Political Chatter

— Via Julia O’Donoghue: “A sweeping overhaul of Louisiana's criminal justice laws will result in 1,900 mostly nonviolent prisoners getting released earlier than expected Wednesday (Nov. 1). That total is up significantly from an estimate given to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in late September, when state officials said about 1,400 would be released.”

— Via The Advocate’s Mark Ballard: “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry moved late Monday to take control of the Edwards’ administration lawsuit claiming pharmaceutical companies are responsible for an opioid crisis that has caused thousands of overdose deaths. Landry wants to expand the lawsuit and formally hire Mike Moore, the former Mississippi Attorney General who shepherded a national action against tobacco manufacturers in 1990s that settled for billions of dollars.”

— Via USA Today’s Greg Hilburn: “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has asked to enter the BRF-Willis-Knighton antitrust lawsuit as a friend of the court, insisting his presence will protect LSU's Shreveport medical school and the state's most at-risk residents.”

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What is in a ghost's nose? BOO-gers!”

— Mary Elise Schlesinger’s I HAVE A BAD JOKE TOO SUBMISSION: “Why did the vampire read The New York Times? Because he heard it had great circulation.”

— Dennie Williams has ponied up as well: “Why doesn’t Dracula mind the doctor looking at his throat? Because of the coffin.”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards were in Puerto Rico yesterday for Hurricane Maria relief. EDWARDS: “I am happy that Louisiana has been able to provide assistance as survivors recover, much like the assistance we’ve relied on in the aftermath of disasters  I know they have a long road ahead of them, but I’ve assured Gov. Rosselló that we will be partners with them as they move into the recovery phase.”

— The Reilly Center is hosting “Resistance in a Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights” on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at LSU’s Journalism Building. REGISTER.

— House Natural Resources Chairman Stuart Bishop “applauds” Supreme Court’s end to the SLFPA-E lawsuit. BISHOP: “It is frivolous litigation like this that is contributing to Louisiana’s toxic legal environment and are pushing thousands of jobs and much needed revenue to neighboring states. Now is the time for Governor Edwards to realize the damage that meritless coastal lawsuits have had on Louisiana and that he ask for the parishes and district attorneys involved to withdraw their lawsuits.”

— H. Paul Hermann, Jr. was appointed to the Veterans Affairs Commission.

— April Cintron was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition.

— Daryl Simon was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.

— Kerri Cunningham was appointed to the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority.

— David Rabalais and Edward “Michael” Bopp were appointed to the Water Resources Commission.

— Eleanor Murrell was appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council.

— ICYMI: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Spencer Cole was promoted to Lt. Colonel earlier this month.

— OUR GOVERNOR, THE FILMMAKER: In honor of tomorrow’s criminal justice reform implementation, the governor’s office has launched a video series starring…

—Rep. Walt Leger

—Sen. Danny Martiny

—Louisiana Family Forum’s Gene Mills

—Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections’ Natalie LaBorde

—Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families Director Alanah Odom Hebert

—Foundation for Louisiana’s Flozell Daniels, Jr.

—Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre

Norris Henderson from Voice of the Experienced

— FEMA granted $4.96 million to Glen Oaks High School for the August flood recovery.

— The DOTD received a 2016 Sterling Agency Award.

— The NOLA Riverfront just put $507 million in new redevelopment projects. LANDRIEU: “New Orleans will now be home to one of the largest contiguous riverfront parks in the U.S. ...This important step builds on the legacy of other great City leaders that opened up the riverfront.”

— Gov. Edwards’ fiscal-cliff-of-doom tour made its final stop in Lake Charles last week. EDWARDS: “I am more confident than ever that we will be able to piece together the solution to enacting meaningful budget stabilization and reform. The looming $1 billion fiscal cliff cannot be solved without the input and ideation of as many people as possible...While we may not agree on every issue, the notion that meaningful reform is needed was a theme at every meeting.”

— EDWARDS on the passing of Fats Domino: “Known as a legend and one of the greatest recording artists of all times, there’s no denying that when he played a song he transformed it into something spectacular. Our hearts are heavy today, but we will always remember his love for life and New Orleans through his iconic music.”

— New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “He was a world-class musician, known for his shaping of rock-n-roll as we know it. He was one of the most beloved pianists and singer-songwriters to come out of New Orleans.”

— The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is honoring Fats Domino at a flash mob in front of City Hall today.

— SPANISH TOWN MARDI GRAS: The ball is slated for Jan. 20, and the parade is Feb. 10. This year’s theme: Game of Thongs. MORE INFO

— The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and TruFund Financial Services, Inc. will be presenting a business info session at the Norman Mayer Branch Library tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. DETAILS

— Civil district court judge candidate D. Nicole Sheppard is having a fundraiser birthday bash at the Magnolia Mansion on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. DETAILS

— Jefferson Councilman Mark D. Spears, Jr. is being honored by the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee for the 2017 Blue Horizon Award this Thursday at the Four Columns in Harvey. Cocktails served at 6:30 p.m. DETAILS

— A survey ranks Louisiana No. 4 in the U.S. for its “supportive small business environment.” EDWARDS: “[The] A+ grade for our state’s small business friendliness is a reflection of what Louisiana small business owners already know: Louisiana strives to streamline licensing procedures, provide training opportunities and services, and reduce tedious red tape that hinders growth.”

— HuffPost and The Lens team up on an investigation: “How Airbnb is pushing locals out of New Orleans’ coolest neighborhoods” READ

— Republican Party of Louisiana chairman Roger Villere is stepping down at the end of his term. Louis Gurvich is one of the names looking to replace him next year.

— Dow Chemical invests $2 billion in Louisiana plants and warehouses. PRESS RELEASE

— Congressman Clay Higgins visits Louisiana Senior Corps officials in Lafayette.

— The Louisiana Department of Education is looking for a college to host the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium. DETAILS

— Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni and Councilman-at-Large Chris Roberts will speak next Tuesday (Nov. 7) with the Jefferson Chamber at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport. TICKETS

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