Louisiana News & politics focus on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana legislature
Louisiana News & politics focus on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana legislature

Louisiana News & politics focus on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana legislature

tidmoreNearly two years ago, in the wake of Anh “Joseph” Cao’s victory over scandal-plagued incumbent William Jefferson, the conventional political wisdom was that the Vietnamese Republican’s triumph in the very Democratic-leaning, African-American majority 2nd Congressional District was a fluke.  It could not happen again in a normal election, the pundits mused, but a recent poll suggests they may have spoken too soon.   

According to a new Verne Kennedy survey, in a head to head contest, Joseph Cao leads the likely Democratic frontrunner State Rep. Cedric Richmond by a 51%-26% margin.  

Retired Admiral Thad Allen, the Incident Commander over the BP Oil Spill issued a statement early Monday morning sent a letter apparently confirming the schism between BP and the US government and the existence of seepage near the well and possible methane over the well. 

Late Sunday night Allen unveiled the existence of the seepage and also expressed terms for BP to follow in relationship to the monitoring of the BP well and the notification of incidents and conditions.

According to Coast Guard, Admiral That Allen, there has been a oil seepage associated with the "integrity test" that began last week.   Also, there appears to be a rift between the U.S and BP regarding the way to continue with the ‘integrity test” and also concerning the  leak of oil.  Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander sent a very terse letter to Bob Dudley, Chief Managing Director of BP Group on Sunday which in part, said, “Given the current observations from the test, including the detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head, monitoring of the seabed is of paramount importance during the test period.”

In what could be one of the most cautiously optimistic statement made so far since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent massive leaking of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen issued  this statement concerning the well integrity test. 

"The federal science team has been closely overseeing BP's well integrity test with the goal of first doing no harm to the well. Based on the data and pressure readings compiled to date, the test has provided us with valuable information which will inform the procedure to kill the well and a better understanding of options for temporary shut in during a hurricane.

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans to deliver a full-service hospital in New Orleans East.  After renegotiating a flawed real-estate deal with Universal Health Services (UHS), Landrieu announced that the City will purchase the Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital site for $16.25 million – representing a $23.75 million dollar savings for the real estate deal alone.  Landrieu laid out a plan to renovate and open the hospital for a projected cost of $110 million – resulting in projected total savings of $53 million for the taxpayers.

It issteve_sabludowsky01 tough to tell which of the two major Louisiana US Senate candidates is in a free-fall or seeing “bleak” news for his respective campaign.

 

Now that qualifying for office is a done deal after  last Friday, the two candidates who have the best chance of being our next US Senator are claiming to have that “Big Mo”.

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal traveled to the Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle where he joined dozens of fishermen and members of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to highlight the reopening of recreational fishing areas. On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) announced significant openings to recreational fishing that were previously closed due to the oil spill.  With this action, approximately 86 percent of recreational fishing in Louisiana was opened immediately.

Something has to give. The federal government has run up obscene budget deficits, yet Congress and the Obama administration continue to push for more spending. State and local governments are financially strapped and must prepare for the loss of the federal stimulus money that the federal government has sent them to help balance their budgets for the last two years. Governments at the federal, state, and local levels have been resisting the need to make deep spending cuts. Instead, many have passed higher taxes on their constituents and all have waited for the illusive economic recovery that never quite seems to arrive.

NEW ORLEANS – Thursday was a good day for Louisiana for various reasons.  For one, after almost three months, it was the day that the BP oil well that been pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico was finally stopped.

So far, as of noon Friday afternoon a performance of the testing of the well is working but there is still some time to go before BP could consider whether the new effort to stop the oil spill might be successful.

Then, there was the successes in containing the oil from hitting the  Louisiana marsh and waters.  

Good morning and what’s up with America dipping across the pond for the replacement to Larry King? CNN has tabbed America’s Got Talent judge, Piers Morgan to fill those shoes.

Author and radio talk show host, Laura Ingraham joins the show to discuss her new book “The Obama Diaries” which has garnered silence from the Obama camp and examples of how the White House shelter the masters of blurring the lines between fact and fiction.

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