Monday Open: Advocate Series on Corporate Welfare rolls out

This is a topic whose time for exploration across the South is really past due. That said Gordon Russell and the gang at the Advocate put out a whopper of a first installment on Louisiana’s corporate welfare programs, which are being funded off the backs of its colleges and universities:

Special Report: Giving away Louisiana ~ The Advocate

Locally the pension disaster at the Singing River Hospital system continues to pop up in the news. A second bite at the subject here on Slabbed is past due.

In any event here are a couple more links starting with the MDOC scandal:

Benjamin Story Raises More Questions ~ Jackson Jambalaya

Conservative Activists Hint at Undercover Stunt Targeting Mary Landrieu ~ Elizabeth Crisp

Finally the local GOP is formally disavowing Louisiana PSC candidate Forest Wright, whose RINO baggage was first rolled out here on Slabbed back in September in response to party faithful contacting me. With PSC Candidate Eric Skrmetta being endorsed in commercials by folks like Steve Scalise, Forest Wright is now on the defensive with ads like the following hitting the airways:

In response to Wright’s ads alleging Skrmetta is corrupt, Team Skrmetta went into the CDC and got themselves a temporary restraining order on some of the more over the top Wright ads: Continue reading “Monday Open: Advocate Series on Corporate Welfare rolls out”

Analysis: Site traffic on Slabbed spells trouble for PSC incumbent Skrmetta

Slabbed third most popular hyperlink as I write this (h/t to Google) is actually a post tag:

Tag Archives: Forest Bradley Wright

That tag leads here:

RINOS run amuk these days in Jefferson Parish (Updated)

And the results:

Eric Skrmetta, Forest Wright headed to runoff in Public Service Commission race ~ Jennifer Larino

In the end the RINO tag meant less in this race than the barrage of bad publicity received by Skrmetta. The Google searches for Wright, far and away Slabbed most searched name these past two weeks, can’t be good news for Skrmetta, who came in a close second in yesterday’s runoff.

Speaking of the RINOs mentioned in that old post, Monique Lafontaine came in a close third in the First Parish Court race, which is going to a runoff between the highly politically connected Johnny Lee and Pat Rooney. With the vote split so many ways, the runoff between Lee and Rooney has potential with Lafontaine and fourth place finisher Troy Broussard being in the position of king makers with their endorsements on the line.

Life without Vinny: Harahan sees major political change…

Despite being outspent 9 to 1 and out fund raised 4 to 1,¬†political newcomer Tina Miceli wins the Mayor’s office in Harahan, defeating a good ol’ boy that was endorsed by everyone from the Times Picayune, Gambit along with various and sundry political machine organizations such as the local Alliance for Good Government. It appears the women of Harahan did not get the memo.

Of note is long time Harahan revolving doorman, Vinny Mosca also lost last night in his bid to revolve back onto the City Council after completing a financially disastrous tenure as Mayor.

A sign of the electoral times

Lee signSomewhere in Johnny Lee’s candidacy for First Parish Court Judge and the support he is getting from local GOP power players illustrates why party affiliation is actually meaningless down South where everyone running either belongs to or switches just in advance of running to one political party.