politics

The LIstening Room
3:55 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Mexico: Looking Forward

From the America Abroad series: Mexico isn’t just America’s neighbor. It is also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the UK combined. So what will a change in Mexico’s government mean for the U.S.?

Go here for more information on this series.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Break the Vow of Silence

A parochial school parent recently asked me if it’s too late to transfer their child to a voucher school. After going through the labyrinth of enrollment rules, I asked, “Why do you want to transfer?” The parent replied, “I don’t know if my daughter is learning.”
 

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Politics
10:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Jindal to speak at Republican national convention

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been given a speaking slot at Republicans' national convention later this month.

The Republican National Committee announced Jindal, once considered a possible vice presidential contender, on a list of six speakers unveiled Thursday. The list included others passed over for the running mate job, like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

The convention will be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Education
8:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Seattle education official becomes head of BESE

A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.

The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

Louisiana Supreme Court
4:01 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Hearing set in dispute over next chief justice

A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.

Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.

Bernette Johnson has served on the court since 1994 but supporters of fellow justice Jeffrey Victory say Johnson's first years shouldn't count. She was elected from an appeals court district and assigned to the higher court under a civil rights lawsuit settlement.

Victory has served since 1995.

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Department of Revenue
8:38 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Jindal appoints Barfield as new revenue secretary

Gov. Bobby Jindal's former labor secretary is returning to the governor's cabinet to take the helm at the Department of Revenue.

Tim Barfield will begin his job as revenue secretary in October — and will immediately begin an administration effort to revamp the state's tax system.

Jindal announced the plans Wednesday, saying a comprehensive review of the state's tax code was long overdue.

Barfield has been working for home health provider Amedisys Inc. In Jindal's first term, Barfield was head of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and then Jindal's executive counsel.

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All Things New Orleans Local/State Stories
5:30 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Afternoon News Rundown

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)Lawmakers have chosen a one-time legislative staffer to be the Louisiana Legislature's top budget adviser.

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Election 2012
3:44 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Congressmen sign up for races as qualifying opens

All of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen signed up for their re-election bids on the opening day of qualifying.

The most heated congressional race is expected between two Republican incumbents forced into the same district. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia are battling for a reconfigured 3rd District because Louisiana's population didn't grow enough to hold on to seven congressional seats.

Candidates must file paperwork and pay their fees by Friday if they want to run in the Nov. 6 election.

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Louisiana Legislature
3:06 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Interim legislative fiscal officer chosen

Lawmakers have chosen a one-time legislative staffer to be the Louisiana Legislature's top budget adviser.

John Carpenter was named Wednesday to be interim legislative fiscal officer by a joint House and Senate budget committee, while legislative leaders seek applications from contenders to fill the position permanently.

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Politics
6:51 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Sign-up period for Nov. 6 election runs this week

It's decision-time for anyone still on the fence about jumping into a race for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election.

Candidates must file paperwork this week if they want to run for office. Qualifying starts Wednesday morning and runs through Friday at 5 p.m.

Top of the ballot around the state will be Louisiana's six U.S. House seats, including one race between two Republican incumbents — Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry — who were forced into the same district when the state lost a congressional seat because of population adjustments.

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