Campbell advises Blanco about eye

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco opted for radiation rather than removal of her eye to deal with a rare form of cancer.

She said physicians are monitoring her progress.

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish, said Blanco should not worry too much if she eventually loses her eye.

Campbell lost an eye following a car accident years ago. “You miss it, but you can function,” he said recently.

Edwards receiving pension checks

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards is getting a $5,088 a month pension check from the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System.

A LASERS member, the four-term governor’s $60,000 annual benefit kept coming while he was serving a 10-year federal prison term that ended in July.

Edwards, who turns 84 on Aug. 7, recently was released from prison after being convicted of racketeering charges related to riverboat gambling licenses.

Herman Cain loses favor with Colbert

Herman Cain is out. Former Gov. Buddy Roemer is in. At least in talk show host Stephen Colbert’s heart.

Cain, the former pizza company chief executive officer vying for the GOP presidential nomination, twice canceled appearances on Colbert’s show.

“Herman Cain, I am not some pizza crust you can just leave on your plate and move on to a hotter slice. ? I’m seeing someone else,” Colbert announced last week.

Turning to a screen shot of Roemer, Colbert looked offstage for verification that the man pictured was the former governor and current Republican presidential nominee hopeful.

“I really like Buddy Roemer. Is that him? Good, good, because I like him,” Colbert said.

Nungesser backs Democrat for post

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said last week that he wants to see more cooperation across party lines.

“We should not put Republicans in races against a Democrat just because we think we can win,” said Nungesser, a Republican running for lieutenant governor.

As an example, Nungesser said he’s already endorsed the re-election bid of state Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans. “He’s a good conservative Democrat,” Nungesser said.

Deputy treasurer takes on more duties

State Deputy Treasurer Jason Redmond is taking on additional job duties.

Redmond, who works for State Treasurer John Kennedy, now is also the office’s communications director.

He is taking over for Sarah Mulhearn, who left to spend more time with her family.

“I know I speak for the treasurer when I say she’s been an invaluable part of our team for the last 10 years and we’re all going to miss her,” Redmond said.

Redmond’s annual salary of $112,500 is remaining the same.

Blanco ribs Jindal’s aides about youth

At the recent Louisiana Democratic Party’s Thomas Jefferson-Andrew Jackson Dinner, former Gov. Kathleen Blanco ribbed her successor for the youthfulness of his administration.

Many of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s aides are in their 20s and 30s. The governor himself just turned 40 a couple of months ago.

Blanco, 68, joked that Jindal aide Timmy Teepell tried to recruit her to join the GOP, but she questioned whether she was young enough.

She said it was explained to her that Republicans are like dogs: One year in their lives is really more like seven years.

Blanco said the equation made sense to her.

“Every year in Republican rule does seem like seven,” she said.

?Family Guy’ creator notices Zack Kopplin

Former gubernatorial aide Andy Kopplin’s son, Zack, is catching the attention of a Hollywood heavyweight.

“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane recently tweeted about the teenager’s efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

The act allows teachers to use supplemental materials to teach evolution and other topics. Critics contend the act brings religion into the classroom.

On his Twitter feed, MacFarlane characterized Zack Kopplin as a “brave kid.”

He urged his nearly 1 million followers to latch onto Kopplin’s Twitter feed, @RepealtheLSEA.

Seafood specialist to speak about safety

LSU Agricultural Center seafood specialist Lucina Lampila is the scheduled speaker for Monday’s meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Lampila will discuss the safety of seafood coming from the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the BP oil leak.

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 nonmembers.

The event is free and open to the public. But only members of the Press Club and working members of the press are allowed to ask questions.

Forum sponsors panel on issues

Louisiana Family Forum is co-sponsoring a “biblical worldview conference” on Tuesday.

A panel will discuss how to evaluate and react to political and social issues.

Gene Mills, president of the Baton Rouge-based group, said in a prepared statement, “In light of the current debate on moral issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, many Christians find themselves inadequately prepared to engage this culture.”

Focus on the Family and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview are the other sponsors.

The conference is being held in conjunction with the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans.

The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required.

The conference lasts from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Drive, Metairie. More information can be found at

Livingston GOP women host event

The Livingston Parish Republican Women is holding a “Meet & Greet” event Wednesday for Republican candidates for statewide offices in the Oct. 22 primary election.

Among those scheduled to attend are Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon and Speaker of the Louisiana House Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown.

The event is at the Hampton Inn, 201 Rushing Road, Denham Springs. Lunch is catered by Don’s Seafood Hut, starting at 11:15 a.m.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.

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Back to school rally set for Saturday

The East Baton Parish Sheriff’s Office is holding a Back to School Rally and Community Resource Fair between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

State Sen. Sharon Broome and state Rep. Regina Barrow, both Baton Rouge Democrats, will join Metro Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux for the free event designed to help students and parents be prepared for the upcoming school year.

Activities will include motivational speakers, live entertainment, school supply giveaways, door prizes and various community resource booths.

The fair will be held at BREC’s Hooper Road Park, 6261 Guynell St., north Baton Rouge.

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