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PAC supporting Vitter raises $4.6M; DiGrado, The Political Firm, Licardi join firm

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:44

vitter-gator Not that Louisiana Governor David Vitter seems to need much help this election campaign as he leads his competition in both the polls and in the race for money.  However, a PAC that has been created to support David Vitter has just announced that in the first quarter of 2015, it has raised more than $680,000 and thus far, has raised over $4.6M.

JIndal, Sen. Guillory, Louisiana can take on Iran with divestitures
Monday, 20 April 2015 11:05 Written by

Louisiana-house-repsIf Gov. Bobby Jindal wishes to continue to put himself on a path to a run for the White House in 2016 and to promote good state policy simultaneously, there’s something he can get behind in the area of foreign policy during the Louisiana Legislature’s current regular session that’s good for both the state and country.

JIndal, Plaquemines Fisherman, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse mark BP oil spill anniversary
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:49

bp-pelicanFive years since the human, psychological, health, environmental and legal horrors arising from the BP oil spill incident that occurred April 20, 2010.

Various individuals and organizations have made statements commemorating the five year anniversary.

East Jefferson Hospital terminates partnership with HCA
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:25

ejMajor news within the healthcare industry for the New Orleans region and the State of Louisiana, in general.

The East Jefferson General Hospital has terminated its partnership with HCA, however, will not pursue any new partnership at this time.  The Hospital has undergone competitive bidding for a partner in a process that has extended for three years.

CNN shows Jindal at 2% in CNN poll, RCP tracks Louisiana Governor at 1.7%
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:09 Written by

jindal-perryLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal received more bad news as the Louisiana legislature plows through committees trying to figure out a way to fix the budget which problems certainly must be impacting the presidential hopeful’s crusade for the White House.

Louisiana tobacco tax up in vapor, Demos hype IBM letter, crawfish and taxes, Earthday
Friday, 17 April 2015 11:07 Written by

earthday  The Louisiana Democratic Party has taken a shot at Republican Governor Bobby Jindal over the religious liberty legislation he supports.  Here is an email from this morning the party blasted:

PAR blasts Louisiana budget solutions, offers its own
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:52

louisiana-legislatureThe Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released an analysis of the budget crises today which it calls--Budget Vertigo—“Magic rabbits, hidden holes and sleights of hand are not the only potential solutions to our fiscal challenge”

Louisiana Tobacco Settlement funds going down in smoke
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:03 Written by

tobacco-settlementby Treasurer John Kennedy

You probably hear the words "tobacco settlement" and wonder what the heck that even means. Allow me to boil it down for you: It translates into hundreds of millions of dollars for legislators struggling to balance the state budget, and that's definitely not a good thing. Even worse, it means saddling our children and our grandchildren with a staggering $1.2 billion in debt.

Singing Jindal's swan song
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:56 Written by

Jindal-collagePerhaps a little less valedictory but mostly predictably, Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his swan song State of the State address to open the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, determined to go out in his own way, in his own time, both putting a period on his attempted transformation of the state and starting a new chapter outside of it.

Louisiana Gay group responds to IBM’s opposition to religious freedom bill
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:01 Written by

ibmAfter IBM, the international technology and communications company (who has recently decided to invest in Louisiana), requested that Bobby Jindal modify his support for a controversial “religious freedom bill filed this legislative session,  the gay-rights group, Equality Louisiana offered its own perspective:

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