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 he would have to resign his seat on or before June 14 for a special election to be added to the fall ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. If a move happens after that date, then we’re looking at either a standalone special election or a long drive to the regularly-scheduled election in 2018.

Either way, the governor would be able to appoint a temporary replacement until an election could be held.

Speculation churned over the PSC seat last in 2016 when Angelle was running for Congress. Dr. Craig C. Greene of Baton Rouge, an orthopaedic surgeon, and former Rep. Joe Harrison of Napoleonville were angling hard for the job then. Also thrown into the mix at the time were Rep. Julie Emerson, who has since cultivated deeper roots in the region as the former transition head for Congressman Clay Higgins, and former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Joel Boe.

Another name to keep in play is Senate Natural Resources Chairman Norby Chabert, from the southern end of the PSC district. Local politicos have been trying to get Chabert to consider running for the seat over the past few years.

From the same area, former Rep. Lenar Whitney has been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Of course, this may all be fruitless speculation unless Angelle has indeed been offered a federal post — and he decides to take it.

This story was first published in the May 5, 2017, issue of LaPolitics Weekly. Wish you would have seen it then? Sign up today and become a subscriber!

RECENT STORIES

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 […]

Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.  “We want a decision by September, not something at the last minute in December,” said Mills, R-Parks.  Right now Molina Information Systems has […]

SENATE 2016: Super PAC Overview

A few of the home-brewed super PACs created in Louisiana to support candidates in the fall U.S. Senate race experienced a very bumpy second quarter of fundraising this year. That may allow other super PACs backed by national organizations, from outside of Louisiana, to steal some of the political thunder in the coming months. Super […]

Federal Races Crammed With Candidates

On the Nov. 8 ballot in Louisiana there will be 63 different candidates running in seven federal races for the U.S House and Senate, meaning voters will have plenty of names to choose from — possibly more than any other time in recent history. In the U.S. Senate race alone 24 candidates qualified last week […]