For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.
by Lawrence Chehardy
The political landscape in Jefferson Parish and statewide was shaken with the announcement by Sheriff Newell Normand that he will retire from his post as Sheriff of Jefferson Parish. The political world does not like change, and it certainly does not like change of earthquake proportions. The loss of Sheriff Normand throws the parish’s political landscape into chaos.
John Bel Edwards is the Governor-Elect. The race is over, and an analysis of it is in order.
This election was without a doubt the most negative and nasty of any campaign I can remember. The tone of the election was set early on by Senator David Vitter and his Political Action Committee who ran a nearly totally negative campaign against his two republican rivals in the primary and against Mr. Edwards in the general election. This onslaught of negative campaigning contributed heavily to the Edwards victory. By attacking his republican opponents so heavily, many of those voters found it impossible to vote for Mr. Vitter in the run-off election. To win John Bel Edwards did not need all of Jay Dardenne’s voters nor did he need all of Scott Angelle’s voters. He just needed some of them, and he got them.
The race for governor is now headed into the anticipated runoff but with a new twist. Six month ago the runoff was expected to be John Bel Edwards, a democrat, against republican David Vitter. That prediction was correct. But the outcome of the primary election was far from predicted by the experts. It was expected that once David Vitter had John Bel Edwards in the runoff he would run away with the election. Well, that is not going to happen.
by Lawrence Chehardy
The race for Louisiana’s next governor is in its final weeks. Candidate strategies will become apparent if not apparent already and desperation will certainly show its face.
The David Vitter (R) campaign has abandoned a positive message for constant attacks on his two republican opponents. Calling Jay Dardenne a liberal and Scott Angelle Obama-like is typical political hyperbole. Neither claim is true but to the republican base it can sell, and that is what the Vitter campaign and its political action committee are trying to do, rally conservative voters around David Vitter through a constant barrage of negative ads to serve as momentum to a runoff victory in November. But this strategy may not be working out so well.
The race for Louisiana’s next governor is on. Qualifying for the state’s top job ended Thursday with the four announced major candidates all in and several last minute minor candidates signing up prior to closing. Simply put the primary election on October 24th will boil down to two camps, pro-David Vitter and anyone but David Vitter (R). The battle lines are drawn, and the fight will be ferocious.
Donald Trump has flirted with running for President of the United States in the past. Four years ago he announced on Fox News that he would not run. Now he is a candidate in the republican field; and, according to some polls, he is the front runner. Donald Trump has been and may still be a factor in the race for the White House, but his impact may not be what his party was hoping for.
In a ruling that I do not find surprising the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Obama Care’s subsidies in states that have not set up their own exchanges.
Republicans have long criticized President Obama for using executive action to enact rules and regulations for an agenda that Congress has not authorized. In effect he creates law where no authority exists for his actions, or he overreaches his authority. Now Governor Jindal is doing the same thing by issuing an executive order to implement the basic intent of HB 707 even though the House Civil Law Committee earlier in the day effectively killed the bill for this legislative session.
The race for the White House is on. Both parties now have at least one major candidate seeking their party’s nomination for the presidency. The democrats are looking at a coronation while republicans are facing the professional wrestling equivalent of a battle royal. The winner of this over-the-top event will face the nominee of the Democratic Party.
With Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race over, it’s time to move on to the next big race, the race for Governor. The major candidates are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (R), State Representative John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R). While the race is yet to be run, it is certainly David Vitter against the field. Like Hillary Clinton who is expected to seek the presidency and the favorite to win the democratic nomination, David Vitter is the candidate to beat in the race for Louisiana’s top job.