YOU’VE GOT MAIL: Lawmakers taking hits in their mailboxes

Rebuild Louisiana began sending out direct mail in legislative districts across the state last week in a “continual effort to educate the public about the ongoing issues surrounding the looming fiscal cliff.”

The mailers use splashy headlines about the cuts-heavy budget recently passed by the House. Here’s an example of a piece that went out in Rep. Blake Miguez’s district. It attacks him for voting to “cut TOPS” and for wanting to “turn out the lights” at hospitals and medical schools.

There’s also a note crafted specifically for Miguez: “I am disappointed that you chose to put politics ahead of the people you were elected to represent. You have had over two years to deal with the budget deficit the legislature inherited from the prior Administration so there is no excuse for you to now be casting votes to close hospitals, bankrupt our medical schools or cut TOPS. The budget that you voted for is not acceptable. It’s time to quit playing politics and get serious about doing the people’s business. Sincerely, [Variable Data].”

Then there’s the American Federation for Children’s mailers attacking Gov. John Bel Edwards: “Governor Edwards is cutting $2.7 MILLION from the Louisiana Scholarship Program… Breaking his promise to our kids, forcing thousands to attend failing schools (and) keeping a brighter future away from low-income children.”

Those receiving the AFC mailers are asked to contact their district senator to ask them to fully fund the program.

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