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  • Goody, Another Tornado Chance to Smear Bush

    05/11/2007 7:24:19 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 364+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 5/11/07 | Purple Mountains
    The Democrats game plan was in full view after the Kansas tornado, and, unfortunately, some of the country seems to buy into the nonsense and the propaganda. Their plan is to seize on everything that happens and turn it into a scandal. We are still in the midst of the Alberto Gonzales fiasco, as if a president did not have the right to fire and hire federal prosecutors for any reason. Again, Bill Clinton fired 92 of 93 prosecutors as well as the Travel Office staff the day he took office. He also transferred 500 raw FBI files on individuals...
  • Blanco pullout puts new spin on election

    03/26/2007 4:32:26 AM PDT · by Condor 63 · 1 replies · 773+ views
    Shreveport ^ | Mar 25, 2007 | WILL SENTELL AND MICHELLE MILLHOLLON
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s decision not to run for re-election has forced state Republicans to throw out much of their 2007 campaign playbook, political experts said. Blanco’s exit from the governor’s race amid heavy criticism appears to affect, and possibly help, Democrats more than Republicans. “Democrats feel a lot better today than they did a week ago,” said former state Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown, a Democrat. “Blanco was running, and Jindal was going to beat her very strongly.”
  • Blanco’s new hire to live at mansion

    07/21/2006 10:53:05 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 33 replies · 1,534+ views ^ | 07/22/06 | MICHELLE MILLHOLLON
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s new senior adviser’s job is to advise her, to help her communicate and to be on hand at all times by living at the Governor’s Mansion. Aprill Springfield, 31, holds a law degree from Georgetown University and worked for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill. As Blanco’s senior advisor, she will earn $80,000 a year. Springfield is one of three executive staff members that Blanco hired this week. She is the only member of the Blanco administration to have the distinction of living at the 25,000-square-foot mansion that also is home to Blanco and First...
  • Self-Helplessness

    03/03/2006 6:19:03 PM PST · by ncountylee · 7 replies · 651+ views
    Katrina: Six months after the hurricane, at least two things are clear. One is that Washington can be as much a problem as a solution. The other is that Republicans should have known this. As the Gulf Coast struggles to rebuild and the blame game rages, we're wondering what Ronald Reagan would have made of all this. Reagan, of course, was a critic of the federal government even as he skillfully led it. One of his core principles was that there was much that Washington did not do well and that other public and private entities closer to the people...
  • State Capitol project cost rose 169% (Blanco remodeling)

    01/12/2006 3:39:43 AM PST · by Ellesu · 7 replies · 343+ views ^ | 01/12/06 | Mark Ballard
    Expensive materials hit sixth-floor work The cost of renovating the governor’s sixth-floor offices in the State Capitol more than doubled — largely because of fancier materials — during the life of a project that has attracted international comment. A review of e-mail communications, contracts, reports and other records indicates cost estimates rose by 169 percent — from $111,400 to $299,605 — for work that began two weeks after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the state. Costs increased partly because the Office of State Buildings hired a private company rather than using state workers. But the single costliest portion of the...
  • La. Woman Files Governor Recall Petition

    01/10/2006 6:20:11 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 34 replies · 768+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/10/06 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Republican who says she has never worked on a political campaign filed documents Tuesday launching a drive to oust Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who was harshly criticized for her response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Kat Landry, who filed a recall petition with state elections officials, said Louisiana needs new leadership to recover from the storms' back-to-back blows. "What we have seen in the past few months is a lack of leadership, a lack of communication, a lack of understanding of how to get things done," Landry said. In Louisiana, getting a recall on the ballot...
  • Louisiana Governor, Senators Go to Holland

    01/09/2006 6:18:49 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 24,329+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9 | DOUG SIMPSON
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco left for Holland on Monday to learn how the Dutch created the huge flood-control system that protects a land much farther below sea level than Louisiana. The trip means the Democratic governor will miss President Bush's visit to New Orleans, scheduled for Thursday... The governor was among more than 40 government, business and education leaders - including Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu ... Landrieu said the ambassador told her about that country's flood of 1953, when 1,800 people died. "He said, `Why don't you all come over and see what we've done since then?'" Landrieu recounted....
  • Playing defense

    10/18/2005 12:43:38 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | Tuesday, October 18, 2005 | editorial
    Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard is going to be frustrated -- and ineffective -- if he spends his time and energy trying to silence everyone who thinks it was a mistake to send drainage pump workers away before Hurricane Katrina struck. East Jefferson Levee District President Patrick Bossetta is just one of those critics, but his comments have, in part, prompted Mr. Broussard to ask Gov. Kathleen Blanco to boot him off the board.
  • Pols in dark on reviving New Orleans

    10/17/2005 5:26:53 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 623+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10-17 | Bob Novak
    Mayor Ray Nagin's proposal to make New Orleans' central business district a Las Vegas strip of giant gambling casinos explains the business community's disappointment with elected officials reacting to Hurricane Katrina. Before revealing the idea, Nagin did not consult his own commission on rebuilding New Orleans. "It's not going to happen," one commissioner told me, dismissing the mayor's gambling scheme. Nagin is described by business leaders as overwhelmed. His disorganization was reflected when neither the mayor nor his representative attended the first planning meeting last week for next year's Mardi Gras, an event essential for reviving the city. Nagin at...
  • Contract details between state, Witt unclear

    09/20/2005 12:33:34 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 12 replies · 459+ views ^ | 09/20/05 | JESSICA FENDER
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco is paying a disaster counseling and lobbying firm to advise her on Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, but her staff could not provide the contract or payment details until after deadline Monday. The state has agreed to pay Washington-based James Lee Witt Associates an undisclosed hourly rate, though the firm's leader and namesake continues to work for free, according to company spokeswoman Kim Fuller. Blanco's top communications official, Bob Mann, did not mention the contract Thursday when questioned about the state's ties to Witt and the amount Louisianians are paying for his services. Mann did not respond to...
  • Impeach Kathleen Blanco

    09/19/2005 9:07:40 AM PDT · by StJacques · 71 replies · 2,937+ views ^ | Chuck DeWitt
    Impeach Kathleen Blanco This is a sad time for all of us who live in Louisiana. While I'm personally thankful for the efforts of thousands of people from across America who have helped us in our state's greatest time of need, I'm enraged by the lack of responsibility displayed over the last few weeks by many of the officials we elected. Kathleen Blanco, the Governor of Louisiana is completely responsible for our state's lack of preparedness and for mishandling the rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Governor Blanco's incompetence and disregard for the citizens of Louisiana...
  • Cold Comfort (the Democrats' finger-pointing doesn't help anyone)

    09/10/2005 10:12:04 AM PDT · by Prime Choice · 35 replies · 839+ views
    Sacred Cow Burgers ^ | 09/10/2005 | Sacred Cow Burgers
  • Bush To Blame For Dinosaur Extinctions

    09/07/2005 9:07:20 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 31 replies · 1,041+ views
    Mens News Daily column ^ | September 5th, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    Bloated blowhard Michael Moore says George Bush is a racist and intentionally delayed Hurricane Katrina relief because he hates blacks. The remarkably wealthy and obese Moore, who makes more money during lunch than most Americans make in a month, refuses to take some of his scores of millions and mount a rescue and relief effort for the very blacks he claims to love and care for. Self-proclaimed scientist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says Bush created Hurricane Katrina because he wouldn’t sign off on the Kyoto Accords. He fails to mention that the Accords came about during the Clinton years and...
  • Paper: Fire every FEMA official!

    09/04/2005 8:52:51 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 77 replies · 1,567+ views ^ | September 4, 2005 |
    New Orleans' local newspaper, the Times-Picayune, is blasting President Bush for his handling of response to Hurricane Katrina, and is calling for heads to roll within his administration. "Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially," the paper states today in an open letter to Bush in its print edition.
  • Leaders of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 versus leaders of Hurricane Katrina in 2005

    09/03/2005 1:08:51 PM PDT · by Big Steve · 10 replies · 1,047+ views
    For those who lived in SOuth Carolina or are still living in SOuth Carolina now, we all remember Hurricane Hugo back in 1989. It was the most costly natural disaster in US history until Andrew hit 3 years later. Now Katrina has passed Andrew as the most costly natural disaster in history. Going back to Hurricane Hugo, we had two leaders in former South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley during this crisis. How would you rate them compared to the incompetent leader of the current Governor of LA Kathleen Blanco and NO Mayor Ray Nagin? Campbell...
  • Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (Is She Qualified To Lead ?)

    09/03/2005 9:12:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 73 replies · 1,885+ views
    Office of the governor ^ | Sept. 3, 2006
    Kathleen Babineaux Blanco On January 12, 2004, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco became the first woman to serve as governor of Louisiana. In her long, distinguished career, Governor Blanco has served the people with a vision of creating a new Louisiana, filled with hope and opportunity for all citizens. As Governor, her top priorities include: providing affordable, accessible healthcare, improving the state’s education system, and creating a strong and vibrant economy. In her inaugural address, Governor Blanco outlined her priorities as governor: “We face important challenges in this new century: expanding our economy and creating quality jobs; building an effective health care...
  • Mandatory evacuation ordered for New Orleans (Please keep this post - BUSH ORDERED EVACUATION!)

    09/03/2005 7:20:14 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 289 replies · 11,703+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/28/05
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.
  • Louisiana Governor Responds to the Death of Pope John Paul II

    04/04/2005 10:53:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies · 961+ views
    Louisiana Governor's Office ^ | April 4, 2005 | Gov. Kathleen Blanco
    Press Release Date: 4/4/2005 Contact:Denise Bottcher or Roderick Hawkins at 225-342-9037 Governor responds to the death of Pope John Paul II In response to the death of Pope John Paul II, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has sent the following letter of condolence to His Excellency the Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States: April 2, 2005 His Excellency the Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Apostolic Nunciature 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008-3687 Your Excellency: It is with sorrow and deep respect that I join millions around the world and the faithful...
  • Louisiana Gov. seals trade deal with Cuba

    03/10/2005 9:58:28 AM PST · by Crackingham · 35 replies · 1,060+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 10, 2005 | Mary Murray
    Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco accomplished what she set out to do during a three-day visit to Cuba this week: bolster business ties with a burgeoning market just hours away from the Gulf state. The Louisiana state delegation signed four key agreements with Alimport, the Cuban government’s chief food importer, worth $15 million — some $5 million more than Alimport’s initial proposal to the Democratic governor. The agreement included a $2 million pledge to buy 10 thousand tons of milled rice from Louisiana Rice Mill and 160 tons of powdered milk from the AnPro Trading company. Cuba also agreed to increase...
  • Democrat Kip Holden Winner in Mayor-President Race {Baton Rouge, LA}

    11/03/2004 1:22:20 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 650+ views
    Baton Rouge, LA, Morning Advocate ^ | 11-03-04 | Dyer, Scott
    Holden apparent winner in mayor-president race By SCOTT DYER Advocate staff writer With 100 percent of East Baton Rouge precincts reporting, state Sen. Kip Holden was apparently on his way Wednesday to becoming the first African-American mayor-president in Baton Rouge history. Holden, a Democrat who made two unsuccessful bids for mayor-president before Tuesday's successful showing, had 94,802 votes, or 54 percent of the ballots counted, with all 300 of the parish's precincts reporting. Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor-President Bobby Simpson, a Republican, was a distant second with 81,142 votes, or 46 percent. In his acceptance speech late Tuesday, Holden urged Baton...
  • Hunt Downer to Head Veterans' Office in Louisiana {Blanco Appoints former GOP Rival}

    08/28/2004 11:16:28 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 422+ views
    Downer to head vets' office Ex-lawmaker helped elevate department Capitol news bureau Former state Rep. Hunt Downer was named secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, an office he helped elevate to Cabinet-level status. Downer was picked for the job by Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who won the race for governor last year over a field that included Downer, a Republican and former House member from Houma. Downer finished sixth in the October primary. Downer, a brigadier general and assistant adjutant general in the Louisiana National Guard, will be the first secretary of the department. The office was elevated...
  • Louisiana Governor Proclaims Day of Mourning in Honor of Reagan

    06/10/2004 6:46:25 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 30 replies · 365+ views
    Office of the Governor ^ | June 8, 2004 | Governor Kathleen Blanco
    PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States, will be remembered as one of our most popular and beloved presidents; and WHEREAS, we are blessed to live in a Nation, and a world, that have been shaped by his leadership, vision and will; and WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan, who departed this life on June 5, 2004, left the United States a stronger and better Nation. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor of the state of Louisiana, do hereby proclaim Friday, June 11, 2004, as A DAY OF MOURNING IN LOUISIANA FOR PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN and call upon...
  • Same-Sex Proposal Falls Short in Louisiana Senate

    05/13/2004 5:41:08 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 163+ views
    Baton Rouge, LA, Morning Advocate ^ | 05-13-04 | Shuler, Marsha
    Same-sex proposal falls short in Senate By MARSHA SHULER Capitol news bureau A proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in Louisiana fell one vote shy of passage Wednesday in the state Senate.Six senators were missing in action for the vote. Proponents said the loss was a setback but they expect to win Senate passage when the legislation comes up for another vote later. Some pro-amendment senators were absent Wednesday. The Senate voted 25 to 8. But 26 yeas -- a two-thirds majority of the 39-member body --- is required to pass any proposed constitutional amendment. If the measure passes...
  • Kulongoski, other leaders tour Iraq [Govs. Pataki, Kempthorne, Lingle, Pawlenty, Blanco]

    02/11/2004 7:01:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 251+ views
    Statesman ^ | 02-11-04 | Steve Law
    <p>Republican Gov. George Pataki of New York (right) and Gov. Kulongoski enjoy ice cream after a visit Tuesday to a dairy plant in Iraq.</p> <p>The governor checks on Oregon Guard troops.</p> <p>Former Marine and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski dined in a mess hall with Oregon soldiers and visited with Baghdad shop owners Tuesday, as part of a surprise visit to Iraq at the invitation of the Bush administration.</p>
  • Blanco Falls Behind In Latest Poll

    10/31/2003 8:19:09 AM PST · by Melpomene · 16 replies · 166+ views ^ | October 31, 2003 | Unknown
    (New Orleans, LA) -- Republican Bobby Jindal is pulling ahead of Democratic challenger Kathleen Blanco in the latest poll released Thursday. Blanco's popularity sunk to an overall low of 38 percent, according to the report from Marketing Research Insight. Jindal's support has remained at a steady 54 percent but Blanco has consistently lost support over the past two weeks. The gubernatorial race will be decided by a runoff election scheduled for Saturday, November 15th.
  • In Politics, It Pays to Have a Non-controversial Spouse, Says Louisiana Reporter

    10/26/2003 12:59:28 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Shreveport, LA, Times ^ | 10-26-03 | Hill, John
    <p>BATON ROUGE - Spouses can become an issue in politics.</p> <p>Just look at Hillary Rodham Clinton.</p> <p>"Rarely does a spouse make a difference," said LSU political scientist Wayne Parent. "But if an issue is made of the spouse, it can."</p>
  • Breaux Separates from Jindal with Blanco Endorsement

    10/14/2003 12:49:33 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 141+ views
    The Shreveport Times ^ | October 13, 2003 | Mike Hasten
    BATON ROUGE - In endorsing fellow Democrat Kathleen Blanco of Lafayette in Louisiana's gubernatorial race, U.S. Sen. John Breaux cut all ties with her opponent, Republican Bobby Jindal of Baton Rouge, who assisted Breaux in drafting Medicare reform. Jindal's ads talk about how he worked with Breaux and President George W. Bush on health care issues to show he can work with members of both parties. The front-runner in the Oct. 4 gubernatorial primary was executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, heading the staff and preparing policy for members of the commission co-chaired by Breaux....
  • Blanco gets endorsement from Jeff Parish president (RINO TRAITOR ALERT)

    09/16/2003 2:55:01 PM PDT · by Sparta · 10 replies · 283+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | September 16, 2003 | Brian Thevenot
    <p>In the first major endorsement of her gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Kathleen Blanco picked up the support Monday of Republican Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon, a surprising development that observers said could help solidify her standing as the front-runner with less than three weeks left before the Oct. 4 primary.</p>