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The price of oil has dropped more than $10 per barrel over the past month. And many of the fortunetellers of fossil fuel finances are now saying this is the new normal.

“Fortunately for Louisiana, we took the most conservative pricing as we built the forecast for FY ‘15, FY ‘16 and ’17,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says, noting that Louisiana’s revenue stream is no longer as heavily dependent on oil as it once was.

The campaign hiatus is officially over, with Governor Bobby Jindal leaving the state, again. He resumed his chase for the Republican presidential nomination, appearing on three national news shows Wednesday.

“There’ve been 3 different polls in the last week, showing that we’re on the move in Iowa,” Jindal said during his stint on CBS “This Morning”.

LA GOP Picks an Early Favorite

Jul 29, 2015
Sue Lincoln

The Louisiana Republican Party is endorsing former Congressman, Jeff Landry, for Attorney General. 


In order to deal with the Lafayette shooting tragedy, Governor Bobby Jindal announced last Friday he was suspending his presidential campaign. Jindal’s later response to a reporter’s persistent questioning about gun control policies certainly indicated the campaign was on hold.

“There will be a right time and place to have that conversation,” Jindal told the reporter. “I’m more than happy to talk about this in a few days. Right now is not the time.”

Smoking Cessation Trust

Back in April, New Orleans banned smoking throughout much of the city. On July 1, 2015, Louisiana’s statewide cigarette tax rose by fifty cents. Mike Rogers, CEO of the Smoking Cessation Trust, thinks that’s driving more Louisianians to drop the habit. 

  

“This should not be a platform for political purposes,” Mayci Breaux’s uncle told Lafayette TV station KLFY last Friday.

We agree, so today we are remembering and honoring two vibrant lives that were taken from us too soon.


Louisiana lawmakers weren’t talking about U.S. Supreme Court justices Thursday, as they discussed the phrase “appointed for life”. They were actually talking about registrars of voters.

“Currently, the way it’s stated in the Constitution, the local governing authority’s responsible for the appointment of the registrar of voters, but beyond that, there’s nothing,” said Rep. Mike Danahay of Sulphur.

Sue Lincoln

There has been plenty of rain, wind, lightning and thunder this summer, followed by numerous power outages. That’s led to more than a few complaints to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

“’There were eight outages from Tuesday through Sunday of last week’,” PSC member Scott Angelle read from a stack of messages, during Wednesday’s meeting.  “He just feels there were too many to just write off as due to ‘weather-related’ issues.”

CSPAN

In the furor over Donald Trump’s remarks about John McCain, Governor Bobby Jindal’s reception at the Family Leadership Summit this past weekend was somewhat overshadowed.


Ann Marie Awad

The Atchafalaya Basin is a wedge of wetlands that stretches south to the Gulf of Mexico between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. At a million-plus acres, it's America's largest freshwater swamp--and it's long been at risk. But with a new land purchase, The Nature Conservancy will experiment with fixes to those problems.


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