If Scott Angelle ere elected governor this fall, how would he distinguish himself from the current governor, Bobby Jindal? What would be the one thing he would focus upon to make a difference to Louisiana? Does he support the the controversial SAFE Act, passed by the Louisiana legislature that enabled the state to budget the budget that starts July 1 2015?
Current Public Service Commissioner and Louisiana Gubernatorial candidate Angelle has a long history serving his community and Louisiana. He was Secretary of Natural Resources under democratic governor Kathleen Blanco and under current Governor Jindal. Jindal appointed him to be interim Lt. Governor to fill the seat vacated by Mitch Landrieu, who had become New Orleans Mayor. The governor then appointed Angelle to the LSU Board of Supervisors. He then won the seat for Public Service Commissioner.
As political debates go, the Louisiana gubernatorial variety, held at the Alario Center today, was markedly tame--even on issues of great emotionality such as the Louisiana budget, the SAVE Act, same sex marriage, creation science. Affordable Exchange Act and more issues.
by Jim Brown
Fifty years ago this month, rock band The Who released their megahit rock opera called “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The song ended with the lyrics: “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss.” From the early debates in the approaching Louisiana governor’s race, voters are hearing few fresh ideas as how to get the Bayou State out of its fiscal and quality of life disarray that has continued for years.
by Jim Brown
This fall’s Louisiana governor’s race has settled down into a four-man contest. U.S. Senator David Vitter is far out front, and conventional wisdom points to a republican-democratic runoff between Vitter and Rep. John Bell Edwards from Amite. But is the current field of candidates set in stone? Is there still room for another major candidate-an Independent?
by Jim Brown
Louisiana’s next governor will take office in less than eight months, and will jump into the abyss of a state with massive fiscal problems, an educational system that is dysfunctional, a healthcare system that needs a major overhauling, a highway system that has been neglected for years…get the picture?
Last week, former US Ambassador, John Bolton, announced that he was supporting U.S. Senator David Vitter for Louisiana Governor and that his PAC, John Bolton PAC, would contribute ten thousand dollars to the Vitter campaign for governor.
With Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race over, it’s time to move on to the next big race, the race for Governor. The major candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (R), State Representative John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R). While the race is yet to be run, it is certainly David Vitter against the field. Like Hillary Clinton who is expected to seek the presidency and the favorite to win the democratic nomination, David Vitter is the candidate to beat in the race for Louisiana’s top job.
As talk of the state’s operating budget dominates Louisiana political discourse, highlighting how a failure of will by policy-makers makes this an annual exercise in contortion, an enterprising piece reminds how the capital outlay budgeting process suffers from the same.
Imagine the next Louisiana gubernatorial candidate making this campaign speech pronouncements:
“For too long, our state’s leaders have only looked out for themselves and their own self-interests”.
As Louisiana ponders over how it will balance a budget with a $1.6B hole, the nation is wondering who might have a good chance to be the next President of the United States.
Looking at a just-released CBS Poll, the news for the Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, is not great, but not horrible, either.