Soft-spoken, Bob Mann, former Democratic party-member, former staffer for John Breaux, and Governor Kathleen Blanco (and others) is on the warpath.
Other than the Louisiana Legislators (and others), trying to somehow fill-in a $1.6B budget hole, arguably, the worse in modern Louisiana history, there are other matters on the legislative and political plate that will both impact and which will be the effect of what occurs during the session.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
It was a chamber of commerce weather weekend.
All throughout Louisiana, the sunshine, nice temperatures and clear skies replaced the rain that had saturated most of the state over the last few weeks. It was a great weekend to get outdoors, work in the yard, eat your first crawfish of the spring or play a little ball. My wife and I kept the kids outside all weekend, soaking it in. We even visited downtown Baton Rouge to walk around the riverfront and hang out on the State Capitol grounds.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted the start of construction for Sasol’s $8.1 billion ethane cracker complex as company and regional officials gathered for groundbreaking at the Calcasieu Parish site. The world-scale petrochemical complex will include an ethane cracker and six chemical manufacturing plants, to be built near Sasol’s existing Westlake, Louisiana, facilities. The project will roughly triple Sasol’s chemical production capacity in the United States.
After five terms in the United States Senate and two terms in the House of Representatives, staunchly partisan Democrat Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will retire at the end of this term. While he still has 22 months left in office to aggravate Republicans, the announcement was still a big blow to the Democratic Party.