Unquestionably, so far, the most controversial issue coming out of the Louisiana's extraordinary special session so far has been the fate of higher education and the state's brand new governor, Jon Bel Edwards' comment regarding university football possibly being shuttered next year due to major budget woes.
Treasurer John Kennedy is making a name for himself lately as he leads the US Senate race in recent polls. He is the only statewide elected official and has taken full advantage of a budget mess by hitting the radio and TV circuits promoting his position that Louisiana has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
Republican Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards's Commissioner of Administration tells the legislature, “we don’t have money to finish the year”. Republican Tony Bacala wants other parts of state government shut down but save higher education.
Before the new Democratic governor could even spend his first full month in the Governor’s mansion, Jon Bel Edwards, as expected, came under fire. He must have known it would happen. Everybody else did, it would seem. After all, he is the only statewide democratic elected official in a land surrounded by a hostile sea of red lawmakers.
In a Spring 2016 poll just released by Southern Media and Opinion Research, Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards, who has been in office for little more than one month is already facing the challenge of his political life and it is not just the horrible budget he inherited from Repblican Governor Bobby Jindal.