Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:50

Louisiana politics: JBE pokes Abraham, Dems slap Villere, BRAC, Infant rights

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It’s Tuesday afternoon and time to check the email box to see what the Louisiana political world has to offer.

Let’s see. Governor John Bel Edwards claims that one of his opponents, Rep. Ralph Abraham is praising the governor’s business climate because the Congressman, for one, said that Louisiana is open for investment.  Elections are over six months away and the political climate is beginning to come to a slow boil, especially for the governor's race.

 

Then, the Democrats are taking advantage of what some might consider to be a political gaffe, by former Louisiana State Republican Party Chairman, Roger Villere. The Dems see it more than that and say that Villere made a “sexist” comment. The DEM boys in blue are trying to paint the entire Republican reds for the Villere mistake, who, by the way, is no longer the party Chair?  Fair game? So goes politics, I suppose.

Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Mike Johnson continues to push the pro-life plank. His argument is the Democrats are denying the Republicans on the matter of abortion.

Last, Future PAC, a political action arm of BRAC in Baton Rouge are flexing their muscles, a bit, in parish council and state legislative races.

Get read, set, here’s the press releases:

DID ABRAHAM PRAISE EDWARDS?

Today, in a letter to President Trump, Representative Ralph Abraham praised Louisiana’s business climate under Governor Edwards, saying the state “is open for investment.”


 
In the letter, which was a pitch to establish U.S. Space Command in Louisiana, the congressman also said Louisiana was “ideally suited” for the major development project. The congressman noted Louisiana’s “strong existing relationships with both the military and NASA.” 
 
Abraham touted the strength of Louisiana's aerospace industry under Governor Edwards. Just last week, Governor Edwards announced a helicopter company will be investing millions of dollars in Lafayette, creating more than 100 good-paying jobs.

The congressman also noted that Louisiana has two space grant universities—LSU and Louisiana Tech—that are capable of providing skilled workers and research and development for the project. Governor Edwards has established similar higher education programs to secure major economic deals with DXC Technologies and CGI. Those projects are creating thousands of jobs.

“Representative Abraham is finally admitting what everyone knows to be true—Louisiana is a great place to do business under Governor John Bel Edwards. Louisiana would be a perfect fit for Space Command HQ, just like it’s been a perfect fit for technology and aerospace companies like DXC Technologies and Kopter. Louisiana's economy is larger than ever before and it's due to our bipartisan work to move Louisiana in the right direction, as well as our skilled, passionate, and hardworking people. Gov. Edwards' opponents have consistently tried to mislead the public about Louisiana's business climate, so it’s refreshing to see the Congressman acknowledge reality in this effort to bring more business to Louisiana,” said John Bel for Louisiana spokesman Eric Holl. 

SOME BRAC FUTUREPAC FLEXING

 FuturePAC, the political action committee of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), announced today its endorsements of candidates in the upcoming special elections for East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council District 8, and the legislative elections in House Districts 18 and 62. These elections will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, with early voting March 16 to March 23.

“FuturePAC endorses candidates that are dedicated to improving the Capital Region’s economic competitiveness,” said Ric Kearny, FuturePAC’s Chairman of the Board.  “These candidates are willing to stand behind policies that will move the region forward on some of its most significant issues – such as transportation investment, education, and economic development – and commit to working with the business community as we address these challenges together."

Those candidates receiving FuturePAC’s endorsement are:

Metro Council District 8 – Denise Amoroso

House District 18 – Jeremy LaCombe

House District 62 – Dennis Aucoin

DEMS POKE VILLERE

On Wednesday, the Louisiana Democratic called upon the LAGOP and former LAGOP Chair Roger Villere to reform their practices following Villere’s sexist comments.

 

“It's no wonder Louisiana elects less women when this is how one of our major party's leaders treats their female candidates,” Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “Louisiana women deserve to have a seat at the table. These statements by Chairman Villere shows the stark contrast between our two parties. As party leaders, it’s our responsibility to put the work in to make our government reflect the people it serves. That starts with recruiting, supporting and encouraging women to run - not making sexist comments about them. It’s a shame Roger and the LAGOP don’t share that view. It’s clear they don’t have women’s best interest in mind.”

 

“In a rare bit of candor, the former LAGOP Chairman showed their institutionalized sexism and admitted to purposefully not working with women candidates - going as far as to question the ones currently serving,” Stephen Handwerk, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director said. “Roger is the father of the current LAGOP; for nearly a decade, he led their party. We now see exactly how he led. The question is - is this still their policy? Do their members believe that women are too emotional to hold office? I’ll make the prediction that they will continue this policy. Meanwhile, to the women of Louisiana - the Democratic Party is open for business. It is high time women were respected equally and paid equally - we need their voices now more than ever.”

 

BACKGROUND

 

Villere said that he wasn’t “going to go with a weak Republican woman who doesn’t really want to run” while also implying that women are inherently worse at fundraising than their male counterparts.

 

Villere continued on his tirade by claiming that “[t]he guys, for the most part, let a lot of the vitriol bounce off of them. You’ll see them attack one another in the morning and then they’re out at a party, kidding around with one another. Whereas the ladies tend to hold a grudge a little longer.”

 

This is the second time this month that the LAGOP has made discriminatory remarks toward women. During International Women’s Day, the LAGOP blatantly chose to ignore the accomplishments of billions of women around the world in a press release they publicly issued. They later redacted and revised the release with no comment, notice or apology of the incident in hand.

 

Louisiana is the 3rd worst state in regards to number of women serving in the state Legislature with GOP women making up an abysmal 13% of all GOP legislators.

EQUAL TREATMENT FOR NEW BORNS

 On Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) asked for unanimous consent to consider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Democrats refused to bring the measure to the floor.

JOHNSON RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

 

“It is a shocking reality that the majority party in the people’s House refuses to allow a vote to protect the lives of newborn babies. For the 17th time, House Democrats denied our request to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor. This bill simply affords infants born alive during a failed abortion attempt the same care any other newborn would receive. I cannot comprehend how any person could justify standing in the way of these children and the lifesaving care of a physician--but that is the position of today's Democratic party. My conservative colleagues and I will not give up on this issue, and we will continue to be a voice for the voiceless.”

BAKGROUND:

A list of members who have asked that the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act be considered under unanimous consent and a video of each request can be found below. Additionally, on February 26, House Republicans offered a motion to recommit asking that if the previous question fail, the House be allowed to consider the bill. Again, all requests have been denied by Democrats.

 

  1. Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  2. Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
  3. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
  4. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)
  5. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
  6. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
  7. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
  8. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
  9. Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)
  10. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI)
  11. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  12. Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS)
  13. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
  14. Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV)
  15. Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
  16. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)

 

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