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BAYHAM: The Holy Bible And Official State Business

Louisiana has an official beverage. And amazingly enough it is NOT Barq’s root beer, but milk. Louisiana has an official dog (Louisiana Catahoula Leopard), doughnut (beignet- though this one is understandable), folk dance (square dance), crustacean (crawfish- also justifiable), bird... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: EWE’s Blaze-Of-Glory Run

Aged ex-Louisiana governor with the encouragement of a much younger woman he is romantically attached to decides to launch an improbable political comeback via a run for Congress. Reality show, reality or movie plot? Actually the last two, though the... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Time For McAllister To Do The Right Thing

While campaigning for president in the aftermath of the Watergate scandals that toppled the Nixon Administration, former Governor Jimmy Carter vowed to audiences on the campaign trail that he would never lie to the public. Carter received an admonishment for... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Pro-Gay Corporatists And St. Patrick’s Day Discord

Bagpipes and drums. River dancers. And plenty of green, from shamrocks and clothing to beer and the Chicago River. These are all associated with the day of the year when almost everyone, regardless of race, heritage or religion wants to... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Adding By Subtraction In Black And Gold

The massive contract that tight end Jimmy Graham has not yet agreed to has led to some significant changes, including the release of the most veteran player on the roster and the acrimonious trading of a fan favorite. And if... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: CPAC 2014 Notebook

There’s more to CPAC than just speeches by presidential aspirants and a straw poll, though those tend to make all of the headlines. Organizations that advance the conservative agenda typically have programming within the confines of the conference, and in... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: The 2014 CPAC Straw Poll

The big story that generally comes out of the annual conservative conclave held at National Harbor, Maryland (NOT Washington, DC) is the straw poll. The results are interesting not so much by who wins (that’s usually bought and paid for... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Guess Who’s Coming To CPAC

Last year, New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s absence from CPAC was noted. He had addressed the annual conservative confab previously and had scored well in the presidential straw poll. Supposedly there was some ill will between the folks at CPAC... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: The Top Mardi Gras Satire Of 2014

Mardi Gras is my favorite time of year. Contrary to what the Mobile Chamber of Commerce might plead, what happens in New Orleans during Carnival time is unique to anything staged anywhere else. There’s more to Nola Mardi Gras than... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Freedom Of Conscience Gets A Veto In Arizona

So much for “freedom of choice.” The media drama that played out in the wake of the adoption of Senate Bill 1062 ended with a veto by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. If you took Star Trek supporting actor and Facebook... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Will Vitter Go From DC Mardi Gras Captain To Kingfish?

Every year in late January or early February, the culinary scene in our nation’s capital improves (if only for a few days) when the Washington Mardi Gras rolls into town. Though ostensibly a more political (yet ironically also egalitarian) New... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Black Wednesday On Airline Drive

The expression “It’s just business, nothing personal” is heard often throughout the Godfather movie trilogy. The point being that even something as ugly as a hit on a blood family member or a close associate should not be viewed as... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Mitch’s Landslide, Part II

Back in October 2013, a UNO poll showed that New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu enjoyed a robust approval rating of 65%. On February 1st 2014, the voters backed the poll’s figures up, delivering for the mayor a 64% landslide victory... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Roger Goodell And The ‘Jersey Bowl’

There is a saying that success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. In that vein, a Garden State political observer joked that if the game is a success it the game will be associated with New York City;... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Landrieu, Bagneris and the “GOPetite Cabal”

Going into November 2013 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election appeared a sure thing and the city was going to have its first boring mayoral election since 1998 when incumbent Mayor Marc Morial steamrolled over token opposition. Landrieu has been... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Obama’s Vegan Buffet State Of The Union

Only 28% of Americans believe the country is on the right track and Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address will not instill much confidence that the president will get the nation on the right railway anytime soon. His... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: The Contender

When young people run for office their first challenge is getting the media, donors and public to take them seriously and not as a curiosity. Baton Rouge entrepreneur and candidate to succeed Bill Cassidy in the 6th congressional district Paul... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Why They March

Tens of thousands of pro-life activists braved freezing temperatures to march in Washington, DC on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally. Guided by their imaginations and predilections, the judicial branch of... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: A Revealing Season For The Saints

The New Orleans Saints’ 2013 season ended on the cold, waterlogged turf of the NFL’s loudest stadium but an argument could be made that their fate was sealed prior to the team’s long flight to the Pacific Northwest. Had the... (Continue reading)

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BAYHAM: Hopeless In Seattle?

“If you can dodge a wrench, then you can dodge a ball,” growled Patches O’Houlihan before hurling a sack of heavy metal tools at his team while preparing them to compete in the movie Dodgeball. And that is precisely what... (Continue reading)

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