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Political Horizons: Japan tries to figure out Louisiana voters

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Takashi Oshima, a correspondent for The Asahi Shimbun, is one of several Japanese reporters covering Louisiana's U.S. Senate and House races. He is photographing Cassie Felder, one of the Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District seat, while she makes campaign phone calls Wednesday from her Baton Rouge office.

One of Buddy Roemer’s stories is about visiting with Japanese business leaders back when he was governor in the late 1980s. A businessman interrupted the governor’s spiel on the wonders of Sportsman’s Paradise to say, very sorry, never heard of Louisiana. That may have changed. Japanese reporters have descended on Louisiana to cover this… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Football and politics: Our favorite time of year

Louisiana is entering the seasons of its two favorite contact sports: football and politics. Usually the two cross paths only before the games when politicians visit tailgates to sample grilled sausages and toss a few footballs in a signature tradition that is every bit as expected as candidates eating hot dogs and kissing babies when visiting New… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Watergate leaves a polarized nation

Friday marked the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, one of those landmark days in American history. A lot of the run-up to the anniversary revolved around pundits pontificating on how much more politically polarized the nation has become since Nixon ducked impeachment proceedings for covering up the dirty tricks his aides played against his opponents.… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Governor takes stab at ‘transformative’ motivation

“Transformative” is the vogue descriptor among the political set these days. From the old church Latin noun of action associated with communion, “transformative” picked up its current accepted definition — a new work that alters and supersedes the original — in a 1994 U.S. Supreme Court opinion on copyright infringement. A review of old clips… Continue reading →