Odom was re-elected in 2003 to his seventh consecutive term as agricultural commissioner and has devolved into both a fossil of state politics and a contemporary Boss Tweed since his first election in 1980. Odom has effectively used a traditionally quiet statewide office to entrench himself within Louisiana's powerful political game. While reports of his authoritative behavior regarding his employees have been widely reported ' and despite admitting employees run personal errands and buy gifts for him on state money ' Odom has remained free from anything resembling serious punishment.
This may be due to the numerous friends he has created in his time in office. Odom's current lawyer, Karl Koch, hosted a 2004 fund raiser to eliminate Johnson's campaign debt, while his firm contributed funds for Johnson's campaign. This might explain why, after transferring divisions twice, Johnson was determined to keep Odom's case under his jurisdiction.
The most ridiculous premise behind this entire court case is the fact that it is all being paid for on the taxpayer's dime. The Advocate reports that taxpayers could pay more than $400,000 in legal fees, while the public prosecution is similarly being funded by the state. Louisiana citizens should be outraged. Odom's defense delayed and postponed the trials until Judge Johnson threw the case out.
One hopes the recent announcement of Rep. Mike Strain to compete for agricultural commissioner is a sign that Louisiana is serious about reformation. It's absurd that a man surrounded by controversy and indicted on multiple charges should remain in office for an eighth consecutive term. With recent term limit mandates, we are beginning to hack away at the roots of Louisiana's corruption that have grown deep over the years. It is time for us to reform from within, and we must begin with Bob Odom.
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.