Clock running out on flood authority’s days as a panel immune from political meddling ~Bob Marshall, The Lens~The political independence of the local levee board — under fire from politicians for its lawsuit against oil and gas companies — could come to an abrupt end next Tuesday. That’s when the state’s highest ranking politician and most outspoken critic of the lawsuit, Gov. Bobby Jindal, may be able to supplant a citizen nominating committee and make his own selections to fill three open seats on the board of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East.
“The only part of the entire process which is truly nonpolitical is the nominating committee. If they fail to act, it’s like putting your head on a chopping block. You know the governor is holding an axe, and he’s sharpening it.” — John Barry