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.” AUDIO

— Over the next couple weeks Congressman Mike Johnson has town hall meetings slated for DeSoto, Bienville, St. Landry and Evangeline. Once those are completed he will have held similar meetings in every parish in the 4th District since taking office.

— Lobbyist Michael Willis’ Bad Joke of the Week: “Why did the tomato turn red? It saw the salad dressing!”

— U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and Congressman Garret Graves joined local business leaders and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for a roundtable meeting in Baton Rouge on Monday.

MARIST: In all 76 percent of Americans say the U.S. should either negotiate directly with North Korea (39 percent) or convince China to use their influence to stop North Korea’s nuclear programs (37 percent).

— Via FEMA… “One Year Later” press release… “Nearly $90 million in federal assistance to date has been awarded to schools in southern Louisiana.”

— New Orleans Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey has a fundraiser on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Martine Chaisson Gallery on Camp Street.

Bloomberg: “The uncertainty over federal tax reform and increasing costs of healthcare and Medicaid threaten to dampen states’ slow tax revenue growth for fiscal year 2018, according to preliminary findings from the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

Governing: “This July, Oregon became the first to offer a retirement plan to full- and part-time private-sector workers who don’t have access to one through their employer. Eight other states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington — are implementing similar plans that should reach full rollout within the next five years.”

— “Don (Briggs) is proud of being three things: an American, a Christian, and an oilman.” Those are the words of LOGA Chair Bryan Hanks. GET THE REST

— The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has won the “2017 Most Effective Education Award” from the Governmental Research Association for its campaign entitled “Louisiana Business Tax Policy: Research, Awareness, and Advocacy.”

— First Lady Donna Edwards has launched a new initiative to “connect foster parents with the support systems they need in their communities.” Take a closer look at LouisianaFosters.La.Gov

WAGS: “While the Legislature was solely and unfairly blamed by some for the fact this year’s session did not address the upcoming fiscal cliff, there are many lawmakers who deserve recognition for their efforts to defend jobs and free enterprise in 2017.” SCORECARD OVERVIEW 

— I wasn’t going to mention this, but… Marie Centanni let it slip already. Today marks our 8th anniversary of being Facebook friends! I know, right? A milestone. (If you consult Issue 46 of Tuesday Tracker, published on March 15, 2016, you’ll find an item about Centanni breaking her phone on the first day of the regular session and eerily predicting it was a “bad omen” for the remainder of this term. Just saying… She knows things…)

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SPONSORED: Celebrating 25 Years Of Burkenroad Reports

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PRE-SINE DIE Q&A WITH SEN. BRET ALLAIN

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ALFORD: The Capitol’s Dirty Little Secret

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“Members, It Is 12 a.m.”

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THE RUNDOWN Weekend action slated at Capitol… Sunday is budget-tax day on Senate floor… Sales tax amendments doomed… But the rate is still

LaPolitics Weekly: THEY SAID IT

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Major Moves In SOS Race: Free announces, Werner out & JNK wades in

Like he did during last year’s special election for state treasurer, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is picking sides again in the special election

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What The Heck Is John Alario Saying?

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SPONSORED: CGI Announces Major Louisiana Expansion

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#LA: John F. Jones & Social Media Advertising

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JBE, Mitch & The Donald

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SPONSORED: Congratulations to Bruce Greenstein and LHC Group!

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CAPITOL GAINS: At Home with Clay

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