Monday, 18 July 2011 18:22

Louisiana Politics: Landrieu, Baptist Convention, Obama's Veto, Cromer, Morrell, Brosett

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Mitch Landrieu and Baptist Convention

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed the 138th Annual Session of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention, which convened in New Orleans on Sunday, July 17, and will end on Friday, July 22, at the Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria Hotel, located at 123 Baronne Street. This is the first time the group has assembled in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

“We welcome the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention back to our City,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This meeting marks the first occasion in its 138 year history that a pastor from New Orleans, Pastor C.S. Gordon, Jr., will preside over the convention. Pastor Gordon has provided leadership to the historic New Zion Baptist Church for years, and I wish him and all participants a successful and productive convention. We look forward to partnering with this convention and the entire faith-based community to improve the lives of our citizens.”

Mayor Landrieu will address the convention this week.

The Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention brings together congregants, member churches and district associations from across the state of Louisiana. To learn more about the convention, visit

Obama and Cut, Cap and Balance

This from the Obama administration today

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011.”  Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility.  Increasing the Federal debt limit, which is needed to avoid a Federal government default on its obligations and a severe blow to the economy, should not be conditioned on taking these actions.  Instead of pursuing an empty political statement and unrealistic policy goals, it is necessary to move beyond politics as usual and find bipartisan common ground.

The bill would undercut the Federal Government’s ability to meet its core commitments to seniors, middle-class families and the most vulnerable, while reducing our ability to invest in our future.  H. R. 2560 would set unrealistic spending caps that could result in significant cuts to education, research and development, and other programs critical to growing our economy and winning the future.  It could also lead to severe cuts in Medicare and Social Security, which are growing to accommodate the retirement of the baby boomers, and put at risk the retirement security for tens of millions of Americans.

Furthermore, H. R. 2560 could require even deeper cuts, since it conditions an increase in the Federal debt limit on Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment.  H. R. 2560 sets out a false and unacceptable choice between the Federal Government defaulting on its obligations now or, alternatively, passing a Balanced Budget Amendment that, in the years ahead, will likely leave the Nation unable to meet its core commitment of ensuring dignity in retirement.

The President has proposed a comprehensive and balanced framework that ensures we live within our means and reduces the deficit by $4 trillion, while supporting economic growth and long-term job creation, protecting critical investments, and meeting the commitments made to provide economic security to Americans no matter their circumstances.  H.R. 2560 is inconsistent with this responsible framework to restore fiscal responsibility and is not an appropriate method of reducing the Nation’s deficits and debt.  The Administration is committed to working with the Congress on a bipartisan basis to achieve real solutions.

If the President were presented this bill for signature, he would veto it.

U.S. Senate committee

Louisiana U.s. Senator, Mary Landrieu, who is chairwoman of the The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is announcing that the committee will hold a roundtable on Thursday, July 21, 2011 entitled, “Entrepreneurial Development: Obstacles and Opportunities for Supporting, Sustaining and Growing America’s Entrepreneurs.”  The purpose of this roundtable will be to hear from members of the small business community, including various representatives of relevant trade associations and entrepreneurial development experts, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding the reauthorization and effectiveness of SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs.  In addition, the roundtable will give participants a chance to provide feedback on various legislative proposals to be introduced in the 112th Congress.

  Cromer to seek reelection

State Rep. Greg Cromer (R-90) has announced he will seek reelection in October.
Cromer, 53, was elected without opposition in 2007 while in his second term on the Slidell City Council. 
Cromer currently serves on the House Committees on Civil Law and Procedure; Labor; and House and Governmental Affairs

Senator J.P. Morrell and Louisiana State Representative Jared Brosett

Today, Senator J.P. Morrell and State Representative Jared Brossett announced that they would hold a series of joint Town Hall meetings throughout their respective districts in order to provide information on the recent legislative sessions and to solicit questions and comments from their constituents.

Senator Morrell and Representative Brossett have invited the State Departments of Transportation, Public Safety, Homeland Security, Insurance, Revenue, Health and Hospitals, Children and Family Services, Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Motor Vehicles, Environmental Quality, Education, Recovery School District, Wildlife and Fisheries, Fire Marshall and Workforce Commission to make presentations and answer specific questions. OCD-Road Home and HMGP will also have tables to address specific applicant concerns. The offices of Senator Landrieu and Congressmen Scalise and Richmond have also been invited to attend and participate.

The schedule for the Town Halls can be found below:

Thursday, July 21st, 5:30pm at with Co-Host Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell St. Mary's Academy, 6905 Chef Menteur, New Orleans

Thursday, July 28th, 7pm with Co-Host Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell at Holy Angels, 3500 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans

Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:30pm with Co-Host Rep. Reed Henderson at St. Bernard Parish Chambers, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, Louisiana

Wednesday, August 10th, 5:30pm with Co-Hosts Reps. Walt Leger and Helena Moreno and Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell at the Fairgrounds Racetrack Black and Gold Room, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans

Wednesday, August 17th, 5:30pm with Co-Hosts Councilmember Byron Lee and Representative Girod Jackson at West Jefferson Med Center Auditorium, 1101 Medical Center Boulevard, Marrero

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Thursday, August 18th, 5:30pm with Co-Host Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell at Holy Cross School Student Center Arena, 5500 Paris Ave, New Orleans 

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