Political Chatter

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “How do you catch a unicorn? Unique up on it!” (P.S. Happy Mardi Gras!)

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family spent yesterday celebrating First Lady Donna Edwards’ birthday, tweeting this awww-worthy picture the morning of. The governor spent this morning at a press conference with the Louisiana Primary Care Association and Southeast Community Health Systems.

— Reps. Dodie Horton and Blake Miguez were featured in the latest episode of This American Life, a national podcast syndicated to NPR stations across the country. We hear the story of Horton’s HB43, last session’s failed bill that would have prohibited bringing fake-but-realistic guns to schools. Fun fact from the episode: Horton, one of our many pro-Second Amendment lawmakers, packs a 9-millimeter glock in her purse at all times.

— Members of the Ohio Treasurer’s office, as in those responsible for the Ohio Checkbook, are joining Treasurer John Schroder at LABI’s Annual Meeting this Thursday for the panel on a potential Louisiana Checkbook.

— Cox Communications Government and Public Affairs Vice President Frances Gladden, LSU Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training Executive Director Jeffrey Moulton, Cyber Innovation Center Executive Director Craig Spohn, and Rapides Parish Communications District Executive Director Sonya Wiley-Gremillion were appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission.

— University of Louisiana at Lafayette Assistant Director Jennifer Guidry was appointed as a university faculty representative to the Louisiana Folklife Commission.

— Baton Rouge General Graduate Medical Education and Behavioral Science Faculty Director Jennifer Burch was appointed as a licensed clinical social worker rendering direct services to the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.

— Speech-language pathologist and Bossier Parish School System special education specialist-augmentative communication facilitator Erica Chatelain was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

— ExxonMobil reliability engineer and U.S. Army veteran Michael Ryan Beissinger, GOHSEP Grants Management Team Lead and U.S. Air Force Reserves veteran Sulanda Lonnette, and Wounded Warrior Project National Campaign Team Member and U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Louisiana National Guard veteran Deron Santiny were appointed as at-large representatives to the Veterans Affairs Commission. Patient Services Assistant, USDVA, St. John Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Reserve and U.S. Army veteran Elvin Bass was appointed as a Veterans of Foreign Wars representative.

— Nurse and Ochsner Health System Chamberlain University School of Nursing Campus President Jennifer Couvillon was appointed as a Nurse Educator to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

— TASS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center owner and operator Suzanne Lentz was appointed as a business representative to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council.

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Political Chatter

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Political Chatter

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “How do you catch a unicorn? Unique up on it!” (P.S. Happy Mardi Gras!) —

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