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Keystone pipeline: Louisiana’s economic savior?

One of the new president’s first actions announced this week is to support the building of the Keystone XL pipeline that the Obama administration had disapproved. Both Louisiana senators hailed the decision and talked about all the new jobs that will come to the Bayou State. But is building the pipeline such a huge job creator and economic bonanza for Louisiana?

Jim Brown

An amendment could solve budget woes

We hear from the national news that the country has become polarized over the election of Donald Trump. But if you want to see real division in government, just take a gander down South to the Bayou State. Republicans have been trying to pull the political rug out from Gov. John Bel Edwards at every turn from day one. And efforts to undermine the new governor do not show any sign of slowing down soon.

John L. Micek

Which U.S. does Trump intend to govern?

On Friday, at noon, Donald J. Trump will put his hand on a Bible, recite the oath of office administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and in just three minutes’ time, will become the 45th president of the United States.
But what country does Trump intend to govern? What America will he represent?
It’s a question that’s more than merely academic.
Just this week, the Republican tweeted that Georgia’s 5th Congressional District was “falling apart” and “crime-infested.”

William Murchison

Politics and other basic irrelevancies

A new presidency looms — U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding. (Question: Was Lewis, in denying, in heralded fashion, the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, applying for a thank-you note from Trump Tower? Was he startled not to get one?)
A new presidency brings new faces, new ideas, new events, new crises. But we can sort out all that as it happens. I advance a different point — an anti-political point, if you please.

Jim Brown

New gimmick to raise taxes in Louisiana

You would think that in the New Year, following a year when the Louisiana Legislature raised taxes by over $1 billion, lawmakers would sense the public’s anti-tax fervor and would be averse to mining every nook and cranny for more taxes. But now Gov. John Bel Edwards, with full legislative support and in a desperate attempt to send more revenue to state coffers, is quite willing to stick purchasers with sales taxes for whatever they buy online.

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