Government & Politics
Gov. Jindal, Louisiana Legislature shouldn’t undermine levee reforms: Editorial | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Legislation that would curtail the powers of the local levee authority’s nominating committee and increase the power of the governor represents “a significant step backward,” according to the editors.
Auditor: Tax credits cost Louisiana $3 billion | The Advocate
“We see the problems we have with funding our government today,” [Legislative Auditor Daryl] Purpera said in an interview after delivering the report to the Legislature. “It’s public policy to give away 55 percent of our corporate taxes.”
Louisiana attorney general hires special counsel to fight challenges to gay marriage ban | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A “Special Attorney General” will no doubt staunchly oppose challenges to current state law banning gay marriage.
The End of the Pragmatic Governor | National Journal – Gov. Bobby Jindal’s partisan statements at the White House mark the end of the pragmatic, consensus-building mission of the National Governors Association, writes Ronald Brownstein. “The hardening divide between Republican and Democratic governors is suppressing state innovation that once flowered precisely because it combined ideas from both parties.”
Scientists stress need to address uncertainties around sediment diversions | The Lens – Eighteen recommendations apply to six or more diversions planned downstream from New Orleans.
Oil-rich shale brings ‘Gillsburg Christmas tree,’ high hopes in Mississippi, Louisiana | Associated Press – Advances in drilling technology may unlock the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, which stretches “in boomerang shape across Louisiana’s midsection into southern Mississippi.” The formation is estimated to hold 7 billion barrels of oil.
Experts say Mardi Gras beads contain toxic metals and chemicals | WWL-TV – Carnival beads contain a number of toxic chemicals and metals, including lead. Parents are advised not to let their children put them in their mouths.
U.S. rules would allow ‘seismic air guns’ in search for offshore oil, gas | The Washington Post – Conservationists say the devices are so loud they harm marine life.
Orleans grand jury takes no action in Merritt Landry shooting | The New Orleans Advocate – One of the better leads I’ve seen of late:
There’s an old adage in criminal-justice circles: A good prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.
Merritt Landry, it seems, is no ham sandwich.
LANDRY: A Perception Problem, Or Perhaps More, In Louisiana’s Judiciary | The Hayride – Melissa Landry, the executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, argues that the lack of a “blanket prohibition against attorneys holding fundraisers for judges—even when there are cases pending before them” creates the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Last night, more than 35 Baton Rogue attorneys- mostly high profile members of the trial bar– hosted a fundraiser for 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark. Among them was E. Wade Shows, who is representing state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in a high-profile case against the oil and gas industry that was in Clark’s courtroom earlier this week
Funding boost sought for libraries’ online research | The Advocate — “State funding for LOUIS [the Louisiana Online University Information System] has dropped from 70 percent in the 2008-09 fiscal year to 12 percent this year.”
Tureaud recounts stories of trial and triumph at LSU | The Advocate – The son of Louisiana civil rights trailblazer A.P. Tureaud recounts being the first African-American to attend LSU, and how far the school has come since 1953.
Spike Lee on gentrification | Gambit – The filmmaker who created “When the Levees Broke” spoke on the controversial topic of gentrification. In the setup to the audio segment, the Gambit article notes:
Most of the effects of gentrification Lee pointed out could also be pointed out by New Orleanians: reverse migration, changing neighborhood names and boundaries, newcomers with high expectations, newcomers wanting to stop practices that have been in place for years, what constitutes garbage, “Christopher Columbus syndrome,” being priced out, neighborhoods finally getting standard amenities when new people move in, etc.