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Old 01-14-2016, 06:07 AM
 
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"I am confident, that regardless of party, we can band together in Louisiana," Edwards said during a speech shortly after taking the oath of office. "We must be honest with ourselves and we must be honest with one another."

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday where he signed his first executive order, which expands Medicaid.

Gov. Edwards says he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in the hands of 350,000 people by July 1. Louisiana will have to hire around 248 new health department employees to handle the enrollment.
A very good start by looking out for the more challenged and senior citizens in this state. I hope next he tackles Education and restore the funding, It would be great if he would take a Lead and reduce he cost of education at State Universities and return community colleges to be no cost to the students. I also would like to see him, find a tech company, and covert "University Text Books" to digital Media; then he can work on changing K1-12 to have certain classes material transferred to digital media.
I would like to see him do something to restore LSU Medical to how it was operated before as a State University Hospital.

I hope he finds enough stuff where they can indite Jindal. That would give some satisfaction to many in Louisiana, after the mess Jindal made of the state and how he disrespected the struggling citizens.

I would like to see him publish how Jindal wasted the Katrina monies, and how he was collusive with Insurance companies; and force them to roll back their rates and give people a rebate on what they have ripped off from the public.

It's unfortunate that he has to begin from such a deficit, but like President Obama helped bring the US economy up, I think working with the Administration he can use some of their knowledge and bring this state up.

The really good thing would be if he can find enough to embarrass and expose Jindal in some ways so he can never get in politic's again.

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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I hope he does well and progresses the state. If he doesn't, if he turns out to be another good ole Louisiana politician, will you come on here and continue posting titangraphs about how Louisiana isn't progressing and advocate for change?
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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We will see where it goes- already it is doing well, to address the medicaid and hopefully his work will continue to address the things which benefit the people of this state.

Those who have no comment, or thoughts or negativity is their business. I care to think about what this state and its people need, and certainly to have a governor who will take into account the meaning of the State's Preamble. If he and his administration embrace that, then they won't mistreat the constitution which is based in support upon this State's Preamble, and the Preamble of the United States.
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:41 AM
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Jindal will be sorely missed, and, though not perfect, I thought he did a great job. Some voters in this state are going to see that they've made a mistake in voting a Democrat into the governor's office. Let's just hope that this Edwards character doesn't start pulling some Obama-like stunts on the people of this great state. He really ought to just listen to the people out there.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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Edwards is doing a great job already. Already he's undone a lot of the damage that Jindal did.

By accepting the federal medicare aid, around a million people in Louisiana can now be insured.

This is a win win for all. Poor will now have longer life expectancies, maybe we won't be #49 (only MS is worse) in health care.

Hospitals will get federal reimbursement to treat patients, instead of having to pass the costs onto the taxpaying consumer.

So, even if you are a middle class or even wealthy citizen, you will benefit.

Hospitals were about to close because they couldn't afford all the uninsured people coming in, they greatly supported this move by Edwards.

We are now the most progressive southern state, the only one to accept healthcare for its people. Be proud Louisiana!
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:25 AM
 
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Edwards is doing a great job already. Already he's undone a lot of the damage that Jindal did.

By accepting the federal medicare aid, around a million people in Louisiana can now be insured.

This is a win win for all. Poor will now have longer life expectancy, maybe we won't be #49 (only MS is worse) in health care.

Hospitals will get federal reimbursement to treat patients, instead of having to pass the costs onto the taxpaying consumer.

So, even if you are a middle class or even wealthy citizen, you will benefit.

Hospitals were about to close because they couldn't afford all the uninsured people coming in, they greatly supported this move by Edwards.

We are now the most progressive southern state, the only one to accept healthcare for its people. Be proud Louisiana!
Thank you, the open mind and positive considerations of the people of this state, hopefully will reverberate through the citizen ranks of this state. It's time for Louisiana to come out of the dark depths of Republican Ideology and Republican System mentality.

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As a people, its about building for ALL PEOPLE, its about seeking and pursuing means to enfranchise all to embrace opportunity.
We lag in so many ways, and its time for the disenchanted mentality that has ravaged this state for decades to be gone. IF this Governor speaks of hope, opportunity, unity, good will in our thoughts and deeds, we can move forward. We can shed the imagery so many across the nation have of Louisiana being a Confederate minded states with Antebellum ideals.
We desperately need that label of imagery to go away.

We have very creative people and we have hidden skills due to lack of avenues for those to come to the forefront. It is sorely needed to create in this state a Silicone Valley of the South style tech community. We may be amazed at what our people can do, if they have the available organization and facility to engage their ideas. We live in the 21st Century- Let's Make Our State Reflect That Realism !!!!!

We do need some tough work- and that is to put some very hard and stern policies in place to curb drop out rates, and especially in black and poor whites communities. We need very tough crime policies and to enforce 'fairly" the laws we have to address crime. We can't give a pass to some and prosecute others, we can prosecute some lightly and prosecute others heavily for the "same crime and crime types'.

I would hope this Governor seek out means to push for legislation to make "gangs" illegal, not just black street gangs, but the "Louisiana mafia style gangs" who have been a plague to this state in ways of how southern crime syndicates operate.
We need HONEST BIDDING, with full standards and quality performance clauses built into every bid that goes out, and there must be fairness in how bids are awarded.

We need 'Insurance Reforms" to make sure in the event of disaster that insurance companies have reserves to meet the coverage they sell. We need ALL claims by insurance companies in the area hit by Katrina to get out of the way, so we can tear down, and rebuild what is necessary and not build what is a known hazard waiting to happen.

We need to "do quality road building and rebuilding", not the thin cheap overlays that cost us double in the course of a 10 yrs span.

We can't build anything more as bad as the quality of 3132 (in Shreveport), that was done cheaply and maintained for far too long, with shoulders deteriorating and dips and bumps that make it unstable to travel., If there are feeder lanes and exit lanes they must be done right, without traffic being forced into a potential accident waiting to happen traffic cross of those exiting and those entering. It's a pure disaster in some areas. Surely these kind of issues happen all across the state.

If we are state which allows Gaming, then get off the old madness that the boat has to sit on the water and build land based gaming that has no need to be near or on the water.

We need a STATE WIDE marketing of Industrial Facilities and promotion of the year round better weather than many other states for industry to have and utilize for a good 300 days a year, even in the full span of 365 they can operate successfully.

We need to be a state that supports collective bargaining, and we need to modify the "right to work" rules, where there has to be FULL DISCLOSURE as to WHY an individual is being terminated. Right to Work should simply mean that everyone has equal opportunity to pursue and work jobs, and not be afraid they will be terminated just because someone has a bias, does not like them, or the host of madness that the craziness of being able to terminate people without providing just cause.

Let's become an America State with Full compliance with the Federal System and the Nations Constitution in fully supported actions.

Let's stop the gun madness, and put in the background checks, and no one needs assault weapons, this is not a declared war zone. Let's be sensible, then we can weed out the para military groups and the hate groups amassing military grade weaponry. Hunters can hunt, and they must abide by the laws that govern hunting.

There are many thing we can address, engage the debates and work out solutions, not just put up opposition just to have a fight, but to engage with a aim to find workable solutions.
Everyone will not get everything they want, but there is a workable solution that all can live with.


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Old 01-18-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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^^^ I knew it was coming ..
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:36 PM
 
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" military grade weaponry " . Ignorance abounds here .
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:40 AM
 
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Jindal will be sorely missed, and, though not perfect, I thought he did a great job. Some voters in this state are going to see that they've made a mistake in voting a Democrat into the governor's office. Let's just hope that this Edwards character doesn't start pulling some Obama-like stunts on the people of this great state. He really ought to just listen to the people out there.
I seriously doubt many folks in La. will miss Bobby Jindal considering he spent most of the past two years traveling to ramp up his campaign for president. And as far as doing things to benefit Louisiana and its citizens...let's see a list of all the things Jindal did for the people of Louisiana. (Remember this guy made a pledge to Grover Norquist to not raise taxes... didn't matter if they were necessary for the benefit of the people of the state.)

1. Jindal entered office with an $865 million surplus and he will exit with a $1.6 billion deficit. (Thanks in part to corporate welfare & tax cuts).

2. Jindal told colleges & universities to cut budgets. Funding for higher education has been cut by more than 80 percent, and the entire system is experiencing a fiscal crisis. Degree programs have been cut. Students are leaving the state for better, more stable affordable programs (once they get state residency).

3. Funding for youth services has been cut by 40 percent.

4. Funding for Veterans Affairs programs has been cut by 69 percent.

5.The Department of Environmental Quality has been cut by 96 percent (in a state with a rapidly eroding coastline).

6. Jindal refused to cut "Corporate Welfare" to companies like Valero & Wal-Mart (to name just two) which received generous subsidies. These same subsidies ranged in the millions to coveted O&G industries.

7. Jindal rejected a Medicaid expansion in order to protest Obamacare, and thousands of low-income Louisianans remain without reimbursed health care as a result. Didn't matter that other Republican Govs. saw the light and expanded Medicaid.

8. Healthcare access and education has been cut: Louisiana has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation; the highest diabetes-related death rate; the highest rate of death from breast cancer; the third highest rate of cancers deaths overall; and the eighth highest rate of teenage pregnancy.

9. Jindal rejected $300 million of federal stimulus money (one his favorite talking points at the time), despite Louisiana’s underfunded and crumbling infrastructure.

10. Jindal issued a symbolic executive order that defended discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom.”

11. Jindal sold out his state to protect BP against legitimate lawsuits. (Side note: Jindal’s brother is a lawyer for the firm representing BP).

12. Jindal held a massive “prayer rally” on the state’s flagship campus, a rally that promoted his presidential campaign and distributed materials blaming gay people for hurricanes and natural disasters.

13. Jindal signed the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allowed creationism to be taught in science courses at public schools.

AND....

14. Jindal was absent / out-of-state nearly half of 2014 ramping up support for his failed GOP presidential bid that cost Louisiana taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars that he won't reimburse from his own campaign funds. Jay Dardenne and Treasurer John Kennedy have pointed out that he should reimburse the state.

I don't think we'll miss Jindal at all, besides he was hardly ever here in 2015 either. His legacy will be that he traded the future of Louisiana citizens for his own failed attempt at running for president. About the only thing he'll be good for is working for some PAC behind-the-scenes and out of the spotlight. Stick a fork in him 'cuz he's done as far as running for higher office is concerned.

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Old 01-19-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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We will see where it goes- already it is doing well, to address the medicaid and hopefully his work will continue to address the things which benefit the people of this state.

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The path forward, how do you propose the new Louisiana governor pay for his social reforms in the 2017 budget?

Should he tax the working people more?

Should he tax property owners more?

Discussing these key points now will prepare those rich people in Louisiana for paying their fair share or just selling their property and moving away so this state can move forward in poverty without all these working people getting in our way.
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