Louisiana’s Legislative Fiscal Office reports that the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly, once flush with more than $800 million in cash, will be “almost entirely depleted” if Jindal’s budget for the next fiscal year goes through as proposed. By the middle of 2015, it will be completely wiped out, according to the analysis.
Strictly speaking, these groups [Super PACs] can have no contact with the candidate, but that prohibition is a joke. Most of them use the same voter lists as the campaigns, make the same points in their ads, and often are run by cronies of the candidate.
The super PAC of Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, was set up Charles Spies, whose law firm represents Mr. Vitter. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that two of the fund-raisers for the super PAC are also paid fund-raisers of Mr. Vitter’s campaign. If that’s not coordination, it’s hard to imagine what is. But that kind of thing goes on all the time, because there’s little enforcement of the rules by the toothless Federal Election Commission.
Judge orders newspaper to turn over info on two online commenters | The New Orleans Advocate – NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune has been ordered to turn over user information for “aircheck” and “jammer1954,” two commenters on NOLA.com. Lawyers for Stacey Jackson, the former head of New Orleans Affordable Homeownership who was indicted in 2013 on bribery charges, suspects that federal prosecutors may have written comments under those names. “In his order, [U.S. Magistrate Joseph] Wilkinson said he believes a right to anonymous speech exists but that it is limited when applied to federal law enforcement.”
Bayou changes still up in the air | Mid-City Messenger – A neighborhood group would like to preserve Bayou St. John by more strictly managing events and activities on the bayou. City Councilwoman Susan Guidry seems to have a looser interpretation, saying bayou grounds should be used like a park.
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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