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Don't forget these bills in override session

Perhaps overshadowed by the spotlights on other bills, several less-publicized ones deserve veto overrides that the Louisiana Legislature seems poised to cue up later this month.

The driving force behind a historic such session comes from legislator distaste at Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwardsvetoes of SB 156, which prevents discrimination by sex in scholastic and collegiate sports, and SB 118, which removes requirements for carrying concealed firearms found unnecessary in almost half the states. As well, his vetoes of several other measures that would shore up weaknesses in the state’s electoral system integrity have drawn legislators’ ire.

However, other vetoed bills also merit attention, beginning with a few that address vaccinations for the Wuhan coronavirus. Already noted is the necessity of HB 498 by Republican state Rep. Kathy Edmonston that prevents government-mandated vaccinations to gain citizens to access ordinary services until such vaccinations receive formal and final Food and Drug Administration approval. Given the vaccines now are known to cause certain rare maladies particularly in youths, such a mandate would cause a terrible choice between enduring legalized discrimination preventing reception of government services or risking state-sanctioned murder as in the case of abortion.


Council clowns' tantrum makes BC look unserious

Describing the antics of the Bossier City Council might draw such words as “amateur hour”, “clown show”, and “laughingstock” – except it’s no laughing matter when its elected officials provide such a stark reminder to the world that by their behavior they oversee America’s biggest small town.

If the majority cabal at present running council affairs wanted to impress upon observers just how unprofessional, inept, and petty Bossier City government is, they couldn’t have done better with the circus of a meeting they put on earlier this week. After witnessing what happened, any business wanting to set up shop in northwest Louisiana would cross the city off its list, correctly deducing that its parochial, secretive and dysfunctional government would create a toxic business environment held hostage by a few egotists and not worth the trouble to invest in.

The gory details are here, and a special meeting later this week would appear at least to iron out the appointment by Republican and new Mayor Tommy Chandler of 26th Judicial District Judge Charles Jacobs as city attorney and therefore 26th District assistant district attorney Richard Ray as assistant. But that doesn’t erase how handling this became a manufactured controversy ending with a self-inflicted wound.


Edwards bill massacre signals go big or home

The Thursday night massacre of 2021 Louisiana Legislature regular session bills shows Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards want to go big or go home.

Last week, on the final day of this decision-making, Edwards vetoed a slew of bills concerning hot-button issues. In essence, by doing so including some issued earlier this year he authorized less transparency in government, insufficient checks on gubernatorial emergency powers, coerced government diversion of part of paychecks to special interests, elections less secure from fraud and special interest interference, potential forcible injections of vaccines labeled by the federal government as carrying elevated risks for youths, an invitation to waste taxpayer dollars on invalid public records searches, encouragement of state bond underwriters to engage in discriminatory lending practices, needless requirements to carry a concealed firearm, and discrimination against female youths in athletic pursuits.

Never had a governor vetoed so many high-profile non-fiscal bills, because never has a governor faced as rebellious of a Legislature. Until a quarter-century ago, economic liberal populists with socially conservative tendencies, almost all Democrats, ruled the legislative roost with views sympathetic mostly with those of governors. A vast influx of full-spectrum conservatives has infiltrated the Legislature since, while Edwards mirrors the old-school liberal populists of the past but with more socially-liberal views than almost all of his predecessors.


Another LA Democrat strategically drops label

Cosmetic and political more than significant describe no party state Rep. Malinda White’s dropping of her Democrat label.

Last week, White announced she would leave the party. She claimed frustration with a partisan atmosphere at the Capitol and asserted her constituents felt more like she should speak for issues and ideas. Former state party executive director Stephen Handwerk speculated intraparty friction might have soured her, which he conjectured came from the increasingly far left tilt of the organization’s leadership (that mimics the trend seen at the national level). Of course, Handwerk himself appears to have been a casualty of this when he exited his former role as a new central committee gained election with extreme leftists and/or blacks becoming more prominent a portion in the party’s base and leadership, so he may be imprinting this experience onto his interpretation.

Reviewing this legislative session her votes on 16 pieces of key legislation – all vetoed by the state’s most prominent Democrat whose behavior increasing aligns with this violent movement to the left, Gov. John Bel Edwards – White voted for six, opposed five, and didn’t vote on five. As an absence essentially counts as a negative vote, insofar as Republicans and conservatives were concerned, she only voted the right way 37.5 percent of the time on these controversial non-fiscal issues.


Independence Day, 2021

This column publishes every Sunday through Thursday around noon U.S. Central Time (maybe even after sundown on busy days, or maybe before noon if things work out, or even sometimes on the weekend if there's big news) except whenever a significant national holiday falls on the Monday through Friday associated with the otherwise-usual publication on the previous day (unless it is Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, Christmas, or New Year's Day when it is the day on which the holiday is observed by the U.S. government). In my opinion, in addition to these are also Easter Sunday, Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.

With Sunday, Jul. 4 being Independence Day, I invite you to explore the links connected to this page.