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LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT: GOVERNOR HAS RARE MONTH OF GOOD NEWS

Gov. John Bel Edwards must be wishing that all months could be like this one. After bruising tax and spending battles with state lawmakers earlier this year, the Democratic governor has largely had a stretch of good — or at least less awful — news to talk about since the legislative sessions ended in June. […]

Trump’s Interior Department plans to chop months off wait-times for oil-drilling permits

The Department of Interior plans on cutting wait times for oil and natural gas drilling permits on public lands to just 30 days, according to a senior agency official. “We do want to shrink it down to 30 days and to make all the processes as short as possible, but at the same time, making […]

Political Horizons: The election for the most important job you’ve never heard of deserves more attention

The best debut video in what otherwise is a boring election season has to be Public Service Commission candidate Craig Greene talking about checking if a cow is pregnant. “There’s only one way to check,” he says. Actually, there’s more than one way, but his knowing chuckle indicates he means the most direct: rectal palpation… […]

Despite lack of traction, raising minimum wage ‘still a priority’ for Gov. John Bel Edwards; what’s holding him back?

Kenya Harris recalls taking the city bus from classes at Baton Rouge Community College to her minimum wage job at a fast food restaurant off Sherwood Forest across town — changing into her uniform in the restaurant’s bathroom each day. “It was so hard,” she said, looking back nearly 10 years later. “I didn’t even […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Time to explore to ‘fiscal cliff’ options, decide if special session ‘will be productive’

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras to form a bipartisan working group to come up with options for addressing the more than $1 billion budget shortfall the state faces next year. “It’s time for constructive dialogue,” Edwards wrote in a letter to Barras that the governor’s office also distributed to […]

Louisiana debt collection agency brings in $92M over 3 years

A debt collection office created by Louisiana lawmakers to go after delinquent accounts has drawn $92 million in payments since it began its work three years ago, the state’s revenue secretary said Thursday. That’s about a 17 percent rate of collection of the nearly $528 million in back-owed debts that have been sent to the […]

U.S. House moves on measure to ensure energy dominance

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives said two bills passed through their chambers that would ensure the country remains “an energy powerhouse.” House bills passed that would avoid a presidential permit process for cross-border pipelines. U.S. President Donald Trump during his first weeks in office stepped in to get the Keystone XL oil pipeline approved […]

Gov. Edwards questions education leader John White’s job status: ‘We are looking at that’

In a renewal of tensions, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday his office is reviewing state Superintendent of Education John White’s job status. Edwards, in his statewide radio show, said White should have faced state Senate confirmation during the 2017 regular legislative session, which did not happen. “He needed to be confirmed to continue to […]

Gov John Bel Edwards doesn’t endorse in PSC election the interim commissioner he chose

In the upcoming election, Gov. John Bel Edwards isn’t backing the interim commissioner he picked and praised six weeks ago. “Louisiana consumers will benefit greatly from his years of experience in both the public and private sectors,” Edwards said in a June 1 press release about Houma lawyer Damon J. Baldone. The Democratic governor chose […]

Trump says, ‘Let Obamacare fail’ as GOP plan unravels; Gov. John Bel Edwards says let’s find common ground

As the latest U.S. Senate plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act unraveled on Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined 10 other governors on Tuesday to call for a bipartisan approach to overhauling the nation’s health care system. “The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all […]