Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer appears ready to pursue a third-party course to the White House, telling The Advocate he met last weekend with Americans Elect, an organization that has vowed to get a bi-partisan ticket onto the ballots in all 50 U.S. states in November. Roemer, a Republican who defected from the Democratic Party more than 20 years ago, has failed to gain any traction in the GOP nomination process and has been shut out of more than 20 debates and counting.
Americans Elect, the slightly shady — its donors are anonymous and the group has hedged at revealing who they are — political group with arguably pollyanna visions of a post-partisan future, has been wooing centrist candidates including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who recently dropped out of the GOP race, and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential candidate who dropped his party affiliation several years ago to maintain his seat representing Connecticut. Both Lieberman and Huntsman declined AE's advances.
“We’re not well known. I can’t give you any glowing reports about my chances. I’m definitely an out-of-the-box longshot,” Roemer tells the Baton Rouge newspaper. The Bossier City banker has gotten more positive coverage — much of it tongue-in-cheek — from Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
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DEC 20 The Robertson family is playing hardball in their dispute with A&E, the network that airs the wildly profitable "reality" show about their family, Duck Dynasty. Patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended by the network after GQ printed an interview with him that contained his (unedited) comments about gay and black folks. Here's a link to their statement, in which they say they can't imagine the show without papa and announcing that they are in negotiations with A&E about the future of the show.
DEC 20 Blogger Robert Mann (also a journalism prof at LSU and thus an authority on the First Amendment) says something in this post of which a lot of Fox News anchors and internet trolls should take heed: the Constitution says you have freedom of speech. It does not say you can't face consequences for what you say. He also takes a look at what our governor has to say -- and ole Bobby had to drag Miley Cyrus into it.
DEC 20 Blogger Tom Aswell says Governor Bobby Jindal has now had more to say about the comments a "reality" star made about gay and black people than he has had to say about the problems in his own voucher program or the sinkhole in Bayou Corne. In fact, Tom points out, Bobby's all over the Phil Robertson "issue" like "a duck on a June bug."
DEC 20 Here's an interesting post from blogger Katie East in DIG Magazine about celebrity passings. She understands why so many would be sad because of Mandela's passing -- he was an international figure, a political figure, an activist. But there is similar wailing following the passing of people who may not have had the same impact, she says -- like the guy who starred in the Fast and Furious movies. She wants to know: why is that?
DEC 20 Columnist James Gill writes about Louisiana's embattled voucher program in this post. Just because a child attends a private school does not mean he's going to get a good education, Gill writes. Gov. Jindal likes to say the program helps kids get a great education, but whether it does that is open to "considerable doubt," Gill writes.
DEC 20 Gambit's Clancy DuBos writes about the NOLA mayor's race in this post. For a while, it was assumed that it would be a quiet one, given the amount of money Mitch has in the bank. But at the last minute, a (possibly) formidable candidate threw his hat in the ring. The question is, Clancy says, why?
DEC 20 In Louisiana's education system, the state takes over a school that is designated as "failing." The assumption is, that's a good thing and will produce improvement. But is that the case? Blogger Mike Deshotels takes a look at how takeovers perform in one area of testing, the ACT.
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