Pro-Union Forces Send Poll to Lawmakers

Special interests opposed to the paycheck protection bill sponsored by Rep. Stuart Bishop are sending out the following floor note this afternoon to lawmakers. floor note May 11

Johnson Releases Video on Religious Freedom Bill

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Rep. Mike Johnson has released a four-minute video, shot in the Capitol’s rotunda, on his religious freedom bill. The video was produced by the same team, led by consultant Chris Comeaux, that helped Rep. Lenar Whitney and Sen. Elbert Guillory go viral with similar conservative messaging.

EBR Registrar of Voters to Retire

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According to a letter obtained by LaPolitics, East Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb plans to retire from her position this summer. In the letter sent to the Metro Council’s administrator, she writes, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my plans to retire from my office on June 1, 2015.”

Treasurer Kennedy Endorses Vitter for Governor

Vitter Will Report $4 Million Raised in 2014

LaPolitics has learned that Treasurer John Kennedy will endorse U.S. Sen. David Vitter for governor at an 11 a.m. press conference today. The two Republicans have had a close working relationship in recent years and the announcement should further ignite the speculation about Kennedy’s interest in running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, should Vitter win […]

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

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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 […]