News for Tuesday 110519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone early voted today in Baton Rouge. Afterward, he told reporters he’s disgusted by a radio ad that links him and President Trump to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Rispone blames Governor Edwards for the ad, but the Edwards campaign says they are not responsible. The New Orleans-based Black Organization for Leadership Development produced the ad.
The demographics of Saturday’s record-breaking 89,623 early voters show Democrats are far more engaged in the run-off than they were in the primary, specifically blacks who increased their turnout from 25 to 31 percent. That may be good news for Governor Edwards, but JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says the voters most up for grabs in the coming election were notably absent Saturday… White Democrats and Independents. Edwards holds a 60-37 percent lead among white Democrats, while Eddie Rispone sports a 56-38 percent lead among white independents according to JMC’s most recent poll. Cenla has also seen record early voter turnout.
The Shreveport Times is reporting that President Donald Trump will be campaigning in the Shreveport/Bossier city area this month. There are rumors a rally will be November 14th at the CenturyLink Center. The President will be in Monroe this Wednesday and the Advocate reports that Trump will attend the LSU-Alabama game Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Three months after medical marijuana became available in Louisiana, doctors and clinics say some patients are finding the cost for therapeutic cannabis too high for treatment, pricing them out of a medication they waited years to obtain. The only cannabis currently available comes in a flavored liquid tincture, a bottle containing a dropper to use. One bottle can range from about $90 to $220, depending on concentration and pharmacy. The average chronic pain patients would be spending maybe $1,000 a month at current prices for what they need. Insurance does not cover the prescription.
Eunice Police have identified the man who died in a shooting Monday morning. Police say 21 year old De'Omaante Frank of Eunice was riding a when vehicle pulled up beside him and, according to witnesses started firing. The victim was struck once in the side. He was transported to Acadian Medical Center in Eunice where he died from his injuries.
Republicans are blasting a request from the Ukrainian Scandal whistleblower that they be allowed to submit written answers instead of publicly testify at an impeachment inquiry hearing. Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says a desire for anonymity is understandable, but that can be done while still offering authorities a chance to question the whistleblower in person. Higgins says they’re fairly confident they know who the whistleblower is, and that person is ethically compromised.
Higgins says the whistleblower had contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff prior to the complaint. Something the whistleblower’s attorneys strongly denies.
Louisiana earns an F-grade on preterm birth rates from the March of Dimes’ report card on maternal and infant health. The state’s preterm birthrate is at 13%, slightly higher than last year. March of Dimes spokesperson Frankie Robertson says among the recommendations to improve the grade are, group prenatal care, eliminating structural racism in health care, and increased availability of Medicaid.
Lafayette based Iberia Bank is merging with Tennessee based First Horizon and moving it’s headquarters to Memphis. It’s the first move out of state in Iberia’s 132-year history, and the merger will create one of the larger financial institutions in the entirety of the south. The merger will be completed in the second quarter of 2020.
For Mardi Gras we have Boudin King Cake.. So how about Gumbo Beer?? Bayou Teche Brewing and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine have combined forces to release Gumbo Stout, a craft beer aimed at capturing the spirit of the signature Louisiana dish. Brewery founder Karlos Knott says the beer was brewed around the flavor of a chicken and sausage gumbo. Gumbo Stout will be available for a limited time at select retailers around the state.
Not that we would ever encourage gambling on a sporting event, Oddsmakers do not have top-ranked LSU beating Alabama this Saturday and ending the Crimson Tide’s eight-game winning streak over the Tigers. Bama is a 6.5 point favorite, but LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the previous eight games in the series between the two schools won’t have an impact on what happens Saturday…
The Saints are big 13.5 point favorites to beat their biggest rival, the one and seven Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Superdome.