Political Chatter

— Via Julia O’Donoghue: “A sweeping overhaul of Louisiana's criminal justice laws will result in 1,900 mostly nonviolent prisoners getting released earlier than expected Wednesday (Nov. 1). That total is up significantly from an estimate given to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in late September, when state officials said about 1,400 would be released.”

— Via The Advocate’s Mark Ballard: “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry moved late Monday to take control of the Edwards’ administration lawsuit claiming pharmaceutical companies are responsible for an opioid crisis that has caused thousands of overdose deaths. Landry wants to expand the lawsuit and formally hire Mike Moore, the former Mississippi Attorney General who shepherded a national action against tobacco manufacturers in 1990s that settled for billions of dollars.”

— Via USA Today’s Greg Hilburn: “Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has asked to enter the BRF-Willis-Knighton antitrust lawsuit as a friend of the court, insisting his presence will protect LSU's Shreveport medical school and the state's most at-risk residents.”

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What is in a ghost's nose? BOO-gers!”

— Mary Elise Schlesinger’s I HAVE A BAD JOKE TOO SUBMISSION: “Why did the vampire read The New York Times? Because he heard it had great circulation.”

— Dennie Williams has ponied up as well: “Why doesn’t Dracula mind the doctor looking at his throat? Because of the coffin.”

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards were in Puerto Rico yesterday for Hurricane Maria relief. EDWARDS: “I am happy that Louisiana has been able to provide assistance as survivors recover, much like the assistance we’ve relied on in the aftermath of disasters  I know they have a long road ahead of them, but I’ve assured Gov. Rosselló that we will be partners with them as they move into the recovery phase.”

— The Reilly Center is hosting “Resistance in a Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights” on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at LSU’s Journalism Building. REGISTER.

— House Natural Resources Chairman Stuart Bishop “applauds” Supreme Court’s end to the SLFPA-E lawsuit. BISHOP: “It is frivolous litigation like this that is contributing to Louisiana’s toxic legal environment and are pushing thousands of jobs and much needed revenue to neighboring states. Now is the time for Governor Edwards to realize the damage that meritless coastal lawsuits have had on Louisiana and that he ask for the parishes and district attorneys involved to withdraw their lawsuits.”

— H. Paul Hermann, Jr. was appointed to the Veterans Affairs Commission.

— April Cintron was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition.

— Daryl Simon was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force.

— Kerri Cunningham was appointed to the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority.

— David Rabalais and Edward “Michael” Bopp were appointed to the Water Resources Commission.

— Eleanor Murrell was appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council.

— ICYMI: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Spencer Cole was promoted to Lt. Colonel earlier this month.

— OUR GOVERNOR, THE FILMMAKER: In honor of tomorrow’s criminal justice reform implementation, the governor’s office has launched a video series starring…

—Rep. Walt Leger

—Sen. Danny Martiny

—Louisiana Family Forum’s Gene Mills

—Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections’ Natalie LaBorde

—Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families Director Alanah Odom Hebert

—Foundation for Louisiana’s Flozell Daniels, Jr.

—Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre

Norris Henderson from Voice of the Experienced

— FEMA granted $4.96 million to Glen Oaks High School for the August flood recovery.

— The DOTD received a 2016 Sterling Agency Award.

— The NOLA Riverfront just put $507 million in new redevelopment projects. LANDRIEU: “New Orleans will now be home to one of the largest contiguous riverfront parks in the U.S. ...This important step builds on the legacy of other great City leaders that opened up the riverfront.”

— Gov. Edwards’ fiscal-cliff-of-doom tour made its final stop in Lake Charles last week. EDWARDS: “I am more confident than ever that we will be able to piece together the solution to enacting meaningful budget stabilization and reform. The looming $1 billion fiscal cliff cannot be solved without the input and ideation of as many people as possible...While we may not agree on every issue, the notion that meaningful reform is needed was a theme at every meeting.”

— EDWARDS on the passing of Fats Domino: “Known as a legend and one of the greatest recording artists of all times, there’s no denying that when he played a song he transformed it into something spectacular. Our hearts are heavy today, but we will always remember his love for life and New Orleans through his iconic music.”

— New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “He was a world-class musician, known for his shaping of rock-n-roll as we know it. He was one of the most beloved pianists and singer-songwriters to come out of New Orleans.”

— The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission is honoring Fats Domino at a flash mob in front of City Hall today.

— SPANISH TOWN MARDI GRAS: The ball is slated for Jan. 20, and the parade is Feb. 10. This year’s theme: Game of Thongs. MORE INFO

— The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and TruFund Financial Services, Inc. will be presenting a business info session at the Norman Mayer Branch Library tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. DETAILS

— Civil district court judge candidate D. Nicole Sheppard is having a fundraiser birthday bash at the Magnolia Mansion on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. DETAILS

— Jefferson Councilman Mark D. Spears, Jr. is being honored by the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee for the 2017 Blue Horizon Award this Thursday at the Four Columns in Harvey. Cocktails served at 6:30 p.m. DETAILS

— A survey ranks Louisiana No. 4 in the U.S. for its “supportive small business environment.” EDWARDS: “[The] A+ grade for our state’s small business friendliness is a reflection of what Louisiana small business owners already know: Louisiana strives to streamline licensing procedures, provide training opportunities and services, and reduce tedious red tape that hinders growth.”

— HuffPost and The Lens team up on an investigation: “How Airbnb is pushing locals out of New Orleans’ coolest neighborhoods” READ

— Republican Party of Louisiana chairman Roger Villere is stepping down at the end of his term. Louis Gurvich is one of the names looking to replace him next year.

— Dow Chemical invests $2 billion in Louisiana plants and warehouses. PRESS RELEASE

— Congressman Clay Higgins visits Louisiana Senior Corps officials in Lafayette.

— The Louisiana Department of Education is looking for a college to host the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium. DETAILS

— Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni and Councilman-at-Large Chris Roberts will speak next Tuesday (Nov. 7) with the Jefferson Chamber at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport. TICKETS

SPONSORED: Franco-Fête 2018 Fundraising Luncheon For Scholarship Program Of CODOFIL

Each year, Franco-Fête raises funds to support French education in Louisiana, especially through La Fondation Louisiane’s “Escadrille

The Tuesday Tracker (Sponsored By Harris DeVille & Associates)

September 18, 2018 — Issue No. 158 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais

CAPITOL GAINS: Does Louisiana need a lieutenant governor?

You’ve really need to watch this interview. From being mistaken for Coach O and fielding attacks from fellow Republicans, to why John

SPONSORED: The Picard Group

A Rare WEDNESDAY Tracker!

Five questions for JBJ at 86, a giveaway contest, forgotten history, AG versus JBE, more "Chatter" and some rather important birthdays (no

SPONSORED: Successful LegisGator Event Honors Lawmakers

On August 24, more than 800 legislators, business leaders, supporters, lobbyists, and others involved in the political realm gathered at

SWAMPERS & SWORDS: Alford’s late summer’s ode to Louisiana’s cities, towns, & villages

SWAMPERS & SWORDS Alford’s late summer’s ode to Louisiana's cities, towns, & villages IF YOU’RE GOING TO DIVE into a review

Rabalais’ Political History: Wade O. Martin & the creation of the modern SOS office

In 1956, an epic power struggle between two political giants forever changed the scope of statewide elected offices in Louisiana. The

ALFORD: You Want Mayors? We’ve Got Mayors!

ALFORD’S SYNDICATED OPINION COLUMN You Want Mayors? We've Got Mayors! Fake mayors, real mayors, convicted mayors, interim mayors,

POLITICAL CHATTER

The Louisiana Lottery is about to have some competition. The Mississippi Legislature voted this afternoon to create a lottery there. Gov.

#HBD TRACKERS!

Today: Cary Koch, Craig McCulloch and Tammi Arender Wednesday 08/29: Quay McKnight, Kevin Blanchard and Paul Coussan Thursday

Gamard: PAC Shoots With “Shooter”

Rep. Blake Miguez — if you’re unfamiliar with his gun-fueled background, hit up Google now — is the featured political player in a new

WEEKLY: Players Who Could Be Mayors

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 16, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite

WATCH THE WHIP: Is Scalise the preferred speaker candidate?

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 16, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite

YOU’VE BEEN GRADED: LABI Releases 20th Scorecard

YOU’VE BEEN GRADED LABI releases 20th scorecard Much more than fiscal cliff was reviewed Marketing campaign linked to con-con

ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN: Dismissing Congressional Clout Concerns

Not too long ago, at least in reporter years, I was utilizing the space in this weekly column with some regularity to write about the loss

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: When Time Is On Your Side

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY When Time Is On Your Side Uncle Harry’s 32-year streak & the longevity of statewide elected

POLITICAL CHATTER

— Meg Casper, everyone's favorite secretary of state communications pro, has a new gig over at the Board of Regents. The turf isn't new for

TRACKER EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Raymond O’Donnell of Fort Worth, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Camille Nicole

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 08/21: Terrebone Parish Councilwoman Arlanda Williams, Bryan Houston, Rob Landry, Nicholas Bouterie, Maris LeBlanc and Chelsea

SPONSORED: An Update on Louisiana’s Fight Against Human Trafficking

United Way of Acadiana’s Women United group held a powerful session on Aug. 13 for their Food for Thought Series: An Update on Louisiana’s

WEEKLY: An Unusual Race In HD90

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 9, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite

THE POLITICAL ABC’s (Alario, Barras & Comedy): Seven answers & one joke each, directly from the gavel masters

It has been nearly three months since the finale of 2018’s edition of session-palooza. That’s plenty of time for House Speaker Taylor Barras

ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN: An Official Con-Con Reminder

It has been three months since the Louisiana Legislature concluded its regular session without addressing the war cry for a constitutional

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: The Bossier Rep Who Stuck With Nixon Until The Bitter End

On the morning of Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon climbed onto the presidential helicopter, waved goodbye and flew away from the White House