Louisiana Politics Open Thread: Return of the Ex-Con
I figured sense politics is either so much fun or extremely painful for us here in Louisiana, I’d give folks a chance to learn what’s going on as well as offer Louisiana residents a real chance to share their views. Here goes nothing. U.S. Senator David Vitter to Run for Governor For those of you not in Louisiana, you know of David Vitter in one | Read More »
ObamaCare’s War on Young Entrepreneurs
By Paul Dietzel, Founder of Anedot, Inc. and Candidate for Congress (LA-6) Obamacare is rolling back the progress of the Internet—and that’s not a cheap jab at healthcare.gov. Entrepreneurship for young Americans in the last decade has flourished thanks primarily to the Internet. As the 27-year-old founder of fundraising software company Anedot, Inc., I have seen the advantages of apps, telecommuting and e-commerce. The Internet | Read More »
Listen to the Moneytalk in Louisiana
There are a couple different points to make here, and it’s a set of points that, when connected, paint an interesting picture in the upcoming Senate race here in the state. Mary Landrieu’s grasp on the state is slipping, thanks in no small part to Barack Obama (a sincere thanks from me and my family, Mr. President), and the rise of now three Republican candidates | Read More »
Monroe, Louisiana is tired of growing
If you haven’t been to the great state of Louisiana, you’re really missing out. Great food, tremendous culture, lots of history, and a city that wants the state legislature to allow it to raise the minimum wage in the city limits to $10/hour. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Sue Nicholson said Thursday that Chamber officials have contacted Jim Patterson, LABI’s vice president of government relations, | Read More »
Assessing the 2014 Senate Races- Part 2: The Northeast and South
Starting in the Northeast, let’s dispatch with the easy states. Democratic incumbent Jack Reed is safe for reelection in Rhode Island. In polling against hypothetical opponents, he comes in with no less than 60% of the vote. This will be a cakewalk for Reed. Prediction: Democratic retention. Every so often, we hear of the possibility of a challenge from the right against the likes of | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 60: School Voucher Success, Antarctic Record Ice, and Religion Is Not The Major Cause of War (Not Even Close)
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. The school voucher program in Louisiana is a fantastic success. The high school graduation is significantly up, and the poorest are benefiting the most. So, of course, Obama’s Justice Department is suing to stop it on the ground of … diversity? Really? (Yes, really.) Would you believe that | Read More »
LA-05 and Engaging the Establishment
On Saturday, there was an election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace Rodney Alexander, who retired earlier in the year and was immediately offered a job in the state government. Alexander, on most conservative scorecards, was the lowest-ranked Republican in the state’s delegation. This is largely due to the fact that Alexander was a Democrat-turned-Republican, a move he made at the last second before | Read More »
Mary Landrieu (D) and Barack Obama (D) must denounce Lindel Toups (D) blatant racism.
This going to be an epic NAME! THAT! PARTY!!!!!: It’s important for this to be understood, because Louisiana is going to take a PR hit thanks to the reptilian/[expletive deleted]-for-brains remark [Lindel Toups] was credited with making in a piece appearing Wednesday in the Tri-Parish Times about tomorrow’s referendum in Lafourche Parish about redirecting library funds toward a new parish jail… [snip] But he’s | Read More »
…Did WaPo just defend Jindal’s voucher program?
WaPo is beside itself over the Department of Justice’s suit against Louisiana’s voucher program: The government’s argument that “the loss of students through the voucher program reversed much of the progress made toward integration” becomes even more absurd upon examination of the cases it cited in its petition. Consider the analysis from University of Arkansas professor of education reform Jay P. Greene of a school that lost | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part II: What Really Happened
In Part I: Ridiculing the Press, we looked at press coverage of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, an ongoing environmental incident in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. That coverage has ranged from indifferent to uninformed to inflammatory. As a citizen and resident of the state, I decided to assess it for myself.
Department of Justice fighting… to keep poor kids in bad Louisiana schools.
Of course they are. The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers “impeded the desegregation process,” the federal government says. Thirty-four school systems could be affected, including those of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany | Read More »
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the Press
Scientifically illiterate and agenda-driven journalists can ruin what is actually a valid story. Today’s example is the coverage of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, an ongoing environmental situation of considerable concern at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. About 350 residents of the quiet community of Bayou Corne have been evacuated from their homes since the sinkhole’s sudden formation nearly a year ago. Local | Read More »
You aren’t supposed to know Mary Landrieu is in trouble
Mary Landrieu has a big problem right now. She’s now, on multiple occasions, doubled down on Obamacare and is actually saying she’d vote for it again. No one tell Landrieu she’s running for re-election in a red state with a very low favorability rating for the president, because I’m not sure she would know how to handle it. The doubling-down is not unexpected, but the | Read More »
Rob Maness at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Rob Maness is running for the United States Senate in Louisiana. He’s in a very tough primary against Congressman Cassidy, a former Mary Landrieu donor. We invited Rob to address the RedState Gathering. (Apologies to Congressman Landry, who I was thinking I wish would run for Alexander’s seat as I wrote this post and then put his name in instead of Cassidy) Video streaming by | Read More »
Steve Scalise at the RedState Gathering #RSG13
Congressman Scalise, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, spoke to the RedState Gathering. Video streaming by UstreamLINK