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  • Going Home

    07/24/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- "Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony. By writing lyrics for it, a gifted pupil of his turned it into a kind of modern Negro spiritual, putting into words the plaintive, elegiac spirit of the music -- and the longing felt by anyone homesick for an irretrievable past: Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a-goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close...
  • Blogger Report: Harry Reid hit with corruption charges in Louisiana

    04/27/2014 11:28:50 AM PDT · by smbrenner · 25 replies
    Brenner Brief News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Fred Hunt
    Republican Party of Louisiana files formal complaint against Senator Harry Reid BATON ROGUE, La, April 23, 2014 — The Republican Party of Louisiana filed a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against Senator Harry Reid on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The subject of the complaint was “Senator Harry Reid’s Use of Tax Payer Resources for Campaign Purposes” and dealt with the use of Senate staff and facilities for support of political candidates and for campaign programs defaming the Koch brothers with false and misleading attack ads in the last election cycle.
  • Louisiana State House's second-ranking leader, Joel Robideaux, switches to the Republican Party

    09/01/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — The number two ranking member of the state House is becoming a Republican. Rep. Joel Robideaux of Lafayette has been a lifelong independent, but he announced Thursday he's switching to the GOP. The change comes as Robideaux is hoping to become House speaker in the next term that begins in January — in a chamber that is majority Republican. Robideaux says he decided to become a Republican after discussing a possible switch with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal. "I have prided myself on being able to work with everyone, no matter their party affiliation, and to forge...
  • 2 of 49 other governors accept invitation to Perry's prayer rally

    07/16/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 16, 2011 | Jeanna Smialek
    The guest list for Rick Perry's August 6 day of prayer won't include many U.S. governors. Only two governors, both Republican, plan to join Perry at the event at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which Perry has labeled as a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting. Perry invited all of his fellow U.S. governors to the event. Just two - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - have accepted the invitation. Mark P. Jones, a government professor at Rice University, said he is not surprised by the lukewarm response. "For a Democrat there is nothing to be gained by attending,...
  • State senator, Norby Chabert, jumps from Democratic Party to Republicans (Louisiana)

    03/21/2011 8:06:46 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A Houma area state senator Monday became the Louisiana Legislature's newest party switcher to the Republicans. Sen. Norby Chabert, a first-term senator from Little Caillou, announced that he has moved from the Democratic Party to the GOP. The member of a longtime Democratic political family, Chabert holds the Senate seat once held by his father Leonard and brother Marty. He's the fourth Democrat in the Senate to switch parties in the last five months, as the fall elections near and the state continues a trend to the right. Chabert said the national Democratic Party and President...
  • Another Democrat state senator switches to GOP (Louisiana)

    03/17/2011 6:18:25 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies
    Nola.com ^ | 3/17/11 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party's nascent majority in the state Senate continued to grow Thursday when a Democratic lawmaker from the Baton Rouge suburbs announced he is switching parties. Jody Amedee of Gonzalez, a trial lawyer first elected to the upper chamber in 2003, became the third Senate Democrat in the past five months to move into the Republican column. Amedee's move gives the GOP a 21-18 majority in the Senate and comes after two veteran lawmakers -- John Alario of Westwego and John Smith of Leesville -- switched parties last year. Republicans also picked up two seats in...
  • Yet Another Party Switch: State Rep. Bubba Chaney Newest Louisiana Republican

    02/09/2011 6:28:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 24 replies
    The latest refugee is State Rep. Bubba Chaney of Rayville, who made his switch official today. With Chaney’s move, there are now 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats and four independents in the House, with one seat open (the one formerly held by Democrat-turned Republican Fred Mills, who just won a special election for the Senate) and set for a special election next month. Chaney, who is serving his first term in the Louisiana Legislature, changed his party affiliation at the Richland Parish Courthouse late Monday afternoon. “I just didn’t feel that my philosophy as a traditional conservative Blue Dog Democrat has...
  • Lousiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to switch to GOP, sources say

    02/01/2011 6:10:36 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/1/11 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell plans to switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican this week, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Caldwell, who is up for re-election this year, becomes the latest in a long line of conservative Louisiana Democrats to leave the party. His departure will leave U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as the lone Democratic statewide elected official. As recently as 2004, Democrats held both Louisiana's U.S. Senate seats, as well as six of the seven statewide constitutional offices. First elected in 2007, Caldwell was the only Democrat to join...
  • Louisiana State House now GOP for first time since Reconstruction (Party Switch)

    12/17/2010 6:58:00 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Advocate.com ^ | 12/17/10 | Michelle Millhollon
    The Louisiana House swung Republican Friday with state Rep. Noble Ellington’s defection from the Democratic Party. The move has both political and historical significance. “For the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives,” said House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown. “I’m very happy about that,” he said. Like legislatures across the nation, Louisiana’s Legislature is increasingly becoming Republican. Recent defections from the Democratic ranks in Louisiana include state Rep. Fred Mills, state Sen. John Alario, state Sen. John Smith, state Rep. Walker Hines and state Rep. Simone Champagne. Ellington’s switch gave Republicans the additional member...
  • With latest party switch, Louisiana GOP within one vote of House majority

    12/13/2010 7:02:59 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | 12/13/10 | Bill Barrow
    State Rep. Fred Mills of St. Martin Parish has become the latest lawmaker to defect from the Democratic Party and join the Republican ranks. His move, confirmed by Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Aaron Baer and aides to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, gives the House GOP Caucus 52 members, widening the plurality it achieved just weeks ago and putting the party within one vote a majority for the first time since post-Civil War Reconstruction. Mills did not respond to messages about his decision. It is widely known among Capitol observers that he is contemplating a bid for the state Senate seat...
  • Frustration mounts for Jindal during tour of Grand Isle

    07/01/2010 5:30:54 PM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 12 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 7/1/2010 | Bill Capo
    GRAND ISLE, La. -- Hurricane Alex didn't hit Louisiana, but its outer bands caused rough seas and plenty of rain in southeastern part of the state, impacting oil spill response efforts. Gov. Bobby Jindal was out on the water Thursday checking on Grand Isle. “You can see literally this is some of the oil we just literally have gotten out of the water in the pass. We’re over 70 days after the explosion. There’s nothing in these passes to stop this oil coming right in from Barataria Bay,” Jindal said. Just east of Grand Isle, Jindal watches oil flow through...
  • Rep. Champagne says she will join Republicans, leveling party balance in House (Louisiana)

    06/30/2010 5:53:08 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 3 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/30/2010 | Ed Anderson
    BATON ROUGE -- State Rep. Simone Champagne of Jeanerette said today that she is leaving the Democratic Party to join the ranks of the Republicans. Her change of party means that at least for the next few weeks, the balance in the 105-member House will be split evenly among Democrats and Republicans: 51 in each party. There are three independents. On Aug. 1, Rep. Wayne Waddell, R-Shreveport, will leave the House after 12 years, giving the Democrats a one-seat advantage. House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, has not called the election for the conservative Shreveport district to pick Waddell's replacement. House...
  • Interracial couple denied marriage license in Lousiana

    10/16/2009 7:02:21 AM PDT · by Senator Goldwater · 61 replies · 3,104+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 16, 2009 | Mary Foster
    A white Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else." Bardwell...
  • Honoré scolds La. on storms (Gen. Honore, Louisiana)

    08/26/2009 4:59:59 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies · 1,020+ views
    WBRZ ^ | 8-26-09 | CHARLES LUSSIER
    The military commander who helped bring order to New Orleans in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 told people at a Baton Rouge luncheon on hurricane preparedness issues Saturday to start right away getting ready for the next potential disaster. “I often say people in south Louisiana get more excited about getting ready for football season than getting ready for hurricane season,” retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré said. He was addressing a crowd of about 100 representatives of church groups and faith-based organizations at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge. But the cost of waiting to...
  • Homeowner shoots suspected burglar

    04/21/2009 5:39:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 399+ views
    wafb ^ | 18 April, 2009 | na
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to Livingston Parish sheriff's officials, a suspected burglar was shot, then caught Saturday morning after trying to break into a shed. The reported burglary happened near Highway 63 and Tyler Ballard Road. A Livingston sheriff's deputies say the suspected burglar, 32-year-old Charles Avants, tried to break into the shed when the homeowner shot Avants in the arm. Avants got away but went straight to a Hammond hospital for treatment, where sheriff deputies say they found him and arrested him. He has been charged with aggravated burglary and simple Burglary. His bond has been set...
  • Deadly shooting ruled self-defense

    04/21/2009 5:35:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 404+ views
    wafb ^ | 20 April, | na
    DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies say a woman won't be charged with shooting and killing her boyfriend because they believe the shooting was done in self-defense. Deputies say 49-year-old Suzanne Smith shot 26-year-old Mark Lockwood Tuesday morning in her Denham Springs home after he allegedly held a knife to her throat. Lockwood was shot once in the chest. Deputies say they're still investigating, but everything right now points to self-defense.
  • Analysis: Lawmakers know little about the budget [Facing reality while LA gov't grows]

    11/30/2008 2:20:56 PM PST · by Al B. · 2 replies · 374+ views
    Nola.com - AP Louisiana ^ | Nov. 30, 2008 | Melinda Deslatte
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The more Louisiana lawmakers talk about the state budget, the more it becomes clear a slew of them had very little idea what they approved in this year's nearly $30 billion spending plan. That includes many members of committees that spent hours reviewing and helping construct plans for spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money. The details and nuance, it seems, were less important when the state was flush with cash. [SNIP] Meanwhile, state spending grew by $1 billion in the current year that began July 1, an increase of 12 percent. That's an area...
  • Governor says Louisiana ready for Ike ("Absolutely Ready" - Jindal)

    09/07/2008 6:40:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 163+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | Saturday, Sep. 06, 2008
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  • Boy loses arm in alligator attack

    07/30/2008 7:26:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies · 7,056+ views
    times-Picayune ^ | Wednesday July 30, 2008 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch and Kia Hall Hayes
    St. Tammany Parish authorities caught and killed a large alligator that attacked an 11-year-old boy near Slidell Wednesday afternoon, slit open the animal's belly and retrieved the boy's arm that the gator had bitten off at the shoulder.As soon as Devin Funck's arm was rescued from the stomach of the alligator, it was wrapped in a wet towel, stashed in an ice chest and rushed by a sheriff's deputy and a Slidell 1st District firefighter to Ochsner Medical Center, where the boy had been taken by helicopter two hours earlier.Devin's condition was undetermined, but authories near Slidell were hopeful that...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu Accused of Swapping Influence for Campaign Cash

    01/08/2008 7:04:14 PM PST · by Islander7 · 47 replies · 250+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 8, 2008 | Not Stated
    WASHINGTON — A Washington watchdog has filed a complaint against Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, suggesting she may have traded her influence on a specific earmark for $30,000 in campaign contributions. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday demanded the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. district courts in Louisiana and Texas investigate whether Landrieu, who is in her second term, broke federal law back in 2001 by including a $2 million earmark in the District of Columbia appropriations bill for a company whose lobbyists had thrown her a fundraiser just days earlier. That event, held four days...
  • Bossier lawmaker St. Senator Robert Adley switches to Republican Party (Louisiana)

    12/10/2007 5:19:02 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies · 183+ views
    KTBS3.com ^ | 12/10/07
    Louisiana state Sen. Robert Adley of Bossier Parish has switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. Adley's move comes a month before the state's new Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, takes office. Adley called himself a conservative reformer with the same philosophy as Jindal. In discussing the party switch, the longtime Democrat Adley said he wants to be as effective as possible in dealing with the new governor. "I have worked with a number of reform governors and spent years trying to get reform in Louisiana," Adley said during his announcement at the Bossier City Municipal Complex. "We've gotten close;...
  • Woman Says She Took DA's Vehicle to Pay for Husband's Sex Change (Louisiana)

    10/03/2007 8:57:09 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 31 replies · 952+ views
    WAFB.com ^ | 10/3/07
    There is a bizarre story about a district attorney's stolen sport utility vehicle and the accused thief behind bars. The suspected crook claims she stole the vehicle from a New Orleans hotel to pay for a medical procedure for her husband. However, the story doesn't end there. WAFB's Keitha Nelson has more. Tony Falterman is the district attorney for Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes. Falterman's keys could open a lot of doors, and in the wrong hands, change thousands of lives. He says, "My keys are the most important thing in my life." So, when Falterman's SUV was stolen,...
  • Democratic Party official arrested by federal agents (harboring illegal immigrants)

    09/26/2007 4:51:44 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 20 replies · 399+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | 9/26/07
    MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — A member of the Louisiana Democratic Party's central committee has been arrested by federal agents who accused him of harboring aliens, his defense attorney said Wednesday. Lenny Dartez, the husband of state Rep. Carla Dartez, a Democrat representing the Morgan City area, was taken into custody Tuesday at his business, said Dartez's attorney, Mike Skinner. Dartez employs labor crews in the area, Skinner said. Dartez was named in a federal complaint issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and taken to a federal magistrate in Lafayette, who released him on his own recognizance, Skinner said. been...
  • Louisiana Democratic leader booked with third DWI

    09/07/2007 4:22:23 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 398+ views
    The executive director of the state Democratic Party took a leave of absence Thursday after he was arrested on a count of third-offense DWI. John Daniel “Danny” Ford, 31, was arrested Thursday by city police, Parish Prison booking documents said. Besides being suspected of driving while intoxicated, Ford was cited for driving over the median, failure to signal and reckless operation of a vehicle, booking documents said. Ford, 143 Cloud Drive, is out of jail on a $20,000 bond, documents show. Ford will step down temporarily from the Democratic Party’s top administrative job at a time when the fall election...
  • Former La. Film Recruiter Pleads Guilty (Louisiana Democrat)

    09/07/2007 4:19:24 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 209+ views
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former Louisiana state film industry recruiter Mark Smith pleaded guilty on Friday to federal charges that he took more than $60,000 in bribes to help inflate state tax credits for a motion picture producer. Smith headed the state's motion picture development effort in the Department of Economic Development under Govs. Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco from 2002 to 2006. The state offers tax credits to movie investors and producers in a program that has brought many films, TV movies, music videos and commercials to Louisiana. The charges against Smith -- bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery...
  • Lousiana Democrats having trouble finding candidates

    08/08/2007 6:31:05 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 452+ views
    KATC.com ^ | 8/8/07
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Wanted: Louisiana citizens with fundraising prowess, the ability to mount formidable campaigns only two months before an election - and Democratic voter registration cards. It's apparently a tough request, as Democrats say they're having trouble finding people to run for two statewide elected positions on this fall's ballot, insurance commissioner and secretary of state - even though the Republican incumbents, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, have been on the job less than a year. "We don't really have anybody on the radar right now. That's not for lack of trying,"...
  • Rep. William Jefferson and other false prophets

    08/07/2007 7:08:24 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies · 477+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | August 4, 2007 | Ellis Washington
    William F. Buckley, the father of the modern conservative movement and my intellectual godfather, once stated: "We eschew the recital of our credenda." I used those august words for the first quote in the first chapter of the first book I ever wrote, "The Devil is in the Details: Essays on Law, Race, Politics & Religion" (1999). I didn't understand those words then, but now I see. The Buckley quotes means "I hate to do what I have to do, but this is what I must do." At the beginning of 2007 America viewed that farce of a coronation the...
  • Vanity: Fish Sticks in La. Hot Sauce?

    08/04/2007 10:22:08 AM PDT · by PackerBoy · 48 replies · 1,092+ views
    PackerBoy | 8/4/07 | PackerBoy
    I need some culinary shopping help.I am sponsoring a member of our military through www.AdoptaPlatoon.com. When you sponsor a service member, you commit to write to them weekly, and send a "care package" every month. (My guy is in Baghdad and has a laptop PC with Internet access, so we get to exchange emails several times a week!)Any, I have recently learned that he yearns for "Fish Steaks in Louisiana Hot Sauce" and I am trying to surpise him for his upcoming birthday with a shipment of them.The problem is that I cannot find anyone that carries this item, even...
  • Could Louisiana Have The First Presidential Primary? (11/14/07?)

    03/29/2007 7:52:13 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 220+ views
    PoliticsLa.com ^ | 3/28/07 | Jim Brown
    Could Louisiana be a major player in presidential primary politics? Not according to the present election day schedule. But what with a little fine tuning, the Pelican State could emerge as a major factor in deciding what candidate in both political parties starts off at the top of the heap. And it would not cost a penny. Here's the present scenario. Louisiana's presidential primary date is set for February the ninth. The time slot was moved up several months by the legislature a few years ago in order to try to attract more attention from candidates vying for early votes...
  • At least 2 of 3 special elections head to runoff (Louisiana - GOP picks up house seat)

    02/24/2007 9:00:31 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 460+ views
    KATC.com ^ | 2/24/07
    Caddo Parish Commissioner Jim Morris was elected to fill a northwest Louisiana state House seat Saturday, but races for two other seats went to runoffs. Morris, a Republican, got 69 percent of the vote against four opponents for the seat vacated by the death of Rep. Roy "Hoppy" Hopkins, complete but unofficial results showed. Morris, a Republican, was running in District 1, vacated by the death of Rep. Roy "Hoppy" Hopkins. Richard "Richie" Hollier, a Democrat, was second with 826 votes, or 18 percent of the vote in the district, which includes precincts in Bossier and Caddo parishes. Democrat Ruth...
  • Judge dismisses McCrery challenge

    01/08/2007 7:55:43 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 561+ views
    KTBS ^ | 1/8/07
    A federal district judge in Shreveport has dismissed a lawsuit filed by unsuccessful congressional candidate Patti Cox challenging the residency of U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery and seeking to overturn the election results. Such a challenge should be decided by the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg said. "The House of Representatives is the only institution permitted by the Constitution to decide the qualifications challenge," Stagg wrote in a one-page judgment. That was the position McCrery's lawyer as well as a federal magistrate who heard the case had also taken. Cox has a challenge pending before the House...
  • Westlake Mayor-Elect Found Dead (Murdered - only in Louisiana)

    12/31/2006 12:04:59 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 101 replies · 6,255+ views
    KPLC-TV ^ | 12/31/06 | Rhonda Kitchens & Lee Peck
    Just days before he was to take office, the body of Westlake Mayor-Elect Gerald Washington was found outside the old Mossville High School on Old Spanish Trail. According to authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, the 9-1-1 call came in at 9:49 p.m. from a motorist passing the school who said they saw a body on the ground of the parking lot. Calcasieu Sheriff's crime scene investigators arrived and found the body of a black male with a single gun shot wound. The body was later identified as Washington. The Calcasieu Coronor's Office is performing an autospy to determine...
  • Louisiana likely to lose congressional seat (Democrats flee state)

    12/22/2006 2:42:15 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 30 replies · 1,769+ views
    2theadvicate.com ^ | 12/22/06 | Gerard Shields
    WASHINGTON — The population diaspora caused by Hurricane Katrina will likely result in Louisiana losing one of its seven U.S. House of Representatives seats, analysts said Thursday. Though the 2010 U.S. Census that will ultimately determine the shape of the congressional districts is still four years away, the nearly 220,000 population loss over the last year estimated by the Census Bureau indicates that the state will have to fight to maintain its congressional power. “Even if a lot of people come back, we’re going to lose,” said former U.S. Rep. Clyde Holloway, R-Forest Hill. “You don’t have to lose population;...
  • 83,000 voters to be taken off Louisiana's registration rolls

    12/21/2006 7:27:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 553+ views
    995News ^ | 12/20/06
    Voter purge to take place the day after Christmas More than 83,700 voters will be dropped off Louisiana's voter rolls next week, inactive voters whose addresses can't be confirmed and who haven't voted in at least two years, according to Secretary of State Jay Dardenne. Nearly 3 percent of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters will have their registrations canceled on Dec. 26, as required by state law, Dardenne said in a news release Wednesday. "The affected individuals have not voted in the past two years and have not responded to canvassing efforts or other attempts to confirm their registration address,"...
  • Blanco: Lowest Ranked Dem. Gov. in United States

    12/21/2006 7:15:53 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 26 replies · 945+ views
    TheNew995.com ^ | 12/21/06 | Christopher Tidmore
    The survey, conducted by the polling service surveyusa.com, show Blanco with one of the lowest ratings among all of the Governors throughout the United States. The data further shows that the Governor has some significant hurdles to overcome with various constituencies to win re-election. The survey of 600 likely voters asked the question, "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kathleen Blanco is doing as Governor?" Surprisingly, the results showed little of a gender gap. Usually, female governors enjoy a degree of sympathy by gender. In this case, only 39% of men approved of Blanco, and 40% of women...
  • Blanco spending plans stall in state House (Lousiana)

    12/10/2006 7:04:55 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 510+ views
    KATC.com ^ | 12/10/06
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco's push to spend $2 billion on tax breaks, pay raises and other budget proposals stalled in the state House on Sunday as the governor's allies ran into problems getting the votes to raise a constitutional spending cap. The Blanco administration tried to work out a compromise with lawmakers behind the scenes, to determine which proposals could gain passage in a 10-day pre-holiday special session called by the governor despite cries from critics for postponement. The House was expected to take up some of the Blanco spending proposals Sunday but adjourned when it was...
  • 14 men arrested for having sex in public rest area (Louisiana)

    12/10/2006 9:40:45 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 4,415+ views
    KATC.com ^ | 12/0/06
    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Fourteen men were arrested at a central Louisiana rest area during an eight-day sting police launched in response to complaints that people were engaging in sexual acts there. Those rounded up included a retired realtor, a Rapides Parish school bus driver and a Bastrop mailman. Police say many of the suspects are married with children and grandchildren. Lieutenant Greg Henley says the men were booked into the Rapides Parish jail on a charge of felony obscenity after police caught them having either oral or anal sex in the park. This is not the first time a...
  • LSU students plan tailgate protests of Confederate flag

    09/03/2006 12:39:07 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 26 replies · 1,045+ views
    espn ^ | Sep. 1, 2006
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- The flag blends a symbol of the Confederacy with the school colors of Louisiana State University, a combination that provokes anger from blacks and creates headaches for the university. Black students held a string of game-day protests last year -- the largest attracting several hundred participants -- to demand that the school prohibit fans on campus from flying the banner, a Confederate-style flag in the purple and gold of the LSU Fighting Tigers. The protests resulted in a few scuffles and a lot of attention in the news media -- but no ban on the flag....
  • DARDENNE DEFENDS TAX-FUNDED ABORTIONS(Louisiana Pro-Life alert)

    05/23/2006 11:24:16 AM PDT · by catholicfreeper · 1 replies · 136+ views
    deadpelican.com ^ | may 22. 2006 | Chad E. Rogers
    May 23, 2006 XXXX 10:30 AM CT ** EXCLUSIVE ** Repbublican insiders are scratching their heads over some recent comments from state Senator Jay Dardenne, THE DEAD PELICAN has learned. Weeks ago, THE DEAD PELICAN unearthed the controversy over Dardennes controversial "abortion flip-flippong" in this DEAD PELICAN EXCLUSIVE. Senator Jay Dardenne, who for three weeks has insisted that he is pro-life and that his recent vote against landmark anti-abortion legislation was simply a “mistake,” shocked Baton Rouge radio listeners on Monday by defending a 1994 law allowing taxpayer funding of abortions. Dardenne told a caller to The Jim Engster Show...
  • Louisiana invests in immersive technology

    03/31/2006 12:32:05 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 16 replies · 441+ views
    FCW ^ | Mar. 27, 2006 | Dibya Sarkar
    In the heart of Cajun country, Louisiana state and municipal officials are completing the construction of a $27.5 million, supercomputer-powered 3-D visualization complex that they hope will become the nucleus of a new Silicon Valley. The Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE), which could be operational by late April or early May, would immediately support research and development activities for independent oil and gas companies that don’t have the expertise or investment dollars for such immersive technologies. Officials supporting the LITE complex said its leading-edge technologies could attract other industries, such as medical, biotechnology, environmental and entertainment companies — and help...
  • Odom Poll: Jindal Creams Breaux! (Lousiana Governor's Race)

    03/21/2006 9:04:58 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 890+ views
    PoltiicsLA.com ^ | 3/21/06 | Dan Richey
    SpongeBob Odom, the defacto head of the Louisiana Democrat Party, caused a stir last month when he pronounced an end to the Blanco for re-election efforts in favor of his candidate, former U. S. Senator John Breaux (D - D.C.). Odom said Ms. Blanco was alright, but that we needed new leadership. He said he was conducting a poll to present to Breaux in hopes of coaxing the Edwin Edwards protégé to abandon easy street in Washington, D.C. to save Louisiana from the Republicans. A source close to Odom has leaked the results of the Democrat poll. It ain’t looking...
  • In the rush to rebuild, a house divided

    03/08/2006 10:31:21 AM PST · by Hermann the Cherusker · 4 replies · 345+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/4/2005 | Christopher Hawthorne
    ... In Barbour's state, New Urbanists dominated a weeklong charrette held in October at the Isle of Capri casino in Biloxi. Led by Miami architect and CNU mainstay Andrés Duany, the so-called Mississippi Renewal Forum architects and planners from around the country who are loyal to the group's cause. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has also begun relying on New Urbanists for rebuilding advice. This week the newly formed Louisiana Recovery Authority tapped Duany to lead a statewide charrette and chose Berkeley-based architect and planner Peter Calthorpe, a CNU founder, to develop a long-term regional plan for areas devastated by...
  • Now What? The Lessons of Katrina

    02/15/2006 4:09:18 PM PST · by RKV · 12 replies · 621+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 2006 | the Editors
    Conclusions: 1) No one should have been surprised 2) Katrina wasn't that big (and we should expect more like it) 3) Floodwalls were properly built 4) Anarchy didn't take over 5) Evacuation plans worked 6) Government responded quickly 7) Government subsidies encoured bad land use 8) Energy infrastructure survived
  • Women who beat robber ask judge to go easy on him (News from Louisiana)

    02/02/2006 2:32:01 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 14 replies · 637+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | 2/02/06 | AP News Story
    A group of beauty school students who beat a would-be robber with a table leg, curling irons and blow dryers is now asking the judge to go easy on their victim. Jared Gipson will be sentenced March 1 for robbing Blalock's Beauty College in Shreveport. Depending on whether he's considered an habitual offender, he could get up to 203 years in prison. Last June, Gipson, 25, walked into Blalock's with an unloaded gun, ordered everyone inside to lie on the floor and began to rob it. But one of the students tripped him and others went after him, beating him...
  • Jindal Far Ahead of Blanco in Rematch Poll

    01/21/2006 7:59:46 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 49 replies · 1,117+ views
    LaPolitics.com ^ | 1/20/06 | John Maginnis
    Jindal Far Ahead of Blanco in Rematch Poll The first statewide poll pitting Gov. Kathleen Blanco against a challenger does not bode well for her. Congressman Bobby Jindal led her 53-31 percent in a 500-sample December survey by Multi-Quest, a Metairie polling firm. This week, Blanco repeated her intention to seek re-election in 2007, stating that the recovery effort could change many attitudes by then. Jindal has been making appearances around the state and has told some elected officials that he plans to run again for governor in 2007.
  • Recall of Gov. Blanco gaining support

    01/15/2006 9:45:30 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 767+ views
    The Louisiana Weekly ^ | 1/16/06 | Christopher Tidmore
    In an exclusive, The Louisiana Weekly has learned that www.recallgovernorblanco.com has received over 400,000 hits in the 48 hours since its founder Kat Landry filed the recall documents with the Secretary of State's office on January 10. Landry needs over 949,000 signatures or roughly one-third of Louisiana's registered electorate to bring out a recall election against Governor Blanco. The St. Martinville resident began organizing the effort in the weeks after Katrina when she said she saw "a criminal lack of leadership by the Governor." "Louisiana cannot survive another two years of Kathleen Blanco," Landry told The Weekly on last week....
  • Blanco doesn't get it; neither will she get reelection

    12/29/2005 10:07:24 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 40 replies · 2,038+ views
    Politicsla.com ^ | 12/29/05 | Jeffrey Sadow
    The reason why Gov. Kathleen Blanco will not get reelected in 2007 is she just doesn’t get it. Blanco seems to think that the public’s low marks given for her and her reelection chances are a function of a perception of her as weak and indecisive. To her and her handlers, the solution then seems to be an image makeover. If so, that belies a lack of reflection and understanding about a singular fact: ideas have consequences. The fact is, Blanco is a liberal politician in a state growing more politically conservative. She expresses some conservative viewpoints (such as being...
  • Government serves best by staying out of rebuilding New Orleans

    12/27/2005 8:50:17 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 543+ views
    Newshorn.com ^ | 12/27/05 | Jeffrey Sadow
    In the U.S., and even in Louisiana to a great extent, there seems to be a great sentiment to allow “democracy” to prevail in governing. Keeping that concept in mind and expanding beyond the parochial thinking and agendas currently articulated will serve the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans well. As the focus of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina shifts from cleaning up to recovery, the plans the myriad of commissions (after all, this is Louisiana and where would be without a lot of duplicative, inefficient government) dealing with the idea of how New Orleans will rebuild fall into three major...
  • Governor (Blanco) Violates Election Law In Canceling Orleans Vote…Words Resemble Dictators of Old

    12/17/2005 9:24:38 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 28 replies · 1,082+ views
    Politicsla.com ^ | 12/16/05 | Christopher Tidmore
    Governor Kathleen Blanco issued Executive Order KBB-2005-96 one week ago, delaying the elections in New Orleans indefinitely. In a move curious to students of political history, the Governor’s choice of words so closely resemble the myriad of reasons that Latin American Dictators have rendered over the decades for canceling elections in their countries, that the parallels seem uncanny. The Governor noted that she was driven to the decision “in order to minimize to whatever degree possible a person’s exposure to danger during declared states of emergency.” That sentence sounds strangely close to Getulio Vargas’ defense for postponing the 1937 Brazilian...
  • Stuck on stupid XI: Blanco tries to catch flies with vinegar

    12/15/2005 2:07:59 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 42 replies · 1,366+ views
    Politicsla.com ^ | 12/15/05 | Jeffrey Sadow
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s testimonies in front of the House committee investigating the hurricane Katrina disaster and the aftermath featured a tug of war of sorts, where the testifiers seemed to have one agenda, while the questioners had another. While some may call it political posturing, that misses the point that its leaders living in denial makes the state a poor risk in the investment in its recovery. Testimony from Blanco and Nagin, both Democrats in front of a committee on which the House Democrat leadership has prohibited its members to serve (but permitting them...