Stephen Waguespack, the President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), has written about his recent fly-in to Washington DC. Here is his weekly column:
A visit to the nation’s capital can be inspiring and discouraging at the same time.
Last week, more than twenty members of the LABI Board of Directors traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with our Congressional delegation, as well as with policy and political experts from groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Tax Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. This was our second annual D.C. Fly-in, a new initiative we started at LABI to respond to the growing concerns our members have with the escalating, intrusive regulatory approach of the federal government.
Although Bobby Jindal has been seen frequently on CNN, Fox News and at Iowa events, he is also on the minds of local candidates trying to associate their competition with the unpopular Louisiana Governor.
No doubt, the Vitter campaign and super PAC have begun to increase its ads since Labor Day. It’s difficult to watch a television show or listen to radio without seeing or hearing one of the many ads that “Vitter and Company” are pushing to future voters.
With Presidential election primary season before us, the world is blabbing about the staying power of Donald Trump, the rise of Carly Fiorina and the other candidates looking for the top spot as the country Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary election approaches.
So, who won the CNN Republican debate Wednesday night, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley?
In his bid to remove four Confederate monuments, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has divided the city over an issue that until recently was not being discussed. The Mayor turned a non-issue into a controversy when he decided to make the removal of the monuments a top priority of his administration. Unfortunately, while the Mayor and his underlings spend precious time on the supposed problem of four inanimate objects, too many of his living and breathing constituents are facing the threat of violent crime on the streets of New Orleans.
Imagine talking to a candidate for public office, only later to discover that your conversation, particularly, the audio, has been intercepted by an opposition research Super PAC ? Then, imagine if the very words you thought were confidential ended up being listened to and analyzed by the candidate’s opposition? Worse, imagine if your words were later used during the election campaign?
Surprised? You’re on political camera 2015.
How did Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal do in 2nd GOP Presidential Debate?
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made his second national GOP debate last night, although he was not on the first team with eleven of his opponents.
by Tom Aswell, Publisher of LouisianaVoice
“Danger, Will Robinson!”
Okay, for those of you not old enough to remember the ‘60s, that’s the catchphrase from the old CBS seriesLost in Space.
by Jim Brown
According to national political pundits, there is a revolution going on all over America. Voters are in a rebellion mode with little confidence in the political leadership at both the national and state levels. Being an incumbent politician is no longer a badge of honor. The career candidates running for president seem dead in the water, with newcomers garnering well over 50% of the national vote.
It's time for Politics with a Punch, election season 2015, and you're invited.
Politics with a Punch is held monthly on stage before a live audience. It is our own local version of “Politically Incorrect.” It is a humorous, fast-paced, free-wheeling, no-holds barred discussion of what is happening in our city, state and nation.
Right in time for tonight’s junior varsity Republican presidential debate on CNN, Louisiana Governor got a kick in the proverbial pants over one of his major planks as a republican candidate for the White House. A Baton Rouge federal judge found against him on the issue of Common Core.
Jobs, jobs and more jobs
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released its 2015 gubernatorial election platform, identifying six public policy pillars for growing the regional economy.
The underlying pillar for growth is the development of jobs.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, candidate for Governor, today has called for a shakeup in the Division of Administration, in order to ensure a more efficient and effective state management and finance agency.
Today, Treasurer John Kennedy is not frisking the state budget but wants New Orleans to implement a stop-question and frisk to reduce the “spiraling crime rate” in New Orleans.