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‘LaPolitics’: Spending on digital political ads increases in 2016

The share of political ad spending long held by broadcast television took a major dive in 2016 as campaigns in Louisiana and across the national turned more of their attention to online platforms. It’s yet another sign that the media landscape is in transition—and that the shift could help color Louisiana’s campaigns to come. On […]

Strong words exchanged: Garret Graves, John Bel Edwards sniping about flood recovery, again

An ugly feud between two of Louisiana’s most prominent elected leaders tasked with the state’s flood recovery reached a fever pitch Thursday, with both camps expressing utter exasperation and accusing each other of hurting the victims of 2016’s historic floods. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican representing the heart of the disaster area, called Gov. […]

The Rundown: From criminal justice reform to fighting opioids addiction, here’s what you need to know about Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; Criminal justice reform advocates rally; Is it time to say see ya to the C-A-T?; Louisiana residents spend big on Trump inauguration festivities; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics. Countdown…  Days until the regular session ends: 49 The News Criminal justice: Supporters of the […]

John Bel Edwards: I don’t want to put out a ‘plan b’ on taxes yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he isn’t interested in putting out a “plan b” on how to fix Louisiana’s tax structure yet. If the Legislature doesn’t like the one he has on the table, lawmakers can propose an alternative. “If I put forward a plan that they don’t embrace, they ought to have an alternative plan,” said […]

The Rundown: From sales tax to beer-based disputes, here’s what you need to know about Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; Sales tax-extending legislation has been filed; Efforts to secure additional flood aid advances; College students serve up food and funding pleas at the Capitol; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics. Countdown…  Days until the regular session ends: 50 The News Sales tax: What was […]

The Rundown: From tax breaks to anti-dodge ball effort, here’s everything you need to know about Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: The Louisiana Legislature’s 2017 session is underway; Conflicting approaches to taxes emerge; Kids can still play dodge ball; A Legend won’t be visiting the Capitol this week; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 51 Taxes: When it comes to tax talk […]

The Rundown: First steps taken on tax legislation; lawmakers consider domestic violence protections for same-sex couples; and everything else you need to know about the session underway

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; First steps taken on tax legislation; lawmakers eye domestic violence protections for same-sex couples; BR Rep. calls for law enforcement legislation; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics. Countdown…  Days until the regular session ends: 52 The News Budget: A state Senate committee took a […]

Capitol Views: Senate dips into tax incentive debate

Should new tax credits be created? Should existing tax incentives be curtailed or even eliminated? Those are some of the questions that legislators are asking this afternoon during a meeting of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee—the first such gathering of the upper chamber’s tax-writing committee since the fiscal session convened one week ago. […]

The Rundown: Legislature enters session’s second week

Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; House Republicans and Gov. John Bel Edwards remain at odds over the state budget; Legislation would put an end to universities licensed beers; Effort underway to end corporal punishment’s use on disabled kids; and everything else you need to know about Louisiana politics. Countdown…  Days until […]

Capitol Views: Louisiana legislators begin Easter recess

With the first four days of the regular session behind them, House members were the last to leave today for the Legislature’s Easter recess. The Senate actually brought the gavel down Wednesday for the break, which served as a reminder of the body’s wait-and-see position. Almost all of the session’s key instruments, from the budget […]