politics

Le Show
12:57 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Le Show For The Week Of Dec 21, 2014

Harry Shearer

It's a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukah/Happy Kwanzaa/Happy Pagan Winter Solstice edition of Le Show, full of music and mirth!

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Politics
10:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Workers with the Pebble Mine project test-drill in July 2007 in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.
Al Grillo AP

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that NRDC lobbyists have exerted too much influence over EPA on the issues of carbon reduction and the proposed Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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Latest News
7:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Jindal's Budget Plan

Governor Bobby Jindal is getting lawmakers’ support for his plan to use patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a $170 million budget deficit.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection yesterday. It comes only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to Jindal’s plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

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Latest News
7:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cuba Policy Change Draws Praise And Anger

Changes proposed by President Obama to ease the Cuba trade embargo sparked strong reaction in New Orleans. Views came in favor — and strongly opposed — to resuming diplomatic relations.

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Latest News
7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Senator Vitter Gets Judiciary Committee Seat

Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter says he has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The assignment sets him in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress.

Those include fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general, and the president's immigration plan to help those living in the United States illegally.

Latest News
7:42 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Plunging Oil Prices May Mean More Cuts To Higher Education

The continuing drop in the price of oil likely will require state government to change its spending plan for a second time to balance this year’s budget.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that for next year’s budget, which is being drafted now, the collapsing oil prices are adding to problems caused by a big shortfall in revenues.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols is warning that tough choices are pending.

The administration is chipping away at the size of next year’s budget hole, and decisions are still weeks away.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Le Show For The Week Of Dec 14, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer observes Torture Week with Waterboarding USA, Waterboarding Championships, Dick Cheney Confidential, The Professionals, Who is Yoo, We Tortured Some Folks, and more!

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WRKF
6:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Business Interests Get with New School Board Majority

BRAC CEO Adam Knapp

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.

FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.


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WRKF
2:12 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kip Holden Announces Run for Lt. Governor

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announces his run for lieutenant governor.

    

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden made it official today. He is running for Lieutenant Governor.


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Latest News
7:56 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Cassidy To Meet With McConnell Over Committee Assignments

Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is returning to Washington to begin preparations for his transition to the Senate.

Cassidy has a meeting later Tuesday with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are expected to discuss upcoming committee assignments.

He knows he's getting on the energy committee. That's a promise McConnell made to Cassidy to help undercut Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu touting her committee position as essential to Louisiana.

Cassidy posted a 12-point victory in Saturday's runoff over Landrieu. 

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