Politics

‘LaPolitics’: Edwards steering clear of special elections

The first major Louisiana election of 2018 takes place Saturday and it doesn’t appear as if Gov. John Bel Edwards is going to get involved—even though the contest is taking place in his backyard, literally and figuratively. There’s a special election in House District 86, with candidates from the Amite-Hammond region on the ballot. It’s […]

By February 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Louisiana Spotlight: Tax policy not the only fight in special session

Tax policy won’t cause the only disputes in Louisiana’s upcoming special session. Lawmakers may squabble just as much over a package of spending control ideas sought by House Republicans as a trade for any taxes they may support. Several of the proposals have been offered in previous legislative sessions, only to be spurned or shelved […]

By February 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Louisiana will take more tax money from paychecks starting Friday

Louisiana residents who pay state income tax will see more money come out of their paychecks starting Friday (Feb. 16), the result of the federal tax law President Donald Trump and Congress approved in December. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has adjusted the amount of money employers withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The new withholding tables take […]

By February 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Gov. Edwards, Sen. Kennedy clash over characterization of Louisiana’s criminal-justice overhaul

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy threw jabs at his home state’s criminal justice overhaul while turning his thumb down at a proposed bipartisan rewrite of federal sentencing laws on Thursday. Kennedy, a Republican, called the package of criminal-justice changes passed in 2017 by the Louisiana Legislature “an unqualified disaster” and, despite bipartisan support for the overhaul […]

By February 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

AG Jeff Landry says the seas aren’t rising, but science says otherwise

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry maintains that the overwhelming scientific consensus on humanity’s contribution to climate change is “a hoax,” and he contends the sea hasn’t risen at all — positions scientists say ignore well-established observations and data and rely on theories that have long been debunked. Landry last week announced a lawsuit against the […]

By February 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Session draws near, I-10 traffic slows down and more Louisiana politics news

Today in The Rundown: The special Legislative session is quickly approaching; I-10 traffic slowing down in Baton Rouge soon; the latest in Louisiana’s medical marijuana efforts and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics. Countdown…  Days until the special session starts: 4 Days until the special session must end: 20…   Click Here For […]

By February 15, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Landry And Graves Filed A Coastal Lawsuit Which Is Actually Meaningful Last Week…

…unlike the 43 fishing expeditions John Bel Edwards and his cabal of ambulance chasers have filed in state courts attempting to induce oil companies to cough up settlement money no reputable court would mandate. The first of those coastal lawsuits, alleging that canals dug through the marshes of South Louisiana by oil companies are responsible […]

By February 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Is the constitutional convention chatter peaking?

This Louisiana Legislature’s upcoming session-palooza will host at least six legislative instruments, maybe more, calling for various forms of constitutional conventions and article-specific rewrites. This will collectively represent a high-water mark for an elected body that usually gives attention—but not approval—to only one or two such measures annually. The coming debates over altering Louisiana’s guiding […]

By February 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Rundown: Gov. John Bel Edwards talks infrastructure with Trump; a look at budget talks and more in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Welcome to a special Mardi Gras edition of The Rundown, featuring updates on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ trip to DC to talk infrastructure; ongoing state budget negotiations and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown…  Days until the special session starts: 6 Days until the special session must […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

“A Louisiana Checkbook? We Can’t Do That!”

That seems to be the message the insiders at the state capitol are now telling the people, like Americans For Prosperity and the Louisiana Association for Business and Industry, who are pushing for Louisiana to adopt something like the Ohio Checkbook this year. The Louisiana Checkbook idea was one of the conditions put forth by […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →