POLITICAL CHATTER

Julia O’Donoghue (@JSODonoghue): "@LouisianaGov says the state is applying for federal grants to approve school safety in wake of Florida school shooting.” (In the photo above, courtesy of O’Donoghue, the governor speaks to Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White).

— Louisiana Family Forum’s Legislative Scorecard is out. Eighteen lawmakers will receive LFF’s Patrick Henry Award for their 100-percent voting record at LFF’s Annual Awards Gala on Sept. 27. Here’s how everyone scored in the Senate and House.

The AP: New Louisiana public school grading system prompts worries

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What does Karl Marx put on his pasta? Communist Mani-Pesto!”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham has been endorsed by National Right to Life for his 100-percent pro-life voting record.

— The Advocate’s Rebekah Allen (@rebekahallen): “Breaking news: Next month I'm moving to Texas to work for @dallasnews in Austin to cover state politics and government! Goodbye #lalege and hello #txlege”

The Houma Courier: The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received 125 bears for deputies to help bring peace to the traumatized children.

Tyler Bridges (@tegbridges): “Qualifying for the Louisiana governor's race takes place exactly 1 year from today. The Repub field is uncertain. Will @JohnKennedyLA run? If Repubs lose House, will @SteveScalise run? If they don't, will @JeffLandry be their candidate? Or a darkhorse?”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) on his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform: “Just like other southern conservative states, we did something in Louisiana that can be replicated across the country to improve public safety and reduce recidivism. Look forward to meeting with @POTUS to talk about the bipartisan reforms we passed in LA.”

— University of Louisiana System President and CEO Jim Henderson: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our faithful board member Johnny McFerren. After his appointment to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System by Governor John Bel Edwards last year, Mr. McFerren offered a wise, discerning perspective and steady friendship. His incredible experience as a lifetime public servant awarded him a unique voice that the rest of the board welcomed.”

— LABI's 2018 Workers' Comp Seminar is Sept. 27 and 28 at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge.

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy on Gov. Edwards’ Justice Reinvestment Act: “It’s clear to me that DOC doesn’t know what it’s doing, and people are getting killed as a result. You can’t let criminals out of jail and just expect them to behave. That’s like starving a fox and then asking him to guard the henhouse.”

— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Netroots Nation: “While these Democrats visit the Big Easy to tout their radical agenda that is out of touch with the everyday concerns of Americans families, Republicans are continuing to work with President Trump.”

POLITICO: “A collection of anti-school-voucher groups urged the Trump administration on Monday to stop allowing donors to state tax credit scholarship programs from claiming both federal and state tax benefits… The National Coalition for Public Education argued in a letter to Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget chief, that donors in about a dozen states, including Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, were often making a profit on their contribution to voucher programs once they had taken all tax incentives available to them.”

The Advocate: “Surprise! Baton Rouge grocery clerk gone viral receives promise of new car, help with school”

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