For many Democrats in Louisiana, particularly those still active in party politics, the ultimate goal is to win the Governor’s race.
The year 2007 became the watershed year in the state for electing democrats for statewide office. Currently, the Democratic Party, which had dominated statewide offices prior to that year, has only one statewide elected official, Mary Landrieu, and that could change this November.
This week, Louisiana and the nation were treated with some big political news, not that it was unexpected.
U.S. Senator David Vitter decided to enter the Louisiana Governor’s Race although he apparently will keep his US Senate position.
For months, Louisiana political observers have been waiting for David Vitter to make it official. Today, he confirmed the worst kept political secret in state history. In 2015, Vitter will run for Governor of Louisiana. The advantage for Vitter is that he does not have to relinquish his U.S. Senate seat to run for Governor. He also has universal statewide name recognition and is leading in pre-election polls.
Hey what's going on--as Marvin Gaye said. (asked)
Well, it looks like we may have three Republicans running for governor now that's assuming a few things. Number one, can David Vitter use the super PAC money--roughly $1.5 million dollars--that has been raising his behalf for either for a state-run or federal? Can he use that in this election?
No, Louisiana Treas. John Kennedy isn’t trying to discourage opponents from contesting for the office he holds by filing his 2013 campaign finance report a month early showing a fat bankroll. Rather, he’s playing one of the few cards he has left if he entertains becoming governor in 2016.
Ten years ago, NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw wrote a book about what he called “The Greatest Generation.” In contrast, there’s a new best seller out now calling America “the dumbest generation.” And since Louisiana is at the bottom of the barrel on most national lists, you can imagine how folks in the Bayou State are viewed.
November 22, 1963 has been described as the day America suddenly grew up.
Matured for many reasons: the realization that doubt could overcome youth and dreams; the recognition that the most mystical of historical moments, the mythical Camelot, could screech to an abrupt, untimely and bloody halt.
How the state ended up committing $1.825 million to build a Louisiana first, a kind-of gubernatorial library/parish historical center, illuminates both the political intricacies that can imprint themselves on the capital outlay process and how observers who do not or who do not care to understand that process can end up promulgating a distorted and unserious view of it.
While half-wise isn’t as good as totally wise, it’s much better than stupid, although certain pundits and politicians would have you believe otherwise.
In 2009, when Alvarez & Marsal, a national performance auditor, recommended a handful of common-sense business practices that would save taxpayers $72 million a year at the state's Big Charity hospital in New Orleans, I asked for a similar audit of the state's nine other Charity Hospitals. The Charity Hospitals resisted.