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

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 temporarily shelve almost all of the bills on its Tuesday agenda. That means at least 20 of the 23 revenue items on the Ways and Means Committee’s agenda […]

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

ALFORD: Vitter Via Video is Risky Campaign Option

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 him have a combined $7.7 million available to spend. Vitter will report to the state Ethics Administration more than $1.1 million raised for his run for governor […]

EARLY LOOK: Jindal’s Final Speech to the Legislature

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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 for it.” The governor, who is expected to officially mount a presidential campaign following the session’s adjournment in June, also discusses the $1.6 billion budget hole, Common Core […]

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

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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: — Dardenne, if elected, would keep regional office hours as governor, working from different existing state offices at scheduled times in “places like Alexandria, Monroe, Lake Charles, […]

Vitter, Jindal Staff Trade Shots Over Inventory Tax Credit

The Famous Last Words of a Governor

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 Jindal’s proposal to scrap the inventory tax credit. Instead, Vitter floated a plan that would repeal the inventory tax altogether and offer local governments a different revenue source. […]

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 rewritten repeatedly over the years by practically every publication in Louisiana. This time, however, the narrative is different thanks to an unprecedented revenue challenge, a governor running […]

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 Police Jury Association convention in January and the School Board Association meeting last month, Vitter provided his digits to the entire audience over the microphone. Campaign spokesperson Luke Bolar said Vitter […]

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 upcoming regular session, according to its chairman, Dr. Phillip Rozeman. But its membership doesn’t want the political class to take that the wrong way – the group will […]

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 position against a field of Republicans, at least two of which would benefit from another Democrat in the race, thus forcing an all-GOP runoff. State Rep. John […]

Be Afraid of the Dark: How dark money affects elections

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  SOURCE: Accounting-degree.org 

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