In New Orleans, 2015 ended just as it began, with a plethora of violence. There were 165 murders in New Orleans last year, a 10% increase from 2014. Other violent crime categories, such as armed robbery, rape and carjacking increased as well. In fact, crime researcher Jeff Asher noted that in each of the last 74 days of 2015 at least one armed robbery or carjacking occurred.
By now, we know that Louisiana’s budget condition is on life support, with the new Louisiana Governor, Jon Bel Edwards, being sworn in this Monday and with the outgoing head of state, Bobby Jindal, leaving office after eight years.
Is the incoming Louisiana Governor, John Bell Edwards, telling the truth about the severity of the budget which over the next year-and-a-half could be as deep as $2.6 billion short? According to Team Edwards, the budget is much more horrific than anticipated. Some believe the Jon Bel Edwards camp is not be candid about this issue. Others, especially some of the former Vitter supporters are outright calling him a liar.
Today, the Transition Committee on Economic Development released its final report to Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. Since December 1, 2015, the committee met on a regular basis to develop recommendations on how to create jobs, enhance economic outcomes, and improve the quality of life for all Louisianans.
Louisiana is a budget disaster with not too many options. In part two of our conversation with Dr. Pearson Cross of University of Louisiana, we discussed the severity of the budget gap between revenues and expenses. In this segment, we talked possible solutions, Medicaid expenses, the Jindal Administration using bait and switch practices, the possible losers and reducing the number of universities in the state, a position favored by many conservatives.
In part three of the interview with Trey Ourso, the Director of Gumbo PAC, we touched upon the Super PAC rules regarding prohibited coordination and communications. While a SuperPAC can be a very powerful weapon in elections campaigns, such as the one against David Vitter, it can have risky consequences.
With less than one week until inauguration, incoming Governor, Jon Bel Edwards has made a number of major appointments including Secretaries to DHH, Homeland Security, Workforce Commission and more.
Bill Clinton is a legendary politician, a former Arkansas Governor and two term President. He survived impeachment proceedings and left the Oval Office with a very high approval rating. Since that time, he remained in the public eye through a full schedule of lucrative speeches and the work of his non-profit foundation. He should be enjoying retirement and the riches that are associated with a career as a successful politician.
SuperPACs have become new players in American politics and it definitely had its role during the recent election for Louisiana Governor.
The issue of taxes, revenues and incoming Governor Jon Bel Edwards’ intentions considering a horrible budget deficit has been part of the continuing debate and dialogue since the elections in November. The speculation was fueled further when the incoming Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne, recently announced that all revenue sources needs to be considered because the budget gap is nearing a horrific $2.5 billion over the next year and a half and worse than initially anticipated.
The White House, in advance of the full court press to gather public support for his gun control executive order has issued a "Fact Sheet" explaining how these new actions would "reduce violence and make our communities safer.
President Barack Obama opened up the gun control debate for Election Year 2016 with an executive order intended to reduce gun violence in the United States.
Anybody and everyone closely watching Louisiana politics over the past couple of decades learned of and followed CB Forgotston, who reportedly died from self-inflicted gun-shot wounds yesterday.
In one week, Jon Bel Edwards, will be sworn in as the next Governor of Louisiana replacing Bobby Jindal. Jindal was inaugurated into office in January 2008.
Edwards, a Democrat, defeated David Vitter in the hotly-spirited runoff in December 2015.
The Louisiana Governor's race could be considered a text-book case study to how a candidate could come out of nowhere and beat the most powerful politician in the state. That is exactly what occurred when Jon Bel Edwards bested the rest of the pack and then defeated David Vitter to replace Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.