Politics

Scalise: ‘Every Single Day’ at Least 10 Known Terrorists Are Captured Trying to Cross Our Border

During an interview with “Life, Liberty and Levin” host Mark Levin, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) discussed the importance of securing the United States borders. Scalise noted the large number of criminals in the migrant caravans that are attempting to come into the country, applauding President Donald Trump’s efforts to strengthen border security. “It’s incredibly important […]

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La. revenue forecast unchanged; House GOP leader rejects upgrade

Louisiana sheriffs and corrections officers eyeing a bigger slice of the state budget may have to wait for supplemental funds, after a ranking lawmaker refused to boost the state’s official revenue forecast. House Speaker Taylor Barras blocked the Revenue Estimating Conference from recognizing at least $128 million in projected revenue Monday, despite support from two […]

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Louisiana governor’s race: John Schroder’s out; Sharon Hewitt’s on the clock

Republican Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder is opting out of next year’s governor’s race, saying he will stand for reelection in 2019 rather than challenge Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. In an interview with USA Today Network Sunday, Schroder’s said Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s surprise announcement last week that he won’t run for governor scrambled […]

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Jeff Sadow: Despite John Kennedy’s decision, this is why John Bel Edwards is still vulnerable

It’s probably the first and only time Gov. John Bel Edwards will feel gratified that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy marches to the beat of his own drummer. The Democratic incumbent’s quest to stay in the Governor’s Mansion for four more years received new life last week when Louisiana’s junior Republican senator declined to challenge him. […]

By December 10, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Money for fixing Baton Rouge roads, new mental health facility OK’d by voters

A pair of tax proposals for road improvements and a mental health facility cruised to easy victories in Saturday’s election. The roads tax will raise $912 million through a 30-year, half-cent sales tax. The Bridge Center psychiatric facility won a 1.5-mill property tax for the next 10 years. Versions of both proposals had failed in the […]

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Gov. John Bel Edwards cozies up to Trump, preaches bipartisanship on re-election campaign

Gov. John Bel Edwards is walking a thin line. The only Democratic governor in the Deep South is attempting a re-election bid in a state that saw an unprecedented vote tally in favor of Republican Donald Trump for president. As the governor’s race begins to take shape — two Republicans have entered so far — Edwards, 52, […]

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Kyle Ardoin wins Louisiana Secretary of State race, defeats Gwen Collins-Greenup

Kyle Ardoin, the bureaucratic caretaker who initially wasn’t going to run for the office, was elected Saturday night as Louisiana’s Secretary of State. Ardoin, a Republican from Baton Rouge, easily defeated his Democratic Party challenger, Gwen Collins-Greenup, of Clinton, according to complete but unofficial results. Only 17 percent of the state’s 2.99 million registered voters […]

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Sen. Kennedy: ‘It would be downright stupid to shut down the government’

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended yet again. Senator John Kennedy, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted in favor of extending the program through Dec. 21. The extension is a temporary measure to prevent a partial government shutdown and gives Congress more time to find a long-term solution. Kennedy hopes […]

Congress takes two-week punt on National Flood Insurance Program as part of stop-gap funding deal

Congress punted yet again on overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program, extending the program for two more weeks as part of a broader stop-gap funding deal. The NFIP has lurched along for more than a year on a series of short-term extensions as lawmakers have deadlocked — and then put off — overhauling the federally […]

‘Trust my gut’: Kennedy says tough choice on governor’s race

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday that he “agonized” over his decision not to run for Louisiana governor next year, making his choice only hours before announcing it, even after receiving a personal entreaty from President Donald Trump to stay in the Senate. The Republican senator spoke with The Associated Press two days after he […]