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Thursday, October 17, 2019

RIP Elijah Cummings



From AP News: Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, has died at age 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor.

Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP. Cummings was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. By 2016, Cummings was the senior Democrat on the House Benghazi Committee, which he said was “nothing more than a taxpayer-funded effort to bring harm to Hillary Clinton’s campaign” for president. Throughout his career, Cummings used his fiery voice to highlight the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He was a firm believer in some much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 03, 2019

SRV

On this date in 1954 one of the greatest blues rock musicians was born in Dallas,Texas. One of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s, he attracted audiences previously averse to the genre.
RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan, you were taken from us too soon.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Election Resources

It's early voting time!  We try to vote early because the lines on election day are a pain in the ass.

Here are websites dedicated to giving you good information to use as you make your decisions on your vote.

There are several amendments on the ballot which will require you to do some homework to make an intelligent decision, because it's too much reading to do in the voting booth.  Here they are:


‍Amendment ‍1 ‍Offshore ‍Goods ‍Property ‍Tax ‍Exemption ‍

‍Amendment ‍2 ‍Adds ‍Schools ‍to ‍the ‍Education ‍Excellence ‍Fund

Amendment ‍3 ‍Board ‍of ‍Tax ‍Appeals ‍Jurisdiction ‍

‍Amendment ‍4 ‍New ‍Orleans ‍Tax ‍Exemption ‍for ‍Affordable ‍Housing ‍


Below are some websites that explain the ballots in plain english:


BGR.ORG
The Bureau of Governmental Research is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

They have created a comprehensive report that details - in everyday English - each of the constitutional amendments on the ballot. This is the place to go to make a wise decision on the amendments.

SOS.LOUISIANA DOT GOV
The Louisiana Secretary of State
Here you can find sample ballots by Parish


VOTESMART DOT ORGBy typing in your zip code on the left hand of the page, you will
be presented with all the information you need in making decisions in
this election. It doesn't include the amendments, but is chock full of
information about the candidates and incumbents.

CABL dot org
The Council for a Better Louisiana
In depth information of both the candidates and the amendments.  It explains each amendment, the background and how a vote for or against would affect the way things hppen.

LA-PAR dot org
Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council
Includes a pdf guide to the constitutional amendments, explaining what a vote "for" or a vote "against" would do.  

Vote LA dot org
By putting in your address at this website you will be given a sample ballot
to familiarize yourself with the candidates and amendments. This site doesn't explain the amendments, though.