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Inside Louisiana News http://insidelouisiananews.com Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.21 Daily 4.30.12 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5684 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5684#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 05:41:18 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5684 Louisiana Democrats elect Peterson as new party leader Saturday
Trial of ‘Lil Boosie’ set to begin
New Orleans Saints coaches discuss the 2012 NFL draft

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Holden’s Sex Scandal Leads To Lawsuit http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5657 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5657#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:23:26 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5657 (Baton Rouge) Prior to Kip Holden’s re-election as mayor of Baton Rouge, he took to the airwaves of WBRZ channel 2 in Baton Rouge to denounce the “smear campaign”. Holden suggested that major legal trouble was in store for the perpetrators and the FBI would be involved. Soon, a local businessman was charged with ethics violations even though his only involvement was engaging in the business that he continues to do today. No wrong doing was found on anybody for the campaign “smear”.

Today, Darrell Glasper filed a lawsuit against Mayor Kip Holden alleging that the mayor “Holden committed acts of defamation whereby he disparaged, impugned, and otherwise maligned the good name, character, and reputation of Glasper.”

Though Mayor Holden was re-elected despite claims of sexual misconduct, the issue may continue to plague Holden for the rest of his term.

We have provided a copy of the lawsuit and you may download it Petition for Damages Darrel Glasper v. Kip Holden 10-18-11(1).

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POLITICIAN BEATS AND KICKS WIFE http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5653 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5653#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 01:39:54 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5653 InsideLouisianaNews.com has learned some interesting information regarding a local politician running for the State Senate. Sadly, it’s not the kind of news we like reporting but we have an obligation to report the facts as we receive them. The following is an account of the events as reported directly to InsideLouisianaNews.com:

“The day after Christmas, in the parking lot of an auto parts store on Greenwell Springs Rd., Debra Mannino was beaten, thrown on the ground and kicked” according to a petition filed by now Judge Toni Higginbotham. The beating took place in front of her then minor children. After years of abuse Debra O’Neill Mannino filed for divorce. The Petition was recorded 4-25-2006. The petition described her husband as Michael Jerome Mannino living at Rt. 4 Summers Rd. Baton Rouge, LA. The petition states that out of fear she requested a temporary restraining order without bond and thereafter a preliminary and then a permanent injunction. Court records showed Michael Mannino had violated the previous restraining order and was charged with simple battery.

In another case Michael Jerome Mannino — Driver’s License # —–6346 Social Security # Confirmed living at Rt. 4 Summers Rd. Baton Rouge, LA. was arrested for assaulting a police officer at the Blitz Lounge on Airline Hwy. Even though the police officer was bleeding, he subdued Mannino placing him under arrest and transported him to jail.

In 2009 Michael Mannino, his brother and father arrived at their rental property while E.B.R. Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating illegal immigrants. One of the Mannino’s interfered with the officers and was placed on the ground, handcuffed and transported to jail.”

In 2010, one Michael Jerome Mannino decided he wanted to serve the citizens of Central as a public official. He visited with his close friend Woody Jenkins who previously served in public office. Woody Jenkins is the owner and editor of the Central City News and is an experienced politician who has been defeated on numerous occasions. Jenkins shared his political knowledge with Mannino, a Democrat, who then qualified and ran for the Central City Council. It has been reported that when small business owners in Central would not allow Jenkins to place his newspaper in their businesses, Mannino would get his supporters to boycott the small business owners. There were 9 candidates in the race for Central City Council and Mannino came in last with less than 8% of the vote. Apparently, this did not discourage Mannino and Jenkins.

In 2011, the Legislature created a new Senate District 6. The district covers portions of Tangipahoa, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parish. Five days before qualifying began, Woody Jenkins and Michael Mannino decided Mannino should switch to the Republican Party. The new district is a conservative, religious area where the TEA PARTY is extremely popular. The Louisiana Tea Party PAC has rejected Mannino and candidates with criminal backgrounds. The new district has 120,000 citizens. The Hammond, La. newspaper reported Jenkins and Mannino campaigning vigorously in Tangipahoa Parish apparently in the hopes that they would not be judged by their past. Whether this will work in Mannino’s favor or not remains to be seen. Either way, the voters will have the final say on October 22.

Recent opinion polls leaked to InsideLouisianaNews.com have shown Mannino at 6%: White at 68%: 26% undecided.

After further consideration and an accusation from candidate Mannino that we are “libelous”, we have decided to release the documentation.

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Tea Party of Louisiana Endorses Valarie Hodges For State Representative District 64 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5651 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5651#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 01:36:06 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5651 Baton Rouge, LA – The Tea Party of Louisiana has endorsed Valarie Hodges for State Representative for District 64 (Denham Springs, Watson, Central, Pride & Brownsfield). Valarie is currently a member of the executive committee of the Louisiana Republican Party.

“We are very excited to announce our endorsement of Valarie Hodges for State Representative,” said Bob Reid, spokesman of the Tea Party of Louisiana. “Valarie has been with the tea party movement since its inception in 2009. She is a constitutional conservative and will be an exciting leader to watch in the state legislature,” added Reid.

The Tea Party of Louisiana chose to endorse Valarie because she is a proponent of the tea party initiative to phase out the state’s personal income tax. She is also an advocate for school choice – legislation that would give parents the right to choose what public school their children attended. Valarie Hodges is a proponent of smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation on business and industry.

“The Tea Party of Louisiana began working more than a year ago to make big gains in the state legislature during this upcoming election cycle,” said Bob Reid. “As a conservative republican and tea party activist, Valarie Hodges has been a vital contributor to these efforts and we are excited that she will soon be taking a seat in our Louisiana House of Representatives,” added Reid.
The election will be held on October 22. You can learn more about Valarie Hodges as www.valariehodges.com

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Tea Party of Louisiana Endorses Billy Nungesser for Lt. Governor http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5648 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5648#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 01:33:26 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5648 Baton Rouge, LA – The Tea Party of Louisiana announced today that they have endorsed Billy Nungesser for Lt. Governor. Nungesser is a small businessman and President of Plaquemines Parish, where he gained national attention as the voice for Louisiana in the wake of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Disaster.

“We are proud to stand behind Billy Nungesser for Lt. Governor,” said Bob Reid, spokesman for the Tea Party of Louisiana. “Billy is a lifelong conservative who has worked tirelessly for the people he represents. He is a proven watchdog, returning money to the taxpayers of his parish and is not afraid to fight for what is right, taking on both private corporations and the federal government. He has the tenacity and the passion our state needs.”

“We know the truth about the candidates and their records,” explained Reid, “and the Tea party of Louisiana is proud to stand behind a candidate that is a passionate fighter for Louisiana like Billy Nungesser.”

The Tea Party of Louisiana is a non-partisan, grassroots organization with no ties to any political party. We are American patriots who have drawn a ‘line in the sand’. The destructive level of government spending and regulation must stop! And we want our essential liberties back. We want a return to the framework of government designed by our founding Fathers under the Constitution. We want a return to the philosophical basis of the Declaration of Independence.

We want less government intrusion in our lives which includes a reduction in taxes, government size and government regulations.

As we move towards 2012, we are in the most important battle in our lifetimes for the future of this country. We are very concerned that the hard left has almost totally taken control of the Democratic Party and we are also troubled with the direction of the Republican Party that is sometimes conservative, sometimes moderate and sometimes totally clueless. We need passionate fighters like Billy Nungesser

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SHERRI CHEEK NAMED “RINO” BY TEA PARTY OF LOUISIANA*\ http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5644 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5644#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:54:00 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5644 BATON ROUGE – The Tea Party of Louisiana has issued a “RINO WATCH” alert for Louisiana State Senator Sherri Cheek.

“RINO” is an acronym for “Republican in Name Only”, or republicans who have liberal voting records.

“The Louisiana Legislature is filled with republicans who believe in big government and who fail to represent their conservative constituencies,” Tea Party of Louisiana spokesman Bob Reid said in an issued statement.

“During the next few months, the Tea Party of Louisiana will be issuing a series of press releases putting these Legislators on RINO WATCH,” Reid added.

“The Tea Party of Louisiana announces Senator Sherri Cheek as our first recipient of RINO WATCH status,” said Reid.

Senator Sherri Cheek has been named a RINO by the Tea Party of Louisiana for the following:

Cheek voted to keep Stelly Tax in place and opposed its repeal (HB 689 2009 reg session)

Cheek voted to give herself free health care and benefits for life at taxpayer expense (HB 1028 2006 reg session)

Cheek voted to bust the constitutionally imposed spending cap (HCR 10 2007 reg session)

Cheek voted for millions of dollars of increased taxes on Louisiana businesses (HB 1 2004 extraordinary session)

Cheek opposed spending cuts and voted to use $2.8 Billion of non-recurring revenue to offset spending increases (HB 1 2010 reg session)

“The Tea Party movement represents a shift in the hearts and minds of Americans, who want a return to the principles of our forefathers – based on limited government, low taxes and the protection of private property,” said Reid. “Senator Cheek has shown that she has zero regard for these principles,” added Reid.

“The Tea Party of Louisiana will be actively recruiting to find a solid conservative candidate to run against Senator Cheek in the primary on October 22,” Reid concluded.

The Tea Party of Louisiana will be announcing another State Legislator for RINO WATCH in the upcoming weeks.

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Chairman Villere Calls on Dem Chairman To Denounce Fayard’s Hateful Rhetoric http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5642 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5642#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:57:35 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5642 Metairie, LA – Today Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere called on Louisiana Democrat Party Chairman Buddy Leach to denounce Caroline Fayard’s hate-filled rhetoric.

“Louisiana voters deserve an open and honest debate of the issues, but Caroline Fayard’s disappointing and vicious rhetoric conflicts with the very concept of civil discourse,” said Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere. “Fayard’s negative and divisive commentary reveals a true partisan, driven by hate, who is wholly unfit for elected office. Today I call on Democrat Party Chairman Buddy Leach to join the Republican Party of Louisiana in denouncing Fayard’s hate-filled and disgusting comments.”

Caroline Fayard’s Hateful Rhetoric

Fayard: “I Hate Republicans.”: “I hate Republicans. I hate Republicans,” [Caroline] Fayard said … “They are cruel and destructive. They eat their young. They don’t think. They don’t allow people to think. They are bullies.” (“Candidate or not?” Washington Parish Daily News, 3/27/11, link)

Fayard: “Time To Get Mad.”: “Fayard encouraged Democrats to respond to the gains Republicans have made nationally as well as statewide and said it’s ‘time to get mad.’” (“Candidate or not?” Washington Parish Daily News, 3/27/11,)

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Vitter Sends Feinberg Specific List of More Louisianians Frustrated by Claims Process http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5640 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5640#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:48:35 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5640 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today called on Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Ken Feinberg to immediately address the concerns of a growing number of Louisianians who have not received timely and equitable treatment in the claims process resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last April. Vitter’s letter included a list of specific Louisianians to whom Feinberg and GCCF have broken promises to follow through promptly on their claims.

“Ken Feinberg has unfortunately shown a pattern of making flimsy promises to the Louisianians who need his help, and he’s compounded this by offering evasive and incomplete responses to my direct inquiries about his handling of the claims process,” said Vitter. “My office has uncovered a number of small business owners and other Louisiana residents who are being subjected to bureaucratic hell as they try to navigate this claims process and deal with Mr. Feinberg’s office.”

Vitter included with the letter a list of several specific Louisianians identified by Vitter’s staff who have not received appropriate assistance from Feinberg’s office despite Feinberg’s public assurances to them in town hall meetings that he would follow up on their cases.

These people were highlighted because they spoke directly with Feinberg at meetings and were still ignored, but the list does not account for other claimants who have not had the opportunity to meet with Feinberg face to face, or who did not speak up at meetings.

“If my office was able discover your empty promises in Louisiana, one can only guess the extent of your hollow rhetoric throughout the Gulf,” Vitter wrote.

Vitter last month urged Feinberg to donate a portion of his firm’s fees to the Friends of the Fishermen Fund for impacted fishermen or a similar Louisiana based organization as a gesture of good will for his firm’s sloppy handling of Louisianians’ claims.

The full text of Vitter’s latest letter to Feinberg follows this release. A few of the Louisianians who have experienced difficulty due to Feinberg’s handling of the claims process are:

* Sylvia Fradella, Houma

Sylvia’s pay was reduced significantly when the oil spill occurred due to her employer’s financial situation. Nearly all of her coworkers received a six month emergency payment. She did not. She was originally told that she was approved by GCCF officials only to be denied in December. Since she could no longer live on the reduced salary and couldn’t receive GCCF funding, she has resigned in order to try and find other employment. “I have yet to receive anything, not even a letter. I went to every meeting and even spoke with him personally. He said he would look into it. He said he would take care of it and I have never heard from him. I have yet to receive a penny. There is no equity in this whole process,” said Sylvia.

* Diane Poche, Lafitte
Diane and her husband are shrimpers. He filed an individual claim and, although he did receive a payment, he and Diane feel as if it was very insufficient given their losses. Diane then, on the advice of her attorney, filed an individual claim and was denied. Diane has spoken to Feinberg at 2 town hall meetings – in Houma in September and Lafitte in January – only to receive empty promises that her claim would be addressed quickly. “The man has no words as far as I’m concerned because everything that comes out of his mouth is false. He never follows through,” said Diane.

* Annette & Sarah Rigaud, Grand Isle
The Rigauds were told by Feinberg at his town hall meeting in Grand Isle that they would get a call back with more information about the status of their claim. A week later, a Feinberg staff member called back. The staffer told her they didn’t have any details and only called at Feinberg’s request. The Rigauds still haven’t heard anything and are now in foreclosure and barely staying afloat with their restaurant. “We are just so tired of getting the run around. Mr. Feinberg told us at his Grand Isle town hall meeting that we’d get a call back with more information, but all we got was a member of his staff who called back and told us he didn’t have any details. He basically said he only called because Mr. Feinberg requested him to. We still haven’t heard anything and are now in foreclosure and barely staying afloat with our restaurant. We don’t want any more presentations or platitudes from Mr. Feinberg, we want results,” said the Rigauds.

* Trudy Luke, Houma

* Melissa Lacoste and Mike Dehart, Theriot
Trudy is the owner of Luke’s Seafood. Melissa and Mike own Captain Blair Seafood. During a meeting last November involving Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet and approximately 15 other business owners, Feinberg promised Trudy, Melissa and Mike that a member of his staff would follow up on their cases, but to date they have not even received a phone call.

* Todd John, Houma
Todd is the owner of Bayou Gulf Seafood. His claim was originally denied by BP. When Feinberg took over, Todd only got 1% of his original claim. He estimated this would cover one week of his losses, but GCCF said it was supposed to cover six months. He has sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost oyster revenue since the spill. Feinberg promised that he would have someone call him. GCCF called, but they couldn’t help him. He has gone to the GCCF office in Houma; however, they have no authority to answer his questions. He recently sent in a projection of his 5 year losses from his CPA. He got a letter that said that his claim will be decided sometime in February-but that deadline came and went. Sen. Vitter’s office sent in an inquiry and GCCF said that Todd needs to submit more information again.

Below is the full text of Vitter’s letter to Feinberg.

March 24, 2011



Ken Feinberg
Feinberg Rozen, LLP
The Willard Office Building
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 390
Washington, DC 20004-1008

Dear Mr. Feinberg:

I write this letter in follow-up to my February 17 letter and your subsequent response on February 25. During the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee hearing on January 27, I asked you to provide me as follow-up written case updates regarding the Louisiana citizens who stood up during your recent four Louisiana town hall meetings, in public and in front of television cameras, and said that their applications to you had been ignored or mishandled. You consistently told all of these applicants at the meetings that you would look into their cases and follow up with them. But as I explained in the hearing, in the spot checking I was able to do, three out of three had not been contacted by your office in any way in the weeks following town halls.

When I made this reasonable, basic request for information at the hearing, you immediately agreed to provide. However, you did not. (Again, a clear promise; no follow-up.)

As a result, my staff repeated the specific request by email to you on January 31. You responded by letter dated February 7, reversing your previous position, citing the confidentiality of the claims, and refusing to provide case updates.

When I expressed in a letter dated February 17 my sincere disappointment, and provided you an alternative means to ensure confidentiality, you responded in a letter dated February 25 providing the status of 12 claimants that you had identified as having stood up and identified themselves.

Unfortunately, 12 claimants fails to represent the complete universe of Louisianians that you promised publicly to assist and personally provide status updates. After further review, not only is your February 25 response incomplete, but it makes clear that as I stated in my February 17 letter: “I can only conclude that these town hall meetings were such a pure public relations exercise on your part-so devoid of substance and follow-up-that you and your staff didn’t even procure the names and contact information of the claimants you so earnestly promised to help.”

Indeed, my staff was able to procure a list of individuals that you promised publicly to help, but failed to commit resources to or identify in your February 25 response to my office. I have attached this list of individuals as an addendum to this letter. I should also point out that this is not a complete list. My office had contact with other individuals to whom you made similar promises; however, because of your lack of response, they have hired forensic accounting firms to assist with their claims and were hesitant to release their information on the advice of these firms. If my office was able discover your empty promises in Louisiana, one can only guess the extent of your hollow rhetoric throughout the Gulf.

I should stress that this list of people is only a snapshot of the larger problem since these Louisianians spoke with you face to face at your public meetings and were still ignored.

As stated in my February 17 letter, as an effort towards goodwill, and in light of much of your public promises of follow-up being a sham, I suggest the following:
Since the town hall meetings I identified was about 3 days of your work that month—12%*–I would ask you to remit 12% of you and your firm’s monthly compensation for claim work to the Friends of the Fishermen Fund for impacted fishermen, or a similar Louisiana based organization dedicated to helping our fishermen rebound. At your compensation rate of $850,000 per month, that would be $102,000. To be clear, this payment would be from you and your firm, not the compensation fund.

I would appreciate your not making empty promises to Louisianians, then making an empty promise to me before a committee hearing in the United States Senate, then hiding behind confidentiality, then providing an incomplete list to my office, all in an effort to hide behind the fact that your personal promises at the town hall meetings were meaningless.


David Vitter

United States Senate

* Assumes six-day work week, excluding January 1.

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Vitter on Terror Trials: WH Needs to be More Clear http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5636 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5636#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:28:27 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5636 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sens. David Vitter made the following statement in reaction to news reports regarding President Obama’s announcement that the “U.S. would resume the military tribunals for Guantanamo terrorists that he unilaterally suspended two years ago, and he may even begin referring new charges to military commissions within days or weeks.”

“This is an encouraging move in the right direction if the White House is serious about refocusing our efforts to try these terrorists in military commissions, where they belong,” said Vitter. “I am concerned, however, that the White House is indicating that it will still attempt to try major terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as ordinary criminals in civilian courts. This is a non-starter – the House CR prohibits funding for such trials – and I will continue to advocate in the Senate to defund any such civil trials on American soil.”

Last Congress, Vitter introduced
legislation that prevented suspected terrorists and enemy combatants at Guantanamo
Bay from being tried in U.S criminal courts instead of military tribunals. Last
year, he also joined 18 of his colleagues in a letter to President Obama expressing concern about his administration’s decision to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man who attempted to detonate a bomb aboard an American airliner on Christmas Day 2009, in a U.S. criminal court.

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Vitter to WH: Let’s Look for More Production at Home, Not Abroad http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5634 http://insidelouisiananews.com/archives/5634#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:41:37 +0000 http://insidelouisiananews.com/?p=5634 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter issued the following statement in reaction to news reports that White House officials are urging Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production to ease Americans’ fuel costs.

“I believe that Sec. Chu’s statements are a real breakthrough in our current energy debate: we all finally agree that increasing supply is at the heart of solving our energy problem. Unfortunately, Sec. Chu and the administration seem to want create jobs in Saudi Arabia by asking them to increase their oil production, instead of creating good energy sector jobs here at home. “Of course, I believe we should increase our supply right here at home by unshackling our domestic energy-producing economy, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the Interior Department is still foot-dragging on permits while our Energy Department is actively seeking to make us more dependent on foreign sources of energy.”

A report about drawing from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve noted the following:
But Energy Secretary Steven Chu has thus far ruled it out, saying increased production in Saudi Arabia would lower the price of crude and ease the strain at the gas station.

“That’s going to mitigate the price increase,” he told reporters Wednesday. “We’re hoping market forces will take care of this.”

Vitter is working with Senate colleagues on an energy proposal that would open up America’s energy economy. He contends it would create more jobs than any “job creation” proposal that Congress has voted on over the last two years.

Last Congress, Vitter introduced a similar energy bill, the No Cost Stimulus, which sought to create private sector jobs in energy-related fields without spending federal dollars like the Obama Stimulus.

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