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Union Busting Bill Targets Picketing

Union Busting Bill Targets Picketing

  Following the lead of lawmakers in Michigan, Mississippi and elsewhere, state Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, is pushing legislation that would establish new rules and …

Lawmakers Worried About Capitol Lake

Lawmakers Worried About Capitol Lake

At a recent fundraiser held not far from the banks of Capitol Lake, Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, spent more time eyeing the water body than the influencers at the …

Bill Puts Deadline on St. George Vote

Bill Would Put November Deadline on St. George Election

If a bill approved by a Senate committee Wednesday becomes law, the organizers of the St. George incorporation drive in East Baton Rouge Parish would have to gain enough …

Panel Votes to Shrink EBR School Board

Panel Votes to Shrink EBR School Board

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board would go from 11 members to seven under a bill approved by a legislative committee Wednesday, despite strong objections from two Baton …

Know Thy Consultant: Roy Fletcher

Know Thy Consultant: Roy Fletcher

Between visiting with state lawmakers on the side of the Senate floor recently, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief strategist laughed when asked about Baton Rouge consultant Roy …

Contract Reduction Bill Advances

Contract Reduction Bill on Its Way Again

In what could be a modern-day record in legislative futility, a contract reduction bill championed by Treasurer John Kennedy was approved by the House Appropriations Committee …

Senate Bill Limits Use of Drones

Senate Bill Limits Use of Drones

With the use of drones rapidly increasing, the Legislature is working on a plan to prohibit them from being used for spying on individuals and private property. Sen. Dan …

EWE Releases Fundraising Figures

EWE Releases Fundraising Figures

Edwin Edwards’ congressional campaign collected $33,000 in the first quarter and has roughly $27,000 in the bank for his developing 6th District bid, according to his first …

Differences Over Diversions

Differences Over Diversions Mark Coastal Plan Debate

Everyone is for coastal restoration, but how the government goes about it sparked some debate, as a House panel approved renewal of the state’s master plan Monday. Before the …

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New Poll May Show EWE Backlash Forming

While a new automated poll released to LaPolitics shows former Gov. Edwin Edwards yet again making it to the runoff in the 6th District, it also reveals that 52 percent of …

McAllister Draws First Opponent

McAllister Draws First Opponent

Likely to be the first of many, Alexandria attorney Ed Tarpley has declared his candidacy for U.S. representative in the 5th Congressional District, whether Congressman Vance …

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MAGINNIS: Don’t Quit, Vance McAllister

Disgraced Congressman Vance McAllister is learning painfully that being an outsider can work well in politics, but that being a pariah does not so much. The political …

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MAGINNIS: Poverty Point Mired in Mid-East Politics

For summer vacation two years ago, Jackie and I determined to travel to somewhere exotic and faraway, where none of our friends had gone before us. So we struck out for …

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