John Bel Edwards

Sue Lincoln

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards named more cabinet-level officials Tuesday, including Dr. Rebekah Gee to head the Department of Health and Hospitals. A physician and the current Medicaid Medical Director for the state, Gee says she’s aware of the challenges ahead.

“We have just fallen to 50th in the ranking of United Health rankings, the worst state in the nation,” she noted, adding, “We believe we can do better.”

She points to Medicaid expansion as the first step in a better direction.

W.Watkins

Much of the 2015 Louisiana political news was dominated by the guy who used to tell us, “I’ve got the job that I want,” as well as by those vying to take over that job.

Governor Bobby Jindal began the final year of his administration with a controversial prayer rally at LSU, where he declared, “We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

But the rally was no fix for the state’s massive budget deficit. Neither was Jindal’s stance, based on his pledge to Grover Norquist.

sthelena.net

Merry Christmas Eve!

Have you ever wished you could peek in on the holiday celebrations of politicians? Today you can. Governor-elect John Bel Edwards was kind enough to share his family’s plans for this very special Christmas.

“We’re going to stay home this year and enjoy Christmas at our house.”

Edwards says that means this year they will be doing many things that have become family traditions.

“We always go to mass on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and so we will do that at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite – probably at the five o’clock mass.”

Wallis Watkins

Today is the day 13-year-old John Miller Edwards gets his most pressing questions answered.

“We’re having lunch and we’re taking the kids so that they can all meet,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards says of his son’s number one request made the night he was elected.

The Jindal family is hosting the Edwards family for a meal and a tour of the entire Governor’s Mansion today.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the residence portion of the Mansion for the first time,” Edwards says, with a grin.

Stocking the Cabinet

Dec 17, 2015
Wallis Watkins

Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards announced eight new leaders for his administration on Wednesday. 


Wallis Watkins

Industrial leaders in the Houma-Thibodaux area heard from Governor-elect John Bel Edwards Tuesday. He began the luncheon speech by advising them the state budget crisis is not going to be easily fixed.

“The relatively easy stuff was done years ago. The low-hanging fruit’s been picked,” Edwards said.

He also warned them some of their business tax breaks could be going away.

“We may need to achieve some savings by reducing or eliminating tax expenditures that we then reallocate to higher priority items like higher education.”

Sue Lincoln

Before November 24th, nearly every political expert agreed: John Bel Edwards couldn’t win.

“He’s a Democrat running in a state and a time where nobody believes a Democrat can win statewide,” Edwards’ campaign strategist Jared Arsement said was what they were told, over and over,

He was among the campaign insiders who gathered with political experts at LSU last week, for a debriefing on how Edwards won – and David Vitter lost – the Louisiana governorship. Mary Patricia Wray with the Edwards campaign admitted it was a seemingly impossible task.

“One of the first polls that we ever ran showed the Governor-elect at, I think, seven or eight percent name recognition. And we of course all sat around and said, ‘Well this great. We have so much room to grow’,” Wray recounted with a laugh. “But the same poll that told us nobody knew who we were also showed us that we had a very narrow, but a very clear path to winning.”

Sue Lincoln

“We have to do things differently. And I need your help,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards told the Council for a Better Louisiana annual meeting Wednesday, giving every indication he’s fully focused on the job of governing, and the challenges he faces.


Wallis Watkins

Governor Bobby Jindal and Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards met Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion as part of the transition process. 


S. Lincoln

Need a job? The governor-elect is looking to hire some folks to work in his administration.

“We’re going to put the best government together that we can, and, I think, the best government the state’s ever had,” John Bel Edwards states, confidently.

The governor-elect’s transition team is taking applications via their website, onwardlouisiana.com.

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