Louisiana's Coast and the Mississippi River: Such an incredible asset for the state and the nation, but due to coastal erosion and other infrastructure complications, how do we handle such an important issue on the national stage?
Grab your popcorn and coke. The Senator John Kennedy vs. Governor John Bel Edwards fight is soon to begin as speculation mounts whether the freshman US Senator is running for the Governor’s spot, come 2019.
The latest spat involves the former State Police head, Superintendent Mike Edmonson. Kennedy, who had been State Treasurer and the Secretary of Revenues before that, believes that Edmonson should pay back taxes on certain income on services and accommodations provided to him over the past years as he headed the State Police.
Like Alabama, Louisiana is a deep red state with a large majority of conservative voters. In Louisiana, all of the statewide elected officials are Republicans, except for the accidental Governor, John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.
In November of 2015, he was victorious in the Louisiana gubernatorial race against then U.S. Senator David Vitter, the Republican candidate. Vitter is a staunch conservative who had been an elected official for almost a quarter of a century. Unfortunately for Republicans, Vitter was a very flawed candidate. He was controversial within the GOP and had alienated many of the state’s party leaders.
What's in the Louisiana Biz News for the Day?
Answer:GNO Inc and the IT Everywhere in Greater New Orleans, Small Business Innovation Research Center, and the Port of New Orleans
Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials dedicated the completion of an important step to assisting the state with its coastal erosion problems while serving to elevate applied education and spur economic development in Baton Rouge.
One more time, shocked and sorrowed.
On Sunday, we learned that Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the state’s first female governor and matriarch of the State disclosed her bad news, once again. She was suffering with cancer of the liver, a condition that appears to be terminal.
Although it seems like forever when I first heard about Governor Kathleen Blanco’s rare eye cancer, but, looking back, it was only six. We first published an article on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 shortly after we had received word of the horrible news. She had first learned about the cancer one week before.
At the time of so many competing national needs, what might be the future of the ever-so-vital Louisiana coast?
The United States possesses limited monetary resources with an enormous debt, numerous national and international obligations and the increase of national disasters such as massive floods, fires, and hurricanes. The country also has major infrastructure problems--overburdened with outdated roads and bridges, water systems, airports and other facilities that have played significant roles in making this country, the world leader.
A hue and cry is mounting around the country that voting machines used on Election Day are eminently hackable. Congress is investigating charges by the Office of Homeland Security that Russia attempted to hack into voting machines in 21 different states. So is the integrity of our election system being undermined? Are computer hackers able to change election results? What gives?
Though the conversation depicted in this cartoon likely didn’t go down exactly this way, it is, nonetheless, typical of the mindset of not only Republicans, but Democrats as well. The merits of a given piece of legislation are immaterial; if it’s being proposed by the opposition party, we’re against it.
Interestingly and apparantly, carping about the Asian fish invasion in the Great Lakes should not be taken lightly. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, LABI, has taken a position regarding the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes and surrounding waterways, although the focus of the controversy is hundreds of miles away from the state.
Below is a press release from the major business and industry organization in Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) has good news to report for the Capitol city area regarding its economy. Today, it presented its 2018 Economic Outlook at its Regional Stakeholders Breakfast. The report is available online at brac.org/reports.
Below is the press statement released by BRAC which shows that progress is being made, regional jobs are growing and the business environment is improving:
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
Keeping up with AG Landry?
It’s no secret that Attorney General Jeff Landry has his eyes set on the governor’s office (Read: Senator Kennedy jockeying for governor run with Governor Edwards, reform slam?)
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, publisher of Fax-Net
Gov. John Bell Edwards did not take kindly to criticism of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Act by Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy.
The senator’s comments that he didn’t think the state Corrections Department can handle implementation of the act came at a most inopportune time. The governor and a bipartisan delegation were in Washington to meet with legislators and the White House about the innovative program.
Now that the Republican tax reform acts have passed both the US House and the US Senate, the focus turns to the issue of which provisions are ultimately adopted by the conferees and, of course, the US Congress.