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Edwards’ worn-in governorship

There was no honeymoon period for John Bel Edwards after he was elected as governor in 2015. He didn’t get a pass from the press, the Legislature (actually the House in particular) launched immediately for his jugular and his other political enemies most certainly did not order up a ceasefire.

That said, going from Bobby Jindal to Edwards was still a bit of a transition for Louisiana’s political class. Movers and shakers had to figure out what it meant to have a Legislature controlled by Republicans and a Governor’s Mansion occupied by a Democrat.

Influencers likewise had to get used to Edwards’ ways. He can be defensive at times and doesn’t hold punches, especially if another throws the first one. Over the past year and a half Edwards has gotten sideways with reporters, lawmakers, statewide elected officials and members of Congress…


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