Q&A: Katie Bernhardt

Uncertainty clouds the election of the next chairperson of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Rep. Ted James intended to be on that internal ballot, with the support of Gov. John Bel Edwards. But James has dropped out of the race, announcing recently he would instead focus on the national Biden-Harris ticket. Left standing are Lafayette businesswoman […]

Employers Face a New Challenge

A sponsored message from K. Scott Wester, President/CEO of Our Lady of the Lake The start of Phase 2 of the reopening of Louisiana comes as a great relief to many business owners and executives. Most operations were reduced to a crawl during the stay-home order to thwart the spread of COVID-19. It’s working. The […]

Gubernatorial Overview (AAP)

The 2020 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, and LaPolitics is proud to provide the first ever preview of the overview and gubernatorial profile of Louisiana’s portion of the volume… John Bel Edwards, the scion of a law-enforcement and political family, leveraged dissatisfaction with outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and his […]

State Overview (AAP)

The 2020 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, and LaPolitics is proud to provide the first ever preview of the overview and gubernatorial profile of Louisiana’s portion of the volume… In the decade between 2000 and 2010, Louisiana – ravaged repeatedly by hurricanes – ranked third to last of […]

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 […]