Political Chatter

— You’ve got to see this… Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni has remodeled his office to look like the Oval Office. Via WWL-TV

— Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez to the Louisiana Board of Regents. Perez will fill an at-large seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which will end Dec. 31, 2018.

— Col. Sammy Martin has been appointed as the new chief of enforcement at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

— LABI has a new video it’s circulating featuring prez Stephen Waguespack discussing how to “rebuild trust with technology.”

— The Livingston Parish Republican Executive Committee has endorsed Angele Davis for state treasurer.

— Moving On: Ben Broussard, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s marketing and membership director, has accepted a new role as the director of external affairs and mission integration for Catholic Services of Acadiana, effective Nov. 1. (MORE DEETS)

— A PSC forum is on the books… Here’s the lowdown from an email that was sent out today: “The Press Club of Baton Rouge will host three candidates for the Louisiana Public Service Commission on Monday, Oct. 2. Speaking will be former State Rep. Damon Baldone, a lawyer from Houma, who is serving as the interim commissioner; Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge physician; and former State Rep. Lenar Whitney, also from Houma. All three candidates are Republicans to replace Scott Angelle, who resigned to take a job in the Trump administration. Press Club meets on Mondays at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, which is located at 102 France St., in the East and West Baton Rouge Room. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $13 for members and $17 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.”

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What do you call a sleepwalking nun? A Roman Catholic.“

— Get your tickets for Thursday night’s “Politics With A Punch,” which is hosted by Jeff Crouere… On the panel will be former Judge Michael Bagneris, a candidate for NOLA mayor, among others…

— Louisiana Family Forum’s list of annual award winners.

— UL System Press Release: “Enrollment at the Universities of Louisiana topped 91,500 this fall according to the official 14th day census. The increase of more than 1,000 students systemwide reflects the increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education and the rising demand from employers for a more highly educated workforce.”

— ADVOCATE: “Political consultant James Carville leaving Tulane to teach at LSU's School of Mass Communication.”

— T-P’s Julia O'Donoghue: “Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will be in London Sunday (Oct. 1) when the New Orleans Saints take on the Miami Dolphins, but he won't

be going to the game after Saints players protested during the national anthem last week.” MORE

— Jonesboro police chief James E. “Spike” Harris was appointed to the Law Enforcement Executive Management Institute.

— There are 13 new appointees to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and the First Lady Donna Edwards spoke Wednesday at the state symposium to fight human trafficking. According to a relatedpress release, cases in Louisiana have risen by 25 percent in the past year.

— RED SNAPPER SEASON IS POSSIBLE: “Anglers finished the season on Sept. 4 catching 936,864 pounds of red snapper or 107,929 pounds less that the limit, according to LA CREEL, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program. The total opens the door for a possible additional state red snapper season sometime this fall.”

— Attorney General Jeff Landry supports extending the season: “These radical special interest organizations intent on destroying our recreational fishing are asking a federal court to essentially engage in continuing oversight of several federal and multiple state executive branch agencies.”

— Roslind BatisteRheta Barnes, and Harrell Weathersby have been appointed to the Tangipahoa Parish Democratic Party Executive Committee. The committee endorsed Derrick Edwards for treasurer and Gary Stanga for Clerk of Court.

— The MSRB released their new state-level municipal market statistics. The live webinar on how to read the numbers is Thursday at 2 p.m.

— MARIST POLL: Two-thirds of Americans think U.S. is still the leader of the free world. But over one third think the U.S. has a less important role on the world stage than it did a decade ago.

— Thirteen law professors from Southern, LSU, ULL, Tulane and Loyola join a countrywide push for U.S. Senate to vote against blocking the CFPB’s new rule that allows financial consumers organize class action lawsuits over contracts. LETTER

— Gambit released its Oct. 14 endorsements, which include New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell for mayor and Sen. Neil Riser for treasurer.

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— Congressman Ralph Abraham went duck hunting with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue this past weekend, in a couple of different blinds in

Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted their Christmas festivities at the Governor’s Mansion today. — The First

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The Beltway Beat

— Dan Fagan in The Advocate: Is U.S. Sen. John Kennedy really anti-abortion? We get the “real answer” tomorrow, when the Senate holds a

Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., today with Rep. Tanner Magee, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections deputy

Alford: Cybersecurity a Burgeoning Issue

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LaHistory: Bob Kennon and the JFK Mailer

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From the LaRC: Huey’s Been Drinking Again

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POD: Our Ex-Cop-Gone-Congressman

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LOWDOWN: Jimmie Davis + 3 Legislative Factoids

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Duncan Devotees Target Kennedy

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BREAKING: Sexual Harassment Claims Precede Resignation In Governor’s Office

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The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Steve Scalise honored his security detail saviors from the Congressional Baseball game practice shooting at the United States