The Louisiana Family Forum — the political organization that has the power to turn Baton Rouge lawmakers' knees to jelly and bowels to water — last week issued its annual scorecard ranking legislators on their "family-friendliness" (as defined, of course, by the LFF's standards). State senators were ranked according to their votes on eight bills, while representatives were judged by their opinions on 11 bills (from positions as diverse as funding Planned Parenthood and limiting cell phone use in vehicles.
The LFF scorecard is broken down into a five-tier color code: green ("outstanding family advocate"), blue ("family advocate"), yellow ("average"), orange ("needs improvement") and red ("hostile"). Of 14 "hostile" House members, six of them were from New Orleans (Reps. Austin Badon, Walt Leger, Jared Brossett, Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, Wesley Bishop and Juan LaFonta). On the Senate side, two of the "hostiles" were New Orleanians (Karen Carter Peterson and Cynthia Willard-Lewis, along with Destrehan's Joel Chaisson).
No New Orleans state senators or representatives made the "outstanding family advocate" grade (though Metairie Reps. Anthony Ligi and John LaBruzzo, both Republicans, did). Only three New Orleans representatives earned a "family advocate" label: Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans; Rep. Cameron Henry, R-New Orleans; and Rep. Walker Hines.
The LFF will celebrate its 2011 legislative victories at its "Legislative Awards Banquet" in Baton Rouge Sept. 29. Tables of eight can be had for as little as $1,250 ("bronze sponsorship") or as much as $10,000 ("platinum sponsorship"). Invitations for the event state that 70 Louisiana politicians have been invited to receive awards this year. "Louisiana Family Forum Action is writing the next chapter of Louisiana history," the group concludes. — Kevin Allman