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 […]

Major State Tax Study Taking Shape

Major State Tax Study Taking Shape

As the public conversation about tax incentives grows louder and lawmakers move ever closer to the term-ending fiscal session of 2015, pressure is building for a comprehensive tax study being overseen by Louisiana State University and partly underwritten by the state. Headed up by Dr. Jim Richardson, an economist from the flagship university, the study […]

Vitter Will Report $4 Million Raised in 2014

Vitter Will Report $4 Million Raised in 2014

U.S. Sen. David Vitter will soon report to the state Ethics Commission that his gubernatorial campaign raised more than $4 million in 2014. His campaign tells LaPolitics that there’s nearly $3.5 million in the bank and that 88 percent was collected from 2,500 Louisiana donors. Sources close to the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, the super PAC […]

Kleckley Considering Run for Treasurer or Mayor

Kleckley Considering Run for Treasurer or Mayor

Staring down his final year in one of Louisiana’s most influential political positions, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, is pondering his next move. While he’s had one post in mind for a while, another one came into view recently when Treasurer John Kennedy confirmed to LaPolitics last month that he was mulling over a […]

Latest Poll Predicts Democrat-Republican Runoff for Governor

Louisiana’s open primary system allows for all candidates, regardless of party, to run on a single ballot, which in races for governor has traditionally created a runoff with a Republican versus a Democrat. If the current field of four established candidates, with just one Democrat running, remains the same come this fall, that pattern will […]

Keeping A Close Watch On Oil

Keeping A Close Watch On Oil

A decline in the price of oil, in concert with other factors like sluggish individual income tax collections and the use of one-time money, has already prompted midyear budget cuts in Louisiana and pushed next year’s anticipated budget shortfall to $1.4 billion. But as oil prices continue to plummet, state officials are preparing for yet […]

Vitter Emptying Campaign Account Into Super PAC

Vitter Emptying Campaign Account Into Super PAC

In October and November, U.S. Sen. David Vitter was the single largest donor to the independent super PAC that is supporting his run for governor in 2015. It’s an unmistakable signal that next year’s race for governor could very well shatter previous money records. It’s also a sign that the new financial landscape in Louisiana […]

Working the Political Angles On Scalise’s Controversy

Working the Political Angles On Scalise’s Controversy

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Jefferson Parish, didn’t exactly become a household name when he was elected to the lower chamber’s leadership in June. But with the revelation that he spoke to a group of white nationalists in 2002, Scalise is now inside the nation’s living rooms and embedded in headlines around the […]

They Said It: The Rest of the Best From 2014

They Said It: The Rest of the Best From 2014

I recently dedicated an entire column to some of the best “They Said It” quotes collected for subscribers in 2014 in LaPolitics Weekly. While we regularly quote the shocking and humorous words that appear in other publications, this rehashing, and my original column, focuses solely only on those gathered firsthand. As you can imagine, there were […]