The Beltway Beat

— Dan Fagan in The Advocate: Is U.S. Sen. John Kennedy really anti-abortion? We get the “real answer” tomorrow, when the Senate holds a hearing for Kyle Duncan, President Donald Trump’spick for the New Orleans 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. OP-ED

— Congressman Garret Graves’ FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act was signed into law last week. Graves: “The process is filled with uncertainty, is expensive and leaves taxpayers feeling extraordinarily frustrated.”

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “The simple truth is that we should be firing government bureaucrats if they are not doing their job, not telling them ‘pretty please with sugar on top’ and giving them more taxpayer money.”  PRESS RELEASE

— POLITICO: "Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) reached out to some CBC members over the Thanksgiving recess to take the temperature of the caucus, according to multiple sources.”

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talked tax reform on Fox Business today. WATCH or READ

— Cassidy on Polish Oil and Gas Company Group’s new deal to import liquefied natural gas from Louisiana: “Not only will our state be exporting American energy to Poland, an important ally of the U.S., but it will also be playing an important role in reducing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to bully Europe.”

— Cassidy talks the tax bill on FOX. WATCH or READ

— Cassidy on the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act: “In life or death situations, minutes can make all the difference ... I’m glad to see President Trump sign this bill into law.”

— Cassidy is one of four Senators probing Uber about its reported data breach. LETTER

— Kennedy: “Regardless of what you think about the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act, I have zero confidence in the ability of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to administer it in a way that protects the people of Louisiana.” WATCH or READ

— D.C.’s Appeals Court upheld the per-election contribution limit in Holmes, et. al v. FEC.

PRE-HOLIDAY PRAISE FOR TAX REFORM

— Congressman Clay Higgins: “We’re going to witness tremendous economic growth for businesses of all sizes, creating new jobs and opportunity that will benefit all American workers and families.”

— Congressman Mike Johnson: “This is the beginning of a new era for America – one of economic prosperity and stability.”

— Congressman Ralph Abraham: “This bill is going to put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans, create new jobs and lead to more things that bear some of my favorite words: Made in America.”

— Congressman Garret Graves: “To put this in perspective, the average American family of four making $55,000 will pay no taxes.”

— Congressman Steve Scalise: “Everybody is going to see lower tax rates at every income level.”

— Congressman Cedric Richmond urged U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy to keep certain tax credits, including the Historic Tax Credit, in the Senate version of the bill: “While we may not agree on the overall package, we often agree on the issues that are important to Louisiana and this is one of those issues.” LETTER

— Cassidy: “[The bill] also includes my amendments giving 2016 Louisiana flood victims the same tax relief as 2017 hurricane victims, and preserving the Historic Tax Credit, which has been so important to restoring buildings in cities like New Orleans.”

— Kennedy: “This bill will give a tax cut to just about every American.”

SPONSORED: Working Together To Revive A 40-Year-Old Educational Program

Another win for Lafayette and UL Lafayette! After closing 40 years ago, UL Lafayette’s lab school is another step closer to being

WEEKLY: Senate Isn’t Only Chamber Facing Change

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on June 21, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community

WEEKLY: Know Your Congressional Districts

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on June 21, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community

Alford: A Memorandum From The Other Side

A MEMORANDUM FROM THE OTHER SIDE We hope this edition of The Tracker finds you rested and peaceful. If not, hurry and catch up. Because we

PolitiSigns, Adam Chapman & An Industry Update

Nothing declares election season is underway in Louisiana like campaign signs. And they're starting to sprout up everywhere, from country

Alford: Assumptions Are Dangerous In Governor’s Race

With 2018’s session-palooza out of the way (hopefully), Gov. John Bel Edwards can begin focusing on re-election. He’s not on the ballot

Q&A With Bob Livingston: “Republicans Are Going To Keep Control”

LaPolitics staff writer Mitch Rabalais: You were in the House leadership during Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton. What is your take

Rabalais: Louisiana’s First Congresswoman

On October 16, 1972, the political orbits in both Louisiana and Washington, D.C. were shocked by the sudden disappearance of then-House

POLITICAL CHATTER

— Special Assistant to the Governor Micah Cormier (@micahjcormier): “@LouisianaGov and @Coach_EdOrgeron spent the afternoon together in NOLA

Gamard: Hellish Helsinki & What Your Congressmen Said

If you need a refresher: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met behind closed doors in Helsinki, Finland to discuss

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 07/17: Keith Courville and Anthony Sanchez — Wednesday 07/18: Rep. Tony Bacala, Margo DuBos and John DeSantis — Thursday 07/19:

Social Media & Dan Claitor

For our season finale of Hashtag Louisiana, LaPolitics staff writer Mitch Rabalais interviews Dan Claitor, Louisiana's state

PEAS IN A POD: Pastors & Politics

Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum thinks a rather holy wave may be building for the 2019 election cycle. (Not only for the House and

LOWDOWN: The Price of Politics & Politicians

   What would you do for $16,800? Would you take a stressful, full-time job for $16,800 annually? Probably not. But guess who would? If you

SPONSORED: Louisiana Primary Care Association Announces Positive Step Forward In Healthcare

The Picard Group client Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) recently announced an impressive step forward for healthcare in Louisiana.

POD: Politics According to Alton

He’s a staple of Capitol life and an influencer in Louisiana politics. He's lobbyist Alton Ashy of Advanced Strategies, and he's our guest

LOWDOWN: How A Podcast Gets Made

Here at LaPolitics, we like to use our videos and podcasts to teach you something you don’t already know. So in this week’s Lowdown, we’re

Ronnie, Riverboats & Re-Election Campaigns

His father pitched for The New York Yankees before gaining his political chops in Bunkie, Louisiana, just like his son did. So who is it

SPONSORED: Celebrating 25 Years Of Burkenroad Reports

Twenty-five years ago, Professor Peter Ricchiuti founded a unique learning opportunity for Tulane University graduate students that has not

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

LaPolitics: That final Finance vote in HB 1 was such a break from the session rhythm. Quick, unemotional and transactional. Was that

ALFORD: The Capitol’s Dirty Little Secret

The governor of Louisiana is not politically omnipotent. (I’m referring to the storied position of governor, not the man or the woman who

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: John Breaux’s Last-Minute Win Over Henson Moore

U.S. Sen. Russell B. Long’s announcement that he would retire after 36 years in the upper chamber was unexpected, as he had been building

PHOTO GALLERY: The Final Four Hours Of The Special Session That Never Was

   

“Members, It Is 12 a.m.”

It’s called a photo finish for a reason, not that the House, Senate and Edwards Administration would need photographic evidence to help sort

VIDEO: Who’s The Man Behind The Tree?

When politicians want your money, the idea is bound to come up. "Don't tax you. Don't tax me. Tax the man behind the tree." But who is