Tax Study Members Hit the Books

Tax Study Members Hit the Books

When LSU economist and Revenue Estimating Conference member Jim Richardson conducted his first major tax study in 1987, he was pleased to discover it had a great shelf life. All of the gubernatorial candidates that year signed on to support its findings and roughly a decade later some of its key recommendations, like the so-called […]

Parties Got Cash From Qualifying, Too

It costs $900 to qualify for the U.S. Senate, the most expensive this year on the Secretary of State’s fee schedule. But not all of the money goes to the state. For example, $300 from each Senate candidate’s $900 fee goes to their party, assuming they don’t file as an independent. Further down the ballot, […]

November Turnout Forecasted at 45-50 Percent

Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight during qualifying of the true endgame coming in November and December. He said in an interview that the general election and runoff will be where the real pressure is applied. He also recalled a “common joke” that’s passed down from one secretary to another in his office. […]

LABI Boosting PACs, Targeting Races

LABI Boosting PACs, Targeting Races

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry oversees four PACs named for each cardinal point in the state. Individually they can provide a candidate with a $2,500 maximum donation, but a grand slam, meaning contributions from all four, can bring home $10,000 for a pro-biz politician. To the delight of candidates, those figures could soon […]

UPDATE: Former Revenue Official Joins Tax Firm

UPDATE: Former Revenue Official Joins Tax Firm

Jason DeCuir, who resigned last month from his post as the state Revenue Department’s executive counsel, has landed a position with a global tax services firm with offices in Louisiana. DeCuir left his public post on Aug. 6 and is now working as public affairs director for Ryan, which has one of the largest indirect and […]

The Further Reddening of Louisiana

The Further Reddening of Louisiana

The Louisiana Family Forum has released its latest scorecard on the 2014 votes taken by state legislators. While it shows how legislators match up with the faith-based group’s policy priorities, the scorecard also offers a glimpse of just how conservative the Legislature has become over the past 10 years. “When we started this in 2004 […]

Maness Reaping Support From Outside Louisiana

Maness Reaping Support From Outside Louisiana

Operatives are wondering if U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness, a Republican from Mandeville, is being bankrolled largely by out-of-state entities.  In 2013 and the first and second quarters of this year, Maness had 774 outside donors give $403,000, compared to 209 donors from Louisiana donating $113,000.  Those are itemized donations only; he had another $779,000 […]

Ground Game, Turnout Could Decide Senate Race

Ground Game, Turnout Could Decide Senate Race

While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana’s midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast. Compared to 2010, the 25 states that have already conducted statewide primaries this year experienced a decline in turnout […]

Boustany Eyes Future While Fielding Criticism    

Boustany Eyes Future While Fielding Criticism

As Congressman Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, eyes his next post of influence for the coming term, and with no serious re-election challenge as of yet, he’s also continuing to take some heat over his recent vote in the whip election, most notably from Louisiana’s House speaker. Rather than supporting his fellow delegation member, now House Majority […]

Campbell Poll Puts Him Way Ahead

Campbell Poll Puts Him Way Ahead

In his quickly approaching re-election bid, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell of Elm Grove has a 59 percent favorable rating and a 15 percent unfavorable rating, according to a poll conducted by the Kitchens Group recently and paid for by the candidate. Crosstabs and toplines were requested, but only an executive summary was provided. Six […]