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  • WHAT'S ON THE POLICE CHIEF'S CELL PHONE?

    WHAT'S ON THE POLICE CHIEF'S CELL PHONE? The mystery surrounding former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's cell phone just took another turn, with the release of the police report relating to its disappearance to the local news media.  White, who has said he did not have a city-parish cell phone, then said he had one but it was lost or stolen, finally turned it over to his attorney last week.  You can read more about who the chief was talking to and what police say the phone was being used for at the link below.  

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Etch a Sketch has launched an online ad campaign after an aide to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney used the toy to explain how they would flip-flop on issues in the general election and Rick Santorum pounced on it, waving the toy at campaign stops.  "Shake it Up, America" ads have headlines like, "Etch a Sketch is a Lot Like Politics, There's a Lot of Gray Area", and the one pictured here.  The company is now in production with blue versions to compliment the traditional red ones and are expected to be popular items at both the Democratic and Republican conventions this summer. 
 Filled with tired rhetoric about support for oil and gas, the two top Republican Presidential contenders came to Louisiana and showed their true selves, not having any understanding that the future of Oil and Gas is directly tied to restoring America's WETLAND in Coastal Louisiana.  Only Newt Gingrich had the right stuff for the State's future when he showed a knowledge of the importance of coastal erosion and the role of the federal government in funding it.  No Republican President has mentioned the most important issue to our state, and any Republican who cares about this state, should stand with Newt.
After reading all 595 anonymous comments posted on the New Orleans Times Picayune website, nola.com by Sal Perricone, WWL's Tommy Tucker concludes the prosecutor is a "gutless wonder".  Tucker takes off the gloves with Perricone, whose comments have been uncovered by landfill owner Fred Heebe's Washington attorneys, using the former FBI profiler who broke the Unabomber code and identified him.  Read more at the link below.
 America's WETLAND in coastal Louisiana may get a fresh infusion of funds via Congressional action that ensures BP oil spill fines stay close to where the impact was the greatest and not spread across the federal budget. Read about the importance of the action last week in the U.S. Senate and get involved by letting Congress know how important this is to the Gulf South.
 Ed Anderson reports in the TP that a legislator given the axe by the Jindal Adminstration cites "fear and initimadation factors" as part of the current Adminstration's play book.  While such tactics have been around a long time, the ploy seems to counter claims by the adminstration of fairness and transparency.  As the Louisiana Legislature begins a session with education reform proposals sounding like national policy alignment on their agenda, where will the line between personal political advantage and appropriate state policy be drawn?  Questions with no answers seem the order of the day in this second term maneuvering.  
Sunday, 11 March 2012

LANDRIEU BEATS THE ODDS

 Like a drawn out fight, Mary Landrieu has stayed in the ring long enough to outlast jabs and punches thrown at her during attempts to keep BP oil spill fine monies in the Gulf Coast and not spread across the nation like a ragged blanket.  When there is money, there are vultures in Congress, no matter how right or wrong attacking the bacon may be for a good national diet.  For years, Landrieu has attempted to get a fair deal for restoring America's WETLAND along Louisiana's coast based on the national benefits served by the region.  We are one step closer to having funds available to begin the action of restoration.  Like a champ, she outlasted, dodged and swerved to keep hope alive for the underdog.

Former St. Bernard Senator Sammy Nunez, who served two terms as Senate President, died Sunday after a lengthy illness.  Nunez served as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and worked closely with current Senate President John Alario when Alario served as Speaker of the House.  Read more about his career at the link below. 

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says he is at peace with his decision to pardon more than 200 criminals, including 17 convicted murderers, on his last days in office, but angry Mississippians are fighting back with the help of Attorney General Jim Hood.  CBS News is reporting his actions will likely lead to changes in Mississippi's pardon laws. 

Newt Gingrich is getting mixed reviews of his latest attack on Mitt Romney, a TV spot in which he shows John Kerry at a campaign stop in Louisiana saying, "Laissez le bon temps rouler", then follows with a clip of Mitt Romney introducing himself in French on a 2002 Winter Olympics video.  Romney served as Chief Executive for the Olympics and English and French are both the official languages of the Olympics, no it's no wonder this is being called "the silliest slander of the campaign season."  You can see John Kerry, flanked by Senator Mary Landrieu, and Romney at the link below.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his Chief of Police faced the public Friday after 18 people were shot in a 24-hour period, including a police officer.  New Orleans finished 2011 with 199 murders, and has already seen 47 people shot in 2012, with 12 killed, a new record for a city that continues to struggle with violence.  The new wave of crime comes on the heals of a very successful period in which the city hosted over 250,000 visitors for sporting events.  Read more about how the Mayor plans to fight "for the heart and soul of New Orleans" at the link below. 
Despite a massive PR blitz by BP that includes everything from paying celebrity chefs to tout their claims to handling out fish tacos and seafood jambalaya to football fans flocking to New Orleans, commercial fisherman along the Gulf Coast are saying the hype just isn't true.  Some say they are struggling to just pay their bills with a dismal shrimp harvest and sales consistent with last year's.  The Louisiana Shrimp Association calls is simply "BP propaganda."  Read more at the link below. 
In a message that has attracted attention, former Archbishop Alfred Hughes delivered a message to Governor Bobby Jindal and other elected officials at Sunday's inaugural interfaith prayer service, urging them to "shun the paralyzing and polarizing political debate in favor of civil discourse."  Hughes, shown here, also urged the elected officials gathered to keep in mind the needs of the poor, the downtrodden, the uneducated and minorities as they go about the tasks of leading the state, "because God excludes no one from his family. They should not be overlooked."
Governor Bobby Jindal is hosting a fundraising to help Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser retire his personal debt from his campaign for Lt. Governor, causing current Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne to note, "I would hope he would be as supportive of his friends in victory as his friends in defeat."   His comments received the routine "no comment" from Jindal, but you can read his political adviser's explanation at the link below.

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