Political Chatter: Macron, Mulvaney & Girl Scouts

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards are in Washington, D.C. That’s our governor in the picture above, standing on the Speaker’s Balcony on Capitol Hill for the first time, thanks to a tour given today by Congressman Garret Graves.

— The governor dines tonight with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the administration's first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron. Edwards: “It is fitting that it is with the French President. We are very proud of Louisiana’s French heritage.”

— The governor met with the congressional delegation this afternoon, though not all congressmen were there. He’ll spend tomorrow with Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to talk Comite River Diversion Canal funding.

Greg Hilburn for USA Today: Is House Bill 2 intentionally funding Boy Scouts before Girl Scouts? A gubernatorial official says no. Regardless, expect Girl Scouts in the House chamber on Monday. They’ll be fighting for more money for their campsite.

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “When should you go on a cheese diet? When you need to cheddar few pounds!”

— Press release: “Last week, Baton Rouge Families First launched the first in a series of positive billboards around the Baton Rouge area. The billboard campaign will stress the importance and benefits of the family unit. ‘The family unit is critical to a thriving community. Our goal is to encourage, empower and strengthen families in Baton Rouge,’ said Eddie Rispone, founder of BRFF. The first billboard highlights the fact that married families have the lowest rate of poverty. Married couples have an 8.5 percent poverty rate, which is well below all other household types.” BILLBOARD IMAGE

— Plaquemines Parish Councilman Irvin Juneau’s re-election reception is May 1 at The Red Maple in Gretna.

Adrian Perkins is announcing his run for Shreveport Mayor on April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Homewood Suites. He recently resigned as Harvard Law School Student Government president to focus on this bid at home.

— Press release: “NFIB Supports Constitutional Convention to Overhaul Tax System…”

— Gov. Edwards on the passing of Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith: “He worked hard every day to make Arcadia and other Louisiana communities economically viable, great places to live, work and raise families.”

— New jobs in St. James Parish? Taiwanese Formosa Petrochemical Corporation is building a $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex along the Mississippi River.

— Starting this summer, New Orleans will have a “new risk assessment tool” aimed at “continuing to reduce the jail population.” Here’s how the Louisiana Supreme Court describes it.

— Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson’s address to the Legislature: “Louisiana is among the minority of states in our nation with a non-unified court system. Rather than using state funds to fully fund our Judiciary, we push much of that obligation off onto local governmental entities … It is time for us in Louisiana to begin thinking about the toll that this type of funding mechanism takes on our justice system.”

— After 29 seasons, our favorite yellow, insatiable cartoon Homer Simpson finally got to eat his way through New Orleans.

— What the governor’s office wants you to read in The Advocate: “A premature budget threatens colleges.”

— Congressman Steve Scalise will deliver the LSU commencement address on May 11. He’s also giving the LSU Law Center commencement address on June 1

— LABI on SB14 by Sen. Barrow Peacock, which would set up a new “hybrid” retirement plan for state workers: “We need you to add your voice in support of this smart policy - ask the governor to reconsider his position. Explain to him that it is time for comprehensive reform that will create a more cost-effective system.”

— The Les Femmes PAC, which plans to work with Emerge Louisiana to get Democratic women running in local races, is hosting their launch event on May 23 in New Orleans. The event will feature a lineup of “all female chefs, mixologists and hopefully Mayor-elect (LaToya) Cantrell.”

— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unanimously recommended using a cannabidiol oral solution to treat certain forms of epilepsy.

— The Annual Municipal Day and Legislative Conference is May 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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