POLITICO: LANDRIEU’S EFFECTIVENESS
The Mary Landrieu campaign is circulating an article by Politico that highlights the effectiveness of her Energy Committee and her Homeland Security committee and her role as a legislator. According to a Politico infographic, she is one of the most effective Senators in terms of co-sponsoring successful legislation during the “do nothing” Congress.
The Cassidy campaign and the Republicans have dismissed her effectiveness or “clout”, claiming she has been a puppet of Obama and would be backing Harry Reed for Senate Majority Leader and thus, whatever clout she might have will hurt Louisiana.
Since she burst on the national scene in 2008, the national media has enjoyed poking fun and mischaracterizing former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her family. The main reason for their obsession is that Palin is an unabashed conservative who is articulate and popular with millions of Americans.
As if the administration’s handling of bogus criminal accusations against former Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Murphy Painter wasn’t already embarrassing enough after Painter’s acquittal ended up costing the state $474,000 in reimbursement of his legal fees and expenses, a recent civil court decision has added insult to injury.
While most of the Louisiana's politicos' attention focus upon the US Senate race, there's another major election that is beginning to take shape--the Louisiana governor's race. Bobby Jindal is term limited so, theoretically, the field is wide open. We asked Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research to assess the gubernatorial field, to date:
Election Day for the congressional and local elections is right around the corner. In fact, a Louisiana voter can absentee vote right now. The Secretary of State’s office predicts some 45 to 50 percent of registered voters will actually show up and vote. Having run that office for a number of years and predicting voter turnout through the 1980s, I predict closer to a 60 percent turnout. Current Secretary of State Tom Schedler and I have a lunch wager on whose prediction will be more accurate.
Readers interested in Louisiana politics got another reminder recently of the maddening inconsistency of state Treasurer John Kennedy’s thinking, and why, should he decide to pursue the matter, any attempt he makes to be elected governor in 2015 should be greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Forbes Magazine announced it’s sponsoring a great gathering of the world’s business and financial geniuses this coming week in Philadelphia.
Forbes calls its brainstorm for brainiacs “Forbes Under 30 Summit.”
Today's business news from around the state--Better Than Ezra Foundation, EDgear expands to Baton Rouge, Idea Village and Leslie Jacobs
Nearly seven years into his administration, it’s no surprise that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Iowa/New Hampshire/Florida—anywhere by Louisiana) would be losing many of his top appointees. After all, the ride is nearly over and they have to be looking for opportunities beyond the inevitable unemployment line once Jindal’s term ends in January of 2016.