Louisiana Political Insider – From the Advocate

Politics Column for Sunday, 9-2 Show caption Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fund raising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark., Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
by capitol news bureau

Jindal incognito
to some evacuees
Gov. Bobby Jindal introduced himself as “Bobby” when he greeted evacuating residents at Riverbend Nursing Home in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday.

Jindal made his way down the line of wheelchair-bound residents waiting to be loaded into ambulances.

Afterward, 83-year-old Irmgard Kindermann was surprised to learn she had just shaken the governor’s hand.

“Is that who that was?” she asked.

Ex-aide helps state during emergency
Political adviser Timmy Teepell was a constant at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s side following Hurricane Isaac’s landfall in Louisiana.

Teepell attended high-level meetings with the governor’s Cabinet secretaries and hopped into Jindal’s caravan to venture into flooded areas.

Although he once worked as the governor’s chief of staff, Teepell now is in the private sector, advising campaigns across the country. He has maintained close ties to Jindal.

Jindal laughed when asked why he needed a political adviser during a hurricane.

The governor said he brought in Teepell because of his knowledge of protocol.

He said Teepell traveled with him into storm-hit areas to make necessary contacts while his chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, stayed behind in Baton Rouge to coordinate response efforts.

“We appreciate his service and we’re not going to pay him a darn thing for doing it,” the governor said of Teepell.

Senator, consultant unite for radio show
Political consultant Roy Fletcher and state Sen. Dan Claitor announced the debut of their political radio show “Campaigns and Candidates” at 6 p.m. Wednesday on WBRP-FM, 107.3.

Calling themselves “common sense” political professionals, Fletcher and Claitor, both Baton Rouge Republicans, plan to explain what the politicians are “trying to do.”

Claitor said the show will run weekly for at least the next three months.

Groups schedule disaster workshop
Several Baton Rouge elected officials and groups are sponsoring a disaster preparedness workshop Saturday at the Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Representatives of the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Department of Insurance, Red Stick Ready, the American Red Cross and the Louis A. Martinet Society will provide information on how to stay informed during hurricane season, make a plan, pack a kit and protect property.

The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. People must register by Wednesday via email to tbanks@brgov.com or by calling 225-389-4831.

Events sponsors include state Sen. Sharon Broome, state Rep. Regina Barrow, Councilwomen Ronnie Edwards and Donna Collins-Lewis as well as the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Foundation for Louisiana.

Education secretary very well-traveled
State Superintendent of Education John White has visited a dozen school boards in recent weeks to discuss state education goals and to answer questions.

Penny Dastugue, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said during a recent BESE meeting that White was in a different city every night.

Not always a city, White replied laughingly.

Treasurer Kennedy offers financial aid
At week’s end, State Treasurer John Kennedy offered the help of his office and the State Bond Commission as local governments need help in expediting funds for Hurricane Isaac recovery.

“Our citizens don’t have time to wait to begin the difficult work of hurricane recovery. If our local leaders want to seek short-term financing while the state, FEMA and Congress engage in their usual tug-of-war over how much and when, we are ready to work with them and act quickly,” Kennedy said in a news release.

Kennedy’s offer came after a week in which Gov. Bobby Jindal complained that President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration did not go far enough in providing federal recover aid.

Kennedy also noted that FEMA may have to ask Congress for more money, which could be problematic given current federal budget pressures.

FEMA only has $1.5 billion left in its Disaster Relief Fund with open disaster declarations across the nation including wildfires, severe storms, tornadoes and floods in addition to Isaac.

Estimates of public and private damage from Isaac is running between $500 million and $2 billion, Kennedy said.

One option available to local government officials are Revenue Anticipation Notes, which allow borrowing of immediate cash from capital markets backed by future federal aid, Kennedy said.

Local governments could also raise capital through “1430” loans, he said.

EBR GOP postpones award to Sen. Vitter
The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish postponed the first Ronald Reagan Awards Brunch, which had been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The event was rescheduled to Sept. 14.

The event will honor U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Press Club cancels meeting for holiday
There will be no Monday meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge due to the Labor Day holiday.

The next meeting of the Press Club will be at noon Sept. 10 at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email address is cnb@the
advocate.com.

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