How important is seniority and clout in the U.S. Congress?
That issue is being tested during this 2014 election season in various states and particularly within the Republican Party as the Tea Party candidates are taking on the mainstream incumbents.
Are we seeing the first real skirmish between Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and one of his major hand-picked appointments?
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and SB International Inc. President and CEO Satish Gupta announced Centric Pipe LLC, an SB International affiliate, will make a $32.5 million capital investment to renovate and expand the former Northwest Pipe facility in Bossier City. Based in Dallas, SB International formed Centric Pipe, which purchased the Bossier City facility in March 2014 and acquired the assets of Northwest Pipe’s oil country tubular goods business.
Steve Scalise, the Keystone Pipeline, new Mary Landrieu commercials and Louisiana Representative Lenar Whitney are in the political news today.
Also, just in, a new Landrieu-Koch commercial debate
In a battle of press releases today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and Sen. Mary Landrieu campaign have showcased how important the Keystone XL Pipeline appears to be for the upcoming US Senate election this fall.
In an e-mail, Col. Rob Maness’s campaign manager Michael D. Byrne writes that “the choice in the Louisiana Senate race is becoming clearer and clearer.” He argues that Bill Cassidy misrepresented the NorthShore Republican Men’s Club Meet the Press Dinner as a “meet and greet” for himself on Facebook. This choice, Byrne asserts, is evidence of “the stark contrast between the politicians and the people.” Unlike Cassidy, Maness, he writes, supported and valued the efforts of his local Republican Club, asking his campaign staff to promote the event to area Republicans.
The media is talking Louisiana Senator David Vitter, now candidate for governor. The conservative critic of Obamacare and almost everything Obama met the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday and made some stunning comments responses to reporters' questions.
In part one of the recent Bayoubuzz webcast interview with Mark Romig, President of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Romig said his organization is “working with a group right now on a new festival that would appear and premiere next March around Entrepreneur Week.” He said: “I can't release information yet because it's still in a formative stage, but we're providing them some consult.”
On Wednesday night this week, Gov. Bobby Jindal made a guest appearance in the season premiere of Duck Dynasty. The Governor has previously been very open about his fondness for the show and the Robertson family. When Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was criticized for his viewpoints on homosexuality, Jindal went out and defended him. Furthermore, Gov. Jindal gave the family the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Robertsons were the first recipient of this award. The season premiere showed the awards ceremony.
With New Orleans coming off of a banner year for tourism and with the industry booming in the city and in Louisiana, what and where are the opportunities? How can one get involved? How is the city marketing its great events? What can we expect for the city’s Tri-centennial in 2018, a mere four years away?