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Angelle poll shows Angelle way ahead in 3rd Congressional race

More than half of the voters in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District have a favorable opinion of GOP candidate Scott Angelle and would vote for him if the election were held today, according to a poll for which his campaign paid.

Angelle, who came in third in last fall’s gubernatorial election, and five others have said they would run in November to replace U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, the Lafayette Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Market Research Insight of Florida questioned 400 active voters in the 3rd congressional district in southwest Louisiana from April 18 to April 21 by landline and cell phone.

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed had incomes between $20,000 to $79,999, 74 percent were white, and 83 percent are over the age of 45.

Scott Angelle had a 52 percent favorable recognition among those surveyed. All the other Republicans in the race came in with single digit ratings.

Former Lake Charles Rep. Brett Geymann, who led the fiscal conservatives before having to leave the Legislature because of term limits, had an 8 percent favorable recognition.

Lafayette Republican Greg Ellison, who was in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years before founding Kitty Hawk Energy, showed 7 percent favorables.

Lafayette Parish School Board member Erick Knezek, a Republican, had 6 percent.

Former U.S. ambassador to East Timor, Grover J. Rees, a Republican, had 4 percent.

Republican Gus Rantz, president of Acadiana Management Group in Lafayette, had 3 percent favorable recognition.

When asked if the election were held today, 56 percent of those surveyed favored Angelle, 31 percent were unsure, Ellison came in second at 5 percent, 3 percent for Geymann, 2 percent each for Knezek and Rees, and 1 percent for Rantz, according to Angelle’s poll.

Angelle is one of five elected members of the utility regulating Public Service Commission. He also serves on the LSU Board of Supervisors. He was a close aide to former Gov. Bobby Jindal, serving as his secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and as interim lieutenant governor.

During the gubernatorial campaign, it was Market Research Insight that conducted the poll that first showed Angelle gaining ground on U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the Republican considered the prohibitive favorite. After a bitter campaign, in which Angelle and fellow Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne repeatedly called Vitter a liar; Democrat John Bel Edwards won the elections.

 

Southern University graduation to feature Cedric Richmond as speaker, honor students killed at party

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U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond was announced as the commencement speaker for the Southern University Baton Rouge 2016 Commencement.

The graduation ceremony will be May 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the F. G. Clark Activity Center; 528 students are scheduled to receive degrees.

The university will also award posthumous undergraduate degrees to Lashuntae Benton in therapeutic recreation and leisure studies, and Annette January in business management.

Benton and January were killed earlier this month in a shooting at a party at The Cottages in Baton Rouge. Police have said the two women were not involved in the altercation that led to the shooting and were innocent bystandards.

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The Rundown: April 26, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: The budget shortfall has shrunk somewhat but the budget picture remains fuzzy; Lawmakers consider electronic driver’s licenses; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 41

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The Rundown: April 21, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Louisiana looks to expand hate crimes protections for police and firefighters; Lawmakers recognize “Pro-Life Day” with anti-abortion bills; TOPS and medical marijuana bills move ahead; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 46

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The Rundown: April 20, 2016

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Today in The Rundown: Gov. Edwards launches monthly radio show; 16 hens take to the Governor’s Mansion; Corporate tax rebates continue to outpace collections; and more.

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Days until the 2016 regular Louisiana legislative session ends: 47

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John Bel Edwards installs chicken coop on lawn of Louisiana Governor’s Mansion

Just three months into his first term in office, the hens are coming home to roost for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards — but that’s not just a metaphor.

Edwards, a Democrat who was sworn in on Jan. 11, has set up a chicken coop on the lawn of the Governors Mansion and now has “16 lovely hens” living there.

Edwards, who held a press conference to mark his 100th day in office on Tuesday, said he won’t be getting a rooster, joking about noise concerns for his neighbors. He paid for the hen coop with his own money.

“Hopefully they will be laying some eggs shortly,” said Edwards, who represented rural Amite in the state House for eight years before being elected last fall.

The Governor’s Mansion was built in 1963 under Democrat Jimmie Davis’s administration near the state Capitol. The Greek Revival-style Mansion, which overlooks Capitol Lake, also has a vegetable garden on the grounds.

Edwards said the chickens were put in a prominent spot so that schoolchildren who visit the mansion can see them.

A Baton Rouge city ordinance limits residents to three chickens per acre in residential areas. The Governor’s Mansion sits on about eight acres, so Edwards said he’s in compliance.

Leaders in Virginia and Illinois have also erected chicken coops on the grounds of Governors Mansions in those states.

The Rundown: April 19, 2016

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Today in the Rundown: Gov. Edwards touts Medicaid expansion; Poll reveals Louisiana residents are conservative when it comes to social issues; Raw milk movement makes progress; and more. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards will appear on episode of HBO’s Vice to talk higher education

Gov. John Bel Edwards is being interviewed for an episode of HBO’s documentary series “Vice” on Monday afternoon.

The episode is expected to focus on college affordability and the future of higher education, according to Edwards’ spokesman Richard Carbo.

“Seeing as how Louisiana has had the largest disinvestment in higher education in eight years in the country and budget problems have impacted the governor’s ability to invest in higher education like he’d like to, they asked if we would sit down and talk to them about what went wrong in the past,” Carbo said.

LSU President F. King Alexander is also being interviewed for the documentary, said his spokesman Ernie Ballard.

Vice is a documentary TV series that premiered on HBO in 2013, produced by talk show host Bill Maher,  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and the chief creative officer Eddy Moretti.

Carbo said it’s not yet known when the episode will air.

 

Campaign commercials for John Bel Edwards win awards

Jared Arsement, the media consultant who produced commercials for the successful gubernatorial campaign of John Bel Edwards, was honored at the American Association of Political Consultants annual “Pollie” Awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Lafayette-based Arsement Media Group produced the ad – called a head shot by some, disgusting by others – that focused on GOP candidate David Vitter’s missing a vote in Congress to honor fallen soldiers on the same day he received a call from a prostitute. Politico named “The Choice” one of the top political ads of 2015.

Another of his spots told the story of how Edwards and his wife Donna refused a doctor’s advice to abort their first child after a spina bifida diagnosis. The commercial underscored Edwards’ opposition to abortion and deflated the usually successful effort to tie Louisiana Democratic candidates to the national party’s pro choice stance.

Edwards was the improbable winner of last fall’s gubernatorial election in a red state where Republicans dominate statewide politics. In the Nov. 21 runoff Edwards swamped Vitter, racking up 12 percent more votes against a Republican who had raised more money than his three major contenders combined before the primary election.

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Advocate file photo: U.S. Sen. David Vitter (right) and state Rep. John Bel Edwards (left).

Arsement was the sole winner in the Online Video category for “Chain Reaction.” And he took home Bronze for overall TV campaign.

According to the AAPC, “The Pollie Awards are the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communications and public affairs industries. Every entry – whether submitted by a large consulting company or an individual consultant – is considered equal in competing for honors of excellence. A blind jury of professional peers selects AAPC award winners.”

 

Spokeswoman for Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser quits because “it was not a comfortable environment”

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jefferson Parish public information officer Kriss Fortunato holds the U.S. flag on a windy opening of the newly redesigned Family Gras site across form Lakeside Mall on the Veterans Boulevard neutral ground in Metairie, La. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The site has been redesigned as part of the parishs beautification program, and will now be available to accommodate more events like Family Gras.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON– Jefferson Parish public information officer Kriss Fortunato holds the U.S. flag on a windy opening of the newly redesigned Family Gras site across form Lakeside Mall on the Veterans Boulevard neutral ground in Metairie, La. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The site has been redesigned as part of the parishs beautification program, and will now be available to accommodate more events like Family Gras.

About three months after taking office, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser lost his top communications aide.

Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato said she resigned from her post as Nungesser’s communications director, effective immediately, last Monday.

“It was not a comfortable environment and not a good fit,” Fortunato said, calling it a personal decision.

She added that she grew tired of the extensive travel required for the job, and wants to concentrate on building up her private communications firm.

Fortunato quit a week before The Advocate published a story about how her former boss worked with state GOP Chairman Roger Villere to recruit a far-fetched oil trade deal involving Iraq. In the process, Nungesser signed letters, invoking Gov. John Bel Edwards’ name, while never actually informing the governor of his plans.

Fortunato said her resignation had nothing to do with the business arrangements.

“I had no knowledge of that until after the fact,” she said. “It was constructed and carried out outside of the communications office and without my knowledge.”

Fortunato previously worked as  Jefferson Parish government’s public information officer, hired by former Parish President John Young.

She’s also a well known face in the New Orleans metro area for her years as an anchor at WDSU-TV.

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