11:30 LRN Newscast February 27

The House of representatives is quiet today as members are taking as one lawmaker termed a “mental health day” off. Fingers have been pointing all over the capitol in explanation of why the budget crunch cannot be fixed. Jonesboro Republican Jack McFarland is trying to figure out why no one can come to a solution.

Cut 6  (08)  “in personalities”

But Baton Rouge Black Caucus member Ted James says his caucus will not cow-down to pressure of putting a financial burden on the poor.  He says they will remain steadfast to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Cut 8 (08) “We are serious”

The House is expected to reconvene Wednesday.  The Special Session needs to be wrapped up by March 7th.

Governor Edwards has declared a State of Emergency for several Parishes along the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red Rivers. Flood watches and warnings remain in effect through Thursday afternoon as an additional two to four inches of rainfall is expected.  GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele says persons living near those areas need to remain alert…

Cut 3 (07) “as well.”

For the first time in 14 years, a new chairman is at the helm of the Louisiana Republican Party.  Louis Gurvich was elected Saturday in a first round victory winning 97 of the 177 votes.  One of the first things Gurvich will begin working on is to find a Republican opponent to run against Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards in 2019.  He says that starts with a solid foundation…

Cut 14 (09) “the Governorship.”

His experience goes back to 1988 when he served as a gopher during the RNC in New Orleans.