Political Analyst looks back at regular session
Posted on 5/18/2018 11:27:00 AM.

The regular session is coming to a close with a special session set for Tuesday. The session was marked by partisan gridlock, but a notable piece of legislation to pass was a bill allowing riverboats to expand on land. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonant says the chances of any further gaming legislation making headway next year is slim.
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Regular session is scheduled to end a month from now, but still expected to end early
Posted on 5/7/2018 2:59:00 AM.
The regular session must end in a month, but the belief around the capitol it will end in mid-May, so lawmakers can pass tax bills to address a 648-million dollar shortfall. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it's possible the regular session could end in a couple of weeks as major pieces of legislation still alive are close to final passage. 
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Legislative session at mid-point but state budget woes continue
Posted on 4/24/2018 1:19:00 PM.
The regular legislative session is at the halfway point, with issues like TOPS reform, gun control, and gambling expansion mostly dead, while new sexual harassment policies, tougher hazing laws, and medical marijuana expansions have received broad support. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the session has been bogged down by one issue
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Rep. Clay Higgins has the fewest campaign dollars out of Louisiana's Congressional delegation
Posted on 2/4/2018 5:00:00 PM.
3rd District Congressman Clay Higgins has just over $50,000 in the bank for a re-election bid and still needs to repay some $7,000 in debt from his 2016 campaign. Political analyst Bernie Pinosnat says even though Higgins is well liked in southwest Louisiana, he'll a lot more money to get re-elected.
 
"You never know who's going to run to you.  You could have someone jump up and run and if they have enough money to write a check out of their back pocket, you really got to work hard." 
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Poll: Governor Edwards approval rating hits personal high of 65%
Posted on 12/21/2017 11:34:00 AM.

A Southern Media and Opinion Research poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards has his highest approval numbers since taking office nearly two years ago at 65%. It eclipses his previous high of 63% last year and is considerably higher from the 54% approval rating in May. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says timing is everything in politics.

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John Schroder to be sworn in as state treasurer
Posted on 12/5/2017 12:43:00 PM.

John Schroder will be sworn in Tuesday night as Louisiana’s next state treasurer, after being chosen by a record low number of voters in the November 18th runoff. John Kennedy stepped down after he was elected as a U.S. Senator. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat expects Schroder will try to play the same role as Kennedy.
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Former aide to governor denies sexual harassment allegations
Posted on 11/24/2017 2:47:00 PM.

An aide to Governor Edwards has resigned as a result of sexual harassment allegations. The news of Johnny Anderson’s resignation occurred when many are focused on a four-day holiday. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says political action committees will remind voters when Edwards runs for re-election in two years.
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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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