Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Fugitive Unit Makes 900th Arrest
Baton RougePls add contentLouisiana Attorney Buddy CaldwellPls add contents Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) has arrested its 900th offender as the Attorney GeneralPls add contents Office continues its aggressive crackdown on wanted fugitives. Investigators with the attorney generalPls add contents FAU yesterday arrested 38-year-old Derrick D. Daniel, who went into hiding after being indicted by an East Feliciana Parish Grand Jury for vehicular homicide in May. The indictment stems from a November 2012 alcohol-related crash that killed Kenneth Taylor, Jr. of Baton Rouge, a passenger in DanielPls add contents vehicle.
After being contacted by the East Feliciana Parish SheriffPls add contents Office for assistance, the FAU located and apprehended Daniel at a residence in Zachary. He was booked into the East Feliciana Parish Jail. YesterdayPls add contents arrest marks the UnitPls add contents 900th arrest since its inception in 2008. Pls add contentI am proud of all the hard work our Fugitive Apprehension Unit has put into locating and apprehending these dangerous offenders,Pls add content said Attorney General Caldwell. Pls add contentWePls add contentve received an amazing level of teamwork and cooperation from the many local law enforcement agencies around the state and nation who partner with us to bring these criminals to justice.Pls add content
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell created the FAU in 2008 to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending fugitives from justice. Caldwell said the unit has successfully pinpointed and captured dangerous fugitives wanted for violent felony offenses such as murder, aggravated rape, attempted murder, sex crimes, theft and armed robbery. Pls add contentOur brave Fugitive Apprehension Unit is making Louisiana a safer place by getting these criminals off the streets,Pls add content he said. Law enforcement agencies needing assistance locating and apprehending a wanted individual can contact the Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (225) 326-6100.
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Johnson in, 'Duck Dynasty' star Robertson out in race for Louisiana 5th District
by Lauren McGaughy - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
State Rep. Robert Johnson confirmed Wednesday he intended to run in the special election for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District seat. The Marksville Democrat said he believes his conservative platform on social issues would help him find success in the race to fill outgoing U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander's seat. Also this week, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson, rumored to be a possible dark horse candidate for the GOP, told Fox News he would not be running. The rumors surfaced after a GOP source told The Washington Examiner the party was courting Robertson. Alexander, R-Quitman, announced he would step down from the seat, citing partisan politics and legislative gridlock, on Sept. 26 to take up the post of Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Riser indicated his intention to run soon after Alexander's appointment to Jindal's cabinet and has already received several prominent endorsements, including U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, and John Fleming, R-Minden.
Landrieu criticizes Louisiana's response to Obamacare
by Marsha Shuler - Advocate (excerpt)
Implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act will be Pls add contentslower goingPls add content in Louisiana, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday. Landrieu placed part of the blame on the state Pls add contentdragging its feet,Pls add content including punting to the federal government to establish a health insurance exchange. Pls add contentItPls add contents only hurting itself,Pls add content said Landrieu, D-La.
Also Tuesday, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined top legal officers in a dozen other states expressing concern to federal officials about consumersPls add content private information being protected as they use the new health care exchanges to obtain insurance. They warned that privacy protection measures in U.S. Health and Human Services rules are Pls add contentwoefully inadequate,Pls add content noting that there is no requirement for criminial background checks for those who assist consumers and not enough hours of training for them. Pls add contentEach person collecting information is being placed in a position of trust and will have access to a wide variety of personal information from consumers,Pls add content Caldwell stated. Pls add contentThis is a disaster waiting to happen.Pls add content
Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, did not discuss the health care issue during her Rotary Club address.
'Gestapo' Justice Department suing state to gain access to voter data
by Lauren McGaughy - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state for access to voter data in an attempt to turn the state from red to blue, Secretary of State Tom Schedler told a meeting of Baton Rouge Republicans on Tuesday. Schedler said Eric Holder's office was acting "like the Gestapo" in requesting registration information. The suit, U.S. v. Schedler et al was filed in 2011 and claims that Schedler, in his position as chief elections administrator, was not ensuring some Louisianians who visited public assistance offices were given the opportunity to register to vote, as required by federal law. Soon after, the NAACP and Project Vote, an advocacy group, filed a similar lawsuit. While those groups won their case in the state Supreme Court, Schedler's office is still dealing with the DOJ suit.
Sen. Mary Landrieu responds to NRSC 'Misfire' attack ad
by Quincy Hodges - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
The National Republican Senatorial Committee took aim at Mary Landrieu (D-La.) Wednesday morning with its first ad of the 2014 election cycle, saying she has been misfiring on healthcare, energy, taxes and jobs. "She keeps firing and missing," the ad's narrator says in a 1985 Nintendo "Duck Hunt" video game parody questioning Landrieu's record. According to NRSC's website, the ad, "Misfire," will first air during season premiere of Duck Dynasty Wednesday night, and will run over the next two weeks on cable. Landrieu -- at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club Wednesday to give an overview speech on Louisiana's coastal issues, education and economic connectivity around the state -- was reluctant to comment on the ad, saying it was small.
More than half of noncompliant NGOs still unresponsive
by Lauren McGaughy - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
More than half of the 34 non-governmental organizations that are out of compliance with state reporting laws still have not responded to demands for financial records, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said Wednesday. The groups that remain silent will be turned over on Sept. 4 to a new state office that has the authority to strip them of their state funding. In a speech to the Baton Rouge Press Club on July 29, Kennedy said 36 non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, that had received state funding in recent years were not complying with Louisiana law requiring them to provide full financial reporting of how they used the taxpayer money. He called on the groups to come into compliance or else have their names turned over to the new Office of Debt Recovery, created in 2013 to legally pursue debts owed to the state and its agencies. The list was later consolidated to 34.
Judge finds LSU Board of Supervisors in contempt for not turning over records
by Joe Gyan Jr - Advocate (excerpt)
A state judge delivered a dramatic rebuke to LSUPls add contents Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, finding the board and its chairman, Hank Danos, in contempt of court for ignoring her order to make public the records from its secret presidential search. State District Judge Janice Clark on April 30 ordered the Board of Supervisors to turn over the records to The Advocate and The Times-Picayune. The Advocate sued after the university board refused to release the records, and The Times-Picayune joined the case a week later. On Wednesday, Clark found that the board violated that order and fined LSU $500 a day for each day the records are not produced.
John Georges tells Rotary, "New Orleans is going to have the newspaper you want"
by Gordon Russell - Advocate (excerpt)
Businessman John Georges, who bought The Advocate just over three months ago, told members of the Rotary Club of New Orleans on Wednesday that he hopes to add about 15,000 subscribers in and around New Orleans in the coming months as the paper launches a major marketing and re-branding effort.
ThatPls add contents about twice the number of subscribers the paper has now, said Georges, The AdvocatePls add contents publisher. The Advocate also sells between 5,000 and 10,000 copies of the newspaper each day at retail outlets and in boxes, he said.
The AdvocatePls add contents New Orleans edition soon will feature a new design and will be called Pls add contentThe New Orleans Advocate,Pls add content reflecting the deep commitment the paper has made to the New Orleans market since Georges purchased it April 30 from the Manship family of Baton Rouge, he said.
Legislators question levee lawsuit
by Mchelle Millhollon - Advocate (excerpt)
Legislators delving into a controversial lawsuit against the oil and gas industry got into a war of words Wednesday between the Jindal administration and New Orleans-area levee board officials.
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East Vice President John Barry told legislators that the governorPls add contents top coastal adviser, Garret Graves, learned in December about the authorityPls add contents plans to file suit and never raised an objection.
Gov. Bobby Jindal strongly opposes the lawsuit.
Reggie indicted in wire fraud, money laundering scheme
by BILL LODGE - Advocate (excerpt)
Mandeville businessman Raymond Christopher Reggie, former brother-in-law of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and son of former Crowley City Judge Edmund Reggie, faces federal fraud allegations for the second time in eight years.
In an indictment made public Wednesday in Baton Rouge, Reggie, 51, is accused of five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering for an alleged scheme in which he used his advertising agency to steal more than $1.1 million from car dealerships that were among his clients.
Victims included members of Super Chevy Dealers of Baton Rouge and Supreme Automotive Group, according to the indictment obtained by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rene I. Salomon.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
AG CALDWELL RECOVERS $8.5 MILLION DURING FRAUD TRIAL OF DRUG COMPANY
Baton RougePls add contentToday Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. agreed to pay Louisiana $8.5 million to resolve the fraudulent drug pricing claims against them. The agreement was announced in the 19th Judicial District Court before Judge Wilson Fields, just as Louisiana was about to give its opening statement to the jury panel of twelve men and women.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who personally selected the jurors in this case, said, Pls add contentWe are prepared to present these fraud cases to Louisiana juries. Louisiana will not tolerate fraud being perpetrated on its Medicaid program.Pls add content Caldwell added, Pls add contentWe have numerous other fraud cases currently pending against other pharmaceutical companies, and we are proceeding to recover funds wrongfully taken from this state.Pls add content
Pls add contentThe Attorney GeneralPls add contents Office has been an invaluable partner in fighting Medicaid fraud,Pls add content said Department of Health and Hospitals Chief Compliance Officer William Root. Pls add contentInflating the costs of prescription medications for Medicaid patients is wrong, plain and simple. I am confident our partnership with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is essential to protecting how and when we spend Louisiana tax dollars to care for those who need it most.Pls add content This litigation case number is 596164 and is being handled jointly by outside contract counsel along with Louisiana Department of Justice in-house assistant attorneys general. The suit accused Watson Pharmaceutical of committing fraud upon the Louisiana Medicaid program, violating the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act and LouisianaPls add contents Medical Assistance Programs Integrity Law.
Anti-Landrieu ad to air on 'Duck Dynasty' reality show
WASHINGTON Pls add content The fight against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and her 2014 reelection bid is moving to the hugely popular Pls add contentDuck DynastyPls add content television show filmed in West Monroe.
A new anti-Landrieu commercial, called Pls add contentMisfire,Pls add content is set to air Wednesday night during the fourth season premiere of the A&E; TV show and during next weekPls add contents episode in the New Orleans market area. The commercial is designed to look like the old Nintendo video game, Pls add contentDuck Hunt.Pls add content The National Republican Senatorial Committee-funded ad accuses Landrieu of having Pls add contentbad aimPls add content on issues like Pls add contentObamacare,Pls add content taxes, energy production and more.
The voiceover states that Landrieu must Pls add contentstart shooting straightPls add content with Louisiana and stop Pls add contentmasqueradingPls add content as someone she is not. LandrieuPls add contents primary opponent thus far is U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.
Schedler questions data mining
by Marsha Shuler - Advocate (excerpt)
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department tried to get private, confidential information about Louisiana voters as it pursued a lawsuit alleging the state violated federal election law. Pls add contentIPls add contentm getting more and more brash talking about this issue,Pls add content said Schedler, who called it an attempt at what is called data mining.
Pls add contentItPls add contents like Big Brother,Pls add content said Schedler, LouisianaPls add contents top elections official, to the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon. He alluded to the recent National Security Agency scandal.
Schedler said the attempt to gain private information about voters came in the discovery phase of a Justice lawsuit that dates to mid-2011. The lawsuit and one filed earlier by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others alleges the state failed to make voter registration opportunities widely available at public assistance offices run by two state agencies. Pls add contentThe most disturbing thing was a request for 2.9 million registered votersPls add content information to be given to the Department of Justice,Pls add content Schedler said.
Jindal administration says special congressional election not rigged
by Lauren McGaughy - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander did not plan his departure from Congress to rig the election in favor of state Rep. Neil Riser, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Tuesday. State Rep. Jay Morris made the claims during an interview with The Monroe News-Star, in which he also announced he would be running in the special election to fill Alexander's 5th Congressional District seat. "There is no truth to Representative Morris' claims. There are a number of candidates who have expressed an interest in running for the seat, and voters will have plenty of options to choose from after next week's qualifying period," Jindal Press Secretary Sean Lansing said in a statement Tuesday. He added, "We haven't chosen a candidate to support at this time. We're thrilled to have Rodney in the Administration. He is going to be a strong voice for Louisiana veterans and we're excited about the work he will do."
Obama's National Security Positives Fall to A Three-Year Low
Positive ratings for President Obama's handling of national security are at their lowest level in over three years of weekly tracking.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Likely U.S. Voters now rate the presidentPls add contents handling of national security issues as good or excellent. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that just as many (38%) give him a poor rating in this area.
La. ranks 6th in nation on ethics list
Louisiana ranked sixth on an integrity list compiled by a Chicago watchdog group. The Better Government Association gave the state marks for laws governing freedom of information, open meetings and conflicts of interest. LouisianaPls add contents lowest mark was in whistleblower protection. On overall integrity, the state finished behind Rhode Island, New Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska and California.
No state received a score above 70 percent, with the association stating that Rhode Island, New Jersey, Illinois and Louisiana Pls add contentarenPls add contentt commonly viewed as paragons of good government.Pls add content
Those states likely rank higher on the national Integrity Index, according to the Better Government Association news release, because years of corruption and embarrassing scandals led to the adoption of stricter safeguards and more comprehensive sunshine laws.
First Lady announces new student artwork to be featured at Governor's Mansion
BATON ROUGE, LA Pls add content As a part of the Jindal familyPls add contents initiative to feature young artists, LouisianaPls add contents First Lady Supriya Jindal announced today that winning art pieces from the Louisiana Art Education Association's (LAEA) 2012 Youth Art Month Flag design contest as well as pieces from the GovernorPls add contents Office of Disabilities Affairs Inclusive Art Show contest are on display in the Louisiana GovernorPls add contents Mansion for the month of August.
First Lady Supriya Jindal said, Pls add contentI am excited to announce we will be displaying winning pieces in the Governor's Mansion from two art contests: the winners of the GovernorPls add contents Office of Disability Affairs Inclusive Art Show contest and the LAEA Youth Art Month Flag Design competition. Through their brightly colored art, the imaginations of our young artists are sure to impress all who visit. The children have truly done a wonderful job expressing their creativity and love for Louisiana.Pls add content