A majority of the Louisiana House and Senate has been re-elected without opposition.
State Rep. Johnny Guinn’s opponent dropped from the race, according to the election’s website. That made Guinn the 53rd out of 105 House members returning for another term unopposed.
Guinn is a Republican from Jennings, representing House District 37. Daniel Ray Rutledge Jr., an “other party” candidate from Jennings, withdrew.
More than a majority of the Louisiana Senate returned.
Twenty-one of 39 senators either had no opposition when candidate sign-up ended or their opponents have dropped.
Grigsby supportive of Superintendent White
Baton Rouge businessman and education activist Lane Grigsby is critical of how Common Core was rolled out but complimentary of state Superintendent of Education John White, who oversaw the rollout.
“John White is a remarkable talent, unwavering in his desire to make the world a better place,” Grigsby said. “And if we lose John White, we ought to be sure that we have something of his stature or better than his stature.”
Grigsby said that, while he backs a more rigorous curriculum, it “should have been implemented in a more user-friendly way. … We did not take into account the complexity.”
In 2011, Grigsby, the founder of Cajun Industries Inc., supported some of the candidates for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who paved the way for White’s selection as state superintendent.
Grigsby is heavily involved this time too, with both him and his wife donating to some of the candidates.
He also is chairing the political action committee Empower Louisiana that has more than $1 million in the bank for the races.
White, who is finishing his fourth year on the job, has said he hopes to keep his post when a new BESE takes office in January.
The primary is Oct. 24. The runoff is Nov. 21.
State Sen. Peterson meets with Obama
New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was among the group of state lawmakers from across the country who met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week. Also the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, Peterson was one of about 53 legislators who took part in the meeting at which Obama urged states to take action when Congress won’t.
“At least for the next year, year and a half, there’s not going to be the kind of action on a wide range of issues that we’d like to see coming out of Capitol Hill. That puts more of a burden — but also a great opportunity — on state legislatures all across the country,” Obama said, according to remarks provided by the White House after the meeting. “Because you can act when Washington won’t.”
Energy board panel taps Rep. Joe Harrison
State Rep. Joe Harrison has been elected to the four-member Executive Committee of the Southern States Energy Board.
The Republican from Gray was elected to the board last year and was nominated for its Executive Committee at the group’s annual meeting recently at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The board is composed of governors and state legislators from 16 southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as a presidential appointee.
The board’s mission is to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in the South through innovations in energy and environmental policies.
EBR schools chief to address Press Club
Warren Drake, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Public School System, will speak Monday at the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
He will talk about the plan for the future of the school system.
Press Club meets on Mondays in the Iberville Room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, 102 France Street.
Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $13 for members and $17 for nonmembers.
The public is invited, but only members of the news media and Press Club are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.
BR resident sets up lieutenant gov. forum
Baton Rouge resident James Schexnaider set out to host a lieutenant governor’s forum.
With no money and no political party backing, Schexnaider became a man on a mission.
He personally went to the major candidates’ offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Belle Chasse and Metairie — fitting in visits around sales calls he was making as an area representative for MTD Products.
Last week, all four candidates in the Oct. 24 primary election showed up at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Jones Creek Road to politick.
Former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser, Jefferson Parish President John Young, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory participated.
Forum set for Tuesday for BESE districts 6, 8
A forum for candidates in two races for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The gathering is for the District 6 post held by Chas Roemer and the District 8 seat held by Carolyn Hill.
Roemer is not seeking a third term. Hill is running for her second term.
All the contenders except Etta Licciardi in District 6 are set to attend.
The forum is sponsored by Leaders With Vision.
It will be held at Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana Building.
The primary is Oct. 24.
Washington Post editor to be guest on ‘Engster’
Washington Post Associate Editor David Maraniss will be featured Wednesday on “The Jim Engster Show.”
Maraniss has written biographies of President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will discuss contemporary politics and his latest work, “Once in a Great City,” which portrays his hometown of Detroit in 1963.
“The Jim Engster Show” airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on WBRP, Talk 107.3 in Baton Rouge and on WSLA, AM 1560 in New Orleans.
GOP women’s group to host Laura Ingraham
Political talk show host and best-selling author Laura Ingraham will be the guest speaker for the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women’s fundraising event Friday.
The dinner event begins at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Executive Center, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge.
Ingraham is a Fox News contributor. She also is founder and editor-in-chief of LifeZette.com.
Tickets are $100 per person in advance and $125 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-laura-ingraham-tickets-17834100274.
Livingston candidates to address GOP group
Republican candidates in Livingston Parish have been invited to speak Wednesday to the Livingston Parish Republican Women group.
The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs.
The public is welcome to attend.
There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Darla Steagall at (225) 337-0490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retirement community to hold election forums
St. James Place Retirement Community will host a forum for candidates for the Louisiana Senate District 16 and House District 70 at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
Candidates in those districts will represent households in the 70808 ZIP code.
All candidates have confirmed attendance.
The forum is open to the public and will be held in Duplantier Building at St. James Place, 333 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge.
Guests should enter by the South Gate and allow time to register at the Gatehouse.
RSVPs to email@example.com are requested but not required.
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