by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
To say we were disappointed in John Bel Edwards’s decision to reappoint State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson would be an understatement. WhatLouisianaVoice has learned—and published—about problems throughout LSP, particularly in Troop D, should be reason enough to turn Edmonson away.
Edwards made two major mistakes in arriving at his decision. First, he listened to the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and Louisiana Police Chiefs Association. Second, he did not listen to the voices of state troopers whose morale has hit rock bottom and who have made their feelings known, albeit anonymously, in the comment sections of our posts. Realistically, they have no voice to compete with the sheriffs and chiefs.
Around this time, every four years in Louisiana, attention is focused upon who will make up the Governor’s cabinet and key administration officials. Eight years ago, when Bobby Jindal put together his transition team, there were many new names and faces since the prior Republican Governor, Mike Foster, had left office in 2004. Obviously, as Jindal is a republican, the top jobs were lined with party or campaign leaders. This year, there are a number of familiar faces from prior administrative jobs, elective offices, and yes, even a campaign opponent, in Republican Jay Dardenne.
by Jim Brown
With a new governor about to take over the reins of state, LSU and other Louisiana colleges are making a full court press for more funding. They have a good argument to make. But what do taxpayers get in return? Have universities like LSU made their case for what they are presently doing with the money they have been receiving up until now?
Incoming Louisiana Attorney General Jefff Landry has announced today Wilber L. “Bill” Stiles as his Chief Deputy Attorney General-designate, also known as the first assistant. Stiles will be presented to the State Senate for confirmation when Landry takes office.
By Lou Gehrig Burnett
Campbell leads in Senate race
Is it deja vu all over again? The first poll on the 2016 U.S. Senate race has Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell leading the pack.