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Northrop Grumman Corporation  announced today plans to consolidate its Gulf Coast shipbuilding operations and explore strategic alternatives for its Shipbuilding business. As a result of the Gulf Coast consolidation, the company will recognize an estimated pre-tax charge of $113 million in the second quarter of 2010.

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., commented on today’s announcement by Northrop Grumman that they plan to close Avondale Shipyard by 2013.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“The state of Louisiana, under both the current and previous Administrations and through a unified Congressional delegation, has provided extraordinary support to Avondale Shipyard.  Despite that support and the increased productivity of the employees at Avondale, Northrop Grumman has tragically chosen to turn its back on Louisiana and thousands of workers in the state.  While the company might believe this decision will have a positive effect in the short term on its bottom line, the long-term consequences for Louisiana’s economy, our national security and Northrop Grumman itself will be devastating.  In the coming days, I will strongly appeal to Secretary Mabus and Northrop Grumman leadership to reverse this short-sighted decision.”

(Baton Rouge) Today, Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Claude “Buddy” Leach, Jr. announced that St John Parish native Renee Lapeyrolerie has been named the party’s Executive Director. As Executive Director, Lapeyrolerie will manage day-to-day operations and head up the Louisiana Democratic Party’s efforts heading in to the fall elections.

“Renee Lapeyrolerie understands Louisiana politics, has extensive experience building coalitions and solid vision for the future,” Leach said. “The Louisiana Democratic Party is lucky to have found such a talented and smart young woman to help lead our party.”

Incumbent US Senator David Vitter has 16 challenges in his race for re-election.  Here are also the unofficial list of candidates for Louisiana election

The Louisiana elections season for 2010 has generated many surprises.  For one, very few people would have expected nine candidates for Lt. Governorf.   Also, there are a number of local races which have more candidates than that which was expected.  Here is the unofficial look from the Secretary of State's office:

On the same day that Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals, Alan Levine, has announced his coming departure from the Governor Bobby Jindal administration, Chief of Staff, Timmy Teepell has taken leave of absence and will work for the Republican Governors Association, called RGA, beginning Aug. 1.

Teepell plans to return to his state job in November.

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced Alan Levine will step down as Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, a role he has held since January 14, 2008.  In his place, the Governor also announced the appointment of Bruce Greenstein.

During his tenure, Levine led DHH through significant reforms, even while dealing with massive funding and disaster-related challenges.

Ijeffcrouere_150_200t took twelve days after the oil spill in the Gulf for President Obama to make his first trip to the region. Since then, he has made a few brief trips, but he has not traveled here in the last few weeks. The most recent high profile visit was from Vice President Biden last week. Yesterday, it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting the area next week.

fourchon_bpWhen the deep water Horizon well first began spurring thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf, sympathy from around the nation poured into Louisiana.  The country and the world watched in horror as the Bayou State once again wrestled with the elements of nature and the manmade disaster that followed.  “First Katrina, now the oil. How many hits can the state take?” was a common expression of concern.  But as more states become directly affected by the polluted waters, and the Louisiana political and business leadership continues to call for more drilling, national sympathies are beginning to wane. Is Louisiana pushing the envelope, and trying to have it both ways?

Here are  the names of candidates qualifying on Wednesday  for Louisiana elective  office. The offices include US Senate, US Congress, Lt.Governor and other positions.

Louisiana Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon and Louisiana Republican U.S. Senator, David Vitter have  qualified for the U.S.  Senate position currently held  by Sen. Vitter.  Also, qualifying in that race is Anthony Gentile, a Libertarian and Cary Deaton, a Democrat.  Deaton's entry might come as a  surprise to many political pundits.

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