Politics Column: Sept. 18 is last day to register for Oct. 19 elections

Last day to register to vote Oct. 19 is Wed.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisiana residents that Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in the Oct. 19 municipal vote and 5th Congressional District elections.

It’s also the last day for voters to make changes to their registration, he said.

Elections are scheduled in 49 parishes, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Lafayette, Orleans, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana.

The special congressional election is to replace U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who represented a district that runs from northeast Louisiana into south Louisiana.

“It’s important for everyone to check their status right now and take care of any updates that need to be made,” Schedler said. “By all means, if you’re not registered, get registered.”

People can register to vote online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.GeauxVote.com. In addition, people can go to their parish registrar of voters office as well as access services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, college and libraries and by mail.

Legislators look into hiring fiscal officer

State Rep. Simon Champagne wanted to know last week what was going on with the quest for a new legislative fiscal officer.

“We interviewed candidates about five months ago. I’m looking to know where we are in the process,” said Champagne, R-Jeanerette.

John Carpenter has been acting interim since Fiscal Officer Gordon Monk retired in August 2012.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, said he’ll consult with Senate Finance Chairman Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville. “I think we need to move forward. We owe it to the candidates who applied also,” Champagne said.

Broome lauded for foreclosure law effort

The Bankruptcy Law Network praised state Sen. Sharon Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, for helping to make Louisiana’s foreclosure laws more consumer friendly with the new Louisiana Home Protection Act going into effect last month. The group credits Broome for her leadership in helping the measure get passed. The law requires a Sheriff’s Office, when serving a notice of seizure, to provide information to a homeowner about options for avoiding foreclosure.

The BLN is a group of bankruptcy lawyers and consumer advocates that states is mission as working to remove roadblocks to financial freedom.

New member of TRSL board elected

Former LSU executive Jerry J. Baudin of Baton Rouge is the newly-elected retiree member of the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana’s board.

He will replace long-time board member Anne H. Baker of Baton Rouge who after serving 35 years on the board decided not to seek re-election.

Baudin’s four-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014.

Baudin won a run-off election with 50.6 percent of the vote over James A. Taylor Sr. of Baton Rouge who had 49.4 percent.

Baudin previously served on the TRSL board from 1987 to 2010 representing active members employed in higher education. He retired from LSU in 2010 after 43 years of service—25 years as vice chancellor for finance and administrative services.

The TRSL Board meets monthly to monitor investment performance, review system operations, and develop policies for the administration of the retirement plan.

Jindal administration making changes

The Jindal administration announced changes in its communications operation at week’s end.

Sean Lansing is leaving the job of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s press secretary. He is returning to Wisconsin where he will be deputy state director of the state’s Americans For Prosperity chapter.

“We will be announcing a replacement in the coming weeks,” said Jindal communications chief Kyle Plotkin.

Jindal’s Division of Administration has a new director of communications.

Douglas Baker is transferring into the job from a similar position at the state Department of Revenue.

Baker replaces Michael DiResto who is going to work for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. DiResto had been in the division job since Jindal’s first term in office.

Federation has new outreach coordinator

Baton Rouge businessman Chris Tricou is the new Coastal Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

The coordinator’s job involves outreach to Louisiana sportsmen and other wildlife enthusiasts in support of strategies to restore the state’s coast to a sustainable ecosystem.

The Federation is a nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization. It was founded in 1940.

EBR schools chief to address Press Club

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor will be the guest speaker for Monday’s noon meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

The Press Club’s new location starting with Taylor’s appearance will be the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, 102 France St. in downtown.

Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., will remain at $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Parking, which is free, is in the garage at the end of the Atrium on Mayflower Street.

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

Allain to discuss I-49 at Acadiana Press Club

State Sen. Bret Allain, R-Patterson, update the Acadiana Press Club on Monday on the Interstate 49 South Coalition and discuss the issues and challenges of completing this interstate.

The lunch forum and membership in the Acadiana Press Club are open to journalists, media professionals, public relations professionals, public information officers, communication professors and students, retired journalists, civic and political leaders and the general public.

The luncheon forum begins at 11:45 a.m. will be held Monday at a new location, Abacus Banquets & Receptions, Jubilee Room, 530 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette.

A lunch buffet is available for $11.50, not including beverages

The Acadiana Press Club hosts public lunch meetings on the third Monday of each month. Only members of the working media and Acadiana Press Club members may ask questions during the forum.

Luncheon to focus on recovery districts

Leaders With Vision’s Prospective series of public forum luncheons focuses Thursday on recovery school districts.

Confirmed speakers include Belinda Davis, a PTA president and Craig Freeman, member of the East Baton Rouge School Board.

After the presentations by the panel, the audience is invited to ask questions relative to the issue.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. in the Audubon Room at Drusilla Place Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge. The program begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $20.00 for members and $25.00 for nonmembers and includes lunch and the program.

Reservations available at LWVision@LWVision.org or by calling (225) 927-2255.

Ascension GOP Rountable to meet

State Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas will be the guest speaker Thursday’s meeting of the Ascension GOP Roundtable. Guillory switched to the Republican Party earlier this year, becoming the state’s only black legislator.

Republican state Reps. Clay Schexnayder of Sorrento and Johnny Berthelot of Gonzales are also scheduled to speak.

The Roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women, is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Brew-Bachers’s Grill, 909 E. Ascension St., Gonzales. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

Legislators to address GOP women’s club

Several legislators are slated to address the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish on Thursday.

The invited guest speakers are state Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, and state Reps. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, and Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge.

The program, which includes lunch, starts at 11:30 a.m. at Porter and Luke’s, 1517 Metairie Road in Metairie. Entree options include pecan catfish or penne chicken with pasta.

For more information or to make a reservation, send an email to pepsinla@earthlink.net or jschwaryaj@yahoo.com.

Black Caucus embarks on statewide tour

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus is making a statewide town hall tour.

The first stop in Alexandria focused on state budget and issues of concern affecting each district and its constituents. The caucus also plans to conduct a voter registration drive.

The town halls are free and held between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The caucus visits Shreveport on Sept. 28, Lafayette on Oct. 19, New Orleans in December, Monroe in January and Baton Rouge in February.

Libertarians to boost registration effort

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana is establishing an East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee, or PEC which will work to grow voter registration, and recruit and support candidates to run for local office.

The PEC will work with the College Libertarians at LSU.

The Libertarians have scheduled a Caucus election for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Café Americain on Jefferson Highway. Participants must be registered Libertarians.

For more information please contact Executive Director Wendy Adams at Wendy@LPLouisiana.org or visit our web site at LPLouisiana.org.

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