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July 26th, 2014

Election overview of jobs and duties:

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Here’s a brief look at the duties of the offices up for re-election this fall:
• U.S. Senator: Louisiana has two United States senators, both elected statewide and both of which represent the entire state. Senators cast votes on federal legislation, approve treaties and hold impeachment trials.
Congressman: Elected from districts; vote on federal legislation, including the initiation of appropriation and tax legislation.

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LPSO’s hard work pays off

After two years of investigations and hard work by local, state and federal law enforcement officials multiple suspects in an extensive drug operation have been apprehended.
Earlier this month law enforcement officials executed search warrants that resulted in more than $500,000 cash, multiple guns and a range of drugs spanning from marijuana to cocaine were seized.
U.S. District Attorney Stephanie Finley said this operation was not a surge.
“This is a sustainable operation and a smooth operation,” she said in a press conference on Thursday.

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Pro se not exactly a good idea

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We have all heard and used this one: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”
There is another that I use from time to time: “anyone can put on a band aid but when you break a leg you need a doctor.” I call this the “Band-Aid theory” of legal practice.
Recently the Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”) took some steps that are well-meaning, but I fear illusory. Before sounding critical, let me provide some background.

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Jindal's legacy en'sues' debate

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Admittedly, while being a working adult, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the only governor I’ve known. But, it sure seems like Jindal gets sued a lot more often than other governors.

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Encouraging students for science

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Louisiana is doing poorly in Math and Science. If a student from Louisiana wants to go to a school in another state, they have to take entrance tests. It’s gotten Gov. Bobby Jindal concerned. He has said the education system isn’t as good as it once was. He said that we need to improve the education system. Science can be exciting if you do experiments. At the beginning of the year in fifth grade, we did lots of experiments. From the middle to the end of the year, we didn’t do any more experiments.
Improvements:

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Supreme Court actions anti-American

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I’ve been angry and confused about the actions taken by the Supreme Court regarding some of the most important issues of our time. They gutted voting rights. They took the rights of women to control their own bodies, replacing it with corporate religion. And worst of all, they gave the freedom of being an American — a real, breathing, walking and talking American­ to corporate entities.

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Should you be a ‘hands-on’ investor?

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If you want to send your children or grandchildren to college, retire comfortably and achieve other important life goals, you will have to invest — it’s that simple. But the process of investing can sometimes seem anything but simple. What can you do to gain confidence that you are making the right investment moves?

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Be an investment original, don’t follow the herd

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There’s a theory on Wall Street that goes something like this: If you follow the crowd and buy the hot investment of the day, chances are you’ll be scooping up shares when most others are about to sell. This natural “herd instinct” of buying when everyone is euphoric may mean you’ve entered the game too late and are buying at the wrong time.
Investors often jump in at the wrong time because they’re worried about what others are doing instead of focusing on good old-fashioned fundamentals such as a company’s earning potential and its management.

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Five steps to teaching your children about money

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Question: I think my parents tried to teach me how to manage money, but it never stuck. I don’t want my kids to make the same mistakes I did. How can I teach my children how to handle money properly?
Answer: You can have a very positive influence on your children concerning money and many other life lessons.
But somewhere between the time they lost their diapers and got their car keys, you lost your ability to control them. So let’s focus on influence.

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Sutherland honored by Hampton Hotels

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Earlier this year, Business After Hours, hosted by Hampton Inn. Those who were unable to attend should stop by and say hello to Ronnie Rawls, Brandon Sutherland and the staff. Brandon Sutherland (pictured right) was honored with the ‘Spirit of Hampton’ award. The Spirit Award was created to recognize those top performers within each brand who impact guests, team members, the hotel, or the community. Spirit Award winners represent less than 2 percent of the entire Hilton Worldwide team member population.

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