LABI Elects Officers and Board for 2011

(Baton Rouge, LA) — The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), a statewide business organization, held its election of officers on January 12, 2011 during its 36th annual membership meeting in Baton Rouge. Founded in 1975, LABI is an association of 3,500 member companies representing approximately 6,600 business women and men across the state.…

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Congressman Jeff Landry Responds to President’s National Oil Spill Commission Final Report: Conducts Meeting with Industry and Government Leaders

Washington, DC – At this hour, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry (Republican, New Iberia) is conducting a high-level meeting with state government and energy industry leaders to get the hard-working people of South Louisiana back to work. This meeting is in response to yesterday’s Oil Spill Commission Report release. “The oil spill was a tragic event…

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Vitter Reacts to Oil Spill Commission Report

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in response to the National Oil Spill Commission’s release of its report on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: “The report is credible and helpful in a number of ways. But I was sorely disappointed that no mention was made of the Gulf still…

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Capitol City Republican Women Kick Off New Year

Photo by: Tony Boudreau   Seated L-R: Buddy Roemer, Caroline Roemer-Shirley, Teliyah Keller, Paul Pastorek and Sarah Holliday Standing L-R: Tenesia Keller, Buddy Amoroso, Charlene "Tootie" Day, Michael Tipton and Stefanie Ross-Toombs

Capital City Republican Women started the new year off with 70 attendees discussing education with guest speakers, Paul Pastorek – State Superintendent of Education and Caroline Roemer Shirley – Executive Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. Stefanie Ross-Toombs led the prayer. Teliyah Keller, a first grade student at Northwestern Elementary in Zachary,…

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Scott Rasmussen To Speak To LABI

(Baton Rouge, LA) – LABI is proud to have Scott Rasmussen as the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) annual meeting luncheon to be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. This year’s meeting promises to deliver up-to-the-minute information on both the…

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Vitter Sworn in for Second Term as Louisiana’s U.S. Senator

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden for his second term as Louisiana’s U.S. Senator. Vitter took the oath of office shortly after noon view video here. “Wendy and I are honored to be chosen by the people of Louisiana to continue to serve and fight…

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LCA Sues To Have Recently Passed Anti-Indemnity Legislation Declared Unconstitutional

BATON ROUGE, La. (December 30, 2010) – The Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) filed suit yesterday in local state court to have the Louisiana Legislature’s recently passed Act 492 (Senate Bill 625) declared unconstitutional. “This law goes well beyond what the constitution allows and drastically changes how many contracts have been structured for decades. It will…

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Treasurer John Kennedy Interview

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy sat down with Ted Baldwin of Inside Louisiana News and discussed the financial situation of Louisiana, his plan for balancing the budget, and his future. The interview is broken up into four segments. The 40:14 minute interview is available below. var showHover=false;

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Donelon announces Louisiana Citizens rating upgrade

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced today that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) Assessment Revenue Bonds to Baa1 from Baa2. The outlook for the company has changed from stable to positive. The rating change affects Citizens $894 million of outstanding Assessment Revenue Bonds. Moody’s rating rationale points to…

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Alexander Opposes USDA Forest Service Decision on Dog-Deer Hunting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following response to the recent announcement of the USDA Forest Service officials to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt deer on the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. Kisatchie National Forest is the only Louisiana public land area that has allowed this type of hunting…

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Vitter Reacts to Census Bureau Reapportionment Plan

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today commented on the Census Bureau’s announcement of a new congressional apportionment map, under which Louisiana will lose a seat in the House of Representatives while states with higher totals of illegal immigrants will gain seats. “Even though we’ve been expecting this, the confirmation that Louisiana will lose…

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Louisiana’s Slow Population Growth Causes Loss of Seat

Louisiana grew by 1.4% in the last decade increasing from 4,468,976 in 2000 to 4,533,372 in 2010. This low growth rate ranked among the five slowest growing states in the U.S. and resulted in the loss of a Congressional seat. The only state to lose population was Michigan with -0.6%. Neighbors Texas and Florida gained…

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Vitter Joins Senate in Defeat of Amnesty bill

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following comments after the U.S. Senate defeated the DREAM Act, legislation that would have provided a powerful incentive for more illegal immigration by granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who entered the U.S. as minors and met loosely defined “educational requirements.” “I’m very pleased…

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Alexander Responds to House Passage of the Tax-Hike Prevention Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 4853, the compromise agreement on the extension of the tax relief packages enacted in 2001 and 2003: “While I do not agree with many of the components included in this package, last…

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Alexander Reacts to FDA’s Decision to Remove Avastin from Breast Cancer Approved Treatment List

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, released the following remarks today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is recommending that Avastin no longer be approved for the treatment of breast cancer. Avastin, a lifesaving drug, successfully treats approximately 17,000 women annually. “As expected, the Obama administration has begun its process…

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Alexander Announces District Outreach Schedule for January

WASHINGTON, D.C. – District staff for U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, will hold satellite office hours in January to assist residents of the 5th Congressional District with casework matters. Staff members working in the district offices can act as a liaison between individuals and federal agencies, which include the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Internal…

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127 hours Review by Ted Baldwin

This film is an intense look at the struggle a young adventurer has when trapped in an isolated canyon. It is called a biographical film by some, but it is not about the guy, Aron Ralston, it is about what happens to him. One careless moment – and a life changing event blossoms. James Franco,…

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Alexander Statement on Virginia Court Ruling that Health Care Law is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, issued the following statement after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. The ruling found that Congress does not have the authority to impose the “individual mandate,” which will require every American to purchase government-approved health insurance.…

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DCCC: “Does Representative-elect Jeff Landry Agree That Congress Should Serve The Banks, Not Us?”

Congressman Spencer Bachus, the man chosen by Representative-elect Jeff Landry and House Republicans to Chair the Financial Services Committee, which is responsible for overseeing reform and regulation of Wall Street banks, told his local newspaper today that he believes it is Congress’s obligation to “serve the banks.” Serve the banks! Does Representative-elect Jeff Landry agree…

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