The Oil Spill Commissioner’s Anti-Oil Bias
Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham of Florida is co-chair of the President’s Oil Spill Commission. The Commission, stacked with environmentalists and Harvard lawyers and notably absent any working industry expertise, delivered its report to the President earlier this month. Its contents were predictable, calling for more regulation and more government. Here’s what Sen. Graham had to say this week: This is a wakeup call to | Read More »
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) Leaves the Crossbar Hotel
Former Governor Edwin W. Edwards (D) left the Federal Penitentiary in Oakdale, LA today, ending 8-1/2 years of confinement. He had been sentence to 10 years on racketeering charges, stemming from his involvement in the state’s casino licensing process. He will live with his daughter in suburban Baton Rouge, and the terms of his release require him to check in periodically at a halfway house. | Read More »
‘Haynesville’, the Film
Turesday night, CNBC featured the broadcast premiere of Haynesville, a documentary film by Gregory Kallenberg. The film tells of the impact of the Haynesville Shale natural gas field on the residents of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. I’d recommend Haynesville to everyone. According to its boosters, the Haynesville Shale contains some 230 trillion cubic feet of gas. To put that in perspective, that quantity is roughly equal | Read More »
Party Switch in LA: Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle (D to R)
Louisiana’s interim Lt. Governor Scott Angelle has announced that he is changing his party affiliation to Republican. BATON ROUGE – Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle of Breaux Bridge today dropped his long-time Democratic ties and joined the Republican Party. Angelle, who will return to his appointed position as secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources when a new lieutenant governor is seated after the Nov. | Read More »
Speak Truth to Idiots, Lose Your Job
The East St. John Wildcats (Reserve, LA) dedicated last night’s 49-14 football victory over Destrehan to Coach Larry Dauterive, who abruptly resigned Friday. In doing so, the team showed more class, wisdom and respect than their supposed role models in the community can muster. Coach Dauterive resigned under pressure from the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board over supposedly racially insensitive remarks he made | Read More »
LA-03 Update: It’s Landry (R) vs. Sangisetty (D)
Landry Defeats Downer in Third District Runoff In Saturday’s Republican primary runoff for the Third Congressional District, attorney and businessman Jeff Landry defeated Hunt Downer. Landry had fallen 160 votes short of securing a primary victory, netting 49.6% of the vote four weeks ago. (The Third District represents the southeastern boot tip of Louisiana, outside of the Greater New Orleans area. The incumbent, Charlie Melancon | Read More »
David Vitter Heads to November
David Vitter easily won the Republican Primary the other day. Now he is facing Charlie Melancon in the general election. Here’s the thing people don’t realize about David Vitter — with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, David Vitter is in the triumvirate of conservative champions in the Senate. So defiant toward the Democrats and many Senate Republicans has he been, that Chuckie Schumer, Bob Menendez, | Read More »
Louisiana Primary Results
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent David Vitter will face Democrat Charlie Melancon, as expected. In LA-02, State Rep. Cedric Richmond is the Dem’s choice to face incumbent Joseph Cao. In LA-03, Jeff Landry narrowly missed the nomination with 49.6% of the vote. He will face Hunt Downer in a runoff on October 2. The winner will face Dem Ravi Sangisetty in November. Times-Picayune coverage.
Memories of Katrina and W. Brooks
It was a sunny Friday afternoon just five years ago. My wife was in New Orleans helping her sister move into her new Warehouse District condo. At lunch, they noticed that a storm had moved into the Gulf, and was threatening the central Gulf Coast. It was the “K” storm, already 2005′s eleventh named storm, too many for late August. It would be a solid | Read More »
Three seats I’ll stop wondering about
Some Senate seats I’ll worry about all the way to November, but today when I looked at the list of new polls out, I got a flood of races I’m pretty comfortable calling for the Republican, barring any new news of course.
, blanche lincoln
, charlie melancon
, Clarus Research Group
, David Vitter
, Insider Advantage
, John Boozman
, Johnny Isakson
, Michael Thurmond
, Rasmussen Reports
Remember back when BP severed the riser, so they could install the cap, the one that finally controlled the spill? Here is a photo taken by an ROV just after the severing was completed. The photo shows the outer shell of the riser, at one time a 21-inch cylinder, collapsed like a Coke can by the severing tool. Inside the collapsed riser are what appear | Read More »
The Pro-Environment Anti-Environmentalist
As oil stopped flowing in the Gulf, we’ve seen a flurry of “Where Did The Oil Go?” stories from the USA Today, Tom Friedman at the New York Times, and others. A new TIME Magazine article begrudgingly admits that “obnoxious anti-environmentalist Rush Limbaugh” may have been right when he asserted that the BP oil spill was something less than “the worst environmental disaster America has | Read More »
How to Kill an Industry, or: Hello $8 Gas!
Imagine if the government required automobile drivers to purchase liability insurance against the Worst Case Accident: totalling a 2010 Maybach Laundalet with four newly-minted orthopedic surgeons aboard. Worst case liability: $50 million or so. With a $50 million liability insurance requirement, who would drive? Only the wealthy. The Deepwater Horizon incident pointed up the inadequacy of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990′s $75 million economic | Read More »
Nungesser: ‘We can’t wait six months while you listen, Mr. President.’
Behold the passion of the inimitable Billy Nungesser, speaking against the Obama drilling moratorium at yesterday’s Rally for Economic Survival in Lafayette, LA.
Jindal: ‘We don’t want a BP check. We want to work!’
On Wednesday, July 21, a crowd of 11,000 (joined by 4,000 online) packed the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA for the Rally for Economic Survival. The message was clear and bipartisan (not in the post-modern, ironic sense common in Washington these days): the President’s deepwater drilling moratorium is an economic disaster for Louisiana. Please excuse my shortcomings as a videographer.