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BigJim
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The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
These positions are extremely important.

Senator Appel (who is term-limited) had a good piece at the Hayride about it:

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In order to understand this, one must realize the significance of the power placed in the hands of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. These Officers appoint Committee Chairmen and members of Committees and they control the flow of legislation, giving them the absolute power to deliver for the governor or to stand against him.


So who are we looking at? From the Advocate:

Senate
Sens. Bret Allain, R-Franklin;
Page Cortez, R-Lafayette;
Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell;
Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles;
Rick Ward, R-Port Allen.

First of all. frick Rick Ward. He isn't exactly a RINO, but pretty close.

Brett Allain is a good guy, and pro-business. But I don't think he would exactly stand up to JBE. Basically the same with Ronnie Johns. They would both be fine if Rispone was guv, but they are both a little too go along to get along.

I like Cortez and Hewitt. Sad to say, but I can see people pulling for Cortez because Hewitt is a woman.

The House
Reps. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette;
Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles;
Lance Harris, R-Alexandria;
Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette;
Sherman Mack, R-Albany;
Jack McFarland, R-Jonesboro and
Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales.

Wow. A lot of low cards in that hand. Honestly some of them are pretty low profile.

Garafalo was one of the fiscal hawks and is probably the brightest of the bunch. Probably the best choice but would love to hear what the PT board knows or thinks about the other choices.

With JBE in the Governor's mansion this next battle takes on enormous significance.


geauxtigers87
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
JBE will push for Leger in the house


funnystuff
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
Cortez all the way


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2tigergo
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
I thought Seabaugh was supposed to throw his hat in the ring. He would easily be my first choice for the House, though he's probably too conservative to get the votes.

I think Hewitt would do well in the Senate. Should be a 180 vs Alario.


udtiger
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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Rick Ward, R-Port Allen.


You can bet your arse this is who JBE will put up. Tied at the hip with the ambulance chasers


BigJim
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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You can bet your arse this is who JBE will put up. Tied at the hip with the ambulance chasers


Exactly, you get it.

What I can't tell is who is the JBE guy in the House? McFarland? Don't really know. Hoping to get some feedback here on PT.


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Garafalo was one of the fiscal hawks and is probably the brightest of the bunch. Probably the best choice but would love to hear what the PT board knows or thinks about the other choices.


In the pocket for the lobbyist. Went against his constituents regarding the open waters for fishing. F^&* him.


The Boat
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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JBE will push for Leger in the house


Leger will push for pie.

Image: http://www.louisianagovernmentalstudies.com/mymob/Mugs/leger91.jpg


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saints5021
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
Hewitt is a bulldog and could raise her profile being the foil to JBE.


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2tigergo
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What I can't tell is who is the JBE guy in the House?


Yeah, that's the scary part. He's probably been grooming some turncoat behind the scenes.


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BigJim
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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I thought Seabaugh was supposed to throw his hat in the ring. He would easily be my first choice for the House, though he's probably too conservative to get the votes.


I think you pretty much nailed it. I would add in that it isn't just that he is conservative (and he is very conservative); he isn't much into building coalitions. More of a fire brand.


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doubleb
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
Any on the list capable of putting together large coalitions of legislators to institute real change?

For instance you change nursing home rules, to starting ratcheting back on new film credits, and to write a plan to lower car insurance.

The Governor has the advantage, but the legislative body can pass reforms override the likely veto if they have proper leadership.


BlackAdam
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
I'd be all for Hewitt in the Senate. I think she is the best of the bunch.

I really like Garofalo. Harris should not be considered.



BigJim
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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I'd be all for Hewitt in the Senate. I think she is the best of the bunch.

I really like Garofalo. Harris should not be considered.


You know stuff, who might the JBE guy(s) in House?

I like Harris actually, but agree that he should not be speaker.

Hewitt, I really like her too, but have hear she rubs some members the wrong way. Your take on that?


BlackAdam
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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You know stuff, who might the JBE guy(s) in House?


I don't know who JBE would go after at this point. Could he push for a more pragmatic Republican like... Paula Davis? I know her husband and JBE have a relationship.

Hewitt is definitely abrasive, and I know not everyone likes her. I don't know if she can rally the troops, but she is one of the smartest in the lot.


NikolaiJakov
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
Look at all the candidates for leadership from North Louisiana.


One guy from Jonesboro.

No wonder we are the step children.
This post was edited on 11/19 at 11:54 am


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BigJim
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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Any on the list capable of putting together large coalitions of legislators to institute real change?

For instance you change nursing home rules, to starting ratcheting back on new film credits, and to write a plan to lower car insurance.

The Governor has the advantage, but the legislative body can pass reforms override the likely veto if they have proper leadership.


I don't see any Jim Tuckers in that that pile and I think that is basically what you are asking. And frankly I don't think much will get done. I see a lot of bills that could be sent to the governor that will be vetoed, often just to make a point. Not 100% on that yet. Really depends who the leadership is.

So really, imho, it's more about having someone that has a backbone.

Nursing home rules-Not even sure they could get majority vote. And really hard to do if LDH testifies against it with a lot BS.

Film credits? Maybe. But I don't think there is a lot of excitement around that.

Lower car insure? Not if it involves tort reform. Even if they had a 2/3 majority you would get enough lawyer defectors to stop an override. I am pretty sure that scenario will play out.


doubleb
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
So in your estimation we have more than just a problem in the Governor’s Mansion, we have too many happy with the status quo.

I believe we will see four lackluster years. We will see the Governor helping his friends in these areas; lawsuits, special projects and coastal rehab. There’s Billions in play.

Meanwhile, we will enjoy all these surpluses, get shamed into a gas tax increase and see state workers get a bump to keep em happy.


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chalmetteowl
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Went against his constituents regarding the open waters for fishing. F^&* him.
one thing you need to understand, nobody lives down in that part of the parish anymore. Delacroix and Hopedale used to be actual towns but now it’s just fishing camps catering to tourists


Rock the Casbah
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re: The Louisiana political battle shifts: who will be Speaker and Senate President
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What I can't tell is who is the JBE guy in the House? McFarland?


Absolutely not. I’m pretty sure McFarland has been blackballed by JBE - which means he would be perfect.


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