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LDP to Host Hurricane Isaac Relief and Survivor Benefit Monday in Charlotte

2012_Democratic_National_Convention_logoWhere: Louisiana Delegation Hotel Reception Tent

When?  Monday Night from 7:30 to Midnight

Where?  8525 North Tryon Street, Charlotte NC 28262

Special Guests supporting our efforts for Hurricane Isaac Relief include:

  • Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana
  • Congressman Benny Thompson of Mississippi
  • Donna Brazile
  • Melissa Harris Perry
  • Wendell Pierce
  • Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan
  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
  • Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover

Come as you are and enjoy Louisiana food, drinks and let’s help the citizens impacted by Hurricane Isaac to get back on their feet.

Louisiana is strong and we can survive this. Hurricane Isaac was a terrible house guest but now we have to clean up after him. We can do this and we need your help!

Donation stations will be open for electronic donations and checks made out to Hurricane Isaac Charities will be accepted at the door.

The United Ways of the Gulf Coast have activated their Gulf Coast Disaster Fund. You can contribute to that fund by clicking here.

You can also Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief” or click here to visit their website.

Another way that you can get relief to New Orleans area homeowners is through the GNO Fair Housing Action Center. You can make a financial contribution to them by clicking here.

Logo_WinPartners3Thank you to WIN Partners for their support of this event.

We will be in Charlotte next week, but the recovery of our families and friends will be at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers.

Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

Sincerely,

Karen Carter Peterson

Chairwoman

Louisiana Democratic Party

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Originally published: Sep 1, 2012

Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson issued the following statement in reaction to the removal of Dr. Fred Cerise as the head of the LSU HSC Hospital Division.

KCP-Head-wNameTitle“Governor Jindal’s dismissal of Dr. Fred Cerise as head of the LSU HSC Hospital network is proof positive that the Legislature must intervene in Louisiana’s accelerating health care crisis precipitated by the Medicaid clawback engineered by Congressional Republicans and Senator David Vitter.

“Dr. Cerise is the most knowledgeable person in our state about delivering care to the poor and the uninsured which, unfortunately, comprise a large portion of our state’s population.

“His dismissal by the Governor’s hand-picked LSU Board of Supervisors and their interim President is proof that Jindal and his allies are on an ideologically fueled mission. Clearly, they want to dismantle the state’s public health delivery infrastructure before the Affordable Care Act can provide LSU Hospitals as well as community hospitals across our state the path to long-term sustainability.

“The Governor has shut Legislators out of the process of making the cuts at LSU HSC and at other institutions like Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville. He has kept members of his own party in the dark while conducting ongoing conversations with out-of-state consultants like Alan Levine. He has put the interests of those private concerns ahead of the well-being of Louisiana citizens dependent upon the services delivered through LSU HSC and through the state’s network of behavioral health hospitals and clinics.

“I visited St. Tammany Parish a week ago and met with people who know Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELH) and the essential role it plays in providing behavioral health services not only in that region but in this state. The closing of that facility will impact not only patients, but their families, more than 560 employees, plus the patients and clients of programs operated by partners and stakeholders in the SELH campus.

“The dismissal of Dr. Cerise confirms that the Governor will not be deterred from his reckless course by reason. It is time for the Legislature to assert its authority as a co-equal branch of government in this state. I call on my colleagues in the Senate and the House to call themselves into special session and to move immediately to end the largest tax exemptions in this state so that we can protect these essential services.

“This not about right and left. This is about right and wrong. The Governor and his policies might serve him well with his national benefactors but they are wrong for this state and wrong for our people.

“We cannot stand idly by and let this carnage continue.”

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Originally published: Aug 25, 2012

State Senator and LDP Chair Karen Carter Peterson Statement after Mitt Romney’s New Orleans Fundraiser

New Orleans, LA — While Mitt Romney holds a fundraiser in New Orleans, State Senator and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson released the following statement.

KCP-Head-wNameTitle“The voters in Louisiana do face a very stark choice in this election, between moving the country forward or returning to the same failed policies of the past,” said State Senator and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson.  “We see President Obama’s commitment to American families every single day – from signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, to investing in STEM education, and building an economy that lasts.

“In the private sector, Romney’s priority was to maximize profits for himself and his investors, at whatever cost to workers.  Romney often loaded companies with debt, laid off workers, and shipped jobs overseas.  He walked away with a fortune, while middle-class families were left to suffer.

“As Governor, Massachusetts students saw their classrooms get more crowded while teachers got laid off.  By his second year as governor, Romney had already forced Massachusetts schools to take the second-largest percentage cuts, per pupil, in the country.  He would do the same to our children’s education, putting budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest ahead of good schools and affordable higher education.”

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Originally published: Aug 21, 2012

Jindal Punishes Louisiana Businesses and Families with ACA Obstructionism

Governor Bobby Jindal has emerged as the Republicans’ lead obstructionist to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He has refused the participate in the formation of a health insurance exchange to serve Louisiana residents, families and businesses. He has declared that he will not allow Louisiana to participate in the expansion of Medicaid made possible through the Act, thus denying health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana citizens.

New-LDP-Logo-291x300Governor Jindal will appear with Governor Howard Dean on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday, July 1.

“It is clear that the Governor has chosen political grandstanding over the well-being of the Louisiana people,” said LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson. “He has chosen to punish Louisiana citizens, families, businesses and health care providers in a brazen attempt to bolster his national political ambition.

“Governor Jindal’s politically motivated obstructionism on ACA reduces Louisiana businesses, citizens, families and health care providers to second class citizenship by denying them access to the full benefits of the law, which the Supreme Court upheld this week,” Carter Peterson said. 

By refusing to participate in the formation of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange, Governor Jindal has forfeited the state’s rightful role to help tailor the exchange to work best for Louisiana businesses and working families. A well-operating exchange would introduce transparency and better pricing to the Louisiana health insurance market. The state also forfeits its opportunity to define the kinds of health plans that can be offered in Louisiana due to Jindal’s obstructionism.

The Governor’s politically motivated grandstanding on the health insurance exchange punishes Louisianans while boosting his national prospects.

By refusing to allow Louisiana to participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program, the Governor is denying health insurance coverage to at least 360,000 working Louisiana residents who cannot afford health insurance. Again, he has done this in order to raise his national profile.

Governor Jindal is punishing more than 360,000 working Louisiana residents in order to advance his political ambition.

The Affordable Care Act is Good for What Ails Louisiana

Louisiana has consistently ranked among the states with the worst health care outcomes in the country, primarily because we are a low-income state with high levels of poverty and a large percentage of working age adults without health insurance.

The Affordable Care Actresponds to Louisiana’s needs in a number of ways. It is already improving the lives of Louisiana residents. Here are some facts about how Louisiana residents have already benefited from the Act:

  • More than 53,000 young adults in our state between the ages of 18 and 26 gained coverage as a result of being able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • 275,000 Louisiana women now have access to free preventive services, including mammograms, bone density scans and cervical cancer screenings.
  • Seniors in Louisiana have saved more than $53.8 million on prescription drug coverage.
  • More than 60,000 small businesses in Louisiana are eligible for tax credits to make health coverage for their employees more affordable.
  • About 360,000 working adults in Louisiana will be covered by the expansion of Medicaid, reducing emergency room use and eliminating the uncompensated care that is draining resources from our hospitals, doctors and other providers.
  • The national deficit will be reduced by over $1 trillion over 20 years, according to a nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Governor Jindal’s politically motivated obstructionism will deny Louisiana families and businesses the full benefits of the Act that citizens in other states will derive.

Email Meet the Press host David Gregory, calling on him to ask Governor Jindal directly: “Why do you insist on relegating the people of his state to second class citizens status through your refusal to participate in key elements of this law?”

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Originally published: June 30, 2012

Louisiana Democratic Party’s Day of the Democrats Project Heads to CENLA on Monday

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BATON ROUGE — Central Louisiana is the destination for the Louisiana Democratic Party’s Day of the Democrats on Monday, June 18.

The starts with a breakfast for area Democratic elected officials (including DSCC and DPEC members) at the Keys Park Community Center in Pineville at 8:30 a.m. LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson and other members of the party leadership who will be in attendance. Here’s a link to a map showing the location of Keys Park Community Center.

KCP-Head-wNameTitleChairwoman Peterson and other members of the leadership team will then fan out across the city for meetings with various constituent groups.

At 5 p.m., the Rapides DPEC will host a reception for Democrats from across the region, to provide an opportunity to get to know each other a bit. The reception will be held at the Main Street Community Center in Pineville. The community center is located at 708 Main Street. Here’s the link to a map.

At 6 p.m., Chairwoman Peterson will lead the CENLA Democratic Exchange, during which legislators, elected officials and constituents will discuss the recently concluded Regular Session of the Legislature and the impact that five years of privatization and budget cuts have had on the citizens and communities in the region.

The Democratic Exchanges are a standard feature of the Days of the Democrats project, giving party leaders, lawmakers and Democrats to talk about the issues of the day in an
informal setting.

The Days of the Democrats brings the leadership of the state party into each major population area of the state. The goals are to reconnect the party with its core constituents and to begin the work of building effective local and regional political operations based on DPECs and other state party structures.

The Days of the Democrats project will also include information gathering and fact-finding activities in each region. The party will compile, assess and synthesize the information gathered on these ventures to provide party members a common set of facts, common data and a shared vocabulary with which will serve as the basis for the formulation of future party strategy and platforms.

Day of the Democrats have been scheduled for the following regions and dates:

  • Baton Rouge/Capitol Region, June 20
  • New Orleans Metro Region, July 2;

Day of the Democrats activities are now being scheduled for Monroe/Northeast Louisiana, Houma/Thibodaux, Shreveport/Bossier, the Northshore/Florida Parishes, and Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana.

Check the party’s calendar on our website for new dates and visit information.

If you’d like to get involved in the planning of a Day of the Democrats in your region, email us here.

To see videos from the Acadiana Democratic Exchange, visit our YouTube Channel here.

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Originally published: June 15, 2012

Jindal veto parade begins; lashes out against pay equity and fiscal responsibility

BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal sent word to two Democratic lawmakers today that he intends to veto three of the bills they succeeded in passing in the session that ended on June 4.

New-LDP-Logo-291x300Jindal notified Senator Karen Carter Peterson of his intent to veto SB-577 which passed on the final day of the session. Majorities in the House and Senate agreed to create the Louisiana Equal Pay Task Force to study the reasons why Louisiana has such a wide disparity between the pay of men and women. The bill did not obligate the state to take any corrective action, merely to study the issue. That was too much for Jindal’s vice presidential aspirations to stomach, so he had his people contact Senator Peterson to inform her of his veto decision.

“The Governor complains that the State can’t afford the modest cost to even study the issue of pay equity, yet he’s been able to shovel millions from our State’s coffers toward corporate welfare boondoggles and sweetheart deals for consultants and political contributors,” Senator Peterson said in a statement released through her New Orleans office. “This is just another example of the Governor’s shamefully warped priorities and an affront to the women of this state.”

Jindal’s staff informed Representative Katrina Jackson that two of her bills were being vetoed by the Governor.

HB-1104 would require that state agencies which administer tax credits, exemptions and rebates to report certain information needed by the Legislative Auditor’s Office in determining whether each are producing the results promised when the various breaks were created.

In a session during a fiscal year where repeated revenue shortfalls were forcing damaging cuts to essential institutions and services, it became clear that Louisiana has a revenue problem. The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s 2012 “Tax Exemption Budget” report said that the state has 464 tax exemptions on the books that cost Louisiana taxpayers $4.8 Billion every year. Representative Jackson’s HB-1104 would create the means by which to measure the effectiveness of the exemptions, as well as tax credits and rebate programs passed by the Legislature and signed into law by a Governor.

That was too much transparency and accountability for the Governor to stomach, so he’s informed Representative Jackson that he’s vetoing the bill.

“Louisiana has cut vital services in the areas of health care and higher education,” Representative Jackson said in a statement. “It has laid off state workers an shaved spending to the bare bone. Every aspect of our state’s spending habits have been reviewed and trimmed, with the exception of our largest expenditure: tax credits, exemptions, and rebates. The veto of these bills impair good government and transparency.”

Representative Jackson’s HB-1106 is also going to be vetoed she learned today. HB-1106 would have allowed people who contribute money to public schools that are under-performing to receive a tax rebate. The total expenditures related to the bill were capped. Still, Jindal vetoed it.

“The only bill that sits on the Governor’s desk which truly helps our public schools to receive much needed resources will not see the light of day,” Representative Jackson said in response to the veto promise. “This is truly a blow to public education.”

It is worth noting that Jindal signed into law, HB-969 which provides a full rebate to people who contributed to Tuition Scholarship Organizations, which are tax exempt entities  that a just coming into being. People who contribute to these organizations (which supplement vouchers) will receive a federal tax credit for making the contribution to a 501(c)3.

The bill Jindal has signed into law says that the state will then issue a rebate in the amount of the money contributed. That is, TSO contributors get their tax break AND the money they supposedly donated in order to earn it.

Jindal’s approach of coddling the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted will continue in the new fiscal year.

Governor Jindal can be reached for comment at the Governor’s Office: 225-342-7015. We’re sure he’d love to hear from you on these vetoes.

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Originally published: June 10, 2012