Louisiana Politics: Chris Christie, Jindal, Tea Party, Elections News; Kershaw
Written by  // Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:10 //

There’s plenty of politics and elections talk going on today.

First, the Louisiana governor’s race.

Louisiana Governor's Race and Chris Christie 
The Governor Jindal election campaign has been promoting the presence of the “big man”, Governor Christie.

Jindal will attend the Republican Party of Louisiana's welcome rally for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Baton Rouge.  Here are the particulars:  
4:30 p.m.        Welcome Rally
                       Louisiana Aircraft Terminal
                       4225 Chuck Yeager Ave.
                       Baton Rouge, LA 70807


There is plenty of speculation whether Christie will be the next Governor to jump into the US Presidential race.  Jindal has already picked Rick Perry who has stumbled over the past couple of weeks.

The Christie for President question has been further promoted after Wednesday night’s speech at the Reagan Library.



One of Jindal’s opponents, Nikie Bird Papazoglakis, a Democrat appears to be challenging the media, if not the Governor.

According to a recent press statement, “Bobby Jindal may have millions to try to buy another term in office, but the one thing he cannot buy is the media,” Niki Bird said. “Thanks to the ethical workings of our media in Louisiana, all candidates can have equal coverage so that the people can review the choices and make their own decisions on Oct. 22.”

Niki Bird said the Democratic candidates such as she may not have the war chest Bobby Jindal possesses, but they still have a voice.

“I’m sure everyone out there at some point may have a slim bank account and wonder if what they say matters even though they may not be as well off as those in power,” Niki Bird said. “I am here to demonstrate that everyone’s voice matters. I hear those residents, and I am going to fight for them.”

Niki Bird was born and was raised next to Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, La. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and of Thibodaux High School. She expects to graduate from LSU with a master in public administration in December. Please visit her campaign web site: http://nikibirdforgov.com/

Louisiana Politics Website

Today, Bayobuzz is announcing (in a soft launch) the existance of LouisianaPoliticsNews.com which is a social network site located on Bayoubuzz.   It contains information and news about Louisiana elections, politics and government.  Take a look and share with your friends. 

Insurance Commissioner
Last week, I attended the Alliance for Good Government forum for Insurance Commissioner.   Jim Donelon, the current commissioner did not attend.  His opponent, Democrat Donald Hodge did.  He impressed me and he must have impressed the alliance as they endorsed his candidacy. Donelon did not attend by he did send a surrogate.

Today, Hodge has announced a campaign website called  www.StopJimDonelon.com
to inform Louisiana voters on Commissioner Donelon’s record at the Department of Insurance.

“From overseeing the highest insurance rates in the nation to fighting the Legislative Auditor in court over releasing records related to Citizen’s Insurance, this Commissioner has done a disservice to the people of our state. Citizen’s Insurance cost our state over $1 Billion and we will be paying this off for the next 20 years. This happened while our Commissioner collected record contributions from insurance companies in excess of $300,000. We are facing an out-of-control crisis and Jim Donelon wants to maintain the status quo,” said Hodge.

Hodge also has his own site which is located at www.donaldhodge.com.  In a recent press statement, Hodge asked all voters to “compare and contrast” the two on the issues.  Interestingly, Hodge listed three links, two of them his sites listed above and that of Donelon’s www.jimdonelon.com

Congressman Richmond Endorsement: 

The one and only Democrat Louisiana Congressman has entered the local statewide elections.  United States Congressman Cedric Richmond announced his support of State Senator JP Morrell for re-election to senate district 3. Congressman Richmond and Sen. Morrell served together in the Louisiana State Legislature for several years before Richmond's election to the U.S. House of Representatives last fall.

Tea Party

The Tea Party has been vilified and idolized over the past few years.   Here is a funny spoof video that I received today that I think encapsulates the feelings of those on the side of America that believes the party has been drinking something stronger than tea.

The creator of the video and site named Breithorn goes after both sides of the issues, has worked with some of the funniest comedians in the nation.  Bayoubuzz will continue to post his content in the future.  We also would like our readers to submit their videos they find on the Internet to us.  If they are funny and in good taste, we will post them, regardless of whether it slashes the political  right, left or even the middle.  Local content is preferred.    

Here is the video description by Breithorn and the video. 

The Tea Party meets the world of Drug Commercials. Ever notice how every drug commercial for Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and all the cholesterol medications, blood thinners, and high blood pressure like Lisinopril, Losartan, Metoprolol, Atenolol, Irbesartan, Norvasc, Enalapril, Ramipril, Propranolo all start out telling you what's good about their product and then spend the other ninety percent of the commercial warning you about all the bad stuff about the drug? I feel that a little truth in advertising is in order for The Tea Party. 

Sammy Kershaw And Billy Nungesser

Billy Nungesser, candidate for Louisiana Lt. Governor has announced that a free concert will be held on his candidacy behalf Sunday October 2 5 pm at the Lake Charles Civic Auditorium.

It is rare that Louisiana elected officials work together on the issues.  However, on Saturday

October 1 at 10:00AM, “stakeholders in Avondale Shipyard’s future, including shipyard workers, elected officials, small business owners, faith and community leaders, and the entire southern Louisiana community surrounding New Orleans and the West Bank will march and rally to save Avondale Shipyard.  Avondale is the largest private employer in Louisiana and provides good, middle class jobs to over 5,000 workers. Avondale supports more than 6,500 indirect jobs and generates millions of dollars in additional revenue for small businesses in the region.   

Speakers at the rally will include Congressmen Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA), New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Jefferson Parish President John Young.  They will be joined by Percy Pyne, Chairman of American Feeder Lines and a key proponent for commercial shipbuilding in the U.S. to discuss the importance of Avondale shipyard to the New Orleans area. “ 

by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com

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