Special interests in Louisiana’s public education system have not given up in trying to protect their power and privilege, as indicated by a suit filed regarding funding of charter schools that seeks to erode the state’s school choice options.
Although elections are supposed to be about individual candidates, both the Louisiana Republican and the Louisiana Democratic parties are pursuing other strategies—tie local candidates to other local and national personalities and messages.
When one goes across the nation claiming to have the answers for US energy, healthcare, calling the President of the United States incompetent, castigating Washington DC and calling for a “hostile takeover”, wouldn’t you expect that politician or elected official to be popular back home?
If anyone—ANYONE—in charge at the Division of Administration (DOA) or the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) knows what they’re doing, please contact us immediately because we have given up all hope that the Jindal administration in its entirety has the first clue.
A tag-team campaign stunt by state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Atty. Gen. Buddy Caldwell might cause some bureaucratic headaches and burn up some taxpayer dollars, but in the end will make no difference to coming changes for health care benefits for state employees, retirees, and some school district employees – and may even hurt their 2015 electoral ambitions.
On Tuesday, September 23, our school-aged son was given a commonly prescribed medication by his physician. My wife attempted to get the pharmacy to fill it. We were shocked and horrified to find that it was rejected by our health insurance: Office of Group Benefits HMO Plan through BlueCross, a health insurance plan for Louisiana public employees.
It's the culture, stupid, not the economy, stupid...
So was the message today as Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal spoke at the Family Research council forum. Below are excerpts of his address:
Everything in Washington is politics and political slogans. A few years back, Bill Clinton ran for president with the slogan: ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid.’
Endorsement US Senate style
The endorsements are beginning to trickle in as the US Senate race elections gets closer.
Earlier this month, the powerful NRA announced its backing of Congressman Bill Cassidy and former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be featured at a Cassidy $500 per person fundraiser on October 3 in New Orleans.
Former Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein has been indicted by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office on nine counts of perjury stemming from a lengthy investigation of his involvement in the awarding of a $183 million contract to a company for which he once worked.
Is Maness on the move?
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate, better keep an eye on his fellow Republican Rob Maness, the retired Air Force colonel who is the Tea Party favorite.