Constitutional Amendment Battle Moving to Airwaves

Constitutional Amendment Battle Moving to Airwaves

The Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Nursing Home Association, Louisiana Pharmacists Association, ambulance providers and intermediate care facilities are pooling their resources and planning for a statewide media buy to promote the passage of the first two constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Sources say the buy will include TV, radio and web, but no specific […]

Payday Loan Issue Being Resurrected

Payday Loan Issue Being Resurrected

After failing to pass reform legislation aimed at the payday loan industry last year, Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he is considering bringing a bill again but is still on the fence. “I haven’t decided yet,” he said. “There’s an audit advisory meeting I want to attend in October that should give me a better […]

Whitney, Graves Up on TV in 6th

With a massive fundraising lead that his opponents admit they’ll never catch up to, Garret Graves is finally spending some of it in a concentrated 45-day money dump leading up to the November primary in the 6th Congressional District. But he’s not the only candidate on TV, as state Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, launched her […]

State Legislative Elections Already Taking Shape

State Legislative Elections Already Taking Shape

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s legislative races. After all, the potential candidates are already making moves and at least one special election will be needed before the 2015 balloting, possibly more. But before that even happens, there’s a special election on this year’s November ballot in House District 97, which […]

McAllister, Wife Address Controversy in First Commercial

McAllister, Wife Address Controversy in 1st Commercial

Congressman Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, has released his first campaign commercial since being caught on camera kissing a married aide and it includes a brief commentary about the incumbent’s “character” delivered by his wife. It begins airing Monday throughout the 5th Congressional District. According to a rough cut of the spot obtained by LaPolitics, McAllister opens […]

Tax Study Members Hit the Books

Tax Study Members Hit the Books

When LSU economist and Revenue Estimating Conference member Jim Richardson conducted his first major tax study in 1987, he was pleased to discover it had a great shelf life. All of the gubernatorial candidates that year signed on to support its findings and roughly a decade later some of its key recommendations, like the so-called […]

Parties Got Cash From Qualifying, Too

It costs $900 to qualify for the U.S. Senate, the most expensive this year on the Secretary of State’s fee schedule. But not all of the money goes to the state. For example, $300 from each Senate candidate’s $900 fee goes to their party, assuming they don’t file as an independent. Further down the ballot, […]

November Turnout Forecasted at 45-50 Percent

Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight during qualifying of the true endgame coming in November and December. He said in an interview that the general election and runoff will be where the real pressure is applied. He also recalled a “common joke” that’s passed down from one secretary to another in his office. […]

LABI Boosting PACs, Targeting Races

LABI Boosting PACs, Targeting Races

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry oversees four PACs named for each cardinal point in the state. Individually they can provide a candidate with a $2,500 maximum donation, but a grand slam, meaning contributions from all four, can bring home $10,000 for a pro-biz politician. To the delight of candidates, those figures could soon […]

UPDATE: Former Revenue Official Joins Tax Firm

UPDATE: Former Revenue Official Joins Tax Firm

Jason DeCuir, who resigned last month from his post as the state Revenue Department’s executive counsel, has landed a position with a global tax services firm with offices in Louisiana. DeCuir left his public post on Aug. 6 and is now working as public affairs director for Ryan, which has one of the largest indirect and […]