Political Chatter

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— RELEASE: “During the October meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opted not to vote on a proposal to give anglers additional access to red snapper during the fall of 2017.”

— RED SNAPPER PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS. Congressman Garret Graves has released a new video-slideshow of Gulf state fishermen and their prize catches “to capture the photographs that really embody what this means to us.” WATCH (AND CHECK OUT THE PHOTO ABOVE)

— The national list of markets ordered by TVs-per-home is out. RANKS: New Orleans, 51; Shreveport, 83; Baton Rouge, 94; and Lafayette, 121.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month” in Louisiana. The “Employment First Tour” started today. MORE INFO

— DID YOU KNOW? According to new claims data from State Farm, the odds of a driver hitting a deer in Louisiana are 1 out of 332, below the national odds of 1 in 162. The Bayou State is ranked 41st nationally, with most instances occurring during mating season (November, December and January).

— ULM NEWS: Hannah Livingston, a regional rep for U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, has been selected as the “2017 Rising Young Alumni Award Winner.”

— Rep. Blake Miguez supports Constitutional Amendment No. 1, and he has the video to prove it… WATCH

— Sen. Sharon Hewitt has one too… WATCH

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why did the cookie go to the hospital. He felt a little crumby!”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Andreanecia M. Morris to the Louisiana Housing Corporation Board of Directors. Morris currently serves as executive director for HousingNOLA.

— The Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee will conduct it’s Red Stick leg of the “DOTD Road Show” tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Committee Room 1 in the Capitol. It’s for District 61, which includes Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. James Parishes.

— Mark Ballard’s knee-slapper: “A Trump supporter, a gun advocate and a guy who wants to cut a third of the state budget enter the race for state treasurer…Not to blow the punch line, but it ends with something like ‘and hardly anyone voted.’”

— Sen. Karen Carter Peterson has returned from a nine-day relief effort in hurricane-ravaged Ponce, Puerto Rico, and says some parts still have had no help from FEMA or the Red Cross.

— Strained diplomatic relations with Cuba “ices” Louisiana's hopes of trade.

— Denham Springs wants the Cajun Navy written into its next emergency plan.

— Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s "political jiu-jitsu" is a thing… And a new poll that shows New Orleans residents are more forgiving of him than they are of the Sewerage and Water Board.

— Mayor Mitch Landrieu also got a lifetime achievement award from the Louisiana Democratic Party this week.

— The Daily Report: Louisiana Restaurant Association members have created a PAC to support the 2-percent hotel occupancy tax increase on the November ballot in Baton Rouge.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Louisiana State Medical Society Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jennifer Marusak to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council monitors and reports to Gov. Edwards and the Legislature on laws pertaining to the administration of workers' compensation claims and makes specific recommendations. “The LSMS is extremely proud that Gov. Edwards has recognized Ms. Marusak’s ongoing research for cost effective ways that ensure physicians are able to treat their patients in the most effective manner to get them back to work as quickly as possible,” said LSMS CEO and Executive Vice President Jeff Williams. “Her experience working with elected officials, state agencies, and the Louisiana Legislature further our efforts for physicians in treating their patients.”

— The medical mari juana program is trudging along… AP’s Melinda Deslatte: “No purses or briefcases allowed. Only transparent trash bags can be used. Randomized routes and delivery times demanded for the product, moved in unmarked vehicles. Constant surveillance expected.”

— Louisiana’s federal health insurance for low-income children and pregnant women expires in four months… AP: “Without a reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, by February, Louisiana would have to come up with at least $31 million to keep the coverage in place.”

— In the past four days, over 8,500 people have signed an online petition to reinstate Dr. Anil Nanda as chairman of LSU-HSC Neurosurgery. “This rash decision will negatively impact patients, the community, employees and the neurosurgical residency program.”

— Opposers also sent a separate letter to the Board of Supervisors. Greg Hilburn had the full story this week.

—  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser returned this week from his trip to Germany and London to promote direct flights to NOLA. Nungesser: "International visitors stay longer and spend more money. With the recent 37 percent increase in international visitation and the addition of the direct flights, we want to make sure we continue that momentum.”

— WRKF: A look at state gun legislation in the past five years

— October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Louisiana. JBE: “Unfortunately, women in our state are more likely to die from breast cancer than in other states...Early detection is the key to fighting this disease and, thanks to Medicaid expansion more than 22,000 additional Louisiana women have had breast cancer screenings and 225 have been diagnosed."

— CPRA chairman Johnny Bradberry will talk about the Coastal Master Plan with the Press Club of Baton Rouge at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel on Oct. 16 at lunchtime. INFO

— The World Affairs Council of New Orleans is hosting a free discussion on Oct. 17 with Louisiana’s French Consul general Vincent Sciama at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Parish Library. He’ll talk about Franco-American Relations since the election of French President Emmanuel Macron.

— WILD NIGHT: The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation’s annual fundraiser is Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Live Oak Arabians Stables in Baton Rouge. TICKETS

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, Roxanne Luquet, David Richardson, Trevor Smith and Angie Rogers are this year’s Monte M. Lemann Award winners. READ

— The Energy Summit is all day Oct. 18 at LSU. REGISTER

— Louisiana Travel Promotion Association president and CEO Jill Kidder is Mid South Women in Tourism’s “Innovator of the Year.”

Stuff From New Orleans

Credit: Dinah Rogers

— Former Judge Michael Bagneris, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet will be at tomorrow’s New Orleans mayoral debate at 6 p.m. Watch it live on WWL-TV.

— While You Wait: the trio and 10 other candidates answered questions from WYES. WATCH

— Desiree Charbonnet is hosting her final-lap fundraiser this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Gem Saloon.

— CAMPAIGN CASH: Reporters dug through the latest finance reports and uncovered the mystery of who's behind that anti-Charbonnet PAC Turns out it’s some prominent names.

— Still, Desiree Charbonnet has the most campaign money on hand.

— Desiree Charbonnet also wants CNBC to cancel Sidney Torres' reality TV show.

— The City Council’s District C race has turned “bitter” between councilwoman Nadine Ramsey and former councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer.

— Kristin Gisleson Palmer is hosting an “evening of fun & music” at the Saturn Bar tomorrow night.

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