News for Tuesday 100714
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal is traveling the country again and yesterday he gave a speech calling for increased funding for the US military. Jindal spoke at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He says we need to go back to the 2011 budget proposed by former defense Secretary Robert Gates. Jindal stated that the nation’s military has suffered devastating budget cuts under President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The governor says now the need is for more funding, not less
The Louisiana Democratic party is bashing Governor Bobby Jindal over his speech yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. calling for a strengthening of the US military. Chairwoman Senator Karen Carter Peterson says Jindal needs to stop putting so much effort into matters outside of Louisiana. Peterson says even though his own constituents think he shouldn’t run for president, Jindal keeps courting D.C. insiders. She says instead of talking about increasing federal military funding, she’d rather hear Jindal explain why he cut hundreds of millions dollars from higher education in our state.
We’re now 4 weeks away from the November elections and political voters can expect to see and hear a lot more from the candidates. LSU political research director Michael Henderson says the “air war” will continue over radio and television. He says candidates will be putting a lot more resources toward the “ground game” here over the next couple of weeks to mobilize core voters to get out the vote. He says in the 5th & 6th Congressional District races, it’ll be all about making it to the runoff.
A statewide survey conducted by CBS and the New York Times shows Republican US Representative Bill Cassidy leading Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu 47-to-41 percent in a head-to-head match-up. The survey also shows 12 percent of Louisiana voters are undecided.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office says a woman is under arrest on animal cruelty charges for allegedly trying to throw puppies away. A deputy rescued the puppies and returned them to their rightful owner. Deputies have no idea why this woman was trying to dump puppies but she was arrested and charged with three counts of cruelty to animals.
Covington Police have arrested two 14-year-old’s for allegedly calling 9-1-1 to falsely report someone was shooting up the school and requesting fried chicken and kool-aid be brought to William Pitcher Junior High. The alleged incident took place on the school bus and investigators traced the call to the teens. The charges include terrorizing, misuse of 911 and telephone harassment.
A TV station in Baton Rouge is reporting a horse fell on top of West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel at the Angola Prison rodeo on Sunday. They say as a result the sheriff suffered four broken ribs, a punctured lunch and a broken collarbone. A family member told the station Daniel is expected to make a full recovery, but it will take a long time.
The Shreveport Police Department says they are investigating a two-vehicle crash which claimed the life of a 35-year-old man on I-49. They say Elton Anderson was traveling south when his car hit a pickup and lost control. The victim was not restrained and was ejected and thrown over the interstate barrier falling about 30 feet. Anderson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Even though the Tigers are off to an 0-and-2 start in SEC play, Coach Les Miles is not ready to say this is a rebuilding season. Miles says there’s still plenty of victories to be had this season, if his team can execute better. LSU is at Florida this Saturday. Miles plans to name a starting quarterback later in the week as he’ll allow Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris compete for the job this week.
The Saints are headed into the bye week with a much needed win under their belts as they defeated Tampa Bay 37 to 31 in overtime. But it was a painful victory or New Orleans, who saw tight end Jimmy Graham leave the game with a shoulder injury. Coach Sean Payton did not offer any specifics yesterday, but it’s been reported that Graham is suffering from a shoulder sprain. The Saints next game is October 19th at Detroit and it’s also possible running back Mark Ingram could return to that game after recovering from a broken hand.