The Gov. Bobby Jindal Administration looks like it may heave a sigh of relief on the budget front with the news that its plan to privatize operations at all but one of the state’s charity hospitals looks to come in well under budget – and aggravate the critics of the deal to no end.
Were two separate announcements made late Friday by State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson and State Sen. Neil Riser (R-Columbia) designed to neutralize State Treasurer John Kennedy’s calls for an investigation into the amendment to Senate Bill 294 that increased Edmonson’s retirement by $55,000 a year?
Two stories in the newspaper this week guaranteed to me that NFL training camps are under way. The first, of course, is the only story that New Orleans football fanatics are talking about, that the Saints descended upon the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to begin another positively certain Super Bowl quest. The second story meant the same thing in my own peculiar linkage of thoughts when swarms of mayflies descended on the Midwest in their annual suicide mating rituals!
The state of Arizona executed double murderer Joseph Wood this week. The convicted killer was injected with a combination of lethal drugs that eventually caused his death; however, it took too long according to some observers.
Google Hangouts, the video killer app of killer apps, keeps getting better and better for the hectic worlds of politics, education, commerce and frankly, all industry sectors and professions.
Pity the poor American Christian. From every side, he is persecuted, set upon by government bureaucrats, forced to do this, required to do that -- denied his God-given right to pay low taxes and live as he pleases.
State Treasurer John Kennedy has forwarded a two-page letter to the executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System (LSPRS) that itemizes 13 questions Kennedy said need to be addressed concerning the $55,000 per year pension increase awarded State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson in the closing minutes of the recent legislative session.
With the technology and mobile playing an expanding role in the area of transit services, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner has issued this statement:
Louisiana’s Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon is joining a number of other states in issuing a consumer alert to potential drivers of new transportation network companies (TNCs) or rideshare services. These companies offer mobile applications (apps) that give passengers access to transportation services that are provided by people who register to serve as drivers for these networks.
One Maness standing (Or Maness Up)
Louisiana Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, former self-funded candidate for US Senate is now in lockstep with the mainstream Republican Party. He is supporting Bill Cassidy for the Senate spot against Democrat Mary Landrieu. This means, the last person standing other than Mary Landrieu and Cassidy is Col. Rob Maness, the Tea Party favorite. Maness has the supporter of speedster Sarah Palin, the one-time Alaskan Governor, VP nominee and now Indianapolis 500 “qualifier”, after her recent speeding violation.
This has been a rough few months for ed reform beauty queen John White. Super White has often been the belle of the ball around these parts, winning praise over the years from widely diverse constituencies, from liberal education reformers in New Orleans, to conservative business elite the state over. He leads a cult of young, idealistic followers at the DOE, many of which are religiously devoted to data-driven education revolution. White’s ascension to Superintendent, with massive infusions of money to swing BESE races in his favor in 2011 (including hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg money to elect pro-White BESE members, as chronological at this anti-Common Core blog) has been swift. His fall might be swifter.