News for Thursday 111016
By Dave Graichen
US Senator Bill Cassidy is excited about the upcoming Trump Administration, saying now the chains of Congress will be removed and they can start working toward real change. He says a major priority will be repairing the nation’s healthcare system. Cassidy believes Trump will be good for Louisiana’s struggling oil and gas industry as he anticipates the President-elect will look to develop domestic energy resources.
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statement congratulating Trump on the historic victory. Edwards says Louisiana will be a strong partner with President-elect Trump and his new administration.
Former Governor Bobby Jindal has kept a low-profile since leaving the governor’s mansion last January. But the Wall Street Journal reports Trump may consider Jindal to be his Health and Human Services Secretary.
Business leaders in Louisiana are confident a Trump Administration will be good for the state’s economy. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack says government regulations, like the new overtime pay order and Obamacare, are hurting small businesses. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott has concerns about the president-elect’s campaign promises about renegotiating trade agreements. He says after NAFTA was established in 1994, the Bayou State did see a significant loss, but it was followed by a tremendous economic boost.
Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race came as a surprise to many, as Hillary Clinton had a strong lead in the polls heading into Election Day. Political analyst Ron Faucheux of New Orleans says many of the statewide polls were off by at least three points, likely because people were inundated with survey calls. He says this should show polling companies that they should rethink the methodology.
The constitutional amendment that would have allowed colleges to set their own tuition did not pass Tuesdsay. Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo says this was not about raising tuition and believes the final wording approved by the legislature likely concerned voters. He says funding issues will continue to plague higher ed.
There were 24 candidates running for US Senate and now there’s just two. Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell have advanced to the runoff. Analysts predict Kennedy is the favorite to win, but Campbell hopes his position as a non-political insider will resonate with voters. Kennedy says he’s running to protect the taxpayer and get his country back. Kennedy was the top vote getter in last night’s election with 25-percent of the vote, while Campbell had 17-percent, edging out Republican Charles Boustany.
Mike Francis of Crowley has been elected as the Public Service Commissioner for District 4. Clyde Holloway represented the district until his death in October. Francis says he will bring proven business principles to the Public Service Commission. Francis previously served as the state’s Republican Party chairman for six years.
Days are becoming shorter as winter is coming, and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon warns drivers to steer clear of deer this fall. He says there are 1.5 million deer-related accidents in the US every year. He says the risk of hitting a deer is even greater after daylight savings ends.
LSU will soon have a new facility for students who are currently in the military or served in the armed forces. Coordinator for LSU Veteran and Military Services, Adam Jennings, says the 46-hundred square-foot Military and Veterans Student Center will have study space for groups and individual study, as well as tutors. LSU has contracted with architects to design the building, and construction is set to begin once contractors have been hired. LSU is currently home to nearly 500 veteran students and more than 16-hundred undergraduate dependents.