LAGOP: Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards’ Business Summit Appears To Be A Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Event

The Louisiana GOP sent out the below email regarding a business summit scheduled for this week in Baton Rouge  

With Louisiana currently ranked the worst state to find a job <https://www.wdsu.com/article/the-best-states-for-jobs-aren-t-what-you-might-expect/26133871> and consistently ranking among the bottom ten states for business climate <https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/top-states-for-business-louisiana.html>, Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards is hosting a business summit in Baton Rouge on Thursday to hide his failed leadership from voters. But is this event really a business summit, or a taxpayer-funded campaign event to bolster his re-election bid?

Over half of the speakers slated to address the event have either donated to Edwards’ campaign or currently work for him as administration officials:

Five of the 19 scheduled speakers for the event are state employees <https://www.thetjcgroup.com/louisiana-business-summit-agenda> who work for Edwards:

  • Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Ava Dejoie, Secretary, Louisiana Workforce Commission (Department of Labor)
  • Jay Dardenne, Commissioner, Louisiana Division of Administration
  • Kimberly Robinson, Secretary, Department of Revenue
  • Shawn Wilson, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Eight of the 19 scheduled speakers donated <http://www.ethics.la.gov/CampaignFinanceSearch/SearchByName.aspx> to Edwards either personally or through their organizations:

  • Mike Olivier gave Edwards’ campaign $1,250 on 10/31/16.
  • CSRS Inc. gave Edwards’ campaign $5,000 on 10/31/16.
  • Eduardo Jimenez gave Edwards’ campaign $500 on 2/4/16.
  • Jay Dardenne’s Campaign LLC gave Edwards’ campaign $2,500 on 9/6/17.
  • Stream Family Limited Partnership gave Edwards’ campaign $5,000 on 1/23/17.
  • Waitr gave Edwards’ campaign $5,000 on 10/27/17.
  • Trey Burvant gave Edwards’ campaign $250 on 11/17/15.
  • Craig Spohn gave Edwards’ campaign $5,000 on 10/13/16.

Edwards’ apparent decision to use a state-sponsored business summit as an opportunity to rally his supporters and campaign donors on the taxpayer’s dime further shows that he’s just another hypocritical politician who can’t be trusted to lead Louisiana.

Posted on February 19, 2019 and filed under Jay Dardenne, Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.

Sen. Kennedy Joins Legislation To Keep Health Care Costs Down and Protect Patients

Feb 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today joined S.172,the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2019, to keep health care costs down for families across Louisiana by delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax.  This punitive tax – if it is allowed to take effect -  would increase costs for everyone from senior citizens to small businesses.

Sen. Kennedy also joined S.283, which would increase access to osteoporosis screenings for Medicare patients.  Medicare reimbursement for these screenings has shrunk, resulting in an increase in hip fractures.

“Obamacare sucks, and the Health Insurance Tax really sucks.  It would create $16 billion in additional fees on health insurance and send premiums through the roof.  Health care is expensive enough without this ridiculous tax,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “It’s also ridiculous to discourage health screenings that literally save lives.  By testing for osteoporosis, we can prevent possibly fatal falls.”

Source:  Sen. Kennedy Joins Legislation To Keep Health Care Costs Down and Protect Patients

Posted on February 19, 2019 and filed under Heathcare, John Kennedy.

Republican Party of Louisiana Files Public Records Request Regarding Governor John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Statewide Business Summit

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Monday, February 18, 2019

(Baton Rouge, LA): Today the Republican Party of Louisiana submitted a public records request for any and all correspondence related to Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Statewide Business Summit to discern whether the governor is using it as a taxpayer-funded campaign event to bolster his re-election efforts. A copy of the request can be found here.

This request comes as Governor Edwards has faced a slew of bad headlines in recent weeks regarding his lackluster performance on the economy leading up to his announcement of the summit. This, along with the fact that many of the event’s speakers are either donors or employees of Edwards, raises questions of whether he is using his summit as a publicly-funded campaign event.

“On the heels of one negative story after another highlighting the poor state of Louisiana’s economy under the leadership of Governor Edwards, the Governor appears to have organized this summit for the benefit of his re-election efforts on the taxpayer’s dime,” said Chairman Louis Gurvich. “Our elected leaders should not be using taxpayer funds to further their personal political objectives. The timing and choice of speakers at this summit raises serious questions for Governor Edwards, and the people of Louisiana deserve answers.”

A Brief Timeline of Negative News Stories:

January 28 – “In a November 2015 debate, both Edwards and his Republican runoff challenger, then-U.S. Sen. David Vitter, said they wouldn’t raise tax rates on businesses or individuals. They talked of very similar plans to make government more efficient, remove protections that keep some areas of the budget off-limits to cuts and scale back tax break programs. Tax rates under Edwards, however, were raised.” (AP: In re-election bid, Edwards to face tax scrutiny)

January 30 – Louisiana ranked the worst state in the country for where to find a job. (Zippia: THESE ARE THE 10 BEST STATES IN AMERICA FOR JOBS)

January 30 – “Until then we live with Gov. Edwards’ ‘Texas Plan’ that was evident in a post by Baton Rouge ex-pat Branon Pesnell, who now does real estate in Houston: ‘I am one of the 55,000 who moved out of the state (2016-2018) partly because of this type of short-sighted thinking. Decisions like this will have long-term impact on the Louisiana’s ability to recruit and keep business. The door is open in Texas, come on in!’” (Greater Baton Rouge Business Journal: Publisher: Governor’s ITEP change helps Texas)

February 4 – “Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge [ITEP] is ‘broken’…” (Advocate: LABI, Louisiana's largest business lobby, wants changes for ITEP tax)

February 4 – “But Edwards isn’t interested in changing the rules, saying Louisiana remains competitive in business development.” (AP: Louisiana leaders divided on industrial tax break)

February 9 – “Even when watered down by a Republican-led Legislature, his policies over the past three years have produced tax hikes and 40 percent higher state spending. Louisiana has one of the worst economies in the country with almost no net new jobs created.” (Advocate: Jeff Sadow: Look behind the spin put on Gov. Edward's polling numbers)

February 13 – John Bel Edwards announces Louisiana Statewide Business Summit (Advocate:Louisiana Statewide Business Summit to highlight economic development success stories

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We Could Have Nice Things Like This.......

Photo source: CNBC

Photo source: CNBC

.........but because of the self-righteous in the State of Louisiana who couldn’t vote for Sen. David Vitter and elected a liberal trial lawyer in John Bel Edwards, who’s intent on destroying the oil and gas industry, we have Louisianans going to Texas to work in their bustling industry. 

The latest example of the boom in Texas oil and gas is this: 

  • "As the national leader in oil and natural gas production, Texas is paving the way for America's energy independence," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in statement in response to the report. "From technological advancements resulting in increased oil and natural gas output to our LNG export facilities, the Lone Star State's energy economy is firing on all cylinders. As Governor, I will continue to work with our independent oil and gas producers to take our economy to even greater heights."

See what was in that piece? A governor willing to work with producers in his state rather than sue them.  

But, by all means, tell me again how “Honor Code” is helping the State of Louisiana.  

As I’ve said before, don’t blame me. I voted for Vitter. 

Read more:  Report: Texas crude oil production breaks 1970s record

Posted on February 16, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, Oil and Gas.

LANDRY: I Stand with President Trump

Attorney General of Louisiana, Jeff Landry, issued the below video highlighting support for President Donald Trump’s goal of securing the border and the border wall.

Posted on February 15, 2019 and filed under Donald Trump, Immigration, Jeff Landry.

If Only We Had a Governor Who Wasn't Intent on Killing the Oil and Gas Industry

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Photo source: Rigzone

As reported numerous times, the “Honor Code” of a governor that we have in the State of Louisiana is intent on destroying the strongest industry we have here in this state, oil and gas. This former trial lawyer has time and time again, with the help of his crony buddies, sued deep pocketed companies:

We shouldn’t be surprised Edwards would go after deep-pocketed companies as governor when that’s what he did for a living before he became a politician. And after all, he is a Democrat, the party known for rewarding trial lawyers who generously give campaign contributions. The trouble with trial lawyers is that for the most part, they suck the life out of the economy. But if your focus isn’t the strength of the economy, but instead growing state coffers with large chunks of cash from lawsuits, Edward’s bent toward litigation is the perfect strategy.

LOGA came out last year as well stating we cannot take another Edwards term in Baton Rouge:

"He sent letters to all the coastal parishes, saying, 'Sue the oil industries, sue them all, and if you don't sue them,' he told them, 'I will.'"

Now we have the latest coming from our neighbors to the west:

To put Texas oil production in perspective, if it were a country, it would be the world's third oil producer sometime this year, behind only Russia and Saudi Arabia, HSBC said in a report. The main engine of Texas oil output is the Permian basin that spans West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and is one of the most prolific oil and gas producing regions in the U.S. The Permian Basin is approximately 250 miles wide and 300 miles long, across West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. It encompasses several sub-basins, including the Delaware Basin and the Midland Basin.

If you’re dependent on the oil and gas industry to support your families and you continue to defend this governor, you need your head examined.

Looks like the best place for a Louisiana citizen to continue to make a living in this industry is in Texas.


Posted on February 13, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Enforcement of Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law Temporarily Delayed by Supreme Court

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BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana abortion clinic regulation:
“In 2014, our duly elected legislators almost unanimously passed Act 620 to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today put enforcement of this pro-woman law on hold for the time being.

We remain hopeful that if the Supreme Court grants certiorari in this case, it will be to re-affirm that courts rule on fact-specific cases; because the facts in our case show Act 620 is constitutional and consistent with our overall regulatory scheme for surgical procedures.

Going forward, my office and I will be carefully reviewing the next steps in our defense of Louisiana's admitting privileges law. We will not waver in defense of our State's pro-woman and pro-life laws; and we will continue to do all we legally can to protect Louisiana women and the unborn.”

The statement can be found on the AG’s website here.  

Posted on February 11, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Jeff Landry, Abortion.

Opinion: Grassley-Klobuchar proposal ushers in dangerous counterfeit drugs

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On cost, the Grassley-Klobuchar would yield negligible savings at best. If the entire nation legalized drug importation, number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services predict that American drug spending would decrease by less than 1 percent.

On safety, the bill encourages prescription drug abuse. Legally, Canadian pharmacies can only fill scripts written by Canadian physicians. Creatively, some online pharmacies recruit local doctors to "co-sign" prescriptions for American patients. Writing a prescription for a patient one hasn't seen isn't just unethical; it invites fraud. This is especially worrisome given the rising prevalence of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

The bill also exposes Americans to dangerous counterfeits. It's estimated that 1 million people die at the hand of counterfeit drugs every year, many of which come from Canada.

Read more: Opinion: Grassley-Klobuchar proposal ushers in dangerous counterfeit drugs

Posted on February 11, 2019 and filed under Drugs.

Socialized Medicine Requires Six Things — America Has None Of Them.

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Photo source: Flickr

When Democrats complain about government inaction, they frequently point to European countries and bemoan why can't we just be more like them?!? Alas the Left enjoys looking at the results of socialized medicine in other developed nations, but they aren't very interested how they do it. The truth is a country can have socialized medicine, but they need the six things.

America currently has none of them.

Read more: Socialized Medicine Requires Six Things — America Has None Of Them.

Posted on February 8, 2019 and filed under Democrats, Heathcare.

Vote for “Honor Code” They Said...........

...........It’ll be great they said.

Photo source: State of Louisiana

Photo source: State of Louisiana

On the eve of an upcoming re-election for Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards and his leadership in the state gives us this for 3+ years. 

 “Zippia's survey on the 10 best state's in America for jobs doesn't bode well for Louisiana. The Bayou State was ranked 50th.”

Don’t believe all the propaganda coming out of Baton Rouge. It ain’t all good in the Bayou State. 

Read more:  Louisiana ranked worst state to find job, survey sys

Posted on February 6, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.