Over the past years and particularly over the past week, it has become very obvious that the Republicans rule Louisiana. Last week, no major Democrat with popularity or money qualified for statewide office.
Why? How is it that the Democratic Party which completely dominated statewide government is now very much on the outside of power?
Qualifying is over, and the fall elections are officially underway. These elections will be quite different from any other elections we have seen in Louisiana.
The news media, whose members are usually more liberal than the electorate in general, has been frustrated over the prospect that Governor Bobby Jindal (R) might draw no significant opposition; and much to their chagrin that is exactly what happened. The media would never have been this out of touch if it had been looking at the road that Louisiana politics has been headed down for some time and the path that Gov. Bobby Jindal has sent this state.
Second-ranked LSU ran for five touchdowns, passed for two more, and held Northwestern State to minus-4 yards rushing en route to a 49-3 in its home opener on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
With the official campaign season set to begin, even critics have to marvel at the political handiwork of the pre-season's most active player: Sen. David Vitter.
One has to go back to the Long era to find a politician as actively engaged as the junior senator is these days in elections for the Legislature, statewide offices, perhaps even for Congress next year. One has to ask: what's in it for him?
Update: Governor Bobby Jindal, as of 3:21 pm Wednesday, has another opponent. This time, it is Cary Deaton of Metairie (who has run in a number of statewide races) and Tara Hollis, the Democratic school teacher from North Louisiana--who could be the only Democrat running against Jindal. Bayoubuzz reported on Tuesday that John Georges is seriously considering another run for Governor. Should he run, presumably, he would run also as a Democrat.
If so, now that Hollis has qualified, will the Democratic Party support any one candidate against Republican Bobby Jindal?
FROM TUESDAY EVENING
After one day of Louisiana election qualifying, there was officially nothing much about which to get excited if you are into political competition.
Governor Bobby Jindal picked up three opponents—all of them no well-known political names of note probably possessing not enough money to compete with the campaign-rich-incumbent-governor-seeking his second term of office.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal seems assured of a second term as Louisiana’s chief executive after the state’s Democratic Party failed to find a viable candidate to challenge him.
A poll, paid for by a unnamed group of Louisiana businessmen and conducted by Verne Kennedy of 500 white voters only, concluded that Jindal was vulnerable if challenged by a well-known, well-financed opponent.
Term-limited Democratic state Sen. Rob Marionneaux said Friday in a released statement that he will not be a challenger to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's in this fall’s re-election bid.
"After much thoughtful consideration and prayer, my family and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the time for us to embark on a campaign for Governor of the Great State of Louisiana," Marionneaux said in a statement issued by his office.
U.S. Jobs Fall
How bad is the US economy? In August, the US did not add any jobs. That number indicates a slowing down of the economy since the month before the US added approximately 200,000 jobs.
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New Orleans Citycouncilman Arnie Fielkow has resigned from the councilman office and will be taking the job of Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. Below is a statement released by him this morning:
Nearly twelve years ago, I received one of the best phone calls of my entire life when New Orleans Saints ownership called to offer me an opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream - a senior front office position in the NFL and to live in the great city of New Orleans. I had worked my entire professional career for such a chance and will be forever grateful to the Saints organization. During my six-year Saints tenure, we enjoyed some incredible moments both on and off the field. I will certainly never forget watching my Dad, who passed away a few months ago, swell up with pride and joy when I was announced as the Saints new Director of Administration. Also, who will ever forget that magical night at the end of December, 2000 when 70,000 Who Dat fans literally danced the night away after the club’s first ever playoff win. Jim Henderson’s call of “Hakim dropped the ball, Hakim dropped the ball, there is a G-d after all” will forever ring in my and Saints fans’ ears.
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked the New Orleans Aviation Board to undertake an in-depth and robust analysis of proposals for the future of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). One option is to build a brand new, state-of-the-art airport terminal on the north side of current airport property, which was rated very highly in MSY’s master plan. The other alternative is expanding the airport adjacent to and west of the existing facility.