WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill.
But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, as well as a new rule blocking homeowners from passing insurance subsidies on to the people who buy their homes.
The provision is authored by Louisiana lawmakers and political rivals - Democrat Sen.
The Center for Responsive Politics has compiled information on the biggest sources of funding for both candidates, effective through mid-December.
For Landrieu, the biggest donations are coming from the following business/industrial or advocacy interests: Lawyers/firms, $797,933; oil and gas, $456,300; Leadership PACs (representing other politicians) $294,000; lobbyists, $293,543; retired people, $262,250; electric utilities, $193,700; real estate, $182,417.
Cassidy, a doctor, did well with health professionals, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
WASHINGTON -- Anyone with access to TV political ads already knows Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy are engaged in a contentious battle in the 2014 Louisiana Senate race.
They are also allies -- of sorts -- in the congressional fight to delay and eventually block large flood insurance premium increases resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters legislation, though there have been awkward moments and some back and forth on strategy.
"I don't think competition is a bad thing, at all," said Jefferson Parish President John Young.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, released select information about his U.S. Senate campaign finances earlier than expected today (Jan. 7), indicating that the candidate believes he had a strong final quarter of fundraising in 2013.
From Sept. 30 through the end of last year, Cassidy brought in more than $1 million for his Senate bid. That's better than he did in the previous previous quarter of 2013, when he raised $700,000. The Republican, who is considered the frontrunner to take on incumbent Sen.
U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, on Thursday joined the chorus of voices calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise its preliminary flood elevation maps for Jefferson Parish, before FEMA finalizes the maps later this year. Scalise and Cassidy urged FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a letter to take into account recent drainage improvements and other technical factors before issuing a final map for parish approval.
"Residents of Jefferson Parish and other south Louisiana communities have a right to expect fair treatment from their government," Cassidy said.
The political scene has plenty to discuss today as the oil and gas industry has filed suit against Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell, the Democratic Party (at least throughout the nation, but likely not in Louisiana) seem to support Democrats handling much of government, except for the all-important economy and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness has taken a shot against his competition Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy on the flood insurance disaster issue.
How’s Bobby doing?
For the past year, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has been running around the country as chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association telling all who would listen what a great job he is doing as governor of Louisiana.
It’s nothing new for Landrieu
According to a new poll from Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) of Baton Rouge, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is in hot water with some Louisiana voters.
Many of the Louisiana political antennas rose on Thursday when Bernie Pinsonat and SMOR’s (Southern Media and Opinion Research) issued its fall statewide poll numbers.