Two major issues today—Barack Obama’s executive order and the upcoming US Senate race.
Our inbox today is inundated with emails trying to belittle the competition or put their sides in the best light.
Almost overnight, the approval of the Keystone pipeline has become a key issue in Louisiana’s cantankerous senatorial runoff campaign. Incumbent Mary Landrieu is leading the charge in the U.S. Senate, while challenger Dr. Bill Cassidy is trying to one up Landrieu by being the Keystone champion in the House of Representatives. So two questions. Where have both of these candidates been with such an important issue all these many months? And is building the pipeline the huge job creator and economic bonanza that both candidates say it is?
Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu voted against Senate Majority Leader for House Majority Leader, today, fulfilling a decision reversal she suggested during the last US Senate debate prior to the US Elections.
Defeated Republican Senate candidate Rob Maness apparently on his terms endorsed Rep. Bill Cassidy for that office. Which leads to the question of whether he really got anything politically out of that as it relates to any elective future he might have.
Five years ago, Keith Bardwell, a Justice of the Peace from Tangipahoa Parish, refused to marry an interracial couple, earning himself attention in the national and international media. “The reason I didn’t (marry the couple),” he told CBS News, “is because I’ve had countless number (sic) of people that was (sic) born in that situation and that they claim the blacks or the whites didn’t accept the children, and I didn’t want to put the children in that position.” Governor Bobby Jindal quickly denounced Bardwell and called on the Louisiana Judiciary Commission to revoke his law license.
Quite often I am asked whom do I believe will when the U.S. Senate race. At this point in time, while I am not backing any particular candidate, I believe that Congressman Bill Cassidy will either do much better tomorrow than anticipated or will be within a percentage point or so of Senator Landrieu. I would not be surprised if Cassidy were able to pull off an open primary victory while I do not expect the Democratic senator to win heads-up.
Yes, voters are getting plenty of rest ahead of Nov. 4, in order to complete the sprint that will be required of them to get through the ballot in the state-law-allotted time, while dreaming about how there has to be a better way of doing this – and there is.
Election Day for the congressional and local elections is right around the corner. In fact, a Louisiana voter can absentee vote right now. The Secretary of State’s office predicts some 45 to 50 percent of registered voters will actually show up and vote. Having run that office for a number of years and predicting voter turnout through the 1980s, I predict closer to a 60 percent turnout. Current Secretary of State Tom Schedler and I have a lunch wager on whose prediction will be more accurate.
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.
During the last few days of our family vacation, we ended up in Boston. The newspaper headlines were startling. “Boston Could Become the Next Venice,” warned the Boston Globe. “Boston Sinking into The Sea,” blared the New York Times. A newly released report by the Urban Land Institute predicted that “Boston is sinking at a rate of more than a tenth of an inch a year.” The Governor of Massachusetts has set up a statewide strategy commission and earmarked $50 million out find out how to save the city from drowning. There’s panic in Boston.