Louisiana utility regulators approve wind farm project

State utility regulators Wednesday allowed a northwest Louisiana electric company to purchase part of the nation’s largest wind-power project. The $4.5 billion “Wind Catcher” project in the Oklahoma panhandle began construction last December and is expected to start generating electricity in 2020. The Louisiana Public Service Commission allowed the Shreveport-based Southwestern Electric Power Co., better known […]

House tax, budget panels hold hearings but no votes in first full day of special session

The Louisiana Legislature’s third special session of the year — described as a final shot at shoring up the state’s finances before July 1 — is off to a tepid start, despite a rapidly approaching deadline and mounting frustrations at the Capitol. House tax and budget committees met on Tuesday, but took no votes. They […]

The Rundown: With one week left in special session, bills expected to begin moving

Lawmakers spend first full day of special session rehashing topics from previous ones; ‘Aggressive’ schedule plotted for rest of week; details on new teacher prep; and more Louisiana politics news today. The Countdown… Days until the 2018 third special session must end: 7 Days until the start of the new fiscal year: 11 The Breakdown: One week […]

The Rundown: Short special session underway but first votes won’t happen until later this week

Lawmakers have kicked off the third special session of the year but it may be a couple of days before any votes take place; efforts to address St. Joseph water woes face another hurdles; Louisiana’s Congressional delegation responds to White House immigration policy; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. The […]

Louisiana Spotlight: Competing narratives have dominated special session; which of them are true?

Is renewal of an expiring sales tax a tax hike or a tax cut? Are catastrophic budget cuts only two weeks away or are hundreds of millions in reductions simply modest adjustments in a multibillion-dollar budget? Is a small group of House Republicans standing up for taxpayers, or is a minority of obstinate lawmakers standing […]

The Rundown: Special session begins in days and more Louisiana politics news

Today in The Rundown: Floods, transportation and a special baseball game and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. The Countdown… Days until the 2018 third special session starts: 3 Days until the start of the new fiscal year: 15 Days until most laws passed in 2018 regular session take effect (unless otherwise stated […]

John Kennedy still undecided on 2019 gubernatorial run; senator ‘thinking seriously’ about entering

Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says he still hasn’t decided whether he will run for governor in 2019, but plenty of groups are urging him and have shown him favorable polling data. “I’m thinking seriously about it but I have not made a decision,” Kennedy told reporters Wednesday, a day after U.S. House Majority Whip […]

Reclaiming bases: Steve Scalise to return to baseball diamond a year after near-fatal shooting

Few surveying the blood- and bullet-strewn Virginia ballfield where Steve Scalise was shot a year ago would’ve expected the Jefferson Parish Republican to be where he is now. He’ll be throwing on a baseball uniform Thursday evening — most likely topped off with a gold LSU jersey in a nod to his beloved alma mater […]

U.S. Senator gives plan to help save the food stamps program in LA

This comes after the food stamps program is being threatened by state lawmakers who are struggling to balance the budget. “I’m not going to let the state lose $1.4 billion because of a political spat,” Kennedy said. Now, Kennedy is working up a bill allocating Louisiana’s federal allotment to state food banks and faith-based food […]

What’s the Louisiana legislature cooking?

Can you smell it from where you are? Because we can smell it in Baton Rouge already. Many were taken by surprise when the smoky aromas wafted their way, especially since the Legislature just put away its pots and pans last week. That was after the Looziana Legislature failed to do as much as boil […]