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.
Incumbency Matters: The Joseph Cao story
Plug -2.8 into the Swingometer and you’ll see 5 districts swing. Louisiana’s second district was the fifth closest seat won by a Republican in 2008, and that Republican was Joseph Cao. He beat William Jefferson, the now-convicted felon who received bribes and kept the cash hidden in his freezer. By election day Jefferson had already been caught, and the money had already been found. Why | Read More »
, Cedric Richmond
, Congressional Quarterly
, Hotline On Call
, joseph cao
, Market Research Insight
, Verne Kennedy
, William Jefferson
D to R Party Switch Balances LA House
The 2008 elections saw the Democrat Party’s advantage in the State House of Representatives shrink from 16 seats to 2. Now, with the announcement of Rep. Simone Champagne (D R – New Iberia) of her intention to switch parties, the balance is now 51 D, 51 R, 3 I. Party politics don’t dominate Louisiana’s state government. For example, the governor has a say in the | Read More »
Pensacola Beach closed due to Obamaspill.
Heckuva job there, Barry. A popular section of Pensacola Beach has been closed because of oil that washed ashore there. Government officials closed about a quarter-mile section of Casino Beach on Thursday. Thick pools of oil washed ashore there Wednesday. Via Gateway Pundit, via Instapundit. But never fear: the White House in on the case!
Meet Hunt Downer (R CAND, LA-03).
Hunt is one of the candidates running for Charlie Melancon’s seat in LA-03: the district is smack dab in the middle of Obamaspill, and as you can imagine, the candidate has views on that. Hunt’s a former general in the LA National Guard and state official, which gives him a pretty interesting perspective on this mess: His site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe | Read More »
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R, LA) gives up on waiting for BP/WH.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Given that the leak hasn’t been plugged yet, and given that the Gov. Jindal has a state to look after, this isn’t surprising. Eight weeks into the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of the Mexico, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has told the National Guard that there’s no time left to wait for BP, so they’re taking matters into their own | Read More »