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First ad appears in race for treasurer
September 13 at 3:28 pm
The chatter among the lawmakers and lobbyists at late last month at the annual LegisGator event, at L’Auberge in Lake Charles, included reports on a commercial many had seen on their hotel television screens that morning.

Some lawmakers considering departmental reforms
August 31 at 4:37 pm
When lawmakers debate taxes and spending during the next session another budget issue should be added to the mix.

And that would be departmental reforms, according to Senate Natural Resources Chairman Norby Chabert, R-Houma.

Oil spill claims process nearing end
August 18 at 7:29 pm
After five years, nearly 400,000 claims and more than $9 billion in payment offers, BP’s massive settlement program may be coming to a close within the next five months.

Is race for Senate president starting early?
August 09 at 2:06 pm
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.

Lawsuit against superintendent to move outside the session
June 14 at 1:02 am
Despite pleas to hold a hearing before the regular session ends, 19th Judicial District Court Judge William Morvant appears prepared to wait until August to address a lawsuit that questions the employment status of Education Superintendent John White.

Study says Louisiana hosted largest tax increase in U.S.
June 07 at 2:48 pm
Louisiana implemented the largest tax increase in the United States in 2016, according to a 50-state survey compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rural jobs bill unites unlikely political allies
May 26 at 10:00 am
In what could be described as an exercise in star-crossed politics, the left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project and the right-leaning Americans For Prosperity officially joined forces Monday to oppose the creation of a rural jobs tax credit.

Money for judgments also missing from budget
May 18 at 6:50 am
There’s no money in the House-passed budget to address legal judgments that have been decided against the state and lawmakers are doubtful that any new dollars will be added to the spending plan to pay them next fiscal year, according to Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.

Lawmakers are looking into prescription drug pricing
May 10 at 2:36 pm
A set of bills moving through the state Legislature’s ongoing regular session would create new layers of disclosure in regard to prescription drug pricing in Louisiana.

Gas tax hike is still on the session agenda
May 04 at 1:35 pm
While House and Senate leaders contend a proposed increase to the state gasoline tax still has a long road ahead in the ongoing regular session, supporters aren’t letting up on their push to generate more money for Louisiana’s overwhelming transportation needs.

Dedicated funds to get a close look in session
April 27 at 5:19 pm
Should the Legislature unlock the state’s dedicated funds to free up more money for the budget?

Battle of the PACs begins at Capitol in Baton Rouge
April 20 at 3:07 pm
An “armed and ready,” Louisiana-based super PAC called Truth In Politics started taking aim at Gov. John Bel Edwards last week not long after lawmakers convened their spring regular session.

Trump could show hand on Louisiana fundraising case
March 09 at 5:00 am
President Donald Trump’s administration could potentially offer a filing in an appeal the Louisiana Republican Party is pushing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Political eyes turn to approaching regular session
March 03 at 9:00 am
Less than 24 hours after the Legislature adjourned its special session last week lawmakers serving on the budget committee gathered again at the Capitol to hear Gov. John Bel Edwards’ spending proposal for the next fiscal fiscal year.

Cooper: Bringing people together a ‘top priority’
February 17 at 9:22 am
In an interview last week, Mark Cooper said his most important task as Gov. John Bel Edwards’ incoming chief of staff will be to unite people.

Edwards campaign expected to report $3.4M raised
January 27 at 6:00 am
Gov. John Bel Edwards raised roughly $3.4 million for his re-election campaign in 2016, his first year in office, and will soon report the total to the state Ethics Administration, according to a spokesperson for the Edwards campaign.

Governor may steer clear of legislative races
January 20 at 11:19 am
As January reaches its midpoint, Gov. John Bel Edwards hasn’t decided who he might support in the Legislature’s upcoming special elections in north and south Louisiana.

Louisiana has a new party
January 13 at 3:17 pm
While you were gathering with family and friends and celebrating the holidays last month, a new political party was very quietly established in Louisiana.

Cabinet change follows push by recreational lobby
January 06 at 10:44 am
After a year of fighting the former wildlife and fisheries secretary on a number of fronts, recreational interests are hopeful for 2017 as state Rep. Jack Montoucet of Crowley takes over the top hunting and fishing regulatory job in Louisiana.

Special session chatter persists through holidays
December 30, 2016 at 10:00 am
Will Louisiana lawmakers be forced to gather in yet another special session in the New Year?


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Parish’s ‘Labor of Love’ is rebuilding
Parish’s ‘Labor of Love’ is rebuilding
Wiping the soot off the walls of her house in Paradis, Odile Harris couldn’t believe the help that suddenly arrived with project Labor of Love in what she considers “God’s timing.”