|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?
|Refinery tax being ‘vetted’ by legislators
December 23, 2016 at 4:00 am
With some lawmakers already getting cold feet over the idea of a personal income tax change in 2017, a small circle of political players are starting to look at a concept that is being described as a refinery tax.
|Race for Louisiana treasurer revs up
December 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm
With U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy preparing a move to Washington, the list of names of who might replace him as treasurer in Louisiana seems to be growing with each passing day.
|Legislature hosting a bit of election action, too
December 09, 2016 at 8:00 am
Even though the regular campaign season for the Louisiana Legislature won’t come around again until 2019, there’s already one open seat that will be decided by a special election next year and more could soon follow.
|Louisiana firm behind Trump’s TV campaign
November 25, 2016 at 11:04 am
The Mandeville-based Innovative Advertising, led by partner Jay Connaughton, oversaw 45 percent of the total media buys for President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign this year.
|Election season enters round two
November 18, 2016 at 10:48 am
The big challenge in the U.S. Senate runoff for Treasurer John Kennedy and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will be grabbing the attention of the same voters who were already less than enthusiastic about this race during the primary.
|Edwards: Cuts may worsen, but no special session
November 11, 2016 at 11:22 am
Given the mounting concern over the state’s incoming revenue this fiscal year, several conversations at high levels have been had about a potential special session of the Louisiana Legislature, but it’s unlikely that one will actually be called, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.
|State budget hearings slated for December
November 04, 2016 at 9:51 am
Eager to get a jumpstart on finding savings for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the House Appropriations Committee is planning a set of meetings for the first two weeks of December to begin reviewing agency budgets.
|Lawmakers want better fiscal review process
October 27, 2016 at 8:00 am
The chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee said he is considering drafting legislation that would apply additional layers of scrutiny to the fiscal review process used for laws passed by the Louisiana Legislature.
|GOP group pledges $1.5M for 2019 legislative elections
October 21, 2016 at 8:42 am
The independent expenditure group that helped Republicans overtake the Louisiana Legislature, under the leadership of outgoing U.S. Sen. David Vitter, has been reborn.
|U.S. Senate race might feel like a closed primary
October 14, 2016 at 11:17 am
Media coverage in Louisiana of the fall U.S. Senate race has often veered toward descriptions of mini-closed primaries playing out inside of the state’s storied jungle primary.
|Follow up possible for ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill
October 07, 2016 at 11:00 am
The police-involved shootings in Baton Rouge this summer, and other tragedies like it nationally, have inspired a state legislator to look into ways to expand upon the so-called “Blue Lives Matter” law that was approved in Louisiana earlier this year.
|La. tech college system ponders post-growth strategy
September 30, 2016 at 11:00 am
Following a record number of graduates and four-year transfers, officials with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System are wondering where additional resources will come from now that a special fund that partly contributed to this growth has been expended.
|Opponents keep a spotlight on Duke
September 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm
The Louisiana Democratic Party doesn’t want to see David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, gain any momentum in his U.S. Senate bid, but its political apparatus is continuing to shine a bright light on the divisive figure.
|Ideas for fiscal reform session coming soon
September 09, 2016 at 9:37 am
The task force charged with making tax and budget recommendations for next year’s regular session should have its report ready for legislative leaders by the end of the month.
|Minor spike in tax collections will be temporary
September 02, 2016 at 11:27 am
As the state grapples with mounting recovery expenses and looks to the federal government for financial assistance, economists are also expecting what could be a minor uptick in tax collections in the wake of the flooding in south Louisiana.
|State departments are spread thin with flooding
August 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
In response to record levels of flooding across south Louisiana, state offices in 27 parishes were shut down on Monday and Tuesday as essential personnel turned their attention to ongoing search and rescue operations.
|Senators urge speed on Medicaid contract
August 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm
Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.
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Accused robber finds victim on Facebook - 3516 views
On New Year’s Eve, a Boutte man was arrested and charged with armed robbery after he allegedly made an online transaction and then met his intended victim to rob him at gunpoint.