With Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race over, it’s time to move on to the next big race, the race for Governor. The major candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (R), State Representative John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R). While the race is yet to be run, it is certainly David Vitter against the field. Like Hillary Clinton who is expected to seek the presidency and the favorite to win the democratic nomination, David Vitter is the candidate to beat in the race for Louisiana’s top job.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, publisher of Fax-Net
Are you ready for some polls?
As expected, polls are beginning to pop up everywhere for races in Louisiana in 2015. The main interest is, of course, in the governor’s race.
But also getting attention is the Attorney General’s race as well as a race for the U.S. Senate should Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter get elected governor.
Back in 2007, after the vicious murder of filmmaker Helen Hill, popular Dinerral Shavers and 8 other people in the span of one week, 5,000 citizens marched in the Central Business District of New Orleans descending on City Hall. At the time, Mayor Ray Nagin was on the stage, behind a lectern, not allowed to speak. Rally organizers wanted him to listen and not talk his usual nonsense. Sadly, he used his time at the rally not to listen to speakers, but to conduct business on his Blackberry for his family’s granite company. It was typical Ray Nagin, always self-focused and never interested in truly helping the citizens of New Orleans. Not surprisingly, the end result of this march was heightened attention to the problem, a catharsis for the thousands of bereaved citizens, but no real response from the Mayor’s office.
For years liberals like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu have been advocating programs such as midnight basketball as ways to reduce crime. Supposedly, young people with no ambition, moral values or job will be turned away from crime by the opportunity to shoot hoops. It sounds ridiculous, and, of course, it does not work, but the program helps the liberals feel good about what they are doing to fight the crime problem in New Orleans.
Chalk it up either to embarking on an impending campaign for state office or to set the stage to squeeze more money out of taxpayers, or both, but New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s assertion that Louisiana somehow shortchanges the city he runs is nothing short of ludicrous.
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Welcome to 2015!
The plethora of 2014 elections are still on the political horizon in Louisiana, but already the elections set for 2015 are nudging their way into the political spectrum.
The City of New Orleans is facing a deficit that Mayor Mitch Landrieu is now trying to cover with increased hotel taxes, property taxes, and cigarette taxes. At the same time, rumor has it that experienced police officers are fleeing the force. At the state level, legislators are also missing money; if they were to look to Gov. Jindal for a solution, there would look at an empty chair.
While much of the attention as of late has been on the popularity or lack of popularity of US Senator Mary Landrieu who is in the race of her life for a fourth term as US Senator, another Landrieu is in the polling news--her brother, New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu.
In the Southern Media and Opinion Research poll today, Landrieu and Republican US Senator David Vitter lead the pack for the governor's spot, election fall of 2015.