I grew up on the mean streets of the Internet, and for some reason, they made me a Front Page writer here. I'm also a Louisiana educator, freelance journalist, and most importantly a husband and father. Follow me on Twitter: @JoePCunningham


    Paul Dietzel for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District

    It’s somewhat of a minor race in the grand scheme of things – Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District is a red district in a red state. It’s being given up by Bill Cassidy, who is running for the Senate seat currently held by Mary Landrieu. As a result, a myriad of candidates have jumped into the race, including former Democratic governor (and ex-convict) Edwin Edwards. Edwards | Read More »

    The Religion of Politics

    What goes on in politics is of the utmost importance to how we live our lives. “You will be made to care,” after all, about numerous things. Marriage equality, reproductive rights, and whatever other keywords exist for pushing an agenda that is rejected by a lot more people than gets reported. I would be a hypocrite if I denounced people focusing for large portions of | Read More »

    Senator @MaryLandrieu’s Newest Awful Ad

    Mary Landrieu’s campaign was up early this morning, pushing a new ad that touts her fantastic appointment to the chair of the Senate Energy Committee. For weeks, they have been singing the praises of the promotion, using it as campaignable material because there is not a thing she can run on. It’s her second ad to be released in the state (POLITICO got that wrong, | Read More »

    Picking and Choosing

    On Saturday, I volunteered to help out at a Day of Action event in the city where I live. The Louisiana GOP had two forces in play – door-to-door activists and people working the phones. One of the first things I noticed is that phone records are apparently really out of date because of the calls I made, a ton were disconnected. That is neither | Read More »

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    The United States Government Thinks Heartbleed Is Okay!

    That the market didn’t report a surge in pitchfork sales shocks the hell out of me. The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the | Read More »

    Donate $404 Today

    *Promoted from the diaries. – Aaron* Earlier today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled a new site to attack the Paul Ryan Budget Plan as a part of their strategy to find something to raise money about, since they’re getting trounced every quarter. In keeping with the party’s practice, the launch was incredibly successful. It’s since been fixed, leading you to a site that features | Read More »

    Inheriting Money is Awful and You Should Feel Awful

    In the span of three days, I count two pieces on just how awful inheriting wealth is and that we should totally tax the heck out of those who inherit money from their parents. There are probably more, but I’m too exhausted from reading these two to go looking. The first dates back to March 26 with a piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free | Read More »

    Landrieu’s Strategy: Someone Bail Her Out

    I’ve talked about it to the point of sounding repetitious at times, but Mary Landrieu is floundering in her polling, and her campaign, along with the state Democratic Party, have nothing to tout for her, other than linking stale praises of her appointment to the chair of the Senate Energy Committee. Right now, there is a lot of speculation about how Landrieu can increase voter | Read More »

    Pickles and the American Dream

    *Promoted from the diaries – Aaron* Today, I was discussing hamburgers with a good friend when he informed me that he didn’t like pickles on his burgers. He defended the choice, which I can respect, but gave me a questioning look when I informed him that pickles on hamburgers are as American as you can get. “Pickles are America,” I explained. “You cannot convince me | Read More »

    AP Desperate for Good News

    This AP tweet signifies all that is wrong with journalism, overrun by those unafraid of losing credibility, reporting on what they think is morally right rather than the facts.

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