Issue 1209

From the Desk of Jeremy Alford / July 18, 2019 / Issue 1209 Minor Movements in Speaker’s Race In recent internal House elections, at least, the job of speaker has been filled by a few unlikely contenders, or rather the guy no one saw coming. That’s why the decision by Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a quiet […]

Past is Prologue: LBJ’s Serious Beef with Shreveport

In January of 1965, U.S. Sen. Russell Long heard that the Appropriations Committee, when preparing the upcoming congressional budget, had killed his pet project. Long had wanted to build a new post office in Shreveport, bringing federal jobs and money into the city. When he was told that the cut had been ordered by the […]

Q&A with Sen. Sharon Hewitt

LaPolitics: This is your first term here in the Capitol. What’s the experience been like being on the Senate Finance Committee this term, because it certainly seems like it has been quite a whirlwind? Sen. Sharon Hewitt: Finance is a big commitment. You know we were here until 10:30 last night. We put in a […]

Glenn Koepp on the POD

For the latest episode of The LaPolitics Report, Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp sat down to share memories from his career at the Capitol, talk Senate procedure and policy and give his take on what is next for the upper chamber.  Koepp also recalls working with the unique political personalities such as late House Clerk David […]

Bishop has $375K for Gavel Run

House Natural Resources Chair Stuart Bishop will soon file reports accounting for $375,000 in the bank, every dollar essentially political capital in his bid for the speakership in 2020.  According to insiders close to Bishop, the Acadiana Republican has $130,000 in Bishop PAC, the leadership PAC he formed in December for the speaker’s race. He […]

Iowa Straw Poll Planned for #LaGov 2019

One thing Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone are not short on is cash. So hopes are high for the $25-per-head GOP straw poll event slated for Saturday, June 15, in the small town of Iowa (Iowa, Louisiana, of course).  Jeremy Stine, one of the organizers of the event, told LaPolitics that the location […]

O HB1, HB1, Wherefore Art Thou HB1?

With the House Appropriations Committee set to start hearing testimony Monday and considering a budget bill moving forward, some Capitol observers have been perplexed by the absence of HB1 on the legislative docket.  Since 1992, the instrument number of HB1 has been reserved for the general appropriations bill under House Rule 7.3.  Appropriations Chair Cameron […]

Parish Clerks Facing Notable Turnover

As much as 22 percent of Louisiana’s elected clerks of court may be retiring next year, meaning there will be several open seats this fall for what has become one of the most coveted local jobs around, regardless of the parish.  Rep. Andy Anders and Sen. Mike Walsworth, for instance, will be running for clerk […]

Inside the Rails

SD39/TARVER/INCUMBENT: Rep. Barbara Norton officially announced her candidacy last week, surprising politicos by launching a challenge to incumbent Sen. Greg Tarver. While Tarver has yet to officially say that he is running for re-election, local insiders say that he has privately committed to seeking another term. The matchup between Tarver, who started his legislative service […]

Field Notes

The AP: “Republican candidates for governor say Louisiana needs a friendlier approach to business, suggesting Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards’ spending and tax policies have stifled job creation.”  The Times-Pic: “New Orleans hospitality industry leaders have been meeting extensively with Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s staff this week in an attempt to reach a compromise on her request for […]