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March 20, 2018 — Issue No. 136

By Jeremy Alford (, Sarah Gamard (

& Mitch Rabalais (


A Personal Appeal from Jeremy Alford

You may have heard about a fundraiser scheduled for next week (on Tuesday, March 27) for CC73, a nonprofit organization that’s overseeing the publishing of a book about the 1973 constitutional convention.

It’s arguably the greatest untold story from Louisiana political history, involving one of the greatest generations of politicos from the Bayou State. Names like Alario, Bollinger, Perez, Gravel, Bussie, Edwards, Fayard, Jenkins, Henry, Roemer, Roy, Lambert, Rayburn, Toomy, Tobias, Chehardy and many more.

The book is based on a manuscript penned by the convention chairman, E.L. "Bubba" Henry, as well as interviews and research I’ve been conducting for nearly a year, along with a pair of research assistants. With the Legislature once again debating the need for a convention, this project has become rather timely.

The nonprofit’s board is comprised entirely of former delegates — and Pat Juneau, the court-appointed administrator of the BP oil spill settlement, is serving as the treasurer.

We’re hoping you can help us out with a donation. Plus, anyone who contributes to the nonprofit over the next few months will be listed as an "Honorary Co-Author" in the book. But you’ll need to act fast.

All dollars remaining after the publishing of the book later this fall — the working title is "CC73" — in concert with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to create a university-level program to study state constitutional law.

You’ll be able to visit with a few of the surviving delegates at next week’s fundraiser at the Baton Rouge office of Adams & Reese. This is your chance to talk about the Constitution with the folks who crafted it 45 years ago!

Further details can be found in the invitation below. Just scroll down a bit. So come by and visit with us next week. You’ll recognize a few faces from the Capitol — Gov. John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Taylor Barras are the co-hosts —  and you may meet a couple of personalities you’ve only read about.

If you can’t make it, you can still contribute by mailing your gift — personal, corporate or PAC checks — to the address below. (Online donations are coming soon.)

A Message From Harris, DeVille & Associates

From the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Spending on medicines grew just 1.5 percent in 2017; unfortunately it doesn’t feel that way for Louisiana patients.

More than one-third of a medicine’s list price (or sticker price) is often rebated back to little-known middlemen, like insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

These discounts and rebates should have created more than $100 billion in savings for American patients last year, but insurers don’t always share these savings.

Watch here to find out more about the biopharmaceutical supply chain and what impacts the cost patients pay at the pharmacy counter. 


Our Statesmen in Stripes

At any given time in Louisiana it seems like there’s either a politico either going to prison or getting out of prison. As the saying goes, half the state is underwater and half the state is under indictment. That’s why in this episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown we’re catching up with our statesmen in stripes, our politicians in prison and our public officials on probation.

Of course, there’s former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who has written a book, gotten married, had a child, starred in a reality TV show and run for Congress since getting out of prison in 2011. There’s also former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who was convicted of public corruption and has six more years left of his 10-year sentence in Texarkana.

And don’t forget about former Senate President Michael O’Keeffe, who will soon be released from serving in Beaumont for misdeeds in the ‘80s and ‘90s. (And who was O’Keeffe’s inmate until 2017? It was former New Orleans Congressman Bill Jefferson, who the FBI caught with $90,000 in bribes stowed away in his freezer.)

Watch here, enjoy, and let us know if we left out any of the Bayou State’s best political jail tales.


New Kids on the Block

In this week’s episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast, we talk to the new leadership of the Louisiana Republican Party about what’s waiting around the corner.

Chairman Louis Gurvich, recently elected, and Executive Director Andrew Bautsch, recently hired, have been on the job for less than a month. They reveal new plans to recruit minority and female candidates, as well as candidates who are younger than traditionally seen in the GOP.

The party also wants to surpass 1 million party members in the state by 2020. "It’s not a matter of what your great grandparents were doing," Gurvich said. "It’s a matter of what’s going on with us now."

We may also see more conservative candidates looking to replace incumbent and term-limited Republicans in the 2019 elections, they noted. As for the top of the ballot, the 2015 gubernatorial race was the most expensive in state history, but Bautsch and Gurvich expect that record will be shattered next year.

"Generally speaking, we want folks who are going to be part of our message for smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom to live your life as you choose," Gurvich said.

In a bipartisan move, we start this episode off with a Democrat and take a look back at the career of former U.S. Sen. John Breaux. Listen to him dish on an "embarrassing" run-in he had with late President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, when Breaux was a freshman in Congress.


Hale Boggs Runs Afoul of Hoover and the FBI

In the spring of 1971, Congressman Hale Boggs of New Orleans, then the House majority leader, was making moves on Capitol Hill. A well respected member of Congress, Boggs had served in the Democratic leadership since 1962. Notably, he had helped guide President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs through the House and even served on the Warren Commission.

But on April 5 of that year, Boggs rose and gave a floor speech denouncing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its powerful director, J. Edgar Hoover. Comparing the FBI’s methods to ‘'the tactics of the Soviet Union and Hitler's Gestapo," Boggs called upon Attorney General John Mitchell to demand Hoover’s resignation. In his remarks, Boggs specifically charged that the FBI had wiretapped congressional offices and stationed agents on college campuses to spy on students.

Political observers were shocked that the majority leader had chosen to publicly attack Hoover, long considered to be the most powerful man in Washington. In a phone call with President Richard Nixon, House Minority Leader Gerald Ford’s only explanation was that perhaps Boggs was "either drinking too much, or he's taking some pills that are upsetting him mentally."

Ford rose to defend Hoover on the floor, while the attorney general said that Boggs should apologize. Nixon, subsequently, had Boggs removed from high-level meetings and restricted his access to classified information.

Back in Louisiana, then-Gov. John McKeithen personally called Hoover and assured him that the state government did not share the views of the majority leader. Meanwhile, Congressman John Rarick of St. Francisville told reporters that he thought Boggs’ remarks were part of an organized, left-wing conspiracy against the FBI.

Boggs, for his part, doubled down on his charges against Hoover in press interviews and statements. Days after his floor speech, Boggs told CBS, "The country cannot survive under a man who in his declining years has violated the Bill of Rights of the United States."

While Boggs never backed away from the charges, the controversy eventually ended when he mysteriously disappeared in October 1972 while campaigning for a Democratic candidate in Alaska.

Documents declassified since Hoover’s death have since proven that Boggs’ accusations against the FBI were, in fact, true.


Louisiana’s annual construction bill is expected to be read into the House later today, kicking off a process that is just as riddled with unanswered questions as the state’s operating budget. Drafted by the Edwards Administration, hopes for new brick-and-mortar projects are being kept in check.

Still, lawmakers are tracking local projects that have been navigating the capital outlay process over the past few years. But as of this afternoon, most legislators had no idea what was going to be included in HB 2, the instrument traditional used to carry construction efforts found across the state.

"Nothing in it yet," said Rep. Jim Morris when asked about the progress this morning. Morris is the vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which gets first crack at the legislation.

Making his way around the ground floor of the Capitol around the same time, Rep. Ted James remarked, "I haven’t seen anything with capital outlay yet."

Not that anyone is expected a big bump in construction projects. Administration officials contend that the shortfall for the 2018-19 fiscal year — somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion, depending on who you ask — has played into their drafting of the proposal. "This is a very austere bill," said Richard Carbo, the governor’s deputy chief of staff. "We are limited in what we can do."

With the state’s ongoing budgetary problems, pickings have become slim in recent sessions for lawmakers looking to bring new construction projects back to their districts. This legislative year is unlikely to be the exception.

"I don’t know if we are going to be able to fund many more new projects," said Rep. Barry Ivey, adding that the backlog of projects approved in recent sessions has restricted what the Legislature can do to address current priorities. "The ongoing nature of these projects take up the majority of the funding."

Ivey maintained, from his perspective, that the Comite River diversion project is still the top priority for the Baton Rouge region in the capital outlay process. "Everything else pales in comparison," he said.

Officials with the Edwards Administration say that while they have included some funding for the Comite diversion in this year’s bill, they hope to also address the matter through other means of revenue as well.

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Here are the headlines subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly received in the issue that was published five days ago:

— Gov. John Bel Edwards raised nearly $1M in 10 weeks

— At least 25 legislative districts have women candidates

— More expected to follow suit

— A breakdown of the contests

— Surveying the statewide landscape for female advancement

— About the REC

— About the convention bill

— About the end of the regular

— Middle lane caucus could become nonprofit

— Who will be the next chair of House transportation?

— Who will be the next chair of the Dem caucus?

— Another redistricting case for Jeff Landry

— Updates on HD37, HD93, SD28 and SD30

— Let there be beer... LaPolitics beer, that is

— Cajun margarita humor

Elizabeth Warren’s money

— They said it, a lot

— Plus more!

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Sasol Releases New Project Progress Video


Construction of Sasol’s new ethane cracker and derivatives complex, located adjacent to its existing facility near Westlake in Calcasieu Parish, is more than 80 percent complete. The company released an updated project progress video last week.

Some additional figures as of January 2018:

— Sasol reached more than 540 new, full-time employees hired.  And 93 percent are Louisiana residents.

— Over 428 heavy haul transports delivered to site

— 100,000 + pipe spools received on site

— 257 of 263 modules delivered to site

— 700,000+ linear feet of aboveground piping installed

— 41,000+ tons of steel installed

— $4 billion+ committed to Louisiana businesses

— 232,000 cubic yards of concrete poured

— 47+ million man hours worked to date

Visit for more information about the project.


— Rep. Jay Morris is stepping up and speaking out about his concerns about a proposed constitutional convention. And he has a slick web video to prove it. In the video, the narrator asks, “Is there a secret deal to raise your taxes?” WATCH IT (Want more? Check out the next section below.)

— Sen. Rick Ward has a web video too, this one on the issue of a fiscal transparency site. WATCH IT

— Cornerstone Government Affairs announced last week the addition of former Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach as a senior advisor to the firm. “We could not be happier to have someone with the reputation, skill set and relationships that Randy has,” Cornerstone managing director Campbell Kaufman said. Cornerstone’s Baton Rouge office also includes Gabrielle Kees, Nial Patel and Paul Rainwater.

— Treasurer John Schroder's annual Wally Pontiff Tailgate is slated for next Tuesday. INVITE

— What happened today in LaPolitics’ Capitol office? We recorded interviews with Senate President John Alario and The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp. Why? You’ll learn next week…

— The Louisiana Board of Regents has four finalists for the position of commissioner of higher education: Robert Donley (former CEO of the Board of Regents in Iowa), Kim Hunter Reed (director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education), Cathy Sandeen (chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges) and Paul D. Turman (System vice president for academic affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents).

— LABI President Stephen Waguespack: “The Louisiana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, declaring what many thought was, quite frankly, already well established: that charter schools are indeed public schools. As a result, the court affirmed that the state education funding formula (known as the MFP) can be used to educate public school students attending public charter schools. The ruling is a huge relief to the thousands of students choosing to attend local public charter schools across Louisiana and a tremendous burden off the backs of those parents doing everything they can to put their children in a learning environment that meets their needs.” MORE

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? Because they lactose.” (Read: Lack-toes)

Julia O’Donoghue: Louisiana riverboat gambling changes advance in Legislature

Greg Hilburn: Jackpot? Gambling bills flying out of committees like dice on craps table

Melinda Deslatte: Senators back bill for 'reckless disregard' hazing lawsuits

— Rep. Robert Johnson is the new chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Johnson: "Despite years of notice about the looming fiscal cliff and billions of dollars worth of ideas to fix the problem backed by a bipartisan tax group, those leading House Republicans have focused solely on setting up a Republican run for Governor in 2019. Our caucus is focused on solutions."

— Once-local politico Jason Emert is returning to his Lafayette stomping grounds for a campaign fundraiser on March 26 at the Pamplona Tapas Bar. The twist? He’s running for Congress in Tennessee.

— His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, came our way to celebrate New Orleans-Monaco history with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the city’s tricentennial. Monaco, by the way, is a little country inside France.

— Speaking of Landrieu, he’s got a new book about the Confederate monuments that he removed from his city’s streets last spring. Here’s his interview that aired last night on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.

— It’s National Agriculture Day! Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain: "The state’s agriculture producers are stewards of the land and they are at the mercy of Mother Nature. So when you can - buy fresh and buy local."

— Louisiana high school graduates now earn a $500 one-time scholarship if they complete the the Jobs for America’s Graduates Louisiana program.

— Louisiana Clean Fuels will host a “Propane Safety Class” on March 21, a “Natural Gas Safety Class” on March 22 and a "Clean Fuels Day at the Capitol" on March 26.

— Full Frontal with Samantha Bee featured the fake subpoena lawsuit against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in a new episode (watch at 2:13).


Lawmakers Split On Convention

— Rep. Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3): Beware of a new constitution. All those pushing for it are aiming at the middle class. Noticeably no one pushing for it is saying what a new constitution should contain. That should be the first warning sign...As my friend Senator Bob Kostelka used to say..the answer is what is your question?  This constitutional convention is totally about $ and who will pay it and partly who will get it. And those who are pushing 4 it are going make the middle class pay for it.

— Rep. Patricia Smith (@smithpath): Guess what jay I agree with you on this one. There are too many unknowns in these proposals

Morris: Stranger things have happened Pat!

— Rep. Julie Emerson (@JulieEmerson): You know I love ya and agree with you on many things, but I just don’t know that I see a constructive way forward without this to reform tax code and budget dedications.

Morris: Hey Julie. Love ya too!  But what would you change about the constitution?  What would you keep and what would you eliminate. I might be interested if anyone could point to what they want

— Sen. Conrad Appel (@ConradAppel): A partial constitutional convention aimed at fiscal issues only assures that we will lock in all the bad structures of state gov't for generations to come. We need to be led out of the wilderness first, then a new fundamental law.

— Sen. Troy Carter (@TROYSEE): Conrad I thought you were for reform! Your tweets don’t match up to your rhetoric! #reformnow

Appel: Reform does not mean expnding funding for inefficient and ineffective policy

Carter: That’s not my idea of reform either... Why does correcting our antiquated budget practices a bad thing?

Morris: This debate b/t Senators Carter & Appel reflects danger of throwin word "reform" around-It means something different 2everyone-Odd that there r those desperate 4 #lagov 2 get more revenue &those who want 2 cut gov 2 the bone think "reform" is going 2 get them both what they want...I'm not against change. Propose it and I may agree...But to say we need to do "something"...which is unnamed..and hand off to unaccountable and unknown delegates to do this unnamed thing is not right.

More of that discussion here.


Looking for a Little Womentum

I was sitting inside Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge 11 years ago this week, holding my newborn daughter, Zoe, while watching then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco on television announce that she would not seek a second term. Like most others tracking election hopes at the time, I wasn’t surprised by the news. Blanco had been battered by the politics of Hurricane Katrina, and her prospects weren’t great.

Still, sitting there with a baby girl in my arms, I felt like Zoe had been robbed of an opportunity to spend her first, formidable years knowing that a woman could occupy the Governor’s Mansion. Had it been a Republican woman, there’s no doubt I would have felt the same way.

That sentiment rung true again years later, when we tried to find a coloring book, or any book, about Louisiana women at the Old State Capitol — and again later when she learned more about America’s long line of chief executives and innocently commented that only boys could be president.

Like any other parents, my wife and I always advised her otherwise. And like normal parents, we made sure our girl’s upbringing has included more than just politics and government. But it’s still a topic we discuss often.

As we reflect on the anniversary of Blanco’s decision — and Zoe’s 11th birthday! — there seem to be ripples in our electorate that point to a different trend.

At, a trade publication for elected officials, campaign professionals and others, we’re tracking all 144 legislative races that’ll be on the ballot next year. We’ve reported on 47 districts so far, of which 25 have women candidates ready to run. If the stars align just right, they could be enough to make a difference.

According to data reported on by LaPolitic’s Sarah Gamard, that was gathered by the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics and the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Louisiana Legislature saw its high water mark for female membership under Blanco, when 17 percent of the elected body were women. The figure dipped under former Gov. Bobby Jindal, from 16 percent in his first term to 11 percent in his second.

Today, the Louisiana Legislature has a 15 percent female representation, placing it at the bottom of the national list alongside Alabama and Mississippi. The national average is 25 percent. Elsewhere in the Bayou State the stats can come off of just as discouraging. On the March 24 ballot men outnumber women three-to-one, Gamard reported last week in a deep dive on the issue.

But again, there are positive signs worth seeing if one takes a careful look. Democratic groups, like Emerge Louisiana, are training candidates and the Louisiana Republican Party intends to actively recruit women contenders for upcoming races.

Moreover, across the nation there are reportedly 500 non-incumbent women — a potentially record-setting number — planning to run for mostly congressional seats, and to a lesser degree governorships. It’s much quieter here in Louisiana, though, where only the name of Mildred "Mimi" Methvin, a Democrat, has surfaced in the 3rd Congressional District.

As for why there seems to be more interest, talking heads and pundits point to women’s marches, the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump being pulled into the orbit of a wide range of controversies, like the one involving Stormy Daniels, Louisiana’s modern-day Blaze Starr.

Meanwhile, on the statewide scene, we could potentially see more action as Secretary of State Tom Schedler finishes up what is likely to be his final term in office, due to a lawsuit from a female employee. Political consultants are wondering if his announced exit at the end of this term will pave the way for successful messaging from lead female candidates next year.

"I think it makes women candidates relevant because of why it became an open seat in the first place," said Amy Jones, a political consultant with roots in Acadiana. "We have women who are capable of stepping up and winning. The climate will continue to create an environment where women are running for office like this. They’ve grown disillusioned. It’s very real and it’s the first time I’m seeing it."

In terms of statewide office, there are three women whose names continue to float to the surface. None of them, however, have pulled the trigger.

After abandoning her bid for state treasurer in 2016 as she was treated for cancer, GOP state Rep. Julie Stokes has been the source of speculation about another run for the money gig in 2019. She has also most recently been thrown in the mix as a possible candidate for secretary of state.

Democrat Mary Leach Werner, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, confirmed to LaPolitics last month that she is being encouraged to consider running for lieutenant governor or treasurer. But after Schedler’s bombshell — for which he proclaims innocence — Werner has likewise been tossed in as a potential candidate for secretary of state as well.

Finally there’s GOP state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, an aggressive campaigner who has hit the road over the past year as a maybe-opponent to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Plus, she has been included in recent rundowns of contenders for Senate president next term.

Will 2018 and 2019 collectively be another "Year of the Woman," like the nation experienced on 1992’s ballots? It’s still too early to know for sure, but all of the right signs are there — at least for a slight uptick in participation.

After 11 years of stop-and-go progress on this front, dating back to Blanco’s final days, it’s an accomplishment worthy of note. And encouragement.


— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has had a busy week. He sent several messages across federal agencies, including one asking for healthcare payment reform from Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, another asking U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study the "most effective anti-opioid addiction education," and a third outlining the benefits of "using natural gas to fulfill energy needs" to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund. He’s also one of the 39 senators who signed the letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan urging them to prevent construction of the Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. His child identity fraud protection bill passed the Senate, his bill to end taxpayer-funded paintings of government officials passed the House, and he now has another bill to "provide justice to victims of the Stanford Ponzi Scheme." Here’s the senior senator in committee claiming “abuse” of the 340B drug pricing program. He appeared on Bloomberg Daybreak to talk drug price transparency and White House turnover: "Everybody is concerned...When there’s so much turnover, of course you’re concerned. So hopefully the president considers that when he makes these personal changes."

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, after demanding the United Airlines explain why 18 of the 24 animals who died in major U.S. airlines’ care were on its planes, is filing a bill: "I’d rather make it the law that animals aren’t to be treated like an old piece of luggage." He and Cassidy have a bill to help Louisiana school districts affected by the 2016 flood. Here’s his letter to the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole opposing the early release of an Angola prisoner, claiming Gov. John Bel Edwards’ "so-called criminal justice reform package" gave the convict an "undeserved gift," and his later thanks that the committee chose not to release him "despite Gov. Edwards’ efforts to free dangerous inmates."

— Congressman Steve Scalise spent the week warning that Democrats will raise taxes if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is elected Speaker of the House at the a leadership press conference, and talks about further tax cuts, the Goodlatte-McCaul immigration bill and President Trump’s response to Russian aggression on Fox News: "If you look at what they (the Russians) did in our elections, he’s finally taking action when the previous administration didn’t." Here’s some of the  House Majority Whip’s praise for the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act: "Clearly, there are more things that need to be done, but this is one of those things that actually gets to the heart of addressing the problem to stop school violence before a tragedy happens."

— Congressman Cedric Richmond has been celebrating Women’s History Month with Facebook posts, along with commending the high school students who walked out of class in light of the Parkland mass shooting: "I stand with them because every American deserves to feel safe at school, at the movies, at concerts, at nightclubs, and in their neighborhoods."

— Congressman Clay Higgins is applauding the reinstatement of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction: "We can’t expect to compete internationally for private investment if we continue to allow politically-slanted plaintiffs and activist judges to wage war on the oil and gas industry." He said on his body passing the STOP Violence Act, "A need still exists for comprehensive data regarding which security assets are deployed at each of the 95,000-plus public schools in America, and further, tactical training standards for school security must be established."

— Congressman Mike Johnson appeared on Fox Business to talk the Trump border wall and failed legislation that would allow experimental drugs for terminally ill patients: "That was a real heartbreak for a lot of people who are really suffering." He also defended pro-life community pregnancy centers on the House floor.

— Congressman Ralph Abraham met with U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, and commemorated Panola Pepper founder Grady "Bubber" Brown on the floor. The congressman, Cassidy and Kennedy are some of the lawmakers asking United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to omit pro-choice, pro-abortion language in international policies: "The U.S. must expend more energy on robust, pro-life participation in U.N. social policy debates."

— Congressman Garret Graves spent the week visiting the Abundant Life Church's reopening, touring the Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company and helping donate a Baton Rouge sleuth of Smokey Bear dolls to the National Museum of Forest Service History. He met with New Roads Mayor Anthony Daisy to talk flood control, economic development and the Farm Bill and gave a Facebook shoutout to Livingston Parish contestant Laine Hardy on this season of American Idol — by the way, if you haven’t watched that audition tape, it looks like judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry have some questions about Looziana lifestyle.

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— Tuesday 03/20: Rep. Sherman Mack, John Williams, Tony Perkins, late Gov. Oramel H. Simpson (1870) and Blake Corley

— Wednesday 03/21: Leslie Leavoy

— Thursday 03/22: Former Rep. Chris Broadwater, Lauren Estopinal Chauvin, Jennifer Marusak and Jess Schmeeckle

— Friday 03/23: Maya Lau

— Saturday 03/24: Brent Roy

— Sunday 03/25: Matt Moreau, Dennie Williams and Jonathan Diez

— Monday 03/26: Mike Hasten, Nancy Peele, Angele Davis, Elizabeth Dent Sumrall and Suzy Sonnier


Millard Mule and his wife Sarah welcomed Maximilian Pio Mule to the world on Friday.


Elizabeth Crisp and her husband Ross Dellenger toasted to their wedding anniversary last week! (March 13)

Katherine Mosely Smith and her husband Sen. Gary Smith celebrated nine years of marriage last week. (March 15)

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