John Young Acknowledges Lieutenant Governor Chatter

To be seen as the champion of coastal parishes would not be a bad springboard for a statewide campaign. Whenever Jefferson Parish President John Young enters the Capitol, the talk renews about his running for lieutenant governor in 2015.

"A lot of people are talking to me about that. And I'm flattered. But right now I'm concentrating on representing the citizens of Jefferson Parish and getting through this session, especially with the assault on our autonomy and authority," he said, referring to legislation that would sidetrack his parish's lawsuit against oil companies.

There already is a coastal parish president running for the state's No. 2 office, Billy Nungesser of neighboring Plaquemines Parish. He took 47 percent of the vote against Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne in 2011.

If both Republicans run, it could split the Orleans region and create an opening for another GOP candidate, such as Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, to come out of Acadiana. Angelle is said to be weighing his options of running for governor, or, as an ally says, "two-stepping it" by running for lieutenant governor first.

The prospect of a split Republican field could enhance prospects for making the runoff for the lone Democrat talking about running, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. He would not be the only African-American candidate if state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, also runs.


Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.  “We want a decision by September, not something at the last minute in December,” said Mills, R-Parks.  Right now Molina Information Systems has […]


SENATE 2016: Super PAC Overview

A few of the home-brewed super PACs created in Louisiana to support candidates in the fall U.S. Senate race experienced a very bumpy second quarter of fundraising this year. That may allow other super PACs backed by national organizations, from outside of Louisiana, to steal some of the political thunder in the coming months. Super […]

Fed Races Crammed With Candidates

Federal Races Crammed With Candidates

On the Nov. 8 ballot in Louisiana there will be 63 different candidates running in seven federal races for the U.S House and Senate, meaning voters will have plenty of names to choose from — possibly more than any other time in recent history. In the U.S. Senate race alone 24 candidates qualified last week […]


Super PAC Bows Out Of Senate Race

A super PAC, or political action committee, that was formed to support the U.S. Senate candidacy of Treasurer John Kennedy has been disbanded and its money has been transferred to a national conservative advocacy group that could end up playing an out-front role in the developing race scheduled for this fall. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

The governor isn’t the only one trying to influence the votes of lawmakers in the ongoing second special session that ends on June 23. The Louisiana Manufacturers Political Action Committee has purchased more than 3,000 radio spots over the next two weeks that urge voters to contact lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards to ask […]


JBE To Lawmakers: Come On Over

Lawmakers might still be a little sore at Gov. John Bel Edwards for calling a second special session just 30 minutes after the ongoing regular session ends Monday evening. The governor, however, may gain a few more points back for what he has planned when the first night of that second special session comes to a […]

Days In Session An All-Time High

LINGERING LAWMAKERS: Days In Session An All-Time Record

Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, shows the strain of listening to endless testimony and debate during the ongoing regular session, which, in concert with this year’s two special session, will be the longest running in the state’s history. Credit: Justin DiCharia. When the 2016 Louisiana Legislature, beginning its second special session Monday, withdraws on June 23 from […]