Politics Column for Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gov. Bobby Jindal

capitol news bureau

Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to travel to South Carolina later this month for a fundraiser to help the re-election bid of that state’s governor Nikki Haley.

News accounts of the event say that Jindal, along with other GOP governors mentioned in presidential politics, will attend a $1,000-a-couple fundraiser Aug. 26 in Greenville, S.C. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also are expected to attend.

Jindal and Haley are Indian-American. Haley hired Tony Keck, who had worked for Jindal’s Department of Health and Hospitals, to lead South Carolina’s Medicaid program.

Edwin Edwards 86 on Wednesday

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards has another big day coming up.

Last week, Edwards and his wife, Trina, celebrated the arrival of a new son, Eli Wallace, as well as the couple’s second wedding anniversary.

This week, Edwards celebrates his 86th birthday on Wednesday. Edwards was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Marksville.

Dardenne to tout La. on Canada trip

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is heading to Canada this week for a series of meetings with cultural, tourism, government and business leaders.

Dardenne leaves Tuesday and returns Saturday after two-day stops in Toronto and Quebec City chockful of meetings and events.

He’ll be attending a festival that features Louisiana musicians and music.

“I’ll be meeting with travel guides and tour groups trying to get them to increase their visits here,” Dardenne said.

He will also be pushing Louisiana seafood in his new role over the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. Canada is the No. 1 market for U.S. seafood exports.

BESE sets retreat to promote amity

Louisiana’s often-bickering state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is to hold its annual retreat at 10 a.m. Aug. 12.

The agenda includes “meeting protocol and rules of conduct.”

The 11-member board is dominated by allies of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Some recent meetings have featured gavel-banging, sharp exchanges and late-night gatherings amid frayed tempers.

Mark Moses named interim office head

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols has announced the appointment of Mark Moses as interim director of Facility Planning and Control.

Moses, who has been assistant director of the office, steps into the role Friday on the retirement of Director John Davis. Davis will assist in the job transition through August.

Moses has been in the Office of Facility Planning and Control for more than 17 years. The office oversees the state’s construction program. He previously worked for the state Department of Transportation and Development and the LSU Office of Facility Services.

Lorusso completes Army War College

State Rep. Nick Lorusso has graduated from the U.S. Army War College.

The New Orleans Republican recently completed a master of strategic studies program and received his degree at ceremonies in Carlisle, Pa.

Lorusso, a lawyer, is active in the Army Reserves, and has been in active service in Haiti and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

At Fort Polk he served on the U.S. Army’s Hurricane Katrina recovery task force.

“He has worked tirelessly for our state and our nation, and Lt. Col. Lorusso’s service deserves our sincere thanks,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles said.

DOTD’s Conachen takes private job

Jodi Conachen, director of communications for the state Department of Transportation and Development, is leaving her job effective Friday.

Conachen, who has held the post for about three years, said she has taken a job with Community Coffee in the public relations office.

Cal Simpson named to economic board

Cal Simpson, branch manager of Blue Bell Creameries in Baton Rouge, is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s newest appointee to the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

The 11-member board reviews and administers the economic development assistance programs.

Jindal’s office announced a number of appointments to various groups late Friday.

Patrick Dobard, of Gonzales, was named to the Educational Commission of the States; Dobard is superintendent of the Recovery School District.

Appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission were Executive Director of the Division of the Arts Cathy Hernandez, teacher Melissa Yarborough and anthropologist Guiyan Wang, all of Baton Rouge; TV-video production company owner Kevin McCaffrey, of New Orleans; and folklorist Keagan LeJeune, of Lake Charles.

White to address Press Club of BR

State Superintendent of Education John White will be Monday’s guest speaker at the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

White has spearheaded the implementation of the statewide voucher program, the new Course Choice program and changes to the teacher evaluation system.

White will discuss the state’s ongoing education changes and improvement efforts.

The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown Baton Rouge.

Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions.

Livingston GOP women set meeting

The Livingston Parish Republican Women scheduled its monthly meeting for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at Big Mike’s, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs, which is just north of Interstate 12 off the Range Avenue exit.

There is a charge for lunch. Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Terri Day at 931-9206 or e-mail terriday@eatel.net.

Legislator, educator offer school supplies

State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, and Sharmayne Rutledge, principal of Greenbrier Elementary, are hosting a “back to school” party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the BREC Family Center, 3140 N. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

School supplies and refreshments will be available.

Children can get free haircuts.

Compiled by the Capitol news bureau. Contact email is cnb@theadvocate.com