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Chas Roemer, the outgoing president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced a week ago he does not plan to run for re-election. Looking ahead to next month’s election, he has some advice for voters.


Global Ministries Foundation’s quest for Louisiana bond money to buy a New Orleans-East apartment complex may finally be over.

“I would like to make a motion again that we not approve this project, or defer it permanently, if we can,” State Senator Edwin Murray said during Thursday’s Louisiana Bond Commission meeting. “I don’t know what it takes to keep it off the agenda any further, but I just hope that it’s gone.”

It was the fifth time in as many months that GMF’s $24.5-million request encountered objections from residents of the surrounding community. The project is in State Representative Wesley Bishop’s district.

“We’re not against development. We’re not against anything that benefits New Orleans-East,” Bishop told fellow Bond Commission members. “But this is wrong. This is wrong as two left shoes.”

 “This is an extremely important office because it affects everyone in this state,” states Matt Parker, a candidate for the position.

Insurance Commissioner is one of the only statewide jobs that has a noticeable effect on the bills you pay regularly. And incumbent Jim Donelon has drawn three challengers because of those bills.

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It’s one of Governor Jindal’s favorite statistics, and one he’s sure to quote in tomorrow night’s debate on CNN: “We’ve actually cut our state budget 26 percent.”

Yet every time Bobby Jindal says it, State Treasurer John Kennedy cringes.

“It does bother me when the Governor says that,” Kennedy states. “It offends me because those aren’t the numbers.”

In fact, Kennedy says, the actual numbers show the opposite.

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The Mamou, sometimes called the Coral Bean, is a large shrub that grows here in Louisiana. Maybe you’ve seen one: it produces bright, scarlet flowers and distinctive bean pods.

“When the bean pod splits open,” says botanist Larry Allain, “the beans are brilliant red. And the Indians would drill ‘em and use ‘em as jewelry. But the Cajuns used them to make cough medicine and blood thinner.”


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 Governor Bobby Jindal continues his quest for the White House, and he will participate in the CNN Republican debate this Wednesday. He practiced some of his debate responses with the National Press Club last Thursday.

“Congress has the constitutional responsibility to fund government,” Jindal declared. “Absolutely they should defund Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood does not do abortions in Louisiana, but Jindal says the web-posted videos produced by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress prove the family-planning organization is “barbaric”.

From Sea to Shining Marsh

Sep 11, 2015
Nick Janzen

Down by the toe of Louisiana’s boot, Bayou Grand Liard used to be surrounded by solid land.

“I’ve talked to people whose fathers and grandfathers used to come out here and hunt rabbits. Now you see it’s all open water,” says Chuck Perrodin, a spokesman for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

To fix that, the CPRA is in the middle of a marsh creation project at Bayou Grand Liard. “We’re taking what used to be land and marsh, went back into open water, now we have made it back into land,” Perrodin says.

There will be two names on the October 24th ballot for Secretary of State: Republican incumbent Tom Schedler and Democratic challenger Chris Tyson. The two spoke with Sue Lincoln separately during qualifying this week about their reasons for running, and what they hope to accomplish, if elected.

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The three days of qualifying for the fall elections is over, and there’s a ballot full for the October 24th primary.

On day one, we got the big names: the top tier candidates for governor, and most of the incumbents for the other statewide offices.

“It’s my pleasure to have been the first to sign up,” Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Tuesday.

“I have qualified for re-election,” Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced.

“I want to be Treasurer again,” John Kennedy stated. “I made that decision about six months ago.”

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The four major candidates for governor signed up Tuesday, on the initial day of qualifying.

David Vitter was first up, greeting the media with a joke about his wife who accompanied him.

“Wendy just signed up to run for Governor.”

Vitter said he was flying back to Washington, as the U.S. Senate was reconvening, and it was noted there’s not another congressional recess until October 12th. When asked if he would be participating in any forums or debates before the October 24th primary, he replied, “Absolutely.”