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‘Stand for the Family’ political rally set

Family Research Council Action president Tony Perkins is hosting a “Stand for the Family” political rally Saturday in Pride.

Featured speakers include Perkins, U.S. Senate candidate retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, 6th Congressional District candidate Lenar Whitney and 5th Congressional District candidate Zach Dasher – all Republicans - as well as FRC Action executive director Josh Duggar.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the TLC reality TV series “19 Kids and Counting” will also make an appearance.

“On Saturday, we will rally voters to support these candidates who have strong family values, clear purpose, and a tenacity to stand against the failed liberal policies of the administration,” said Perkins in a news release announcing the event. “No longer are lukewarm candidates acceptable.”

The event will be held at 17184 Liberty Rd. in Pride. It runs from noon until 2 p.m. Jambalaya will be served.

The rally is part of FRC Action’s seven state Faith, Family, Freedom Tour.






Bobby Jindal orders Ebola policies

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday ordered state agencies to develop policies  covering travel to Ebola stricken countries by their employees, students and faculty.

The executive order covers those who travel as a result of educational trips or work-related missions to countries identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control as having an epidemic of the deadly virus, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Jindal said he wants  policies developed within five days  “due to the urgency of this forseeable threat and importance of haivng procedures in place to minimize the threatened harm…”

Jindal used the executive powers governors have to deal with public health emergencies in issuing the directive.

“It is prudent to implement such precautionary, common-sense measures … to reduce this foreseeable threat to the citizens and property of the State, including the reporting of travel to these countries and the development of policies governing their return to normal duties or classroom attendance following such travel,” Jindal wrote.

The policies would include:

- Reporting the travel to the state health agency’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology section within 48 hours of receiving the information if prior to travel and within 24 hours if subsequent to travel.

- Restrictions or advisories regarding use of commercial transportation for 21 days after departing an Ebola impacted area. The 21 days is the observation period for someone who may have been exposed to the virus.

- Restrictions or advisories on going to places where the public congregates for 21 days after departing an impacted area.

- Procedures for daily communication and monitoring, if determined necessary, by public health officials for 21 days after departing an impacted area.

Numbers of African-American voters increase

The Louisiana Secretary of State hasn’t finished with the tallies but the Democratic Party has and announced Saturday that voter registration numbers for African Americans increased.

Democratic calculations show that 918,929 blacks have registered and can vote in the Nov. 4 election. That’s up from 912,764 in October. There were 917,576 African Americans were registered to vote in the November 2012 presidential election, when presumably voters show more interest in the electoral politics.

White voters increased their registration from 1,869,611 in October to 1,874,877 for the election, according to the Democrats. But their numbers dropped from 1,908,859 for the 2012 presidential election.

Actually, the numbers of voters who registered as Democrats or Republicans dropped since 2012, but rose modestly from October to November, if the Democrats calculations of the Secretary of State’s records are correct. But voters registering without major party affiliation increased from 718,157 to about 747,000.

Bill Clinton to visit Baton Rouge

Former President Bill Clinton will join U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu Monday in Baton Rouge  to rally support  a day before early voting begins in Louisiana.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge. The event is open to the public with an RSVP at

Early voting begins Tuesday and runs through October 28.

This is President Clinton’s second visit to Louisiana for Senator Landrieu during this election cycle.

Steve Scalise, David Vitter top DC staffers’ lists

If you ask Congressional aides (anonymously), Republican Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is a rising star, surprise standout and a workhorse. Meanwhile, the group says Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is among the Senate’s top “party animals.”

The Washingtonian posted its Best and Worst of Congress 2014 earlier this month, identifying the members of Congress who DC staffers say are the nicest, most partisan, hottest and meanest, among other categories.

Scalise and Vitter, who is running for governor next year, were the only two to make the list from Louisiana’s delegation.

Vitter was voted No. 2 “party animal” in the Senate in a tie with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin — coming in behind North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, who was voted No. 1.

Scalise, who recently rose to the level of House Majority Whip was identified as the House’s No. 1 “rising star” and came in at No. 2 in two categories: “workhorse” and “surprise standout.”

The publication explains the survey, its 15th biennial, as a chance to give some insight into the people who are elected to serve the country.

“Since 1986, Washingtonian has sought the help of congressional aides in understanding their bosses,” the article explains. “Every two years, before lawmakers and their staffs head off for August recess to start the election season in earnest, we send an extensive survey asking for the best and worst performers in a host of categories designed to get past the headlines and TV-news zingers to capture the true culture of Capitol Hill.”

You can check out who made topped all of the staffers’ lists — including Best Dressed, Best Cook and Most Likely To Be Seen In A TV Cameo — here.

Family Research Council backs two Republicans in congressional campaigns

State Rep. Lenar Whitney, whose diatribe against global warming caught international attention, and Zach Dasher, the “Duck Dynasty” relative, were endorsed Wednesday in their respective congressional races by the Family Research Council’s political action arm.

The conservative group lobbies state and federal government on socially conservative policies it calls traditional family values. The Family Research Council was founded by Christian evangelical theologian James Dobson,  and is headed by Tony Perkins, a former Baton Rouge state representative.

In backing Houma’s Whitney, one of Louisiana’s representatives to the Republican National Committee, Perkins wrote, “We are looking for a leader who will unabashedly challenge the Left’s notion that government knows best. We are looking for a leader who will challenge the moderates within the Republican Party who are content to babysit America’s decline.”

She is one of 11 candidates in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. Early on Perkins was widely discussed as a possible candidate for the 6th district race.

Perkins hosted a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on her behalf.

Dasher is the nephew of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, who has been a guest on Perkins’ national radio program, and is the head of the family featured in a reality television program.

“The vast majority of families in Louisiana are looking for leaders of integrity who will go to Washington and challenge the Left’s notion that government knows best,” Perkins wrote. “Having watched him during this campaign, I feel confident that he is the conservative candidate in this race who can not only win this race, but provide the type of leadership needed in WashingtonD.C.”

The Family Research Council opposes abortion, gay marriage and embryonic stem-cell research among its conservative social positions.


Details on the next Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy debate

Later this month, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host the second, and final, debate between the two leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her leading Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy, went head-to-head this week in Shreveport for the first time in a televised debate. [Read that story here. ]

Republican Rob Maness also participated.

According to LSU, the Oct. 29 debate also will include any candidate who gets at least a 5 percent showing in a Raycom Media poll in the next two weeks. Recent polls have shown Maness pulling more than that, so he’s expected to also participate.

This week’s debate, hosted by the Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, aired on C-SPAN and Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations across the state.

The next debate will be sponsored by the Manship School, Raycom Media, WRKF of Baton Rouge and LSU Student Government.

Here’s where you can watch it at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29: WYES-News Orleans and/or WVUE depending on Fox’s World Series schedule; WAFB-Baton Rouge; KPLC-Lake Charles and Lafayette; KSLA-Shreveport; KAQY/ABC-Monroe; KALB-Alexandria; and Bounce TV in New Orleans.

Radio stations airing the debate include: WRKF-Baton Rouge, KEDM-Monroe and WWNO-New Orleans.

The Advocate also will be there providing live coverage online and via Twitter.

La. sheriffs support Mary Landrieu

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is backing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election bid.

The endorsement marks the third Senate election in which Landrieu has received the law enforcement group’s support.

“Senator Landrieu’s senior status and her record of continued support for Louisiana’s Sheriffs throughout her career were determining factors in the decision,”  Sheriffs’ Association executive director Michael Ranatza said in a news release.

The organization represents the state’s 65 sheriffs and nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs.

Landrieu is receiving a major Republican challenge from U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness who is tea party-backed.

Oops! U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond forgets to list fellow Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu — you know, the one who’s running for re-election to the U.S. Senate — on his sample-ballot handout

Richmond ballot     A sample-ballot handout from the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, of New Orleans, lists his name prominently at the top and the names of eight candidates for judgeships whom Richmond is supporting in the Nov. 4 voting.

But although the handout — which voters can bring into the voting booth as a guide — says, “Please vote the entire Democratic ticket,” the name of one prominent Democrat is left out: U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is in a tough fight to win re-election to a fourth term.

Richmond said Wednesday it’s all a mistake — a  printer’s blunder.  The revised sample ballots his campaign will mail out will feature Landrieu, he said. Some of his supporters distributed the misprinted ballots because they were on hand, he said.

Richmond is a representative of the African-American community that Landrieu is counting on to help her buck the Republican tide in the state. Overwhelming support by black voters has been a key to her previous victories.




Landrieu ad features Republican CEOs

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is getting some  campaign help from four Louisiana business leaders – three of them Republicans – going into the November election.

A new television spot, titled “Four CEOs”, started airing statewide Monday.

The ad  features Kay Dore of Dore Energy Corp., Ted Falgout, who was the former port director at Port Fourchon, Henry Coaxum of Coaxum Enterprises, and Boysie Bollinger of Bollinger Shipyards who say “I’m with Mary” because of what she’s has done to fight for and deliver jobs for Louisiana.

“We’ve all built companies that employ thousands of Louisianians,” the CEOs say in the ad. “We’re three Republicans and a Democrat, and we’re all supporting Mary Landrieu.”

It’s the second Landrieu ad in which Bollinger – a heavy Republican contributor and party leader – has appeared.

Landrieu is in a tough re-election campaign as Republicans try to oust her as part of a national effort to retake the U.S. Senate. Her chief opponent is  U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy but fellow Republican retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness is trying to shake things up.