Politics

LOUISIANA POLITICS: STATE’S NOV. 6 BALLOT HAS PARISH PRESIDENTS, TOO

Candidates for parish presidencies are reaching out to voters with increased engagements in a handful of parishes, including Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana and Plaquemines. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, only 24 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes elect a chief executive. Thirty-nine have either a police jury or parish commission, while Orleans — as the […]

Louisiana launches new digital tool to enhance fight against opioid crisis

Louisiana takes another step to battle the opioid crisis and save lives. Governor John Bel Edwards and the state’s health chief announced the activation of a new digital tool that will provide detailed data on the problem and help the state direct resources to opioid hotspots. It is called the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance […]

SOS race heats up with accusations of voter data breach

A Louisiana lawmaker’s claim that voters’ personal information was made available on the dark web is being challenged by the candidate at the center of the controversy. First some background: On Wednesday a state representative and Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Rick Edmonds issued a warning to voters and cited a report that states nearly […]

Proposed Louisiana teacher pay hikes already sparking arguments on who and how much

While Gov. John Bel Edwards has proposed a $1,000 pay raise for public school teachers, early battle lines started forming Wednesday on whether the increase should be bigger and who it should include. Joni Smith, a Livingston Parish educator and 2017 state Teacher of the Year, said rising health insurance costs mean a $1,000 pay […]

Louisiana saved $8.5M in one year of criminal justice reform; here’s what they plan to do with it

Louisiana leaders announced Wednesday their plans for spending much of the $8.54 million earmarked from criminal justice reform savings, with the largest portions headed to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The money — reserved for programs aimed at reducing recidivism, supporting victims and improving public safety — is the reinvestment portion of Louisiana’s 10-bill criminal […]

Alford: Angles emerge in Louisiana governor’s race

Gov. John Bel Edwards will be a heavyweight in 2019’s ballot-topping race, which is fortunate because fighting will be unavoidable, writes Jeremey Alford in his latest column. In addition to the incumbent Democrat’s own campaign account, he’ll have party money from D.C. backing him up and support from independent expenditure groups (at least two so […]

Rep. Scalise expects a tight national mid-term race

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says the mid-term election will be a tight one, with record spending and surging voter enthusiasm likely to push the control of Congress to a last second finish. Scalise has been touring the country helping his GOP colleagues in tough re-election campaigns. “It’s brutal, I mean you’ve got maybe five […]

Congressman Garret Graves starts GoFundMe to pay LSU’s fine for fans storming the field

LSU was slapped with a $100,000 fine over the weekend after fans rushed the field following the school’s win over No. 2 Georgia. Now, a GoFundMe has surfaced to help pay the fine, and it was started by Congressman Garret Graves. The GoFundMe can be found here. The post on the GoFundMe account says…   Click […]

‘Outsider’ launches challenge to John Bel Edwards for governor, but GOP heavyweights remain mum on plans

A year out from election day, Gov. John Bel Edwards has drawn his first official Republican opponent in the 2019 governor’s race, but other potential challengers remain mum on their official plans. Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone this week filed campaign organizational papers that will allow him to begin fundraising efforts in earnest. “I just […]

Analysis: Temporary secretary of state treated as incumbent

Louisiana’s interim secretary of state has been in the job fewer than six months, not elected to the position and only ascending to it because of a scandal. Still, Kyle Ardoin is running as an incumbent. That campaign decision has put a target on Ardoin’s back from the other contenders seeking the job as Louisiana’s […]