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…)

SPONSORED: Legatus In Louisiana

The intersection of faith and the workplace can be a challenge to navigate. And yet, there is an undeniable way that faith and values inform

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 10/17: Steve Duke and Kevin Gallagher — Wednesday 10/18: Paul Hardy, Connie Caldwell, Kodi Wilson and Robert Morris —

The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to Gov. Edwards: “Top quality health care for our people is extraordinarily important. (No reasonable person has

Angele Davis For The State Senate?

When you run better than expected in a statewide race and pull 41 percent in your own Senate District 16 — against five opponents, one of

LaHistory: When The Majority Leader Vanished

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the strange disappearance of U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, a proud son of Louisiana. Boggs

Oct. 14: What Happened?

An astounding 86.5 percent of Louisiana’s registered population didn’t vote during this past weekend’s statewide elections. The math is a

POD: One From The Lobbying Corps…

Episode 22 of Season 2 has two guests from Spradely & Spradley, a government relations firm in Baton Rouge. They are Tom and Matt

LOWDOWN VIDEO: Election Zombies & Political Daredevils

We've got election zombies and political daredevils in this latest episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown. See how Louisiana lost a half

MEDIA SNAPSHOTS: About Last Night…

SPONSORED: Tax Reform (& A Tax Cocktail)

Tax reform is one of the nation’s most polarizing issue. The topic is so vast and complicated that few even attempt to understand the

You Should Be Listening To The Supremes

Can you name one of the justices currently serving on the United States Supreme Court? If you cannot, you’re among 57 percent of likely

The Beltway Beat

— Lindsay Lohan’s parents want a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for the “mini-bar” comment. Missed that one? Watch

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 10/10: Late Supreme Court Justice George Eustis (1796) — Wednesday 10/11: Rick Boudreaux — Thursday 10/12: The one and

Political Chatter

— RELEASE: “During the October meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opted not to vote on a proposal to give

Early Voting Analysis: “Not Much To Say”

The following words and thoughts belong to Ed Chervenak, the director of the UNO Survey Research Center… An analysis of the early voting

Jeff Landry’s New Chief Of Staff

Lynnel Ruckert, the former chief of staff to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has been hired by Attorney General Jeff Landry to fill the

POD: The Jambalaya Episode

John Diez, the PAC director for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, stops by to discuss what you need to make the perfect

LaHistory: An Unfriendly Month For Governors

Since 1828 there have been seven Louisiana governors who have passed away during the month of October, either while in office or later in

LOWDOWN: The Time Thibodaux Was Governor

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser reveals a private conversation he had with Gov. John Bel Edwards about his future election plans... We meet

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ICYMI: The “Next Frontier” For Public Records

The general counsel for the state’s premier newspaper and magazine association believes that the “next frontier for public records law in

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 10/03: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, David Crigler, and John Hill — Wednesday 10/04: Former Gov. Buddy Roemer, former

The Beltway Beat

— Majority Whip Steve Scalise returns to Congress and speaks on the floor. WATCH — The Scalise 60 Minutes interview (his first after he

Political Chatter

— His former colleagues in the Legislature probably won’t dig it much, but John Schroder’s new (and likely final) campaign commercial will

POD: Dardenne Goes To The Hoop

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is this week’s guest on The LaPolitics Report podcast. He reveals how close he came to walking