capitol news bureau
August 11, 2012
Jindal downplays La. weather to CEO
With temperatures in the 90s on Tuesday in downtown Baton Rouge, Gov. Bobby Jindal did his best to reassure Ameritas Technologies CEO Brian Keane about the muggy weather.
Jindal and Keane held a news conference at the Camelot Club to announce Ameritas’ plans to open an information technology center in Chase Tower South.
Although Keane lives in the Boston, Mass., area, he will be visiting Baton Rouge to check on his company’s expansion.
“Y’all don’t tell Brian differently. I told him it’s only this hot about one day a year,” Jindal told news reporters.
Fiscal Office head’s successor uncertain
Employees of the Legislative Fiscal Office likely will be without a top supervisor for a few weeks.
Legislators failed to name a temporary successor to Legislative Fiscal Officer Gordon Monk at a meeting earlier this month. Monk retires Aug. 8.
Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, said legislators plan to meet in mid-August to name a temporary replacement.
“They can conduct themselves correctly for a week,” he said of workers in the Legislative Fiscal Office, which advises lawmakers on state spending.
Alario said the delay stems from a decision not to name someone from the Legislative Fiscal Office to temporarily fill Monk’s shoes. He said legislators did not want to create an unfair advantage in the search for a permanent replacement.
At age 10, Selia Jindal is helping her father promote Republican viewpoints.
Gov. Bobby Jindal told a story in Newton, Iowa, last week about his daughter’s political flair.
“My little girl came home from school the other day … and she had a button on. It said: ‘Please, don’t anybody tell President Obama what comes after a trillion,’ ” the Indianapolis Star quoted the governor as saying in reference to the federal deficit.
On Friday, the director of Selia Jindal’s school said his institution does not distribute political-themed buttons to students.
If Selia Jindal got the button at school, it was during an unobserved moment, said Wade Smith, director of the LSU Laboratory School.
The governor’s communications director, Kyle Plotkin, said the incident did happen. He said Selia Jindal trades buttons with her friends.
Family Forum chief
Gene Mills, Louisiana Family Forum’s president, told supporters in an email Friday that he disagrees that victory is a concept Christians cannot claim.
Mills said media outlets placed Louisiana Family Forum near the top of the list of winners from this year’s regular legislative session.
“These victories belong to the Lord and He has made ‘winners’ out of public school students, as well as limited government supporters, pro-life advocates and Louisiana families in general,” Mills wrote.
He told supporters that 80 legislators will be invited to the organization’s annual legislative awards banquet.
The Louisiana Family Forum characterizes itself as committed to defending faith, freedom and the traditional family.
The banquet will be held Sept. 20 at Healing Place Church on Highland Road. Table prices range from $500 to $5,000.
Governor travels to
Ark., Fla. GOP events
Gov. Bobby Jindal had a travel-packed weekend.
On Friday, Jindal went to Hot Springs, Ark., to attend the Arkansas Republican Party’s Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner.
The governor’s press office said he planned to return to Baton Rouge the same day.
On Saturday, Jindal reportedly planned to open a campaign office for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Florida.
Arts group honors
Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and the National Lieutenant Governors Association presented Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership, which honors a public official who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state level.
“Dardenne has been a true champion for the arts in Louisiana,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and chief executive officer of Americans for the Arts.
“His belief that the arts are a vital economic driver, his leadership and his dedication to supporting Louisiana’s vibrant arts industry make him the perfect choice for the Public Leadership in the Arts Award.”
Replacements named to Board of Regents
Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed Mark Abraham, of Lake Charles, to the Lousiana Board of Regents, the state’s top higher education board.
Abraham, a managing partner of Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood and Big Easy Foods, will serve as the 7th Congressional District representative. He replaces Vic Stelly, who resigned in June.
The governor also appointed Raymond Brandt, of Metairie, the chairman and chief executive officer of Brandt Management, Ltd. and Ray Brandt Automotive Group.
Brandt represents the 1st Congressional District. He replaces Scott Ballard, who was appointed to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Roemer gives take on money in politics
Former Gov. Buddy Roemer will address the Press Club at noon Monday.
Roemer, who is the founder of Business First Bank in Baton Rouge, will discuss the effect of money in politics as well as the challenges of the banking industry in America.
The Press Club meets on Mondays at De La Ronde Hall at 320 Third St. downtown. 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 members of the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.
Groups discuss crisis in health care at LSU
“Louisiana’s Health Care Crisis, Governor Jindal, and the Affordable Care Act” will be the topic of a Tuesday event sponsored by College Democrats of LSU and Grassroots Baton Rouge Democrats.
The noon event in the LSU Student Union’s Capitol Chamber will feature Steve Spires, policy analyst for the Louisiana Budget Project, and Bruce Blaney, coordinator for the Supported Living Network.
GOP group meets, prepares care boxes
The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hampton Inn, 201 Rushing Road, Denham Springs.
The speaker will be state Rep. Valerie Hodges, R-Denham Springs.
The group also is assembling Military Care Boxes and needs small snack items.
Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and catered by Don’s Seafood Hut.
Reservations are required and there will be a charge of $15. Call Terri Day at (225) 931-9206 or send an email to email@example.com.
Jindal joins panel
discussion in Colo.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to be in Colorado on Wednesday for the McCloskey Speaker Series.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Jindal will share the stage at the Aspen Institute with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The event is described as a conversation with Republican governors.
The institute airs live broadcasts on the local public radio station. To hear it on the Internet, log onto http://www.aspenpublicradio.org/
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker will be the keynote speakers at the Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner.
The dinner, which will be Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, is the party’s big fundraiser.
“We’ve got great speakers, a strong lineup of Democrat leaders attending, a great venue in the newly renovated Hyatt, and we’re celebrating President Obama’s birthday,” the party said in a news release.
Individual tickets are $150 while tables range from $5,000 to $1,500.
Advocate seeks info from candidates
The deadline for candidates in the Nov. 6 election to submit statements of candidacy to The Advocate is 5 p.m. Aug. 24 — one week after the close of qualifying.
That ballot features the presidential race, but there are a number of state and local races, including congressional races, the 5th and 6th district seats on the Louisiana Supreme Court, a number of seats on the state Courts of Appeal and the District 2 seat on the Public Service Commission.
In East Baton Rouge, there are races for mayor-president, Metro Council and City Court.
In Ascension Parish, there are municipal races in Gonzales and Donaldsonville as well as a race for Ascension Parish Court judge.
Other municipal races include those in Walker, Livingston, French Settlement, Port Vincent, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Clinton, New Iberia, Delcambre, Loreauville, Amite City, Roseland and Tangipahoa.
The list of nine proposed constitutional amendments on that ballot is available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdf.
The runoff election is scheduled Dec. 8.
For information on submitting statements of candidacy to The Advocate, contact Metro Editor Vicki Ferstel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email is email@example.com.