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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.

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.

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.

Baton Rouge boy headed to Taiwan to play in baseball World Cup

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Jack Ruckert, son of former Chief of Staff to David Vitter, Kyle Ruckert and his wife, Lynnel, former Chief of Staff to Steve Scalise, has been named to the 18-man roster for the boys’ 12U National Team. Team USA playing next week in Taiwan.

On Friday, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin tweeted out his congratulations for the boy and his parents.

“Congratulations to Jack Ruckert, my neighbor and son of Kyle and Lynnel Ruckert, on the prestigious honor of being the only Louisianian to make the team! He and his teammates will travel to Taiwan to represent our great country!” Ardoin tweeted.

State Treasurer John Schroder echoed Ardoin’s sentiments.

“Congrats Jack! Way to make Louisiana proud!” he tweeted.

Read more: Baton Rouge boy headed to Taiwan to play in baseball World Cup

Posted on July 19, 2019 and filed under Louisiana.

St. James Parish officials accused of secret sessions on Wanhua chemical plant before key vote

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In a continuing story we’ve covered here at Cajun Conservatism, St. James residents are up in arms regarding a chemical plant partially owned by the Chinese government.

Two environmental groups and two St. James Parish residents claim the Parish Council and Planning Commission violated state open meetings law when they held secret meetings concerning the $1.25 billion Wanhua chemical plant proposed for the Convent area.

In a new state court lawsuit, the plaintiffs accused parish officials of "purposely circumventing the strictures of the Open Meetings Law" and of hiding "the invitation-only meeting from the public," held six days before the commission approved a key land use application for the plant in late May.

Read more: St. James Parish officials accused of secret sessions on Wanhua chemical plant before key vote

Posted on July 19, 2019 and filed under Louisiana.

LOGPAC Announces First Round of Endorsements for the 2019 Election Cycle

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BATON ROUGE, LA (July 18, 2019) - Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political action committee of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), announced its first round of endorsements for incumbent legislators for the 2019 election cycle.  

“We are proud to back candidates that celebrate our state’s oil and gas industry and all that it brings to Louisiana,” said Gifford Briggs, Executive Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee. “These legislators have proven their unwavering support of the small and independent oil and gas producers of Louisiana. We are proud to show our sign of support by endorsing these defenders of the state’s most important economic driver.” 

For more information about the upcoming elections and a list of all the LOGPAC endorsed candidates please visit GeauxElections.com

LOGPAC is pleased to endorse the following: 

NORTHWEST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Barrow Peacock from Bossier City representing Senate District 37

  • Rep. Alan Seabaugh from Shreveport representing House District 5 

  • Rep. Larry Bagley from Stonewall representing House District 7 

  • Rep. Raymond Crews from Bossier City representing House District 8 

  • Rep. Dodie Horton from Haughton representing House District 9 

  • Rep. Wayne McMahen from Minden representing House District 10 

  • Rep. Patrick Jefferson from Homer representing House District 11

NORTHEAST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Jim Fannin from Jonesboro representing Senate District 35

  • Rep. Chris Turner from Ruston representing House District 12

  • Rep. Jack McFarland from Jonesboro representing House District 13

CENTRAL REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Rep. Lance Harris from Alexandria representing House District 25

  • Rep. Mike Johnson from Pineville representing House District 27

SOUTHWEST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Bob Hensgens from Abbeville representing Senate District 26

  • Sen. Ronnie Johns from Lake Charles representing Senate District 27 

  • Rep. Stephen Dwight from Lake Charles representing House District 35

  • Rep. Ryan Bourriaque from Abbeville representing House District 47

ACADIANA REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Sen. Page Cortez from Lafayette representing Senate District 23 

  • Sen. Gerald Boudreaux from Lafayette representing Senate District 24

  • Rep. Julie Emerson from Carencro representing House District 39

  • Rep. Phillip DeVillier from Eunice representing House District 41

  • Rep. John Stefanski from Crowley representing House District 42

  • Rep. Stuart Bishop from Lafayette representing House District 43

  • Rep. Vincent Pierre from Lafayette representing House District 44

  • Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan from Lafayette representing House District 45

  • Rep. Blake Miguez from Erath representing House District 49 

HOUMA AREA LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Bret Allain from Franklin representing Senate District 21

  • Rep. Beryl Adams Amedee from Houma representing House District 51

  • Rep. Jerome ‘Zee’ Zeringue from Houma representing House District 52

  • Rep. Tanner Magee from Houma representing House District 53

CAPITOL REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Ed Price  from Gonzales representing Senate District 2

  • Sen. Mack ‘Bodi’ White from Baton Rouge representing Senate District 6

  • Rep. Edmond Jordan from Baton Rouge representing House District 29

  • Rep. Tony Bacala from Prairieville representing House District 59

  • Rep. Valarie Hodges from Denham Springs representing House District 64

  • Rep. Barry Ivey from Baton Rouge representing House District 65 

  • Rep. Rick Edmonds from Baton Rouge representing House District 66

  • Rep. Paula Davis from Baton Rouge representing House District 69

  • Rep. Clay Schexnayder from Gonzales representing House District 81

NORTH SHORE REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Beth Mizell from Franklinton representing Senate District 12

  • Rep. Mark Wright from Covington representing House District 77

  • Rep. Mary DuBuisson from Slidell representing House District 90 

  • Rep. Sherman Mack from Albany representing House District 95

  • Rep. Paul Hollis from Covington representing House District 104

NEW ORLEANS REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Sen. Sharon Hewitt from Slidell representing Senate District 1

  • Rep. Gregory Miller from Norco representing House District 56 

  • Rep. Polly Thomas from Metairie representing House District 80  

  • Rep. Jimmy Harris from New Orleans representing House District 99

  • Rep. Gary Carter from New Orleans representing House District 102

  • Rep. Ray Garofalo from Chalmette representing House District 103

  • Rep. Chris Leopold from Belle Chasse representing House District 105 

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.

Posted on July 18, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LAGOP: Led by Governor Edwards, Louisiana is the Most Violent State in America

Louisiana also named “Solitary Confinement Capital of the World”

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Baton Rouge, LA – New state rankings, published by USA Today found that Louisiana, under the failed leadership of Governor John Bel Edwards, is the most violent state in America. The team at USA Today used the four metrics below to calculate their state rankings:

  • Violent crime rate: 557.0 per 100,000 residents (4th highest)

  • Murder rate: 12.4 per 100,000 residents (the highest)

  • Incarceration rate: 719 per 100,000 residents (the highest)

  • 2018 unemployment: 4.9% (3rd highest)

Under Governor Edwards, Louisiana has the highest murder rate in the United States. There were 12.4 murders in the state for every 100,000 residents in 2017 –making Louisiana the only state where murders were more than twice as common as they were nationwide. For reference, the national murder rate was 5.3 incidents per 100,000 people.

Murders in Louisiana are disproportionately concentrated in urban areas, with the New Orleans Metro Area topping the list of U.S. cities with the most gun violence.

Don’t worry, Governor Edwards says we are on the right path!

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Loyola’s Jesuit Social Research Institute joined with Solitary Watch to publish “Louisiana on Lockdown”, A Report on the Use of Solitary Confinement in Louisiana State Prisons, With Testimony from the People Who Live It. After researching the operation of Louisiana prisons under Governor Edwards, this report found “it is clear that Louisiana holds the title of solitary confinement capital of the WORLD.”

“When it conducted a full count in the fall of 2017, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LADOC) reported that 19 percent of the men in its state prisons—2,709 in all—had been in solitary confinement for more than two weeks. Many had been there for years or even decades. These rates of solitary confinement use were more than double the next highest state’s, and approximately four times the national average.”

Governor Edwards has a unique family interest in the Louisiana Prison system. He is quick to campaign on the fact that his family of sheriffs has operated the Tangipahoa Parish Prison across four generations or more. Currently, his brother Sheriff Daniel Edwards is overwhelmed by federal investigations into the operations and issues at the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.

Now we all just sit back and wait for the Governor to blame Bobby Jindal.


Posted on July 18, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.

LOGA Releases 2019 Elections Tracking Platform “www.GeauxElections.com”

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BATON ROUGE, LA (July 16, 2019) — Today, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) released its new elections website, GeauxElections.com. LOGA created www.geauxelections.com to inform Louisianians about the candidates seeking election this fall.

“This fall this state will witness a sea change in the legislature due to term limits. Louisiana and its hard working families can’t afford to be uninformed about this election cycle,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “Our new website will allow anyone to access the site and see who is running in their parish, along with which pro-business industry group has given their endorsement. This election day, October 12th, is a crucial day in Louisiana and will determine the trajectory of our state.”

LOGA is pleased to provide this free platform, GeauxElections.com, to the public, which provides helpful contact information for the candidates seeking office on October 12th. The platform currently tracks all House and Senate races by parish and legislative district and publishes campaign websites, email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook pages, Twitter handles, and Instagram accounts. GeauxElections.com also tracks state-wide races, such as the Governor and the Attorney General’s Office. Voters are encouraged to bookmark GeauElections.com on their phone or computer for ease of use during the elections.

About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: http://www.loga.la

Posted on July 16, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LAGOP: Louisiana Gets Soaked as John Bel Edwards Shifts Campaign to Taxpayer Dollars

Baton Rouge, LA – It was clear this weekend that John Bel Edwards didn’t suspend his campaign, he just traded in the RV for a helicopter. And he made sure to save a seat on the helicopter for one of the reporters covering the Governor’s race. Before Barry even had a name, Governor Edwards announced that he would reschedule the rest of his campaign kickoff RV tour.

His campaign staff couldn’t help themselves. They immediately took to social media and started patting themselves on the back.

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Their campaign team quickly handed the reigns to the communications staff for the Governor’s Office, who kept right on campaigning. Trying to soak up all the free media coverage that comes with any natural disaster and taking to Twitter to celebrate their success.

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Yes, while the residents of Louisiana were scrambling to prepare for inches of rain and storm damage, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff is bragging about column inches and media coverage. Real classy. But it sure looks like that taxpayer funded helicopter ride paid off.

Those Louisiana residents, searching for the latest weather information, who grew tired of press conferences and staged photo-ops, turned to the Weather Channel for information or maybe their local news…where they were met with JBE’s campaign commercial.

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When the Governor wasn’t flying members of the press to his staged photos-ops and wasn’t paying the Weather Channel to show his campaign commercial. He was holding press conferences where at times it appeared, he could barely contain his love for the media spotlight.

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Between a press conferences, Governor Edwards was busy making sure he stayed in front the media, by calling into CNN and MSNBC multiple times over the weekend. How many Louisiana residents get their severe weather news from CNN and MSNBNC?

The Governor’s Office originally announced that he would be touring the impacted areas on Sunday but had to cancel those plans because it was too windy to take the helicopter.

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Hey Governor, if you really wanted to tour the impacted areas on Sunday, we know where you can find a brand-new RV that isn’t being used.

Of course, this tour had little to do with surveying damage and everything to do with staying in front of the cameras for as long as they will let him. Which is exactly why a new member of the media got offered a free ride on today’s helicopter tour and “press gaggles” were pre-planned for every stop.

When severe weather strikes Louisiana, the real news story is the local men and women who brave the storm to help their neighbors. Not the guy in a different colored, custom embroidered fishing/disaster shirt thrusting himself in front of cameras and microphones from a secure location.

Thank you to the first responders. Thank you to the Louisiana National Guard. Thank you to the local city and parish workers. Thank you to the electrical lineworkers and pump operators. We appreciate the long hours you spent getting Louisiana ready for this weekend and the work you are doing this week to get our communities cleaned up.

Thank you for working when the cameras aren’t running.


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Posted on July 16, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, LAGOP.