The Weekly Mini: Next Moves On Levee Suit

Gov. Bobby Jindal now has six nominees to choose from to replace Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East vice chairman John Barry, the most vocal proponent of the coastal damage lawsuit against 97 oil companies. There are also two other members whose terms have expired. While the new members Jindal is expected to appoint won’t change the balance of support for the suit on the nine-member board, it is one of several pending moves by the administration and the defendants to derail the suit.

A federal judge has before her a motion by Chevron to remove the suit from Civil District Court in New Orleans and transfer it to federal court. U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown, an Obama appointee, has scheduled a Nov. 13 hearing.

Before then, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell could deal an indirect but lethal blow to the suit by ruling invalid the contract between the board and its attorneys. He has before him a request from the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association that, in effect, would rescind an earlier approval that the AG’s office said at the time was based on its limited oversight under statute.

GOP Legislator Pushes Back Senate Race Decision

Last month, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, told LaPolitics he would decide by the end of September whether to get into the U.S. Senate race. This week, he pushed his decision date back to the first of the year in comments to the Shreveport Times.

But before he can compete with Congressman Bill Cassidy, whom he calls “not conservative enough” to beat incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, he has to contend with the current Republican alternative, newcomer Rob Maness. Seabaugh discounts the retired Army officer as “not a serious candidate.”

That got a rise out of Maness, who pointed out that Seabaugh has said he keeps hearing Maness’ name as an alternative to Cassidy.

They Said It

“I am old and grey headed and I have one eye. I haven’t been concerned about them for 20 years and I’m not worried about them now.” —Foster Campbell on opposition from oil companies, on the Jim Engster Show

If you like this mini preview of the latest issue of LaPolitics Weekly, consider subscribing here for the full story!

You also can take a look at the rest of this week’s headlines here.

RECENT STORIES

PSC May Sue Legislature

The Public Service Commission is expected to meet in executive session on Friday to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the Louisiana Legislature. The request for an executive session was made by Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta. At issue is the passage of SB 50 (Act 278) by Sen. Blade Morrish, which addresses certain forms […]

GONE FISHING: Annual Summer Publishing Break

Annual Summer Publishing Break: June 20 — July 10, 2017 Dear Friend, Longtime LaPolitics subscribers know the final week of June and the first week of July mark our annual summer publishing break. There’s also an Easter publishing break, but the Legislature had other ideas for the LaPolitics family of publications this year. That scheduled week off […]

SCHRODER RESIGNING

Turning attention to race for treasurer State Rep. John Schroder of Covington has filed the required paperwork to resign from the Louisiana House of Representatives and intends to vacate his seat immediately following the adjournment of the regular session on Thursday, he told friends and family during a gathering this evening. Schroder told supporters that […]

Critics Still Want John White’s Job

The following story was originally published on April 21, 2017, for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly. Wish you would have seen it then? Sign up now! A small handful of influential political players and legislators, including at least one chairman, are making a hard push to remove Education Superintendent John White from his position. Both sides […]

PSC Speculation

In the wake of news that Pubic Service Commissioner Scott Angelle was being vetted in March for a position with the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, politicos have turned their attention to the possibility of his seat opening up on the PSC. If Angelle does get a nod from the Trump Administration, then […]

UPDATED: Two Capital Outlay Bills Coming

With a 6 p.m. bill filing deadline approaching, it appears the Legislature will be seeing double when it comes to the annual construction budget. Ways and Means Chairman Neil Abramson is expected to introduce his version of HB 2, which will mirror the capital outlay plan the administration recently drafted. However, Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger will […]

JBE Fundraising Report: $3.2M COH

READ THE ENTIRE REPORT HERE! — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ campaign has raised $3.6 million since he was elected governor in 2015 — He raised $3.2 million in 2016 — Edwards ended 2016 with $3.2 million cash on hand — 1,636 new contributors in 2016 —$3.4 million raised from Louisiana contributors — Edwards did not fundraise during the […]