After reports surfaced of past sexual harassment allegations against him, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain blamed political consultant Curt Anderson for leaking the information.

Anderson, who works for one of Cain’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, denied he was the source. Anderson once worked for Cain and has ties to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

As a partner in OnMessage, Anderson served as a political consultant to Jindal’s campaign. Jindal’s former chief of staff, Timmy Teepell, recently joined OnMessage.

Anderson also helped write Jindal’s 2010 book, “Leadership and Crisis.”

“I know Curt to be a man of his word,” the governor said Thursday of Cain’s accusation. “If he says he wasn’t involved, I trust him.”

Jindal’s press secretary, Kyle Plotkin, phoned Friday to say that Cain adviser Mark Block had acknowledged on Fox News that he accepted Anderson’s denial of not being involved.

“Until we get all the facts, I’m just going to say that we accept what Mr. Anderson had said and we want to move on with the campaign,” according to a transcript volunteered by Plotkin.

Dardenne, Schedler discover family link

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Secretary of State Tom Schedler have been friends for some time now.

They served in the state Senate together in the 1990s and Dardenne appointed Schedler as his first assistant when he became secretary of state.

Now, the friends have discovered they are related by marriage.

A John Dardenne married a relative of Schedler’s mother back in the 1800s in Iberville Parish and the lineage matches up, Schedler said last week.

John is Jay Dardenne’s given name.

The discovery came as a result of a genealogical search done using records at the State Archives.

“I don’t know which of us were more startled,” said Schedler.

Schedler has started using the story about his personal experience with the old records to encourage the public to use the Secretary of State’s Office service to investigate their genealogy.

Early voting begins for Nov. 19 election

Early voting is under way for Nov. 19 runoff elections for legislative and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seats.

Early voting continues Monday through Saturday at registrar of voters’ offices as well as some satellite locations such as the State Archives building off Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

Left to be decided are who will be elected to four state Senate seats and 21 state House seats, three of which are in the Baton Rouge area.

Three of the eight elected positions on BESE will also be decided, two of them in the Baton Rouge area.

Also on the ballot is a proposed constitutional amendment.

Political book looks at Black Caucus

A book scheduled for December release by the LSU Press delves into the politics of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Authors Jas M. Sullivan and Jonathan Winburn “analyze the evolution of the LLBC and examine its current state, raising critical questions as to the effectiveness and limitations of this body of minority legislators,” according to LSU Press.

Sullivan is an LSU assistant professor of political science and African and African American studies. Winburn is an assistant professor of political science at Ole Miss.

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge, wrote the foreword to the book: “The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Race and Representation in the Pelican State.”

PSC seeks answers on loss of grant

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has asked Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater to testify at its monthly meeting Wednesday and explain the loss of an $80 million federal grant that was designed to increase broadband Internet access in rural Louisiana.

The five elected members of the regulatory board issued the request for representatives from the governor’s Division of Administration and Board of Regents. PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell is asking for a public discussion on the issue.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it was pulling the grant last week, questioning whether Louisiana could accomplish its plan in the time allowed for spending the dollars.

The state received the grant last year to provide 900 miles of fiber-optic cable to bring broadband service to 100,000 households and 15,000 businesses in nearly two dozen rural parishes, primarily in central and northeastern Louisiana. Universities, schools and medical centers also would have benefited.

RSD chief to speak at Press Club of BR

John White, superintendent of the Recovery School District, will be the speaker for Monday’s noon meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

White will discuss progress the district has made in New Orleans and how such strides can happen elsewhere.

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

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

Cassidy to hold business seminar

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is holding a small-business export conference Wednesday at the Marriott near Interstate 10 and College Drive.

The conference, scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., will help small-business owners and entrepreneurs learn about export opportunities.

An announcement from Cassidy’s office said representatives from the Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and local businesses will be there.

Compiled by the Capitol news bureau. Contact email address is mballard@ theadvocate.com.