Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson passes away
Posted on 3/15/2018 5:58:00 PM.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has passed away at the age of 90. Benson bought the Saints in 1985 after building a car dealership and real estate empire that started in San Antonio, and expanded to his hometown of New Orleans.

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Gov. Edwards lays out his legislative agenda to start regular session
Posted on 3/12/2018 2:34:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off the regular session today by laying out his legislative agenda, and tearing into lawmakers who failed to fix the fiscal cliff. The governor highlighted the plight of Louisiana’s highest performing students, who could begin to be poached by universities in other states with TOPS still up in the air. Edwards says right now Bama is beating us academically, and athletically.

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Edwards calls for fewer partisan battles in the regular session.
Posted on 3/11/2018 1:13:00 AM.

The regular session kicks off Monday, and Governor John Bel Edwards is hoping the legislature gets more accomplished than the special session that ended without a clear solution to the fiscal cliff. The special session was notable for its stark partisan divides, which Edwards says were the worst he’s seen in a decade.

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With no solution on fiscal cliff, what happens next?
Posted on 3/6/2018 12:47:00 PM.
So what happens now that the legislature wasn't able to come to any agreement on solving the fiscal cliff? Governor John Bel Edwards doubts legislators can pass a budget for next fiscal year in the regular session, so another special session is likely.
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Edwards, GOP trade barbs after special session collapse
Posted on 3/5/2018 7:01:00 PM.

Leaders from both sides are pointing fingers after the special session crashed and burned after 15 days of failed negotiations, leaving the state with no certain path to solving the one billion dollar fiscal cliff. GOP state representative Cameron Henry says Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards was unable to rally his side.

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Sales tax bill fails again as the state races towards falling off the fiscal cliff
Posted on 3/4/2018 7:41:00 PM.
All hope appears is lost that the state legislature will pass any tax legislation to address a nearly one-billion dollar shortfall. A sales tax bill that would provide nearly 300-million dollars in revenues was defeated soundly for a second time last night. Jeremy Alford, the publisher of was there for the vote.
"That sales tax bill is the linchpin to this entire special session," Alford said. "It didn't just fail, it went down in flames, a 33-70 vote." 
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Partisan conflicts stall budget talks as one billion shortfall gets closer
Posted on 3/1/2018 2:16:00 PM.
The special session is on the verge of collapsing without a tax plan that addresses a looming one billion dollar shortfall. The House has failed to get behind a proposal to raise revenues to replace expiring sales taxes. Republican Barry Ivey of Baton Rouge says GOP legislators are not willing to work with a Democratic governor.

“We don’t want a democrat governor to get re-elected and we don’t want to give him a political win by doing tax reform,” stated Ivey.

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Poll shows Governor Edwards is popular, but re-election not guaranteed
Posted on 3/1/2018 6:10:00 AM.

A Mason Dixon Polling and Strategy poll finds Democratic Governor Edwards has a 55% approval rating, 31% disapprove and 14% say they are unsure. Pollster Brad Coker says the high approval rating doesn’t mean Edward will be re-elected in 2019, if his opponents are either popular Republicans Steve Scalise or John Kennedy.

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Governor Edwards talks with legislative leadership in an effort to solve the fiscal cliff
Posted on 2/27/2018 2:03:00 PM.
It’s unclear if legislators will find a solution to a looming one billion dollar budget deficit before the special session ends next Wednesday. Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with legislative leadership and remains optimistic a deal can be struck. 
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Edwards calls for expanded background check, No-Fly No-Buy laws
Posted on 2/21/2018 4:25:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards addresses the issue of gun control during his monthly call-in radio show. Edwards says in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida, he’s calling for a more robust background check system for firearm purchases.

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