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Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

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Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 11, 2004
Lieutenant(s) Mitch Landrieu
Preceded by Mike Foster, Jr.
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born December 15, 1942 (1942-12-15) (age 64)
New Iberia, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse Raymond Blanco
Profession Marketing Consultant, Teacher
Religion Roman Catholic

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (born December 15, 1942) is a Democratic politician from and the current governor of Louisiana. List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana is the second highest state office in Louisiana. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources. ... Murphy J. Mike Foster, Jr. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... The city of New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, in the US state of Louisiana, 125 miles (201 km) west of New Orleans. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Raymond Blanco is the First Gentleman of Louisiana as he is the husband of Gov. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up marketing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W...


She was elected on November 15, 2003, defeating her Republican opponent Bobby Jindal, in the general election, by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. She became the first woman to hold the office of governor of Louisiana. She is currently the fourth oldest governor in the United States. is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Piyush Bobby Jindal (born June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Louisiana politician. ... The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 2003 resulted in the election of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco as governor of Louisiana. ...  Female Republican Governor  Female Democratic Governor  Female Republican and Democratic Governor Twenty-nine women have been or are currently serving as the governor of an American state, including two in an acting capacity. ... List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W...


Blanco was expected to run for re-election this November; however, on March 20, 2007, she announced that she would not be running. The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 2007 will be held in two rounds. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

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Early life and career

She was born in New Iberia, Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Babineaux and his wife, the former Lucille Fremin. Her grandfather was a farmer, the family owned a country store, and her father was a small businessman and farmer who moved to Coteau near New Iberia. The community has one church and one school; Blanco attended a strict all-girls Catholic school on the banks of Bayou Teche. In 1964, she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Following college, she taught high school business. In 1964 she married Raymond Blanco, a football coach and educator; they have four daughters - Karmen, Monique, Nicole, and Pilar - and two sons - Ray and Ben. The city of New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, in the US state of Louisiana, 125 miles (201 km) west of New Orleans. ... The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or UL Lafayette,[1] is a coeducational public research university located in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Acadiana. ... Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) is a sorority founded at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ...


Prior to her election as governor, she served a four-year term as a State Representative in the Louisiana Legislature from 1984 to 1988, representing part of the Lafayette area. She was then elected to a six-year term as Public Service Commissioner from 1989 to 1995 and two terms as Lieutenant Governor from 1996 to 2004. The Louisiana House of Representatives is the lower house in the Louisiana State Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... The Louisiana State Legislature is the legislative branch of the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Lafayette is a city on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is an independent regulatory agency serving the public of Louisiana by managing its public utilities and motor carriers. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Governor of Louisiana

Before Katrina: 2004 and 2005

On 11 January of 2004 she took the oath of office in both English and French, succeeding Murphy J. Foster, Jr. as Governor of Louisiana. Blanco has traveled more than her predecessor, seeking new sources of economic development for the state. She has visited Nova Scotia, and in December 2004, visited Cuba to boost its trade with the state. During this controversial visit, she met with President Fidel Castro - a leader with whom the American government has no formal diplomatic relations. In 2005, Governor Blanco also visited Asia (primarily Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Former Gov. ... List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... Economic development is a sustainable increase in living standards that implies increased per capita income, better education and health as well as environmental protection. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born on August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba but on indefinite medical hiatus. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...


Before Katrina, a major focus of Governor Blanco's time in office was the future of the football team the New Orleans Saints, one of two major sports franchises in the state of Louisiana. Blanco's position on the Saints has been highly inconsistent – at one time or another, Governor Blanco has 1) proposed the construction of a new stadium for the team, 2) proposed to renovate the Louisiana Superdome, and 3) implied that the state cannot afford to retain the team. This led to a lengthy impasse between Governor Blanco and Saints owner Tom Benson. In the spring of 2005, Benson halted negotiations between the team and the state until after the 2005 NFL season was over. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superdome redirects here. ... Tom Benson (born 1927 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL team. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Blanco has had a difficult working relation with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Despite having joined the Democratic Party in 2001, Nagin endorsed Republican candidate Bobby Jindal (rather than Blanco) for governor in 2003. Both politicians have been at odds since then, especially following Katrina when both Blanco and Nagin exchanged blame for the inadequate government response. Ironically, Blanco had herself previously broken party ranks and backed Republican candidate Mike Foster over the Democratic Congressman Bill Jefferson in 1999.[citation needed] New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Piyush Bobby Jindal (born June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Louisiana politician. ... List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 2003 resulted in the election of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco as governor of Louisiana. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Murphy J. Mike Foster, Jr. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... William Jefferson William Jennings Jefferson (born March 14, 1947), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes much of the Greater New Orleans area (map) On July 30, 2005, he was caught on video... The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1999 resulted in the re-election of Mike Foster to his second term as governor of Louisiana. ...


As Governor, she is a member of the National Governors Association, Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. The National Governors Association (NGA) is an organization of the governors of the fifty U.S. states and five U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ... Southern Governors Association (SGA) was founded in 1934, and is the oldest and historically the largest of the USAs regional governors associations. ... The Democratic Governors Association is a Washington, D.C.-based organization founded in 1983, consisting of U.S. state and territorial governors affiliated with the Democratic Party. ...


Hurricane Katrina

Actions in advance of Katrina

On August 27, 2005, Governor Blanco speaking on Hurricane Katrina told the media in Jefferson Parish "I believe we are prepared. That's the one thing that I've always been able to brag about."[1] Later that day she issued a request for federal assistance and US$9 million in aid to President George W. Bush, which stated, "...I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster. I am specifically requesting emergency protective measures, direct Federal Assistance, Individual and Household Program (IHP) assistance, Special Needs Program assistance, and debris removal." Also in the requesting letter, the governor stated: "In response to the situation I have taken appropriate action under State law and directed the execution of the State Emergency Plan on August 26, 2005 in accordance with Section 501 (a) of the Stafford Act. A State of Emergency has been issued for the State in order to support the evacuations of the coastal areas in accordance with our State Evacuation Plan and the remainder of the state to support the State Special Needs and Sheltering Plan."[2] [3] August 27 is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Public health is concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. ... Warning signs, such as this one, can improve safety awareness. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


FEMA, issued a statement dated August 27, that President Bush authorized the allocation of federal resources, "following a review of FEMA's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance." [4] A White House statement of the same date also acknowledges this authorization of aid by President Bush. [5] On August 28, Governor Blanco sent a letter to President Bush, which increased the amount of aid requested to US$130 million. [6] Time Magazine has reported that on August 29, the day that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Governor Blanco could reach neither Bush nor his chief of staff and had to leave a message pleading for help with a low-level adviser. [7] New FEMA seal The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is an agency of the United States government dedicated to swift response in the event of disasters, both natural and man-made. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Actions following Katrina

On September 1, 2005, Governor Blanco authorized National Guard troops to "shoot and kill" rioters and looters, [8] which followed President Bush's statement that looters in New Orleans and elsewhere in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should be treated with "zero tolerance" [9]. The attitude to looters, and the perception that police and national guard resources were diverted to deal with looters, were sources of controversy and criticism. Governor Blanco was also criticized for allegedly having only a minor subset of her available National Guard troops standing by on ready, and for not being able to provide relief supplies and standby medical or other first responder personnel to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for the victims of the hurricane. A Newsday article by Jim Pinkerton, for example, claims "The Louisiana Guard has about 11,000 members, of whom 3,000 are in Iraq. And yet, of the remaining 8,000 in the Pelican State, fewer than half were on duty the day Katrina struck." [10] Louisiana did indeed have only 3,500 ready out of 6,500 national guards available according to a different article in the Chicago Tribune; in comparison, the much harder-hit state of Mississippi had 850 guards on duty, and Alabama had 350 as of August 30. [11] September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... The United States National Guard is a component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Looting is theft, taking advantage of special conditions such as a disaster, war, evacuation or blackout. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr. ... Newsday is a daily tabloid-size newspaper that primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the New York City metropolitan area. ... Jim Pinkerton is a columnist, author, and political analyst. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In addition, Governor Blanco had accepted an offer of National Guard reinforcements from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Although this agreement was made on August 28, the day before Katrina struck, the paperwork required to deploy troops did not arrive from the federal government until September 1. The specific cause of the delay is unclear. [12] An article in the Washington Post cites three state and federal officials as stating collectively that "Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until August 31." It also quotes one as saying erroneously that as of September 3, Governor Blanco had not declared a state of emergency in Louisiana. [13] Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... For other persons named William Richardson, see William Richardson (disambiguation). ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, may work to alert citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or may order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans. ...


Controversy has continued to circle the issue of the National Guard. According to an article in Newsweek [14], President Bush and Governor Blanco met on Air Force One on Friday, September 2, 2005 while it sat on the tarmac at the New Orleans airport. Echoing requests submitted by President Bush to Governor Blanco in a memo prior to the meeting, Mayor Nagin suggested federalizing the National Guard to improve the command structure. According to both Sen. David Vitter, a Republican ally of Bush’s, and Mayor Ray Nagin, the Democrat Mayor of New Orleans, Bush turned to Governor Blanco and said, "Well, what do you think of that, Governor?" Blanco told Bush, "I’d rather talk to you about that privately." To which Nagin responded, "Well, why don’t you do that now?". Immediately following that private meeting, according to a September 7, 2005 Washington Times article [15], Mayor Nagin said that "He (Bush) called [Nagin] in that office, and he said, 'Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor.' I was ready to move. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision." The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... For other uses, see Air Force One (disambiguation). ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961), American politician, is a Senator from Louisiana. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Washington Times is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1982 as a conservative alternative to the Washington Post by members of the controversial Unification Church. ...

Governor Blanco with President George W. Bush, September 25, 2005.

Governor Blanco subsequently rejected the proposal. President Bush continued to press the offer so Governor Blanco rejected it in writing on September 6, citing the need for flexibility in National Guard operations, particularly the need for Guard in areas other than New Orleans where the military is not currently operating.[16] Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi reportedly declined a similar offer from the President. Had either state's National Guard been federalized, they would not been able to provide law enforcement assistance under the provisions of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. It has not previously been a policy during natural disasters to combine the command of National Guard and military operations under the authority of the President.[17] President Bush has the power to take command of National Guard brigades under the Insurrection Act without the agreement of a state Governor, but no President has done this since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s and President Bush has so far also declined to do so. However, Governor Blanco and Major General Bennett Landreneau, commander of Louisiana's National Guard, have co-operated closely with Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, who was then commanding military operations under Joint Task Force Katrina. Image File history File links Bush_Blanco. ... Image File history File links Bush_Blanco. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Haley Reeves Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is the current Republican governor of Mississippi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. Â§ 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction. ... The Insurrection Act of 1807 is the set of laws that govern the President of the United States of Americas ability to deploy troops within the United States to put down lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Russel L. Honoré Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (pronounced ON-or-ay) (born 1947), also known as The Ragin Cajun (although actually of Louisiana Creole background), is the commanding general of the U.S. First Army in Fort Gillem, Georgia, and current commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for... Joint Task Force Katrina is a joint operation between the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency created on August 31, 2005 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi to organize relief efforts along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ...


CNN and Fox News reported the Louisiana Homeland Security Department (which operates under the authority of Governor Blanco) refused to allow the American Red Cross to enter the city of New Orleans. [18], [19] [20] The American Red Cross confirms that the organization had not been allowed to enter the city to provide aid but also states that it is providing relief at the evacuation centers: "As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. We are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated." The deputy director of Louisiana's Homeland Security Department, Colonel Jay Mayeaux, has stated that he asked the Red Cross to delay relief operations for 24 hours for logistical reasons, and by the time that was up the evacuations had already begun.[21] The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ... A WWII-era poster encouraged American women to volunteer for the Red Cross as part of the war effort. ... A WWII-era poster encouraged American women to volunteer for the Red Cross as part of the war effort. ...


On September 14, after President Bush had accepted responsibility for all problems that occurred at the federal level[22], Governor Blanco accepted responsibility for all problems that occurred at the state level. Blanco stated, "At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility."[23] September 14 is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


After Katrina: 2006 and 2007

Governor Blanco has continued to press President Bush and Congress for additional recovery funds for Lousiana, pointing out the disparity in assistance received by Louisiana compared to neighboring Mississippi, in spite of statements by members of the Louisiana State Republican Party that recommended quietly accepting what was offered and then possibly request more aid at a later date. Assisted by protests in the press, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, which referred to the treatment of Louisiana and New Orleans as "America's Shame,' in February 2006, the relentless Governor Blanco and the Louisiana Recovery Authority negotiated an additional $4.2 billion in aid for rebuilding housing in Louisiana. [24] The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the governmental body created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by Governor Kathleen Blanco to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. ...


On June 19, 2006, Governor Blanco announced that she would send the National Guard to patrol New Orleans' streets after five teenagers were killed, in an effort to combat a greatly increased rate of violent crime. As of March 2007, the National Guard is still stationed in New Orleans. is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 19, 2006, Blanco signed into law a ban on most forms of abortion (unless the life of the mother was in danger or her health would be permanently damaged) once it passed the state legislature. Although she felt exclusions for rape or incest would have "been reasonable," she felt she should not veto based on those reasons. The bill would only go into effect if the United States Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade. [25] This decision is consistent with the generally conservative leaning of Louisiana's populace on social issues.[citation needed] is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... Holding Texas law making it a crime to assist a woman to get an abortion violated her due process rights. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W...


In August 2006, Blanco filed a lawsuit "to force the federal government to spend part of its oil and gas income from the Outer Continental Shelf to help shore up Louisiana's coastline". [26]


In December 2006, Blanco called a special session of the Louisiana State Legislature which she intended to use to dispense $2.1 billion worth of tax cuts, teacher raises, road projects and other spending programs. Legislators allied with Blanco attempted to lift a spending cap imposed by the state constitution, but Republican lawmakers defeated the Blanco’s spending measured. The high-profile defeat further eroded Blanco’s political reputation.


By late 2006 and early 2007, Blanco was facing increasingly heated accusations of delays and incompetence in administering the Road Home Program, a state-run program which Blanco had set up following Katrina in order to distribute federal aid money to Katrina victims for damage to their homes. By January 2007, fewer than 250 of an estimated 100,000 applicants had received payments from the program, and many of the payments were apparently based on assessments which grossly undervalued the cost of damage to homes. [27]


Facing an upcoming re-election campaign with greatly reduced popularity, Blanco made repeated public criticisms of the administration of President Bush in January 2007. Noting that Bush neglected to mention Gulf Coast reconstruction in his 2007 State of the Union Address, Blanco called for a bipartisan Congressional investigation into the conduct of the Bush administration following Katrina, to determine whether partisan politics played a role in the slow response to the storm. This call followed comments by former FEMA director Michael D. Brown, who claimed that the White House offer to federalize the National Guard in the days following the storm (see above) was part of a plan to upstage Blanco. [28] Blanco has also repeated accusations that Mississippi received preferential treatment because its governor, Haley Barbour, is Republican. George W. Bush during the speech, with Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi behind him. ... New FEMA seal The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is an agency of the United States government dedicated to swift response in the event of disasters, both natural and man-made. ... Michael Brownie Brown For other people of the same name, see Michael Brown (disambiguation). ... Haley Reeves Barbour (born October 22, 1947) is the current Republican governor of Mississippi. ...


Blanco announced, on March 20, 2007, that she would not seek re-election.[29]


Electoral history

State Representative, 45th Representative District, 1987


Threshold > 50%


First Ballot, October 24, 1987

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 7,713 (60%) Elected
J Luke LeBlanc Democratic 5,037 (40%) Defeated

Public Service Commission, District 2, 1988


Threshold > 50%


First Ballot, October 1, 1988

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 44,450 (32%) Runoff
Kernan "Skip" Hand Republican 25,293 (18%) Runoff
George Ackel Democratic 23,383 (17%) Defeated
Edward "Bubby" Lyons Democratic 22,082 (16%) Defeated
Others n.a. 22,314 (17%) Defeated

Second Ballot, November 8, 1988

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 161,270 (57%) Elected
Kernan "Skip" Hand Republican 120,392 (43%) Defeated

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, 1995


Threshold > 50%


First Ballot, October 21, 1995

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 590,410 (44%) Runoff
Suzanne Krieger Republican 211,520 (16%) Runoff
Chris John Democratic 206,915 (15%) Defeated
Others n.a. 342,910 (25%) Defeated

Second Ballot, November 18, 1995 For the Indonesian Boxer see Chris John (boxer) Christopher Charles Chris John (born January 5, 1960), American politician, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 to 2005, representing the Seventh District of Louisiana (the southwestern or Cajun part of the state). ...

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 964,559 (65%) Elected
Suzanne Krieger Republican 513,613 (35%) Defeated

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, 1999


Threshold > 50%


First Ballot, October 23, 1999

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 968,249 (80%) Elected
Kevin Joseph Duplantis Republican 121,296 (10%) Defeated
Others n.a. 117,467 (10%) Defeated

Governor of Louisiana, 2003


Threshold > 50%


First Ballot, October 4, 2003

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Bobby Jindal Republican 443,389 (33%) Runoff
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 250,136 (18%) Runoff
Richard Ieyoub Democratic 223,513 (16%) Defeated
Claude "Buddy" Leach Democratic 187,872 (14%) Defeated
Others n.a. 257,614 (19%) Defeated

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Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Kathleen Blanco Democratic 731,358 (52%) Elected
Bobby Jindal Republican 676,484 (48%) Defeated

Piyush Bobby Jindal (born June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Louisiana politician. ...

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The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

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Preceded by
Melinda Schwegmann (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
19962004
Succeeded by
Mitch Landrieu (D)
Preceded by
Mike Foster (R)
Governor of Louisiana
2004–present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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Governor Blanco is still grappling with the massive damage to the State of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which struck Louisiana on August 29, 2005.
Governor Blanco was also criticized for allegedly having only a minor subset of her available National Guard troops standing by on ready, and for not being able to provide relief supplies and standby medical or other first responder personnel to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for the victims of the hurricane.
On June 19, 2006, Blanco signed into law a ban on most forms of abortion (unless the life of the mother was in danger or her health would be permanently damaged) once it passed the state legislature.
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