POLITICAL CHATTER

Meg Casper, everyone's favorite secretary of state communications pro, has a new gig over at the Board of Regents. The turf isn't new for Casper, who previously worked for the Regents after a career in broadcast news.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards is quoted in… Sports Illustrated? The publication profiled DeVonta Smith, an athlete from Amite. Here’s the story.

— TOMORROW: The Secondhand Smoke Study Committee meets at 10 a.m. in House Committee Room 5.

— THURSDAY: The Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council meets at 11:30 a.m. in Senate Committee Room E.

— New York Magazine reporter Yashar Ali (@yashar): “On CNN, @SenJohnKennedy (U.S. Sen. John Kennedy) says that if (former CIA director John Brennan) made some of his past statements about Trump in an airport instead of on TV, that Brennan would be arrested or put in a straight jacket. He’s not clarified what the statements in question are.”

— Sen. Conrad Appel (@Conrad Appel), tweeting in response to news that Gov. John Bel Edwards pardoned former Tensas Parish Sheriff Jeff Britt and appointed him to the Used Motor Vehicle Commission Board: “A pardon is one thing, it may have been appropriate. But why would our governor honor an admitted felon who had violated the public's faith in him once with a position of trust, one that can affect so many citizens? What kind of message does this send about integrity?”

— The AP’s Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte): “Winner of Louisiana voting machine contract proposed replacement work that was tens of millions of dollars cheaper than other two vendors”

— The Louisiana Democratic Party’s Central Committee has endorsed Reneé Fontenot Free for secretary of state.

— Speaking of, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has endorsed New Orleans City Councilmember Jared Brossett for civil district court clerk for the Nov. 6 elections.

Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp): “Trump is plotting an aggressive campaign schedule ahead of midterms (via Bloomberg). Not sure what this means for his invitation to visit Louisiana State Penn at Angola….”

— The Pelican Institute via The Advocate: “U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's criminal justice reform critique to Trump filled with errors”

Watchdog.org: “One year after prison reform, new law's effectiveness is debated”

— WAFB’s Matt Houston: “LSU researchers estimate the number of uninsured Louisianans has been cut in half since Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order to expand Medicaid.”

— Public Policy Research Lab Director Mike Henderson (@Henders20Mike): “Dramatic decline in uninsured rate getting most attention, but also interesting that Medicaid beneficiaries report similar levels of access to care as those w coverage through employer.”

— Gov. Edwards on Twitter: “Just look at how our uninsured rate has fallen. We are bringing OUR federal tax dollars back to LA to save lives and improve health outcomes for the working poor people of our state. In the process, we're saving money and creating jobs.” Here’s the report.

— Attorney General Jeff Landry will be on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins this afternoon at 4:20 p.m. Listen here.

— The AG on blocking Bank of America and Citibank from a $600 million state deal over gun rights: “It's simple: If these big corporations want to become the social police and restrict our citizens’ ability to legally purchase firearms, then we don’t want them to represent the state of Louisiana.” He talked about the reaction he got from residents on Fox & Friends: “I got a lot of high fives.”

— U.S. Sen. Kennedy on Citibank and Bank of America, via Twitter: “We don’t need red banks and blue banks. We need safe banks. Rather than impose their political agenda on law abiding citizens, these Wall Street banks ought to remember how taxpayers, Republicans, and Democrats, spent billions to bail them out after the 2008 financial crisis.”

— The Southern Republican Leadership Conference is Jan. 18-19 at the Pontchartrain Convention Center in New Orleans. Invited keynote speakers include RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and co-chair Bob Paduchik; “Let Trump, Be Trump” co-authors Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie; House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser; Attorney General Jeff Landry; and National Federation of Republican Women President Jody Rushton.

— Also invited: President Donald J. Trump and his family; Vice President Mike Pence; U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz; National Security Advisor John Bolton; National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and spokesperson Dana Loesch; and political talk show hosts and commentators Mark Levin, Eric Bolling, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. Register here or check out the flyer for more info.

— Congressman Ralph Abraham (@RepAbraham) on Iraq’s purchase of 15,000 metric tons of rice from the U.S. (on top of another 15,000 metric tons from Uruguay): “I was proud to be an advocate for this deal because any time we can sell our commodities - especially ones that #Louisiana produces a lot of - in huge deals like these, it's a good day.” Greg Hilburn has the story for The News-Star.

— Sen. Gerald Boudreaux; Reps. Julie Emerson, Terry Landry, Blake Miguez and Vince Pierre; the Unanimous Jury Coalition; the Louisiana Republican Judiciary PAC; the Pelican Institute; and Louisiana for Prison Alternatives are among the hosts for the “Educational & Social Event in support of the Unanimous Jury Constitutional Amendment” at City Club at River Ranch in Lafayette tomorrow (Aug. 22) at 5 p.m.

— The Republican Women of Bossier, Women’s Republican Club of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Republican Party and Bossier Parish Republican Executive Committee are putting on a secretary of state candidate panel with Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud, former Sen. A.G. Crowe, Rep. Rick Edmonds and Rep. Julie Stokes at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Shane’s Seafood in Bossier City.

— Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (@LOSFA): “Meeting today with Rep. @WaltLeger (Walt Leger), Commissioner @KimHunterReed (Kim Hunter Reed), Dr. Sujuan Boutte, Executive Director, LOSFA, Children’s Savings Account (CSA) Taskforce, & @prosperitynow to discuss why CSAs are important & provide an overview of CSA in the national landscape”

— Plaquemines Parish Councilman Irvin Juneau has announced his re-election bid.

— Mr. and Mrs. Tony Alford are holding a reception on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in Houma for Michael “Big Mike” Fési, Sr.’s Senate District 20 campaign. DETAILS

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