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Nov 2, 2008

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate

Matalin to address government group

Melancon jokes of Obama photo op

U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon remembers meeting Democratic presidential contender, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a White House reception for members of Congress elected in 2004. Both are members of the 2004 class.

Television and newspaper photographers took pictures of Melancon, D-Napoleonville, standing with Obama, images that appeared on television news and in newspapers, including USA Today and The Washington Post.

When Melancon later saw Obama in the halls of the Capitol, he jokingly admonished his colleague.

“You know,” Melancon said. “You have to stop getting into my pictures.”

Jindal town talks set around state

Gov. Bobby Jindal again hit the road last week for a series of town hall meetings.

In recent days, Jindal visited Tallulah, Benton, Kentwood, Franklinton, Harrisonburg, Sieper, Olla and Logansport.

“As we have traveled the state over the past few weeks and months, it is great to hear how the reforms and changes Louisianians demanded have started to change the lives of many for the better,” Jindal wrote in his blog.

Selia Jindal wants to be astronaut

Her father is the governor of the state of Louisiana. But Selia Jindal does not have political aspirations.

Bobby Jindal said his 6-year-old daughter wants to be an astronaut.

He said he thought she would change her mind over time about her future career. However, Selia Jindal, so far, has stuck to her space dreams, her father said.

Ethics Board might have violated law

The new members of the Louisiana Board of Ethics seemingly ran afoul of the state’s public meetings law at their first meeting last week.

First up on the board agenda was the election of a chairman.

Two names were put in nomination – Frank Simoneaux and Scott Frazier, both Baton Rouge lawyers.

Board member Lafayette lawyer Blake Monrose immediately asked about the possibility of going into executive session so members could chat with the nominees before a vote.

“We are all new on this board,” Monrose said.

State law allows executive sessions in limited circumstances, such as discussion of litigation and the character and competence of individuals, and in the case of the Ethics Board, complaints and investigations.

Simoneaux, a former state legislator, suggested the board recess and talk individually, then return and vote. The board recessed and gathered in a separate room outside of public view.

When a reporter and House staffer entered the room, board members were standing around in a circle discussing the election situation in private.

The board emerged a short time later and elected Simoneaux chairman and Frazier vice chairman.

State lottery panel member appointed

Jindal recently appointed John Fitzpatrick of Metairie to the board of directors for the Louisiana State Lottery Corp.

Fitzpatrick is a lawyer with Odom & Des Roches and a former state trooper.

He is the governor’s 1st Congressional District appointee.

Community college supervisor named

Jindal also tapped Scott Terrill of Bossier City to join the Community and Technical College Boar of Supervisors.

Terrill is the co-founder and former president of Tensas Delta Exploration Company, an oil and gas exploration and development company.

Press Club to hear financial crisis talk

The Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday will focus on the impact of the financial crisis on Louisiana.

Bob Taylor, chief executive officer of the Louisiana Bankers Association, and Malcolm Young, chief executive officer of Louisiana Realtors and a former member of the Fannie Mae board of directors for the Housing Industry Advisory Group, will be the guest speakers.

Press Club meetings are at noon at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Matalin to address government group

Political consultant Mary Matalin will speak to the Bureau of Governmental Research in December.

Matalin, who worked on George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, will be the guest speaker at BGR’s annual luncheon on Dec. 8 at the New Orleans Marriott.

Lunch is $100 a person.

Compiled by the Capitol news bureau

Nov 2, 2008

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate

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