Politics

State Budget
6:06 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Billion Dollar Decrease in Proposed Budget

Gov. Bobby Jindal invited the press to the Governor's Mansion for a brief preview of his budget, which will be unveiled in full Friday morning before the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

The budget totals $24.7 billion. The governor says that's a billion dollar decrease from last year.

The Dept. of Health and Hospitals will see a cut of about $50 million because of a drop in federal funds. Jindal says the budget for higher education will see reductions because of the privatization of some of LSU’s hospitals, but not in other areas.

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Politics
6:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

John Bel Edwards: First Horse in 2015 La. Governor's Race

John Bel Edwards is the Louisiana House Minority Leader, and may be the only democratic candidate for governor in 2015.
Credit Louisiana House of Representatives

 Louisiana House Minority Leader, John Bel Edwards, threw his hat into the ring for the next gubernatorial race Wednesday morning on the Jim Engster Show

Edwards may see a fundraising advantage by announcing this early, but has a lot to overcome.

Other potential candidates include fellow democrat New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and republicans US Senator David Vitter, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and State Treasurer John Kennedy.


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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation

The sinkhole that put many nearby residents under a mandatory evacuation order has grow in area and fluctuated in depth since it first appeared on August 3rd.
Credit Assumption Parish

It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. 

Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties. 

State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground

Defend Louisiana feels that the "Sportsman's Paradise" has a tradition of gun ownership that the national government may not grasp.
Credit Defend Louisiana

A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend. State Representative Jeff Thompson, founder of Defend Louisiana, outlined the group’s initiatives at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday afternoon.

Defend Louisiana has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights. 


Politics
6:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Jindal Promotes Changes to Juvenile Justice Program

Changes may be coming for a state program aimed at keeping kids at risk of delinquency out of the corrections system. Governor Bobby Jindal proposed tighter more “common sense” regulations for the Families in Need of Service Program, or FINS, at a press conference Friday morning. 

The governor built off of a legislative commission’s study of FINS that found children were being moved through the system without enough attention.

Children are referred to FINS for being ungovernable, for bullying or substance use, among other reasons. There’s worry that kids referred to FINS for non-criminal offenses are propelled into the delinquent system, and then more likely to enter the state’s prisons – the opposite of the program’s goal.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
10:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Senator Landrieu Backing Keystone Pipeline

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:08 pm

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is pushing for support of the Keystone pipeline.


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Politics
6:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jindal Shrugs Off Polls, Denies ALEC Association

Governor Jindal touched on many political topics, but also recounted his first Valentine's Day with his wife, Supriya Jindal.
Credit Gage Skidmore

Governor Bobby Jindal held an impromptu press conference at a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion honoring the longest-married couples in Louisiana on Valentine’s Day.

When reporters asked about the polls released by the Louisiana Medical Society and Public Policy Polling, which showed approval of the governor below 50 percent, Jindal shrugged off the numbers.


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Approval Ratings
6:58 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bobby Jindal One Of The Most Unpopular Governors In The Country, Poll Says

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:34 pm

Bobby Jindal, once one of the most popular governors in the country, has seen his approval ratings slide over the past two-and-a-half years to just 37 percent, according to a report released today by the Public Policy Polling organization.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.?

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he spoke about the place of oil and gas in a time of climate change and growing green energy.
Credit Pete Souza

President Barack Obama touched on the oil and gas industry in his State of the Union. Some of these initiatives may benefit Louisiana’s economy.

First, the President suggested loosening regulation. “My administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” Obama said. “That’s got to be a part of an all-of-the-above plan.” 


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Politics
2:33 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Even Without Earmarks, Tax Breaks And Special Deals Fill Bills

Tourists take photographs in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 2, the day after Congress passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 11:28 am

Congress likes to say it no longer does earmarks, the provisions that direct federal dollars to serve local interests or campaign supporters. And though that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation — even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.

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