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Cedric Richmond victory in having Bobby Jindal’s public records bill passed sets stage for Congressional run

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State Representative Cedric Richmond made his campaign announcement the other day at the WWII museum. Since one of my uncles served in WWI I can appreciate the symbolism in that. I’ve been telling people in Louisiana for years that this is America. Not France or some exotic country in the West Indies. It’s frustrating sometimes in the south from my unique perspective conveying what that means. So few blacks were given the honor of serving in WWI.

Most people don’t know about it. Think of that for a minute. For over a hundred years some of my ancestors benefited from having the full rights of being a United states citizen. The thought of giving that up becomes incomprehensible over the years. It’s not even a matter of thinking about it. After this long it becomes ingrained. So it’s not really not a matter of blacks against whites for me. The south against the north. It’s a matter of justice and democracy. Any encroachment on that constitutional right is a serious matter. When New Orleans politicians seek to politicize that constitutional right for political gain it means they have lost touch with the basic building blocks of democracy. They need to be voted out.

Third Eye Bonus: On another level. During the health care debate I think many people were surprised at how heated the debate became. The gun toting at Town Halls was very dramatic. The Obama administration got the point. A certain segment of America wanted to convey the message that they counted. That they were not willing to give up their rights as Americans. That’s fine. Senator Landrieu played into that for her conservative constituents and it turned out O.K.

Recently during the Gulf oil spill Senator Mary Landrieu showed a much greater level of respect for the President of the United States. I think she handled it the right way. Even though Mitch Landrieu made a few statements that could be construed as rabble rousing I think he showed a proper level of decorum.

The protest in Jackson square was a perfect example of how Democracies are supposed to work. They have some nut cases out there folks. On both sides of the aisle and representing all races. We all know that. Those in a position of power in the media and in public office must realize that. Now politics is politics. But to cross the line and play on some peoples inner hatred is down right disgusting. That’s the lowest a politician can go. We have to move on.

So what do we do all this for? So Obama will come talk to us. So he will give us some "juice". So the Obama administration follows your blog or column. When I first started writing I would sometimes write sensational stories. It’s not worth it. Reality and fiction starts to get blurry. You find yourself influencing readers in ways that you did not intend. So those in the media should especially be careful not to cross that imaginary line. You should be especially sensitive to it when peoples emotions are running high.

Political might is one thing. Mental might is something to be desired. But might because you can scare someone, or you can rabble rouse, or because you carry a gun. This is 2010 guys. It sends the wrong message to citizens.

But if we can not count on leaders to understand this then the south will not rise again. You could throw a zillion dollars at the problem and never get a pothole fixed. So trust me. The $20 billion dollar escrow account is in the Gulf Coasts best interest. Washington will make sure the money is used wisely. But the rabble rousers don’t want to see that.

In steps a desperate Governor Bobby Jindal to strike up the band. I said a long time ago most of his political career is hinged upon playing the races against one another. Sure he threw in a few blacks to soften the delivery. But it was basically choreographed rabble rousing. It’s his favorite stunt when the chips are down. Now in a strange twist of fate Jindal has 15 days to decide whether to veto the oil spill records. Karma is something else. Cedric Richmond was in Baton Rouge fighting tooth and nail to get the bills passed.

Since the Gulf Coast oil spill and the establishing of the $20 billion dollar escrow account that becomes even more important. As Washington D.C. will keep a keen eye out for politicians doing business as usual in the south.
Richmond gets along well with people of various backgrounds. He’s part of the new generation of Louisiana politician. The same generation as Governor Bobby Jindal. But the political environment in Louisiana has not allowed many of the best and brightest to shine. It’s a small market. So the "king of the hill" usually dominates.

For Cedric, I think this is a great opportunity to "show us what he’s got". Bobby Jindal has totally dominated the political landscape in the last few years. I’m comparing the two because I think Cedric is one of the few Louisiana politicians who has the potential to kick his game up a few more levels. Create more of a balance in the current political landscape.

To be fair, Governor Jindal took it to another level after he toyed with running for Vice President. Then he received a good hit of national exposure early in his current term. He rode that celebrity status to the bank. Which he was supposed to. Jindal’s timing has been a little off lately and some of that "juice" he accumulated has evaporated.

So I feel Richmond can turn the corner during this campaign. He should relax and not concentrate too much on things like campaign funds. That will come. As the campaign goes on and voters start to get a feel for his basic message. That should take care of itself.

If he can help it he should try not to get bogged down in the local political scene as this race develops. Sure, he should have a little fun with voters, other politicians, and hangers on but I wouldn’t get side tracked. This position not only represent Louisiana but also the United States.The Obama administration has helped create an atmosphere in Washington in which Cedric could get some things done. He might even be able to smooth things out for other Congress members from Louisiana. If there interested.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cedric since I first made the mistake of making a rude comment about his dad at Goretti playground many years ago. I wasn’t aware of the circumstances. His older brother got on me pretty good. I must say this. Cedric’s mother, Maple Jackson Gaines is truly an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

Over the past year, Richmond has been lining up endorsements from Orleans and Jefferson elected officials. Attending Monday’s announcement were more than a dozen of them, including some of his opponents last time — new state Rep. Helena Moreno and some other politicians. Watch Video for the rest.

Richmond was elected in 1999 to the state House from the 101st District, which covers much of eastern New Orleans. He won easy re-elections in 2003 and 2007, picking up more than 70 percent of the vote each time.

Richmond is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from Morehouse College and a law degree from Tulane University.

If you want to be the first to see the sunrise. One of the best places to see it is in Washington D.C..
Original article: Cedric Richmond announces run for Congress at WWII museum

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Bobby Jindal blindsided by oil spill public records bill

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The clock is ticking. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was hit with a big surprise today when he got back from one of his frequent trips to the Gulf Coast. The Louisiana house voted to have his BP oil spill records made public. By a vote of 77-12 the House voted to ratify changes on a Louisiana Senate bill on public records.

The timing of the public records bill could not be worse for Jindal. A decision by the Governor of this magnitude is sure to get instant media attention. The Governor has 15 days to decide whether to veto the bill or sign it.

The news of the "Jindal oil spill records bill" has started to propagate rapidly across several different media platforms and could reach a crescendo as early as Monday. Several national news outlets have already picked it up.

La. legislature wants Gov. Jindal oil spill documents archived, made available to public
Louisiana Votes to Open Oil Spill Records

One website has even posted a message asking people to call and email the Governor’s office. Tell Governor Jindal To Grant Public Access To All State Records Related To The BP Gulf Oil Disaster; Tell Him To Sign House Bill 37!

Original Article: Bobby Jindal Oil Spill Public Records Bill

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Are white men responsible for fossil fuels destroying our environment?: Drilling Moratorium

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It’s the billion dollar question that is a taboo issue to talk about. Oddly, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, has been trying as hard as he can in the past few weeks to put his face on the drilling moratorium. It’s a little early to tell whether it will work. But he does get an "A" for effort. His brown face does take a little bit of the sting off of things. Meanwhile the gulf oil spill has been taken by Obama to a global level. I guess he knows that. Fareed Zakaria, give Jindal a call and remind him he’s a Rhodes scholar. Will their be a backlash at the polls in November for those in favor of the offshore drilling moratorium.

I understand if Governor Jindal was upset that his letter to Salazar on the offshore drilling moratorium was released to the press. I guess they were practicing transparency. Something Jindal has been criticized for. Still shouldn’t have "set him off" on the sand berms issue. He’s lost his head and people around him are taking advantage of it. So where is he going with this. Does he hope to become the male version of Sarah Palin?

As Jindal oscillates between being protective of the Gulf Coast shores and offshore drilling one has to think that this is an interesting "high wire act".

But this isn’t about politics. It’s more to do with socioeconomics. It’s about energy, specifically natural resources and the environment. Where do African Americans and other people of color fit into the equation throughout the Gulf Coast. We have heard so much talk about money in the news in the last few weeks involving these topics. How does that relate to blacks and other people of color.

Governor Jindal being seen in public with black athletes such as Reggie Bush does not change the fact that African Americans are underrepresented in industries relying on natural resources in the gulf Coast.. Never mind that, that’s not the point.

The oil industry and these Gulf Coast offshore oil rigs that have fell victim to the drilling moratorium are heavily dominated by whites. Bare in mind that these are federal offshore drilling rigs. These are natural resources owned by the United States.

There are a significant amount of African Americans in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states that are just not that interested in offshore drilling. That doesn’t mean they want others to lose their job. No one would wish that on anyone.

But they certainly have a right to vote against politicians such Bobby Jindal and Senator Landrieu who have never once mentioned the disparity in hiring practices in offshore drilling. These are natural resources.

Governor Jindal won with 52% of the vote last time. I was generally pleased he won. Senator Landrieu received over 90% of the black vote. Yet they expect blacks to sit idly by as they bad mouth the President over an oil spill that he has done everything to help alleviate. Landrieu is skating on thin ice politically in the black community. It’s as if they are playing to some of their constituents that get a kick out of seeing Obama squirm.

They have never once suggested that renewable energy and offshore wind power would be a good investment for the state to look into. It would be a great time to look into now that the oil companies are on the ropes. This is a new industry that African Americans, whites, and other minorities would love to get into on the ground floor. Don’t lock out a whole generation from what the rest of the world is doing.

The NREL is working on wind resource maps now for the Gulf Coast. These are solutions. These are remedies.

Louisiana wants the Rhodes scholar back Governor Jindal. The latest incarnation of him as a spin doctor/politician is appalling to watch. Now Jindal and other Louisiana politicians seem determined to "set off" a big ruckus over the offshore drilling moratorium. I’m not sure that’s the answer. The safety of the rigs is not something to take lightly.

Clifford Bryan is a Political/Energy consultant and member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Interoperabilty Panel.

Original Article: Are white males opposed to offshore drilling moratorium killing our environment?>

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Bobby Jindal sand berm proposal was biggest political shake down of all time

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As the noise settles down this week and all the cameras are gone researchers and journalists have been digging into the proposed sand berm project. The lead proponents have been Governor Bobby Jindal and Plaquemines parish President Billy Nungesser. A number of sources have punched holes in the project.

Rob Young, Professor of coastal ecology at Western Carolina University and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines raised a number of questions in his article "Under Pressure to Block Oil, A Rush To Dubious Projects" at the Yale 360 blog.

A project that could cost as much as a half-billion dollars should warrant serious review. Yet it has been very difficult to find a public record or details of the proposed project design and how it was vetted. Obviously, there was never any intention to solicit public comment. This may be appropriate in an emergency, but it begs the question: Who designed the project? Have they used the best available science?

The state of Louisiana has a wealth of fine coastal scientists who have been working on the coastal restoration of the Louisiana delta region for decades. Yet those who I have spoken with have indicated that they have not been consulted on the project. I have yet to speak to a scientist who thinks the project will be effective.

As a coastal geologist who studies coastal storm impacts, it is clear to me that this berm, located just offshore of the barrier islands, will also be extremely susceptible to erosion.

With the hurricane season almost upon us one has to wonder if this is a waste of money. The Obama administration must come up with a review process for these emergency permits that ensures that the proposed projects will work, will use resources (dollars, sand, booms) wisely, and will not do more harm than good. In order to move forward in a sensible way, the administration should set up a scientific review panel to vet all proposals for large-scale coastal engineering in response to the spill. The panel should include experts from science agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as leading academics. The review panel should still be charged with responding very quickly to permit applications, but the public needs to have a higher level of confidence that the best science is being brought to bear on this problem.

One can not blame Governor Bobby Jindal for this. With his political career on the line he came out fighting. But in falling a little short he has given the Obama administration critical information on where he is willing to go to stay on the political battle field.

I also glimpsed a side to Jindal that I didn’t know he had. He really got fired up over all of this. That’s wonderful, absolutely nothing wrong with that. He wants to keep the nice meals, big houses, and his wife and family happy. So he went for it. He can build on that desire.

He was able to get conservatives fired up. By politically charging this environmental issue. With all sorts of characters pulling and tugging at him. His camp made some quick decisions. They had to if they hoped to keep his offshore drilling record out of the equation. They went with "sand berms". It actually had more substance to it than "death panels".

The critical error they made was over estimating the damage that "politically charging" the sand berms off the coast of Plaquemines parish would cause to the Obama administration. The "sand berms" and federal government destroying the coast idea is running out of steam. Why is that? If Sarah Palin’s "Death Panels" idea stayed hot for weeks surely this would.

Governor Jindal’s team is not aware of the current timing and complexities involving News Cycles. New media is a fickle beast that requires that its pulse be taken constantly. The "sand berm" idea was a wonderful tool to politically charge the gulf coast issue. It provided Jindal a bump in ratings and kept the media off his offshore record. The Nungesser videos that caught fire were great also. They kept the ball rolling.

There’s only one thing missing to keep all this noise going after NBC and CNN have moved on. Google and the internet. I’m not going into details on that. What do you expect? Popeyes doesn’t reveal its special sauce either.

The Obama administration provided just enough rope to kill the noise created by Jindal with their partial funding of the "sand berm" projects. In fact, Jindal should call them up and thank them. The Obama team showed great restraint in resisting the political leverage that was applied to throw up "sand berms" hastily.

Now that the noise is dieing down quicker than most people expected we can get back to reality. Will the "sand berms" work? Was it devised mostly for political gain. Will the Obama administration strike back?
Note to Governor Jindal: Go after Tony Hayward. He’s weaker than he appears. If you can help lead a coalition to take him out you could get the whole ball of wax. Work the dividend angle.

Ladies and Gentleman, Governor Bobby Jindal with the help of Billy Nungesser has mastered the political shake down. The $60 million dollar first installment from BP arrived today. They rather pay that then have another billion shaved off its stock capitalization. One things for sure, Bobby Jindal has no intention of running for President.

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Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser Gives Bobby Jindal Ratings Boost

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I can’t help but think what Plaquemines parish President Billy Nungesser’s plans are for the future. He thrust himself into the spotlight during the recent oil spill media blitz that transpired last week. He handled himself pretty well. Are there bigger things in store for this guy? Is he satisfied being Plaquemines parish President?

This was a smart move by Governor Jindal. Partisan politics aside.

Nungesser seems to have the attributes to not only help Plaquemines but the state of Louisiana as well. He compliments Bobby Jindal very well. Never mind for now that Jindal’s record of safety regulation with the oil and gas industry is not all that hot. For now the gulf coast needs to focus on the task at hand.

As I look on Billy Nungesser I can’t help but think where has this guy been hiding. Although he come on a little too strong during his interviews with the media last week. Let’s give the guy a break, it was his coming out party for Pete’s sake. It appears his father was nothing to sneaze at in his day. A good friend of former Republican Governor Dave Treen. They both opposed David duke’s infamous run for Governor of Louisiana.

You hear so much about other families having political connections in Louisiana that lots of times the people really pulling the strings are overlooked.
Billy Nungesser took advantage of what I call the "Obama effect". It brings out the best and some times worst in blacks, whites, Republicans, and Democrats. But you have to be ready to keep that wheel spinning. You also have to know when it’s time to shut down the theatrics. Mr. Nungesser, I think you got your point across. Anything more and Louisiana will need receipts for any federal money they spend and that would include gum balls.

To be brutally honest here in terms of image and people’s perceptions. If Nungesser can drop 20-30 pounds in the near future then every politician he might run against for Congress would have big problems right now. That includes Republicans and especially Democrats. If he stays the same weight they are still in for a fight. Last but not least. If he is really motivated and can lose 40 or more pounds in the next year or so. Nungesser will be someone to watch by proving he can subdue his passions.

If Governor Jindal can keep this unbridled thoroughbred in line. It could pay dividends down the road. As for me, I’m sticking with clean energy.

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Barack Obama swoops down on BP oil spill again on Friday

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President Barack Obama will return to the gulf coast on Friday to survey the response efforts involved in the gulf oil spill clean up. This is fresh off of the federal government recently giving approval for sand berm projects on the coast. Obama was ceremonially adopted by Crow Agency Indians by the name of Black Eagle during his run for the presidency. Barack "Black Eagle" is swooping in Friday to grab a political meal from the Gulf oil spill. Will the crows scatter?

I would have preferred the state government to take a look at using aerogels on the oil spill. Hasn’t been tried yet but I think it would work. For less than $350 million I’m sure you could get a special order going. I mentioned earlier that someone in Louisiana has to grab this oil spill by the horns. There’s a lot of political poker chips still left on the table. I was mainly referring to Bobby Jindal not letting Plaquemines President Nungesser steal the show.

With the return visit by Obama in such short order after Eric Holder announced the criminal investigation of BP is underway. It’s obvious President Obama is looking to grab a few chips of his own. He doesn’t need many. If you’re a Louisiana politician then don’t worry. He’s not greedy. He’ll save you some. I think.

Governor Jindal desperately needs his handling of the oil spill to turn out positive. Before the oil spill his voter approval numbers were showing signs of weakness. Voters were just not all that interested in projects and policies he had implemented. Many were starting to view him as a resume building Governor. After his infamous Republican response the resume was not looking all that hot either.

Jindal managed to "jam his foot in the door" before his political future was diagnosed as terminally ill. With his seemingly desperate at times handling of the oil spill.

He was able to fire up pitchfork holding politicians like Billy Nungesser. With the approval of the sand berms project. He may have played the gulf oil spill as far as it can go for him politically.
Anymore "but what about this" statements to the press about the federal response could end up hurting him. The White House would be forced to pull out his offshore drilling record while he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Just glancing over it you’ll quickly see it doesn’t make for the kind of hand you want to go to the river with. Jindal should take the small victory. Build some political momentum off of that. He’s showed signs in the past that he has difficulty in moving the crowd. Blame it on speech writers or the lack there of. Jindal has to learn to play small ball until he learns to move the crowd with speeches. It’s a tool that the most well rounded politicians use when the chips are down. A tool that Jindal must refine if he hopes to get on the main circuit permanently. Rather then just being a blip here and there.

Speeches sway opinions and they influence sentiment. For a politician there like being a good three point shooter in basketball. Drain a few and you’re back in business.

Speaking of moving the crowd, I wonder if Obama will have have one of those crowd moving speeches in his back pocket when he shows up this time. In light of the current circumstances the gulf coast finds itself in. It’s disgusting how many Louisiana politicians have forgotten all about the 11 lives that were lost. With so much talk of sand berms and billions of dollars in compensation. It’s not all about the money. I thought after the hurricane the politicians would figure that out.

11 Lives Lost in BP Explosion
Jason Anderson
Aaron Dale Burkeen
Donald Clark
Stephen Curtis
Roy Wyatt Kemp
Karl Kleppinger
Gordon Jones (M-I SWACO)
Blair Manuel (M-I SWACO)
Dewey Revette
Shane Roshto
Adam Weise

If he mentions wind power or renewable energy it will be thought provoking to say the least. He might save it for when he returns to Washington.

Any environmental groups thinking of throwing a protest? Make sure you have the message straight. It would be best to direct your anger at BP in my opinion. Anything more than that and it could end up hurting the politicians that I am sure are behind it.

Interested in developing a Clean energy platform to enter public office or have your company Go Green? There’s no better time than the present. Any of you Tulane kids tired of just watching? Put the bong down for a minute and get involved. Get in touch by emailing Clifford at

Original article: President Obama Gulf BP Oil Spill