Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spent the past couple of weeks touring parishes affected by Hurricane Ida in an effort to help them prepare for the Nov. 13 elections. While Ardoin and his staff are still compiling and reviewing notes from the listening tour, it’s already clear they have plenty of precinct-level work to do in some places that don’t even have standing structures. Ardoin said there were images from his tour that will stick with him for years to come. In Lafitte last week, he discussed paths forward with local officials against the backdrop of a massive pile of storm-damaged school desks. Standing taller than the secretary in some areas and stretching a city block, each desk represented a young student who’s experiencing quite a different school year. Ardoin said such images were “humbling,” and they underscored the importance of the upcoming elections. Despite all of the obvious challenges involved with recovery and rebuilding, the secretary struck a confident tone. “We have a firm grasp of the individual needs of each parish,” he said. The secretary met with local clerks of court, registrars and area leaders to discuss how some precincts could be relocated or merged. There are discussions about utilizing mobile voting precincts and even tents, if ultimately needed. Adjustments, in fact, will be needed across southeast Louisiana, not just in the hardest-hit areas.
On the road: LABI President Stephen Waguespack is making his way around the state to campaign for this fall’s constitutional amendments. “This will put us out of the dark ages into the modern times, economically,” he said in Lake Charles this week, according to coverage from The American Press.
Radio buy: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is airing a new radio message in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida advising policyholders of their rights to recover food, lodging and other expenses resulting from their evacuation.
Money circuit: House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is hosting a cocktail fundraiser with “special guest” U.S. Rep. Garret Graves at the Clubhouse at Pelican Point Country Club in Gonzales next Tuesday.
Next week at the Capitol: The Louisiana Commission on Justice System Funding meets Monday and the Attorney Fee Review Board meets Tuesday. On Friday, the House Health and Welfare Committee will also gather to discuss the status of rules being drafted for the regulation of cannabidiol, or CBD, and other consumable hemp products
They said it: “It triggers my gag reflex.”—U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on the child tax credit, on Fox News.