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
Despite sweeping changes enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, the health insurance program for state workers and public school employees will have to use $88 million from its reserve fund to cover its costs this year.
The LPSB races are sure to get heated between now and Nov. 4, and with only 9 available seats, this year's field of 20 candidates will surely be wanting to set themselves apart from the crowd early; they'll get their chance next week, starting Tuesday with the kick-off of a three-day series of candidate forums.
Lawmakers say they've received complaints that waits have spiked, with people being forced to wait in line for more than an hour — and sometimes three hours — to handle routine tasks.
The campaign announced that Rep. Stuart Bishop of District 43 and Nancy Landry, District 31, have thrown their support behind the Naval Academy graduate and entrepreneur in his bid to unseat current Hunter Beasley in District 8.
A Lafayette man with an alleged taste for child porn was busted Thursday evening during a cyber crime sting launched by the Attorney General’s Office.
U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says his chief of staff is on temporary leave after being booked with drunken driving.
It was a rare moment in Congress this week as Republicans briefly put aside partisanship in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm Syrian rebels, and while a number of Democrats opposed the measure, Louisiana's Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu found herself on the same side of the issue as her Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
City-Parish President Joey Durel is asking the council to sign off on a resolution approving a pair of deals that would lead to razing the seedy Lesspay Motel at Four Corners to build a new police substation as well as transforming nearly a block Downtown where the old federal courthouse building now molders into a mixed-use development.
In 2013, the IRS — already the least popular governmental agency in the country — became the target of intense investigations after it was revealed that they had specifically and improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from organizations associated with the nascent Tea Party movement.
Improving the running game was "a point of emphasis" during the offseason and the results have manifested themselves in the form of substantially greater production.
Louisiana's health department said Wednesday that its evaluation of the state's Medicaid privatization was on target, despite criticism from the legislative auditor that it lacked key data and contained inconsistencies.
The feds converge on your office, seizing records on several employees as part of a pay-for-plea investigation. WWYD? If you’re Mike Harson, you give yourself a $12k raise.
It’s football season and after back-to-back winless weekends for the Saints and the Cajuns many citizens are finding it difficult to be civil much less happy. Well, chew on this.
Considering his repeated stays in the local penal system, David Narcisse Jr. should have known that having a semiautomatic shotgun, even one given to him by a friend, wasn’t the brightest of ideas.
A state district judge on Tuesday threw out a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent, ending a political firestorm over a pension boost passed without public scrutiny on the last day of the legislative session.
The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.
An obvious follow-up question for any Republican politician who accuses Democrats of being science deniers is one about science, to which Jindal bobbed and weaved like a welterweight champ.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to decide tonight (Tuesday) whether to go along with a proposal City-Parish President Joey Durel made in February’s State of the Parish Address and consolidate taxes for mosquito control and the parish health units into a broader tax program that would also cover animal control.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik has dismissed Greg Davis’ lawsuit against the LPSB, yet in his ruling, the federal judge doesn’t bite his tongue in pointing out the "threat" being posed by certain board members.
Of all the political offices being contested throughout Lafayette Parish, the race for Broussard’s top police post has literally become one of the most heated.
A state district judge is deciding whether to issue an injunction against the enforcement of a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent.
A new website is up for Louisiana's state government employees and retirees to choose their health insurance plans for next year, a choice they must make by October.
That fact that New Orleans led both games in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and lost each by a field goal or less, is of little solace.