He took his time, but Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards three months after losing an injunction mooting his executive order JBE 16-11 got around to appealing the ruling – a move seemingly more for political consumption than with any real hope of prevailing.
It doesn’t have the flashiest name, nor can it contribute much to crime reduction. But as long as governance of New Orleans does not address seriously the causes and disincentives to committing crime in the city, the revamped and renamed Louisiana Bureau of Investigation under the jurisdiction of Republican Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry will prove helpful in keeping down the Crescent City’s rampant lawlessness – despite its political leadership.
Below is an excerpt from a Dec. 18, 2016 NOLA.com Editorial Board piece regarding Gov. Edwards’ non-discrimination executive order, which was initially published by NOLA.com. Edwards wrote the op-ed after losing a case at the district court level against Attorney General Jeff Landry:
Maness, Duke left out
As we have said, the U.S. Senate contest appears to be a five-person race. Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) agrees.
For the first statewide televised debate, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness and white supremacist David Duke did not make the cut, both Republicans.
Congratulations to Attorney General Jeff Landry's office, for earning the "U.S. DHHS-Inspector General’s Award of Excellence"
From the Office of AG Jeff Landry:
The Times Picayune does not like Attorney General Jeff Landry. It seems the newspaper is upset that the Attorney General is a conservative. In an editorial today, the liberal newspaper said that Landry is “confused” about whether he is Governor or Attorney General. In reality, he is not confused, but has to continually do battle with the liberal agenda of Governor Edwards.
Necessary questions asked about a recent executive order issued by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards should prove useful in keeping Louisiana adhering to the rule of law.
While unusual, the move to separate out appropriations for a constitutional office as done earlier this week in Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee is not, as defenders of Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards allege, unconstitutional, or even uncouth.
At the request of Republican Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry, the GOP-controlled committee removed references to the Department of Justice in the general appropriations bill HB 1 and instead tucked these into a separate HB 105. Further, the separate bill contained instructions giving Landry the authority to make cuts in any fashion within the department should revenue shortfalls occur during the fiscal year. In response, Democrats on the committee as well as Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne opined that they thought handling appropriations in this fashion did not comply with the Constitution.
Today, the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Thomas Harris, as instructed by Governor John Bel Edwards, intervened in the 39 coastal damage lawsuits that have been filed by Plaquemines, Jefferson, and Cameron Parishes. The filing of a petition to intervene for the State of Louisiana by DNR follows the intervention of Attorney General Jeff Landry in the same cases.
Incoming Louisiana Attorney General Jefff Landry has announced today Wilber L. “Bill” Stiles as his Chief Deputy Attorney General-designate, also known as the first assistant. Stiles will be presented to the State Senate for confirmation when Landry takes office.