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  • Judge Limits Pro-Life Louisiana Law That Could Have Closed Abortion Clinics

    09/01/2014 9:30:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A judge has blocked a pro-life Louisiana law that protects women’s health and could have resulted in closing three of the state’s five abortion clinics because they are unable to properly protect the health and safety interests of women. The three abortion clinics that could be forced to close their doors filed suit earlier this month to block the legislation. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed HB 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, that the Planned Parenthood abortion business and abortion advocates strenuously opposed. judgepic10“This bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve,” Jindal said. The pro-life law,...
  • The Koch Brothers Turn On Chris Christie and Warn Him About Setting Up Obamacare

    11/11/2012 11:48:12 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Politics USA ^ | November 11th, 2012
    The Koch Brothers think-tank, Americans for Prosperity, handed down a warning to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for not rejecting provisions in the ACA to submit health insurance exchange plans ahead of the health law’s full implementation. Republicans were already furious with Christie for praising President Obama’s rapid response to the super-storm Sandy that ravaged parts of the East Coast last week, and now the Koch Brothers are pressuring him to reject a New Jersey exchange bill to rebuff the ACA’s requirement before a November 16 cutoff date for states to set up health insurance exchanges. If states fail to...
  • Louisiana lawmaker: Opposition to border bill is 'insurmountable'

    07/31/2014 4:00:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Republican opposition to a border-relief package is “insurmountable,” a Tea Party conservative predicted Thursday. House GOP leaders have delayed their August vacation in an attempt to hash out the Republican differences over an emergency response to the child migrant crisis at the southern border. But Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said there are no changes GOP leaders could make to their $659 million package that would win the support of 218 Republicans. “I think it's insurmountable. I don't care who the whips and who the leadership are,” said Fleming. “Number one, we are a completely wide spectrum. We've got some members...
  • Fleming on Not Reading 10,535 Pages of Obamacare Regs: “They’re Incomprehensible”

    10/15/2013 9:59:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 3:14 PM | Penny Starr
    When CNSNews.com asked Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) if he had read all of the 10,535 pages of final regulations published by the administration to implement Obamacare in the Federal Register, he said he had not and described them as “incomprehensible.” “Well, of course, I voted against [Obamacare], and I have not read all the rules and regulations,” Fleming told CNSNews.com earlier this month at the Capitol. “They’re extremely complex. An average person even with a law degree or a medical degree like me can’t understand them,” Fleming said. “They’re incomprehensible.” When asked if he was surprised by the large number...
  • Louisiana Republicans say 'no negative impact' from shutdown ahead of tropical storm

    10/04/2013 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 04, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Republicans lawmakers from Louisiana are insisting that the government shutdown will not impact the region's preparedness ahead of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Karen on the Gulf Coast. The storm, which has maximum winds of 50 miles per hour according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to slam the Gulf Coast late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Forecasters believe Karen could intensify to hurricane strength before then. That's led to questions about the government's preparedness for severe weather. According to The Times Picayune in New Orleans, at least 2,000 federal workers have been furloughed in the state, including...
  • Support Rep. Fleming's Amendment (require Congress to sign-up for healthcare plan they force on us)

    10/28/2009 9:06:05 AM PDT · by PrivateIdaho · 9 replies · 1,024+ views
    Congressman John Fleming's Website ^ | 10/28/2009 | John Fleming
    This morning, I received the following email, which is currently being circulated around the internet: Congressman John Fleming (Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition at: http://fleming.house.gov/index.html. Please urge as many people as you can to do the same! If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.
  • Why did Congress exempt themselves from Obamacare?

    07/26/2009 6:19:00 PM PDT · by Sun · 37 replies · 2,443+ views
    Why did Congress exempt themselves from being included in the healthcare they want for the rest of Americans? Maybe it's because Congress members don't want themselves and their families to be at the mercy of bureaucrats about whether they can receive quality of life treatments, or even treatments for their very life or death; rationing; long lines; or when they become senior citizens, be forced to have counseling every five years, or more often if they are sick, regarding alternatives for end of life care. Rep. John Fleming, (the 2007 Louisiana family physician of the year), put forth a bill,...
  • Politicians, Heal Thyselves!

    07/24/2009 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSENISS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms. In what Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com called "Obama's Michael Dukakis moment," President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if "it's my family member, if it's...
  • Obama’s Request to Cover Christian Symbol Reveals Country’s Move toward Socialism, Secularism

    04/29/2009 5:54:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said he was “disturbed” by President Barack Obama’s request to have the symbolic name for Jesus Christ – IHS – covered from a pediment that was visible behind him when he spoke at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall on April 14. “I join many Christians in expressing my outrage at this request,” Fleming said after requesting one minute to speak on the House floor. “This administration has no problem spending money imprinted with the phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ but won’t have our president speak with any symbol of Christ in public view,” Fleming said. “We begin...
  • Obama, Jindal Take Sides on Louisiana Congressional Race (LA-04 run-off on Dec. 6)

    12/02/2008 8:31:21 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 21 replies · 985+ views
    KATC ^ | December 2, 2008 | AP/Staff
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- President-elect Barack Obama and Gov. Bobby Jindal entered opposing sides of a bitter Louisiana congressional race, appearing in advertisements in support of their parties' contenders while the candidates readied for their only debate on Tuesday night. The president-elect lent his voice to a radio ad praising a fellow Democrat, saying "To change America, and to get Louisiana's economy back on track, I need leaders like Paul Carmouche working with me in Washington." The governor appeared in a television ad in support of fellow Republican John Fleming. The ads first aired on Monday, the day before Jindal...
  • Desperate Obama White House Behind Impeachment Rumors

    07/25/2014 10:21:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 50 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | 7-26-2014 | Paul Ebeling
    Any discussion of Republicans working to impeach US President Barack Hussein Obama over any executive action he might take on immigration is “pure politics,” Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said Friday. “The president is behind that narrative,” the 3-term GOP congressman from Louisiana said. “There has not been any discussions on the impeachment of this president. Republicans do not want to go there.
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Why Republicans Will Take the Senate

    08/28/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | August 28, 2014
    Netting six Senate seats is a challenge, especially since part of that equation would require Republicans to retain their own competitive seats in places like Georgia and Kentucky. But Republicans believe that the stars, moons, and planets are all aligning for just such a changing tide this November.
  • 'Sons of Guns' canceled after star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 1:01:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-27-2014 | Leora Arnowitz
    “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s...
  • The Case for the Louisiana System: Republicans lose to Democrats thanks to third-party spoilers

    08/25/2014 8:01:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Fox News recently had a political story noting that in several close Senate races in red states, Libertarian candidates might keep the Republican nominee from winning seats held by Democrats today. In the last three election cycles, liberal Democrats in Senate races have won races with less than half the vote, and with the majority of the vote going to the Republican nominee and candidates more conservative than that nominee. In 2008, Mark Begich won in Alaska with 47.8% of the vote, while Republican Ted Stevens earned 46.6% and Bob Bird of the Alaska Independence Party, endorsed by Ron Paul,...
  • Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen.....

    08/23/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    U S Senate Rob Maness ^ | 8/22/14 | Maness Campaign
    Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Residency Qualifications.... Baton Rouge, LA - This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status. "It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says. "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,...
  • Rob Maness Qualifies for Senate Race, Questions Sen. Landrieu's Eligibility

    08/22/2014 9:00:05 PM PDT · by chemicalman
    KTVE/KARD ^ | 08/22/2014 | Nick Lawton
    BATON ROUGE, LA (KTVE/KARD) -- On the final day of qualifying, another Republican candidate for U.S. Senate signed on the dotted line and qualified for the race. Republican candidate and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness qualified at the Secretary of State's Office just before 11 a.m. on Friday. A crowd of supporters gathered at the office to cheer Maness on as he qualified. Maness told KTVE/KARD he will be a candidate who upholds the Constitution in office. He promises to protect local veterans by fighting to dismantle the Department of Veterans Affairs and absorbing it into the Department of...
  • Hot Louisiana race could send battle for control of the Senate into Overtime

    08/21/2014 8:52:43 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Carl Cameron
    Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is vying for a fourth term, is facing a stiff Republican challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy in the fall. But unlike most other close races this year, this one threatens to leave majority control of the Senate in limbo until the first week of December. Louisiana has what's known as a "jungle primary" system -- candidates of all parties will appear on the same ballot on Nov. 4. If nobody clears 50 percent on Election Day, the top two vote-getters will proceed to a Dec. 6 runoff. The course of the race so far suggests...
  • Mary Landrieu faces more travel questions

    08/19/2014 4:25:30 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | August 19, 2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and MANU RAJU
    Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is under renewed scrutiny for potentially violating campaign finance laws by tapping official Senate funds to cover the cost of fundraising trips. A review of Landrieu’s office expenditures and campaign records reveals two trips from 2012 that may have been improperly billed to her Senate office rather than her reelection campaign. On Aug. 23, 2012, Butler Aviation charged $6,787 for an in-state flight for Landrieu that included multiple stops. The flight was from New Orleans to Vidalia to Shreveport to Alexandria and back to New Orleans, according to official disbursement records Landrieu filed with the...
  • Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

    08/15/2014 12:57:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 15, 2014 3:22 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost. Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. […] Because it has three wheels—two in front and one in the rear—the Elio is actually classified as a motorcycle by the U.S. government. But Elio Motors...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Victim of St. Roch attack: 'They just wanted to stomp somebody'

    07/30/2014 6:37:31 AM PDT · by topher · 44 replies
    NOLA.com [The Times-Picayune ] ^ | July 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM, updated July 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM | Jonathan Bullington
    William Murphy set out Sunday night to pick up a few groceries at the New Orleans Food Co-op in the St. Roch neighborhood. The roughly three-block walk is one the 54-year-old home renovator said he's made countless times since moving to the neighborhood in 2006. But what should have been a routine errand quickly turned into a harrowing encounter with a group of teenagers who left him bloody and battered.
  • US Chamber to Back Democrat Mary Landrieu

    07/29/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/28/14 | m flynn
    Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce's national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. Landrieu, running in crimson-red Louisiana, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this November. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, she trails her leading Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by one point. An endorsement...
  • Senator Landrieu votes for contraception/abortion in Pro-Life Louisiana

    07/16/2014 1:25:09 PM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | July 16, 2014
    .S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate Vote Summary Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.2578 ) Vote Number: 228 Vote Date: July 16, 2014, 02:09 PM Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected Measure Number: S. 2578 (Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014 ) Measure Title: A bill to ensure that employers cannot interfere in their...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

    07/16/2014 10:52:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | July 16, 2014 | Brandon Darby
    LUBBOCK, Texas—An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released. The man, Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras. The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart...
  • How Texas could buy Louisiana water [aquaduct(s)]

    07/15/2014 8:34:33 AM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    July 15, 2014 | Vanity
    This might be some background reading on this: FoxNews: California expected to set mandatory water curbs for first time Over one hundred years ago, folks in California were planning their future by planning on aquaducts. Occasionally, Louisiana has too much water (flooding) and Texas too little. The key number in all of this is that Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas is at about 400-500 feet above sea level. That means an aquaduct system could be built such there could be four to five stations that raise the water 100 feet or more. Louisiana has a number of river systems (besides the Mississippi...
  • Overreach in Louisiana: The State Has No Place in the Church Confessional

    07/15/2014 6:38:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/15/2014 | The Editors
    When in 2008 Father Jeff Bayhi, a priest then at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Clinton, La., heard the troubling confession of a twelve-year-old parishioner, he likely did not imagine that his sacramental duty would land him in prison. But given a recent ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court, Father Bayhi is in the position of choosing between prison and excommunication. Per the Supreme Court’s ruling, Bayhi must appear before the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, which will determine whether what he heard – a civil action by the girl’s parents contends that it involved...
  • EPA Regs Likely to Kill 68-Year-Old Louisiana Peach Orchard

    RUSTON, La. — Peach orchards at Mitcham Farms, near the north Louisiana city of Ruston, have survived winter freezes, droughts and dangerous hail storms. But they evidently will not survive the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations. The family-owned business, established in 1946 and featured in tourism magazines, is Louisiana’s largest peach orchard,according to its website, but owner Joe Mitcham expects he’ll close up shop in only a few years.
  • EPA regs likely to kill 68-year-old Louisiana peach orchard

    07/12/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | july 10, 2014 | chris butler
    The peach orchards at Mitcham Farms, near the north Louisiana city of Ruston, have survived winter freezes, droughts and dangerous hail storms, but they evidently will not survive the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations. The family-owned business, established in 1946 and featured in tourism magazines, is Louisiana’s largest peach orchard, according to its website, but owner Joe Mitcham expects he’ll close up shop in only a few years. The federal government’s banning of a chemical in 2005 known as methyl bromide, used to treat diseased peach trees, has really given him no choice, as most of his trees won’t survive...
  • Louisiana Senate: Landrieu (D) 46%, Cassidy (R) 43%

    07/12/2014 10:40:40 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 51 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 10, 2014
    Incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu now has a narrow edge over Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race. Landrieu picks up 46% of the vote to Cassidy’s 43%, according to a new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, while six percent (6%) are undecided.
  • GOP senators knock EPA power grab

    07/10/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to quietly assume power to garnishing paychecks of accused polluters ran into firm opposition Thursday from top Senate Republicans. The senators objected to the new rule proposed by EPA, saying it would put too much power in the hands of “an agency prone to regulatory abuses.” “While we recognize the government’s legitimate interest in efficiently and effectively pursuing delinquent debt, EPA’s new wage garnishment procedures provide an agency prone to regulatory abuses with even more power over individual Americans,” wrote Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works...
  • BESE offers Gov. Jindal compromise over Common Core testing

    07/11/2014 9:57:53 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge ^ | Posted: Jul 10, 2014 1:07 PM CST Updated: Jul 10, 2014 5:48 PM CST | By Samantha Morgan
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BESE submitted a compromise to Governor Jindal regarding next year’s standardized testing. The hope is to reach an agreement in an ongoing dispute regarding Common Core testing. Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Chas Roemer, Vice President Jim Garvey and Secretary-Treasurer Holly Boffy conducted a call for members of the media to discuss the resolution. [Link to PDF - the compromise is on page 3] https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9eTEUJnljUqcjB1YWxHT0Ztc3c/edit?pli=1 And another link to the letter from another site (in case that one doesn't work: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.apeleducators.org/resource/resmgr/News_Files/Letter_to_Governor_from_BESE.pdf
  • Louisiana gave away $1.3 million in food stamps to deceased people

    07/09/2014 9:20:32 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    NOLA - The Times-Picayune ^ | July 07, 2014 at 5:45 PM, updated July 08, 2014 at 7:28 AM | By Julia O'Donoghue
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2013, according to a report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday (July 7). In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion.
  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    07/09/2014 9:00:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/9/2014 | unknown
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin's support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly...
  • Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for public corruption

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday. Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds committed while in office. But he is New Orleans' first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.
  • Louisiana Gives Away $1.3 Million in Food Stamps to Dead People

    07/09/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/08/14
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between 2009 and 2013, the Times-Picayune reports. A report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday revealed the government waste: In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion. Much of the money — $556,000 — was spent on people who had been dead for...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • GOP hopeful’s 17-year-old daughter pregnant [Bill Cassidy, the challenger to Mary Landrieu]

    07/04/2014 9:14:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 102 replies
    Politico ^ | July 3, 2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in one of this year’s most competitive Senate races, revealed late Thursday that his 17-year-old daughter became pregnant out of wedlock and is due later this summer. Cassidy’s campaign revealed the news with a one-paragraph statement to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, published late Thursday afternoon as the July Fourth holiday weekend began. “Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer,” Cassidy, 56, said in the statement. “Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous...
  • Pizza driver beaten with baseball bat during delivery, police say (New Orleans knockout game)

    07/03/2014 8:02:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Uptown Messenger ^ | July 1, 2014 | Robert Morris
    A pizza-delivery driver was beaten by a man with a baseball bat early Tuesday morning in the former B.W. Cooper housing projects, New Orleans Police said. The driver was taking a delivery to the 1300 block of South Prieur Street shortly before 2 a.m., and saw a man waiting outside when he arrived, said NOPD Detective Sgt. David Barnes on Tuesday afternoon at the weekly meeting of Sixth District ranking officers. The driver asked the man if he was the person who placed the order, and when the man said yes, the driver turned back to the car to get...
  • Stacey Jackson pleads guilty, delivers another black eye to Ray Nagin's administration

    07/02/2014 10:04:57 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    NOLA.com (Times-Picayune) ^ | July 02, 2014 at 10:34 AM, updated July 02, 2014 at 10:46 AM | Richard Rainey
    With a few nods and a clear-voiced "yes, ma'am," Stacey Jackson on Wednesday ended her year-long resistance against accusations that she orchestrated an elaborate kickback scheme to rob a federally financed anti-blight program during now-disgraced Mayor Ray Nagin's tenure in City Hall. She struck a plea deal with prosecutors and admitted to U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon that she was guilty of one count of conspiracy to receive kickbacks involving federal money. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and three years probation, although such a harsh sentence would be rare for first-time federal offenders....
  • ‘Kissing Congressman’ Vance McAllister Will Run for Full Term

    06/30/2014 4:16:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/30/14 | Tarini Parti
    Louisiana Republican Rep. Vance McAllister — known as the “Kissing Congressman” — has decided to seek a full term after announcing his retirement earlier this year. McAllister had hinted for weeks he was considering running for reelection, but he confirmed it in an interview with the Monroe News-Star this morning. He later confirmed the news at a press conference at a park in Monroe, where he was greeted with “enthusiastic applause” by upwards of 75 supporters, the newspaper reported. “I wanted to make sure everything was good with our family,” McAllister told The News-Star earlier in the day.
  • Rep. Vance McAllister will run for re-election

    06/30/2014 8:08:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 34 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 06/30/2014 | Bruce Alpert
    Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, will run for re-election. He told NOLA.com/Times-Picayune Monday that he'll leave it up to the voters to decide whether he stays or goes. He has scheduled a "special press conference" Monday in Monroe to formally announce his decision to run for re-election this fall in the 5th Congressional District. McAllister said he spent the weekend with his family making sure "they were on board," and that they are. He said he and they decided to leave it up to voters whether "he stays or goes." After surveillance video from last December was leaked in April showing...
  • And the Oscar Goes to... Senator Mary Landrieu!

    04/26/2014 7:44:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    After the release of the latest Landrieu campaign commercial, the critics are raving. What an incredible performance from a talented actress! Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has done it again. Elections bring out the best acting from the state’s 18 year incumbent. Every six years, Mary Landrieu adopts the sympathetic character of a “fighter for Louisiana.” In reality, she is a liberal Democrat who votes with President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid, but, during campaigns, Senator Landrieu convinces voters she is constantly opposing leaders in her own party. The result is that Senator Landrieu wins another term in office, quite...
  • Nine injured following early morning shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

    06/29/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29 2014 | Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>New Orleans Police say nine people have been injured during a shooting on Bourbon Street.</p> <p>Police spokesman Frank Robertson says in a statement that the incident happened about 2:45am Sunday in the 700 block of Bourbon Street. He says the unidentified victims were taken to a hospital, where seven were listed in stable condition and a female was listed in critical condition.</p>
  • Update From Mississippi [TPX]

    06/27/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by Syncro · 67 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | June 27, 2014 | Taylor Budowich
             Update from Mississippi Patriots, I am sorry it has taken me so long to give you an update, but things in Mississippi have been fluid and there is a lot to dig through. What we know right now is nefarious campaign tactics, employed by incumbent Senator Thad Cochran's campaign, were undeniably responsible for Cochran's victory Tuesday night. This includes using race-baiting that encourages liberal Democrats to swing a Republican Primary election- but that's just the start of it. As our friend Chris McDaniel has said, "There is nothing they won't do to hold onto power." It's true....
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal warns of rebellion brewing in U.S. against Washington, D.C.

    06/23/2014 8:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Examiner / The Associated Press ^ | June 23, 2014 | Joe Newby
    While speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. Saturday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said President Obama and other Democrats are waging a war against religious liberty and warned that a rebellion is brewing as angry Americans are ready for what he called a "hostile takeover" of the nation's capital, the Associated Press reported. "I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States," he said, "where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren." According to...
  • Bobby Jindal: Angry Americans Ready for 'Hostile Takeover' of Washington

    06/22/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT · by kingattax · 57 replies
    Newsmax/AP ^ | 22 Jun 2014
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital. Jindal spoke at the annual conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by longtime Christian activist Ralph Reed. Organizers said more than 1,000 evangelical leaders attended the three-day gathering. Republican officials across the political spectrum concede that evangelical voters continue to play a critical role in GOP politics. "I can sense right now...