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Friday, October 20, 2006

Sad News John Copes Dies

Sad News to report. John Copes who had the deductbox.com site has passed away.

THe Deductbox was a political site that was a rarity. It was the first influential political site on the web that followed Louisiana politics. However his humor and analysis is what largely made it a success. Nothing has come close to it Louisiana politics wise yet. Who can forget the coverage of the Edwin Edwards trial or how he used to get under Gov Mike Foster's skin.

Nice Coverage at the link

Good News For the Repubs In the Senate

Sorry again for the absense. I know its becoming a pattern. However I was doing the Lord's work for the GOP this week. In Louisiana we have no competive seats to speak of that the Republicans are in danger of losing. My frustration of just looking at the news and not been able to do anything has been mounting. The last few nights about 30 local Republicans and myself have been working phones(watt line sort of things) to get out the vote in Competive districts. By the time I get home I am pretty exhausted. The last two nights we have been working with a Republican group that is working the Tennessee Race. This race is hotly contested and its over the outgoing seat that is currently held by Frist. Pretty cool idea and I believe its helpnig. The GOP needs to do more of this to get all of us involved instead of feeling helpless.

Anyway, the race in Tenn is very hot and we must keep that seat. We now have some good news out of that state.
Republican U-S Senate nominee Bob Corker may be making some headway with voters.
A new Wall Street Journal/Zogby poll puts the former Chattanooga mayor ahead of his opponent by the widest margin since this time last year.
49.4% of likely voters say they're either leaning toward Corker or plan to vote for him.
Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. received support from 42% of those polled.
The 7% lead covers the margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%.
Ford tracked 2 percentage points better than Corker in a Rasmussen poll released the day after their last debate
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May I get a AMEN. This race is still of a concern but this is the second poll that seems to be showing a trend in that state.

I must say I enjoy phone work. I am one of the few that actually see it as a challenge and at times it can be quite fun. Side note- Kinda of sad about some old folks though. When a person over 70 wants to keep some campaign hack on the phone for 30 minutes, you know that persons relatives are not paying them enough attention. Anywho great results in Tenn.

Several more post this weekend. I am burned out on the phones so will not return to that till next week. Plus if its like anyother place in the South calling on A Friday or Saturday is useless.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Coming Up Tonight

I am actually taking the day to do some campaign work for a Republican. Trying in my own
way to help the Grand Ole Party. True this guy is a pretty safe bet for reelection but I need to do something. I am considering going to the Mississippi a couple of days before election day and helping a Republican there that is trying to unseat the insufferable Bennie Thompson.

Anyway I shall be returning tonight. I will have a very interesting post I hope on Kookdum. This will be Racist Kookdum and their view of Sports. I ran across a very interesting and disturbing site yesterday and will talk about that. Also a I will do a much needed blogroll Roundup post
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Breaking(RUMOR)-- Has LSU Football Player Alley Broussard Quit LSU?

Update- So far still at Rumor level-I think at this point we would have heard something official if this was a done deal. I will provide a link to some the facts of this drama that I is print tonight.

I was contacted a few hours ago by a friend in the know with LSU that told me this. It is now breaking a little on the net but is yet still not been confirmed. I was hesitant to put it out there but others have heardt he same thing and it is spreading. From what I have been told Broussard has decided to leave LSU and play for McNeese St next year.

If true I hate to see him go.

Update-
Broussard has not made a final decision on this. From what I am hearing he is tonight in Lafayette with his family

Update II-Still important to remember this is still in the "Rumor" category but let me say that I feel comfortable in saying that Broussard is considering his options. Yes , I know we have gone through this before. Stay tuned for updates






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Interesting Politics Shaping Up On Immigration Issue

First let me say I am not giving up on Republican Control of Congress. Some of these pundit predictions of Dems pcking up 30 to 50 seats are likewise pretty silly. That being said one must consider it to be a very real possibility as to the House.

I believe on the immigration matter that would bring up a very intriguing politcal situation.

After the Novemeber elections there will be quite a lame duck session going on in Washington.

If the Dems took control would Bush go to the Tancredo bunch after the elections and say "We got a month deal with me on immigration reform or I shall make a deal with the Dem controlled House next year". One would think that some sane members of the hardliners would see the wisdom in t compromising.

I for one am praying that the Republicans maintain control of the House. However, it is beyond me why the hardliners that refused to compromise did not consider the possibility of a Dem Controlled House. I have always thought that was what made their hand the weakest in the long run. Bush will submit his comprehensive reform ideas next year. Some immigration hardliners are going to have to make some tough choices if the pundits are correct about Dem Control in November.

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Important Louisiana News

I was wandering the Louisiana News Sites and saw this important bit of news.



Playboy to feature Tulane in 'Girls of Conference USA-


That is all- Go Green Wave



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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Louisiana Politics and National Implications

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of tailgaiting with someone that is a mover and shaker in the Louisiana Democrat party. Things are to say the least in quite a mess over there.

It appears that Louisiana Democrats are waking up to the fact that Katrina has vastly altered the Louisiana landscape. The results of the Louisiana Secretary of State's race is not being dismissed by the concerned in the Dem party no matter what the pundits say.

I had a chance to see some figures that were complied from the New Orleans's areas as to that race. No matter how the Dem's spin it they are horrible. True some of this can chalked up to a low voter interest race and the fact that the Dem was not a great campaigner. However this is now the third race we have had out of Orleans Parish and it is still confirming a horrible trend for the Democrats. That is the the much needed Orleans voter cushion is gone and is not coming back. The upcoming Congressional race there in November will be analyzed by many for signs of hope. More on that race later. Beyond that it appears that the leadership of the party is having problems. For instance many ,including this Republican, cannot understand why the State Democrat party spent 80,000 dollars in the Shreveport's Mayor's race. A race that had several Democrats running in it. That money could have been spent much wisely elsewhere. The internal disputes within the Louisiana Democrat party ,though not as public as its Republican counterpart, are very real.

Future Races-

Congressman Melancon- This Deep South Louisiana race is one of the few bright spots for the Dems. I still have this as a Democrat retention in Novemeber. Republican hopeful Romero, I fear, is not making up the ground needed. If someone has different info let me know. That being said the dynamics of this race could possibily still change. That 80,000 dollars the Dems spent in Shreveport would have been much better spent here.

Congressman Jefferson- Latest polls show him at 25 percent in this race. That is horrible for an incumbent. Thank God it appears he will be gone. The only possible thing that could save him was if the the Republican managed to make the runoff. I hate to say this but I hope that doesn't happen. Jefferson for the sake of Louisiana's image needs to be gone. I think he is a goner. The next Represenative will either be Councilwoman Carter or State Senator Shepard from Marrero. Both would be a vast improvement.

However now is the time for the Democrats to think ahead. Louisiana will at the very least lose one Congressman, maybe two, after the next Census. Orleans will no longer have its own Congressman in the near political future. New Orleans will always be a Democrat city but with much punch vote wise. I am sure both the State Repubs and Dems and their national counterparts are figuring out a way to divy up Orleans Parish into adjacent districts to best help their interest. The importance of the mover and shakers in the Dem party getting the right person into this job is paramount. Putting myself in Democrat shoes, I would have to think that Mitch Landrieu would have been a perfect choice and a good bet for the future. However that did not happen. In the end I believe that enough of Orleans Parish will be siphon off to the Melanchon District to make it safely forever Democrat. The rest will go to the adjoining Districts currently represented by Baker and Jindal in hopes of making them more competive.

Governor Blanco- Our current Governor I have to believe is toast next year. Unless Jindal implodes in spectacular fashion I cannot fathom him losing. Long term this is also great on a national level too. Jindal is going places and could be someone we see on future national ticket.

US Senator Landrieu in 08- This race is already causing Democrat folks on a local and national level a great deal of heartburn. Of all the Democrat politicians she is the one that has depended the most on that New Orleans vote turnout. Without it it would have been a impossibility for her to win her last two Senate races. Her remaining in office and very well possible Control of the Senate in 08 will depend on my next subject.

The Louisiana Republican Party-

If there is a major silver lining for the Dems in the State of Louisiana it is the continued chaos that is called the Louisiana Republican Party. Time after time the state Party seems to find a way to form a circular firing squad in situations where they are verge of victory. For an example please see the 2002 Terrell/Landrieu Senate race. For a more recent example of nonsense please look at the aftermath of the Louisiana Secretary of State's race. The actions of Mike Francis and company, A FORMER STATE PARTY CHAIRMAN, in not endorsing Jay Dardenne is beyond belief. Francis has lost my vote for anything in the future. I find this party in fighting has little to do with right wing versus moderate but a bunch of people that just want titles.

In order to unseat Senator Landrieu , we must not only have a good opponent but a state wide party organization that can get out the vote. That is a must. In fact Republican control of the US Senate might depend on the Republicans in the bayou state acting like adults.

I think we are at a critical point. Louisiana Republicans can take the upper hand that will last decades if we act quickly. But the opportunity will be fleeting unless we act. Two things must happen. First, I fear that people like Congressman Jindal or Senator Vitter must get involved in this matter. There must be a come to Jesus meeting and soon. Second, changes to the State Republican Central committee must be accomplished in the next election. I shall devote another post and perhaps a whole web site to this endeavor. Maybe even a PAC. Stay tuned.

Future State wide Races-
Next year Republicans have real chances at all State wide offices on the ballot. Even the Democrat Secretary of Agriculture Bob Odom can be knocked off. However this means we must have serious recruitment of quality people to run against these folks. That needs to be happening now.

The Louisiana State Legislature-
I never thought I would see the day that Republicans could take a chamber of the Lousiana legislature. That goal is within reach. This will be critical becasue the Republicans must have some control when the new local and congressional districts are drawn up. Again a matter of both state and national importance.

In essence the Louisiana Republicans have a incredible opportunity but it must be seized. It will not just fall into our laps from the heavens. If the statewide party can become a actual effective organization that is efficient we should be in good shape. Our failure to do so is the democrats only hope.

Life is Good

Sorry for the delay getting back. Thursday I had a opportunity to go to Baton Rouge and thus watch my beloved LSU Tigers play last night. I have just come back. More on that later.

Thanks for the prayers. What I handle this past week was trying but in the end was manageable. I do feel I got a monkey off my back. However continued prayer would be appreciated especially as to a particular Health issue I am battling as well as employment matters. That is still weighing on me a great deal. Thanks.

Anyway my much needed pilgramage to Tiger Stadium was like a great tonic. A few thoughts on the game. First let me say perfect football weather and the Stadium looked great. The team was excellent and I have few compliants as to our win or our players or our Coaches.

The fans though are getting tiresome. Listening to the radio call in shows last night was a chore. Time for reality folks. The Auburn win against Florida last night pretty much stole our hopes for getting into the SEC Championship. Does anyone think Georgia will beat Auburn? Who knows anything can happen on each Saturday in the SEC. But the odds of that happening have needless to say diminished. That being said the LSU Tigers have a lot to play for this season and its time we change our attitude.

More post coming up. I had the benefit of tailgating with a much in the know Louisiana Politico yesterday. Thoughts on the Louisiana political situation as well as its national implications up next.




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