Louisiana U.S. Senators take different positions when it comes to replacing Obamacare
Posted on 7/25/2017 12:01:00 PM.

Both of Louisiana's U.S. Senators have voted in favor of debate on a healthcare bill. Senior Senator Bill Cassidy has authored amendments to the GOP replacement bill, but they haven’t gained much support.
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Candidates begin qualifying for state treasurer
Posted on 7/12/2017 5:35:00 AM.

Qualifying begins today for the state treasurer race, after John Kennedy vacated the office to become a US Senator. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says this is the first time this post has been open since 2000, so it should be interesting. He says the fact that Kenner Representative Julie Stokes dropped out, could open it up to other contenders.
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US Rep Higgins on Islamic terrorists: Kill them all
Posted on 6/5/2017 5:44:00 PM.

Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says every conceivable measure should be taken to hunt down radical Islamic terrorists. The Facebook post in response to the weekend London Attack adds “For the sake of all that is good and righteous, kill them all.” UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says Higgins could face backlash from moderate constituents, but it shouldn’t be a concern for the man known as the Cajun John Wayne.
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Daily Advertiser editorial says House Speaker Barras is ineffective; calls on resignation as leader of the House
Posted on 6/2/2017 1:38:00 PM.
The Daily Advertiser editorial board is calling for Taylor Barras to step down as House Speaker over the fact not much has been accomplished in the current legislative session. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross doesn’t think what’s happening at the Capitol is entirely Barras fault.
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PSC vice chairman Scott Angelle named director of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Posted on 5/22/2017 12:29:00 PM.

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle has been named the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says this is the perfect job for Angelle, coming off a recent loss for Congress. He says Angelle is suited for the position under the Trump administration.
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Analyst: More rowdy protesters at town halls are likely
Posted on 2/23/2017 11:10:00 AM.

Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy faced a rowdy crowd at a town hall meeting in Metairie yesterday as many upset residents screamed at him about healthcare, the travel ban, and public education. This is a trend around the country at town hall meetings with Republican lawmakers. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says in the past, these types of protests have proven effective.
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Gov Edwards campaign raises $3.6 million in 2016
Posted on 2/16/2017 10:19:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards re-election campaign announces he raised $3.6 million in campaign funds during his first year in office. According to finance reports, the governor ended 2016 with $3.2 million on hand. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says it’s an impressive haul for Edwards’ first year.
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Analyst: Edwards to face numerous challenges in year two of term
Posted on 1/11/2017 11:11:00 AM.

Today marks one year in office for Governor John Bel Edwards, and what a year it’s been. After such a tumultuous start, it begs the question as to what the next year will hold. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says like his first year, one of the governor’s biggest challenges in year two is the budget.
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Recorded audio of Higgins discussing child support surfaces before Election Day
Posted on 12/9/2016 11:57:00 AM.

New audio has been released of a conversation between Capt. Clay Higgins and his ex-wife in which the 3rd Congressional District candidate suggested winning the election would help him pay child support. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says it’s clear Higgins didn’t know the phone conversation was being recorded, so it’s hard to say how this will impact the election.
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Election season nearing the finish line
Posted on 11/28/2016 4:32:00 AM.

Early voting is underway and Election Day is less than two weeks away, so candidates are campaigning in full swing. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says now is the time for a dash to the finish line.
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