Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:26
Louisiana legislative Lameduckdoms and those tweets
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louisiana-legislatureSometimes, there is no better way to pass the day than sitting down with some "good political reads".   Let me throw in, some great tweets, too.

Today is no exception.

 

For the next couple of months, in fact, with the Louisiana legislative session from-hell-warmed-over, there will be plenty of opportunities to get the "read" on whether the state survives without shutting down the store.  Or, at least, shutting down most of LSU.

So, here are three columns that have caught my eyes today, all from the Advocate.

After checking out those opinions of one, Stephanie Grace and Quin Hllyer, mosey on over and down to the tweets of the hour. 

THE GOOD READS

Now that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is facing his last year and last Louisianaa legislative session, many wonder if he will be able to wield the power he has held over the past seven years. 

Stephanie Grace of the Advocate discusses an interesting dimension of “lameduckdom” that is affecting this legislative session, one in which Louisiana legislators careers are on the line due to elections.

Stephanie Grace: Louisiana lawmakers appear to be reaching their limits with Gov. Bobby Jindal

http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/11919652-148/stephanie-grace-gov-bobby-jindals

Quin Hillyer, also of the Advocate early this week wrote that fixing the budget hole this year will be difficult but not impossible. 

And who is responsible for the budget crises?

The columnist wrote:

"Gov. Bobby Jindal is less responsible than some others for the state’s $1.6 billion budget gap, and his frequent absence from the scene does not absolve the Legislature of responsibility for solving it. If legislators show just a modicum of courage, the gap is quite bridgeable."

Just how we fix the budget requires a short and long-term solution.  The short-term is a necessity.  Hillyer also states that if you think we can kick tax reform can down the  street, think again

http://theadvocate.com/columnists/quinhillyer/11879624-123/quin-hillyer-tax-reform-cant

TWEETDOM 

Deborah Berry@dberrygannett

Experts: Jindal using D.C. trips to boost image usat.ly/1boWwRN via @USATODAY

 

Mitch Landrieu@MayorLandrieu

I am so honored to thank Boysie Bollinger for his $20M gift to @WWIImuseum - an iconic #NOLA destination! pic.twitter.com/qwikdoYab0

 

Will Sentell@WillSentell

LeBas says "almost impossible" to eliminate $12.3 billion backlog of road and bridge projects.

 

La Politics 24/7@lapolitics247#LSU Survey says cut spending, but not to education, healthcare or infrastructure

 

Zach Wolf@zbyronwolf

When @DanaBashCNN pushes @tedcruz on whether he'll take the subsidy, he declines to say yes or no - cnn.com/2015/03/24/pol…

 

Bayoupolitics@Bayoupolitics

Why is @DavidVitter ’s staff still pretending it’s him on Twitter when they've admitted he ‘never personally tweets?” huff.to/1HApRWE

 

Rep. Steve Scalise@SteveScalise

.@EPA's radical carbon #regs could leave states tied up in the courts, via @USChamber--> uscham.com/1N4lMdo pic.twitter.com/HadnpcUZlg

@mikedec

Jeb Bush Confirmed for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Oklahoma City in May bit.ly/1BssF34

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