The following is a blog post written by Tom Aswell, Publisher of the LouisianaVoice. We republish columns written by Aswell and others regardless of opinion or political stripes.
In this opinion, Aswell describes his reactions to a Court ruling fining the Division of Administration (DOA)'s Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols in relationship to a lawsuit brought by Aswell and the publication. However, as Aswell points out, he surely is not satisfied with the entire ruling.
Tensions are mounting in the Louisiana legislature as the clock ticks with a $1.6B budget deficit needing to be solved. It is also an election year, with the statewide and legislative races open, including governor.
Each day the 2016 GOP presidential field expands offering Republican voters more choice than at any other time in recent memory. Just this week, the announced field of candidates doubled to six. The latest to enter the fray is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who announced today in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. He ran a strong race in 2008, winning the Iowa caucuses and finishing second to the nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ). This time, Huckabee has even more name recognition due to his years on Fox News, hosting his own weekend television program.
Our governor--author, columnist, TV talk show talking head, presidential hopeful, political minister of faith, specialist in matters such as foreign affairs, Obama, Go Zones, national healthcare, Muslim religion, religious freedoms, Hillary Clinton and just about everything he has written or talked about over the past few years on his road to the WhiteHouse—is writing another book.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Who’s got the money?
The first campaign finance reports, which cover the period through April 17, are in for candidates seeking a statewide office in the 2015 election this fall.
While it may still seem early, time is fleeting in an election year. It is already May, and qualifying is , with the primary set for October 24.
It is assumed, therefore, that the slate of candidates for each statewide office is set. If someone is still thinking about jumping into one of the races, he or she will have to do it soon and run fast to catch up with those who have already declared.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Should government collect membership dues for a private lobbying organization?
Imagine the reaction from journalists across the country if the law required the government to collect membership dues from public employee gun owners and distribute those dollars to the National Rifle Association? What if National Right to Life or Planned Parenthood also benefitted from a special law requiring the government to collect their dues from public employees?
When Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations are finally dashed against the hard rocks of political reality—as they most assuredly will be—he will still have career options available to him, including one obscure choice conspicuously overlooked by all the pundits thus far.
MAKING A CASE FOR NEW ORLEANS
On the heels of a record-breaking New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, an amazing PitchNOLA, and another fantastic Launch Fest, Steve Case, Founder of America Online and Chair and CEO of Revolution, is headed to New Orleans this week as part of his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour!
Despite the bad news coming out of Louisiana legislature and the state's universities, the Jindal administration and the State of Louisiana has received some good news today.