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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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 […]