Political Chatter

— His former colleagues in the Legislature probably won’t dig it much, but John Schroder’s new (and likely final) campaign commercial will definitely catch the attention of voters. It depicts Louisiana politicians partying hard and stealing money and Schroder, a former state rep running for treasurer, playing the party pooper. Produced by media consultant Lionel Rainey, it’s likely to become one of the more memorable moments from an otherwise bland race for treasurer. WATCH IT

— The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will vote Thursday on a proposal to open up a recreational red snapper season that would begin on Friday and run only during the weekends until the rest of the quota is caught. Who wants to go fishing?

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why did the clock go back four seconds? It was still hungry!”

— LABI’s SouthPAC has co-endorsed retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness and Covington Councilman Mark Wright in the special election for House District 77.

— A new WWL-TV/Advocate poll shows a “tossup” in the New Orleans mayoral race. CHECK IT OUT

— Mark Ballard in The Advocate: Are the Oct. 14 candidates harboring further political ambitions?

— POLITICO profiles Scalise and the shooting: “I’m laying on the ground, I remember turning my head sideways as Brad [Wenstrup] is dumping the Gatorade, and half of it’s going in my mouth, half of it’s hitting the ground. And it was the best feeling...It was lemon-lime...I mean, it was so good. And it was cold.”

— AP: 32 states, including Louisiana, are expected to legalize sports betting in the next five years

— WashPost: Bossier City high school football players “link arms but do not kneel during anthem”

— Elizabeth Crisp in The Advocate: Texas implemented its own “Shelter at Home” program after Harvey. Florida and Puerto Rico might follow suit.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards on Vegas: “Louisianans have experienced the heartbreak of horrific, calculated violence in recent years and our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones and those who sustained injuries during last night’s attack in Nevada. In the wake of evil and hardship, communities across our country come together and demonstrate the inherent goodness in people.”

— Edwards on the Lafayette police officer fatally shot on duty: “Words are never enough to show gratitude to those who pay the ultimate price while carrying out their oath to protect and serve. We are forever grateful for this officer’s service to our community.”

— State and American flags on public buildings will be lowered until Friday.

— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Instagram: “Proud to stand for our national anthem and watch some Tigers football tonight in Baton Rouge. Glad to be back in Louisiana!”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards welcomed Scalise back on his own Instagram.

Jay Dardenne and Don Pierson were part of the LED pack in London this week. The Associated Press: “The trip was estimated to cost Louisiana taxpayers about $15,000 for flights, hotel stays and meals for the three state officials in the delegation. The other six members of the delegation were using private dollars to cover their travel costs.”

— MORE: “Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser also is in Europe this week, along with members of his staff and 17 tourism industry officials, visiting Germany and Britain for a separate trip to market Louisiana as a destination for visitors and to promote the expansion of direct flights to New Orleans...It wasn't clear how much Nungesser's trip would cost taxpayers. The lieutenant governor's office didn't immediately answer questions about the visit's price tag.”

— The governor has released a video for his Puerto Rico donation drive. WATCH

— Early voting is now till Oct. 7. BALLOT ITEMS and LOCATIONS

— DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson and Congressman Garret Graves are considering taking some power away from the Corps in an attempt to speed up the Comite River Diversion Canal.

— 1,400 more prisoners (almost twice as many than usual) will be released next month as last session’s criminal justice overhaul package takes effect.

— The governor’s fiscal-cliff-of-doom tour across the state continues. The governor met this week with officials and business leaders in Acadiana and, for the second time, Baton Rouge.

— LDH sued a number of major opioid manufacturers last week for “their role in escalating the opioid crisis in Louisiana.” Secretary Rebekah Gee per her press release: “Recognizing that a key contributor to opioid addiction is prescription medications, where 110 prescriptions for opioids are written for every 100 Louisiana residents, we are addressing a fundamental cause of this problem.”

— Congress gave $14 million to reconnect the Mississippi River to St. John the Baptist Parish’s Maurepas Swamp. The whole project is supposed to cost $185 million.

— Liberty Bank and Trust Company Vice President of Strategy Todd McDonald was appointed to the Economic Development Corporation Board.

— Former Rep. Roy Burrell was appointed to the Red River Waterway Commission.

— Cox Business vice president Leigh King and CenturyLink governmental affairs director Melissa Mann were appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.

— Clayton Homes consultant James Douglas Anderson was appointed to the Manufactured Housing Commission.

— Landowners Association Board member Cynthia Dupree was appointed to the Oilfield Site Restoration Commission.

— Six lawyers from prominent families are running for the open Baton Rouge City Court seat. READ

— Six new advisors to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission.

— Louisiana ranks top five in the nation for growth in software jobs. REPORT

— Rep. Walt Leger was named LSU’s Young Alumnus of 2018.

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