Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and the governor's race - he will, won't he?:
by James Varney - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
So now it's official. Sort of. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R.La., is mulling a run for the Pelican State's governor's mansion next year. This qualifies as "a senator said it, so it's news." Most everyone seems to have already concluded Vitter is running and has been planning to run for some time now. In fact, in a delicious little move, Louisiana Democrats have even copped the VitterForGovernor.com domain. All of that is fine, as is his candidacy judging from poll numbers and cash and the like. Plus, while running, Vitter would not be obligated to surrender his Senate seat, to which he was re-elected in a landslide. That only reinforces his remark to the Associated Press that "this is the logical time to do it."
Mayor Landrieu looks safe in poll
Mayor Mitch Landrieu would easily win re-election against either local NAACP President Danatus King — his only announced challenger so far — or Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris, who is rumored to be considering a run but hasn’t commented on the possibility, according to a poll commissioned by the mayor and obtained by The New Orleans Advocate.
A survey of 600 likely voters conducted last month by the consulting firm GBA Strategies gave Landrieu 75 percent of the vote to King’s 18 percent in a two-way race, with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
A theoretical match-up between Landrieu and Bagneris, who has clashed with the mayor recently over where to build a new courthouse, showed Landrieu leading 73 percent to 21 percent.
Republicans to launch "Project: Geaux Red" campaign
The state and national wings of the Republican Party will ramp up their fight to unseat Mary Landrieu in the coming months, by launching a new statewide campaign targeting the incumbent Democratic senator's re-election bid. The new campaign, dubbed "Project: Geaux Red," will be headed up by Republican National Committee State Director Chris Young, with Ryan Cross, most recently of Neil Riser's congressional campaign, acting as communications director. Cross and other staff from the state party will be in place in the field. Geaux Red will formally kick off in early February. It builds on the groundwork laid by the LAGOP's "Red to the Roots" tour, which took a page from President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign playbook in focusing on grassroots organizing.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Rasmussen Reports Obama Favorability Lowest Ever
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters think it’s unlikely that the current problems with the new national health care law will be fixed within the next year.
Fund for schools has a good year
by Koran Addo - Advocate (excerpt)
State Treasurer John N. Kennedy said Thursday the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund had its best year ever, growing by nearly $108 million during the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The money comes from a 1986 federal oil and gas settlement that allows Louisiana and other coastal oil-producing states to share in revenues produced in federal offshore water. Investments gains made from money in the fund are used to aid K-12 and higher education.
Government insiders call the dollars “8g” money, a name that stems from the amendment to federal law that set up the fund. The money is also known as the Board of Regents Support Fund, after the group that oversees the state’s public colleges and universities
Barfield criticizes delay on computer hacking report
by MICHELLE MILLHOLLON - Advocate (excerpt)
One of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet secretaries said Thursday that JPMorgan Chase waited months before alerting the administration about a computer hacking that impacts 13,500 Louisiana residents.
State Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said he is reserving judgment but wants to know why there was a delay. He said JPMorgan Chase & Co. learned about the breach in September and phoned his office just this week.
“My question was ‘Why are you just telling us this now?’ and they indicated they’d been working on it with law enforcement,” Barfield said. “I don’t really have a clear answer on why they delayed.”