Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., today with Rep. Tanner Magee, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections deputy assistant secretary Natalie LaBorde and Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre for a Pew Charitable Trusts event on criminal justice reform. HEAR WHAT THEY SAID or READ THE PRESS RELEASE

— Gov. Edwards was also at the White House this afternoon to talk criminal justice reform with Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives, and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner.

— The Board of Regents’ Search Committee for the Commissioner of Higher Education is today at 1:30 p.m. in the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.

— The Louisiana State Medical Society is partnering with KaMMCO Health Solutions for “statewide health information exchange and analytics tools.” PRESS RELEASE

— Col. Kevin Reeves, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, will speak to the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday.

— Kim Callaway has been hired as director of governmental and legal affairs for the state REALTORS® association. (This hire comes after Michael Wong, the previous director of governmental affairs, joined U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s office as state director.)

— The Governor’s Office has launched a series of human trafficking awareness summits across the state, starting today in Baton Rouge. DETAILS

— There’s also a new educational video featuring Gov. Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards, Sen. Ronnie Johns, Children’s Cabinet Executive Director Dana Hunter and Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative Director Alliece ColeWATCH IT

— Congressman Cedric Richmond and New Orleans Councilman James Grey penned New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Gov. Edwards, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson asking law enforcement to help “ease traffic associated with emergency repairs on the Interstate 10 Highrise.” LETTER

— Tyler M. Bosworth has been appointed as the new Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers State Chapter Executive Director.

— Former Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse has been was appointed to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board as representative of the 1st Congressional District.

— Women’s Services at Ochsner Health System’s Associate System Chair and perinatologist Joseph Biggio has been appointed as perinatologist for the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality.

— Former Louisiana Department of Insurance Chief Deputy Commissioner Susan Denise Gardner has been appointed to the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Commission.

— Washington State Bank President, CEO and Chairman Sue Durand has been appointed to the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation.

— District Attorney Robert Stephen Tew has been appointed to the Louisiana Sentencing Commission.

— Timothy Coulon has been appointed to the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission. Coulon is the President of Coulon Consultants. As required by statute, he was nominated by a legislator representing Jefferson Parish and will serve as a member from Jefferson Parish.

— Sunshine Navigation Group President Walter Dwayne Chatoney has been appointed as the business representative of the Board of River Port Pilot Commissioners and Examiners in Calcasieu.

— Gov. Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards have launched the elementary school “Bandit’s Book Challenge,” named after the First Golden Retriever. Edwards: “Bandit is the king of our household, so it only made sense for us to name this challenge after him.” DETAILS

— The TOPS Task Force will meet Thursday morning. AGENDA

— The “first adaptive traffic signal system” in Louisiana has been set up in Calcasieu Parish. PRESS RELEASE

— State Treasurer-Elect John Schroder’s swearing-in ceremony is 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Kenner City Park Pavilion.

— TRANSIENT CAJUN CHRISTMAS: The Louisiana State Society is throwing its Cajun Christmas Party at Southern Hospitality in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. TICKETS

— The NOLA Neighborhood Summit is Dec. 2 at the University Medical Center.

— Rasmussen Reports: “Is Biden The Man for 2020? Democrats Think So.”

— Also: A review of last week’s big polls.

— State Net Capitol Journal: “Pension fund indebtedness has worsened in 43 of 50 states [and] future retirees may not receive all they have been promised.” READ

— Governing Magazine: “As Congress Stalls on Children's Health Insurance, States Warn of Cuts.” READ

— ICYMI: The Louisiana District Judges Association elected its officers for the 2017-2018 term. THE TEAM

— The 2018 LMA Mid-Winter Conference is Feb. 20 and 21 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. REGISTER

— LSU President F. King Alexander is the keynote speaker for the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in downtown Alexandria. INFO

— The Hill: “Gerrymandering opponents turn to ballot initiatives to redraw lines.” Louisiana is reportedly one of the states with a “bipartisan study group of legislators” taking steps towards drafting a proposal. READ

— Andrew Richard has joined The Picard Group as Managing Director of Consulting Services for its Lafayette and D.C. offices.

— The Livingston Parish Republican Leadership Luncheon is Dec. 7 at noon at the Greystone Golf & Country Club in Denham Springs. MORE

— The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors is meeting Dec. 1 at Northwestern State University.

— Rep. Paul Hollis is hosting an “afternoon of horse racing fun” on Dec. 1 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. DETAILS

— The state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October dropped to 4.3 percent, according to the latest report from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

— 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial nominee Kyle Duncan and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy face their “high-stakes hearing” tomorrow. The Louisiana Family Forum has their take. READ


— LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack thanked the “role models among us.” READ

— The governor had his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio call-in with Jim EngsterLISTEN

— Congressman Garret Graves on the White House’s disaster request: “I am encouraged by the Trump Administration’s proposal to use CDBG funds for flood mitigation and other funds for school rebuilding costs...We have been saying from the beginning that Louisiana’s two billion recovery dollars should be made available to fund the Comite River Diversion Canal.”

— Graves and Congressman Cedric Richmond filed a bill on “duplication of benefits” penalties. Graves: “The real disaster in federal disaster policy is the allegation that a loan is a grant.” PRESS RELEASE

— Graves also spoke to the Heritage Foundation’s Antipoverty Forum about his bill that creates work incentives for food stamps. WATCH

— Gov. Edwards: “[W]e must provide our children with a high-quality, 21st century education, which most certainly includes access to broadband and the digital opportunities that come with it.”

— Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority scored $2.2 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to complete the Terrebonne Parish East Timbalier Island Project design. PRESS RELEASE

— FEMA gave $7.2 million to the East Baton Rouge School Board, Baker Schools System, West Feliciana Parish, and Ouachita Parish for the March and August floods. GRANT RUNDOWN

— Louisiana has a new scholarship thanks to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association. PRESS RELEASE

— CityLab wrote a pre-Thanksgiving profile on the turducken (and its Maurice, LA roots).

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