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November 6th

Another term for Landrieu good for La.

If nothing else, Louisianans have been proven to be a pragmatic people. We’ve been through four hurricanes in this state in the past three years. We are largely poor and largely rural.
Landrieu is also a practiced political hand in Washington. At 52, she has the possibility of much more service to the state ahead of her, as well.
Thinking practically, Democrats control Congress. The president, many felt before the race, had a good chance of being a Democrat.
That could have made sending a Republican to the Hill a little bit questionable for many voters.

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Obama makes history

Obama defeated Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, with unofficial results showing a 338-163 electoral college win and Obama receiving 52 percent of the popular vote.
A top priority, the advisers said, would be picking a White House chief of staff to help manage the selections to come. Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel appeared headed for the job, said Democrats who spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement, expected as early as today.

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November 5th

Locals react to outcome

“I never thought in my lifetime, having lived through the civil rights movement, that we would see an African-American elected president,” Stokley said. “The sense of it is, though, he’s half white and half black. It’s an excellent reflection of what this country is — a mixture.”
State Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said he was deeply impressed by the way Obama accepted the win.
“There was no bragging and beating on his chest,” Gallot said. “I think he recognizes the enormity of the task at hand, which I think is a very good indication that the American people made the right decision.”

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America has spoken its mind

Today, states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Florida know they played a crucial role in lifting the United States’ first black president-elect to the highest position in the most powerful and influential country in the world. As our president-elect put it, however, this nation is not a collection of red states and blue states.
A new season, indeed.

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Time to unite for the good of America

With a new president, America has the opportunity for a fresh start. If Americans adopt an attitude of hope and determination, we can pull ourselves out of the mess, no matter who our president is.
The presidential election of 2008 not only resulted in the historic selection of the first African-American president, but it also spurred record numbers of voter participation. Seeing Americans get involved with our government and truly have a stake in the outcome is encouraging.

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Bulldogs low key bowl talk

“When you’re 4-4 and with four games to play, it’s only human nature to think about what possibly could happen,” said coach Derek Dooley. “But there’s a saying in football that goes, ‘They only remember what you do in November’.”
Thus, Dooley and the ’Dogs will be concerned strictly with a search for W’s during the remainder of this month and then see what transpires afterwards.

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Voters finally have their say

“We had people lined up at 5 a.m.,” Lincoln Parish Deputy Clerk of Courts Peggy Posey said as she oversaw voting at Glen View Elementary School. “By a little after 8 a.m., we already had 315 people that have already voted here, and that’s more people than often vote here over the course of a whole election day. We’re just getting started, so it looks like it’s going to be a busy day.”
“This is a very important — history-making — election,” Angela Marshall of Ruston said. “My boss at Grambling (State University) let us leave to make sure we voted.”

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November 4th

District watches fire tax

“The main thing I want voters to know is that this is very necessary for the safety of the parish’s citizens and fire district firefighters,” Ford said.
The mainly volunteer force is still recruiting people to come in and give their time — the district has eight active paid firefighters including the chief to cover Lincoln Parish 24 hours a day.

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Jenkins, Bennett aid Tech win

Together, they combined for 12 completions in 21 attempts for 117 yards and a touchdown while being intercepted once.
“We had plans to play both of them,” said coach Derek Dooley. “Taylor had been practicing well during the week and, also, the schemes being used by Fresno State played into his hands.
“We’re planning to continue playing both quarterbacks and see what happens and which one can help us.”
Jenkins was seven-of-12 for 88 yards and a 27-yard TD connection to senior running back Patrick Jackson, while Bennett went five-of-nine for 29 yards.

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Don't miss your chance to participate

Maybe the months of campaigning have worn you down, with the attack ads, half-truths and questionable politics. Two of the major items on Lincoln Parish ballots — the presidential election and the race for the Senate seat — have turned nasty in recent weeks. It’s enough to make voters want to shut off the TV and the radio and stay at home.
But, no matter how strong the urge is, that’s something we shouldn’t do.

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