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Non-gay FRC, Landrieu guns, Louisiana workforce, Jindal and Common Cause
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campaign-cashToday’s Louisiana political round-up:

Jindal blasts Superintendent White,  get your Orleans Parish voters guide,  poor Louisiana, the Vets go political, Pelican Institute discusses Louisiana workforce,  Family Research Council not very gay about the US Supreme Court’s recent marriage decision, the LAGOP wants to set Landrieu’s Amnesty record straight and Senator Mary Landrieu is gunning for dishonest commercials.

 

COMMON CORE MARGINALIZED

Is Louisiana Superintendent John White marginalizing Common Core opposition?

The Jindal administration thinks so and wants the public to know.  In an email statement today, the Jindal administration circulated the below:

Superintendent Tries to Downplay Opposition to Common Core

BATON ROUGE — Today, The Lake Charles American Press reported on comments made by Louisiana Education Superintendent John White that indicate he intends to marginalize the opinions of teachers and parents who oppose Common Core.

Excerpts from the article entitled, “White: Common Core opponents vocal in Calcasieu” are below:

Small groups of people in several isolated areas of Louisiana, including Calcasieu Parish, are voicing loud opposition to Common Core State Standards, said state Superintendent of Education John White.

“They tend to show up at school boards in numbers that are not large relative to the size of the parish,” White told the American Press editorial board Tuesday. “But they’re large relative to the size of the room where the school board meeting is held.

He said some people see federal and corporate conspiracies and that such beliefs are “just flat out factually wrong and aren’t supported by any facts whatsoever.”

He said many people support Common Core, but that often people in the “status quo position tend to have their head down and focused on implementing things.”

“They are not the insurgency,” White said. “There are people who are extremely passionate about something that they oppose and they feel like they are losing, and they feel they have lost at every step. I sense that it produces a very exaggerated emotion.”

ORLEANS PARISH ELECTIONS

Candidate information for Orleans Parish Elections November 4, 2014, is now available to the public.  

Biographies and answers to League questions from the candidates are posted unedited on:

lwvno.org

RICH STATE POOR STATE AND LOUISIANA IS?

How rich, or, poor is the great State of Louisiana?

According to WalletHub, Louisiana ranks towards the bottom, but, this time, not in the bottom 10 of poverty.   Mississippi is dead last.  Louisiana ranks 37th.

Also, the Blue states are not so blue…see below..

   Richest States

 

       Poorest States

 
 

T-1

District of Columbia

 

42

Maine

 

T-1

New Jersey

 

43

Montana

 

T-3

Connecticut

 

44

Arkansas

 

T-3

Maryland

 

45

Idaho

 

5

Massachusetts

 

46

Kentucky

 

6

Alaska

 

47

New Mexico

 

7

Minnesota

 

48

South Carolina

 

8

Delaware

 

49

Alabama

 

T-9

California

 

50

West Virginia

 

T-9

Virginia

 

51

Mississippi

 
Key Stats

The percentage of households earning less than $24,999 a year in Mississippi is 2 times higher than in Alaska.
 

The percentage of households earning between $50,000 and $99,999 a year in Utah is 1.4 times higher than in District of Columbia.
 

The percentage of households earning between $100,000 and $199,999 a year in Alaska is 3 times higher than in Mississippi.
 

The percentage of households earning $200,000 or more per year in the District of Columbia is 6 times higher than in Mississippi.
 

The GDP per capita of the District of Columbia is 5 times higher than of Mississippi.
 

The federal taxes paid per capita in the District of Columbia are 11 times higher than in Mississippi.
 

Blue states are wealthier than red states. Blue states have an average rank of 18.41. Red states have an average rank of 34.25. (1 = wealthiest).

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit: 
http://wallethub.com/edu/richest-and-poorest-states/7392/

VOICE OF VETERANS

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) today announced the launch of Get Out The Veterans (GOTVets), a multi-million dollar, nationwide get-out-the-vote initiative that includes direct mail, digital advertising, and grassroots activism in veteran and active-duty, military-heavy states. The mail, multimedia and on-the-ground effort will include a dedicated website and digital promotion, as well as local events, door-to-door canvassing efforts and phone banking by CVA veterans and activists in Louisiana along with other targeted states –North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. 

GOTVets in Louisiana is a focused and timely issue-education, legislative advocacy, and activism effort by CVA to identify veterans and military families, contact them personally, and turn them out to vote in the November elections. Veterans and military families are a powerful force in Louisiana, and CVA activists and staff will work to make sure their voices are heard by empowering them to sound off like never before on the issues they care about. 

“Over the last two months, Louisiana veterans and concerned citizens have been walking the soles off of their shoes to identify where our nation’s heroes live and to make sure their voices are heard,” said Andrew Xifos, CVA Local Director. “We send more citizens to the military than any other state in this nation and it is our mission to make their voices be heard. The more veterans vote, the better off our country is.” 

The GOTVets effort follows a year of sad revelations and shameful scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with secret waitlists, bureaucratic greed and veterans dying as they wait for care from a dysfunctional bureaucracy. It is unacceptable that Louisiana veterans are waiting an average of 30 days to get a medical or mental health appointment while others wait up to 269 days for a disability claim to process. Taken alongside an American foreign and national security policy that is in in shambles – and a national debt that continues to explode – it is a critical time for veterans to be heard. 

“America’s founding ideals of individual liberty, personal responsibility, economic freedom and accountable leadership are wasting away before our eyes, and Concerned Veterans for America’s GOTVets effort aims to reach and rally veterans to come to her defense again,” said Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. “Through direct mail, targeted digital ads and tactical grassroots action, CVA is leading the charge on the ground. We will mobilize veterans to once again answer the call, lock arms, and stand together to be heard. Armed with our ballots, we will fight side-by-side to preserve the country and Constitution we swore a sacred oath to defend.”

 NOT ALL IN THE FAMILY

The Family Research Council, presided over by former Louisiana legislator, Tony Perkins is fuming over the recent decision by the US Supreme Court, to not hear the cases regarding Gay marriages.

Here is a commentary from the FRC

The Supreme Court may be running away from the marriage issue, but conservatives certainly aren't. In the hours after yesterday's non-decision decision, GOP leaders from governor's mansions to senate seats filled the silence left by the SCOTUS's justices with an indignation of their own.

Most were incensed that the high court turned down -- not one, but five -- state marriage cases, leaving voters to fend for themselves against out-of-control judges who seem quite content substituting their own view for that of the law and those elected to make it. "Because of the Court's (actions) today," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fumed, "11 States will likely now be forced to legalize same-sex marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. And this action paves the way for laws prohibiting same-sex marriage to be overturned in any state. This is judicial activism at its worst."

It was a grave betrayal -- not just to the 41,020,548 Americans who've passed marriage referendums -- but to the democratic process, which apparently now hinges on a handful of black-robed extremists. For state leaders like Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), the idea that her state's legally-enacted laws could be wadded up on the whim of unelected judges and trashed is astonishing. "Today's decision has been cast by the media as a victory for gay rights," she told reporters. "What has been ignored, however, is the right of Oklahomans and Americans in every state, to write their own laws and govern themselves as they see fit. Those rights have once again been trampled by an arrogant, out-of-control federal government that wants to substitute Oklahoma values with Washington, D.C. values."

Next door, in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) was ready to push back against the judicial arrogance erasing American laws. "I swore an oath to support the Constitution of the State of Kansas," Brownback said. "An overwhelming majority of Kansas voters amended the Constitution to include a definition of marriage as one man and one woman. Activist judges should not overrule the people of Kansas." In Utah, where yesterday's announcement threatens to start a statewide firestorm, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) shook his head in disbelief at the high court's failure to act.

"Nothing in the Constitution forbids a state from retaining the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Whether to change that definition is a decision best left to the people of each state -- not to unelected, politically unaccountable judges. The Supreme Court owes it to the people of those states, whose democratic choices are being invalidated, to review the question soon and reaffirm that states do have that right."

Others, in states where leaders are desperately trying to protect the rule of law, the outrage is turning into a new resolve to act. "The Supreme Court should step in and stand up for the right of Americans to make their own marriage policies," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), whose Buckeyes are fending off a few of the 92 court cases threatening the people's voice on marriage. Fortunately for conservatives, this isn't a state issue but a party one. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus left little doubt where Republicans stand heading into the midterm elections.

"We've been pretty consistent and clear. We believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I'm not running from that position." Nor, based on the latest polls, should he. As more Americans learn that this is about liberty -- not love -- the honeymoon is over for some voters on same-sex "marriage."

Support for the idea is actually dropping, a new survey shows, from 54% to 49% just in the last few months. More people share Sen. Cruz's beliefs, which are that "traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it." He certainly intends to -- not only with his State Marriage Defense Act, but by leading the effort to take the matter out of the courts' hands and put it back into the people's, where it belongs.

LOUISIANA DECLINING LABOR FORCE

Louisiana's Declining Labor Force Participation Rate..A national trend that reflects more than demographics 

While unemployment rates are important, they do not tell the whole story about the state of the economy in Louisiana and across the nation. Today the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, in cooperation with The Liberty Foundation, offers new data focusing on the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR), with a special focus on gender and minority groups...   

http://www.thepelicanpost.org/2014/10/07/louisianas-declining-labor-force-participation-rate

Landrieu votes again and again for federal benefits for illegal immigrants

GOP: LANDRIEU IN AMNESTY KNOTS
Mary Landrieu has tied herself in knots on immigration, probably because she knows her support for President Obama’s executive amnesty is out of touch with mainstream Louisiana.

Landrieu’s latest immigration flip flop is regarding illegal immigrants’ ability to receive federal benefits. Despite what her campaign claims, Landrieu has voted time and time again against eliminating loopholes that allow illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits. 

What she says: A Landrieu campaign official told us, “Senator Landrieu obviously believes that people getting tax credits illegally is wrong and we should try to stop that. This should be easy to identify and stop.” (False Choice: Veterans v. Immigrants – FactCheck.org)

But Landrieu has voted time and time again against blocking illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits.

May 22, 2012: Reid Blocks Bill Closing IRS Tax Credit Loophole For Illegal Aliens

March 27, 2013: Senate Democrats Vote During Budget Debate To Give Free Health Care To Amnestied Illegals (vote tally here)

May 20, 2013: Judiciary Committee Votes Down Amendment Preventing Illegal Aliens From Drawing Public Assistance

June 27, 2013: Senate passes Gang of Eight Bill that “allows amnestied aliens to qualify for the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit—to the tune of $10 billion a year, according to Heritage.” (vote tally here)

December 17, 2013: “Sen. Jeff Sessions says a plan to cut retirement benefits for military retirees should be replaced with one to ensure billions of dollars of tax credits aren’t paid to illegal immigrants each year.” (vote tally here)

January 9, 2014: Senate Dems Vote To Preserve Credits For Illegal Immigrants, Block Fix For Vet Cuts & Unemployment (vote tally here)

January 12, 2014: “Republicans vowed to keep raising the issue, saying that having the IRS pay out tax credits to those who shouldn’t be in the country in the first place is a form of fraud… But Mr. Reid refused to allow the GOP to offer its amendment, which saved his fellow Democrats from having to take a stand.

GUNNING DOWN DISHONESTY

The Mary Landrieu Campaign has issued this statement regarding what it calls “SENATOR LANDRIEU ON GUNS AMONG THE FIVE ‘MOST DISHONEST POLITICAL ADS OF 2014’”

 Time Joins Chorus of Critiques From National Fact Checkers


Statement attributable to Landrieu campaign Communications Director Fabien Levy:
 
“The extent to which Congressman Cassidy and his allies have gone to try and distort SenatorLandrieu’s record shows both how little Congressman Cassidy has to run on and how desperate his campaign has stooped,” said Fabien Levy, Communications Director for the Landrieucampaign. “The truth is Senator Landrieu has one of the strongest records fighting to protect the Second Amendment rights of Louisianians and suggesting anything other than that is a flat out lie.”

 
ICYMI – After The Washington Post's Fact Checker deemed last week that an ad attacking Senator Mary Landrieu on guns as one of the five most "popular fact checks of September," Time magazine has now placed the ad in its disgraced list of the five “most dishonest political ads of 2014.” 

A flurry of national fact checkers have thoroughly discredited the ad, calling it “fear mongering” and “a long stretch.” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave the ad “Four Pinocchios,” and PolitiFact gave it a “Pants on Fire” – both of which are ratings reserved for the most egregious distortions. FactCheck.org added that the ad doesn’t “hold any weight” and that it “[stretches Senator Landrieu’s record] to the breaking point” to try and get its message across.
 
This most recent trifecta of takedowns comes only a few weeks after The Washington PostFactCheck.org, and PolitiFact each ripped an ad by Congressman Bill Cassidy attacking Senator Landrieu on immigration.
 

PASSAGE FROM TIME MAGAZINE

“This ad, sponsored by the NRA and run in Louisiana against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), goes for shock value by depicting a home invasion against a defenseless woman alone with her newborn. It says Landrieu ‘voted to take away your gun rights.’ In reality,Landrieu supported a measure that would have expanded background checks for gun shows and Internet sales. That measure would not have affected private gun sales, where background checks are already required. So even if the law had passed, the woman in this video, who presumably lacks a severe mental illness that has been flagged by a court or a certain criminal convictions, could still have purchased a gun.”
 
 
Senator Landrieu has a long record of supporting the rights of Americans to own and carry a firearm. She’s been a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment and has voted against the assault weapon ban and limiting the size of gun magazines to ten rounds, and voted in favor of making sure all gun sellers are on a level playing field.
 
To read the full list by Time magazine, click HERE.
 
To read FactCheck.org’s full story, click HERE.
 
To read PolitiFact’s full story, click HERE.
 
To read The Washington Post’s full story, click HERE.
 
To view a more extensive list of Senator Landrieu’s record defending the Second Amendment, click HERE.
 


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