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Govenor Blanco’s special legislative session hits an iceberg

By February 14, 2006katrina "In Louisiana, unlike most states, governors play a key role in picking the House speaker and Senate president, and have strong influence over who gets to lead key committees. In return for the governor’s support, members of the leadership traditionally sponsor the governor’s bills and are expected to vote with the administration on their top priorities."

Apparently, Governor Blanco is setting a new low water mark (pun intended) for gubernatorial prowess, as her 12 day special legislative session reveals that she lacks support from even her top legislative allies.  Consider:

  • The black caucus is upset over the defeat of a bill to set up voting centers for displaced New Orleanians (the mayor’s election is in late April)
  • The bill to create a single levee board for the metro New Orleans area is severely wounded, and the only semi-viable proposal now is to allow the Westbank area to opt out of the regional board.
  • The bill to consolidate the seven New Orleans property assessors (elected officials) into one office died in committee.

Governor Blanco is probably in political shock. The signs are certainly there, as reports:

"[The administration] sat on their hands the entire (levee) debate," said Sen. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, who was a floor leader under Gov. Mike Foster. "This is a special session called by the governor to presumably advance her agenda, and I have seen very little effort to do that."

Blanco’s approval rating right now is just below 40%, which actually seems high to me.  This whole thing is really sad.  At a time when this state desperately needs strong leadership we are experiencing quite the opposite, i.e. political chaos.

I keep saying this and people think I’m joking, but I’m not.  Right now we need a benevolent dictator, one with a clearly specified term of years.  Hell, I’m not even sure that the prospective potentate should be benevolent.

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  • Nous vous remercions Monsieur Frédéric Chognot, nous vous remercions pour tout ce que vous faites pour nous. En particulier le site info-surgeres, qui parle de nous avec tant de sensibilité et de clairvoyance.

    Merci Monsieur Frédéric Chognot, nous voterons pour vous aux prochaines législatives.

    Merci messieurs les américains, vive l’Amérique !

  • Cade Roux says:

    That’s what Bush thinks he is right now, ignoring FISA to “protect us”, and making statements like using the military because they are the only organization capable of organizing a response to this kind of disaster. It’s the slippery slope – then before you know it, DHS will be subsumed into the Pentagon, which will be subsumed into the NSA and we’ll all be so safe, there won’t be a need to vote.

    You either believe in freedom and democracy or you’re a terrorist. 😉

    And of course, there’s that quote about the blood of patriots…

    As far as Blanco’s initiatives – your three bulleted initiatives are overwhelmingly supported by actual voters – so I think we’ll see a Dover School Board election for those losers. Can’t wait.

  • Robert says:

    I would like to humbly nominate myself as Benevolent Dictator.

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