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July 21, 2021

Edwin Edwards and John McKeithen – A Rocky Relationship?

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and the chief executive who preceded him, John McKeithen, had an interesting and controversial relationship.  McKeithen had actively supported Edwin Edwards in his race for Congress, and quietly let his supporters know that Edwards was the best choice for governor. But things went sour in their relationship right at the time that Governor Edwards took his oath of office.  I give some personal background of the controversy and just what happened in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.




Edwin Edwards and my Father-in-Law!


In 1977, Governor Edwin Edwards presided over a huge Mardi Gras celebration in Beverly Hills, California. He is pictured with well-known actress Gloria Swanson who served as queen of the Mardi Gras. The king, on the right, is my father-in-law, Teddy Solomon. TG, as he is known by all his friends, was a major presence in the movie theater business, both in the south as well as Hollywood. All in the picture passed away, and I sure wish they were still here to entertain us all.




July 12, 2021

The Passing of Louisiana’s Longest Serving Governor!

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards passed away this week. He was the state’s longest serving governor, having been elected four times to the state’s highest position. He was both loved and criticized, but no one can doubt he left an indelible mark on the state’s political history. I had a 50 year relationship with Governor Edwards, where we both worked together and ran against each other. But we remained friends throughout these many years. This weeks column is a long remembrance of the former Governor. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 




July 7, 2021

Scandalous Insurance Rates in Louisiana !

It’s turning into a national scandal. Louisiana continues to have the highest insurance rates in the country. Year in and Year out. It doesn’t change. All the surrounding states have rates that are much lower. What’s going on? Why does the Bayou State, that has so many great attractions, continue to drop the ball and do a terrible job with it comes to regulating and keeping insurance rates down?  I talk about these problems in this weeks column. You could read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.




The Passing of Jimmy Fitz!

My longtime mentor and friend Jimmie Fitzmorris passed away this week. He was 99 years young.  Jimmy Fitz and my father started off as ticket sellers with the Kansas City Southern railroad back in the 1930s. They both went on to be vice presidents.  When I was elected to the state Senate in 1972, Jimmy Fitz took me under his wing as he was serving as president of the Senate. Through my whole political career, he was always there for counsel and advice. He served Louisiana well as an outstanding Lt. Governor. Our state is much better off because of the contributions of this distinguished Louisianian.  Our condolences to his daughter Lisa and the whole Fitzmorris Family.




June 30, 2021

HAS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT BEEN ROUTED?

Ever heard of the fourth amendment? Most people have heard of it, but  have no idea what it says. It’s the basic protection that you are secure in your own home. That’s been the law for centuries. Going all the way back to the Magna Carta. But the United States Supreme Court doesn’t seem to be paying much mind to it.  Recent rulings show the Court is carving away at what should be a basic American right.  And this should not be happening. Take a look at my new column, and my evaluation of why the court is wrong. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.




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