Two major political events occurred January 2016 here in Louisiana. The first was absolutely expected and many people looked forward to the day it would occur. The second was unexpected yet, those controlling the Louisiana legislature and almost all of state government were probably pleased with the end result.
It’s déjà vu all over again for a broadband access project in Louisiana that saw the same mistakes repeated, leading to its demise both times.
Wih the Louisiana legislature about to face another special session, UNO has released a new survey and the numbers do not look good.
Governor John Bel Edwards enjoys less than a majority approval, the legislature has a 2-1 disapproval but the public believes a special session is needed.
Below is the report from UNO:
On Thursday evening, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his Chief of Staff, former State Senator Ben Nevers, would step down as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor. Sen. Nevers’ resignation will be effective Feb. 28. Former Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Mark Cooper, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.
On Sunday, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal penned an oped that appeared in Politico. The subject? Repealing Obamacare.
Jindal has often considered himself to be an authority on healthcare, having previously served as governor of Louisiana, member of Congress and assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.
The US Senate contest is between Foster Campbell and John Kennedy, democrat vs. republican. The task for Campbell to overcome the lead that Kennedy currently has based upon the elections results is difficult. Some believe Campbell will have an anguishing time given the groundswell of support Donald Trump, also a Republican, has in the state. So, what does Campbell do to maintain a positive association to Trump while helping to build a wedge between Kennedy and Trump?
As anticipated, the Louisiana Republican Party leaders have taken credit for stopping the invading army of tax hogs descending upon the state. After the prior special session, despite a GOP-Democratic-Edwards coalition, they pinned the tax tale increase solely on John Bel Edwards and his band of donkeys. Today, via email, the party said:
In part one of a multi-part interview that we had with Tom Aswell, who has recently written a book related to former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, we discussed the reasons why Aswell became disenchanted with the former Governor. Aswell had voted for Jindal in both 2003 and 2007 but, he began to question certain aspects of Jindal's judgment that suggested the governnor might have other objectives, such as a run for United States President.
Perhaps nobody has written as much about the Louisiana governorship of Bobby Jindal than Tom Aswell, the publisher of the blog, LouisianaVoice.com.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice.com
Baton Rouge Advocate political reporter Elizabeth Crisp has reported that Gov. John Bel Edwards is in the process of renegotiating the state’s contracts with private partners that have taken over operations of the state’s system of charity hospitals. http://theadvocate.com/football/neworleansprepfootball/15861820-123/state-renegotiating-public-private-hospital-contracts