News for Monday 101419
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone will face off in a November 16th run-off. Edwards received 47-percent of the vote in the gubernatorial primary and plans to campaign on the accomplishments during his first term. Rispone received 27-percent of the vote and now has the support of the third-place finisher in the race, Congressman Ralph Abraham. Rispone says with the help of voters he can make Louisiana one of the best states in the country.
Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Governor Edwards 47 percent showing in the primary is a bad sign for his chances of being the first incumbent Louisiana Governor to win a run-off. Pinsonat says Edwards lagged statewide despite having a remarkable day in Orleans Parish. Edwards secured 87 percent of the vote in Orleans Parish.
Pinsonat says now that there’s only one Republican in the race the state and national party can focus all of it’s attention on boosting Eddie Rispone as a specific alternative to Governor Edwards.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will serve another four years after defeating fellow GOP challenger Tim Temple. Donelon received 53% of the vote and says the victory comes after an intense campaign where his opponent self-funded $1.1 million into the race. Donelon, who was first appointed to the position in 2006, is now the longest-serving Insurance Commissioner in the state’s history. Donelon says the work to bring down car insurance rates continues. Donelon believes the key to lowering car insurance rates is through tort reform so that the state doesn’t have such a friendly litigation climate.
Here in Cenla, there will be a runoff between Mark Wood and Kris Cloessner for the position of Rapides Parish Sheriff. But there will be no run off in Grant Parish. Sheriff Steven McCain easily won reelection with 74% of the vote.
In the Rapides Parish Police Jury Races.. Seats in District A and F were unopposed. Joe Bishop easily won reelection to District B as did Craig Smith in District C. Sean McGlothlin in District G and Scott Perry in District I. It it was a big win for David Johnson in District H who took 77% of the vote. There will be a runoff in Districts E & F
In the Mayor’s race in the Town of Ball, there will be a runoff Gail Wilking and Terry Allen Baker
In The State Senate races.. District 29 Jay Luneau easily won reelection with 61%
In District 31 Louie Bernard was the winner in a field of three.. District 32 will see a Runoff between Glen Womack and Steve May and District 35 A runoff between Jim Fannin and Jay Morris.
In the lone State Rep’s Race in Cenla, Ed Lavadain III Wins reelection with 54% in District 26.
The body of one man who died in the collapse of the Hard Rock New Orleans Hotel has been located and removed from the building, and emergency officials said search and rescue missions will continue for the body of a second man as well as one person that was still missing as of Sunday evening. The area is still blocked off from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. About 100 residents have been displaced from their homes due to mandatory evacuations in a zone near the site. The city is asking people to please avoid the downtown area near the disaster..
The National World War II Museum's $33 million education and outreach building will open Thursday. After an opening ceremony, it will break ground for its final exhibit hall and hold an open house at the new building, called the Hall of Democracy. It features a research library, classrooms, an auditorium, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, and the WWII Media and Education Center. The new building is the museum's sixth, including three exhibit pavilions, a theater and a restoration building.
The National Audubon Society releases a report that finds 389 species could lose more than 50-percent of the habitat they need to survive by 2080 under a three-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures. The report also indicates fifteen percent of species in Louisiana are at risk, including the state bird. Director of Bird Conservation, Dr. Erik Johnson. Johnson says birds are early responders to stressors and offer us signals of what’s to come in regard to climate change. Johnson says you can help locally by planting native foliage to the state to help reinforce the birds’ natural habitat. For more information go to climate-dot-audubon-dot org
In the American League Championship series, the Houston Astros Tied the series up One All last night with a 3 to 2 victory over the New York Yankees. Game Three is tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon in NYC and you can hear the game on 94.7 ESPN
Sean Payton used one word twice in his postgame news conference Sunday:
"Outstanding." He used the term to describe the defense, as well as punter Thomas Morstead's performance in the New Orleans Saints' 13-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Saints head to Chicago to next play the Bears who are coming off of a bye. Kickoff at Soldier Field is at 3:25 p.m. Sunday
What seemed like a simple religious tweet from Pope Francis on Sunday turned into a social media moment that New Orleans Saints fans likely will remember for a long time.
On Sunday, Pope Francis tweeted out his gratitude to God for a group of newly canonized Saints. What he didn't realize is that when he tweeted "#Saints," Twitter's algorithm automatically added a fleur-de-lis to his tweet.
The LSU football team jumped to No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon. LSU is now 6-0 after outlasting Florida on Saturday night as the Bayou Bengals defeated the Gators 42-28 in front of a raoucous Tiger Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime and Florida took the lead early in the third quarterback, but LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s team responded by scoring 21 unanswered points. With Georgia’s upset loss at home to South Carolina, LSU moves up in the polls and the Tigers have now defeated two teams that were ranked in the Top 10. Burrow says they can’t let up now. LSU is at Mississippi State this Saturday.