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 […]

They Said It – Doc/Fast Eddie Edition

“When I go across a bridge in Louisiana, I go a little faster.”—Congressman Ralph Abraham, on infrastructure, in The Advocate “I’m not going to be Trump tweeting, but I’ll be out there.”—Gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, on public communication, in The Times-Pic  “We ain’t living in the Long days.”—Rispone, on proposed constitutional changes, in The Times-Pic […]

They Said It

“I’m tired of seeing my people being screwed around.” —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on delays with the duplication of benefits, in The Advocate  “All I know is the money is there, it’s not doing anybody any good being in the bank, except the banks.” —Kennedy, on money tied up in duplication of benefits, in The […]

Local Officials Oppose Tax Collections

With the Legislature’s regular session less than two months away, the LMA, Police Jury Association, School Boards Association, District Attorneys’ Association and Sheriffs Association are preparing to oppose bills that would move sales tax collecting authority to the state government from parishes and municipalities.  “It is no secret that there will be legislation proposing state […]

OPINION: Rabalais – Without Louisiana, The Modern NFL Would Not Exist

It has been four days since the Saints and Rams clashed in the Superdome. We’ve all seen the replays of that pass interference no-call countless times already. By this point, the painful image is just burned into our memories.  While much has been said this week about the relationship between the Who Dat Nation and […]

Where Dat? (Part Two) ‘You’re not negotiating with us in good faith’

As Stephen Perry waited for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and his entourage in the lobby of the Airport Hilton, he knew that it was going to be a short meeting. He was fuming.  Perry, then Governor Mike Foster’s chief of staff, was representing the state of Louisiana in ongoing negotiations with the Saints for […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored by Harris, DeVille & Associates

January 15, 2019 – Issue No. 171 By Jeremy Alford (jja@lapolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais (mitch@lapolitics.com) ROLL CALL Politicos on parade, dat’s who… Greg Bowser shares some tough love… Dan Claitor wants to sue… F. King Alexander on bourbon, basketball & budgets… Carlos Marcello against the world… How Cajun swing voters and the northern split will […]

ISSUE 1188

Issue 1188 (01.10.19) By JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS Welcome to the Year of the Pig If you’re one to dip into the mystic, then you may already know the tendrils of Chinese astrology have crafted quite a promise for our next round of 12 merry months. The calendar year of 2019 is the Year […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored by Harris, DeVille & Associates

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates January 8, 2019 – Issue No. 170 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais WMG SOLD OUT! The best kind of motivation that you can provide to certain politicos is to tell them no. And apparently that answer is being repeated quite a bit these days as […]