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Edwards bypass foiled in part by progressive DA

Looks like 1st Judicial District Attorney James Stewart will have to forgo any future George Soros bucks as he joined Republican Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry, Democrat 19th Judicial District Attorney Hillar Moore III, and several other district attorneys in defeating a gambit backed by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards.

This week, these prosecutors reached a settlement with the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole over its prospective clemency hearings concerning almost the entirety of Louisiana’s death row. Contrary to existing rules, the Board had scheduled to conduct reviews of 20 inmates under capital sentences beginning Oct. 13 through Nov. 27, with perhaps more afterwards. This prompted the suit from Landry and the DAs from all districts with an inmate on the list, except for no party 4th DA Steve Tew, Republican 21st DA Scott Perrilloux, and 41st DA Democrat Jason Williams.

Edwards this spring had signaled, after years of strategic obfuscation and caginess, that he opposed capital punishment. This dog whistle activated anti-death penalty advocates to flood the Board with the requests. The Board, after first refusing to breach its rules, acquiesced to a request from Edwards to conduct the reviews, drawing upon an ambiguity in the rules that allowed the governor to make such requests at any time, even though Landry’s office had opined that this exception was overridden by the scheduling rules except in cases of imminent execution.


LA helps beat left's privileging boycott tactic

The strategy of economic boycotts from the far left aimed at jurisdictions like Louisiana over social issues officially ran out of steam with California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s quiet repeal of a ban on paid employee state travel to states who rejected empowering individuals of certain characteristics at the expense of others, emphasizing the moral poverty of the left’s argument.

California was the first of several states, by gubernatorial executive orders, to enact this and similar measures involving potential commercial activity between a state and others who passed laws allegedly discriminating against politically-favored constituencies. For example, California initially issued a fatwa on state travel to North Carolina because the latter passed a law mandating that people of their natal sex or altered sex when using single-sex restrooms to use those corresponding to their current sex.

At first isolated, North Carolina eventually did away with that law having little to do with California’s action, but because leftists and special interests through a combination of suasion and bullying activated some economic interests to join the boycott. Fortunately, that didn’t cow a number of other jurisdictions like Louisiana – now over half the states – to pass laws refusing to privilege the agendas of such groups. Since then, corporations and nonprofit entities have realized they lose business and opportunities to interact with all community interests and walked back from highly-politicized public pronouncements and actions signaling solidarity with the actions of the groups attempting to gain privilege.


Surprise ouster may make Scalise Speaker

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise’s moment may have arrived with the ouster of GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the U.S. of Representatives.

Hours ago, the House voted to remove McCarthy as speaker at the behest of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. He and seven other Republicans joined all Democrats to succeed, which as Republicans had only a five-member majority meant only the second vote ever to vacate worked.

That parliamentary move existed only because McCarthy’s retained the post tenuously. At the beginning of the year, after 15 rounds of inconclusive voting for its holder, as part of an agreement to win enough votes McCarthy accepted being restored into the rules this privileged maneuver that allowed any single member to ask this. Consistent House conservatives, who held up his victory, felt this gave them leverage in case McCarthy didn’t adhere to other aspects of the agreement that would ensure conservative input into governing the chamber.


Wilson, 4 Dwarves debate doesn't change race

The song remains the same as Wilson and the Four Dwarves battled among themselves futilely to keep Republican Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry from an expected eventual gubernatorial victory.

Not a band but gubernatorial aspirants Democrat former cabinet member Shawn Wilson; independent trial lawyer Hunter Lundy; and Republicans state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Treas. John Schroder, and former gubernatorial appointee Steven Waguespack – all met in a candidate forum for the office televised by the Louisiana Public Broadcasting consortium of stations and affiliates. Noticeably absent was Landry, who the latest polls make the clear front runner, followed distantly by Wilson, with the other four unable to crack single digits of support.

For that reason, any analysis of the efforts insofar as specific answers to issues is meaningless without Landry’s responses. General impressions of each will suffice from the forum that won’t change the dynamics of the contest that will put Landry and Wilson into a runoff, with Landry the clear favorite.


LA map likely to stay in force through 2024

The odds now are that Louisiana will have 2024 elections to Congress using the same districts as last year, as a result of a recent court decision, and maybe until 2032.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals put the brakes on the headlong rush Louisiana Middle District Judge Shelly Dick through judicial means has tried to bully the state into having a map with two majority-minority districts among the six districts for its representatives. Earlier this year, a surprise ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court gave race primary status among reapportionment criteria, reviving a case heard by Dick a year earlier that sought to throw out the state’s plan that featured a single M/M district in a state where nearly a third of the population claims at least in part black ancestry.

That original case placing an injunction on the state’s map spawned another to draw a new plan. This new case depends upon the older one being upheld as to whether the stoppage was proper. Republican Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry objected, arguing that the excessive speed imposed by Dick prevented a majoritarian solution that historically the judiciary has preferred, especially in complex and politicized cases involving reapportionment.