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Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards has tapped Democratic State Senator Ben Nevers to coordinate his transition team and be the administration Chief of Staff. 

Sue Lincoln

Just because the election is over doesn’t mean all campaigning is at an end.

“It is not a time for us to become complacent, to let up, to get comfortable,” said Rev. Lee T. Wesley of Together Louisiana at a press conference Monday.

The statewide coalition of churches and community groups said they are pleased with the election of John Bel Edwards as governor, and they’re going do everything possible to help make the first of his campaign promises come true.

W. Watkins

“It’s time to have and honest and disciplined approach to governance, and that’s what we intend to do,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards said, as he met with the press in New Orleans Sunday afternoon, ready to start talking transition.

“Co-chairs of the transition team will be Miss Laura Leach of Lake Charles, Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe, Sheriff Newell Normand of Jefferson Parish, Senator Sharon Weston-Broome of Baton Rouge, Mr. Taylor Townsend of Natchitoches, and Mr. Richard Lipsey of Baton Rouge.”

S. Lincoln

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets this morning to vote on the Jindal administration plan to solve the current budget shortfall. That’s got David Vitter’s and John Bel Edwards’ knickers in a knot.

Vitter says it solves nothing, describing the administration’s plan as, “More patching, more moving money around, more depending on very speculative money; and for us to be sweeping that to solve our problems now, I think is irresponsible.”

Edwards agrees.

Sue Lincoln

Much attention has been paid to the Governor’s race, but who will become the proverbial “one heartbeat away” from Louisiana’s chief executive?

Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden are the runoff contenders for the job, which duties focus primarily on tourism. Monday, at the Baton Rouge Press Club, each was asked about his goals for the first term, if elected.

Nungesser said he’ll focus on, “Putting a plan together to restore our historical sites, our museums, and growing tourism ten percent a year over the next four years, creating thousands of jobs and economic growth.”

Holden has a different take on the job’s responsibilities.