Poll: Louisiana residents know about the ‘fiscal cliff’, have ideas about how to fix it

Nearly all of Louisiana’s adult population has heard about the state’s constant budget problems, and most agree the state’s financial issues are “very serious,” according to a new poll out Friday. And most prefer an approach that goes beyond relying on the state sales tax to shore up the shortfall the state faces when temporary […]

New study: political bickering undermines Louisiana electorate

If you have been paying attention to politics on a national or state level—you may have concluded government is dysfunctional. And you would not be alone. A new study shows ten percent more Louisiana residents believe our state is headed in the wrong direction—than just a year ago; and very few trust government or the […]

The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses hot-button session issues and more news in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards weighs in on some hot-button session issues; lawmakers take up a mixed bag of issues from feral pigs to suicide prevention; a tense, racially-charged exchange breaks out in committee; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown…  Days until the 2018 regular legislative session […]

Capitol Views: Public records bills flood Capitol committees

Lawmakers scheduled eight bills for House and Senate committee hearings today that are related to public records and public meetings. Good government advocates and lobbyists for the working press can be found on both sides of the policy proposals, but they collectively represent a much larger trend playing out at the Capitol. “The number of […]

Looking for a little ‘womentum’ in Louisiana politics

I was sitting inside Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge 11 years ago this week, holding my newborn daughter, Zoe, while watching then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco on television announce that she would not seek a second term. Like most others tracking election hopes at the time, I wasn’t surprised by the news. Blanco had been battered by […]

Capitol Views: State construction bill shrouded in mystery and low expectations

Louisiana’s annual construction bill is expected to be read into the House later today, kicking off a process riddled with as many unanswered questions as the state’s operating budget. Drafted by the Edwards administration, hopes for new brick-and-mortar projects are being kept in check. Still, lawmakers are tracking local projects that have been navigating the […]

The Rundown: Lawmakers mull hazing, gaming, court legislation and more news in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Anti-hazing legislation is under consideration; four finalists revealed for higher education commissioner; budget hearings continue and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 75 The News…   Click Here For Remainder of Article 

La. Politics: Congressman may run for governor on constitutional platform

In yet another signal that Congressman Ralph Abraham will be on the ballot in 2018 and probably 2019, the veterinarian-turned-physician told LaPolitics recently that his potential bid for governor would be anchored by a vow to rewrite key sections of Louisiana’s guiding charter. Lawmakers are trying to do just that at the Capitol during the […]

Green Army leader Russel Honoré endorses several environmental bills for legislative session

At Monday’s meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club, retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré implored journalists to invest ink and airtime on environmental issues. Heading into the legislative session, his advocacy group, the Green Army, has identified several areas in which he said new laws could improve air and water quality. Too many Louisiana […]

The Rundown: Lawmakers dive into busy second-week schedule and more in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Lawmakers begin taking up gaming legislation; tensions heat up in state House; Auditor to testify on Medicaid; and more in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the 2018 regular legislative session must end: 76 The News Gaming: The Legislature is beginning to take up this session’s anticipated gaming bills. http://bit.ly/2poOpya…   Click Here […]