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Blanco orders remodeling just after storms Office tab: $564,838
2theadvocate.com ^ | 1/3/06 | Mark Ballard

Posted on 01/03/2006 6:24:20 PM PST by macmedic892

Some members of the governor's staff will return from the three-day holiday on Tuesday to newly renovated offices at the State Capitol. Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff's offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce.

The project cost $564,838.

The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas. The week before work began, Blanco ordered a spending and hiring freeze to rein in state government expenses.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blanco; blanko; katrina; louisiana; rita; spending
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Good to see that our state has its priorities right. Especially with the complaining that "it really wasn't very efficient" before . . . AS IF ANYTHING LOUISIANA DOES IS EFFICIENT
1 posted on 01/03/2006 6:24:23 PM PST by macmedic892
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To: macmedic892

What a bitch. Nero-Blanco rides again.


2 posted on 01/03/2006 6:28:58 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Conservative, a liberal that was mugged. Liberal, a conservative that was arrested.)
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To: macmedic892
Holy crap. That woman is a blithering idiot.

I certainly hope she gets voted out.

3 posted on 01/03/2006 6:29:40 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

4 posted on 01/03/2006 6:30:03 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: macmedic892

She should be thrown out of the state head first. What a jerk!


5 posted on 01/03/2006 6:31:22 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: macmedic892
How much of the $564,838 was spent with minority vendors?

That's a big class/race warfare card being played by Democrats with regards to post-Katrina spending.

Well Blanco? Where did the money go...

6 posted on 01/03/2006 6:32:14 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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To: macmedic892
Blanco orders remodeling just after storms (gets luxuries; working stiffs get layoffs, cost cuts)

Posted by Liz
On News/Activism 01/02/2006 5:21:38 AM CST ·
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Blanco orders remodeling just after storms

Posted by johnmecainrino
On News/Activism 12/31/2005 8:13:21 AM CST ·
86 replies · 1,803+ views

7 posted on 01/03/2006 6:33:13 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (I will not support evil just because "It's the Law.")
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To: macmedic892

That's beyond stupid, really.


8 posted on 01/03/2006 6:34:10 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Doctor Raoul
Forgot to mention, around here, in the spending of municipal, state or federal tax dollars for construction, minority participation is essentially mandatory. If you don't have a "minority contracting plan", you are not responsive to the bid.

Love to see a MSM reporter grow a set and report if she did or didn't.

9 posted on 01/03/2006 6:35:40 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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To: A CA Guy
She should be thrown out of the state head first.

Mark my words: she and Nagin will demagogue themselves to a comfortable reelection.

10 posted on 01/03/2006 6:38:43 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Hank Rearden

Some people of honor for that state need to stand up and expose them for the sake of their state.


11 posted on 01/03/2006 6:40:40 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Hank Rearden

Just feathering her extended nest with taxpayer funds....and this in the face of destruction from Katrina... your govt. leaders at work Lousianans....how this blithering fool got elected is beyond me.


12 posted on 01/03/2006 6:44:15 PM PST by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: HairOfTheDog
That's beyond stupid, really.

Can this woman really be this lacking in intelligence to simply parade her spending the way she has?


13 posted on 01/03/2006 6:45:00 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: macmedic892

She sure is a sweetie pie isn't she? I hope your voters kick her out!


14 posted on 01/03/2006 6:46:10 PM PST by midwyf (Eliminate government involvement in the enivronmental religion too.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
My mind boggles. Really.... I'm boggling!
15 posted on 01/03/2006 6:46:20 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

You left out who the spending was for...

"About 20 members of the governor's staff – who focus on constituent services, children's issues, women's policies and other functions – will work on the newly restored floor."

It was for the women and children...


16 posted on 01/03/2006 6:48:25 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

Hey, the 3rd times the charm don'tcha see.

Besides it's been more than four hours since the last posting.


17 posted on 01/03/2006 6:49:19 PM PST by deport (Happy and Prosperous 2006 to all.........)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

"The coffee room in the northwest corner was modernized. "

always good to have a modern coffee room when discussing all those poor folks who are without holmes.


18 posted on 01/03/2006 6:49:57 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: tflabo
how this blithering fool got elected is beyond me.

Have you seen the fools that are getting elected to all levels of government? And the fools that do the electing?

That's why, for years now, I've been encouraging rational people of good will to just ignore stupid laws. You can't fall for the "obey the law, or work to change it" crap anymore - there are too many idiots responding to too many idiots pestering them, passing too many idiotic laws - you won't live long enough to make a dent that way.

Prohibition ended when prosecutors couldn't get convictions anymore - the people had had enough. We need to do that some more. A lot more.

The stupid new smoking law in WA state is a good example; I don't know anyone who gives a sh@# about it.

19 posted on 01/03/2006 6:50:11 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

"With copy machines in the halls and files stacked in corners, "it really wasn't very efficient," Wilson said."

Look, it was just done so they could be more ... ahem ... effective and efficient ... ahem ... with their coffee breaks.


20 posted on 01/03/2006 6:51:11 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pikachu_Dad
always good to have a modern coffee room when discussing all those poor folks who are without holmes.

Holmes. John Holmes.

21 posted on 01/03/2006 6:51:40 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

"includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass."

and remember, the upgrades were to make the building comply to the safety code. After all, walnut paneling is essential to proper safety. As is frosted glass.


22 posted on 01/03/2006 6:52:32 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

You decide.

23 posted on 01/03/2006 6:52:34 PM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: macmedic892
Give her a break ..after all the mayor was out of town, flew the coop, sorta speak, and unavailable for conference on this matter. As soon as the Hurricane struck the mayor ran to Texas where he bought a new home and enrolled his kids in school.

Now we can understand why she was so unavailabe for her people - bigger things were on her mind.

Can understand now why she was so angry and blaming The President for not caring for her people and not ordering Mayor C. Ray Nagin to get those buses on the road. Between getting her talking orders from hillary and Mary Landrieu and blaming The President she was a very busy lady.

24 posted on 01/03/2006 6:55:04 PM PST by malia (The Impeached x42 clinton - a Paper Tiger President! MSM - bottom feeders! What a team!!!!)
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To: macmedic892

"I'll Punch Bush, 'Literally!"

"About $54,000,000,000,000 should be a good start, but we may need more money."

25 posted on 01/03/2006 6:56:05 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

How interesting.

And posted yet again by macmedic, for the benefit of those of us who have lives outside FR...


26 posted on 01/03/2006 6:57:15 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob
And posted yet again by macmedic, for the benefit of those of us who have lives outside FR...

Well red if we all repost what we like every day or so we can fill the damn place up. I mean why bump when we can repost the same thing over and over. As to a life, explain that. I've seen your homepage .... you need more to do.

27 posted on 01/03/2006 7:01:05 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (I will not support evil just because "It's the Law.")
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To: A CA Guy
Aint none!
/sarcasm//
There is no Southern State as well known for intense and pervasive political corruption than Louisiana.
28 posted on 01/03/2006 7:02:51 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: macmedic892; abb; alnick; BerniesFriend; Bitsy; bigeasy_70118; Bogey780; CajunConservative; ...

http://www.forgotston.com/index.php/2006/01/03/125/

A cruel message to LA citizens

It would seem that at a time when LA most needs to convince Congress that it will not misuse the funds being sent for rebuilding, our governor would be more careful about her decisions that might send the wrong signal. Even more so it would seem that she would be more concerned about not acting like Marie Antoinette while her subjects are in such dire straits.

Not so.

The latest “let them eat cake” message to her subjects from our governor was the renovation of the governor’s offices in the Capitol. See story here.

It is alleged that the state was afraid of being sued for not going forward with the renovations planned pre-Katrina. BULL-S__T! One doesn’t have to be an expert in contracts law to know that nobody can force the state of LA to spend money. Even if there was a judge somewhere who would, it is a bitter message to the citizens of LA about our government’s priorities. How about some more debris removal equipment?

The renovations

[H]ookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas. The Advocate, December 31, 2005

Compare and contrast

1. Contractors? Many of us can’t find anyone even if we had the money to pay them to even tear out the water-soaked remnants of our homes.

2. Flat screen televisions hookups and mounts? In the middle of the biggest disaster to ever hit America, what is the need for televisions in state offices?

3. Granite counter tops? Many of us don’t even have counters on which to put tops, much less granite ones.

4. Walnut paneling? Many of us have no walls on which to put paneling. Many of our walls are nothing, but bare 2×4s. How about just some dry sheetrock?

5. New offices? Many of us have no offices at all, much less ones with a conference room.

6. File storage areas? I wonder if the governor’s staff has experienced trying to rent a mini-storage facility in South LA to store the remains of their possessions?

In terms of government waste $564,838 may be small potatoes. But the message being sent to the hundreds of thousands LA citizens with no jobs, no homes and struggling to survive is a cruel one. Where is the governor’s compassion?

C.B.


29 posted on 01/03/2006 7:02:58 PM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: macmedic892

If Blanco were a Republican this would have made tha whirld newz tanite on tha tee vee.


30 posted on 01/03/2006 7:10:58 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: macmedic892

All animals are equal! It's just that some animals are more equal than others. quote Gov. Porko (D-LA).


31 posted on 01/03/2006 7:12:32 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: macmedic892

Though the meat of the article was right they should have cut the brief jab at the beginning because technically she decided to do it before the hurricane then decided to go through with it afterwards. Blanco defenders are sure to nitpick a trite issue like that.

The key message here is Blanco went through with a half a million upgrade that she didn't need after Katrina.


32 posted on 01/03/2006 7:15:11 PM PST by Bogey78O (<thinking of new tagline>)
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To: macmedic892

Always the crook.....


33 posted on 01/03/2006 7:23:48 PM PST by freekitty
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To: Hank Rearden

' That's why, for years now, I've been encouraging rational people of good will to just ignore stupid laws. '

It's interesting you should mention that. I was thinking about how laws and gov't falter just yesterday and ultimately I think what happens is when the gov't becomes "law-happy" and creates laws the common people ignore a community-gov't schizm occurs. People just simply ignore the laws they feel to be stupid, lose respect for authority, and non-gov't leaders begin to take over.

In a way it's what happened with the American Revolution and the break-up of the USSR. Flouting the Crown/Premier became common place. The people though do desire for a gov't to exist which leads to revolution.

Eventually either the gov't adopts reform or they get overthrown by people trying to codify a new order.


34 posted on 01/03/2006 7:24:18 PM PST by Bogey78O (<thinking of new tagline>)
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To: Doctor Raoul
The remodeling was done by the Blan Co. They are a noted Louisiana remodeling co which participates in the no bid process, (did I say no bid???)

Cousin Bada Blanco was the lowest bada bid co!!

35 posted on 01/03/2006 7:24:45 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: macmedic892
They call them "suckers" ... and there's one born every minute.

(Maybe two in Lousiana.)

36 posted on 01/03/2006 7:35:03 PM PST by The Duke
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To: CajunConservative
In the middle of the biggest disaster to ever hit America, what is the need for televisions in state offices?

Why, to watch Gov.Blanko in her many TV appearances ... she was even on Larry King live ... and sought cameras at every turn ...

Revolting display of arrogance and self absorbtion.

37 posted on 01/03/2006 7:49:51 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: macmedic892

Glad to see the needs of the few outweighed the needs of the many.

/sarcasm off


38 posted on 01/03/2006 7:53:10 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: macmedic892
The floor, which will not be accessible to the public...

If the government (state or fed) has any balls, it will find a way to mandate the "private" areas to become public and open to tours.

39 posted on 01/03/2006 7:54:55 PM PST by Tax Government (Defeat the evil miscreant donkeys and their rhino lackeys.)
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To: macmedic892

I bet the same people who advised her what to wear during a crisis also advised her how to decorate.


40 posted on 01/03/2006 8:01:05 PM PST by realmagnolia
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To: HairOfTheDog; Pikachu_Dad

I think that New Orleans is part of a script from the Twilight Zone. Honestly, the people and the money and all of it are so ridiculous.


41 posted on 01/03/2006 8:01:09 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: CajunConservative

Yeah...I love that picture. I've been tweaking it and trying to figure out how I might use it here.


42 posted on 01/03/2006 8:02:41 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Stuck on Stupid!!(Blanco)


43 posted on 01/03/2006 8:17:40 PM PST by cfrels
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To: cfrels; HairOfTheDog; Pikachu_Dad

Have you all seen the video of Gov. Babineaux Blanco?

http://impeachblanco.org/


44 posted on 01/03/2006 8:53:05 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: realmagnolia

I bet the same people who advised her what to wear during a crisis also advised her how to decorate


---LMAO


45 posted on 01/03/2006 10:22:35 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: Bogey78O
Though the meat of the article was right they should have cut the brief jab at the beginning because technically she decided to do it before the hurricane then decided to go through with it afterwards. Blanco defenders are sure to nitpick a trite issue like that. The key message here is Blanco went through with a half a million upgrade that she didn't need after Katrina.

Actually, the reporter omitted a key point. Blanco canceled a bunch of contracts right after the storm. This one should have been no exception. So Blanco defenders will not have much of a leg to stand on here.

46 posted on 01/04/2006 4:54:30 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: CajunConservative

Who da guy wid her? Certainly don't look like her husband.


47 posted on 01/04/2006 4:56:02 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Pikachu_Dad

That pic is from the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival.


Senator Tom Schedler (R) Mandeville

http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Schedler/


48 posted on 01/04/2006 5:30:41 AM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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To: macmedic892

"Swedish granite countertops"

This alone shows the woman is completely out of touch with the reality of what has happened in La.


49 posted on 01/04/2006 5:34:42 AM PST by Rebelbase (Whew! Another year until the cursed green bean casserole strikes again!)
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To: macmedic892

Shades of Marie Antoinette.


50 posted on 01/04/2006 5:35:47 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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