The Rundown: Updates on Gov. Edwards’ latest D.C. trip, LSU’s medical pot deal and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Less than a month to go in the fall elections, including the treasurer’s race; LSU continues response to fraternity pledge’s death; State leaders want to make more info public about K-12 schools; and more. Countdown… Days until the Louisiana treasurer’s election: 25 Days until the runoff in the treasurer’s race, if needed: 60…   […]

By September 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Voter also will decide three constitutional amendments in Oct. 14 election

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana’s Robert Travis Scott began wading into the group’s analysis of this election’s constitutional amendments thinking all three were the most boring ever placed on a Louisiana ballot. But he admits being wrong. PAR soon discovered that, for instance, the first amendment voters are being asked to sort out is […]

By September 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Analysis: Changed approach as Louisiana ‘fiscal cliff’ nears

Maybe Louisiana’s politicians are starting to take the state’s “fiscal cliff” more seriously as the $1 billion-plus budget hole edges ever closer. Or maybe they’re just acknowledging the last stab at closing the shortfall earlier this year was a total failure and that their most recent tactics shouldn’t be repeated. Whatever the reason, two of […]

By September 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

House budget leader slams Gov. John Bel Edwards after Speaker signals path to compromise

One of the state House’s top budget leaders has posted a video to Facebook slamming Gov. John Bel Edwards amid ongoing discussions about the state’s future finances. House Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, called his three-minute video “Kickoff to Fear Season 2017” and accused Edwards of using scare tactics to increase state spending. “The governor […]

By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Gov. John Bel Edwards will be in D.C. Monday to push for Comite project

Hoping to nudge a long-stalled flood prevention project, Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to meet with the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next week. But the fate of the Comite River Diversion Canal remains foggy, and it’s unclear how much impact Edwards’ meeting will have on the Corps, which has blamed […]

By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Something Called The Redfish Action Fund Has Entered Louisiana’s Political Fray…

…and while we’re not sure what it is we do find it interesting. There is an e-mail circulating in conservative circles in the state which positions the Redfish Action Fund as something of an answer to the Democrats’ attack-dog PACs operating in the last few election cycles with mixed results. If that doesn’t ring a […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Cassidy continues with Obamacare alternative push; House speaker looks for budget options; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy continues to pursue health care reform, though the clock is ticking and the outlook isn’t great; House Speaker expresses optimism that a budget deal will happen; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the Louisiana treasurer’s election: 30 Days until the runoff […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

PSC forum is mostly about party unity

Louisiana Public Service Commission candidates wanted Tuesday to talk about utility regulation. But the forum’s audience would have none of it. “All that sounds boring to me,” said Scott Wilfong, a Republican activist from Baton Rouge. “Where do you stand on what matters to real conservatives? Are you pro-life? Are you pro gun? Did you […]

By September 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Edwards’ worn-in governorship

There was no honeymoon period for John Bel Edwards after he was elected as governor in 2015. He didn’t get a pass from the press, the Legislature (actually the House in particular) launched immediately for his jugular and his other political enemies most certainly did not order up a ceasefire. That said, going from Bobby […]

By September 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Audit: $4.2M in improper La. Medicaid spending for lab work

services and tests that shouldn’t have been covered, according to an audit released Monday. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office reviewed payments between July 2011 and June 2016, mainly during former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. The auditors said the $4.2 million was paid by the health department and private managed-care companies who administer health plans for […]

By September 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →