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Who Is Paul Manafort?

Who Is Paul Manafort?

Michael Kurth November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Who Is Paul Manafort?

On Monday, Oct. 30, Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, surrendered to the Justice Dept. after being indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S.

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Louisiana’s Fiscal Cliff

Louisiana’s Fiscal Cliff

Michael Kurth November 2, 2017 Comments Off on Louisiana’s Fiscal Cliff

John Schroder received more votes that his fellow Republicans in the recent State Treasurer primary, which, in Louisiana, is tantamount to being elected. He ran on a platform of fiscal restraint, cutting waste and

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The Economics Of Disaster

The Economics Of Disaster

Michael Kurth October 5, 2017 Comments Off on The Economics Of Disaster

It was impossible to watch our neighbors in Southeast Texas get flooded by Hurricane Harvey and the people of Florida get slammed by Hurricane Irma without thinking back to our own experience with Hurricanes

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Farewell To Fast Eddy

Farewell To Fast Eddy

Michael Kurth September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Farewell To Fast Eddy

The phone call came at 3 am. It was my sister calling to tell me my older brother Eddy had passed away at his home in Saginaw, Mich. It was unexpected, but I was

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Crime In Calcasieu Parish

Crime In Calcasieu Parish

Michael Kurth August 17, 2017 Comments Off on Crime In Calcasieu Parish

I run the Republican Roundtable. The Roundtable puts on monthly forums with a panel of experts to address current issues. The July forum was on crime in Calcasieu Parish, and the panel consisted of

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Constitutional Conservatives

Constitutional Conservatives

Michael Kurth August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Constitutional Conservatives

The term “constitutional conservative” is relatively new in U.S. political discourse. It came into use in the last decade to describe politicians such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who hold conservative values and

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Are Bitcoins The New Gold?

Are Bitcoins The New Gold?

Michael Kurth July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Are Bitcoins The New Gold?

You probably didn’t hear about it on the evening news or read about it in your local newspaper, and the president didn’t Tweet about it, but one bitcoin is now worth twice as much

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On Aging And Its Alternative

On Aging And Its Alternative

Michael Kurth June 22, 2017 Comments Off on On Aging And Its Alternative

Farewell To Pierre Recently, Cathy and I went to the Golden Nugget to see Three Dog Night, a rock band that was popular back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Most of those on stage

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The Return Of Brinkmanship

The Return Of Brinkmanship

Michael Kurth May 4, 2017 Comments Off on The Return Of Brinkmanship

In the 1950s and ‘60s, the term “brinkmanship” was used to describe the Cold War tactic of taking the nation to the brink of war in order to force concessions from the other side.

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Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform

Michael Kurth March 30, 2017 Comments Off on Healthcare Reform

On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) his first day in office. When asked what he would replace it with, Trump’s standard answer went something

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