Political shorts for today: The Louisiana Democratic Party, via a press release, is poking Attorney General, Buddy Caldwell for a “lazy smear” against Democrat Geri Broussard Baloney. The powerful Building Contractor PAC has announced their legislative picks. And, tweets for the day:
Two political proxies chimed in today in response to the Times Picayune’s endorsement of David Vitter for Louisiana governor. The first response came from Treasurer John Kennedy. The second, from Stephen Handwerk of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
Louisiana’s 2015 governor’s race may tell us whether the standard playbook of southern Democrats needs permanent revision.
The party’s endorsed candidate for that office, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, finally joined his major Republican opponents in running a television ad – perhaps so late because he trails them on in fundraising. In it, we discover, as testament to being a “born leader,” that he was the all-American boy in high school, a West Point graduate who served his country in elite capacity in the Army, and is “pro-life” and “pro-Second Amendment.” Also, he’s a “fighter for education, health care, and working families.”
According to the Louisiana Democratic Party, the much-discussed SAVE budget gimmick which would balance the budget through a gimmick, allowing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to claim no taxes were raised during the ongoing legislative session is losing ground.
Louisiana Democratic Party thanked democrats and republicans serving in the House Ways and Means Committee today for killing a bill that would have helped plug a major budget hole but at the same time, would give Bobby Jindal protection in his goal to be tax neutral as he ramps up his probable presidential run.
Seven democrats and 3 republicans voted to defeat the legislation. The republicans were Joel Robideaux (chairman of the committee), Eddie Lambert and Thomas Willmott.
It rather shows the depths that Louisiana’s Democrats currently plumb when their talking points consist of over-the-top complaints about Republican gubernatorial news releases and asking GOP legislators whether these opponents consider them murderers.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal lashed out at Rand Paul yesterday for a comment he made on Morning Joe.
Hours later, some of his opponents returned fire.
The Louisiana House Republicans and the Louisiana Democratic Party’s executive director (speaking for the party), do not see eye-to-eye as to what occurred today in Baton Rouge in cobbling together a budget.
The Louisiana Democratic Party has continued to take swipes at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, presumably, to weaken him in their efforts to seek negotiating opportunities as he enters into his final legislative session starting Monday.
The debate over what some people say will be a $1.4 billion budget shortfall, cuts and higher education (once again), and a governor using state money to help launch a presidential run can be heard often at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Today, that conversation is being heard overseas, in London.