Tuesday, 01 February 2011 21:20

Louisiana Politics: Buddy Caldwell, Elections, Breaux, Livingston Tauzin

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Stephen Sabludowsky--Publisher of Bayoubuzz.comWill Mary Landrieu soon be the only statewide Democratic elected official?

That is the question that many are asking today as they ponder if, and so when will Attorney General Buddy Caldwell be the next switcheroo from the Blues to the Reds.

After Christmas, I wrote that I would not be surprised if Caldwell switched from Democrat to Republican.  At that time, the GOP had just picked off two old-dog Demos, Senator John Alario and Rep. Noble Ellington.


Currently, Caldwell joins Landrieu and newly elected Cedric Richmond of New Orleans as the only Democrats holding statewide office or national offices.

One source tells me that the switch is now certain but it is a question of time and place.

As the reapportionment, budget and elections begin to kick into gear in the upcoming weeks, my best guess is Caldwell will be on the other side of the political border.

Only time will tell.

News services are reporting that Hosni Mubarak of Egypt says he will not seek re-election.  Louisiana is especially concerned as the middle east events could have a great bearing upon the economy of the energy gulf coast.  Assuming the truth of the Mubarak statement, the question is whether Mubarak's promise would satisfy those urging that he leave now.

Renwick Lecture Series

On March 14th, the Institute of Politics is hosting the Renwick Lecture Series. This year's guests are: Sen. John Breaux, Congressman Bob Livingston and Congressman Billy Tauzin.

Each has agreed to sit on a panel that will be moderated by Lee Zurik.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be in the Roussel Hall on Loyola’s Main Campus.  

Rousell is in the Music/Fine Arts Building on the corner of St. Charles and Calhoun.

Here are “Races and rumors” from Fax Net
    Election year 2011 promises to be an interesting one – no different from past election years in Louisiana.
    As a reminder, here are the offices up for election this fall:
    *All  statewide  offices,  which  include  Governor,  Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and Commissioner of Insurance.
    *All 39 state Senate and 105 state House seats.
     *Police Juries in all parishes and Caddo Commission in Caddo Parish.
    *Sheriff, Assessor, Coroner, Clerk of Court, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, plus other special and miscellaneous elections.
    Question marks remain for some potential legislative wannabes because of redistricting, which will be accomplished in a Special Session of the Legislature beginning March 20.
    Here are updates on some of the area state  legislative races – some factual, some rumors:
    Senate District 36 – Republican Sen. Robert Adley will seek another term.  This will be his third and final term before being term-limited.  Rumors abound about opposition for Adley, but no definite opponents have surfaced.
    Richey Jackson, a Republican who lost a close race to Republican state Rep. Henry Burns in House District 9 in 2007, told the Fax-Net he will run against Adley if he is in the senator’s district after redistricting.
    He also said he may decide to run for a state House seat, depending upon which House district he is in after redistricting.
    Senate District 37 – Republican state Sen. B.L. “Buddy” Shaw is retiring and will not seek another  term.  We detailed that race in the Fax-Net last week.
    Senate District 38 – Republican state Sen. Sherri Cheek is seeking a third and final term before being term-limited.  The political rumor mill is saying that she will have opposition.
    But two names that popped up as potential opponents for Cheek have said they will not run.
    Former Republican state Rep. Wayne Waddell told the Fax-Net he will not be a candidate.  “Without adequate funding, my sympathy goes out to anyone who runs,” Waddell said.  He stepped down from his House District 5 seat in 2010 to become the director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport.
    The name of Republican Chris Gorman, executive vice president of Tango Transport, has also been bouncing around in political circles.  He ran for Congress in 2008 and lost in a runoff to Republican  U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden.
    Gorman told the Fax-Net: “I have received encouragement to run for the Legislature this fall. I am humbled by that encouragement and look forward to returning to the election debate in the future, but not now.”
    He added, “As you know, Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed me to serve on the Board of Regents to help reshape higher education in Louisiana.  I have pledged to roll up my sleeves and work hard toward achieving this goal.”
    Senate District 39 – Democratic state Sen. Lydia Jackson will seek a third and final term before she is term-limited.  The rumors are strong that former Democratic state Sen. Greg Tarver will challenge Jackson.
    Tarver has told the Fax-Net that he is giving serious consideration to the race.
Over in the House
    Here is the latest information concerning area state House races:
    House District 1 – Republican state Rep. Jim Morris seems a shoo-in for re-election.  No opponents have surfaced.
    House District 2 – Democratic state Rep. Roy Burrell will seek a third and final term.  Burrell recently ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Shreveport.
    He may face a challenge from former City Councilwoman and now Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman.  She has said she is giving the race against Burrell serious consideration.
    House District 3 – Democratic state Rep. Barbara Norton will have opposition as she seeks a second term.
    Lynn Cawthorne, who manages the Cawthorne Financial Group, told the Fax-Net: “It’s 100% certain that I am running.  I am running regardless of what the field may be.  I am talking to citizens of the district every day and being well-received.”
    He added, “I am garnering grassroots support and the support of politicos needed to be successful.  The district is crying out for change.”
    Also thinking about running is former state Rep. Ernest Baylor, who held the District 2 seat until he was term-limited in 2007.  Baylor is currently on the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Shreveport-Bossier.
    Baylor told the Fax-Net: “I am receiving a lot of encouragement to run, so I am definitely looking at the race.  My decision will be based upon the support I receive from the citizens of the district and the financial support I receive.”
    Former Caddo Commissioner Lindora Baker is also said to be considering a run for the District 3 seat.
    House District 4 – Democratic state Rep. Patrick Williams will seek a second term.  No announced opposition yet, but sources report that Larry Ferdinand is taking a look at the race.
    House District 5 – Republican state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, who recently won a special election to fill the seat vacated by Wayne Waddell, will seek a full term.  Presently, there has been no talk of opposition for Seabaugh.
    House District 6 – Republican state Rep. Thomas Carmody will seek a second term.  No talk of opposition at this time.
    House District 7 – Republican state Rep. Richie Burford will seek a second term.  Burford will likely not have serious opposition.
    House District 8 – Republican state Rep. Jane Smith is term-limited and has announced she is running for the Senate District 37 seat being vacated by Shaw.
    Two Republican candidates have announced they are running in House District 8 – Bossier attorney Jeff Thompson and retired firefighter Duke Lowrie.
    House District 9 – Republican state Rep. Henry Burns will seek a second term.  So far, no announced opposition.
    House District 10 – Democratic state Rep. Jean Doerge is term-limited.  This open seat could result in a political free-for-all.
    Indicating they are going to run, but have not officially announced, are Republican Ronnie  Broughton, president of the Webster Parish School Board, and Republican Gerald Holland, a retired banker from Springhill.
    Jimmy Williams, currently mayor of Sibley and a business owner in Minden, is giving the race very serious consideration.  Other names getting the attention of the political grapevine are Naomi Coyle, assistant headmaster at Glenbrook School in Minden; Minden City Judge John Cecil Campbell; Webster Police Juror Jim Bonsall; Minden attorney Buddy Slade; and Springhill Mayor Carroll Breaux.
    So there you have it...up to the minute facts and rumors on area legislative races. The Fax-Net will keep you informed as time moves on.  Qualifying is not until September 6-8.

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A whole new ball game?
    Is it a whole new ball game down at Shreveport City Hall with five new city council members in place?  Seems so.
    Last week, the council confirmed Mayor Cedric Glover’s four appointees to the Shreveport Airport Authority and two appointees to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Shreveport-Bossier.
    He was unable to get the “old council” to give a green light to the appointments in what developed into a contentious debate between the mayor and some council members.
    Here are the new members of the Shreveport Airport Authority, which oversees the operations of the regional and downtown airports:
    *Bishop Larry Brandon.  Senior pastor at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church, he replaces Dr. C.O. Simpkins, who was appointed by former Mayor Keith Hightower.
    *George Mills.  An attorney, he replaces Ted Roberts, who was appointed by former Mayor Bo Williams.
    *Margaret Shehee.  Vice president of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, who replaces Rev. Joe Gant, who was appointed by Hightower.
    *Verna Smith.  A production engineer with UOP Honeywell, who replaces Raymond Alley, who was appointed by Hightower.
    Keith Gamble, owner of Gamble Guest Care Corporation and appointed earlier by Glover, remains a member of the Authority.
The Airport Authority now has Glover’s imprint with all five members being his appointees.
    The new members of the Port of Shreveport- Bossier are:
    *Sam Gregorio.  An attorney, he replaces Mike Wainwright, who was appointed by Williams.
    *Rick Prescott.  A businessman, he replaces Ron Miciotto, who was appointed by Hightower.
    he other members of the nine-member board are Lynn Austin, Erica Bryant, James Pannell, Ernest Baylor, Capt. Thomas Murphy, Steve Watkins, and Jimmy Hall.

A super start
    The newly formed South Shreveport Business Association (SSBA) got off to a super start last week when more than 400 business, political, and civic leaders showed up for its charter membership dinner at East Ridge Country Club.
    The SSBA encompasses downtown to the Caddo Parish line on the south, I-49 on the West, and the Red River on the East.  However, all business owners in Shreveport are welcome to join.
    Guest speaker for the event was Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
    Chairman of the SSBA is Angelo Roppolo, Lou Gehrig Burnett is co-chairman, Beth Chumley is president, and Amy O’Pry is secretary-treasurer.
    To join or for more information, visit the organization’s website: ssbala.com.
Political tidbits
    *Secretary Carson to Speak – Lane Carson, Louisiana Secretary of Veteran Affairs, is the guest speaker for the monthly noon luncheon of the Caddo Parish Republican Party.
    The meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:45 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel, 1419 E. 70th Street.  Buffet meal is $13.  No reservations are necessary.
    *Landrieu’s Committee Assignments – Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs where she is chairperson of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Disaster Recovery Subcommittee.
    She is also chairperson of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  
    *Vitter Gets Committee Posts – Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is now the second-ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the upcoming highway bill and the Water Resources Development Act.
    He will continue to serve on the Small Business Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
    *Fleming on Armed Services – Republican 4th District U.S. Rep. John Fleming has been selected to serve on two House Armed Services Subcommittees – Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces.
    “The jurisdictions of these subcommittees are critical to the long-term viability of the Air Force and Army missions in my district at Barksdale and Fort Polk,” Fleming noted.


by Lou Gehrig Burnett Publisher of the Fax Net

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