Louisiana Conservative Endorsements – Round 1

September 12, 2011

In past elections, we at Louisiana Conservative have avoided giving our endorsement to candidates. This year, however, we have chosen to give our readers our picks for State Representative, State Senate, and State Wide offices. It would be too much to ask of us to go down ballot as we do not have the man power to search every crevice of elected office.

A few candidates stuck out to us immediately and it was an easy pick for us to endorse these candidates.

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Harold Williams (R) – State Representative, district 101.

Mr. Williams has been a long time friend of Louisiana Conservative and we would happily give him our endorsement. Harold Williams understands that the way to lift the people in any community isn’t to kill their ambitions with a welfare check, but to help them achieve their dreams by earning a paycheck. Williams is also an advocate of a Parent’s Rights over their children’s education. He owns and operates a business within his district and is active in several community organizations and projects, including serving as GOP Chairman of East Baton Rouge. You can visit his website here and contribute to his campaign here.

Barbara Thomas (R) – State Representative, district 63

Barbara Thomas has never been afraid to roll up her sleeves and help people in need. As a pro-lifer, Barbara Thomas operates a pregnancy crisis center in North Baton Rouge. Barbara Thomas is indeed a breath of fresh air in a community that is highly targeted for abortion (read up on Margaret Sanger). You can visit Barbara Thomas’ website here and make a contribution here.

John Labruzzo (R) – State Representative, District 94

John LaBruzzo has been a fearless advocate for conservative values and has pushed the limits of conservatism in Louisiana. His bold proposals have been met with resistance and false accusations including false accusation by a woman who specifically targets black women for abortion with his welfare reform bill. LaBruzzo now has some experience under his belt and has become a wiser and more effective legislator. You can visit John LaBruzzo’s website here and make a contribution here.

Laura O’Halloran (R) – State Representative, District 81

Since Labruzzo’s old district number is 81, it seems only appropriate that this seat be filled by a proven conservative, and that’s what we’ll get in Laura O’Halloran. As a district director of Americans for Fair Taxation and a Tea Party activist through out Louisiana, Laura O’Halloran has quickly risen as a leader in the grassroots movement. Laura O’Hollaran’s catchphrase “Repurchase Louisiana” says it all – that this time the people of this district will get their money’s worth. You can visit Laura O’Hollaran’s website here, and make a contribution to her campaignhere.

Valarie Hodges (R) – State Representative, District 64

Another long time friend of Louisiana Conservative, Valarie Hodges has been very active in helping others keep conservative values front and center and now seeks to bring conservative values to the state legislature. With both experience in the grassroots of politics and her trustworthiness has helped her build a good rapport with many effective people. Valarie Hodges has proven herself to us over the years. You can visit Valarie Hodge’s website here and make a contribution to her campaign here.

Rick Nowlin (R) – State Representative, District 23

Rick Nowlin of Natchitoches has become a leader in the house in just his first term. Known in the house for doing his research, members of both parties seek his opinion on many matters. Rick Nowlin was an easy pick for us and should be an easy pick for the constituents of District 23. You can visit Rick Nowlin’s website here and make a contribution to his campaign here.

Over the next month, we’ll be releasing our endorsements. If you think there is a candidate that we ought to endorse please let us know at louisianaconservative @ email.com, or you can “Like” our Facebook page on the right hand side bar and make a suggestion on our Facebook page.

REP. GUTIERREZ: “PRODUCTIVE AND ENCOURAGING” MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM STRATEGY.

States News Service September 16, 2010 WASHINGTON — The following information was released by the office of Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez:

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) met with President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) at the White House today to discuss plans for moving immigration reform legislation forward this year before Election Day. The meeting comes one day after the three Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus laid out their fall strategy to get the DREAM Act immigration bill approved as a starting point for broader immigration reform (see the release from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus here) and one day after President Obama, in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual awards gala said: “You have every right to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on the Democrats, and I hope you do,” referring to immigration. “But don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you.” “I think the White House, the Democrats, and the allies that support serious immigration reform are going on offense and the President is our quarterback,” Rep. Gutierrez said after the White House meeting Thursday. “I have been pushing hard to get us all pointing in the same direction on this issue and now with the White House standing with us and the Senate poised to act, I think we are seeing that effort begin to bear fruit. There are at least 218 votes in the House to pass the DREAM Act. The House is ready to act. We call on the Senate to pass the bill.” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Tuesday that there would be a clean up or down vote on the DREAM Act in the Senate as part of the Defense Department reauthorization bill in the coming week or two. Sen. Menendez announced this week that he intends to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate as soon as possible. Today, the three Members of Congress also spoke to the President about the 400,000 deportations occurring each year and the need to concentrate on only serious violent criminals. At least half of those deportations are non-criminals and are splitting families apart. go to website immigration reform news

“This was a big day, a big week and the next couple of weeks will be a turning point for immigration reform,” Rep. Gutierrez said. “We know the clock is ticking, we know Republicans are being pressured to say ‘no’ to everything — including sensible Democratic solutions that solve big national problems — but we also know the country wants and needs a secure, legal, and fair immigration system that protects and serves the American people and strengthens the economy. Getting a vote on the DREAM Act is a step in that process that could help a lot of very talented young people achieve their American Dream.” Senator Menendez, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is a key leader on immigration and the only Hispanic Member of the U.S. Senate. Rep. Velazquez is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). here immigration reform news

For all of his 18 years in the House, Rep. Gutierrez has been the leading voice calling for comprehensive immigration reform, halting deportations that rip families apart, providing relief for undocumented immigrant youth brought to the U.S., and instituting a fair and generous immigration policy for the nation. He introduced the first bill aimed at helping young undocumented immigrants gain access to higher education and legal status, a bill which was the forerunner of the DREAM Act that the Senate will consider in the coming week or two. On May 1 of this year, when DREAM Act students marched from Florida to Washington to call attention to the plight of immigrant youth, Rep. Gutierrez was arrested at a demonstration outside the White House to support their advocacy and to take their place symbolically so that they would not risk deportation if arrested themselves.

In 2005, he was part of the bipartisan team that crafted landmark immigration reform legislation that was approved by the Senate in 2006 but blocked by House Republican Leaders. That team included Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) and two House Republicans from Arizona and Rep. Gutierrez has continued to work with Members of Congress in both parties to craft and introduce subsequent bills.

In 2009 he launched a tour of American cities called the “Family Unity” tour to focus on the massive deportation program breaking families apart and the inability of family members to immigrate to the U.S. legally. The tour brought the stories of immigrant communities to light and created a platform for national immigration reform allies like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) to speak out on the issue. This effort brought out tens of thousands of immigrants across the country and kept the pressure on the (then) new Obama Administration to follow-through on immigration reform.

In 2009, Rep. Gutierrez, who chairs the Immigration Task Force of the CHC, crafted the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act, a comprehensive immigration reform bill based largely on his previous bipartisan immigration reform bills. The bill, known as CIR-ASAP (H.R. 4321), has 103 House co-sponsors and is supported by the CHC.

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