News for Monday 120814
By Dave Graichen
Phillip Terrell was the big winner Saturday in the Rapides Parish DA’s Race. Terrell received 52.9 percent in Saturday’s runoff to defeat state Rep. Chris Hazel who had slightly better than 47 percent. Terrell will succeed retiring DA James “Jam” Downs, who has held the office for 14 years.
Jim Villard was re-elected Saturday to a second term as an at-large member of the Alexandria City Council. Villard received 54 percent to defeat challenger Malcolm Larvadain who had just shy of 46 percent.
Terence Grines fought a tough battle to hold on to his position of Alexandria City Marshall. Grines defeated political veteran Charlie Dewitt by getting close to 52 percent of the vote. In the Pineville City Marshall’s race Sarah Smith was the big winner over Jay Slater garnering close to 62% of the vote.
In Boyce, Alma Moore is the new mayor. She won the seat with Just short of 64% of the vote over Jack Dewitt.
It was a historic night Saturday in Shreveport as Ollie Tyler became the first black woman elected mayor. In the history books, she also will be listed as the second woman to lead the city. Republican Hazel Beard left office in 1994 .
Two new congressmen have been elected in the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts. In the 6th District, Republican Garret Graves defeated Democratic former four-term governor Edwin Edwards. Graves says this election result is an emphatic statement from the voters of Louisiana. Graves will fill the seat left vacant by now Senator-elect Bill Cassidy. Republican political newcomer Dr. Ralph Abraham easily won in the 5th Congressional District race over Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. Mayo received 35% of the vote at Abraham got 64-percent. The physician from Richland Parish says when he gets to Washington D.C. he’s going to work on bringing more jobs and infrastructure to his district.
For the first time in 82-years, an incumbent US Senator has lost a re-election in Louisiana. Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy easily defeated three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu. Cassidy says the voters spoke loudly that they want less interference from the government. Cassidy received 57-percent of the vote to Landrieu’s 43-percent.
Many political analysts say Landrieu’s vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is unpopular in Louisiana, played a significant role in her defeat. But Landrieu says she doesn’t regret that vote. Landrieu says it’s been a great honor to serve the state of Louisiana.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards says even though he lost the election to Republican Garret Graves, his campaign in the 6th Congressional District race was not run in vain. This is the first time the 87-year-old has ever lost in a runoff. Edwards says this doesn’t mean he’s going to retire. Edwards was defeated by Graves 62-37. Edwards says he’s happy and he feels like he’s fulfilled his role in life. Edwards says while he was hoping for a better result, this is not unexpected.
So now that all of the major Democratic candidates lost their elections this year, where does that leave the party going forward? LSU Media Professor Bob Mann, who is a former Democratic staffer, says the party needs to have some serious and honest reflection. Mann says there are many in the Democratic party who may feel that the answer is to moderate its message and start leaning more conservative.
Governor Bobby Jindal announcing some more economic news Friday, as Oxlean Manufacturing announces plan to expand it’s steel fabrication site in Walker. The company will invest over 2 million dollars, and create an additional 73 new jobs and another 122 indirect jobs.
Pathetic, terrible, horrendous, all of those adjectives describes the Saints 41-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers yesterday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. It’s the fourth straight loss at home and the largest margin of defeat for the franchise since 2007. Carolina jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and the Saints didn’t do much to get back in the game. Payton calls it an embarrassing performance.
The LSU football team will play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday, December 30th. It’s the 15th straight season the Tigers will play in a bowl game and it’s their first meeting against the Fighting Irish since beating them 41-13 in the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Kick-off for the game is set for two PM in Nashville.