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Group's efforts won't affect LA conservative rule

Emerge Louisiana will find its far-left leanings won’t allow it to enjoy the low-hanging fruit success it has experienced in other parts of the country, as upcoming 2018 election results will ratify.

It serves as the state arm of the national Emerge America organization, which aims to elect female Democrats to offices at all levels of government. Women, it claims, benefit the polity by their staunch support for democratic principles like equality and fairness, actively involve themselves in a variety of gender-salient issue areas (such as healthcare, the economy, education and the environment), and show more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over “hierarchical power,” and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where “men have trouble finding common ground.”

The national group has a smorgasbord advisory board reflecting its political fealties: far-out feminists, abortion-on-demand harridans, big-government former elected officials, lionized ex-candidates defeated decisively, and ex-party hacks. (The Louisiana version’s board has a different function, as fundraisers.) Nationally, it boasts of a 73 percent success rate so far in 2018 (although a not-insignificant portion includes very minor boards or Democrat governance committees, and likely many of the posts would elect a Democrat in any event).


New LA ITEP rules allow for bad policy

Want to go about implementing in the wrong way new directives about a tax break in Louisiana? Look no further than action taken by the Orleans Parish School Board in July.

Earlier this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards had revamped the implementation of his executive order dealing with the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. This allows the state to waive local property taxes for projects that introduce or expand a business for up to ten years.

Originally, the order allowed several different local governments to weigh in on a decision that could create outcomes spanning from entire shielding to no shielding at all of tax liability. This created confusion and uncertainty both for the petitioners of the credit and the governing authorities trying to figure out what they should do.


Inadequate defense trial balloon for Edwards?

Perhaps the reply was well meaning, but it featured an awful lot of tap-dancing, some of it inaccurate, that won’t serve well as a counterargument.

My Jul. 22 Baton Rouge Advocate column drew a response from Karen Scallan, who identifies herself as a member of the state’s OCDD System Transformation Workgroup. She is visible in the disability community as a consultant who helps people unravel the complex world of Medicaid provision to people with disabilities.

In a Jul. 27 letter to The Advocate, Scallan refers to my column as having my “heart in the right place.” My piece applauded the Louisiana Department of Health for erasing a 10,000-person waiting list for Medicaid waiver services, and explored ways, using existing revenues sources without raising taxes, to address that the “changes haven’t helped provide all necessary assistance [italics added] to 28,000 people with more complex and intense needs.”