News for Wednesday 092816
By Dave Graichen
The continuing resolution that contains money for flood relief efforts in Louisiana is tied up in politics, and the clock is ticking before Congress’ fall recess. US Senator Bill Cassidy says they’re going back and forth because Senate Democrats want funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in the spending bill as well. The $500 million flood aid package contains dollars earmarked for 16 states. Cassidy says a separate bill for Flint passed the Senate, but not the House. He says they’re still trying to figure out what it will take to get the continuing resolution approved in both houses..
Denham Springs officials say about 45 percent of flooded structures in their city evaluated by FEMA are been deemed substantially damaged. FEMA inspectors evaluated 2,729 residential and commercial structures in the city and found 1,222 had sustained damage estimated to cost 50 percent or more of the structure’s value to repair.
The state Republican Party claims Governor John Bel Edwards is using the flood to raise money for his re-election campaign. Executive Director of the Louisiana GOP, Jason Dore, says the governor attended a fundraising event one night during one of his trips to Washington, D.C., to get more federal aid for flood victims. But the governor’s Communications Director, Richard Carbo, says the event was held at night, after a long day of fighting for federal assistance. He says no state dollars went towards the reception event for the fundraiser.
Sweater weather is coming to Louisiana as the first cold front of the fall has made its way to Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this front has really lowered the humidity, and by the end of the week, low temperatures will be in the 50s for most of the state. Keim says this beautiful weather, with no rain in sight, will remain in place through the weekend and into early next week.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association says it will be up to schools and school districts on how they plan to handle national anthem protests. The LHSAA says there were multiple incidents by schools and fans this past Friday. They said after consulting with their lawyers it was determined that any and all decisions related to individuals or team expressions during the National Anthem is up to the individual schools.
The Bayou Country Superfest has found a new home. The three-day country music festival will take place during the 2017 Memorial Day Holiday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Superfest Producer Quint Davis says this is great for country music fans as there are over 35-thousand hotel rooms within walking distance of the Dome. The 2017 lineup will be announced on December 1st.
Political experts say Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is one of the most bizarre ever at that level of politics. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s due, in part, to the sharp personal jabs they took at each other. He says there was also an unusual lack of actual substance in the debate. Hogan says he doesn’t feel there was a clean winner in the debate, but it seems as though Clinton presented a better case to support her position.
As the November 8 election draws closer, more and more candidates for US Senate are taking their campaigns to the airwaves. State Treasurer John Kennedy aired his first commercial during Monday night’s Saints game. Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com says we’ll likely see more ads from candidates attacking their opponents in the near future. He says Kennedy will likely be a target, given the lead he had in the beginning of the race.
Three unidentified strippers are suing the state over the ban on exotic dancers less than 21 law. The state plans to enforce the mandate on October 1st. The suit also claims the law is sexist, because it does not apply to male strippers.
Former LSU quarterback Steve Ensminger will call the plays from the press box on Saturday when the Tigers host Missouri on Saturday night. Ensminger takes over as offensive coordinator for the fired Cam Cameron.