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Louisiana Politics: New La. Demo Head; Creationism; Special Session; Vitter, Scalise, Landry

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louisiana-politics Today's best bet of Louisiana Politics: Louisiana Demos get a new exec. director, a great political lineup at LSU, Zach Kopplin talks Louisiana education reform and "creationsim", Special Louisiana legislative session and more




New Louisiana Democratic Party Exec. Director
The Louisiana Democratic Party, after a national search, has chosen one of its own -- Stephen Handwerk -- to serve as Executive Director.

"Stephen's worked hard during this transitional period since April and has grown into a key member of our Democratic Team. His dedication to Democratic principles and to building a strong grassroots organization bode well for the future of our State Party. Building a strong team is essential to building our Democratic ranks and conveying a strong, positive vision for the people of Louisiana," said Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson.

"I am incredibly humbled and excited about the future," commented Handwerk. "The job of the state and local parties is to provide the right tools in order for our elected officials and party activists need to be successful. I see my job as largely providing ans sustaining those very tools. Under the leadership of Chair Peterson and our outstanding and diverse executive committee we will be making those investments and working very hard to support our members.

Handwerk brings over 20 years experience in working on national, state and local levels, including as Co-Chair of the National Stonewall Democrats. He is also a member of the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee.

Along with the selection of Handwerk, Chairwoman Peterson also announced the promotion of long-time LDP staffer Michelle Brister to Deputy Executive Director of the party.

"Stephen and Michelle work incredibly well together and along with the other team members will make the perfect team to move us forward. The staff along with the amazing group of elected elected leadership of our party presents us with an outstanding opportunity to move things forward," Chair Peterson said in closing.

(Louisiana Democratic Party Press Release)

Political Mad Men

"Political Mad Men" will explore the intriguing, complex world of political advertising where media consultants from past presidential campaigns speak on their experiences crafting messages for their candidates. Moderator will be Reilly Center Director Bob Mann..

Speakers include:
Doug Bailey, Ford's 1976 campaign
Mark McKinnon, G.W. Bush's 2000 & 2004 campaigns
Gerald Rafshoon, Carter's 1976 & 1980 campaigns
Ray Strother, Hart's 1984 & 1988 campaigns


Interview with Welton Gaddy and Zach Kopplin on the latter's fight against the current Louisiana education reform law and "creationism" 



 Latest from the Louisiana Budget Project's Daily Dime 

Louisiana paid $7.4 million for an expanded alternative-fuels tax credit program, according to records obtained by the Associated Press. The costs were incurred in the two months before Gov. Bobby Jindal rescinded an administrative rule that said the credit would apply to “flex-fuel” vehicles—a change that could have cost the state up to $100 million.

The Advocate editorial board wonders why the state education department is hiring a $12,000 per month spokeswoman at a time when education funding is frozen—and why the part-time Board of Elementary and Secondary Education needs its own full-time communications director

State leaders, the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA officials are meeting Tuesday to evaluate the preparation, response, and recovery efforts for Hurricane Isaac. Louisiana’s total damage estimates from the hurricane to date are $474 million–$312 million from parishes and $161 million from the state.

Meanwhile, a federal appeals court ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for Hurricane Katrina’s damages to the Lower 9th Ward and St. Bernard parishes. The ruling closes the door on 300,000 lawsuits against the Corps, unless plaintiffs win an appeal with the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court.

Add State Treasurer John Kennedy to the list of public officials who think a special legislative session is needed to review Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget maneuverings, which include hospital and prison closures. Kennedy labeled the governor’s claims of insufficient funds for the hospitals as “not accurate,” and believes the state can save money by eliminating over 19,000 consulting contracts.

LSU’s health chief, Dr. Frank Opelka, announced the university’s plans to send residents to private hospitals and clinics for their training, noting that many patients receive care from clinical collaboratives rather than hospitals. Former health chief Dr. Fred Cerise believes the move will negatively impact LSU’s medical training programs.

The federal government will auction 38 million acres of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico next year. A portion of the money from the sales will go towards costal protection and restoration projects in Louisiana. A similar lease sale in June 2012 generated $1.7 billion.

Finally, the Louisiana Revenue Study Commission is hosting its third meeting on Sept. 28 and will review 42 tax exemptions. Information on the meeting’s location and a list of the exemptions for review are located on the committee’s website.

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Date: 10/01/2012 (Runs through 10/01/2012)
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Holliday Forum, Journalism Building

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