HIGH ALTITUDE: About The FAA Reauthorization… (Sponsored)

Innovation in aviation regulation has come to a halt as Congress continues to grapple with whether to privatize air traffic controllers. While the FAA will be funded, and both travelers and industry employees are not expected to feel changes, the extension to keep the Federal Aviation Administration rolling will likely be brief, according to Emily Bacque, …

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 09/19: Former State Police Col. Mike Edmonson, Wes Hataway, Michael Tisserand, Travers Mackel and Bruce Alpert — Wednesday 09/20: Former Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet, Chad Ortte, Danae Columbus and Amanda Guidry Maloy — Thursday 09/21: Rep. Bernard LeBas, Lauren Haddox and Cheryl Michelet — Friday 09/22: Former Rep. Michael …

News About News, Via LPA

— Rachel Steffan is now editor at the Leesville Daily Leader, where Chris Schoonover and Micah Pickering have also joined as reporters. — Jesse Brooks is now assistant editor of St. Helena Echo . — Mark Leibson is retiring as managing editor of the Kinder Courier and Carissa Hebert will take his place. — Andrew Canulette is the St. Tammany Farmer’s …

Quiet Race About To Be Not-So-Quiet

Television buys, anonymous tips to reporters, shielded social media accounts and independent expenditures. Yes, the race for state treasurer has finally started — with less than four weeks to go until the Oct. 14 primary. The newest kid on the block is the Redfish Action Fund, which has nothing to do with fishing. It's actually a political action …

The Beltway Beat

— Ads Target Kennedy: As part of a six-figure national ad buy, Allied Progress is said to be running commercials in Louisiana highlighting the Equifax data breach and targeting U.S. Sen. John Kennedy. The spot “encourages the Louisiana Republican to vote against a GOP effort in the Senate to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule on forced …

Political Chatter

— The House bulletin for the 2018 regular session has been completed. Read it now to prepare for legislative warfare. — Pollster Greg Rigamer ran the numbers for Desiree Charbonnet’s mayoral campaign in New Orleans. Here are the findings. (The Tracker Poll Disclaimer: As always, read at your own risk. Campaigns and committees will rarely release polls …

LaHISTORY: Share Our Wealth, Post-Kingfish

We reflected on the death of Huey P. Long last week (the 82nd anniversary), so it’s only natural to move forward with that storyline and explore what happened to the Kingfish’s Share Our Wealth program. As you can imagine, Long’s ambitious national political organization fell a little flat, almost immediately, without its lead architect and presidential …

The Treasurer’s Race

— Former state Rep. John Schroder has finally released his first commercial that “will begin airing on TV across Louisiana in the coming days,” according to his campaign. It probably won’t be the last professionally-produced spot we see from the Schroder campaign and media consultant Lionel Rainey. — Angele Davis’ campaign has commissioned a poll that …

Cassidy Healthcare Briefing

The hottest action in Louisiana politics is actually taking place in Washington, where U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is helping drive the debate of the day — meaning the Obamacare repeal movement. Let’s get into it… — Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “The Trump administration is all in on Graham-Cassidy... They've been working the phones with Senators (Pence even …

The Setting Goals & Paving Roads Episode

  Do you set goals for yourself? If so, how do you follow up on them? In this episode we get a few pointers from Shawn Wilson, Louisiana's transportation secretary who set a major goal for himself not long ago, achieved it and can now tell the tale. We also dip into the possibility of another gas tax, discuss the state’s construction …

SPONSORED: Chomp! Another LegisGator In The Books…

Last week more than 800 legislators, supporters, lobbyists, business leaders and others involved in the political realm gathered for LegisGator – a regional event in Lake Charles that connects business leaders and lawmakers from the state and federal level. The Chamber SWLA’s LegisGator luncheon at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles offers a unique …

SPONSORED: What Drives Mike Michot

Mike Michot’s love for public service runs deep. His connection to politics and the political process can be traced back to roots even older than he is. As summer closes, the Senior Director of State Affairs at TPG offers insight about what drives his work in the political arena and what he sees as the missing link in politics today. Michot served in the …

POD: Yard Signs?!? Yes, Yard Signs!

This is the official campaign yard signs episode of 2017! Chad Melder of CAMCO Consulting stops by to tell us what design elements work and which ones don't. He also explains why yard signs are so important and dishes up some terrific storytelling. Then there's Politisigns' Adam Chapman, a marketing professional with a side hustle in politics. He has …

SPONSORED: Go Sharks!

Before Southside High School in Youngsville opened its doors this August, nearly 50 years had passed since a new high school was built in Lafayette Parish. Back then, the city of Youngsville was still a village — much different from the thriving community it is now with nearly 700 students enrolled in the city’s first public high school. “The growth in …

POD: “So They Named Me Peppi”

He’s the one-time speaker pro tem, a master of the redistricting process, a former GOP House delegation chair and a current member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. New Orleans' own Peppi Bruneau fields any and all questions in this episode, reflects on his path through Bayou State politics and offers up some surprising thoughts on Bobby …

Political Birthdays & Other Dates Of Note

— Tuesday 08/15: Joe Mapes, Karen Carver Shachat, Megan Regina and Randy Angelle — Wednesday 08/16: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Rep. Dustin Miller, late Hadacol politico Dudley “Coozan Dud” LeBlanc (1894), GOP Chair Roger Villere, Jim Brandt, Frank Besson, Corey Meaux, Coach Raymond Blanco and Judge Tim Kelley — Thursday 08/17: Danny Ford, Catherine Brindley …

ICYMI: Oil Spill Claims Process Nearing An End

After five years, nearly 400,000 claims and more than $9 billion in payment offers, BP’s massive settlement program may be coming to a close within the next five months. “We will have decided all of our determinations by the end of this year,” Pat Juneau, the court-appointed administrator, told LaPolitics last week. While the work related to the …

ICYMI: Trump Has Another Judge to Name 

After a lengthy and public controversy involving her severe alcoholism, U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi finally took her disability retirement recently. That kicked open a door that was already slightly ajar for potential replacements, to be nominated by President Donald Trump. As first reported by LaPolitics in the spring, state Rep. Stephen …

The “So Basically…” News Update 

1.) CORRUPTION ALERT! — What happened: “A. Wayne Lawson, a key witness in the attempted election bribery case against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and a Gonzales business man, failed to turn over his tax returns Monday morning as required by a subpoena from Matassa's defense team.” (The Advocate’s David Mitchell) — So basically… This …

Political Chatter

— Former Gov. Buddy Roemer’s new book, “Scopena: A Memoir of Home,” will be released by UL Press on Sept. 19. LEARN MORE — District Attorney Ricky Babin (23rd JDC) has been elected as the new president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association. His first day is today. — Congressman Cedric Richmond delivered the latest “Weekly Democratic Address.” …

LaHISTORY: Louisiana’s First Senators

For the first four months after it entered statehood, Louisiana didn’t have any representation in the U.S. Senate in Washington. But that changed with the election of Jean Noel Destréhan and Allan B. Magruder. Both men took office on Sept. 3, 1812. (That, of course, means we are less than three weeks away from the 205th anniversary of Louisiana sending …

Barras, Edwards Meeting Wednesday

Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling it Louisiana’s “fiscal cliff,” and it’ll be the prime topic of conversation Wednesday when he meets with House Speaker Taylor Barras. The so-called cliff represents a dramatic drop, scheduled for next year, when temporary taxes collide with sluggish tax revenue for an anticipated $1.5 billion shortfall, although the …

Compromise Caucus A Grand Experiment

Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research is fond of saying, “If you’re in the middle in Louisiana politics then you’re roadkill.” Things do tend to die if they piddle around too much in the middle of Louisiana’s highways, both conventionally and politically paved. It's just too easy to become a target if you’re in the middle of the road. …

Sponsored: The Life of A Congressman On “Break”

Congress breaks for recess each August. For many Members of Congress, the hiatus is anything but a break from their duties. Just ask former long-time Congressman Rodney Alexander who represented 24 of the 64 Louisiana parishes in Washington, D.C. Alexander is now The Picard Group’s senior director of federal affairs and spends much time in …

POD: The Constitutional Boogie

  In this episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast you’ll learn why the people and politics of the 1973 convention and 1974 Constitution remain one of the greatest Louisiana stories told. The lead-off guest will be Bubba Henry, the chairman for the 1973 convention and a former speaker of the House. You will definitely discover something new in …