In part 3 of Bayoubuzz's replay of the Loyola University Institute of Politics Ed Renwick annual discussion, moderator Lee Zurik asked two questions regarding a topic that might resonate throughout Louisiana history-- Hurricane Katrina and Governor Kathleen Blanco. Below is a rough transcript of the conversation with Governors Blanco, Buddy Roemer and Edwin Edwards. Also, here is the audio:
Zurik: The next question is for Governor Blanco. Probably almost everyone in this room was affected by Katrina. Looking back on it, have you been able to have a kind of revisiting, a kind of looking back and thinking about things you did well and things you would have done differently?
Ever since former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards indicated that he might run for US Congress, the political buzz has been--why? Surely, the 86-year-old man who had spent sixteen years as chief executive of the state (some of it defending himself in federal court), who had spent roughly a decade under federal sentencing, who has the reputation as a rogue, a womanizer, who is newly remarried to a woman more than fifty years younger and who now has a new seven-month old baby--would have other things to do than to be embroiled in another political fight and to take on the troubles of the world?
Louisiana’s congressional members of both parties were throwing cheers and high fives. They had done it. They had put an end to the proposed outrageous flood insurance rates. “I’m very proud,” beamed Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. Her challenger in the coming fall election, Congressman Bill Cassidy, papered the state with press releases exclaiming, “This is a great day for Louisiana.”
GOP Presidential politics is back in the Politico news today, courtesy to an article entitled "The Invisible Primary: GOP Preps as Chris Christie Stumbles" authored by Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman.
Let's be honest. Is he, or isn’t he? Only the governor, members of his inner political circle and perhaps national publications such as Politico know for sure.
The New Orleans Advocate is asking state lawmakers to make it possible for the relatively young newspaper to compete for government classified ads in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
There are good forms and bad forms of presumed government paternalism, as the disposition of one bill and the discussion about some different others filed this session in the Louisiana Legislature demonstrates.
A recent incident in Uptown New Orleans should concern every law abiding citizen of the Crescent City. At 2 a.m. on the morning of March 16, the Bice family, who live in the Riverbend area, was awakened by the sound of their dog barking. An intruder was trying to break in to their home.