Q&A: Katie Bernhardt

Uncertainty clouds the election of the next chairperson of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Rep. Ted James intended to be on that internal ballot, with the support of Gov. John Bel Edwards. But James has dropped out of the race, announcing recently he would instead focus on the national Biden-Harris ticket. Left standing are Lafayette businesswoman […]

Gubernatorial Overview (AAP)

The 2020 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, and LaPolitics is proud to provide the first ever preview of the overview and gubernatorial profile of Louisiana’s portion of the volume… John Bel Edwards, the scion of a law-enforcement and political family, leveraged dissatisfaction with outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and his […]

State Overview (AAP)

The 2020 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, and LaPolitics is proud to provide the first ever preview of the overview and gubernatorial profile of Louisiana’s portion of the volume… In the decade between 2000 and 2010, Louisiana – ravaged repeatedly by hurricanes – ranked third to last of […]

Issue 1209

From the Desk of Jeremy Alford / July 18, 2019 / Issue 1209 Minor Movements in Speaker’s Race In recent internal House elections, at least, the job of speaker has been filled by a few unlikely contenders, or rather the guy no one saw coming. That’s why the decision by Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a quiet […]

CAPITOL GAINS: Cajun Swing-Voters, a Northern Split & the Race for Governor

We’re mapping Louisiana’s race for governor (literally) in this episode of Capitol Gains. With contenders gobbling turf in the north and southeast, that leaves Acadiana as an important swing region this fall. Plus we tell terrible jokes, recount a rather wet Mardi Gras and dish on the politics that could very well define the 2019 […]

CORRECTION (LaPolitics Weekly 10.12.18)

In a “Field Notes” brief from yesterday’s LaPolitics Weekly, we erroneously reported that the Plaquemines Parish Council voted 4-3 to remove themselves from coastal restoration litigation aimed at the oil and gas industry. In fact, the Council’s vote was 4-3 against withdrawing. As of now, the parish’s 21 suits against 68 individual companies still stand.

Issue 1,178

WHAT’S UP DOC? Rispone has spoken, Ralph has not October 11, 2018 — Issue 1,178 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Let’s start with what we know. And this evening, apparently, we only know five things: 1.) JBE will be a heavyweight in 2019’s ballot-topper, which is fortunate. Because fighting will be unavoidable.  2.)  In […]

WHAT’S UP DOC?

Rispone has spoken, Ralph has not Let’s start with what we know. And this evening, apparently, we only know five things: 1.) JBE will be a heavyweight in 2019’s ballot-topper, which is fortunate. Because fighting will be unavoidable.  2.)  In the ring already is Eddie Rispone. His official entrance this week prompted two different reactions […]

The Not-So-Dirty Rice Connection

Both Edwin Edwards and Ralph Abraham know how to pilot a plane. As for politics, their navigating styles couldn’t be more different. But there is one more comparison to draw that’s timely and notable.  Edwards was once a congressman who was eyeing a run for governor. Abraham, of course, is a congressman now eyeing you-know-what. […]

Senators Get the Ward Wave  

Sen. Rick Ward has been dropping into Senate districts across the state to provide friendly waves and hellos to his colleagues. The in-person visits are notable as the term winds down and the body looks toward the election of a new president in 2020. “I want to make sure we have a cohesive group of […]