LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF LANDRY WILL RECEIVE LFF 2019 GLADIATOR AWARD!

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Baton Rouge, La. — Each year, Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) presents its Gladiator Award to an individual who goes the extra mile to advance freedom and honors the principles our nation was founded upon. The 2019 Gladiator Award recipient is Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for his dedication to preserving the rule of law and the foundational principles of life, liberty, and limited government.

  • Under Landry’s leadership, the Louisiana Department of Justice (LDOJ) has vigorously defended legislatively enacted regulations on abortion providers. Currently, his office is preparing to argue June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee before the United States Supreme Court if certiorari is granted in the case. The law being challenged, Act 620 of 2014 by Representative Katrina Jackson, requires Louisiana abortionists to provide women with a basic standard of care by requiring physicians to have hospital admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in the event of emergency circumstances.

  • Attorney General Landry upheld the 2nd Amendment when he successfully led the efforts to block banks from doing bond business with the State after they refused to do business with law-abiding firearms companies.

  • Landry has upheld religious expression in schools when he co-authored the Louisiana Student Rights Review with Congressman Mike Johnson, the first set of such guidelines published by a DOJ for students, teachers, and administrators on religious expression in government schools.

  • Protecting children from predators, the LDOJ Cyber Crime Unit has made over 400 arrests.

  • Landry has repeatedly challenged executive powers when he asserted that Louisiana’s Governor was overstepping constitutional authority by interfering with the legislative process in crafting law. Landry’s assertion of executive overreach via Executive Order JBE 2016-11 (which effectively granted LGBQT+ ‘men’ the privilege to patronize women’s restrooms) has been upheld in three separate decisions all the way to the Louisiana State Supreme Court.

LFF President Gene Mills says, “Louisiana is fortunate to have a principled counselor as the head of LDOJ. Jeff Landry and his stellar legal team deserve honor and gratitude for a job well done and often completed under difficult fiscal limitations!”

Landry is receiving the award at the 2019 LFF Awards Gala on September 26th at Healing Place Arena in Baton Rouge, La.


Posted on August 20, 2019 and filed under Jeff Landry, Louisiana.

LOGPAC Endorses Luci Sposito for Lafourche Parish President

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BATON ROUGE, LA (August 19, 2019) - Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, issued their endorsement of Luci Sposito in her bid for Lafouche Parish President.

“The oil and gas industry is vital to the health of our coastal communities,” said Gifford Briggs, Executive Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee. “Luci will be a champion for the oil and gas industry and fight to create an environment in which the industry can succeed as it once did. Mrs. Sposito has been a fantastic voice for our industry on the parish council and we look forward to her bringing that passion for oil and gas jobs and families to the role of Parish President.”

For more information about Mrs. Sposito and her race for Lafourche Parish President, visit her website at lucisposito.com.

About the Louisiana Oil And Gas Political Action Committee:

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC) is the political arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. LOGPAC exists due to businesses facing constant threats posed by litigation, over regulation, and excessive taxation. To protect against such threats, the oil and gas industry needs a large, efficient and unified representation to make their voices heard. LOGPAC looks to support candidates and legislators that celebrate Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. If you would like to learn about LOGPAC’s endorsements for the highly anticipated 2019 elections, be sure and visit GeauxElections.com.

Posted on August 19, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Let Me Guess, It’s Bobby Jindal’s Fault

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“Louisiana has lost the most jobs of any state since Governor Edwards took office, and this new data shows his policies continue to drive away work and workers,” said RGA Communications Director Amelia Chassé Alcivar. “At a time when Louisiana should be taking advantage of a strong national economy to grow jobs and expand opportunity, John Bel Edwards liberal tax-and-spend agenda is moving the state in the wrong direction, and working families are the ones paying the price.”

Read more: Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Was The Only State In The Country To Lose Jobs In The Past Year

Posted on August 17, 2019 and filed under Bobby Jindal, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.

Beau Beaullieu, House Candidate for District 48, Endorsed by NFIB

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The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) in Louisiana announced their endorsement of Beau Beaullieu (Republican), candidate in the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 48 race. NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Beaullieu, a small business owner himself, appears to be the favorite of the business community and has emerged as the most pro-business candidate in the field of four candidates. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Iberia Republican Executive Committee and seeks to replace Taylor Barras (republican/term limited) in the election to be held on October 12th.

The full press release can be found here.


Posted on August 15, 2019 and filed under Beau Beaullieu, Louisiana.

Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards Pitched Hollywood Tax Credits That Led to ‘The Hunt’ Filming in Louisiana

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pitched Universal Pictures to film movies in Louisiana, to which the motion picture studio filmed the controversial film The Hunt, which reportedly featured liberal elites hunting and killing “deplorables” for sport.

Universal Pictures filmed The Hunt in New Orleans, Louisiana, earlier this year. The studio selected the location only a few months after Democrat Gov. Edwards traveled to Hollywood to discuss Louisiana’s controversial film tax credit program and raise money for his reelection campaign. Edwards met with Universal Pictures and other studio executives in Los Angeles, California, in October 2018.

Read more: Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards Pitched Hollywood Tax Credits That Led to ‘The Hunt’ Filming in Louisiana

Posted on August 14, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.

Republican Party of Louisiana Calls for Federal Legislation with Baseball-Style Arbitrationto Stop Surprise Medical Billing

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Unanimous Resolution Applauds Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Leadership to Introduce STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act

Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Republican Party of Louisiana unanimously approved a resolution calling for the federal adoption of Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR), often referred to as baseball-styled arbitration, a free-market solution to stop the practice of surprise medical billing.

It also applauds U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for his leadership in authoring the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act and “encourages the entire Louisiana congressional delegation to continue fighting for a legislative solution that encourages free-market-solutions such as the IDR framework and not government rate setting via benchmarking.”

Surprise medical billing occurs when patients receive unexpected and excessive medical bills for health care services that they believed would be covered by their insurance companies.

“Surprise medical billing is driving up the cost of health care for everyone, and a free-market resolution like IDR is the only proven way to solve the problem without unintentionally making it even worse for patients. Some proposals out there – like government price-setting – would do exactly that by limiting patients’ ability to get care close to home from the doctors they trust,” said Louis Gurvich, Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana.

Authored by SCC member Lloyd Harsch, the resolution was unanimously approved by the party’s executive committee during today’s Republican State Central Committee meeting.

“The party chose to highlight this issue because it is a critical part of increasing transparency for patients and lowering the costs of healthcare for millions of Americans,” Gurvich added.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

Posted on August 12, 2019 and filed under Bill Cassidy, Heathcare, LAGOP, Louisiana.

Seeking a 2nd Term, Tomorrow Attorney General Jeff Landry To Officially File for Re-Election

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Landry will seek to continue his work protecting Louisiana 

BROUSSARD – Tuesday morning at Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s office, Attorney General Jeff Landry will officially file for re-election.

Landry has launched a new campaign website at www.LandryForLouisiana.com and on the site outlines many accomplishments since first being elected to the office in 2015.

“I, and my team at the Louisiana Department of Justice, have worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Louisiana. We are working to protect families from crime, working to protect our jobs and economy, and working to protect the common sense values Louisiana citizens share,” said Landry. “Tomorrow I look forward to taking the step necessary to continue that work for another four years,” he added.

In addition to the website the Landry campaign has been distributing lawn signs across the state and has provided material as volunteers reach out to voters going door-to-door.

WHAT:     Attorney General Jeff Landry Files for Re-Election  

Landry will address the media just after the filing. He will be joined by his wife Sharon and his son JT.  

WHERE:     Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State

8585 Archives Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809

WHEN:   9:00 AM, tomorrowTuesday, August 6

Recognized for his leadership by his fellow Attorney Generals from around the country, Jeff Landry currently serves as the national President of the bipartisan Attorney Generals Association.

Prior to serving as Attorney General, Jeff Landry was a successful practicing attorney, an entrepreneur and small businessman, a former Sheriff’s Deputy, a Sergeant in the Louisiana National Guard, and a Member of the United States Congress representing Louisiana.  

Posted on August 5, 2019 and filed under Jeff Landry, Louisiana.

Citizens Against Government Waste Rejects HHS Plan on Foreign Drug Importation

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“No HHS Secretary or Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under either party has ever confirmed that importing pharmaceuticals would keep Americans safe from dangerous counterfeit drugs, including the opioids that have caused so much destruction across our country. Indeed, both President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar expressed their objections to this concept in 2018. The President said in October that ‘we don’t like getting [drugs] from other countries’ because ‘we don’t know … how they’re being made.’ Secretary Azar said in May 2018 that ‘importing drugs from other countries, such as Canada … is a gimmick,’ citing the miniscule savings calculated by the Congressional Budget Office. The HHS proposal would expose Americans to potentially adulterated drugs and encourage unscrupulous actors to get more involved in drug importation. It would hurt U.S. biopharmaceutical research and development. The plan also ignores Canadian warnings that the country has no interest in supplying Americans with their drugs, citing concerns over shortages. Instead of pursuing this ineffective and potentially dangerous policy, the administration should work with Congress to increase free market incentives and competition in public-sector drug benefit plans, speed up generic drug approvals, modernize clinical trial designs to encourage competition, and write better trade deals to ensure foreign countries pay a fair share of U.S.-funded biopharmaceutical research and development, rather than free-riding on our discoveries.”

Read more: Citizens Against Government Waste Rejects HHS Plan on Foreign Drug Importation

Posted on August 2, 2019 and filed under Drugs.

MILLS: A Tale of Two Governors

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The following was penned by Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum:

I’ve worked with numerous governors over my 30+ years around Louisiana’s political landscape, including Louisiana’s current Governor. Throughout those years, I have tried to hold public officials accountable while personally modeling the respect due to each civil government official as Scripture requires (Romans 13). It is in that spirit that I respectfully offer these thoughts.

Governor John Bel Edwards and I, though often public policy opposites, remain friendly and co-operative when common ground is found. The most recent example of that is Criminal Justice Reform. My involvement was at his request, and I served out of respect for his office and a shared belief that of the 18,000 inmates released each year in Louisiana, that a 42% recidivism rate within five years was too high. I respect Governor Edwards family and his lovely and talented wife. His pro-life and pro-second amendment platform won the Louisiana electorate in 2016, and many had high expectations for this deep-south Democrat going forward.

Last week, while launching his reelection campaign Governor Edwards took a swing at an old foe of his and a good friend of mine – former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. I understand that it is said that “all is fair in love and war… and politics.” However, it is political season predictable to me when one joins the chorus of others - making a ghost of the past argument – which oversimplifies and misrepresents a good man’s tenure. Among other things, Bobby Jindal understood the importance of regularly inviting socially conservative, Evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic pastors to his table to discuss policies which were impacting their cities, their churches and the shared responsibility we have to minister. We prayed together, communicated concerns, and listened to his responses. When hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana, the reaction from this conversation was tangible. By our small network’s account, tens of millions of dollars of goods and services moved, at no taxpayer expense, through this group of communicating and cooperating friends who ministered to the impacted families.

I can offer a few additional things Bobby Jindal did very well:

  1. He earnestly supported traditional family values. Governor Jindal refused to extend executive actions from his predecessors affirming the LGBTQ+ agenda and bringing sexual politics into state government. Governor Edwards signed an executive order expanding LGBTQ+ rights. Only Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and three failed court appeals stopped JBE’s executive advocacy.

  2. Governor Jindal was a staunch defender of religious liberty. He supported and signed our state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2010). John Bel Edwards, as a legislator in 2009, had deep concerns with a constitutional amendment on religious liberty and he voted against the amendment. Then Rep. Edwards did vote for the 2010 version of the bill.

  3. Governor Jindal served as a firewall protecting our state from the incessant encroachment of gambling interests. It was well known in the industry that he would oppose both de-regulation as well as the expansion of gambling. Under Governor Edwards, gambling bills filed and passed has exploded – including new forms of gaming.

Yes, there are significant differences in the governance and ideology of these two men. However, it’s disingenuous for Governor Edwards to oversimplify the past while ignoring the context that the policies of both President Obama and President Trump have had on our economic and political landscape.

I urge Governor Edwards and his surrogates to focus on the present reality. From LFF’s vantage point, much work remains before Louisiana is known as a place where God is honored, families flourish, liberty is cherished, and state government is laser-focused on its constitutional imperatives. Bobby Jindal has not been the Governor for nearly four years. Surely, there are present indicators which assist the Governor in making his case to the voters of Louisiana. In the meantime, I will continue to remind our state of the remarkable legacy of Bobby Jindal.

Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

Louisiana Citizens for Job Creators: AG Landry: The Radical Left Has Divorced Itself from Common Sense!

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Last week, AG Jeff Landry issued a scathing Op-Ed chastising a Letter to the Editor in the Baton Rouge Advocate for criticizing East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. Sheriff Gautreaux recently came under fire for saying he would check the immigration status of criminals booked into the parish jail. AG Landry applauds this action as "common sense solutions to combating drug smuggling, human trafficking, and other criminal activity." He goes on to note that, "unfortunately, the radical left has divorced itself from common sense and instead advocates for open borders and the abolishment of ICE."

Thank you AG Landry, for supporting local efforts to combat the protection of criminal illegal aliens. Read his full editorial HERE!

Posted on July 30, 2019 and filed under Jeff Landry, Immigration, Louisiana.

LCCM Releases Support for Conservative Members

Recognizes sitting members for their continued support of conservative values

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BATON ROUGE, LA – In anticipation of the 2019 election cycle, The Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority (LCCM) recognizes current members of the Louisiana legislature that are running for re-election and have been supportive of conservative values throughout their tenure in the legislature. Those members are:

  • Representative Alan Seabaugh, House District 5

  • Representative Larry Bagley, House District 7

  • Representative Raymond Crews, House District 8

  • Representative Dodie Horton, House District 9

  • Representative Wayne McMahen, House District 10

  • Representative Chris Turner, House District 12

  • Representative Jack McFarland, House District 13

  • Representative Lance Harris, House District 25

  • Representative Mike Johnson, House District 27

  • Representative Stephen Dwight, House District 35

  • Representative Julie Emerson, House District 39

  • Representative Phillip DeViller, House District 41

  • Representative John Stefanski, House District 42

  • Representative Stuart Bishop, House District 43

  • Representative Jean-Paul Coussan, House District 45

  • Representative Mike Huval, House District 46

  • Representative Ryan Bourriaque, House District 47

  • Representative Blake Miquez, House District 49

  • Representative Beryl Amedee, House District 51

  • Representative Jerome Zeringue, House District 52

  • Representative Tanner Magee, House District 53

  • Representative Greg Miller, House District 56

  • Representative Tony Bacala, House District 59

  • Representative Valarie Hodges, House District 64

  • Representative Barry Ivey, House District 65

  • Representative Paula Davis, House District 69

  • Representative Mark Wright, House District 77

  • Representative Polly Thomas, House District 80

  • Representative Clay Schexnayder, House District 81

  • Representative Nicholas Muscarello, House District 86

  • Representative Mary DuBuisson, House District 90

  • Representative Sherman Mack, House District 95

  • Representative Ray Garofalo, House District 103

  • Representative Paul Hollis, House District 104

  • Representative Chris Leopold, House District 105

  • Senator Neil Riser, House District 20


The Louisiana Coalition for a Conservative Majority (LCCM) previously LCRM, the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, has had a powerful impact on the Louisiana Legislature, helping turn what was once Democrat-held chambers into strong Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate. LCCM raised $3.7 million over the previous two cycles and has raised over another $1.25 Million this cycle. 

Now is the time that LCCM plans to hold conservatives accountable. With its most recent round of endorsements, LCCM will build on previous wins of LCCM supported candidates, now Representatives John Stefanski, Raymond Crews, Mike Johnson, and Chris Turner. Additionally, LCCM submarined a surging Democrat turned Independent in St. Tammany, assisting in electing now Representative Mark Wright. 

Posted on July 30, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Republicans.

Louisiana Republicans Release New Digital Ad Highlighting Infamous Liberal Lies

Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Republican Party of Louisiana released a new online ad in the build-up to the 2019 election. The digital ad, titled "Liberal Lies" features clips of classic liberal lies told by politicians desperate to cover up the truth.
 
“Just like these candidates he supported for President, John Bel Edwards will say ANYTHING to win an election,” added LAGOP Communications Director Jason Harbison. “Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana had to learn the hard way that his “honor code” was nothing more than a campaign commercial.”

The digital ad will be featured across multiple online and social media platforms.

Posted on July 29, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, LAGOP, Republicans.

AG Jeff Landry Hooks Huge Blue Marlin at Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

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“It was one of four we hooked up and brought to the boat,” Jeff Landry said after the Fleur de Lis docked at the marina.

“This one was the third one,” Landry said. “We got it to the boat in about 30 minutes around 10 o’clock (Saturday morning) and we tagged and released another one bigger than that about and hour later.”

Read more: Blue marlin saves the day; Grand Isle rodeo hotly contested on final day

Posted on July 28, 2019 .

LAGOP: Edwards Funnels Over $10,000 to Clinton Law Firm Responsible for Steele Dossier

Baton Rouge, LA – It appears that even with all his trial-lawyer donors, John Bel Edwards could not find a Louisiana law firm capable of handling the complex legal issues facing his campaign for reelection. The most recent expenditure report filed by the Edwards campaign disclosed a $10,137.80 payment to Perkins Coie – the same law firm used by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to coordinate the Steel Dossier smear attack on then-candidate Donald Trump.

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The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) worked together, funneling money to Perkins Coie – describing their expenditures as “legal consulting”, just like John Bel Edwards did above. We now know this money was used to pay foreign agents to provide unverifiable “dirt” on Donald Trump.

This dirt was then used by the FBI as the main “evidence” to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants targeting the Trump campaign in the final days leading up to the election.

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Like Hillary, John Bel worked successfully to split the bill from Perkins Coie with another group. While the Clinton campaign used the DNC, Edwards summoned his “John Bel Edwards for Louisiana Leadership PAC” to pick up the rest of the tab from Perkins Coie.

That’s right. John Bel’s campaign AND his “Leadership PAC” both paid their bill from Hillary Clinton’s lawyer on the exact same day. You could almost say the payments were… coordinated.

As Robert Mueller testifies in Washington D.C. tomorrow, several questions will be asked about Perkins Coie and their work-product, the Steele Dossier, will be discussed at length. Years later, the shockwaves of this law firm’s unethical behavior are still being felt across the country.

Why did John Bel Edwards and his “Leadership PAC” coordinate to pull Perkins Coie out of the depths of the D.C. swamp and bring them into Louisiana?


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Posted on July 24, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.

MILLS: A Tale of Two Governors

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I’ve worked with numerous governors over my 30+ years around Louisiana’s political landscape, including Louisiana’s current Governor. Throughout those years, I have tried to hold public officials accountable while personally modeling the respect due to each civil government official as Scripture requires (Romans 13). It is in that spirit that I respectfully offer these thoughts.

Governor John Bel Edwards and I, though often public policy opposites, remain friendly and co-operative when common ground is found. The most recent example of that is Criminal Justice Reform. My involvement was at his request, and I served out of respect for his office and a shared belief that of the 18,000 inmates released each year in Louisiana, that a 42% recidivism rate within five years was too high. I respect Governor Edwards family and his lovely and talented wife. His pro-life and pro-second amendment platform won the Louisiana electorate in 2016, and many had high expectations for this deep-south Democrat going forward.

Last week, while launching his reelection campaign Governor Edwards took a swing at an old foe of his and a good friend of mine – former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. I understand that it is said that “all is fair in love and war... and politics.” However, it is political season predictable to me when one joins the chorus of others - making a ghost of the past argument – which oversimplifies and misrepresents a good man’s tenure. Among other things, Bobby Jindal understood the importance of regularly inviting socially conservative, Evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic pastors to his table to discuss policies which were impacting their cities, their churches and the shared responsibility we have to minister. We prayed together, communicated concerns, and listened to his responses. When hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana, the reaction from this conversation was tangible. By our small network’s account, tens of millions of dollars of goods and services moved, at no taxpayer expense, through this group of communicating and cooperating friends who ministered to the impacted families.

I can offer a few additional things Bobby Jindal did very well:

  1. He earnestly supported traditional family values. Governor Jindal refused to extend executive actions from his predecessors affirming the LGBTQ+ agenda and bringing sexual politics into state government. Governor Edwards signed an executive order expanding LGBTQ+ rights. Only Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and three failed court appeals stopped JBE’s executive advocacy.

  2. Governor Jindal was a staunch defender of religious liberty. He supported and signed our state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2010). John Bel Edwards, as a legislator in 2009, had deep concerns with a constitutional amendment on religious liberty and he voted against the amendment. Then Rep. Edwards did vote for the 2010 version of the bill.

  3. Governor Jindal served as a firewall protecting our state from the incessant encroachment of gambling interests. It was well known in the industry that he would oppose both de-regulation as well as the expansion of gambling. Under Governor Edwards, gambling bills filed and passed has exploded – including new forms of gaming.

Yes, there are significant differences in the governance and ideology of these two men. However, it’s disingenuous for Governor Edwards to oversimplify the past while ignoring the context that the policies of both President Obama and President Trump have had on our economic and political landscape.

I urge Governor Edwards and his surrogates to focus on the present reality. From LFF’s vantage point, much work remains before Louisiana is known as a place where God is honored, families flourish, liberty is cherished, and state government is laser-focused on its constitutional imperatives. Bobby Jindal has not been the Governor for nearly four years. Surely, there are present indicators which assist the Governor in making his case to the voters of Louisiana. In the meantime, I will continue to remind our state of the remarkable legacy of Bobby Jindal.

Gene Mills


President


Louisiana Family Forum

Posted on July 23, 2019 and filed under Louisiana.

Eddie Stands with President Trump

In the video, Rispone says he will work with President Trump to protect our constitutional rights, ban sanctuary cities, and end taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants in Louisiana. 

Rispone added on the announcement, “I am proud to stand with President Trump. I have been unequivocally supportive of the President since day one, and will proudly work with him as governor to defend our constitution and secure our borders. Louisiana needs someone like President Trump—a conservative, outsider, and businessman—to take on the status quo and turn this state around.”

Posted on July 23, 2019 and filed under Eddie Rispone, Louisiana.

BRIGGS: Energy and Environment: A Rivalry into a Partnership

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Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association 

In a recent address, President Donald J. Trump took a bold step and declared America’s dual role as a world leader in the energy sector and in environmental stewardship. “For years, politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. And that's wrong because we're proving the exact opposite. A strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. When we innovate, produce, and grow, we're able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better,” President Trump said during that nationally televised speech in July 2019. 

Our Commander in Chief’s remarks were not reflective of a naive, eager vision for the far distant future, but a proud display of all that the Trump administration has already done to support environmental stewardship and enable better management of the vast natural resources our nation has uniquely been blessed with. 

His remarks struck a chord. For years, Americans have been fed half-truths and presented with a false choice between a sustainable environment or a robust energy sector. Americans were told that sunshine, blue skies, and clean water are the adversary of jobs and opportunity. That is simply not the case. Thanks to advancements in today’s technology, not only can you have both economic success and a healthy environment, but a strong economy is needed to ensure a pristine environment. 

In America, unemployment has reached its lowest rate in half a century; our production of energy has risen to the point where we are a net exporter of energy for the first time, and yet, our nation’s energy emissions have declined more than any other country on earth. The emissions are expected to drop even lower in the remainder of the year and in 2020. Since the election of President Trump, there have been more than 6 million new jobs and equally impressive, our air pollution is now six times lower than the global average.  

This synchrony between the energy industry and the environment is working across the United States, and it is also proving successful in Louisiana. In April of 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took its next step in the Clean Air Act process to implement the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). In this phase, the EPA found that in all areas of Louisiana, the state had reached environmental attainment of the NAAQ standards.

While small activist groups march on Baton Rouge and block pipelines, industry is moving forward to protect the environment. In the 2019 legislative session, with the help of oil and gas industry supporter Rep. Raymond Crews (R-Bossier City), legislation was passed that enacted into law another environmentally-friendly way to dispose of excess carbon produced during the process of oil and gas extraction. The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Equality, Dr. Chuck Brown, stated during a speech to Marathon Petroleum, “With all of the industry in Louisiana, we have the cleanest air since the industrial revolution.”

Meanwhile, Louisiana continues to increase its industrial outputs. Over the next decade, the United States will be one of the three most significant exporters of LNG in the world, and thanks to our vast pipeline infrastructure, much of that LNG will flow through the Pelican State. Our pipelines have allowed Louisiana to not only to succeed where other states have failed, with regard to shut-in production, but they have made our roads and railways safer and lowered risk for our environment by moving energy material through pipe. 

Let the endless proof from regulatory agencies, the economy, and your own eyes debunk once and for all the myth that a strong economy, a healthy environment and a vibrant energy sector are incompatible. 

Time and time again, we see members of the oil and gas sector stepping up to the plate and working to make Louisiana a better place to live, work and play. At the federal level, President Trump has stopped the war waged on energy producers, and this has allowed us to not only create more jobs and opportunities for Americans everywhere, but helped to create a better environment for generations to come. It is only through this American spirit of cooperation and collaboration that the energy and environmental sectors can and will thrive together.

Posted on July 22, 2019 .

Socialistic Drug Price Controls Should be Rejected

The only solution to lower prices for any product is a free market, where there is competition and market-based price negotiations, not government interference. Instead of adopting policies that countries with socialized healthcare systems use to keep costs down but destroy their pharmaceutical innovation, elected leaders in the U.S. should be looking to market solutions and quicker Food and Drug Administration approvals for both generic and innovative pharmaceuticals.

Read more: Socialistic Drug Price Controls Should be Rejected

Posted on July 22, 2019 and filed under Heathcare.