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How far we could go in Louisiana with a vision. We certainly will go nowhere without it. Lance Harris and team Jindal just wasted 3 years fighting over a TWO TENTHS OF CENT dispute in sales tax rates.  Now Lance, who wants to be your next Speaker of the Louisiana House is focused on returning the Jindal era chaos he helped create in Louisiana.  Lance's world consists of opposing anything that makes sense, destructive partisan posturing, and getting paid with your tax dollars as a legislator to lobby for much higher gas prices for you so he can line his pockets.


We all remember the chaos Lance and Bobby Jindal created. Reasonable legislators and Governor Edwards have now achieved fiscal stability. Lance is obsessed with destroying that. He thinks a 100 million to 300 million dollar surplus is a big problem after he and Jindal created 1 billion dollar deficits. Let's look at the numbers:  A 300 million dollar surplus relative to the state budget is the equivalent of a family earning 60,000 dollars per year having 600 dollars left over at the end of the year. That sounds conservative and prudent to me. Real folks in that position would try to save a little of that but would realize that some of that should be spent to build their future. It would be prudent to replace a set of unsafe tires or repair a hole in the roof that will lead to more expensive damage later.  But the reasonable, prudent behavior that real folks must exercise to survive and prosper is not what Lance and his reckless cronies are about. They are about sacrificing Louisiana for their own agenda. He says the real problem we face in Louisiana is we are paying 45 cents more on a 100 dollar purchase than we should. To get a headline, Lance wants to sacrifice our bond rating again, increase the state's cost of borrowing, and make sure we have no money at all for desperately needed bridges in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.

Here is the ultimate in hypocrisy: Lance Harris wants to return us to fiscal chaos over 45 cents sales tax on a hundred dollar purchase but proposed legislation to make you pay 4 dollars more on a hundred dollar gas purchase to line his pockets. 

I asked a friend of mine who has helped elect much of the political leadership in Texas how they get things done there. I wanted to know how the political consensus to build the roads around Texas and lay the foundation for 70 Billion dollars in coming infrastructure development happened there. This is what he said:

"In Texas when I bring a candidate in to meet with donors and activists they first ask the candidate for their vision to build the future for Texas.  In Louisiana they only ask what the poll numbers are and about their own special deals. While folks in Texas look after their own interests, they have a bigger vision for the state that is not seen here. They have been laughing at Louisiana fighting over 20 to 45 cents on a 100 dollar purchase and building a tremendous economy while Louisiana is stuck on stupid. The Republican government in Texas is lead by folks with a vision like Reagan had or Louisiana Republicans had before the Louisiana GOP was hijacked by the Jindal team. What scares me for Louisiana is those same Jindal folks are running two gubernatorial campaigns in Louisiana right now. If Team Jindal gets back in power just as some stability has come, I don't think Louisiana could recover in 50 years"

If you open a thesaurus and look for an antonym for "conservative" you will find "reckless". Reckless Lance Harris and the team that wants to return chaos to Louisiana are not conservative. In fact they are just the opposite. It's time for LAGOP voters, donors, and activists to put and end to their insanity and insist on leaders dedicated to a positive, prosperous, fiscally sound future for Louisiana.


Richard Lipsey

Lifelong Republican

Put Louisiana First





Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:06 PM

Scott Woodward Is A Home Run For LSU, But Alleva Was Not The Problem.

Scott Woodward Is A Home Run For LSU, But Joe Alleva Was Not The Problem

As we have pointed out for months the numerous reasons we need new leadership at LSU our emphasis was not athletics. The final events leading to the recent change in the position of Athletic Director involved the 2019 Basketball Tigers, but these events were only a final addition to mismanagement and improper messaging in regard to athletic affairs. 

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In this matter and in every case of mismanagement we have witnessed at LSU the buck stops with King Alexander. Based on Alleva's history with Duke Lacrosse and Alexander's reckless and embarrassing extended leaked firing and third quarter "unfiring" of Les Miles, no prudent person would have agreed to a rushed meeting with King Alexander and Alleva. Our student athletes paid the price.

We commend the LSU Board of Supervisors and James Williams for one of the most professional transitions ever seen in Louisiana public life. We can't say enough about the flawless execution. This process was in great contrast to Alexander's bungled handling of similar matters. In the hire of Scott Woodward, Board Chair James Williams and the LSU Board of Supervisors hit a home run.

We now must complete the changes needed to unleash the great potential of LSU in its full Flagship role. Winning at the highest level athletically and doing it the right way is important, but the other activities of LSU are more critical to our future. The primary responsibility of a Flagship university is to be a generator of competitive research and economic and intellectual development for a state. Just like in athletics, LSU is not in existence to compete and compare with other Louisiana institutions. LSU must win in research, STEM based and other economic development, and intellectual development against other state Flagships.

Since our original engagement for new leadership at LSU began in September we have demanded the best for LSU and have seen resistance from those who profit from the status quo. King Alexander's announcement of an Alexander and Alleva "donor relations" team following the Alleva reassignment demonstrates just how tone deaf Alexander is to the groundswell for a change in the Office of President at LSU. Except for those who personally benefit from the current leadership, the support for timely change in the Office of President is now nearly universal. It's clearly time for the same coalition that got new leadership done for LSU Athletics to quickly address the real source of the actions that made that change necessary and have resulted in the parade of scandals at LSU. The hiring of Scott Woodward has brought instant credibility to LSU Athletic Administration. Professional and timely action to complete the needed change in LSU leadership that we have called for can unleash a new golden age for all of LSU. Just as in the recent changes in LSU Athletics, judicious and professional action is in order. However, it is clear that timely action to change leadership and bring the best to LSU will be required to end the embarrassing headlines and replace them with headlines of achievement.

We thank you for all the kind words recently received and share your excitement in recent events. We look forward in engaging specifics on your behalf to Put LSU First and move forward to a prosperous future for this great institution.

Richard Lipsey
Go Tigers!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 1:05 AM

14 Year Old Calls For Us To Put Louisiana First

As the first day of the legislative session began on Monday 4/8/2019 the Senate President made a powerful call to Put Louisiana First. But this call came in a speech at the Old State Capital by a 14 year old at the Youth Legislature.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:27 PM

It's Time To End The Chaos At LSU and Remove King Alexander and Joe Alleva ​

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