Rep. Blake Miguez Calls Out "Honor Code" on Oil and Gas Lawsuits

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Blake Miguez, state representative from Iberia and Vermilion Parishes, took to Facebook today to chide the Edwards' administration on legacy lawsuits. Miguez, speaking as a small business owner in the oil and gas industry, states how these suits will affect businesses within the industry.

 “This is a message to the Governor directly. We don’t need the lawyers suing them and closing their businesses. If you drive from our small oil and gas Company in New Iberia, and you drive to this facility here in Broussard, look at the billboard signs. 80% of those are trial attorneys; the other 20 percent is the casino. Where are small businesses’ signs? Where are oil and gas signs that say ‘I’m hiring’? They don’t exist because they can barely afford to pay the receptionists to answer the phone.,”  said state representative and small business owner Blake Miguez.

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Posted on May 19, 2017 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

LANDRY: U.S. Senate Should Pass the FACT Act to Help Protect Americans

Photo source: Louisiana Record

Photo source: Louisiana Record

It is no secret that frivolous litigation filings have skyrocketed in recent years. As more and more personal injury lawyers seek to use and abuse our legal system, Americans have grown tired of paying the costs and have begun calling for reform. Fortunately, Congress is listening.


In March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed reform legislation that included the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (FACT Act), which will help reduce fraud that effectively steals compensation from people who are or will become sick from asbestos exposure. This reform legislation is desperately needed and I hope the U.S. Senate will act on it soon. It is estimated 60 different bankruptcy trusts collectively paid out more than $17 billion since 2008 in compensation funds previously set-aside for veterans and others exposed to asbestos. But the long-term financial viability of these trust funds is being threatened.

In many instances, the same plaintiffs’ attorneys who profit from these trusts are responsible for managing them, in essence allowing the fox to guard the hen house. Furthermore, a lack of coordination between the trusts and the tort system provides for the unseemly practice of “double dipping” — whereby some attorneys file conflicting claims about their clients’ asbestos exposure and collect multiple awards from different trusts and companies for a single asbestos-related injury.

The FACT Act will bring sorely needed transparency to this process and help protect veterans and others sickened by asbestos by requiring trust funds to disclose information on claims made to the trusts while taking measures to protect claimants’ personal information. By weeding out bad actors that are abusing the current system, the FACT Act will preserve existing funds and ensure all deserving future claimants receive the maximum relief for their illnesses and injuries.

To be sure, this bill does not prevent asbestos claimants from receiving payouts from multiple sources. Indeed, there may be some instances where veterans or industrial workers were exposed to several different asbestos containing products throughout their years of service. The bill simply requires disclosure of that information to the courts so that judges and juries can consider it when compensating asbestos claimants. That’s why the majority of Louisiana’s House Delegation—including Majority Whip. Steve Scalise (R-Jefferson), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Port Barre), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Benton), Rep. Ralph Abraham (R–Mangham), and Rep. Garret Graves (R-Baton Rouge) — voted in favor of the FACT Act and should be applauded.

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the FACT Act in the coming weeks. I urge U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to support these commonsense reforms as well.

Melissa Landry is executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW), a grassroots legal watchdog dedicated to improving the state’s legal climate. Learn more at www.LLAW.org.

Posted on May 19, 2017 and filed under Louisiana.

Scott Angelle and His New Job?

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Photo source: The Hayride 

It has come to the attention of Cajun Conservatism that the Trump administration is considering the appointment of Scott Angelle to the Dept. of Interior, either at the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

This possible position has been reported on in the past several weeks on outlets such as Business Report and LAPolitics and has come with what seems to be the blessing of both Congressman Clay Higgins, who defeated Angelle in a highly contested 3rd Congressional District race this past fall to replace Charles Boustany, and Attorney General Jeff Landry.

This move will push Angelle out of the spotlight in Louisiana politics and into the swamp of DC. The only positive thing that can result from this decision is that Angelle can promote himself as a champion of oil and gas and an ally of the industry in either of these positions and Louisiana can move on without him.

In either case, we, in Louisiana, are better off.

Attorney General Jeff Landry Weighs in on Trump Administration's Views on "Sanctuary Cities"

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Photo source: brpoud.com

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday stressed that funding cuts are a possibility for cities that are acting as refuges for illegal immigration, in what has become knows as "sanctuary cities".  Louisiana Attorney General had the following to say concerning this issue:

'The chickens are coming home to roost'

"I have been warning Louisiana officials that we needed to end sanctuary cities in our state. Now the chickens are coming home to roost. We have an illegal immigration problem across the country and certainly in Louisiana."

-- Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

The views of Landry and many other leaders within the nation can be found in the below CNN piece:

Read more: Sanctuary cities: What they say about funding threat

Posted on April 25, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Jeff Landry.

Democrats Look To Import Drugs From Mexico

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Photo source: Western Journalism  

 "As Opioid addiction in America is skyrocketing, leave it to the Democrats to come up with a scheme to make it easier to bring unregulated prescription drugs into our country. It is the Democrats who have caused the prices of American-made drugs to go through the proverbial roof."

Read more: Democrats Look To Import Drugs From Mexico

Posted on April 13, 2017 and filed under Democrats.

"Tolerant" Liberals Disrupt Prayer During Cassidy Town Hall Meeting

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Photo source : InfoWars

In a town hall meeting earlier this week, hosted by Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a prayer from the Chaplain of the Louisiana Legislature was disrupted by agitators, who were there purely to wreak havoc on a gathering of concerned citizens. The below video shows them screaming "separation of church and state" and "pray on your own time". 

Tell me again about that tolerance the left spouts. Guess Michelle Obama's "when they go low, we go high" doesn't apply here.  

Posted on February 25, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, Democrats.

Are Protests at Congressional District Meetings Being Organized?

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A recording that was submitted to the Moon Griffon show seems to show organized protests are taking place at district meetings that are being conducted this week while Congress is on break. This recording was in anticipation of an upcoming meeting Sen. Bill Cassidy has planned for this week in Breaux Bridge.

Courtesy: KPEL 96.5

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Posted on February 23, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Bill Cassidy.

LAGOP Issues Statement on the Resignation of Sen. Troy Brown

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Photo source: The Advocate  

Today, Senator Troy Brown resigned from the Louisiana Senate, avoiding expulsion from the body. His resignation is something that leaders of the Republican Party of Louisiana have called for since his first arrest for domestic violence over a year ago.

In bipartisan fashion, the Louisiana Senate was prepared to expel Mr. Brown. Seeing the writing on the wall, he chose to resign.

While announcing his resignation, Mr. Brown stated that he was doing so “with the sincerest hopes of sparing its precious body [the Louisiana Senate] any further embarrassment.” His refusal to resign when called upon by members of both parties caused a great deal of embarrassment to his district and became a stain on the dignity of the body to which he was elected.

“We welcome the resignation of Troy Brown from the Louisiana Senate," said LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré. “His resignation should have come sooner, but we’re glad that he finally saw that his actions were not to be tolerated by the Louisiana Legislature. We hope that he comes to recognize that his acts of violence are unbefitting the conduct expected of a senator and that his behavior was not in standing with Louisiana values.”

Doré went on to say that, "Domestic Violence is a serious issue, and while Mr. Brown’s assault charges may have been classified as a misdemeanor, the actions of Mr. Brown are categorically opposite the gentlemanly behavior we as a society expect from those who represent our state.”

We look forward to seeing the seat vacated by Mr. Brown occupied by an individual who will take the responsibilities of the office seriously, live up to the moral expectations of Louisianians, and, regardless of party affiliation, be an individual who places the interests of his or her constituents over their own personal desires.




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Posted on February 17, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Democrats.

AG Landry Announces Arrest of 89 Criminals

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On Monday, 5 people were arrested on over 300 accounts of exploitation of children. This was a result from a cyber-crime sweep intended to take child predators off the street.

On Tuesday, AG Landry announced the successful crime-fighting initiative, Operation Resolution, that resulted in the arrest of 84 people in Tangipahoa Parish. The arrests ranged from armed robbery to drug possession with intent to distribute.

The operation was carried out by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the Hammond Police Department, the Ponchatoula Police Department, Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

In a statement from his office, AG Landry said, “Operation Resolution’s success is a great example of what can be done when law enforcement agencies, from every level, work in collaboration…Together, we will combat crime and make our State a safer place.”

Louisiana Citizens for Job Creators, Inc.

Posted on February 15, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Jeff Landry.