Inaguration day for any elected official is always an exciting event.
For those beig sworn into office in 2016 for the State of Louisiana, it was a day not just full of political suspense but some of the finest Louisiana music, food and politics money could buy.
Before we celebrate January 11 as Louisiana House Independence Day, let’s call it what it was—a political putsch.
Nothing more, nothing less.
EMILY SNEED ARATA MOVES ON
One of Mitch Landrieu’s top aides ever since he first ran for Lt. Governor has left the fold.
Today, Deputy Mayor of External Affairs Emily Arata announced that after over ten years of service to the City and the State, she will leave her post on Jan. 15, 2016, to serve as the Director of Economic Development Initiatives and Community Relations for the Ochsner Health System.
Emily Sneed Arata is the younger sister of former Jefferson Parish councilwoman Jennifer Sneed.
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.