Political Chatter

— The AP’s Melinda Deslatte wrote these words about the Medicaid contract extensions on Joint Budget’s agenda Friday: “Despite pushback from Louisiana House Republicans, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration isn’t making any changes to contract extensions sought for the companies that manage care for 1.5 million Medicaid patients. The Department of Health is presenting the same contract terms to lawmakers for consideration Friday that already were rejected by House GOP lawmakers this month, said agency chief of staff Andrew Tuozzolo.”

— District Attorney Schuyler Marvin has a fundraiser on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Silver Star Smokehouse in Bossier City. (Via Lou Gehrig Burnett’s Fax-Net Update)

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What do ballerinas take for transportation? A tutu train.”

— Mary Elise Schlesinger’s I HAVE A BAD JOKE TOO SUBMISSION: “What did Barack say to Michelle when he got down on one knee? I don’t wanna be Obama-self.”

— Attorney General Jeff Landry has been appointed to the Republican Attorneys General Association’s executive committee.

— A new pro-Derrick Edwards, NOLA-based PAC called “Raise the Bar” surfaced this week. Check out the affiliated Twitter account.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain will be trekking to farms for the rest of this week to “hear from local agriculture and forestry producers.” SCHEDULE

— The Institute for Justice ranks Louisiana as “one of the worst states” for occupational licensing. REPORT

— The Louisiana Housing Corporation’s “Housing Roundtable” is this Friday at 9 a.m.

— Gov. Edwards has been inducted into LSU’s Military Hall of Honor.

— The Bureau of Governmental Research interviewed Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former judge Desiree Charbonnet on video. WATCH: CANTRELLand CHARBONNET

— The New Orleans East Hospital’s Rhesa & Alden J. McDonald Jr. and Sue Ellen & Joseph C. Canizaro Diabetes Center opens tomorrow. PRESS RELEASE

— Megan Ryburn from the River Parishes Tourist Commission has been appointed as the Louisiana Office of Tourism’s director of sales.

— Port of New Orleans president and CEO Brandy Christian was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce.

— Carrie Castille has been appointed as the Louisiana office of USDA Rural Development’s new state director. as their newly appointed State Director. Castille is coming from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, where she was Associate Commissioner.

— Health Education Authority of Louisiana executive director Jacob Johnson is “seeking an official opinion” from Attorney General Jeff Landry to “avoid loss of $19.6 million dollars in HEAL funding for projects in New Orleans East, Lafayette, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Zachary and Plaquemine.” PRESS RELEASE

— You can also read Johnson’s email to Landry here.

— The Louisiana Housing Corporation’s board of directors approved “more than $194 million to expand affordable housing opportunities statewide.” READ

— Gov. Edwards met Friday with university systems presidents to “discuss efforts to promote a positive and safe learning environment on all Louisiana college campuses.”

— New Orleans mayoral candidate Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has a new video. WATCH IT

— By the way: The “final rally” for Cantrell’s campaign is 7 p.m. this Thursday at Mardi Gras World. DETAILS

— Last week’s initial and continued unemployment insurance claims were higher than the week before, but still below last year’s numbers. REPORT

— Now that early voting is over (again), John Couvillon has the analysis. READ IT

— ICYMI: New Orleans City Council issued a statement last week on council members’ credit card use: “We are not a department of the Mayor and are not required to follow the Mayor's purchasing plan. In fact, in many cases, it is cheaper to independently find the lowest price for office supplies rather than to simply purchase them through the City's contracted supplier.”

— New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to U.S. Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy: “Local police departments don’t have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists.” LETTER

— The Louisianan Association of School Superintendents is looking for public school reform. LASS executive director-elect Michael Faulk: “There is not a ‘one-size-fits-all plan’ that works evenly across the state. It’s time that local and regional perspectives be factored into the state’s standards.” PRESS RELEASE

 The Louisiana Department of Education launched Louisiana School Finder, their new site to search public school and daycare centers.

 New Orleans Councilmember Nadine Ramsey is hosting her annual “Thanksgiving Luncheon for Senior Citizens” at the Roy E. Glapion Reception Hall today.

— The 2017 Free Enterprise Awards reception will be at the APTIM headquarters in Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. TICKETS

 Jeff Crouere’s next “Politics with a Punch” is Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Eiffel Society. LINEUP

 Elizabeth Smart is the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Women Leaders Business and Government Conference and Hall of Fame Awards on Dec. 2 at the New Orleans Marriott. DETAILS

 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is receiving the first-ever “Change Agent Award” on Nov. 15 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. for “his leadership and commitment to changing student lives in New Orleans and throughout the country.” EVENT DETAILS

— Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is “reenergizing” the Audubon Golf Trail to make Louisiana a “renowned golfing destination.” Nungesser: “I am more optimistic about the future of the Audubon Golf Trail than ever before. We have so much to offer in Louisiana, and the golf courses are a major part of the Louisiana outdoor experience.”

— The Democratic women’s candidacy-recruitment and training organization Emerge Louisiana has announced its inaugural board of directors. THE MEMBERS

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