Wednesday, June 14, 2006

News

House approves assessors merger:
The only two New Orleans area legislators who cast "no" votes on final passage were Reps. Arthur Morrell, D-New Orleans, and Ken Odinet, D-Arabi. Reps. Alex Heaton, D-New Orleans, the brother of New Orleans 7th District Assessor Henry Heaton, and Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, son of Algiers Assessor Tom Arnold, argued against the measure but both were recorded as absent on the final vote.
Who were the rest of the no voters? One supposes one could look it up, if one were not so god damned tired. This is interesting:
As a constitutional amendment, the Legislature must pass it by a two-thirds vote and the voters of the state and New Orleans must approve by a simple majority. If the measure passes statewide but fails in New Orleans, it is dead.
Another fascinating Louisiana political fact. One assumes that if the measure passes in New Orleans but fails in the state, it is also dead, but one thing I've learned from years of watching Louisiana politics is that oh hey look someone dropped a quarter The Red Cross coming through with satellite phones, among other things. These are the satellite phones that everyone at the Hurricane Pam exercise swore they had on hand and would be using when the big one hit. Nice to see someone is taking some advice. $94 billion spending package. House passed it yesterday; Senate will probably vote today. Riders and lamprey-like amendments were lopped off (!) and David Vitter took time off from fighting the scourge of homosexual marriage to argue for the bill (!!), which includes $3 million for a Corps study on closing the MR-GO, which doesn't have a chance in hell of happening, but still: (!!!). What the fuck is going on up there? Is it sweeps week? An ethics law "adjustment". Yes well. Hrrumph. I can see how allowing school board relations to be hired for school board business in towns with a population under 26,000 would almost be a necessity. Just imagine if the St. Martin parish school board couldn't hire relatives. They'd have to bus workers in from Dry Prong, for Christ's sake. 75mph highways? I got some news for you guys. As long as we're amending rules to conform to what everyone does anyway, just go ahead and make it 85, and as long as I have your ear, an open container isn't really open if it's in a car, which is enclosed, right? Oh, and if chickens aren't animals, what are they? Are they like moss or yeast or something? Tits spotted in Lafayette. Okay, fine. Tits striped in Lafayette.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

Regarding the PETA protest: I like how the article ends with circus showtimes. Fantastic! Some (okay, a lot of) PETA info would have been nice too.

6/14/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

Oh, and another thing: these 75-mph highways should be passed only after the average Louisiana driver can handle a car at 75 mph. Of course, that would require them to meet the 25, 35 and 45 mph barriers first. I'll hold my breath now.

6/14/2006 05:11:00 PM  

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