News for Tuesday 111715
By Dave Graichen
Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey, during a press conference yesterday announced that the Confederate Flag will not be a part of that city’s Christmas parade as it has been for the past 20 plus years. Posey said Monday that he knew controversy would surround his decision, but “the decision was made because it was the right thing to do.” Posey said he attempted to work out a compromise by agreeing to allow other Confederate flags, but not the “flag of controversy” , in the parade, but to no avail. Posey did want to make it clear that the city of Natchitoches has not banned the Confederate flag from public display. Just from being a part of the parade.
A flash flood watch is in effect for a good portion of Louisiana today and forecasters say there’s a good chance we could see severe storms as result of massive weather system that will move through the bayou state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says be ready for anything. Keim says we’ve seen strong storm systems move through the state over the last couple of weeks, but this one has the greatest potential to produce damaging storms
It what was most likely their last debate before the runoff election Saturday, Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter faced off Monday night in what turned out to be a very disorganized shout fest. Over the hour, the candidates talked over each other and the moderators in often angry tones. The live audience yelled over some of the questions, becoming rowdy to the point that it became hard to hear their answers. Most political pundits across the state agree little if anything new came out of the event.
The latest JMC Analytics survey on the Louisiana gubernatorial race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with 51% of the vote, Republican David Vitter with 35% and 13% still say they are undecided. The poll, which was conducted November 14th-16th, also shows Republican Billy Nungesser leading Democrat Kip Holden by 11 points in the Lt. Governor’s race, with 21% undecided.
The Department of Revenue’s 2015 Louisiana Tax Amnesty period officially began yesterday. Over the next 30 days people have the opportunity to bring overdue taxes up to date with lessened interest charges. Deputy Secretary Jarrod Coniglio (ca-nig-lee-oh) hopes people will take advantage of this amnesty period because state law dictates another one cannot be offered for at least 10 years.
A strange Monday in the Saints’ world began with coach Sean Payton shooting down a report from Fox Sports that the team was firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. It ended with Payton announcing that Ryan had been fired after all. It wasn’t unexpected, but Payton apparently wasn’t willing to announce it when he first met with local media not long after Fox first ran its report. On Monday evening on his WWL Radio show, Payton confirmed that Ryan was out and that Dennis Allen will take over as defensive coordinator.
Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday telling state agencies to not accept the resettlement of any more refugees of the Syrian civil war into Louisiana. The order comes after the US State Department said 14 Syrian refugees had been resettled in Louisiana so far this year. It called on State Police to “monitor and avert threats within the State of Louisiana.”
A month after Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles sent out 1.2 million pre-collection notices to drivers with lapsed auto insurance causing an outcry over what some residents called a money grab by the state the agency sent 700,000 new letters Friday warning delinquent drivers they are one step closer to being forced to pay up. Recipients of the 700,000 letters, some of which are repeats of the 1.2 million originally sent, will have 30 days to pay the penalties for expired insurance, he said. Fines range from $125 to $525, according to the initial notices.
The 17th ranked LSU football team will look to snap a two-game losing streak this Saturday in Oxford where they’ll take on the 25th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. The Tigers no longer have a chance at winning a national championship or an SEC title, but Coach Les Miles believes there’s a desire within the program to finish the regular season with two more wins. Miles is in his eleventh season as head coach and frustration within the fan base maybe at an all-time high since the mad hatter arrived in Baton Rouge.