Jim Tucker, the Louisiana Speaker of the House will not be running for Jefferson Council against Chris Roberts and will not and has not run a poll to determine the viability of such a run.
In an email to Bayoubuzz late Friday afternoon, following the publication of a Bayoubuzz article by Christopher Tidmore who said that Tucker was considering a run, Tucker wrote, “I do not live in Jefferson Parish but in Orleans. I supported Chris Roberts for councilman at large in Jeff and will continue to do so in the fall.”
Another Northshore Louisiana state legislator, J. Kevin Pearson, has taken to the airwaves with an e-press release to protest a move backed by Governor Bobby Jindal to change the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana's boundaries. The current district is the same that Jindal represented when he served Congress prior to becoming the Louisiana Governor in 2008.
Here is the press release from Pearson
As the Louisiana Legislature moves into the final days of redistricting discussions, a press release by Senator Jack Donahue shows how sticky the process over drawing of political boundaries.
The press release is requesting that constituents on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain write legislators and Governor Jindal to keep the Northshore in the First Congressional District.
The possible shutdown has hit fever pitch with abortion once again causing a split between the parties on important issues. Below is a press release sent out by Senator Mary Landrieu's office which tone and content underscores the emotional level and importance of the shutdown decision:
Democrats are accusing Republicans of provoking a government shutdown over the issue of Planned Parenthood funding. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), “Republicans want to shut down our nation's government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need.” Of course, this is typical political posturing from a hard core liberal. Republicans are not trying to harm the health of women, but they are trying to end the insidious federal funding of Planned Parenthood, an abortion services organization. In a country with a massive federal deficit and an ever growing national debt, taxpayers should not be funding controversial programs like Planned Parenthood. This group should not get one dime of federal support, but neither should the National Right to Life Committee.
The Saints have the 24th selection in the first round of the NFL Draft and 56th in the second round where they may be considering targeting a prospect like Villanova offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, who has generated a lot of hype the past few days, especially from teams picking in the bottom of the first round.
Starting offensive left tackle Jerom Bushrod will be a free agent whenever a new CBA is agreed upon and while he may be solid at times, has struggled in pass protection. The depth behind him is minimal as second-year pro Charles Brown is an unproven commodity with little actual game experience.
Well, this week brought the bad news that, after years of wrangling and working to create the "Best Cajun or Zydeco Album" category in the Grammys, and after only 4 years of presentation of this Grammy, it has been eliminated. Our artists are now lumped into "American Roots Music," "Best Regional Roots Music Album." Prior to the eliminated category's creation, only 4 of our Cajun/Zydeco artists, in 49 years of Grammys, had been winners.
Bayoubuzz note: We received the following information from House Speaker Jim Tucker after this story was published:
“I do not live in Jefferson Parish but in Orleans. I supported Chris Roberts for councilman at large in Jeff and will continue to do so in the fall.”
Chris Roberts also contacted us after the story was published and said Jim Tucker lived in Orleans Parish and would not be running for a Jefferson Parish council seat.
On the surface, it would appear that Jefferson voters are satisfied with their current crop of elected officials. After all, on Saturday, April 2, 2011, Thomas Capella and Chris Roberts were politically promoted into the Assessor’s Office and the Council At-Large position by overwhelming margins.
Despite their colleagues being under federal investigation over the River Birch Landfill, and each Councilman forced to testify before the Grand Jury just as they stood in a special election, it made little difference in the margin of either’s victory. Thomas Capella won the Assessor’s post over a four candidate field with 74.33% of the vote, or 32,857 ballots.
It’s back to the Courts for the Kerns.
Not the court of Mardi Gras balls and revelry but that of civil or perhaps "uncivil court" where Barry Kern and his father, "Mr. Mardi Gras" Blain Kern are in somewhat of a family feud apparently fueled by alleged broken promises and further allegations of interference by the father's wife.
With the U.S. Congress and President Obama on the brink of a federal government shutdown, which could have serious impact upon domestic and foreign policy services and decisions, questions are being asked how bad can it be for the United States and for the individual states should there in fact be a termination or suspension of services.
By email, Bayoubuzz has asked author and historian, Dr. Robert Owens, his opinion regarding the looming shutdown. Here is his written response:
Bayoubuzz: By claiming we should go back to the principles of smaller centralized government enunciated by the Founders, is that concept somewhat archaic given the US role as the world’s superpower and given the nation is worlds apart from what it was over 200 years ago?