Field Notes

 —The Washington Post: “To Councilwoman LeVette Fuller, Shreveport’s so-called saggy pants ordinance — passed in 2007 and overwhelmingly enforced against black men — simply should have never existed in the first place. Now, she’s moved to repeal it, a measure that was formally introduced at a city council meeting Tuesday.”  —Sen. Beth Mizell is bringing […]

They Said It – Francis’ Farewell Edition

“We still got 13 days, so I’m going to say a lot of good things about him.”—Sen. Francis Thompson, on Senate President John Alario, in his farewell speech  “Yeah, we will have an intermission and bathroom time in about an hour.” —Thompson, on the length of his farewell speech  “I’ve been here longer than a lot […]

They Said It

“These sessions were long.” —Speaker Taylor Barras, on the term, in The Advocate “His support makes things a lot smoother.” —Sen. Gary Smith, on Senate President John Alario, in The Advocate “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not having a great day.” —Sen. Danny Martiny, on giving his farewell speech the same day […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored by Harris, DeVille & Associates

   By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais    |   May 28, 2019    |    Issue 189   |    News@LaPolitics.com    |    @LaPoliticsNow    |    LaPolitics.com      Your Roll Call Sharon Hewitt talks budget and marathon Finance hearings… A look back at the 1990 debate on abortion… John Alario, Jim Henderson and Terry Bradshaw have been […]

Issue 1206

By JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS | May 23, 2019 | Issue 1206 | News@LaPolitics.com | @LaPoliticsNow | LaPolitics.com ABORTION (AGAIN) #LaLege diving back into controversy With the controversies over state finances and the budget seemingly in Capitoland’s rearview mirror for the session, considerable attention in both chambers has shifted to legislation related to one […]

ABORTION (AGAIN)

#LaLege diving back into controversy With the controversies over state finances and the budget seemingly in Capitoland’s rearview mirror for the session, considerable attention in both chambers has shifted to legislation related to one of the nation’s most heated social issues — abortion.    Several anti-abortion measures have appeared on the legislative docket this go […]

Sage Wisdom: Thompson Talks Capital Outlay

With the House voting 92-0 Thursday morning to send HB2 across Memorial Hall to the Senate, upper chamber members are preparing to take a crack at Capital Outlay. “Most of the time, House members try to get in as many projects as they can,” said Senate Agriculture Chair Francis Thompson. “When it comes over here, […]

Everybody Working for the Weekend

With the end of session approaching, politicos have been holding their breath, waiting for the big men with the big gavels to tell members that it is time to report to work on the weekends. It is something that most lawmakers have come to expect, knowing that legislation needs to get moved before sine die.  […]

Confused About Louisiana Families First — You Should Be

Louisiana Families First. It’s a three word phrase that politicos have undoubtedly heard countless times since 2015. But what does it mean? Who does it apply to? What does it mean? Well, in the 2015 cycle, Louisiana Families First was the name of a PAC supporting John Bel Edwards’ long-shot bid for the chief-executive’s chair. […]

Past is Prologue: Iberia Parish’s Hippo-Raising Congressman

In 1910 Congressman Robert Broussard, who referred to himself as “Cousin Bob” because he was supposedly related to at least 25 percent of Iberia Parish, introduced H.R. 23261. At the time there was a meat shortage in America, and back home in Louisiana there was likewise a growing problem with invasive hyacinth clogging waterways. Broussard’s legislation […]