In an apparently coordinated effort, the New York Times and the leftist Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have produced, respectively, a story and a report that concludes Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal’s charity (1) donates technology to Louisiana schools, (2) gets donations to do this from corporations that may or may not have business in the state and may or may not also have donated to husband Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaigns, and (3) there’s no improper relationship among all of this. Meanwhile, dog bites man.
 

Today, Secretary Scott Angelle commended the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) for the completion and readiness of an initial well containment response system with the capability for rapid response in the event of a future underwater well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwaters. 

Below is the statement from the Secretary:

“I commend the industry for diligently working together to develop the most comprehensive spill containment system in the world.  This is a significant milestone and the next major step in our mission to get the men and women of the Gulf of Mexico’s energy industry back to work finding the fuel that energizes America,” said Angelle.

As the state’s liaison between the offshore oil and gas industry and the federal government, Angelle is leading the effort to bring a return to responsible exploration and the jobs and economic stability that come with it.

Through the establishment of the Back to Work Coalition, a group of industry representatives facilitated by the Gulf Economic Survival Team (GEST), Angelle has presented a unified voice to Director Bromwich and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) officials in order to create a clearer roadmap for resumption of normal Gulf exploration operations.

“We believed in December that the best course of action would be to organize the Back to Work Coalition, who would work to identify the obstacles standing in the way of the issuance of new permits.  Certainly we believe that the efforts of the Coalition have kept people focused, asking the right questions, and working toward real solutions,” added Angelle. 

“We are grateful to Governor Jindal for his support of the Back to Work Coalition and our efforts throughout this process.”

The Back to Work Coalition has traveled to Washington, D.C. five times in the last six weeks for meetings with Director Bromwich and staff. 

“This announcement by MWCC is indeed a success story for our mission, but we will continue pushing toward the end zone. Between MWCC and the Helix Well Containment Group, it is apparent that industry is ready and willing to go the distance to get folks back to work.  It’s all hands on deck moving forward as we work toward resolving the remaining issues standing in the way of the approval of new plans and permits for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.”

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It might be good news for Louisiana who has been suffering from what many consider to be a deepwater drilling defacto moratorium post BP oil spill.

The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), a non-profit organization comprised of member oil and gas companies, announced the breakthrough in Houston today, just hours after completing the series of tests targeted to contain spills such as the BP disaster of 2010.

Below is a press release from US Senator Mary Landrieu who said the successful test was welcoming news and again urged that deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico be resumed.

Today,Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Welker, Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Hal Turner, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Fire Department Chief Charles Parent and Commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Troy Hebert, to announce important joint law enforcement operations underway to provide security during the 2011 Mardi Gras holiday.

Governor Jindal said, “We are here with all levels of law enforcement – from the local level, the federal level, and all across state government – to highlight the incredibly coordinated and dedicated work surrounding the upcoming Mardi Gras holiday. These men and women here with us today are collaborating before the holiday, and will continue to work throughout the Carnival Season to keep everyone safe during 2011 Mardi Gras festivities.

John Maginnis--Louisiana PoliticsIn laying out his legislative agenda for higher education, Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent address to a conference of university administrators and board members was received with mixed emotions, as evidenced by infrequent and tepid applause.

   They liked hearing his pledge to limit college budget cuts to only 10 percent and to grant schools more flexibility to raise tuition and fees. But they also gathered from his remarks that, if he has his way, most of their seats would be vacant at a future conference a year or two from now.

Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:53

Louisiana Should Follow The Pack With Green Bay

Jim BrownSo who ya’ rootin’ for in the Super Bowl game on Sunday?  It’s an easy choice for me living down here in Louisiana.  The Packers are one of the best examples of how a sports franchise should operate. They don’t go to the state capitol hat in hand, looking for a handout.  The team is owned by citizen stockholders all over Wisconsin, and the Packers’ management doesn’t regularly try to blackmail public officials into giving more handouts under threat of picking up and moving the franchise.

Ron ChapmanThe Middle East and Africa are unstable and uncertain.  Events unfolding in Tunisia and Egypt have spread throughout the region: Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Gabon, Sudan, etc.   All are ruled by entrenched families who maintain control through security forces and drain the public treasury for personal gain.   They live high while most of the population lives below the United Nations official poverty line of $2 per day.  In Egypt, 40% fall into this category. A reaction was long overdue.

Michael Bayham--Louisiana PoliticsSummary: Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele passes the torch to Reince Priebus after a scorching stay at the helm.

After the nationwide Republican debacle two years ago, I thought the Republican Party needed to mix things up.

My first choice to lead the Republican National Committee was Newt Gingrich.  While his time as speaker was marred with public relation blunder after another, nobody questioned his genius as the leader of the historic conservative insurgency.

After the party had gone stale with the public as George W. Bush’s administration drew to a close, I felt Newt, who was a better revolutionary than an administrator, was the right man to develop and execute the GOP Comeback 2.0.

It may be the ugliest, cruelest, and most vicious process engaged in by the Legislature. It is called “redistricting.” In some ways it is reminiscent of the Civil War: North against South and friend against friend, with significant racial implications added to the mix. It is the most contentious process legislators are engaged in—and it begins soon.

            On February 3, all of the key population numbers for parishes and legislative and congressional districts will be available. Public hearings will then be held around the state and on March 20 the Legislature will convene in Special Session to draw the lines. When the opening gavels bang, the Capitol may quickly devolve into a spectacle reminiscent of the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator.”

Below is a column by former US Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, from New Orleans , who has written about the "Safety, Security, and Welfare of Communities and the Political Process in the aftermath of the Events in Arizona".

 

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