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…)

LOWDOWN: What NOT to Do When Reporters Come Knocking

In this episode of the Lowdown, we’re letting you in on five things you should avoid doing when you come in contact with a journalist —

HASHTAG LOUISIANA: Policing Chatrooms and Mastering Newsfeeds

 This episode of our digital-focused podcast is all about communication. We give you some simple guidelines for engaging with your

SPONSORED: What to Expect This Time Around

When the Louisiana State Legislature convenes on March 12, one issue will overshadow all others — the budget. It will be the absolute

Alford: Defining The Louisiana Mood

I was eating boiled crawfish last Friday night with my wife and children in Baton Rouge — Crawfish season! Finally! — when I received a text

Rabalais: That Year There Was No Mardi Gras

When the good times (and parades) didn’t roll for Dutch Throughout history, only cataclysmic events such as invading Yankees, Yellow

Political Chatter

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “How do you catch a unicorn? Unique up on it!” (P.S. Happy Mardi Gras!) —

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: Another Shutdown?

It’s a good thing our congressional delegation got their Carnival fill at the 65th Parish a couple of weeks ago, because pending votes on

#HBD TRACKERS

— Tuesday 02/06: Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Laura Veazey, Stephen Waguespack, Kellee Hennessy, Tom Fitzmorris and Cindy

JBE SAVES MARDI GRAS: Not-so-special session delayed

LaPolitics embarking on annual Carnival break Friday is the new deadline (instead of tomorrow) for the GOP-led House and the

5 Hard-Hitting Campaign Ads

It’s time to review your opposition research, fire up your cameras and get ready to pay your media consultant extra. In this episode, we’re

POD: Liz & The Supremes

In our 48th episode of the LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill a few weeks after she gave oral arguments

SPONSORED: A Congress Divided

When President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address this week, it arrived on a Congress as divided as Washington

Lowdown: Your German-Born Governor

We'd like to introduce you to Michael Hahn. He was Louisiana's only German-born governor, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, the original

Capitol Gains: JBE, Re-Election Politics & Chicken Stuff

Gov. John Bel Edwards was the guest for our inaugural episode of Capitol Gains, Louisiana’s only Sunday morning political talk show. In

Hashtag Louisiana: Todd Graves & One Love For Mardi Gras

Our new podcast meets you at the intersection of Louisiana politics, social media and business with host Ira Wray. This first episode is

LaHistory: Foster and Buddy’s Comeback Bid

Foster and Buddy’s Comeback Bid In 1995, Louisiana’s political landscape was shifting. Frustrated with problems in the gambling

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 01/30: Congressman Mike Johnson, Denise Thevenot, Matt Holliday and Sonny Cranch — Wednesday 01/31: Congressman Garret

A Very Looziana SOTU (and Other Chatter)

— In case you missed it last night, the Bayou State owned the first five minutes… — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got one of the

Special Session Cat-and-Mouse Begins

— THE BOTTOM LINE… is a bit fuzzy. If you ask the top supporters of Gov. John Bel Edwards, the special session is a go. Working under that

LaPolitics Lowdown: Louisiana’s German-Born Governor

Go pull those lederhosen out of your closet and fire up those frankfurters, because the country that gave us Albert Einstein and Bach and

Capitol Gains: JBE Talks Re-election

Gov. John Bel Edwards is the guest for this inaugural episode of Capitol Gains. He talks about his campaign's fundraising totals from last

SPONSORED: It’s Not Just About Mardi Gras

The Picard Group (TPG) traveled to Washington D.C. this week not only to celebrate Washington Mardi Gras but to meet with Congressional

NEW POD: Hashtag Louisiana

Welcome to Hashtag Louisiana, your monthly podcast guide to the intersection of social media, business, and politics in the Pelican

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 01/23: Rep. Julie Stokes, former Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, John Diez, John Mathis and Sterling LeJeune — Wednesday

LaHistory: Mr. Long Goes To Washington

Thursday will mark an anniversary for the United States Senate — 86 years since the Kingfish himself took the upper chamber by storm, and