The Rundown: Truck stop tiger hotly debated in Legislature has been euthanized; outlook for state Demos is dim; and more in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: An unexpected death in Grosse Tete may end years of sparring or set off a new fight; the state Democratic Party trying to find its place in Louisiana’s current political climate; LSU loosens post-death restrictions on Greek life; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until […]

Political Horizons: Legislative Kumbaya moment likely to be shortened by coming elections

Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.” Fiscal staff told the legislators that the state would be $1.52 billion short of the money necessary to pay for today’s level […]

Louisiana Spotlight: Booming Medicaid growth a GOP target in Louisiana

Louisiana’s Republican elected officials have targeted the Medicaid program as a behemoth that will suck up every available dollar if the state, which is struggling with continuing financial problems, doesn’t get it under control. By fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, Gov. John Bel Edwards has given them more ammunition for their grousing, by […]

Louisiana treasurer candidates

This weekend, voters from around the state will select the next state treasurer. That position became vacant in January when former treasurer John Kennedy was sworn in as a U.S. senator. Angele Davis is no stranger to government. Before moving into the private sector, Davis was Governor Mike Foster’s deputy commissioner of administration and later […]

The Rundown: Lawmakers look to budget solutions; odd Legislature tie-in to LSU frat death; more to know in Louisiana politics today

oday in The Rundown: State’s circa-1920 anti-hazing law raises questions amid LSU student’s death; a state senator was part of a mission to help evacuate a fragile Puerto Rican couple; lawmakers consider budget solutions; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until Election Day for state treasurer, PSC and New […]

One by one, 50 per meeting: Panel to review every ‘statutory dedication’ in state budget

Louisiana legislators are gearing up for another attempt at unlocking parts of the state budget that have been dedicated to pet causes over the years and largely protected from cuts. “Every time we’ve brought up statutory dedications in the Legislature, we’ve met a load of resistance,” Rep. Rick Edmonds told a crowd at the Republican […]

Charter schools, voter turnout and solitary at Angola: Louisiana politics today (Oct. 10)

Louisiana Supreme Court will decide the fate of 40 charter schools Roughly 16,000 students are caught in the middle of a lawsuit before the Louisiana Supreme Court over the fate of more than three dozen charter schools. Story by The Advocate. There’s been a ‘staggering decline’ in Louisiana state election turnout There has been a “staggering […]

You should be listening to The Supremes

Can you name one of the justices currently serving on the United States Supreme Court? If you can’t, you’re among 57% of likely voters in this country, according to a Penn Schoen Berland poll that was commissioned by C-SPAN and released earlier this year. (In case you were wondering, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the top […]

Steve Scalise on guns, a pill mill takedown and red snapper: Louisiana politics today (Oct. 9)

Pharmacist Dan Schneider helped take down a pain clinic in New Orleans East where a doctor was prescribing pain pills to people almost 24 hours per day and helping to fuel the opioid crisis  in southeast Louisiana and nearby Mississippi. Story and photos by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, doesn’t think […]

The Rundown: Election for treasurer draws near; state legislator helps Puerto Rico; and more in Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: A little-known campaign finance rule has contributed to the relatively low profile of the treasurer’s race; a Louisiana lawmaker travels to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief; Mayor Mitch Landrieu honored; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown…  Days until Election Day for state treasurer, PSC […]