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Louisiana AG Jeff Landry enters case challenging Texas bail system

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined dozens of other prosecutors and former U.S. Justice Department officials challenging the bail practices in Houston as unfair to poor people. They argue that Harris County’s practice of detaining people on minor charges solely for lack of bail money is unconstitutional. Landry thinks “that the ability for an accused […]

State Treasurer candidates tout pro-gun, pro-life views

While they are running for state Treasurer, Republicans Neil Riser and Angele Davis stressed Tuesday that they are down to earth Louisiana residents and big fans of the National Rifle Association. Davis, former state Commissioner of Administration under then Gov. Bobby Jindal, said she grew up in East Feliciana Parish and learned at an early […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards seeks budget ideas from business leaders, other stakeholders

Faced with a $1 billion budget deficit in the coming year, Gov. John Bel Edwards has set off a series of stakeholder meetings to build a plan for shoring up the state’s finances. “We have an obligation to the people of Louisiana to come together to avoid the fiscal cliff that is quickly approaching,” Edwards […]

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves: Year anniversary highlights flood recovery frustration

Nearly a year after catastrophic floods washed over south Louisiana, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says he’s frustrated by the pace of the recovery. “We still have people living in gutted homes, tents, trailers and other conditions that are not acceptable,” Graves said during a meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday. “That’s […]

As Edwin Edwards turns 90, a pictorial look at his life

Edwin Edwards, a sharecropper and midwife’s son who became the dominant figure in Louisiana politics in the last half of the 20th century and the state’s most colorful governor since Huey Long, turns 90 on Monday (Aug. 7). Though retired and living in Gonzales, Edwards doesn’t shy from the spotlight. Indeed, friends are throwing him […]

Louisiana Spotlight: The latest flood recovery snag? Getting people to sign up for federal aid

With tens of thousands of Louisiana homes damaged by floodwaters last year, you might expect a mad dash from homeowners scrambling to seek the $1.3 billion in federal recovery aid available for repairs and rebuilding. Instead, state officials still are trying to persuade people to sign up across the 51 parishes damaged by the March […]

State budget balanced with millions tied up in lawsuits

As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year’s budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on nearly $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation, dollars that can’t be spent while the lawsuits remain unresolved. Much of the money earmarked for spending in the budget year that ended June 30 remains […]

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy joins critics questioning BRAVE program missteps in Baton Rouge

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has joined the chorus of people calling for investigations into East Baton Rouge City Hall’s handling of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination anti-gang initiative. Kennedy wrote a letter Thursday to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome saying he is deeply concerned over recent reports about problems with the administration of the BRAVE grant […]

LOUISIANA POLITICS: ALLAIN MAY BE SENATE PRESIDENT CONTENDER

One of the more substantive issues looming over the next term of the Louisiana Legislature is who will succeed Senate President John Alario to lead the upper chamber. Alario, R-Westwego, has held the post since 2012 and prior to that was a member of the House since 1972, a span during which he served as […]

Julie Emerson Wins National Award For Work On Criminal Justice Reform

One of the rising stars in Louisiana politics, State Rep. Julie Emerson (R-Carencro), has received an award from the Coalition for Public Safety for her work in passing a package of criminal justice reform legislation this year. The package was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. The 10 bill package dealt with everything […]