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Steve Scalise ‘doing well,’ Paul Ryan says after hospital visit

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he visited Rep. Steve Scalise in the hospital Thursday morning (June 22), finding the Louisiana congressman’s “spirits are up” eight days after being shot at a GOP team baseball practice. Ryan, R-Wis., said Scalise craved updates on work as he recovers at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “He seemed like he’s […]

Louisiana governor declares a state of emergency as tropical storm approaches Gulf Coast

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy’s landfall. The governor’s spokesman Richard Carbo said Edwards signed the statewide declaration Wednesday morning. The storm is moving closer to the Gulf Coast, where it threatens to bring a storm surge of up to 3 feet…   Click Here […]

Alford: They said it at the Capitol, 2017 edition

This year’s marathon of legislative sessions were not short on biting, sarcastic remarks that prove love and politics don’t mix, Jeremy Alford writes in his latest column. The sessions lumbered into view on Feb. 13, with Gov. John Bel Edwards apologizing to the spouses and significant others of state lawmakers during his opening address for […]

Winners and losers from the Louisiana Legislature’s latest special session

The Louisiana Legislature held an eight-day special session in June because legislators failed to pass the annual state budget during their 60-day regular session. A budget was needed by July 1 to avoid a partial shutdown of state government. Here’s who ended up getting what they wanted — and who didn’t — in the special session […]

Analysis: Next Louisiana budget negotiations will be tougher

Louisiana lawmakers made crafting their latest nearly $29 billion state operating budget a teeth-gnashing, stress-inducing struggle that took two legislative sessions to complete. That doesn’t bode well for what comes next. The state had relatively solid financial footing, without massive budget gaps, for the financial year that begins July 1. Lawmakers generally just needed to […]

The Rundown: Budget bill nears passage and elected officials rally around Steve Scalise

Today in The Rundown: Congressional Baseball Game serves as tribute to Scalise; state budget bill may be on the horizon; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 4 The News Budget: The State Legislature is one step away from possibly passing a budget, but the […]

Capitol Views: House bogged down in budget debate

State representatives entered the afternoon still debating amendments and asking questions about Louisiana’s spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. In a surprise twist Appropriations Vice Chairman Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, has been managing House Bill 1 on the floor today. The bill’s lead author, Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, instead took a flight to […]

Alford: Inside the Capitol blame game

The fallout from the dramatic conclusion of last week’s regular session—and from the bumpy start to this term’s fourth special session—is only just beginning, says Jeremy Alford in his latest column. “There are already well-publicized accusations that the Capitol’s top leaders are at best dysfunctional and at worst guilty of political malpractice,” he writes. “It’s […]

The Rundown: Budget day hits the House almost half-way through special session and more Louisiana politics

Today in The Rundown: The special session nears its midway point with House taking up bill and no compromise reached; Gas tax could be years from reconsideration; New Orleans claims victory in session; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 5 The News Budget: House […]

Capitol Views: Special session could be on fast track

It’s a new week and a new session for Louisiana legislators, but the problems are still the same. The Legislature needs to pass the state’s most important budget bills by next Monday, when the ongoing special session ends. They’re meeting in overtime because legislators failed to pass annual spending and construction plans prior to last […]