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The Price Tag for Health Care

What the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Means for Louisiana



On January 12th, 2016, John Bel Edwards sat down at his desk on his second day of office as Governor of Louisiana. His predecessor Bobby Jindal had depleted the state budget (which prior was experiencing a rare surplus) to a $2 billion deficit. Edwards signed an executive order to allow an influx of $184 million in federal dollars to the state economy, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA had been passed, Louisiana was subject to it, Jindal just refused to accept the money. As Edwards said, “the easiest decision I will ever make as governor.”

 


Louisiana Has Second Worst State Economy in the U.S., Report Says


The strength of the economy is an oft-discussed topic — whether on the national stage or a citywide level, the quality of life for every resident is dependent upon the state of its economic livelihood. According to a new study, Louisiana ranked second to last in the country, beating out only West Virginia for economic strength. 


Louisiana Ranked Most Fun State in the Southeast


We here in New Orleans have always known that we are particularly skilled at having a good time — but now, it’s a scientific fact. According to a new survey, Louisiana is one of the top ten most fun states in America. 


Louisiana Named Second Most Stressed State in America


Turns out life in the Big Easy ain't all that easy. According to a new study released by WalletHub, Louisiana is the second most-stressed state in America — ranked only below Alabama.

 


Ali-Spinks in da Dome (Video)


On Friday (6.03), America and the boxing community lost a great. Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 years-old according to a family spokesperson. Ali was a man who suffered several setbacks, but always pulled himself off the canvas and rose to higher heights—like the City of New Orleans. On September 15, 1978, Ali traveled to NOLA to defeat Leon Spinks and win the WBA Heavyweight belt for the third time.


Toilet Tussle

Louisiana Sues Feds Over Bathroom Directive, JBE and Landry Feud



The state of Louisiana is part of a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration, positing that a directive allowing transgender students in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity lacks any authority. However, the state government, itself, is embroiled in an internal war over LGBT rights.


Cajun John Wayne Heads to Harm's Way


Viral video star Clay Higgins is looking to take his passion for law enforcement from the Vermilion River to the Potomac river. The “Cajun John Wayne” announced that he is tossing his cowboy hat into the ring to represent Louisiana’s 3rd District in the House of Representatives.


Durst Drama


Controversial con Robert Durst is one step closer to ending his protracted visit to New Orleans. On Wednesday (4.27), the eccentric real estate heir and suspected murderer was sentenced to serve seven years and one month in a federal penitentiary according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).


Fire on the Beyou

NOLA in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"



The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.


Gov. Edwards to Revoke "Religious Freedom" Order


With “religious freedom” bills back in the national news again, Governor John Bel Edwards is getting ready to follow through on a campaign promise. Deadline Hollywood reported that Edwards is preparing to revoke a Jindal era executive order that allows businesses to to deny service to same sex couples.


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