Edwards to be king of Spanish Town

The upcoming Mardi Gras season is shaping up to be a busy one for former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Edwards’ wife, Trina, announced on Facebook that her husband will preside over a local parade.

“Guess who’s the King of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras!!!! YAY!!!!,” Trina Scott Edwards posted Wednesday.

Dusty Kling, treasurer of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana, confirmed that an invitation has been extended to Edwards. The society organizes the parade, ball and golf tournament.

“I guess he decided to be king,” said Kling, who said he still is awaiting word from the former governor.

Edwards also will be ball captain for the Krewe of Tucumcari’s Feb. 11 ball.

Jindal toys with campaign manager

Talking to volunteers Friday ahead of the primary, Gov. Bobby Jindal teasingly withheld his evaluation of his campaign manager’s job performance.

Jindal started to commend Matt Parker for doing a great job, and then changed his mind.

“We’ll find out (Saturday) whether he did a great job,” Jindal said.

Kennedy makes drug-test jokes

The suspension of three LSU football players amid rumors of alleged drug violations prompted veiled references at a meeting of the State Bond Commission.

State Treasurer John Kennedy threatened to drug-test anyone who commented after a lengthy discussion about economic development projects.

Then Kennedy reconsidered.

“Strike that,” he said. “We’ve had enough drug tests for one week.”

Kennedy later asked the bond commission’s director, Whit Kling, if he wanted to make a comment.

“No sir, I’ve been tested,” Kling told him.

Jindal spends big on anti-Cain ad

Despite limits on campaign finance expenditures for other candidates, Gov. Bobby Jindal was able to spend nearly $100,000 to air a commercial blasting a state Senate candidate.

The governor backed the re-election bid of state Sen. John Smith, R-Leesville. His commercial took aim at Smith’s opponent, former state Sen. James David Cain.

Jindal’s campaign adviser, Timmy Teepell, said the commercial is classified as an independent expenditure, freeing it from campaign finance limits.

He said the Jindal campaign did not consult with Smith on the expenditure. If the campaign had consulted with Smith, it would have been considered an illegal campaign contribution.

Dugas tapped for sentencing panel

Former U.S. Attorney David Dugas, of Baton Rouge, is the newest member of the Louisiana Sentencing Commission.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday the appointment of Dugas to the commission that is reviewing the state’s sentencing laws.

Dugas was U.S. attorney for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District for nine years. He now is an attorney with McGlinchey, Stafford.

McCartney takes lottery board post

Jena businessman Darrel McCartney is the newest member of the Louisiana State Lottery Corp. board of directors.

Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed McCartney to the $15,000-a-year post from nominations submitted by the Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

McCartney is vice president of W.B. McCartney Oil & Tire.

Brown, Hudson to talk to Press Club

Adell Brown, president of 100 Black Men, and Donovan Hudson, vice president of 100 Black Men, will address the Press Club of Baton Rouge at noon Monday.

Brown and Hudson will discuss some of the organization’s work in the community, including mentoring and classes in ACT preparation, financial literacy, health and wellness.

The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions.

LSU panel to look at ‘Daisy Girl’ ad

A panel at LSU will discuss Monday “Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: A Retrospective … ” of the 1964 “Daisy Girl” TV spot that changed American politics, at 5 p.m. in the Holliday Forum.

C-SPAN will be here to tape the panel.

The panel will be moderated by Dean Jerry Ceppos and will feature:

•  Bob Mann, author of the book, “Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics.”

•  Monique Luiz, the “Daisy Girl.”

e_SBlt  Sidney Myers, creative director for the spot.

BR Police chief to speak at meeting

Republican Women of Baton Rouge are holding their October meeting on Wednesday at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant

Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White is the scheduled speaker.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and lunch costs $17.

Contact dinal@performance-br.com.

Pachyderms to hear from Kennedy

State Treasurer John Kennedy will be the guest speaker for Thursday’s meeting of the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting is at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 3084 College Drive, Baton Rouge.

Kennedy was recently re-elected without opposition to his fourth term.

Cost for the buffet is $13. Pachyderm meetings are open to the public. To ensure a seat, RSVP to (225) 644-5728 or hlacour@eatel.net.

Greene to get LIDEA award

Republican State Rep. Hunter Greene, of Baton Rouge, will receive Thursday the 2011 “Legislative Champion” award by the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

LIDEA is group made up of professionals and volunteers that promotes economic development in Louisiana.

Republican state Sens. Conrad Appel, of Metairie, and Mike Michot, of Lafayette, also are being honored at the event in the Astor Crowne Plaza.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email is mballard@theadvocate.com.