For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
National issues are taking a back seat to international affairs. The civil war in Syria is now on the minds of our leaders as President Obama has asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians. The president says he does not need congressional authorization to attack Syria, but he is asking Congress to give him the authority anyway.
During the month of August, Congress takes its annual vacation, and this year is no different. Not much has changed in a do nothing political climate that has become the norm for Washington and its politics. Important issues remain unresolved.
Putin (Putting) Snowden in Jail, Getting immigration reform
Immigration Reform. The United States Senate has passed immigration reform and sent the legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives where the Senate bill in its current form is likely dead on arrival.
In his 1996 State of the Union Address, President Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government was over.
Scandals in Washington, DC are nothing new. Sex scandals or simply scandals of incompetence can be expected, and the American people usually look the other way when the scandal erupts.
No more tolls. The voters spoke loud and clear this past weekend when they trashed the tolls on the Crescent City Connection. With 78% of the vote, voters said they were tired of tolls, perceived misspending by the bridge, and broken promises. So while the tolls are gone, new issues have become front and center.
The explosion of two bombs yesterday at the Boston Marathon points out once again that we live in a dangerous world. The attack was not committed with guns or AK47’s or high capacity magazines. The attack was committed with explosive devices that injured, maimed, or killed countless innocent people. Those near the explosions who survived now have their lives changed forever.
Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) has come out with its latest survey on Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La) and Senator Mary Landrieu. The survey shows Gov. Jindal with an approval rating of 38% while U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La) has an approval rating of 56% with just 12% giving her an excellent rating.
Louisiana has a history with tax reform. Back in the late eighties a movement was underway in Louisiana for fiscal reform.
With the presidential election over, political junkies now turn their eyes toward the next big race.