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ALFORD: Session May Redefine Legislative Independence

INVENTORY TAX FALLOUT: Ways & Means Tossing Most of Tuesday Agenda

After a Senate committee failed to advance an inventory tax repeal bill Monday afternoon, sources say the House Ways and Means Committee immediately started making plans to …

ALFORD: Vitter Via Video is Risky Campaign Option

Vitter Has $4.2M in Bank, Super PAC Has $3.5M

In an early sign that this will indeed be Louisiana's most expensive race for governor in recent history, possibly ever, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and the super PAC supporting …

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EARLY LOOK: Jindal’s Final Speech to the Legislature

According to an advance copy of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s session-opening speech, to be delivered Monday at 1 p.m., he will promise to “protect religious liberty and not apologize …

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ADVANCE: Dardenne Announcement Speech (4/6/15)

LaPolitics has obtained an advance copy of the speech Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is expected to use during his official announcement tour this week. Here are a few takeaways: — …

The Famous Last Words of a Governor

Vitter, Jindal Staff Trade Shots Over Inventory Tax Credit

Just hours before the gubernatorial candidates were to speak at a small business forum, U.S. Sen. David Vitter issued a press release Tuesday morning opposing Gov. Bobby …

The Alario Story Reaches a New Chapter

The Alario Story Reaches a New Chapter 

The story about Senate President John Alario's ability to strike 11th-hour deals, forge unlikely alliances and turn a finger jab into a thumbs up has been written and …

Vitter’s Cell Phone Offers Personal Touch

Vitter’s Cell Phone Offers Personal Touch 

Locally-elected officials have received a special perk for attending recent association meetings this year: U.S. Sen. David Vitter's personal cell phone number. At the …

Blueprint Will Be Low Key This Session

Blueprint Will Be Low Key This Session

Blueprint Louisiana, the good government group backed by businessmen and civic activists from around the state, is unlikely to play any kind of leading role during the …

Democrats Being Recruited To Run For Governor

Democrats Being Recruited To Run For Governor

The open primary system in Louisiana makes for interesting politics, especially in this year's race for governor where a lone Democrat is having to protect his polled runoff …

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Be Afraid of the Dark: How dark money affects elections

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ALFORD: What Lawmakers Want To Change Most Of All

Not since 2010 have Louisiana lawmakers filed more constitutional amendments in a regular session, setting a five-year high for proposed alterations to the state’s guiding …

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