Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Dept. of Transportation and Development Sec. Shawn D. Wilson Ph.D. and numerous local and state leaders for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of the I-49 North Segment K Phase 2 project in Shreveport. The $142 million project that began in 2014 creates a new interstate interchange with I-220. It also puts into place another segment of the nearly 40-mile I-49 corridor in northwest Louisiana. The total project cost from the Arkansas state line to I-220 is approximately $650 million.
Louisiana emergency personnel are deploying to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael support missions. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is coordinating the assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) system. EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency or disasters through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.
Attorney General Jeff Landry and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards turned up the heat again in the ongoing feud and war of words between the two lawmakers since they were both sworn in in January 2016.
This time, once again, the issue is over the Red River Waterway Commission appointments.
A poll commissioned by a Republican candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State and conducted by JMC Polling and Analytics indicate that that a Democrat and two Republicans lead the field at this time with elections six weeks away.
Former Louisiana Governor and former Presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Bobby Jindal has penned another oped for the Wall Street Journal, this time, writing about the somewhat ironic success that the Democratic Party is having in certain areas of which it should not be succeeding.
There's another shoot-out between our cowboys Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards-Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry at the Baton Rouge Capitol not-so-OK corral. Edwards, a Democrat and Landry, a Republican, have fired at one another almost weekly, from Dodge to Tombstone from Lake Charles to Monroe. Today's it's the Red River Commission. Here's how the two gun-men are
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Current Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has brought up an interesting idea. Have the governor and the lieutenant governor run together on the same ticket. Such a system exists in a majority of states across the nation.
As Nugesser states: “The ticket idea seems to work well in other states. We ought to consider it. The only way I can do the best job I can do is to have a good working relationship with the governor.”
It is early, but the jockeying has already begun in the 2019 Louisiana Governor’s race. The incumbent, Governor John Bel Edwards, is vulnerable as the only Democrat in a statewide elected office in Louisiana. In fact, Edwards is the only Democrat Governor in the Deep South.
He was elected in unusual circumstances in 2015, with a vulnerable GOP opponent, then U.S. Senator David Vitter. He was able to win because he shrewdly focused on his military service throughout the campaign. Edwards also campaigned as a conservative Democrat who defended the Second Amendment and was opposed to abortion.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has a 49% approval and 35% disapproval rating per a new survey released today. Sixteen percent don't know or have no opinion. The Morning Consult national survey ranked the most and least positive governors.
Today, two announcements have hit the wires which indicate that a sense of optimism could be coming.
First, a press release measuing $1.49 billion in good news. The second is a statement by Governor John Bel Edwards promoting economic growth this first quarter of 2018 in GDP.