Legislative candidate James David Cain raised his party’s ire and lost its backing by criticizing the governor in a campaign ad.
Cain, a Republican, is trying to return to the state Senate by ousting state Sen. John Smith, R-Leesville.
After a television ad in which he criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal for endorsing Smith, Cain no longer has his party’s backing.
“We did rescind the endorsement. We felt it was inappropriate to display our endorsement on a TV ad attacking the Republican governor,” said Jason Doré, executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party.
Cain said he simply pointed out on the air that Smith was a 24-year liberal Democrat before recently joining the Republican Party.
WWL-TV cancels governor debate
With no major candidates running against Gov. Bobby Jindal, WWL-TV apparently is opting against holding a televised debate.
Timmy Teepell, a campaign adviser to Jindal, announced the news via Twitter.
“Bad news for political junkies … WWL called me today and cancelled the Oct. 20 gov debate. Sorry folks. I know you’re disappointed,” Teepell tweeted.
Cassidy: Medical background helps
U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, joked Thursday that his medical training is serving him well in Washington, D.C.
Cassidy is a gastroenterologist, an expert in matters of the digestive system.
“Gastroenterology prepared me very well for Washington, D.C.,” Cassidy said at a political rally. “It’s a seamless transition.”
Candidates mixed on rating Jindal
Candidates running in the District 14 state Senate race were asked at a recent candidate forum to rate Gov. Bobby Jindal’s job performance.
State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge, wants to hold on to her seat. State Rep. Michael Jackson, D-Baton Rouge, and Republican Christopher Toombs are running against her.
“I won’t be voting for Bobby Jindal,” Jackson said of the governor’s re-election bid.
Dorsey said she votes with Jindal only when she feels the governor is correct on an issue.
Toombs adopted a more conciliatory tone. He said officials need to work together toward compromise.
GOP chairman has gift for Democrats
Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, said Thursday that he has a gift for Democrats.
Villere told a crowd waiting to meet New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Baton Rouge that it is an exciting time for Republicans.
Republicans hold the majorities in the Louisiana House and the state Senate. The GOP also dominates statewide elected offices after decades of Democratic rule.
“It’s time to turn the phone booth over to the Democrats,” Villere said, referring to the amount of space the party now needs to hold meetings.
Ruling leaves Burrell unopposed
State Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, is already a winner in his re-election bid.
The Louisiana Supreme Court refused Friday to intervene in the state House District 2 race in Shreveport, meaning Burrell is officially unopposed.
Would-be challenger Raymond Hicks had been disqualified from running after lower courts said he has not lived in the district for a year as required by state law.
Hicks was Burrell’s only challenger in the Oct. 22 primary election.
Candidates hear landfill opposition
Senior citizens pressed legislative candidates Thursday about a north Baton Rouge landfill.
At issue was the Ronaldson Field Landfill off Rafe Mayer Road. The landfill has been in operation since 1998.
State Rep. Dalton Honoré, D-Baton Rouge, said he is aware of the landfill, but has been in the Legislature only a short time.
“I haven’t been there 10 or 12 years,” Honoré said. “I’ve only been there one year, three months.”
Opponent Ronald Rodgers Jr., a Democrat, said a community buyout is in the works.
“We need to rid the Scotlandville community of this unfair, un-American way of life,” Rodgers said.
N.J. governor praises Louisiana
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told supporters at a rally in Baton Rouge on Thursday that he likes Louisiana so much that he celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary here.
“Louisiana is one of my favorite states,” he said.
Christie said he and his wife, Mary Pat, celebrated their anniversary in New Orleans.
CABL offers online election guide
The Council for a Better Louisiana is now featuring an “Elections Central” section on its website.
Voters can now view comprehensive candidate information on all statewide races, as well as a guide to legislative districts.
Also on the site is information about Board of Elementary and Secondary Education elections, including a candidate survey.
In addition, the section includes information on select state issues.
The website is www.CABL.org.
AgCenter official to discuss biofuels
LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor John Russin and Vadim Kochergin, director of the Louisiana Biofuels and Bioprocessing Institute, will address the Press Club of Baton Rouge at noon Monday.
Russin and Kochergin will discuss a $17.3 million grant the AgCenter received to develop the biofuels industry in Louisiana.
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.
District 1, Zachary political forum set
District 1 Metropolitan Councilman Trae Welch and the Zachary Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ forum for citizens of the Zachary area and Metro 1 on Thursday at the Fellowship Church Auditorium, 1555 Mount Pleasant Road, at 6:30 p.m.
Candidates running for the following seats were invited to participate:
• State Senate Seat 15 (Sharon Weston Broome) and State Senate 17 (Rick Ward, Larry Thomas).
• State Representative 62 (Rob Farmer, Bob Arnold, Kenny Havard, Ken Dawson, Ronnie Jet).
• State Representative 63 (Barbara Thomas, Hillery Godfred Johnson, Dalton Honore, Ronald Rogers Jr.).
• State Representative 64 (Valarie Hodges, Barry Elkins).
• Zachary chief of police, (David McDavid, David Courtney, David Brown).
Candidates running for Senate and House of Representative seats will be given five minutes each to address the following four topics: Top three issues in the region; How to best represent Zachary; Economic Development in the Region; and State Budget Issues.
Chief of police candidates will be allotted three minutes each to discuss their platforms.
BR Tea Party to hear candidates
The Baton Rouge Tea Party meets Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Sherwood Club House, 3831 Lake Sherwood Ave. East, in Baton Rouge.
Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian Party, will be the featured guest speaker.
Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish president and lieutenant governor candidate, also will speak. Candidates for the office of coroner, incumbent Shannon Cooper, and candidate Beau Clark will speak.
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