By Lou Gehrig Burnett
Who’s got the money?
How much money elected officials have in their campaign finance accounts is always interesting to learn. The amount can play a big role in whether an incumbent has a challenger.
We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the state House and Senate incumbents from northwest Louisiana to see how much money they have on hand as they head toward re-election this fall.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined coastal parish leaders and members of the fishing and oyster industries to announce $12 million in emergency restoration funding to help Louisiana’s coastline recover from the effects of the BP oil spill. This funding total includes $2 million to reestablish oyster beds in public seed grounds, $5 million for shoreline stabilization by engineered shoreline reefs, and $5 million to reestablish vegetation and sand fencing for approximately ten miles of oil-impacted shoreline.
Today, the White House released a new report entitled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, a statistical portrait showing how women are faring in the United States today and how their lives have changed over time. This is the first comprehensive federal report on women since 1963, when the Commission on the Status of Women, established by President Kennedy and chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, produced a report on the conditions of women. View Women in America HERE.
Louisiana, the Governor Jindal, LED Secretary Stephen Moret have received another economic development honor, this time, becoming the third best in the United States for business investment in 2010 according to Site Selection magazine.
This President made a misapplication by applying America’s “Sputnik Moment” to alternative energy sources during his State of the Union Address, while surrendering America’s real “Sputnik Moment” that motivated the space program in the 1960s.
The United States led the world in space exploration fifty years ago as a result of President Kennedy’s reaction to Russian Premier Khrushchev’s aggressive quest to be first in space. Kennedy immediately embarked upon a manned space program realizing that this was, as he aptly put it, “The Last Frontier.”
Happy Carnival 2011!
Last week was my favorite week of the Carnival Season. Mother Nature blessed us with glorious weather so I could enjoy a myriad of events that included the French Quarter Business Women's Darlin' Heart Award Luncheon at Broussard's. This year’s honorees were: Annie Flettrich, French Quarter Business Association, Executive Director;Superintendent Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Police Chief; Officer Don Powers, French Quarter, 8th District Police Officer; and Ann Tuennermann, Tales of the Cocktail Founder. It was delicious.
For the next couple of days, the NFL Scouting Combine 2011 will dominate football talk.
While the workouts have their place in the evaluation of college players, it is just a piece of the process. By no means is the combine the main part for the NFL teams' quest to find the right players for the upcoming draft.
Deepwater drilling permits, finally.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following statement regarding the first deepwater drilling permit issued since the moratorium.
Summary: Progressive web site Daily Kingfish says Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker is threatening to "bend the rules" for his benefit; Mike Stagg of Lafayette says on Facebook that Wisconsin won't look pretty--just look at Louisiana; And, from the AP, the ghost of Ted Kennedy might be bringing berothels back into the US Senate lexicon.
As previously noted, the recent win by Republicans in a special state Senate election to give the party its first post-Reconstruction legislative majority carried plenty of symbolism, but to assign that as the only outcome fundamentally mistakes and misreads that event and those leading to it.
Those on the left tried to downplay its significance by muttering about how Louisiana’s legislators don’t frequently act in a partisan matter and their labeling habits are rather casual. History largely supports that contention – except this is now 2011 and conditions have changed enough for a permanent alteration to the state’s political culture going forward.