THINGS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE LAST WEEK
WHAT THE HECK DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, confused me (and many others) greatly in rendering his obtuse majority decision upholding the individual mandate in the court's Affordable Care Act decision. Roberts began his majority decision by adamantly proclaiming that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution could not be used to "compel" commerce by forcing citizens to purchase health insurance against their wills. He then went on to allow the purchase of health insurance to be "compelled" by vesting it in Congress's authority to tax. If compelling commerce in order to regulate it is unconstitutional, what difference does it make if it is blessed by the Commerce Clause or the power to tax?
It’s been awhile since we’ve written about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but State Rep. Joseph Harrison (R-Gray) has proven himself a more than capable successor to former Rep. Noble Ellington (R-Winnsboro).
ALEC is a national organization comprised of hundreds of state legislators from around the country as well as corporations which fund the bulk of the organization’s expenses. Heading the list of those corporations is Koch Industries.
ALEC’s corporate members write “model legislation” for lawmakers to take back to their states for passage into law. Foremost among those are education reform, prison privatization, Medicaid reform, state employee pension reform and reductions of public services.
Vitter Boasts of His Role On Conference Committee That Gutted Louisiana Medicaid
The Louisiana Democratic Party appear to be blaming U.S. Senator David Vitter for the healthcare woes that Louisiana is now encountering due to a recently passed transportation bill that passed the U.S. Congress the same week that the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act.
In doing so, the democrats are suggesting that Vitter "killed the hospital system" and got back at two rivals--fellow republican and current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La).
Jindal has the difficulty of bashing "Obamacare" nationally at the same time that his own state is suffering one of the worst moments in modern Louisiana healcare history.
Also, Landrieu has been branded by the very money she negotiated for Louisiana as part of the same health care legislation. Those funds were called the "Louisiana Purchase".
Here is the email in its entirety from the Louisiana Democratic Party:
It's time for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees to stop playing games, passing time and even passing to players who might not even play this season or ever again.
With the clock clicking to a franchise-player deadline, roadster, Drew Brees is now in California, tossing balls to T.O. Owens, an injured but an NFL great.
The Jaren Lockhart murder investigation is moving from the eerie to the bizarre.
ABC26 WGNO’s reporter and anchor Sheldon Fox has detailed two more reports Thursday night, one that could further implicate one of the murder suspects, Margaret Sanchez, even further. The other report provides information as to the relationship between the two arrestees Sanchez and Terry Speaks, both accused of murdering Lockhart.
In the first report, Fox has written that, “Detectives in Hancock County say they are leaning on WGNO and ABC for key info in the Jaren Lockhart murder investigation.
It has to do with what aired Wednesday night and a suspect's network debut.
The Lafayette police have made an arrest in connection to the Mickey Shunick case, a crime drama impacting South Louisiana. Based upon various reports, Brandon Scott Lavergne, who apparently is a registered sex offender has been arrested. Based upon news reports, Lavergne is a registered sex offender, according the the Louisiana Sex Offender Registry.
According to The Advertiser of Lafayette:
Police and other law enforcement agencies have a search warrant to search Lavergne's home.
Police and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at his home.
According to the affidavit for Lavergne’s arrest, he was taken into custody at 5:45 p.m. at his home in the 100 block of Elaine Lane in Church Point, and he cooperated with police with during the arrest. Police officers also seized his cell phone, and the affidavit says Lavergne has prior criminal convictions and is “unlikely to appear on a issued summons.”
"Hey, did u hear about the stripper that went missing?' She mentioned that a couple times."
According to a Metairie couple, those were the words spoken by one of the suspects arrested in the Jaren Lockhart murder case, only a day prior to their arrests. The couple claims that the suspects, Margaret Sanchez and Terry Speaks stayed at their house in Metairie only the night before the arrest and that Sanchez spoke those words.
As State Education Superintendent John White shifts into a damage control mode, his explanations of Emailgate have taken on a bizarre tone reminiscent of the man, who when his wife catches him cheating with another woman, asks, “Are you going to believe your eyes or what I tell you?”
Or perhaps the attorney who is sued because his dog, allowed to run loose, bites a neighbor: “He must have been provoked because my dog doesn’t bite. Besides, he is never allowed out of my fenced yard. Anyway, I don’t own a dog.”
White’s explanations are about that plausible.
Here and there, ideological opponents of recent reforms to improve elementary and secondary education in Louisiana seem to have gone foaming at the mouth over revelations that the administrator responsible for implementing them is … well, implementing them.
The shakedown cruise that begun after the legislation became law, with a compressed timeline because the changes are to go into effect this school year, exposed areas of needed clarity and supplementation. One such matter involved assessing whether schools involved in the scholarship voucher portion of the change had the capacity to handle the number of slots they could fill with students qualifying as initially authorized by the state.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal summed up Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s problem pretty well. Jindal told the Wall Street Journal last week that “there is only one candidate, Governor Romney, who has committed that he will repeal the Obomney, uh, the Obamacare tax increase.” A slip of the tongue, on a subject that continues to be an Achilles’ heel for Romney as he campaigns against the Obama healthcare plan. The question he will be answering for the coming months is simple. How can Romney run and campaign against the same healthcare plan that he initially proposed when he was Governor of Massachusetts?