politics

The Two-Way
9:51 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Rep. Maxine Waters Cleared By House Ethics Committee

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and her husband Sidney Williams at the Capitol Hill hearing today where it was announced that she's been cleared.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

After an investigation that lasted two years, the House Ethics Committee has cleared Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of charges that she tried to influence regulators when a bank that her husband owns stock in went looking for a federal bailout in 2008.

Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte, acting chairman of the ethics panel, announced the decision this morning.

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Convention Center
9:31 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Convention center to refinance bonds

The authority that oversees the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be able to save at least $6 million in interest costs on its outstanding bonds based on action taken by the State Bond Commission.

The Times-Picayune reports the commission on Thursday approved without objection the issuance of $75 million in refunding bonds for the Convention Center.

City Budget
8:54 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Isaac delays Landrieu's budget presentation

Hurricane Isaac has caused a delay in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual presentation of a proposed city budget.

The mayor's office said Thursday that Landrieu has signed an executive order allowing for a budget presentation two weeks later than the administration has done in the previous two years.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:29 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Challenges To Health Law Just Keep Coming

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, seen at a news conference in early 2011 before he took office, promised to file a lawsuit soon after he was sworn in. He did.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The Affordable Care Act survived a near-death experience at the Supreme Court earlier this year. And the overhaul law's fate again hangs in the balance come Election Day. Mitt Romney has vowed to work for its repeal, if he's elected president.

Meanwhile, the law continues to take its hits.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Recall efforts against Jindal, Kleckley fall short

A group of public school teachers has failed in its efforts to recall Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley.

Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero, the two Calcasieu Parish teachers leading the effort, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that they didn't get enough signatures to force a recall election. The deadline to meet the benchmark was Tuesday.

The teachers were angered by Jindal's education reform that will push more students into private and charter schools.

Politics
3:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Louisiana has $130M left over from last year

The Legislature's chief economist says Louisiana closed the last fiscal year with a surplus of $180 million.

Greg Albrecht gave the news to the state income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Thursday.

Albrecht says the better-than-expected financial performance for the budget year that ended June 30 was largely tied to corporate tax collections, which were significantly higher than forecast.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
2:24 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

La. justice's lawyers seek $380K in fees, expenses

Lawyers for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson are seeking more than $380,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses for work on her lawsuit over her bid to become the court's first black chief justice.

In a court filing Wednesday, Johnson's attorneys argue the amount they are seeking from the state of Louisiana is reasonable. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan didn't immediately rule on the request.

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Baton Rouge Community College
11:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

New auto technology training center planned for Baton Rouge

Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing nearly $14 million in state construction spending to build a new automobile technology training center at Baton Rouge Community College.

The center will educate students seeking careers in the auto industry, part of a local community effort to bolster skills training in the area.

The governor announced Wednesday that he'll ask the Bond Commission to back the funding through the state's construction budget, the final step to fund the project.

Construction on the training center is expected to begin in 2014.

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Politics
11:43 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Thibodaux lawmaker trying to call special session

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he sees no need for a special legislative session to discuss recent budget cuts made by his administration.

Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent, sent a letter Wednesday to House members asking them to call themselves into a special session to revisit the budget reductions.

Richard says lawmakers have been improperly left out of Jindal administration financial decisions that are shuttering health care facilities and a state prison.

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Business
11:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business?

A used-car lot displays a sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, N.H., in January.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:43 am

Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn clients away.

Jeff Reiter, who owns the Blue Plate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in Portland, Ore., proudly displays a 2008 Obama campaign sign inside his restaurant and says he has "never tried to hide" his support for the president.

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