The Louisiana legislature is entering into its third week of the annual legislative session. What is happening? What are the issues being discussed by the state government.
In a state, such as Louisiana, when so much of the revenues entering state and local coffers come from the Oil and Gas industries and wherre so many local jobs are dependent upon that industry, one would think that ex-Republican and Democratic governors would be supportive of stopping litigation against the members of that industry. Last year, a levee district filed a class-action lawsuit against that industry for damages inflicted upon the coast.
Obamacare and specifically the Medicaid expansion have been debated in the Louisiana legislature and throughout the political state capitols over the past few years. In a recent panel discussion at Loyola University, both former Democratic Louisiana governors, Edwin Edwards and Kathleen expressed their opinions that Louisiana should expand Medicaid in Louisiana, a policy the Louisiana GOP and governor Jindal has strongly opposed.
One of the major controversies this Louisiana legislative session is what to do about common core in K to 12.
Governors Buddy Roemer, Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco are supportive of common core. They expressed their positions on the subject last week during a panel discussion at Loyola University.
The arbiters of race relations believe that no one of color should dare possess an independent thought or take a contrarian position. Thus, all African Americans must believe in the Democratic Party and liberalism. If not, you are demonized and harassed and as evidence, witness the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or Dr. Ben Carson.
The Senate Race. Republicans have mastered the art of shooting themselves in the foot and in the process losing elections. Congressman Bill Cassidy, the Republican hopeful to defeat Senator Mary Landrieu (D), has taken the first step toward suicide by foot.
With former Governor Edwin Edwards back in the political saddle, there has been much discussion whether Edwards would hurt or help the other well-known democrat, US Senator Mary Landrieu, in her bid for re-election.
Tens of thousands of Louisiana families and businesses in the eastern part of Louisiana from Ouachita Parish in the north to East Baton Rouge Parish in the south, mostly in rural areas and small towns, depend on the American Midstream Pipeline (Midla) for their natural gas service. Included on the customer list are the state’s largest correctional facility, Angola State Penitentiary, and East Louisiana State Hospital. It is the only natural gas distribution service available. It has been that way for decades.
As the Louisiana US Senate race and then statewide elections take shape over the next two years, one of the lead questions being discussed is whether democrats can win statewide. Part of the answer to that question might be how Louisiana voters feel about Obamacare on election day. For Governor Edwin Edwards, whose race for 6th Congressional District representative, both of those issues are paramount as he tries his hand at politics at age 86 after years of being in retirement--forced retirement, at that due to his stint in the federal prison.
Today, Governor Jindal announced support for proposed legislation that will promote the fair resolution of “legacy claims” and the remediation of property, while discouraging the exploitation of lawsuits for money. Legacy claims are known as disputes between landowners and oil and gas companies related to impacts to property and resources as a result of exploration and production activities. The legislation will be filed by Senator Robert Adley.