LaPolitics Weekly: Treasurer, polls, booze lawsuit, names for Jeff sheriff & more!

The LW word balloon shows we spent quite a bit of time on campaigns this week. But subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly received much more than that in their Thursday email. Here's a recap: TV rates around the state look expensive… Davis campaign has internal poll summary… Inside the LBA… Lawsuit against NOLA challenges booze taxes… Others …

Sponsored: Inside The Louisiana Bar Association

With more than 22,000 lawyers across the state as members, the Louisiana Bar Association represents the full breadth of the political spectrum and covers a myriad of interests. “Unlike a typical trade association, the Louisiana Bar Association has a lot of people with a lot of different views,” said Larry Murray, senior director of legislative and …

POD: The World According To Billy

  SEASON 2, EPISODE 13: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BILLY Get inside the mind of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser with this episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast. It’s Nungesser unplugged and unedited! From his family history in Louisiana politics to his own more recent history on cable news, Nungesser lets loose on his wild climb to the state’s No. 2 …

Political Birthdays & Dates Of Note For The Week Ahead

— Tuesday 07/25: Tammy Dupuy Langlois and Shala Carlson — Wednesday 07/26: Former Rep. Jeff Arnold and Joshua Hollins — Thursday 07/27: Celeste White, Randall T. Hayes and Craig Moran — Friday 07/28: Lee Schilling and Raymond Allmon — Saturday 07/29: Rep. John Bagneris, former Rep. Herbert Dixon, Steven Windham, Jason Emert and Cherry Fisher …

New Orleans Politics & Elections

— Jeff Crouere’s Politics With A Punch is Thursday evening (door at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.) at the Eiffel Society in New Orleans. Guests: Desiree Charbonnet, James Cusimano, Kathy Finn, Travers Mackel, Rep. Helena Moreno, John Osterlind, Roger Villere and Rachel Wulff. TICKETS — An appeal from The Times-Pic: “Help us identify campaign contributors in New …

Political Chatter Worth Tracking

— The first notable endorsement of the election season is here. The Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee has given an official nod to former Rep. John Schroder’s campaign for state treasurer. There were 89 members voting and Schroder nearly all of them. — MORE THAN JUST AN ENDORSEMENT… Schroder’s nod could be an early sign that he has …

The Phone Call

Dig this… From Politico: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican nearly killed at a June congressional baseball practice shooting, made a surprise audio appearance to the GOP whip meeting Monday night — his first since the tragedy. Scalise, who called up chief deputy whip Patrick McHenry's phone to be conferenced in, was in good …

A Better Month For JBE

According to The AP’s Melinda Deslatte, “Gov. John Bel Edwards must be wishing that all months could be like this one.” Why is he having such a good run right now? From Melinda: — “Louisiana's budget is temporarily stable, with no dramatic cuts planned and college students returning this fall to a fully-funded TOPS tuition program.” — “Tropical …

Tough Month For Broome

“She made a decision on a good man, a good person, a good law enforcement officer, and it will come back to haunt her.” That was what former Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden told The Advocate’s Andrea Gallo in regard to current Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, who is being blamed for running off Police Chief Carl Dabadie. Former Metro Council members are …

Today In Political History

— July 26, 1805: The term of New Orleans Mayor James Pitot ends. The third mayor to serve, Pitot is also believed to be the first American mayor of the city. — July 26, 1918: A small unincorporated farming community in Richland Parish finally gets a name, at least in the eyes of the U.S. Postal Service. And thus Start, Louisiana, lands on the map. Today …

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

What? Huh? You heard right. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, arguably one of the most popular and well-known sheriffs in Louisiana, is stepping down. Here’s what you need to know: — As long expected, former Rep. Joe Lopinto will take over on Aug. 31 and will be in a strong position to run for the job permanently. — Rumors of about Normand …

LaHistory: The Shortest Session Ever

  In roughly two weeks we’ll be able to give a nod to the 58th anniversary (Aug. 10, 1959) of the shortest session ever held by the Louisiana Legislature. It lasted less than an hour. Lawmakers had been called into the special session by late Gov. Earl K. Long and it was supposed to last 12 days. But lawmakers were growing weary of Long’s …

ICYMI: House Chairs Seem Set

At one point during this year’s trio of legislative sessions few knew what the future held for some of the caucus and delegation chairmen in the state House. But now there’s a clearer picture. House Democratic Caucus Chair Gene Reynolds of Minden now intends to finish his term as the minority leader after announcing about a month ago that he was …

When Politics & Law Enforcement Collide

Louisiana has been parked at the intersection of hard-nosed politics and law enforcement controversy for an entire year. First it was a set of police-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, during the heat of last year’s summer, followed by protestors and national media coverage. Then the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office and Hammond Police Department were raided …

LaPolitics Weekly: Subpoenas, Trump, EWE & The Senate President Race

Here's a look at the stories published for subscribers of LaPolitics Weekly on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Not yet part of the LaPolitics Weekly community? Subscribe today and get on the inside! Federal subpoenas in Tangi Vote-buying rumored Crime & law enforcement trending politically Less than 20 percent for October turnout possible …

DID YOU KNOW? 4 Fast Facts On The Legislature

1.) Members of the Louisiana Legislature were elected every two years until 1880, when voters began selecting members of the House and Senate every four years. 2.) The Legislature did not meet in 1813, due to the War of 1812. The body also did not meet in 1815, due to the Battle of New Orleans. 3.) During the Civil War there were two elected …

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The Walts Recipe (For Work, Life & Tacos) Nic Walts may have grown up surfing and playing beach volleyball in his origin state of California, but his education at Louisiana State University and subsequent time working on various Louisiana campaigns gave him a heart (and mind) for the Pelican State. “I worked at the State Capitol in college for the …

PODCAST: Governors & Money

SEASON 2, EPISODE 12: GOVERNORS & MONEY In her very first public interview, Allee Bautsch Grunewald explains how she became Bobby Jindal’s fundraiser and what the money landscape looks like today. We also develop a list of funding sources for political candidates and determined that there are roughly six very basic categories. This is nearly …

NEW ISSUE: The Tracker Has Dropped

Good afternoon, Trackers. This is the first full week of the 2017 election cycle. If you're in one of the big races and you don't have a staff or a fundraising infrastructure yet, that's not a great sign. (Don't let your opponents find out!) Meanwhile at the Capitol things have been pretty quiet. But that won't last long. The Edwards Administration is …

Schroder Raising Money To Count Money

— If cash is king in the treasurer’s race then former Rep. John Schroder is holding the crown. With $638,000 in his campaign war chest Schroder could go ahead and repay his $186,000 personal loan and still be in the money lead. — Former commissioner of administration Angele Davis has $315,000 in the bank, which is impressive for being the last person to …

Six Political Takeaways

1.) ANOTHER CONTROVERSY Fox 8’s Lee Zurik: “State Police commissioner (Calvin Braxton) accused of fixing tickets, threatening trooper… Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s looking into allegations… an attorney for the Louisiana State Troopers Association, Floyd Falcon, sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards asking him to remove Braxton from the …

Political Birthdays For The Week (And Other Notable Dates)

— Tuesday 07/18: Rep. Tony Bacala, Margo DuBos, John DeSantis and Chris Guillory — Wednesday 07/19: Ron Faucheux, David Tatman, Keith Gates, Andrew Bautsch, Sue Dicharry and Katelin Walker — Thursday 07/20: Norma Jane Sabiston — Friday 07/21: Kerii Thomas and Clay Sevier — Saturday 07/22: James T. Hannan — Sunday 07/23: Kayla Briggs and Ryan …

Notes From The Field & Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards was in Shreveport and Monroe today to announce the award of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program dollars to several local entities for last year’s flooding. — Edwards and other governors, both R and D, issued a joint statement today recommending a “bipartisan approach to improving the nation’s health care system that engages governors …

LaHISTORY: JFK & The Rice Festival

Since its inaugural year of 1937, the International Rice Festival in Crowley has drawn thousands of visitors to the Acadia Parish town that annually celebrates one of Louisiana’s staple crops. Few, if any, festival goers have generated as much publicity as then-Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts who arrived with his wife Jacqueline in October 1959 …

Lack Of Candidates = 54% Of Ballot Settled

Even though qualifying just wrapped up last week and the primary elections will not be held for another three months, 54 percent of the races originally scheduled for the October ballot have already been settled. No, this isn’t an electoral riddle. There are 41 newly-elected politicians in Louisiana because no one ran against them, and another 16 races …