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Fax-Net Update: Standing by Trump?

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Republican politicians all across the country began jumping off the Donald Trump train once a video was released with the Republican presidential nominee bragging in vulgar terms about his exploits with women.

The list is a long one, with some Republicans urging Trump to step aside for the good of the party. However, a defiant Trump said that he would never abandon his bid for the White House.

But in Louisiana, not so much. GOP elected officials and party officials have remained eerily quiet. Some have even reaffirmed their support of Trump, like Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, one of the leaders of the right’s evangelical movement, who said Trump is the better option of the two.

While some Louisiana members of Congress took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with Trump, there was no indication that they would not vote for him or whether they felt he should leave the ticket.

Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy had this to say: “Every life has value. This has been part of the Republican Party platform since it was founded. Mr. Trump’s statements and actions as revealed in this release from 2005 do not represent this. They are to be condemned.”

Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming, who is running for the U.S. Senate and has touted Trump in some of his television ads, said: “Donald Trump’s comments are reprehensible. No man should ever speak like that. They are unacceptable under all circumstances.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany is also running for the U.S. Senate. He said: “I strongly condemn Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments regarding women. There is no situation where derogatory and chauvinistic language characterizing women in this way is acceptable.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. the Majority Whip of the U.S. House, said: “Women deserve to be treated with respect. Period.” He added that Trump should make “a direct apology.”

Some political analysts believe that Trump’s comments will not matter and that his support will hold steady. The first poll taken after the revelation of the video tape showed him dropping only one percentage point.

Clinton had 42% to 38% for Trump.

The poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult revealed that 39% feel Trump should drop out, while 46% say he should stay in the race.

Seventy-four percent of respondents said that GOP leaders should stand by Trump, and 41% said they would be more likely to support a candidate who continues to back Trump.
However, 61% said they had a less favorable view of Trump after watching the video, including 48% of Republicans.

louConstitutional amendments

There are six constitutional amendments on the ballot on November 8. Here is a brief pro and con explanation of each one in layman’s language courtesy of the Public Affairs Research Council:

Amendment No. 1. VOTE FOR would require standards o f professional and educational experience for local registrars of voters and more public disclosure in their hiring process.
VOTE AGAINST would leave the existing job requirements in place and allow local governing authorities greater discretion when filling registrar vacancies.

Amendment No. 2. VOTE FOR would let higher education management boards set annual tuition rates and fee amounts for colleges and universities without legislative approval.
VOTE AGAINST preserve the state legislatur’s authority over tuition and fee levels.

Amendment No. 3. VOTE FOR would eliminate the deduction for federal income taxes paid by corporations when calculating state income tases while triggering a flat corporate tax rate of 6.5%.
VOTE AGAINST would allow corporations to continue receiving a state income tax deduction for federal income taxes pais and allow the existing corporate tax rates and brackets to remain.

Amendment No. 4. VOTE FOR would give surviving spouses of military, fire protection officers and law enforcement personnel who died while on duty a full property tax exemption on their home.
VOTE AGAINST would leave existing ad valorem property tax exemptions levels and eligibility requirements in place.

Amendment No. 5. VOTE FOR would create the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund to receive a portion of revenues from corporate and mineral taxes and to spend the money on infrastructure and pension liabilities.
VOTE AGAINST would continue to allow corporate tax and mineral revenue above a certain threshold to flow into the state general fund for appropriation by the legislature.

Amendment No. 6. VOTE FOR would provide legislators a new way to tap into constitutionally protected funds during revenue downturns and also extends protection to five existing funds.
VOTE AGAINST would keep in place the existing trigger which allows the legislature to tap into otherwise protected funds.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics and publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter