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Lt. Gov. Pay Raise Politics; BP Heroics; Sec. of State Election Poll; Jindal's Party

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Pay Raise and Lt. Governor’s Race

The Dardenne for Lt. Governor campaign has launched  this political salvo today questioning Billy Nungesser's right to attack the incumbent on pay raises:   

The Jay Dardenne Campaign received documents from the Plaquemines Parish Council this week outlining Parish President Billy Nungesser’s $28,000 pay raise effective January 1, 2011.

 In a document dated February 9, 2008, the Plaquemines Parish Council authorized a 39 percent pay increase from $72,000 to $100,000 annually for Nungesser. As Parish President, Nungesser maintained the authority to veto the pay raise, but he chose to accept it instead.

“For the past several months, Billy has spent more than $1 million of his own money to mislead voters into believing that I ‘grabbed a $30,000 pay raise.’ The truth is that I was Secretary of State in 2007, and I couldn’t vote for anything, much less a pay increase,” Dardenne said. “Billy, on the other hand, could have vetoed a 39 percent pay increase and saved the hardworking people of Plaquemines Parish thousands of their tax dollars, but he didn’t. Billy doesn’t want to talk about his record, but he’s perfectly content to distort mine.”

Billy Nungesser and BP Video

While Billy Nungesser might not know as much about the position of Lt. Governor as does his opponent, he is unquestionably running on his performance during the BP Oil Spill as President of Plaquesmines Parish when he was a national media hit during a national crises. 

Last spring (May 23) Bayoubuzz  interviewed Nungesser after a press conference at Cypress Grove in Plaquemines Parish.  Whether it was the video interview that helped launched his popularity nationwide or whether the interview was a fluke of timing, Nungesser was named as a top newsmaker for the week the week of  the interview and the uploading of the video to Youtube. The days following the interview, tens of thousands watched the Bayoubuzz Youtube video.  The video was sent to members of the national press because it depicted the emotions of a very frustrated Parish President at the height of the BP.  Perhaps what struck home were the comments extolling Nungesser and urging him to run for President.  the latest WWL-TV poll has Nungesser running behind Nungesser by double figures although his own internal poll says he is virtually at a tie with the incumbent.   

On May 28, ABC named Nungesser the ABC Person of the Week.

See Below 


Newsmakers of the Week

Political figures dominated the news during the week of May 24-30, along with one erstwhile member of the British royalty.

Leading the ranks of the week’s newsmakers was President Obama, who was a lead newsmaker in 11% of all stories. (To be a lead newsmaker, a figure must appear in at least half of a story.) That marks a significant increase over the previous week’s total (5%) as the media closely analyzed the administration’s response to the crisis in the Gulf. 

The No. 2 newsmaker (4%) of the week was Joe Sestak, a central figure in the saga of the White House’s role in trying to pre-empt his challenge to Specter. 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found herself at the center of a challenging diplomatic situation—and among the top newsmakers—when relations between North and South Korea took a precarious turn. The chief diplomat’s visit to China was eclipsed by coverage of her statements about North Korea. Clinton was a lead newsmaker in 1% of all stories last week, making her the No. 3 newsmaker.

Tied as lead newsmakers in the same number of stories last week, at 1%, were Gary Coleman, Sarah Ferguson and Billy Nungesser.

Coleman was the one-time child actor who died of a brain hemorrhage on May 28. He was famous for his role as Arnold in the 1980s sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.”

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson made some unwelcome and embarrassing news when she was caught by News of the World in an undercover sting. The former member of British royalty, once married to Prince Andrew, was caught trying to sell access to the prince for £500,000.

Finally, Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, made the news for his vocal advocacy on behalf of the Gulf region, now threatened by oil residue.


Ron Paul

The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced the release of Dr. Paul’s “Plan to Restore America,” an ambitious federal government spending, tax and reform blueprint that as President he will implement. 

The plan, authored by Paul’s campaign staff at his direction, promises to restore the federal government to its former Constitutionally-limited, smaller-government and less-burdensome place.  The plan cuts $1 trillion in federal spending during the first year of a Paul Presidency and delivers a balanced budget in year three of a Paul Presidency. 

From the Paul Campaign: 
“Ron Paul’s plan is the only one that seriously addresses the economic and budgetary problems our nation faces. It cuts $1 trillion in one year, and slashes regulations and taxes so our economy can grow and create jobs,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, a plan co-author.
“It’s the only plan offered by a presidential candidate that actually balances the budget and begins to pay down the debt.  And it’s the only plan being offered that tries to reign in the Federal Reserve and get inflation under control.”
Cuts totaling $1 trillion during the first year of a Paul Presidency would be achieved by eliminating five federal cabinet departments – the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior and Education.  Cuts of this scale will also be accomplished by a Paul Presidency abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.
To view Dr. Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” in full, please click here.


Today, the Jindal campaign is promoting, by email, the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police Endorsement of his campaign. 

Also, Governor Jindal’s re-election campaign announced  its election night activities for the October 22nd Gubernatorial Primary.  
Jindal for Governor Election Night Event, Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Bourbeau Grand Ballroom,  7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard,   Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810


Billy Nungesser will host his "victory party" at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans for the election night celebration. 

Secretary of State and Lt. Governor's Race

The Bayoubuzz poll for Lt. Governor is very close.  Over 2000 votes have been cast.  Take a look to see who is winning, vote and tell your friends to vote.

Also, the poll for Secretary of State race  has just been launched. 

Both polls can be found at the bottom of 


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