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Claiborne Hill Veterinary Hospital

What do Louisiana’s statewide elected officials do when they’re off the clock?  Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain invited me out to Covington, to show me.

“The main building here is over 10,500 square feet now,” Strain said, as he looked fondly at Claiborne Hill Veterinary Hospital.

“How big was it when you started?” I asked.

“15-hundred,” he said, as we walked in the front doors.

“These are the original doors. Just think how many times they have open and closed for healing, over the past 31 years,” he said with a smile, as a parakeet in a cage on the front counter began to chatter at him.

courtesy Louisiana Architects Association

A gubernatorial forum on coastal issues, put on by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, was held Tuesday evening at Nicholls State University. It had all four of the major candidates in agreement on the importance of working to avert Louisiana’s land loss.


Wallis Watkins

It was the first of many meetings on Tuesday for the Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission, led by Representative Julie Stokes. 


johnkennedy.com

Sometimes it’s hard to tell which irritates State Treasurer John Kennedy more: the Legislature or the Governor.

Speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, Kennedy said he believes the legislature improperly passed several tax measures this spring.

“The Legislature couldn’t get a 2/3 vote, so they just decided to get a legal opinion that it only takes a majority vote.”

He also aired some of his dissatisfaction with Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“The Governor has done many good things, but finances is not one of them.”

Sue Lincoln

Six weeks into the new state budget, and many are worriedly asking, “Is the new budget okay?”

“That’s a big unknown,” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht told the Revenue Estimating Conference Friday. “We’re going to have a high degree of uncertainty, I think, in this overall package.”


C-SPAN

It’s been awhile since we checked in on Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign, so let’s see how it’s going.

Last week he pitched in the minor league game of GOP contenders, on Fox News.

“I won two landslide elections. I made big changes. I think our country is tired of the politicians who simply read the polls and fail to lead,” Jindal said during that debate.

Damon J. Baldone & Associates

When former state representative Damon Baldone walked into the Terrebonne Parish Registrar’s office on Monday, he didn’t think he was doing anything unprecedented. 


Louisiana Hometown Network

Homeowner’s insurance was a huge issue in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and a huge expense for several years to come. But what’s the situation now, ten years after?

“It is truly a more robust and competitive marketplace than it was the day before Katrina,” states Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.


A new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says revenue coming into the state’s Transportation Trust Fund is not keeping pace with the state’s highway needs.

The report, compiled for informational purposes at the request of the Legislature, states, “With a significant rise in the costs of construction, a decline in federal funds, and only modest growth in state funding, there is concern that the TTF may not be able to address the transportation infrastructure needs of the state.”

Sue Lincoln

Saturday’s forum for the four leading gubernatorial candidates included the expected campaign catch phrases, like Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne’s “Effective leadership has proven results” and Sen. David Vitter’s “It’s all in the plan at davidvitter.com.”

Put on by the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the forum also included a lot of love for law and order, with state Rep. John Bel Edwards assuring State Police,“Public safety is a priority,” and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle saying, “Louisiana cannot be great if we’re not first safe.”


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