Political Chatter For The Week

— A little Twitter scoop for AP ace @MelindaDeslatte today: “Democratic candidate for treasurer Derrick Edwards has started fundraising, filed his first report… Finance report (filed yesterday) shows little cash on hand. Major GOP candidates way ahead in the fundraising competition.)”

— And for Advocate journo @WillSentell: “Cost of pay raises at LSU? $10.4 million per year for 4,400 faculty and other workers.”

— Sen. Rick Ward has endorsed Dr. Craig Greene for the Public Service Commission.

— Lobbyist Michael Willis’ Bad Joke of The Week: “Why do moon rocks taste better than earth rocks? They’re a little meteor!”

— ATTN: Tax nerds… Great lineup… The Republican Roundtable has a forum on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. on tax reform with LSU economist Jim Richardson, former Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Jason DeCuir of Ryan tax firm and former Rep. Brett Geymann. GET ON THE LIST

— Rep. Julie Stokes has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award.

— Former Rep. John Schroder’s campaign for treasurer has opened 10 satellite offices in Metairie, Kenner, Abita Springs, Houma, Gonzales, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport, as well as a sign pick-up location in Lafayette.

— The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Exporting American Journalism… That’s the title of the talk Dr. Leonard Teel is giving at 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Holliday Forum in LSU’s Manship School.

— The Solution Fund, which played in the 2015 race for attorney general here, is also seeking to carve out a role in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. ALABAMA BACKGROUND & LOUISIANA BACKGROUND

— Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser was reappointed as the south region chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s executive committee.

— An exiting new writer named Chris Wedgewood (probably not his or her real name) offers this take on the EWE birthday controversy in Red Shtick (the best fake news around): “Times-Picayune Opposes ‘Ban the Box’ for Birthday Parties” READ IT

WAGS’ LABI COLUMN: “Believe it or not, there is finally some good news to report on the state budget front: Governor Edwards is signaling that he plans to propose a detailed, specific plan to address the upcoming fiscal cliff. This change in approach from our elected leader is welcomed, timely and much needed. Up until now, the people of Louisiana were receiving very different signals.” OTHER WORDS

— Last minute! The Hayride’s summer dinner is in Metairie tomorrow evening. Keynote speakers are House Speaker Taylor Barras; Quin Hillyer, contributing editor at National Review and a senior editor at The American Spectator; and Daniel Erspamer, incoming CEO at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. MORE

— Press release, via PublicSchoolOptions.org: “The Louisiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, September 5, in a watershed case that could affect the education of more than 13,000 Louisiana children. Initiated and aided by the state teachers union, Iberville Parish School Board, et al v. Louisiana State Elementary and Secondary Education Board, et al, attempts to cut off funding to Type 2 charter public schools in the state that serve over 13,000 students.”

— Louisiana Family Forum will be honoring Majority Whip Steve Scalise with its 2017 Gladiator Award for his “long history of fighting for conservative principles and a lifetime of achievement in working for Louisiana families.” It’ll be at the annual LFF gala on Sept. 21. EVENT DEETS

— LFF’s “Life & Liberty” award winners: Sens. Beth Mizell and John Milkovich and Reps. Walt Leger, Jimmy Harris and Julie Emerson.

— NYT executive editor Dean Baquet will discuss the current media landscape at WRKF’s Founders Luncheon on Sept. 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. TIX

— 08/03 Campaign press release: “Commissioner Damon J. Baldone of the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s District 2, voted last week to ease regulatory requirements for Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) purchase of a wind-power farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle wind belt, making available ‘some of the lowest-cost energy’ to SWEPCO, the company said.”

— American Cancer Society press release: “State legislatures in Louisiana and 11 other Southern states are contributing to the region’s increased cancer burden by failing to implement evidence-based policies to reduce and prevent tobacco use, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The result of this inaction has led to some of the highest tobacco use rates in the country and contributed to cancer death rates that are significantly above the national average.”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham will deliver a Beltway update on Aug. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western in Alexandria. To register call 318-442-6671… Hosted by the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber…

— JMC Analytics: Demographic analysis of the 2016 flood… PART ONE & PART TWO

Scott Michael Burke, president and CEO of Loop Linen Service, has been appointed by the governor to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West.

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