Nevers Filing Processing Fee, Medicaid Expansion

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Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, is teeing up two contentious issues for the session: a new oil and gas processing fee and another push to expand Medicaid. Nevers said his constitutional amendment to create a hydrocarbon processing fee is still in the drafting stage and will not mirror previous proposals brought by Public Service Commissioner Foster […]

Angelle Unleashes Six-Figure TV Buy

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In the developing race for governor, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle has officially become the first candidate to go up on television this year. Three spots began airing Friday morning in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Morgan City and Thibodaux. Sources tell LaPolitics that the $200,000 buy was largely made while the rest of the […]

Rodney Alexander Lands at Picard Group

Rodney Alexander Lands at Picard Group

After a bit of back and forth in recent years, which included a top tier state job and short-lived government relations gigs, former Congressman Rodney Alexander is back in D.C. in a new lobbyist role. He will serve as the senior director of federal affairs for the Lafayette-based Picard Group, which also has a third […]

Jindal: No on Taxes, Maybe on Fees

Jindal: No on Taxes, Maybe on Fees

While proposals to increase taxes may be dead on arrival when reaching Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk, the administration seems willing to at least review fee changes this session, based on a request for comment by LaPolitics. But how lawmakers package them will determine how Jindal comes down on the issue. That is, the governor is […]

Pro-Dardenne Super PAC Emerges 

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a super PAC created to back the gubernatorial campaign of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, is no longer the lone wolf in the Bayou State. Another super PAC, called “Now or Never – Louisiana PAC,” has been created to support Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to the tune of no-limit contributions. It […]

Back to Closed Primaries?

Back to Closed Primaries?

Converting Louisiana back to a closed primary election system has been an issue that has been on and off the political radar over the past year. But a group of high-ranking Republicans are hoping to keep it on and are quietly touring the state to build support. Sources tell LaPolitics that the state’s Republican National […]

BESE Election PAC May Return

BESE Election PAC May Return

With eight seats on the fall ballot for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and a pro-reform majority to protect, it looks like the group that helped elect the board in 2011 will be back at it this fall. The Alliance for Better Classrooms, headed up by Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby, is putting […]

Vance McAllister for U.S. Senate?

Vance McAllister for U.S. Senate?

Former Congressman Vance McAllister of Swartz is out of elected office but not out of politics. He told LaPolitics recently that he would consider running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, depending on the circumstances. Right now, those circumstances center around fellow Republican Congressman John Fleming of Minden, who is growing increasingly vocal about wanting […]

By 2020, Half of Louisiana Legislature May Be Gone

Term limits were approved by Louisiana voters in 1995 by a vote of 76 percent, but they didn’t go into effect until roughly eight years ago. With just three terms allowed, amounting to 12 years, that means lawmakers and everyone else are still getting used to the revised timeline. But reality will soon again set […]

Special Session Chatter on Common Core, Budget  

Special Session Chatter on Common Core, Budget

It’s probably not going to happen, according to House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, but lawmakers are talking about the need for two different special sessions ahead of the regular session that begins April 13. With PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exams scheduled for March, lawmakers are worried that they […]