The Rundown: Lawmakers prepare to review sexual harassment policies; Trump admin eyes coastal erosion; and more Louisiana politics news today

Today in The Rundown: The latest on sexual harassment allegations in the governor’s office; Medicaid audits raise questions about spending; Trump secretary vows aid to Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics news today. Countdown…  Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 97… Click Here For Remainder of Article 

‘LaPolitics’: Maginnis books optioned; Election returns to be finalized next week

The landmark books written by late author and journalist John Maginnis have been optioned by a Maryland-based media firm hoping to produce documentaries based on the works. Strategic Partners & Media also has an office in New Orleans, says Jackie Drinkwater Maginnis, the LaPolitics founder’s widow. The firm has a two-year option on both books, […]

Jeff Sadow: Could John Kennedy’s posturing be more about the governor than the president?

Last week, Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy emitted the strongest signals yet that Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards should be looking over his shoulder for 2019. Over 24 hours, Kennedy did what he does best, reiterating conservative credentials while styling himself as a populist maverick. This combination provides the best path to occupying the Governor’s […]

Analysis: Criminal Justice Revamp Tricky Terrain for Edwards

Louisiana‘s criminal justice overhaul passed with a wide-ranging coalition of bipartisan support, but that hasn’t stopped two of the state’s most prominent Republican elected officials from slamming one of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature achievements. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry clearly see the legislation approved this year as a point […]

State police controversy, Willam Jefferson and hurricane season ends: Louisiana politics today (Dec. 1)

A newly released State Police report contains potentially criminal allegations against Mike Edmonson, the agency’s former longtime superintendent, including a claim that he deleted text messages on the eve of his retirement as the agency was investigating four troopers who charged taxpayers for overtime and expensive stays at the Grand Canyon and a Las Vegas casino […]

The Rundown: Lawmakers look to harassment policies; Kennedy questions court nominee; and more Louisiana politics today

Today in The Rundown: Louisiana legislators look into sexual harassment policies; U.S. Sen. John Kennedy voices concerns about 5th Circuit nominee; Flood insurance deadline nears; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the 2018 regular legislative session begins: 102…   Click Here For Remainder of Article 

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Task force nears slate of Medicaid recommendations, with eyes on rooting out fraud

A panel that is looking into how the state could curb fraud in the Medicaid health care program for the poor is winding down its work at the State Capitol, with a series of recommendations expected to be released in the coming weeks. The Medicaid fraud detection and prevention task force on Tuesday set out […]

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With Gov. Edwards in Washington to tout prison reforms, Sen. Kennedy attacks ‘incompetent’ corrections agency

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards touted the state’s progress toward cutting its prison population at a Capitol Hill event Tuesday, highlighting reduced costs and the anticipated shedding of the state’s most-incarcerated title. Edwards also struck back at critics of the criminal justice overhaul, which passed the state Legislature with bipartisan support last spring. The governor […]

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Sen. Kennedy, citing nominee’s ‘conflicts of interest,’ casts first GOP vote against a Trump judge pick — and promises more ‘no’ votes

Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy lambasted several of the Trump administration’s picks for the federal judiciary, calling one nominee “embarrassing” and questioning the competency of the White House office charged with vetting potential judges. Kennedy became the first GOP senator to  vote against a Trump administration nominee for a federal judgeship Tuesday night, turning down […]

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Alford: Cybersecurity emerging as political issue in Louisiana

Cybersecurity is emerging as a new political issue at the Louisiana Capitol, Jeremy Alford writes in his latest column. “For anyone who has a credit card or a Netflix account or a mobile banking app, it’s not an unfamiliar issue,” Alford says. “For lawmakers and administrators, however, the threat is fresh and ever-evolving.” Data breaches […]

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