, voters will cast their ballots for Louisiana’s next governor. Current Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is planning to run again. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry could challenge Edwards and tensions between the two continue to escalate. He says expect GOP leaders to keep attacking the governor on various issues.
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Two years from qualifying, who will challenge Gov Edwards?
Posted on 8/6/2017 7:18:00 AM.

Two years from today, candidates will be qualifying for the governor’s race. So who will challenge Governor John Bel Edwards? Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Republicans are waiting to see what US Senator John Kennedy will do.
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Poll finds Gov. Edwards approval rating is 58%
Posted on 7/18/2017 2:01:00 PM.

A new national poll by Morning Consult finds Governor John Bel Edwards has a 58% approval rating. Southern Media and Opinion research had Edwards at 54% in May, and pollster Bernie Pinsonat says being in the mid to upper 50s is good for any governor, especially a Democrat in Louisiana.
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Angele Davis joins race for State Treasurer
Posted on 7/10/2017 1:44:00 PM.

Former Governor Bobby Jindal’s ex-budget chief, Angele Davis, joins the pool of candidates running for state treasurer. Republican state senator Neil Riser, Republican former state representative John Schroder and Democratic attorney Derrick Edwards are the others seeking the post vacated by U.S. Senator John Kennedy. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says none of the candidates are known statewide.
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Lawmakers running out of time to come to an agreement on $28 billion spending plan
Posted on 6/7/2017 12:18:00 PM.

With only two days left in the legislative session, lawmakers need to come to an agreement on a $28-billion spending plan for next fiscal year. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the House does not want to spend all the money that’s been recognized by the Revenue Estimating Conference but the Senate does. He says it’s all about negotiations now.
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Poll finds opinions split on President Trump, Obamacare
Posted on 5/15/2017 4:55:00 AM.

Louisiana support for President Donald Trump is split along party and race lines, according to a recent poll from Southern Media and Opinion Research. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Republicans really like the President with 91 percent giving him a favorable approval rating. But he says that’s a stark contrast to the Democratic opinion.
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Poll finds voters do not want their taxes increased
Posted on 5/12/2017 5:56:00 AM.

Raising taxes is not popular among voters, according to a survey from Southern Media and Opinion Research. Lawmakers have proposed increasing taxes on everything from a pack of cigarettes to a gallon of gasoline to close a looming budget hole. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says two-thirds of voters say they do not want their legislator to raise the state’s gas tax.
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Poll: Governor Edwards approval rating falls 9% since last September
Posted on 5/11/2017 2:16:00 PM.

A Southern Media and Opinion Research Poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating has dropped nine percentage points since September of 2016. It now stands at 54%. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the public is sick and tired of the governor and legislature not coming to an agreement on how to fix the state’s budget woes. 

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Gov. Ewards set to release ad building support for his tax plan
Posted on 4/25/2017 3:24:00 AM.

It’s expected a 30 second commercial from Governor John Bel Edwards will hit the airwaves this week, promoting his budget plan. The governor is pushing a proposal to place a new tax on businesses while reducing individual income taxes. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says he doesn’t have much support from legislators.
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TOPS, criminal justice reform and the gas tax are major topics for the session
Posted on 4/10/2017 3:21:00 AM.

TOPS, criminal justice reform and proposals to raise the gasoline tax are some of the big topics up for discussion as the legislative session begins today. There are bills filed that raise the minimum GPA to qualify for the TOPS scholarship. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this proposal will face fierce opposition from the legislative black caucus.
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