He looks a little like The Donald. And now he sounds like him too.
Tired of fielding what he says are “many inquiries concerning President Barack Obama’s citizenship and requests that the Secretary of State prevent his name from being place on the ballot in Louisiana’s Nov. 6 Congressional and Presidential elections,” SOS Tom Schedler is asking state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell for an opinion on the matter. Schedler’s plan was posted on his facebook page March 13 via a letter signed by “William E. Crawford, Attorney, Department of State.”
“We have received a huge amount of letters, faxes and emails on the subject,” Brandee Patrick, Schedler’s public information officer, told The Independent this morning.
The facebook post acknowledges that Schedler does not have federal or state authority or discretion to investigate, refuse to qualify a candidate or refuse to place a candidate on the ballot on the grounds he or she may not qualify.
Why Schedler’s office doesn’t just tell that to those making the “many inquiries” is unclear. It seems Shedler prefers to play the conspiracy theorists games.
The fringe has continued to promote this theory despite that Obama released his official birth certificate from Hawaii in 2008, the Hawaii Department of Health’s confirmation based on the original documents — and birth announcements published in August 1961 in two Hawaii newspapers. Wonder how someone could fabricate that?
Last year the president played his own Trump card. He publicly released a certified copy of his original long-form Certificate of Live Birth, seeking to end once and for all the so-called “birther” issue after Donald Trump's double comb-over became a nauseating sideshow distraction in the presidential election and the country’s more pressing problems.
Patrick said she this morning she would forward to us Schedler’s letter to the AG and a letter he wrote to constituents, but we had not received them by 12:30. She also said Schedler would return our call, but we have not heard from him.
The AG’s office has yet to receive the letter as well. “You might want to contact the Secretary of State’s Office. To my knowledge, we have not received a request for an opinion,” says Amanda Larkins, Caldwell’s director of communications.
We were unable to find the post on Schedler’s facebook page this morning. View it below.
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DEC 19 Tyler Bridges writes in the Lens about higher education and a behind the scenes fight that is going on. It's no surprise that Louisiana's higher ed institutions should be fighting over dollars -- because they've all sustained such devastating cuts over the years of Bobby Jindal's administration. But now it turns out UL, LSU and SU are teamed up to fight a Regents' funding plan, he writes. It's very interesting -- but also embarrassing -- that universities have to do this in Louisiana.
DEC 19 Here's a post on the Education Week blog about the auditor's critical report on our voucher program. The lede is buried, as it was in most of the Louisiana media's stories: In 97 percent of the schools reviewed, the auditor could not tell how voucher funds were spent. In other words, there is no way to find out how these private entities spent our tax money. This is OK?
DEC 19 Shortly after a state audit found myriad problems in spending and oversight of the state's voucher program comes this story in the Picayune about an expansion of it. The Walton Foundation (founded by the owners of Wal-Mart to fund the progression of their idea of what America should be) made a grant to the Alliance for School Choice, and some of those millions will be coming to Louisiana, the story says.
DEC 19 Columnist James Gill writes about the (allegedly) unintended byproduct of a law passed last year, ostensibly to protect the gun-toting rights of upstanding citizens. What is also happening is, it is allowing felons to get guns as well, Gill writes. See, that's the problem with laws: They apply to everybody, not just people you like.
DEC 19 Columnist John Maginnis writes about John Kennedy, our state treasurer, and how he loves the headlines. Kennedy's treasurer gig has allowed him to set himself up as the watch dog of our state dollar, Maginnis writes, but it is clear Kennedy wants a bigger job: Governor.
DEC 19 Jim Brown blogs about the recent tax amnesty program in this week's post. If you're a Louisiana taxpayer, you'd be nuts to pay those taxes on time, he says. If you don't do that, eventually you'll be able to pay them at a deeply discounted rate, and without penalties or fees, he says. But, he points out, we're not really talking about peons like us. Roughly 80 percent of the back taxes were collected from businesses. Interesting.
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