Confirming the worst-kept secret of the past month or so, yesterday state Rep. John Bel Edwards, the incoming governor, named Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne his commissioner of administration starting early next year. While perhaps intended to connote “bipartisanship” from the incoming Democrat in selecting a lifelong Republican for the most important appointive job in an administration, it merely provides a fig leaf for his true agenda.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
LouisianaVoice has learned that The Louisiana State Troopers Association (LSTA) has funneled more than $45,000 in political campaign contributions through LSTA Executive Director David T. Young since 2003 without the knowledge of the organization’s rank and file membership.
by Jim Brown
Huey Long was the best friend and supporter LSU ever had. He was called the father of the modern LSU by the Virginia Quarterly Review in commenting: “Huey stroked LSU as if he had been coddling a newborn pet elephant. During fiscal stringency in all other American states, Huey force-fed LSU with increasing appropriations.“ The Kingfish made no bones about his long-term goals for the state’s flagship university. “LSU’s going to be the Harvard of the South.”
Here’s going from the hot stove of the Louisiana Governor’s race to the crispy US Senate campaign frying pan.
Today, a new soldier entered the US Senate battlefield and another indicated a continuing interest in being in the number.
The Louisiana Republican Party has sent out an "URGENT" email to its members asking them to contact their legislature due to "strongarming" by the Governor-in-Transition, Jon Bel Edwards. Here is the press release:
The Louisiana legislature has determined that it is raining a major budget shortfall, thus, it has tapped into the "Rainy Day" Fund, as requested by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
The Rainy Day Fund, formally known as the Budget Stabilization Fund, is designed to help cover the state's budget shortfall.
Ever since Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal left the Presidential campaign, he has embarked upon the long journey of rehabilitating his miserable reputation in the state among voters. Thus, he has been hitting the road trying to explain how good of a job he has been doing while he governed this state via remote control. The latest is a press release his office has sent out regarding his meeting with the Vice President and CEO of Century Link, William E. "Bill" Bradley.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Long lists for president
There is a long list of candidates to choose from for president on the March 5 ballot among Democrats and Republicans.
On the GOP side, 14 candidates qualified for the Louisiana presidential preference primary. They are:
Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Tim Cook, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Peter Messina, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump.
Terrorism, the threat of it, discussions about disallowing theoretically a billion of people into the United States, courtesy of Donald Trump, will bring out the worst in all of us.
Today in front of the Margaret Haughery Monument, the volunteer members of the Monumental Task Committee, Inc. (MTC) will release more than 31,000 petitions in support of keeping all of the monuments in New Orleans. The MTC is a 26-year old non-profit organization. Volunteer members work tirelessly to restore, repair, and maintain all of the monuments in New Orleans.
I have called Donald Trump a number different things these past few months--ranging from a demagogue to dangerous. But, let me now add to the growing list--a coward and hypocrite.
Today, Trump made his appearances on various talk-shows trying to defend his new controversial position regarding keeping Muslims out of America.
According to reports, Jay Dardenne has been named Jon Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Administration. Also, Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards announced a fourth transition committee the Healthcare Committee. This committee will develop a plan to accept $16 billion in federal funds back into Louisiana to expand Medicaid, will also be tasked with reexamining the public-private partnerships of Louisiana's hospitals and continuous improvement of Bayou Health.
by Jim W. Miller
One of labor’s endearing clichés is the bumbling employee – we’ll call him Bob - who can’t stay out of his own way. Bob knocks over his coffee cup, soaking the new proposal five minutes before the big presentation. Bob parks in the boss’ spot because the nearest open space is three blocks down the street and around the corner in the auxiliary lot. Bob misreads a newspaper story about a fellow employee and goes around the office whispering that Alice was indicted when the true story said Alice was inducted into an honor society. Safe to say that Bob is the last guy who should go nose-to-nose when the boss calls attention to his latest peccadillo.
On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama addressed the nation concerning the ISIS problem and recent terror attacks.
Here is the text of his speech in the Oval office. Also below are recent social media posts including those from House Whip, Republican Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise .
Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens and all of them were part of our American family.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
Much has been written about Louisiana’s chronic state budget deficit. It seems the $25 billion state governmental budget is short once again; and the upcoming special legislative session is being hyped as the solution we have long been promised to stop this recurring cycle of shortfalls.
What happened to the Kentucky surprise? Why didn't Louisiana follow suit two weeks ago when Jon Bel Edwards defeated Republican David Vitter? Here is an opinion from Andrew Tuozolo: