Louisiana's ongoing effort to obtain more offshore oil royalties made its move to the U.S. Senate last week amid feverish debate. The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and a number of other environmental groups placed advertisements in several Beltway publications depicting the Gulf Coast as "Oil's Next Victim" since the proposals being considered would open up the gulf to more drilling activity. The ads warned against everything from oil spills to over-drilling. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat pushing the concept, issued a press release countering the ads ' just days after she issued another attacking a Washington Post editorial that depicted the proposal as "Robbing the Feds." Landrieu, along with Sen. David Vitter, a Metairie Republican, questioned the Post's assertion that "coastal states don't deserve" a share of the oil and gas revenues they generate off their coasts. They point out that the paper failed to mention that 28 other inland states already receive a 50 percent share of similar revenues. Louisiana, meanwhile, helps generate more than $5 billion a year for the federal treasury from offshore drilling, and it gets back only about $39 million a year. ' Jeremy Alford
BAKER STILL CHASING CHAIRMANSHIP
Congressman Richard Baker of Baton Rouge continues to court the favor of colleagues in his quest to become the next chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, a powerful position in the financing sector. The contest between Baker and fellow Republican Spencer Bachus of Alabama has become "very competitive," according to the Washington newspaper Roll Call. Both men are raising money for the GOP and spreading around personal campaign cash to other incumbents. Although Baker has the seniority and institutional knowledge, an unnamed "leadership aide" gives Bachus the edge. Baker's independent spirit and pointed remarks at President Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are blamed for his underdog status. Michael DiResto, Baker's press secretary, says the race is still undecided, though, and it would be a "timely opportunity" for the congressman to serve as chair when Louisiana desperately needs help in regards to insurance, capital investment, housing and other financial matters. Â' JA
THE DAILY ADVERTISER'S WEAK SAUCE
The McIlhenny Company's signature hot sauce has been a national icon for more than a century, and its New Iberia headquarters is one of the state's top tourist attractions; Tabasco is such a part of the local landscape that the signature diamond logo-embossed bottles occupy a spot in nearly every restaurant in Louisiana. This development is apparently difficult to grasp for the Daily Advertiser, which misspelled Tabasco twice in a front-page Accent section article last week on McIlhenny Co.'s recent partnership with Zapp's potato chips. ' Scott Jordan
NEW CHAIR GETS CLECO BUSINESS
The state Ethics Board ruled this month that state Rep. T. Taylor Townsend, a Natchitoches Democrat, can buy ownership in a company that plans to purchase property from a public entity. Townsend, who was recently appointed as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether he could be a part of Kipco Holdings if the company has a financial transaction with a subsidiary of the Cleco Corporation. Kathleen M. Allen, an attorney for the board, wrote in the ruling that Townsend is legit as long as fair market value is paid for the property and Cleco doesn't provide him with anything of "economic value" to influence his decision over a related piece of legislation. ' JA
DEQ LOOKING FOR GULF GUARDIANS
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has just put out its annual call for nominations for "Gulf Guardians." The recognition honors Louisiana residents, companies and organizations "that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf of Mexico and associated coastal water habitats healthy, beautiful and productive." Entry forms for the 2006 Gulf Guardian Award are available online at www.epa.gov/gmpo/gulfguard.html. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 15; for more info, call (228) 688-7015 or (225) 219-3553. ' SJ
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
But retirees and employees who face the higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs responded angrily, telling lawmakers that they shouldn't be held responsible for what they consider the Jindal administration's mismanagement of the Office of Group Benefits.
Indictment accuses ‘chef’ who claims to work for the needy of stealing from a disabled man in his care.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily criticized changes planned by the administration.