All aboard the tax hike train, at least one media
outlet in Louisiana appears to encourage to the detriment of the state.
Now Edwards has more impetus to seek tax
increases. The descent of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has triggered overall revenue
reductions and higher expenditures in some areas, particularly concerning the
burgeoning imbalance of unemployment insurance payments going out compared to
taxes coming in. Instead of pulling
back on government spending for this fiscal year, Edwards successfully implored
the Legislature to spend federal government largesse without cuts, making for
ticking time bomb for taxpayers.
The mainstream media, both national and Louisianan,
still stumble in the dark when comes to understanding the policy blunders that
have made Louisiana the worst-hit, longest hit state by the Wuhan coronavirus
Ten days ago, USA TODAY ran a piece
on how not only did Louisiana suffer a high peak of infections in the spring,
but, more than any other state, has seen one again this summer. Yesterday, the New
Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate published musings
from Jeff Asher, known more for his analysis of crime but who recently has made
a pivot to looking at pandemic data, about recent patterns in these data.
Louisiana continues to serve as an outlier to
national pandemic trends, because of this bimodal distribution in cases. Because
of that, as of yesterday
it ranked second in infection rate, fifth in current hospitalization percentage
per capita, and sixth in mortality per capita. Only Georgia, at
first, first, and eighth, respectively, arguably is as bad off. But this is its
first rodeo, only within the past month hitting these lamentable marks for the
first time while Louisiana is repeating, and worse daily on cases but with far
fewer deaths, from four months ago.
Perhaps it didn’t match the author’s intent, but a
recent article in Louisiana’s largest newspaper illuminated a glaring weakness
in Democrat Gov. John
Bel Edwards’ approach to battling the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
in the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate replicated one in the New
York Times about “excess” deaths from the virus. It noted that nearly 5,000
more Louisianans died in the first four months of the pandemic than did last
year during the same period. With over 3,500 directly attributable to the
virus, that meant around 1,400 from other causes also had occurred over and
above the previous year’s.
Louisiana Democrat Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette
Johnson can’t leave her post quickly enough, her latest opinion confirms.
The only black and Democrat on the Court, Johnson
has a long history of being on the losing side in cases when divisions occurred.
She will retire at the end of this year, courtesy of the recently-upheld
Louisiana Constitution’s provision (which she
dissented from) that disallows a judge running for office if 70 or older at
the beginning of that next term.
But it looks like she’s
going out with a real bang. A career criminal, Fair Wayne Davis, petitioned
the Court to have his life sentence overturned. First convicted for attempted
armed robbery in 1979, he received a sentence of ten years at hard labor. Out
before his time, he subsequently was convicted of possession of stolen things
in 1987, attempted forgery of a check worth $150 in 1989, and for simple
burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1992. As such, he fell under the state’s habitual
offender statute, meriting his lifetime residence in a cell.
What was at first a bit of a head scratcher around
Shreveport judicial circles has become much clearer as a politicization of a
week, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Trina Chu, currently a
candidate in the westernmost district of the state’s Court of Appeals, Second
Circuit. Each district has three sections that open up periodically over a
decade, and as a no party candidate she challenges longtime no party incumbent
Jeannette Garrett for one of those.
Chu used to work for the Second Circuit, a few
years back, for former Chief Justice Henry Brown. He
left the Court in a hurry one step ahead of censure by the state’s
Judiciary Commission for alleged attempted influence of another judge concerning
a case in front of the Court about a woman with whom he was very friendly. That
attempt supposedly involved material that Chu, also a friend of the woman, had
obtained and transmitted illegally.