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James Hartman & Associates offers experienced support for political, commercial and non-profit clientele. Drawing on the background of the firm’s founder and associates with experience in a variety of fields, our company will evaluate your goals, develop a strategy to achieve them, mobilize public opinion to favor your outcome, and implement the plan to make you the success you deserve to be.

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[9 Dec 2014]


A jubilant Tony LeMon grabbed a reporter in the middle of a crush of bodies at the Clarion Hotel in Covington on Saturday night. LeMon, one of the key players behind Warren Montgomery’s successful run for district attorney of Washington and St. Tammany parishes, had to shout to make himself heard over the din.
“We are going to change this whole corrupt system!” he yelled. “We are going to change everything!”
LeMon was just one of dozens of Montgomery supporters whose reaction to Saturday’s result was equal …

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[5 Nov 2014]

By Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
For the first time in more than two decades, the town of Pearl River will have a mayor who is not James Lavigne. Voters on Tuesday (Nov. 4) hastened an end to the mayoralty of the 23-year incumbent who was indicted Oct. 8 on theft and malfeasance charges.
Businessman Clay Harper and Pearl River Alderman David McQueen finished atop thefour-candidate field and will face off in a Dec. 6 runoff, with the winner taking office next year. Lavigne, who continued campaigning despite the indictment, finished …

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[3 Nov 2014]

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The New Orleans Women’s Shelter in Central City is holding a major fundraiser next week.  It’s the only shelter in the metro area that takes in women who are expecting or have children.  Reporter Deepak Saini shows you how the shelter is giving women hope and help.
A toy an a good book; that’s how childhood should be.  Siobhan Smith and her son Carter know how to smile through their pain.  Life has been unkind.
“Being homeless is not lowered than dirt. It’s just that you …

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[30 Oct 2014]

By Theresa Schmidt
According to records with the Cameron Parish tax assessor, Calcasieu D.A. candidate Christian Chesson still has a homestead exemption there–even though Chesson admits he hasn’t lived in Cameron parish since 2011.
Homeowners in Louisiana love the homestead exemption because it saves money on their property tax bills.
But taxpayers are only allowed one homestead exemption and it must be on the home in which they live.
The exemption Chesson has in Cameron Parish saves him about a thousand dollars a year on his Cameron Parish property taxes.
The Cameron Parish tax assessor …

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[20 Oct 2014]

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a plan Monday (Oct. 20) to end the practice of  billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
DHH said the plan would streamline the funding by allowing hospitals to bill the Crime Victim’s Reparation Board directly.
Under current law, the board is not allowed to accept bills for additional medical expenses directly from the provider, which resulted in some hospitals treating victims of sexual assault like a normal emergency room patient and bill them for additional services.
Victims who decide not to file a police report …