Rep. Walker Hines Joins GOP

Metairie – Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere released the following statement upon learning that Representative Walker Hines had become a Republican and gave the GOP a majority in the Louisiana House of Representatives: “For the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Louisiana House of Representatives. On behalf of the Republican…

Read more »

LaFonta Will Not Seek Re-Election

State Rep. Juan LaFonta (D-96) today announced that he will not seek reelection in 2011. LaFonta, who won a special Feb. 2005 election to replace now-Sen. Ed Murray in the House, was reelected without opposition in 2007 after becoming the first freshman legislator to ever chair the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Among his accomplishments in…

Read more »

De Facto Moratorium Continues

De Facto Moratorium Continues

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Despite one month with no official moratorium, permitting for both shallow and deep water drilling continues to lag. Greater New Orleans Inc. released its Gulf Permit Index on Wednesday and highlighted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement has approved only one deep water well in the past month. That compares…

Read more »

Congressman Cao: “It’s An Honor”

Reflections Upon Leaving Office As you know, my term as your Congressman expires on January 2, 2011. It was an honor and privilege to represent you in Congress. As one who came to the United States an eight-year-old orphan, knowing nothing of its language and customs, I consider it a great honor to have served…

Read more »

Scalise Speaks at Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly

Metairie, La. — Congressman Steve Scalise today spoke at the Jewish Federation of North America General Assembly in New Orleans. More than 3,000 participants are in New Orleans for the General Assembly. “While much is said about the partisan divide that exists in Washington, one area where Congress shares strong bipartisanship is in America’s unwavering…

Read more »

Gov. Jindal’s “Building a Better LA for Our Children” Tour Stops in Beauregard Parish

DERIDDER – Governor Bobby Jindal’s 2010 parish tour – “Building a Better LA for Our Children” – stopped in Beauregard Parish today where he addressed a luncheon meeting of the DeRidder Rotary Club. The Governor’s tour will stop in every parish to highlight the significant progress his administration has made to create a New Louisiana…

Read more »

Baton Rouge Tea Party Opposes New Downtown Library

Baton Rouge- The Baton Rouge Tea Party took an official position in opposition to the proposed new library downtown. The vote was unanimous. The 19 million plus dollars earmarked to demolish and completely replace the down town library is viewed as fiscally irresponsible at this time. It is seen as another example of unaccountable government…

Read more »

LDWF Reopens Commercial Crab Fishing in Mississippi River Delta

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in portions of state inside and outside territorial waters within the Mississippi River Delta previously closed due to the BP oil spill.…

Read more »

Governor Jindal Addresses Groundbreaking Ceremony for Veterans Cemetery in Leesville

LEESVILLE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville. Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary Lane Carson, Louisiana State Senator John R. Smith, Louisiana State Representative James Armes, and Leesville Mayor C. Robert Rose. Governor Jindal said, “Our brave…

Read more »

Orange Festival Returns To Historic Fort Jackson

For the first time since Katrina, the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival returns to Fort Jackson in Buras. The three-day event, which starts on December 3, celebrates a century of citrus farming with live music, family activities, local foods and carnival rides. The festival features free admission to the festival grounds and free parking.…

Read more »

Senator Landrieu Heads To Netherlands

In a statement released today, Senator Landrieu will go to the Netherlands to study the Dutch intergrated ater management. Her full statement is here. Beginning today, I will lead the third Congressional Delegation to the Netherlands to study the Dutch’s integrated water management systems and coastal restoration efforts. In the wake of the BP Deepwater…

Read more »

Joint Statement from the Coalition to Protect Louisiana’s Healthcare

A Response to DHH Sec. Greenstein’s Senate Finance Committee Testimony With the Department of Health and Hospital’s (DHH) latest proposed budget reductions, the fifth since Feb. 2009, more than $250 million in funding for physicians, community hospitals, and emergency services has been cut by the state. As members of the Coalition to Protect Louisiana’s Healthcare,…

Read more »

Unemployment Insurance Claims Report November 5, 2010

BATON ROUGE – Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) for the week ending October 30, 2010, increased to 3,596 from the previous week’s total of 3,496. Initial claims were below the comparable week ending October 31, 2009, figure of 4,533. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 3,717 from the previous week’s average…

Read more »

Vitter: “Thank You”

Wendy and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your encouragement and support. I’m very honored and humbled to serve as your Senator again. On Tuesday, I believe we sent a clear message to President Obama and the liberal elite in Washington that we need real checks and balances.…

Read more »

Melancon: “Thank You”

Although we didn’t win yesterday, we still have plenty to be proud of. I’m proud of the values we fought for, and the work we did. But mostly, I’m proud of you. You were with me every step of the way, and I want you to know I’m truly grateful for all you did. We…

Read more »

LAGOP: “We Did It”

Conservatives throughout Louisiana and across our nation sent a message to Washington that the big-government agenda espoused by Barack Obama and soon to be former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not the change voters were looking for in 2008. Make no mistake, Democrats and their liberal allies in the media will spend the…

Read more »

NRSC Chairman Cornyn Applauds U.S. Senator David Vitter’s Reelection In Louisiana

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), released the following statement in response to U.S. Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) victory in Louisiana: “Senator David Vitter handily won reelection in Louisiana this evening because his constituents know that he will keep fighting for common sense and accountability in…

Read more »

Pledge to Repeal ObamaCare Gains Momentum in Battleground States

Two advocacy groups, American Majority Action and Independent Women’s Voice, have ramped up efforts to “make ObamaCare an issue in this election campaign.” With headquarters in four battle ground states, the organizations have 115 federal candidate or incumbent signatories to their Repeal Obamacare Pledge, including two Democrats and 74 challengers. var showHover=false;

Read more »

BP Allocates $218M for Louisiana Oil Spill Recovery

New Orleans, LA – Today, Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-2) announced that BP will give Louisiana a total of $218 million for coastal restoration, seafood testing, and tourism marketing programs. Cao said, “Having pushed BP for months to expedite recovery of the oil spill, I am delighted that BP will help with rebuilding efforts here…

Read more »