Archive for July, 2008

And now for the exciting stuff…

Campaign season!  Woohoo.  We have quite a few high-profile races coming up this fall, but the one I’ve been focusing more intently on is the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional district.  Most of us remember former Congressman Richard Baker taking a new job in February and leaving the seat open.  During the special election, former state legislator Woody Jenkins won the Republican primary over Baton Rouge businesswoman Laurinda Calogne.  Woody then went on to lose the general election to Don Cazayoux, the first Democrat to take that seat in 30-something years.

And now, in just a few months, we’ll have the same election to fill the next full 2-year term.  Cazayoux will, of course, run again, and State Senator Bill Cassidy has also qualified to run as a Republican.  The big question, then, was “Will Woody run again?”  Thankfully, the answer is no.  The Advocate reported today that Jenkins has decided not to run for the sake of “party unity”.  We commend and appreciate Mr. Jenkins for making the decision to step down from this race.

As for us, we’ll be supporting Dr. Bill Cassidy for Congress this fall.  Dr. Cassidy is an extraordinary man who has served communities in Baton Rouge and Louisiana for years.  He has an impeccable record in the state legislature, and has been endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal.  Check out his website to learn more about him and the issues he stands for.

We look forward to a great race in Baton Rouge this fall, and to covering all the campaign news around the state.

 

Excited,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger

We’re just sayin’…

So, this little pay raise issue should be dead by now.  I mean, we all went through 3 weeks of hell over this, and then Jindal vetoed, and everything should be puppies and rainbows now.  But noooo…

We’re really not trying to beat a dead horse here, but with legislators like Senator Ann ‘Mercedes’ Duplessis trying to play us all for fools, we feel compelled to comment.  This newest piece of entertainment from Duplessis was found in the political section of the Advocate yesterday:

Duplessis: Photos of her car misleading

State Sen. Ann Duplessis said the legislative pay raise issue was skewed by those who do not believe elected officials are credible.

As an example, she pointed to the photo of her Mercedes that popped up on the Internet before the governor vetoed the pay raise.

Duplessis, D-New Orleans, said the car is part of her compensation package as a banker.

“It’s a 10-year-old, broken down vehicle,” she said.

Uhm, excuse me?  Senator Duplessis, really.  Thanks to good-government organizations like the Louisiana Action Council, we all saw the pictures of your pretty little Benz, and it’s quite obvious to anyone with at least one functioning eye that you don’t drive a “10-year-old, broken down vehicle”.  How stupid do you think we are?  But just to prove how very right we are, observe the following.

This…is Senator Duplessis’ Mercedes Benz, S-500:

And this is what a very nice ’98-99 Mercedes Benz S-class looks like:

Now, I’m no car expert, but it only took about 30 seconds of glancing at both of these pictures to figure out that they’re not the same car, and the first one is obviously a newer model than the latter.  Shocker.

Something else I found humorous was that over the weekend, the 2007 disclosure forms from every member of the legislature were released.  And guess what?  Senator Ann ‘Mercedes’ Duplessis’ husband reported being paid $43,500 by Churchill Downs Louisiana Horse Racing Co.  Huh.  That’s weird.

Again, we’re not really trying to keep this issue alive.  I mean, I’d much rather look at other things besides pictures of old S-class models all morning.  But just FYI, Senator Duplessis: If you keep this going, we don’t at all mind clarifying the pile of lies and other assorted deceit you insist on attempting to feed to the general public.

 

Rather amused,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger

Happy 4th :)

Sorry I’ve been out of pocket for a few days…life happens, I suppose.

The heat surrounded the legislative pay raise has, of course, died down since Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill.  Since then, both recall petitions filed against PBJ have been withdrawn.  It appears that the effort to recall Speaker Tucker at www.recallpayraisetucker.com has also been withdrawn.  The www.recallmichot.com site has been turned into a watch-dog organization to keep a very close eye on Mike Michot.  Recall Them All still seems to be up and running, but with the individual recalls withdrawn, I don’t really see much coming out of that.

Congratulations to all the people of Louisiana, and thank you to those who made phone calls, sent angry letters, and made your voice heard to our elected officials.  Though this whole process was stressful and frustrating for most of us, I hope it has shown us all that we can make a difference in our state government…as corny as that sounds 😉

R&R’ing,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger