For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
In a ruling that I do not find surprising the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Obama Care’s subsidies in states that have not set up their own exchanges.
Republicans have long criticized President Obama for using executive action to enact rules and regulations for an agenda that Congress has not authorized. In effect he creates law where no authority exists for his actions, or he overreaches his authority. Now Governor Jindal is doing the same thing by issuing an executive order to implement the basic intent of HB 707 even though the House Civil Law Committee earlier in the day effectively killed the bill for this legislative session.
The race for the White House is on. Both parties now have at least one major candidate seeking their party’s nomination for the presidency. The democrats are looking at a coronation while republicans are facing the professional wrestling equivalent of a battle royal. The winner of this over-the-top event will face the nominee of the Democratic Party.
With Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race over, it’s time to move on to the next big race, the race for Governor. The major candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (R), State Representative John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R). While the race is yet to be run, it is certainly David Vitter against the field. Like Hillary Clinton who is expected to seek the presidency and the favorite to win the democratic nomination, David Vitter is the candidate to beat in the race for Louisiana’s top job.
The last race in the country for the U.S. Senate is over. On Saturday, Louisiana voters elected Congressman Bill Cassidy to serve as their next U.S. Senator. It is unusual for an incumbent senator to be defeated for re-election in Louisiana but this election was unusual from the beginning.
The race for Louisiana’s senior Senate seat is almost over. After what seems like a lifetime of mudslinging by the candidates, voters will go to the polls and make a decision. Will Senator Mary Landrieu (D) hold on to the seat she has held for eighteen years or will she be unseated by a Baton Rouge congressman, Bill Cassidy (R)? A third candidate, Rob Maness (R), is playing the role of a spoiler to Bill Cassidy. There are also a number of minor candidates who will get few votes.
Does Barack Obama have a clue? Another American is murdered by ISIS, and the president does not have a plan! Come on, Mr. President. These murderous acts of war against the United States and the victims of these terrible acts deserve strong, swift, and deadly consequences inflicted on the perpetrator, ISIS. How long will the United States wait to respond?
The official start of the 2014 campaign season will soon be upon us. Qualifying for the U.S. Senate seat and other offices opens up next week and candidates will have to officially declare their candidacies. Louisiana voters will have the chance to decide whether Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who is running against Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is an uncaring, wealthy doctor as depicted in pro-Landrieu television commercials or whether Senator Landrieu is out of step with Louisiana voters and a tool of President Obama as depicted in pro-Cassidy ads. One thing is for sure the candidates are seldom as bad as their opponent’s depiction portrays them. Voters will have the chance to decide on November 4th.
The immigration crisis in America is real and dangerous. Neither President Obama nor the Congress is willing to deal with this crisis, and as a result the American people are not being served by the Washington politicians who are acting politically and irresponsibly.
It is not usual that when a politician gets used to being in the public eye and too loose with his or her words or begins thinking of himself or herself as a celebrity rather than a leader, that they become too relaxed, trip up, and blunder their way into embarrassment. It is at that point that a politician has to explain “what I meant,” and “what I meant” explanations are never good.