Ponti Resigns From House

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Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, who announced late in the regular session that he would no seek re-election, officially resigned from his position with the House on Thursday. Ponti said he is immediately taking on a new role as executive director of the Louisiana Asphalt Pavement Association, replacing longtime director Don Weathers. In his letter, Ponti […]

Details of the Legislature’s Latest Deal

Thursday, June 11, 11:39 a.m. The latest conference committee plan: — Cigarette tax at 86 cents per pack. Vapor will be included. — 1.375 percent increase in MFP (K-12 funding) using unclaimed lottery proceeds — Add back items deleted from tax credit legislation (HB 629) including angel investor, digital media and ports — Add hotels […]

BREAKING: Senate To Vote On Secret Ballot Process

The Louisiana Senate is expected to vote on a resolution some time on Wednesday that would allow members to use secret balloting for the election of its next president. The resolution will be sponsored by Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte. “It’s about making the process as independent as possible,” he said. “A secret ballot means […]

ATR Responds to Robideaux

NOTE: Rep. Joel Robideaux’s original letter to ATR’s Grover Norquist can be viewed by clicking here.  Dear Representative Robideaux, Thank you for the letter you sent Sunday night by fax to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). You suggest that politicians should take credit for tax cuts passed by previous legislatures. That would allow tax and […]

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

The latest updates on the budget negotiations

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 […]