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rolfe-mannby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

You have to love Rolfe McCollister, Jr. The man has done the following:

ochsner-lafayetteToday, Lafayette General Health (“LGH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) celebrated the formation of a long-term, strategic partnership focused on increasing local access to care, improving quality and reducing the cost of healthcare for patients across southwest Louisiana. Together, as part of the Ochsner Health Network, the two organizations will build upon their unique strengths and effectively collaborate as partners to improve the health of the Louisiana communities they both serve today and to meet the needs of new communities across the state.

KEYSTONE-COPSIf you think somehow the keystone cops are calling the shots with some investors of LSU bonds, you just might be correct.

Despite Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s statements to the national media that life in Louisiana due to his stewardship has never been better, it’s far from. 

legerRep. Walter “Walt” J. Leger III of New Orleans, who represents District 91 in the state legislature and serves as speaker pro tempore in the Louisiana House of Representatives, has publicly expressed the dismay many in our state feel regarding proposed discrimination legislation. Today Rep. Leger released the following statement in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s vocal support for such a bill:

Jindal-collageby Jim Brown

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is mad.  Really mad!  He’s had his fill of all these hyphenated-Americans ballyhooing and expressing pride in their ethnic heritage.  Jindal joined a group of 18 presidential wannabes in New Hampshire over the weekend trying to impress Republican diehards.  And he didn’t hold back on his distain for those who treasure their heritage. 

fKingalexanderEven as the announcement serves as a scare tactic, the possibility that the Louisiana State University System and perhaps others higher education systems or institutions in the state could declare partial or entire financial exigency could pave the way to helpful changes – or simply make the problem worse.

vitter-memoOn twitter today, the Louisiana gubernatorial election meet the US presidential election.

PARPAR, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a government watchdog organizarantion, has issued a policy paper criticizing the Jindal for its lack of transparency in public records and has urged that the next governor of Louisiana assert policies and practices for greater transparency.

shipsinkAccording to Robert Mann, who posted below in his blog today "Unless Gov. Bobby Jindal and legislators come up with a budget solution very soon, you can cancel just about every ongoing faculty search at LSU and watch as the exodus of faculty accelerates".

vitter-gator Not that Louisiana Governor David Vitter seems to need much help this election campaign as he leads his competition in both the polls and in the race for money.  However, a PAC that has been created to support David Vitter has just announced that in the first quarter of 2015, it has raised more than $680,000 and thus far, has raised over $4.6M.

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