As if the administration’s handling of bogus criminal accusations against former Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Murphy Painter wasn’t already embarrassing enough after Painter’s acquittal ended up costing the state $474,000 in reimbursement of his legal fees and expenses, a recent civil court decision has added insult to injury.
While most of the Louisiana's politicos' attention focus upon the US Senate race, there's another major election that is beginning to take shape--the Louisiana governor's race. Bobby Jindal is term limited so, theoretically, the field is wide open. We asked Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research to assess the gubernatorial field, to date:
Readers interested in Louisiana politics got another reminder recently of the maddening inconsistency of state Treasurer John Kennedy’s thinking, and why, should he decide to pursue the matter, any attempt he makes to be elected governor in 2015 should be greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Nearly seven years into his administration, it’s no surprise that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Iowa/New Hampshire/Florida—anywhere by Louisiana) would be losing many of his top appointees. After all, the ride is nearly over and they have to be looking for opportunities beyond the inevitable unemployment line once Jindal’s term ends in January of 2016.
Just maybe Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the national GOP, the Louisiana GOP and others should get their facts right before they fan the flames of fear for their own political purposes.
As expected, the Louisiana Supreme Court flushed home the slam dunk on the state’s 2012 revolutionary education reforms, and having resolved that leads to the next question of how to progress further in improving education in the state.
State Treasurer John Kennedy isn’t the only one who disputes the veracity—or the political motives—of administration claims of a $178.5 million budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
There are a couple of Kristy Nichols’ predecessors, former commissioners of administration and a former state budget officer who have been there, done that and got the T-shirts, who are genuinely perplexed and skeptical of the whimsical claims.
Copping an endorsement
The final-push endorsement siren bell has screeched and Congressman Bill Cassidy can now claim he has the law on his side. The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police is supporting Cassidy. Earlier this year, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association announced its backing of Senator Mary Landrieu.
Call it what you will—strong-armed politics, intimidation, extortion, blackmail or bribery—the result is the same: the fix appears to be in on the administration’s claim of a $178.5 million budget surplus developed by a “new and improved” accounting procedure.
Pundits continue to argue whether Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu or Rob Maness won the recent televised Louisiana US Senate debate.