Edwards announced that outgoing state Sen. Ben Nevers will be his chief of staff and oversee the transition, and he named six transition co-chairs who represent different political constituencies that are important for Edwards.On the other hand, it's never a good idea to come right out of the gate making Rolfe McCollister happy. They'll have to fix that. Also, nice job of trolling by Tyler Bridges here.
They are: state Sen. Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge; Natchitoches attorney Taylor Townsend; Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand; Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo; businesswoman Laura Leach, of Lake Charles; and Richard Lipsey, a Baton Rouge businessman.
“He has a pretty diverse group,” said Rolfe McCollister Jr., founder and publisher of Louisiana Business, which publishes the Baton Rouge Business Report, and the chairman of Jindal’s 2007 transition.
Edwards said the transition team will work out of the 12th floor of Kirby Smith Hall, which is named after a Confederate general. Jindal used the same space eight years ago when he was governor-elect.Before everyone freaks out again, please note that General Kirby-Smith will also not be acting as Governor.
Meanwhile, seeing has how two of your three Hunkerdowncast co-hosts officially endorsed Edwards during the final weeks (Varg here and Alli here), we're still waiting to receive our Official State Media designation.
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The strongest signal yet of Edwards' commitment to Medicaid expansion is his appointment of state Sen. Ben Nevers to be his chief of staff. Nevers has been one of the foremost advocates of Medicaid expansion in the Legislature, at times offering tearful testimony as he pleaded with colleagues to expand the federal program to cover people who aren't paid enough to purchase their own insurance.
Asked about the significance of Medicaid expansion to the working poor, Nevers said, "it means life or death to many people across this state."
"There are over 242,000 people without medical insurance in this state who go to work everyday; who have been dependable employees," Nevers said. "It would mean the opportunity for them to have insurance for them and their families. I can tell you that there's many people across this state who've suffered tremendously because we've refused to expand Medicaid."
When asked what it means to him personally, Nevers said, "It means a tremendous amount to me.