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Jindal issues directive to slash state contracts: which of his campaign contributors will be asked to make the sacrifice?

bucktownpirate:

Everyone step right up and get your state contracts before they’re gone!

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

Having laid off about all the personnel he can, after cutting higher education and health care to the bone, and after selling all the state property he can and privatizing state agencies and hospitals to benefit political allies, Gov. Bobby Jindal has finally turned to his only recourse in making even deeper cuts in the state budget to cover an ever-widening deficit: state contracts.

Meanwhile, LouisianaVoice has learned that a Jindal “policy advisor” recently appointed as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Environmental Quality will remain in that post only about nine months before enrolling in law school.

Chance McNeely, who has served as a $65,000-a-year policy analyst for the governor’s office since last March, began in his new position of Assistant Secretary for Environmental Compliance this month but is already making plans to leave.

Jindal, you may recall, has issued two hiring freezes and two expenditure reductions and…

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Steve Scalise and Why the Cover-Up is Always Worse

Lamar Parmentel:

Damn, don’t kill ’em lamar!

Originally posted on :

Days after Congressman Steve Scalise, the third most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives, admitted that in 2002 he attended and addressed a white nationalist conference, Kenny Knight, the former campaign manager for David Duke and one of the event’s organizers, claimed that Scalise had actually attended a neighborhood association meeting. But that story doesn’t add up, and neither does Scalise’s excuse for showing up in the first place. Rep. Scalise knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to address the conference, and despite his apparent amnesia on the subject, it had nothing to do with a proposed tax plan. 

By Lamar White, Jr. (with Zack Kopplin contributing)

A week ago, I broke the story about Steve Scalise, the current House Majority Whip, attending a conference hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (or EURO), a white nationalist organization led by David Duke, the former grand…

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention

Lamar Parmentel:

Just wandered into a KKK rally – NO BIG DEAL

Originally posted on :

According to recently uncovered posts on Stormfront, the Internet’s oldest and most notorious white nationalist and neo-Nazi forum, the United States House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R- Louisiana), was allegedly an honored guest and speaker at an international conference of white supremacist leaders.

His district may have ignored it at the time, but the American public can’t.

Twelve years ago last May, the spacious but plainly appointed conference rooms of the Landmark Best Western Hotel in Metairie, Louisiana, a 16-story, drably-colored octagon-shaped tower that juts into an empty skyline and hugs Interstate 10 so tightly that it serves, in a way, as a type of gateway monument into the city of New Orleans, were filled with dozens of people from all over the country. They had each spent between $35 and $45 for the opportunity to participate in a two-day conference on “civil rights.” Many of them had likely decided to…

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In Louisiana, a reincarnation of the Bourbons?

bucktownpirate:

Full circle.

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Matt Higgins

The recent U.S. Senate election in Louisiana caught my attention but not because of the candidates. Rep. Bill Cassidy seemed to be a broken record, answering every question with, “Mary Landrieu voted for Obama 97 percent of the time.”

Not that Mary Landrieu is a mesmerizing orator or even a populist, but even people who voted for Cassidy couldn’t articulate why they chose him, other than he’s not “Mary Obama.” How did a state with a rich history of colorful politicians like the Longs and, most recently Edwin Edwards, elect a senator like Cassidy?

Louisiana may have a history of colorful politicians, but this populist approach has only been characteristic of Louisiana politics since the 1930s and now that Mary Landrieu lost, this type of politician is no more in Louisiana politics but will resurge if the state continues its “government of the few, for the few…

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Former Jindal staffer levels broadside at sponsorship of Prayer Rally by AFA organization dubbed as hate group

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

One day in early December, I received one of countless telephone calls pertaining to the upcoming Dec. 6 election. Normally, the calls are pre-recorded, or “robocalls” appealing for my vote for this or this candidate or telling me how horrible the opposing candidate would be for Mom, apple pie and America.

This one, however, was a live call from a woman claiming to be calling on behalf of AFA. Never having heard of the organization up to that point, I interrupted her spiel to ask who AFA was.

“American Family Association,” she said and without even pausing to take a breath, she launched into her pitch. “We’re not calling on behalf of any particular candidate,” she assured me. “We just want to remind you to be sure to vote for candidates who represent our Christian heritage and the Christian principles on which America was founded.”

(Well, first of all, America…

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Barry and Bobby

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From two different worlds away, their fathers had always believed in the promise of America, and when they finally got the opportunity to study and work at an American university, they didn’t think twice. They packed up everything they had, and they flew across oceans to be here. They were both idealistic, young, brilliant, and full of ideas and ambition.

One of them was already married; the other found his first love in college here in the United States. Within only a year or two of their arrival in America, both men became fathers to their first-born sons, and both of those sons were skinny kids with funny, ethnic names.

When he was in his teens, the older kid, who lived in Hawaii, began going by the nickname Barry. The younger one, incredibly, when he was only four years old, demanded to be called Bobby after the kid on “The Brady Bunch.”…

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Mary Landrieu for Governor?

bucktownpirate:

We say Mitch, he say Mary. We’ll all get along.

Originally posted on :

A week after Mary Landrieu lost her seat in the United States Senate to Congressman Bill Cassidy, several prominent Louisiana Democrats are hoping that the three-term Senator will become a candidate for Louisiana Governor. In 1995, a year before she was elected to the Senate, Landrieu finished in third place in the jungle primary for Louisiana Governor, missing the run-off election by only a point. Earlier this week, when asked if she would ever consider running again for the Senate or governor, Landrieu told reporters, “Oh Lord, no,” before then saying, “Well, let me say, I’m not going to say a definite ‘no’ about any of those two.”

Prior to Landrieu’s defeat on December 6th, many had speculated that her younger brother Mitch, the popular two-term Mayor of New Orleans and former Lieutenant Governor, was likely to jump in the race. But according to two sources close to the Mayor, both of whom…

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It’s not stupid Louisiana. It’s Louisiana, Stupid.

bucktownpirate:

Is it you or is it me?

Originally posted on :

In the waning months of the 1992 Presidential campaign, James Carville hung up a sign on the walls of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock. It read simply, “Change vs. more of the same. The economy, stupid. Don’t forget health care.” Carville’s pithy mantra, as we would say now, became a meme, particularly his second point. During the last 22 years, politicians of all stripes have used variations of “(It’s) the economy, stupid” as centerpieces of their campaigns. And there’s a reason the Ragin’ Cajun’s playful, direct, and simple message continues to resonate and work: “It’s the economy, stupid” cut straight through the noise and right at the essential argument that Clinton was making in his campaign for the presidency.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be publishing a series of articles about why the Democratic Party has struggled in Louisiana. To that end, I…

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‘Double Bill’ Cassidy’s Direct Supervisor at LSU Stopped Supervising Him in 2009

Lamar Parmentel:

Scandal flames a-flying

Originally posted on :

Questions about the nature and the extent of Congressman Bill Cassidy’s unusual work relationship with Louisiana State University took centerstage in yesterday’s first and only debate in the run-off election for United States Senate. Since the story broke last week on The American Zombie and then here on CenLamar, the Cassidy campaign has struggled to formulate a coherent response.

Earlier this year, way back in July, Cassidy had claimed to an energy trade publication and on his federal income disclosure forms that his work at LSU only covered his “medical expenses.” We now know that Cassidy had actually been approved by the House Committee on Conduct of Elected Officials to teach a class for credit, and we also now know that in addition to the $20,000 salary Cassidy collected as an Associate Professor, LSU also provided the Congressman with medical malpractice insurance, licensing fees, and the costs of his…

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Are Jefferson Parish Judges Corrupt?

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish's Blog:

I thought I would provide an update to my Jefferson Parish School Board Race post. I received a lot of feedback from the public about how outraged they were as well as how fed up they were with the corruption in the parish. I honestly had no idea although I had my suspicions based on how Jefferson became the poster parish for education reform.

Education reform flourishes in corrupt places because of all the opportunities for money to change hands.

I have been working on a number of stories simultaneously, that are requiring a lot of research and interviewing. Some of the groups I am investigating have a record of suing or threatening to sue whistleblowers, so I’m trying to piece together public records and witness statements that back up my claims.  Incidentally I believe that intro segues into my next point and a comment from a reader from Jefferson…

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