The Rundown: POTUS visits NOLA, Blanco honored, Sports wagering no sure bet, and Louisiana politics news today

Today in The Rundown: Hello! And welcome back to The Rundown for 2019. Hoping you had a lovely holiday season and happy New Year. In today’s edition, we have the latest from President Donald Trump’s visit to New Orleans, what’s up with sports betting, the latest on Louisiana tourism and more Louisiana politics news. The Countdown… […]

The Latest: Trump tells farmers that wall won’t hurt them

President Donald Trump sought to assure farmers that they will still be able to get the help they need if he builds a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. ”The greatest harvest is yet to come,” he told the American Farm Bureau Federation at its annual convention Monday in New Orleans. Trump used most of his speech to justify […]

In and Out: Trump selective about travel during shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vacation jaunts and hobnobbing with global elites at a Swiss ski resort are out for President Donald Trump. Visits with troops and farmers are OK. Like some of his recent predecessors, Trump is carefully picking and choosing where he’ll travel during the partial government shutdown. He visited with U.S. troops stationed at […]

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Louisiana Political Hall of Fame announces new inductees

Louisiana’s latest Political Hall of Fame inductees will include the state’s only “first gentleman,” the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and an ex-lawmaker. The 2019 additions include Raymond “Coach” Blanco, a political adviser, pollster and husband of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco who was known as “first gentleman” when she was in office. Also on […]

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Louisiana Tax Commission head arrested, accused of fraud and malfeasance

Louisiana State Police on Friday arrested the administrator for the state commission that oversees property tax assessors, accusing him of charging the state for time when he wasn’t working and using a state rental vehicle for personal use. Charles Abels III, administrator for the Louisiana Tax Commission, is accused of 63 counts of filing or maintaining false […]

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Lawsuit challenges funding for sales tax board amid questions about its role

Two local government entities have challenged the funding mechanism for a new state board meant to help taxpayers and collectors navigate Louisiana’s complex sales tax system. Local governments generally are wary of state intervention in local sales tax collection. But attorney Dannie Garrett III said his clients, the Plaquemines Parish Council and the St. James […]

Trump plan could divert funding from long-sought Louisiana project to build border wall

The White House may tap Army Corps of Engineers post-disaster construction funds under a proposal President Donald Trump is considering to declare a national emergency and bypass a funding standoff with Congress over the proposed barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border, multiple news organizations reported on Thursday. Several long-sought flood-control projects in Louisiana — including the […]

Poll: Roughly half of Louisiana voters approve of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ job performance heading into 2019

About half of Louisiana voters — including 67 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans — approve of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ job performance as he heads into what’s expected to be a tough re-election battle this fall, according to a new poll. Morning Consult, a media and technology company […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ take on Trump’s prime-time address on border security, shutdown

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging the Trump administration and Congressional Democrats to reach an agreement that will put an end to a federal government shutdown that has stretched on for nearly three weeks. “We need to reopen the government. That ought to be the first concern,” Edwards told The Advocate on Wednesday after […]

Federal spending in Louisiana outpaces what taxpayers send to Washington, study shows

Louisiana benefited from billions more in federal spending than taxpayers sent to Washington in 2017, according to a new report out this week. The Rockefeller Institute of Government’s analysis of federal government spending and its impact on the states found Louisiana got back $1.52 for every $1 paid to the federal government that year. Overall, about $34.2 […]