We’re still a little short of our goal (but not by much) which will help underwrite our efforts to fight our legal battles over public records and to churn out a comprehensive book about Bobby Jindal’s administration which we anticipate will be out in time for his final push for the GOP presidential nomination. The legal fight is important because if we lose this, you lose your opportunity to look over the shoulder of your elected officials to see what they’re doing that they don’t want you to know.
As an illustration of that point, you need only read the post immediately beneath this solicitation to see how legislators are spending campaign money—possibly some of your money, if you contributed to their campaigns—to pay for expensive tickets to sporting events, fine meals that you and I cannot afford and extensive travel that appears to be unrelated to their campaigns. At the same time, of course, they willingly allow Bobby Jindal to prevent the expansion of Medicaid that would provide health care to more than 200,000 of Louisiana’s low income workers; they vote down equal pay for women; they refuse to consider an increase to the minimum wage, and they look the other way as Jindal gives away our state hospital system and guts funding for higher education.
But first things first: Dayne Sherman of Ponchatoula, a prolific and talented writer, has agreed to help with the fund drive by giving away his first novel, Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, and the first 50 persons to contribute $100 or more to our fund drive today and Wednesday will receive a free, signed copy of Dayne’s book. (And everyone who has already contributed $100 will get the book as well.)
These are first edition paperback copies of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, a Louisiana crime novel. The novel was named to Booklist Magazine’s “Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Country Noir,” a national honor right beside Elmore Leonard’s Raylan, the Kentucky Pick. Welcome to the Fallen Paradise was one of the most celebrated novels of 2004. You’ll also want to visit Dayne’s political blog: TalkAboutTheSouth.com.
Here’s how it will work: click on the “Donate” button at the right and make your contribution via credit card. If you don’t see a “Donate” button, it’s probably because you receive our email alerts to new posts. Go to https://louisianavoice.com/ and look for the “Donate” icon. Be sure to send us, in a separate email to email@example.com, your mailing address so that we may ship you your book.
If you prefer not to contribute or contribute less than $100, not to worry: you can still get the ebook free through midnight on Tuesday, May 12. Every dollar helps LouisianaVoice, including $1s, $5s, $10s, and $20s. Here’s the link for the FREE ebook, and you don’t need a Kindle to read it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0O48T4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_WkQsvb0SA8CY
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