What is it like running for a secondary statewide office in Louisiana?
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said during a Thursday candidate forum that he has driven about 31,000 miles around the state since January.
“It is one of the most frequently asked questions I get: ‘What does the secretary of state do?’ ” Schedler said.
The office is best known for overseeing elections in Louisiana. But the secretary of state also is in charge of the State Archives, some museums and corporate filings.
Commission votes for birthday wishes
The State Bond Commission voted on an unusual motion Thursday.
State Treasurer John Kennedy accepted a motion to wish state Sen. John Alario, who serves on the commission, a happy birthday.
Alario, R-Westwego, celebrated his 68th birthday Thursday.
Kennedy said he would accept further motions to make age jokes at Alario’s expense.
TV star limited on campaigning
Alligator hunter Troy Landry can holler “choot ’em” on his reality television show, but he cannot shoot a campaign commercial for a relative.
State Rep. Karen St. Germain, Landry’s second cousin, said The History Channel limits Landry’s ability to campaign for her.
St. Germain, D-Pierre Part, is seeking re-election Oct. 22.
She said Landry’s “Swamp People” obligations do not prevent her from using a picture she took with Landry when he visited the Legislature earlier this year.
Jindal: Voters need to fire president
Gov. Bobby Jindal told talk show host Sean Hannity Thursday that President Barack Obama should be fired.
“The president is in way over his head. This is what you get when you elect a president who has never run anything before until he got to be president. We can’t afford on-the-job training,” Jindal said.
The governor, who is backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination, said he has no interest in becoming Perry’s running mate.
“I want Rick Perry to be president so he’ll create millions of jobs for Americans, not a job for me,” Jindal said.
Two challengers leave House race
Another state lawmaker has been re-elected without opposition.
Two candidates running against New Orleans-area state Rep. Girod Jackson have withdrawn from the race, according to papers filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.
That means Jackson, D-Harvey, first elected in 2007, will retain the seat for another four-year term.
Forty-two of 105 House members have won election without a challenge. Twenty of 39 senators who take office in January also didn’t receive opposition.
Kostelka lawsuit headed to trial
A trial is set for Monday in a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Bob Kostelka, who alleges that an opponent doesn’t meet residency qualifications.
Businessman Harris Brown is challenging Kostelka in the Oct. 22 state Senate election. Both are Republicans.
Brown says Kostelka’s lawsuit is frivolous.
The News-Star, of Monroe, reported that Brown’s voter registration shows an address in Kostelka’s Monroe-based Senate District 35, but that — until last week — his homestead exemption was claimed on a residence outside of the district.
Publication details ballot proposals
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released its “Guide to the 2011 Constitutional Amendments.”
The publication explains the impact of proposed constitutional changes that will be on the Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 ballots for voter approval.
Oct. 22 ballot issues deal with such things as dedication of funds for TOPS, “rainy day” fund program restrictions and reducing pension system debts.
The single issue on the November ballot deals with a restriction on taxing authority.
The PAR Guide is available for free download at www.la-par.org. PAR is a private, non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization.
Edwards to discuss primary, activities
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will speak to the Baton Rouge Press Club at noon Monday.
Edwards will discuss the Oct. 22 primary, reflect on his five campaigns for governor and discuss his activities since being released from federal prison this year.
The Press Club meets on Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, which is located at 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions.
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