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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

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 15:06

New Orleans VA Hospital Site Faces Opposition

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"We can stop the hospital," activist Eileen Comiskey declared to The
Louisiana Weekly.  "People don't believe it, but there is still time
to stop the VA hospital from destroying this neighborhood.  It's not
too late."

tidmoreIn a State of the City Address entitled Eyes Wide Open, Mayor Mitch
Landrieu told a packed audience at Xavier University on Thursday, July
8, 2010, “During the transition, we were told that the city had a $35
million deficit. If that was not bad enough, when my team got into
City Hall, we opened the books and after a thorough audit found that
the budget deficit was $62 million."

 

 

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, at campaign e...


BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal released the following statement on Northrop Grumman’s decision to shut down their operations at Avondale:

“This is obviously very disappointing news for our people and our entire state. Northrop Grumman’s announcement is a devastating blow to the thousands of people who work at Avondale everyday and to the communities that support the shipyard. We know there are multiple communities and thousands of jobs at risk – and we are already exploring alternative uses for Avondale. In fact, we have been talking with potential buyers and tenants in order to secure employment levels at Avondale.

Northrop Grumman Corporation  announced today plans to consolidate its Gulf Coast shipbuilding operations and explore strategic alternatives for its Shipbuilding business. As a result of the Gulf Coast consolidation, the company will recognize an estimated pre-tax charge of $113 million in the second quarter of 2010.

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., commented on today’s announcement by Northrop Grumman that they plan to close Avondale Shipyard by 2013.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“The state of Louisiana, under both the current and previous Administrations and through a unified Congressional delegation, has provided extraordinary support to Avondale Shipyard.  Despite that support and the increased productivity of the employees at Avondale, Northrop Grumman has tragically chosen to turn its back on Louisiana and thousands of workers in the state.  While the company might believe this decision will have a positive effect in the short term on its bottom line, the long-term consequences for Louisiana’s economy, our national security and Northrop Grumman itself will be devastating.  In the coming days, I will strongly appeal to Secretary Mabus and Northrop Grumman leadership to reverse this short-sighted decision.”

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 18:36

BP Oil Spill: U S Sends BP 99.7M Bill

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With the background that various organization claiming that  BP has not paid the United Statescosts associated with the spill, here is a statement by teh Unified Command

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration today sent a fourth bill for $99.7 million to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil, protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, as well as long term recovery efforts to ensure that all individuals and communities impacted by the spill are made whole.

To provide full transparency of the ongoing efforts and to ensure that the American public is not held accountable for the costs of response and recovery activities, the Federal Government bills BP and the other responsible parties regularly for costs incurred by the Federal On-Scene Coordinator to support Federal, State, and local response efforts and ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis.

This is the fourth bill the Administration has sent to date. BP and other responsible parties have paid the first three bills, totaling $122.3 million, in full.

 

Louisiana Governor Jindal, Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator David Vitter and Congressman Charlie Melancon have  all issued statements concerning the new US government  and Obama  administration new Gulf of Mexico Oil drilling moratorium that was announced on Monday.

Melancon and Vitter are opponents for the seat of US Senator.

Jindal and Vitter are republicans and Landrieu and Melancon are democrats.

The Obama administration will issue a new Gulf oil moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling on Monday.  

Last week, a federal appeals court panel in New Orleans denied the US government’s request  to restore the Obama  administration’s moratorium which went into effect in June  due to the BP Oil  Spill.  

The Obama administration had threatened that a new moratorium would  be coming after Judge Feldman of the United  States District Court overturned  the intial moratorium.
(Baton Rouge) Today, Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Claude “Buddy” Leach, Jr. announced that St John Parish native Renee Lapeyrolerie has been named the party’s Executive Director. As Executive Director, Lapeyrolerie will manage day-to-day operations and head up the Louisiana Democratic Party’s efforts heading in to the fall elections.


“Renee Lapeyrolerie understands Louisiana politics, has extensive experience building coalitions and solid vision for the future,” Leach said. “The Louisiana Democratic Party is lucky to have found such a talented and smart young woman to help lead our party.”
steve_sabludowsky01Every once in a while those following Louisiana politics get pounded with a barrage of news making heads spin.

However, this past Friday was indeed such a day.

As the candidates ended the three days of qualifying, unquestionably the story leading the pack was the US Senate race now with sixteen candidates wanting David Vitter’s seat in Washington.
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