Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:47 pm
As of this writing, Rep. Vance McAllister is still a Republican congressman representing his northeastern Louisiana district.
And that's part of the problem, according to the Louisiana Republican Party establishment. Gov. Bobby Jindal and state party chairman Roger Villere both recommended publicly and strongly that McAllister immediately resign in the wake of widely seen security video showing the married congressman canoodling a married now-ex-staffer.
State Representative John Bel Edwards speaks to Jim about his candidacy for governor. He also touches other political issues with LSU's Manship School Professor Bob Mann. They both touch on the Vance McAllister scandal and what it means for the GOP.
As the sixth week of the twelve week session begins, the budget takes center stage on Monday and Tuesday.
“Our public comment days are April the 14th and April the 15th,” explains House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin. And he says they will work into the evening both days, to ensure everyone can be heard.
In this edition of Le Show, Harry Shearear brings News from Outside the Bubble, News of Secrets, What the Frack?, News of the Warm, Mr. Middle Class, News of the Olympic Movement, Apologies of the Week, and more.
Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:34 pm
Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife.
Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.
JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy.
Governor Bobby Jindal is calling for the resignation of Louisiana congressman Rep. Vance McAllister, who was videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife.
Jindal called Rep. McAllister’s behavior "an embarrassment." The governor said today in a statement that if McAllister wants privacy as he's claimed, "the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."
McAllister's office says "as of now, there are no plans of resignation."
Not every bill a legislator files is to make new law. Sometimes a bill is needed to repeal an old law. Such was the case Tuesday in the House Criminal Justice committee.
“No matter what you might think about the language, it is unconstitutional,” said Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, in reference to the state’s sodomy law, also known as “crime against nature”, and her bill to repeal it.