LASSEIGNE: Under This Current Governor, Our Oil and Gas Industry Has Been Thrown Into Utter Chaos

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Photo source: LSU Foundation

The oil and gas industry is the heartbeat of Louisiana’s economy. Louisiana has the potential to be one of the largest exports of oil and gas in the nation, but under this current governor, our oil and gas industry has been thrown into utter chaos. John Bel Edwards waged a war on our most prosperous industry the first day he was in office. He let his special interest, liberal allies dictate policy and decision making. He held them hostage and when they refused to be extorted by him he let his trial lawyer buddies sue them for billions of dollars.

Louisiana cannot afford four more years of a governor who favors trial lawyers over jobs and job creators. Under this governor, we have lost more jobs and allowed trial lawyers to gain more control. If John Bel Edwards is to be elected for the next four years, we can all but guarantee that our Oil and Gas industry will no longer exist. We have to elect Eddie Rispone as our next governor - he will unleash the power of the industry and bring jobs back to our great state.


Raymond Lasseigne
President, TMR Exploration
Bossier City

Posted on November 11, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana: The Trial-Lawyer State

Photo source: Republican Governors Association

Photo source: Republican Governors Association

Louisiana used to be a leader in U.S. energy production, but Governor John Bel Edwards has turned it into a leading lawsuit producer instead. Jobs have declined while taxes and auto insurance rates have risen.

Mr. Bel Edwards ran in 2015 as an anti-abortion Catholic and former Army ranger, rolling over Republican David Vitter who had been caught patronizing prostitutes. Falling oil prices in 2015 had hurt tax revenues and energy employment, and Democrats blamed the state’s economic problems on GOP tax cuts.

Read more: Louisiana: The Trial-Lawyer State

Posted on November 9, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.

Louisiana Energy Companies Applaud U.S. Fifth Circuit Ruling in Coastal Land Loss Cases

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Photo source: Reason

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 07, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 07, 2019) — Melissa Landry, a spokesperson for several major Louisiana oil and natural gas companies targeted in coastal land loss lawsuits, issued the following statement in response to new court developments:

"We applaud the U.S. Fifth Circuit’s recent decision to stay judicial proceedings in state court for now so that the federal judiciary can come to a single resolution on the fundamental question of where these cases should be decided,” said Landry speaking on behalf of BP America, Chevron and Shell.

“We firmly believe this litigation involves important issues of national concern that should be decided in federal court. At the end of the day, these trial-lawyer invented lawsuits amount to a full-scale attack on the entire federal regulatory framework through which oil and gas operations have been conducted for decades. We are confident these misguided claims will not stand up in court.”

Posted on November 7, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas.

LAGOP: UPDATE: Dirty Tricks from Desperate Democrat John Bel Edwards

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Baton Rouge, LA – Early voting started on Saturday, and the desperation of Democrat John Bel Edwards has resulted in multiple disgraceful attempts by Team JBE to scare voters and benefit from their fear. Governor Edwards and his campaign are working to drive Louisianans further apart, stoking fear and racial tensions for his personal benefit.

The door-hanger below is being distributed by John Bel Edwards supporters in communities across Louisiana:

That's right. Your Governor just called YOU a racist because you support President Donald Trump.

It is absurd for John Bel Edwards to attempt to link Eddie Rispone to a Ku Klux Klan member when historical records make it clear that the Edwards family has been racist for generations. From slavery, through segregation the Edwards clan has been taking advantage of black people in Louisiana for their personal benefit since Louisiana was born.

John Bel is just the latest Edwards to follow in this "family tradition".

Even with the history of the Edwards Family, Team JBE is doubling down on their race card strategy with a new radio advertisement that accompanies the door hanger pictured above. The radio ad claims all Trump and Rispone supporters are racist and attempts to scare black voters into supporting John Bel Edwards.

Click below and listen to clips of the disgusting ad from Team JBE:

Louisiana demands better than race-bating political advertisements from her sitting Governor. Our state needs new leadership that is focused on bringing us together, not driving us apart just to win an election.

John Bel, you're fired!

Posted on November 4, 2019 and filed under Eddie Rispone, John Bel Edwards.

White House distances itself from Pelosi plan to lower drug prices

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Photo source: Piper Report

The White House has been in talks with Pelosi’s office for months on drug prices, a rare shared priority, but the effort always faced tough odds given the partisan divide and the impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Now the Trump administration is downplaying the chances it will endorse Pelosi’s bill, instead pointing to a somewhat more modest bill in the Senate from Sens.Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa) andRon Wyden(D-Ore.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Finance Committee.

“Lines of communication remain open with the Speaker’s office, but the Grassley-Wyden proposal is the most likely solution that could advance on a bipartisan basis and achieve the President’s priority of lowering drug prices even further for all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere wrote in an email. 

Read more: White House distances itself from Pelosi plan to lower drug prices

Posted on November 4, 2019 and filed under Drugs, Donald Trump.

Louisiana Home Builders Association Political Action Committee Endorses Beau Beaullieu

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November 1, 2019

The Louisiana Home Builders Association Political Action Committee has announced its formal endorsement for Beau Beaullieu, in the runoff for District 48 of the Louisiana House of Representatives.  “As a businessman and community leader, we know Beau will provide leadership that is vital to our industry.  The homebuilding industry generates a quarter-million jobs and an estimated $3 billion in economic impact to our state.  Beau shares our vision and priorities for a growing economy, “ Nick Castjohn, Chairman Louisiana Home Builders Association Political Action Committee.  The Home Builder’s endorsement joins in with other major industry groups to support Beaullieu as the pro-business candidate in this race. 

Throughout Beaullieu’s campaign, he has focused on creating a Louisiana that is more friendly to business and putting an end to the outmigration of jobs to neighboring states.   Beaullieu plans to accomplish the success by creating reform in our legal climate that lowers the cost of insurance, putting an end to coastal lawsuits, reducing the state’s abusive severance tax and making sure the existing tax dollars go into fixing of our broken highway system.

Louisiana Home Builders Association represents 5,130 member businesses, which represents on average 250,000 jobs in Louisiana.  Beaullieu, a Republican, is a small business owner himself and echoes the sentiment of the Home Builders, “I understand the difficulties of running a business and the challenges we all face.  We don’t need a Louisiana that works against us, fighting us at every corner; we need a Louisiana that supports all of its businesses and an environment where every company has a chance to succeed and create more jobs for our state’s economy.”

Beaullieu has been endorsed by Louisiana Association of Business & Industry’s WestPac, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s LOGPAC, Associated Builders & Contractor’s Pelican PAC, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Stand for Children, American’s for Prosperity’s AFP Action, Louisiana Federation for Children’s Action Fund and the Iberia Parish Republican Executive Committee.  Louisiana House District 48 is being vacated by term limited, Speaker of the House Taylor Barras and covers parts of Iberia, Lafayette and St Martin Parishes.

Posted on November 1, 2019 and filed under Beau Beaullieu.

LAGOP: Republican Party of Louisiana Issues Statement Condemning Democrats' Secretive Impeachment Investigation

Baton Rouge, LA – Republican Party of Louisiana Executive Director Andrew Bautsch released the following statement after the RNC’s Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution:

"These partisan closed-door impeachment proceedings deny our President the due process promised to every American. While the Democrats focus on their baseless impeachment witch hunt, Louisiana Republicans will continue to stand with President Trump because of his proven ability to deliver record-setting results for the America people."
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A copy of the resolution is posted below:
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE GRAHAM-MCCONNELL RESOLUTION DEMANDING HOUSE DEMOCRATS PROVIDE FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS IN THEIR IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION
WHEREAS, Democrats in the House of Representatives have launched a nakedly partisan impeachment investigation of President Donald J. Trump in secret and without affording a sitting President any due process protections;

WHEREAS, in an unprecedented maneuver, House Democrats have launched recklessly into this unfair, unprecedented, and undemocratic process without holding any vote;

WHEREAS, House Democrats have shut out Republican members of the House from being able to participate meaningfully in the proceedings such as by granting equal subpoena power to minority members of the Judiciary Committee;

WHEREAS, House Democrats’ partisan motives are evidenced by their selective leaking of information from the closed impeachment proceedings;

WHEREAS, House Democrats, who from the time of the President’s election have stated their desire to impeach, are trying to void 63,000,000 votes and do through this impeachment fiasco what they cannot achieve at the ballot box; and

WHEREAS, in under three years in office President Trump has amassed an unprecedented number of accomplishments strengthening the United States both at home and abroad; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee (RNC) now more than ever wholeheartedly supports President Trump and his administration in making America great again;

RESOLVED, that the RNC condemns House Democrats’ impeachment circus;

RESOLVED, that the RNC wholeheartedly supports both the President in his impeachment defense and congressional Republicans’ efforts to ensure fairness and due process in the face of the Democrats’ ruthless impeachment investigation, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham’s resolution;

RESOLVED, that the RNC calls on the House of Representatives to provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment; and finally be it

RESOLVED, that the RNC calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.

Posted on October 29, 2019 and filed under Donald Trump, LAGOP.

BRIGGS: Louisiana's coast needs solutions, not shakedowns

Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The scheme recently announced by private plaintiffs' attorneys, which purports to provide a framework to settle government lawsuits targeting hundreds of energy producers over alleged coastal land loss claims, perfectly illustrates what we've known for a long time: these trial lawyer-driven lawsuits are a farce that have nothing to do with saving the coast.

Let's look at the facts.

In 2013, trial lawyers began pursuing litigation that seeks to hold Louisiana oil and gas companies hostage and punish them for legally conducting production activities, which were encouraged and welcomed by the state and carried out under rigorous state and federal regulations many decades ago. Six years of these divisive and unproductive legal attacks have failed to produce anything for our coast, while a similar baseless lawsuit was thrown out of federal court.

Then three weeks before critical elections are held across the state, lawyers representing six coastal parishes announce they've reached a breakthrough “settlement” with one sulfur mining company involved in the litigation that no longer does business in Louisiana. The deal would supposedly generate $23.5 million in cash payments that would be put into a fund and divvied up by a new state agency that does not exist. Another $76.5 million could be generated "subject to contemporaneous reimbursements from the proceeds of the prior sales of environmental credits.” Reams of lawyers, reporters and policymakers are still trying to figure out what that means.

Despite the lack of clarity, the plaintiffs’ lawyers steering this legal train wreck have provided no additional explanation, and it seems unlikely they will do so anytime soon.

Multiple news reports have revealed the attorneys did not discuss the supposed “deal” with many state and local officials, the named plaintiffs in these cases, while it was being negotiated. It is deeply troubling that elected officials across the coast continue to say they haven't seen the proposed settlement, and they weren't consulted on the details. One parish leader summed it up perfectly, saying, "I don't know nothing."

Specific terms of the proposed settlement still haven't been publicly released. But Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has received significant financial support from the lawyers driving this litigation, was quick to lend his support for the deal saying, “While the details are being conclusively negotiated, I am hopeful that the conceptual framework in this settlement will be used as a model for resolving other similar actions.”

We disagree with the governor and his trial lawyer supporters. This is a shakedown, not a solution.

We should not allow a small group of unelected trial lawyers with unbridled discretion to rewrite flood protection, coastal restoration and economic policy for the entire state of Louisiana through secret agreements that have been negotiated behind closed doors without input from state and local officials.

Strengthening Louisiana's working coast is a shared goal that requires collaboration amongst industry, policymakers, and world-class coastal researchers to develop real serious, science-based solutions. Trial lawyer-driven lawsuits and behind the scenes settlement schemes are not the answer.

Posted on October 28, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

OPINION: Lower Health Care Costs Act

As congress looks to wrap up their year, healthcare packages are at the top of many legislators’ minds – including Speaker Pelosi.  In fact, the Lower Health Care Costs Act, is one of those bills that’s being pushed right now.  Though coming from a good place, this bill is misguided. It will make the lives of rural Louisianans much worse by taking away their access to emergency services. 

That’s why I’m so concerned about the narrow-minded approach many of our lawmakers seem to be taking in their effort to address surprise medical billing. In Louisiana, many people live in rural areas - often far away from the Level 1 trauma centers where lifesaving care takes place.  An airlift might seem excessive to some, but it’s the difference between life and death for rural Americans who are injured in an accident, having a heart attack, or experiencing complications in labor and delivery. Otherwise, those patients would have to drive hours to the hospital in situations where every minute counts. 

Air ambulance operators make nearly 5,000 lifesaving flights per year in our state. However, despite the fact that so many people need their services, these brave men and women risk being out of a job soon. Air ambulance bases across Louisiana are in danger of closing and in turn costing people lives and livelihoods.

Congress’ solution to this? Federal government price controls that end up allowing insurers to pay even less to these operators. Price controls are not conservative – especially in healthcare. The road to socialism is paved with small tweaks to our economy like this and I think I speak for most conservatives when I say, we don’t need any more socialism in our country’s healthcare. Obamacare was enough for a lifetime! We appreciate Senators Cassidy and Kennedy taking a close look at any surprise billing legislation and work to ensure a solution that preserves access to emergency care. 

Posted on October 25, 2019 and filed under Heathcare.

Louisiana attorney general wades into the governor's race

Photo source: SF Chronicle

Photo source: SF Chronicle

Landry's name isn't listed on the paperwork for the Make Louisiana Great Again PAC filed with Louisiana's ethics administration office. But Landry's political consultant Brent Littlefield confirmed Thursday the attorney general is behind the effort, which hasn't yet filed information about its donors.

The PAC launched a 30-second statewide TV ad ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff election that slams Edwards on the bipartisan criminal sentencing law rewrite he championed, suggesting it damaged public safety.

Read more: Louisiana attorney general wades into the governor's race

Louisiana's coast needs solutions, not shakedowns

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Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The scheme recently announced by private plaintiffs' attorneys, which purports to provide a framework to settle government lawsuits targeting hundreds of energy producers over alleged coastal land loss claims, perfectly illustrates what we've known for a long time: these trial lawyer-driven lawsuits are a farce that have nothing to do with saving the coast.

Let's look at the facts.

In 2013, trial lawyers began pursuing litigation that seeks to hold Louisiana oil and gas companies hostage and punish them for legally conducting production activities, which were encouraged and welcomed by the state and carried out under rigorous state and federal regulations many decades ago. Six years of these divisive and unproductive legal attacks have failed to produce anything for our coast, while a similar baseless lawsuit was thrown out of federal court.

Then three weeks before critical elections are held across the state, lawyers representing six coastal parishes announce they've reached a breakthrough “settlement” with one sulfur mining company involved in the litigation that no longer does business in Louisiana. The deal would supposedly generate $23.5 million in cash payments that would be put into a fund and divvied up by a new state agency that does not exist. Another $76.5 million could be generated "subject to contemporaneous reimbursements from the proceeds of the prior sales of environmental credits.” Reams of lawyers, reporters and policymakers are still trying to figure out what that means.

Despite the lack of clarity, the plaintiffs’ lawyers steering this legal train wreck have provided no additional explanation, and it seems unlikely they will do so anytime soon.

Multiple news reports have revealed the attorneys did not discuss the supposed “deal” with many state and local officials, the named plaintiffs in these cases, while it was being negotiated. It is deeply troubling that elected officials across the coast continue to say they haven't seen the proposed settlement, and they weren't consulted on the details. One parish leader summed it up perfectly, saying, "I don't know nothing."

Specific terms of the proposed settlement still haven't been publicly released. But Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has received significant financial support from the lawyers driving this litigation, was quick to lend his support for the deal saying, “While the details are being conclusively negotiated, I am hopeful that the conceptual framework in this settlement will be used as a model for resolving other similar actions.”

We disagree with the governor and his trial lawyer supporters. This is a shakedown, not a solution.

We should not allow a small group of unelected trial lawyers with unbridled discretion to rewrite flood protection, coastal restoration and economic policy for the entire state of Louisiana through secret agreements that have been negotiated behind closed doors without input from state and local officials.

Strengthening Louisiana's working coast is a shared goal that requires collaboration amongst industry, policymakers, and world-class coastal researchers to develop real serious, science-based solutions. Trial lawyer-driven lawsuits and behind the scenes settlement schemes are not the answer.

Posted on October 23, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LAGOP: UPDATE: Governor John Bel Edwards Continues His War Against Women

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Photo source: Twitter

Baton Rouge, LA – For the third consecutive week, Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards is under fire over his demeaning treatment of women.

On Thursday, Governor Edwards’ campaign posted a graphic with the quote “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you” on the campaign Instagram account. The post celebrates an exchange between Governor Edwards and Senator Sharon Hewitt that members of the media were surprised to see the Edwards’ campaign choose to highlight.

During a 2018 Joint Budget Committee hearing, Senator Hewitt – an LSU-trained engineer and pioneering woman executive in the oil and gas industry – questioned the governor on his supposed budget “cuts” that just didn’t add up. When he couldn’t explain his voodoo math, Governor Edwards resorted to “mansplaining,” prompting outrage from numerous observers.

This latest attack on a woman who dares to pose a challenge is part of a pattern of behavior from John Bel Edwards. This time last week, he was engaged in a despicable victim-shaming campaign targeting Juanita Washington, a former governor’s office employee who has alleged she was sexually harassed and assaulted by Edwards’ disgraced former deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson.

In a series of attempts to discredit Ms. Washington, Edwards and his henchmen leaked text messages between her and her abuser to the media, andattempted to get television ads telling her story removed from the airwaves.

Governor Edwards has consistently failed to deliver for Louisiana women, despite numerous empty campaign promises. Under his administration, Louisiana is last in gender pay disparity, last in states for women, last in states for working moms, and a 2017analysis found that his office pays women an average of $12,000 less than men.

Louisiana women demand better than John Bel Edwards.

Posted on October 18, 2019 .

Pelosi’s drug pricing plan puts medical innovation at risk

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Photo source: Stat News

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently unveiled her drug pricing proposal (HR 3, also known as the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019), which is being debated in key congressional committees this week. It is unprecedented in size and scope, dramatically expanding the role of the federal government in health care decision-making. It also opens the door for bureaucrats in the United States and in foreign countries to determine the type of research companies should pursue and how and when patients can access new treatments and cures.

The speaker claims that her plan to lower drug costs allows the government to “negotiate” prices for 250 medicines, but that is not how it would work. The legislation creates a “ceiling price” based on the average price a medicine is sold in six foreign countries with government-run health care systems — countries that limit patient access to innovative treatments. The legislation also sets a “target price,” which equals the lowest price of the medicine in any of the six countries.

Biopharmaceutical companies can accept the target price or attempt to convince the government they should be paid closer to the ceiling price. But unlike a negotiation in which both parties have leverage, if a company does not accept the price the government is willing to pay for a medicine, it is forced to pay a tax of up to 95% of sales of the medicine. That is not negotiation.

Read more: Pelosi’s drug pricing plan puts medical innovation at risk

Posted on October 17, 2019 and filed under Drugs, Democrats.

Breaking: LOGA’s PAC Louisiana Oil & Gas Political Action Committee Endorses Eddie Rispone!

Eddie Rispone is a proven job creator, a strong fiscal conservative, and a valiant supporter of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

The future of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry depends on a stable foundation of wise tax stewardship, the ability to employ and keep a skilled workforce, and a pro-energy environment at Louisiana’s capitol.

That is why LOGA’s political action committee is proud to endorse Eddie Rispone for Governor!

On November 16th, vote EDDIE!

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Posted on October 16, 2019 and filed under Eddie Rispone, Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Pelosi’s Expensive Drug Bill

Many distortions in drug prices are due to mandatory Medicaid rebates that include an inflation adjustment and require that states receive the “best” price of any private plan. Drug makers have been reluctant to let private insurers make installment payments on CAR T-cell cancer therapies based on their efficacy because they could be forced to provide steep discounts to Medicaid that are lower than the treatment costs.

Drug makers get a bad rap because they sometimes raise prices for no apparent reason, and consumers are facing sticker shock because of rising deductibles and co-payments. But net prices after rebates paid to insurers and the government have been falling amid faster generic-drug approvals and more competition from branded drugs.

Price controls would hamper competition by slowing new drug development. The U.S. accounts for most of the world’s pharmaceutical research and development, so there would be fewer breakthrough therapies for rare pediatric genetic disorders, cancers or hearing loss.


Read more: Pelosi’s Expensive Drug Bill

Posted on October 11, 2019 and filed under Drugs.

Governor "Honor Code", John Bel Edwards, Victim Shames Juanita Washington

The below video highlights the hypocrisy of the current tenant of the Governor’s Office in Louisiana when it comes to respect for women.

From the Louisiana Republican Party: “For years, Juanita Washington was sexually harassed while she worked for John Bel Edwards. When she reported her abuser, she lost her job and her family lost their health insurance.”

Posted on October 10, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards.

Just In Time for Saturday's Election, "Honor Code" is Being Sued

Photo source: Politico

Photo source: Politico

Speaking Tuesday outside a Baton Rouge district courthouse, Washington blasted Edwards’ decision to hire Anderson — who faced similar harassment claims while serving on the Southern University Board of Supervisors roughly a decade ago.

“My story is one that needs to be told completely and honestly,” Washington said. “Release the evidence, and just say ‘I’m sorry.'”

Read more: Lawsuit filed against La. governor’s office in sexual harassment case

Posted on October 9, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.