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.


— 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.”

DOCTOR’S ORDERS: Abraham would prescribe limited convention

In yet another signal that Congressman Ralph Abraham will be on the ballot in 2018 and probably 2019, the veterinarian-turned-physician told

Rabalais: Slidell Mayoral Race (Plus Others) Is Anybody’s Game

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They Said It – March 8

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Alford: Why LaPOLITICS Needs Your Help

A Personal Appeal from Jeremy Alford You may have heard about a fundraiser scheduled for next week (on Tuesday, March 27) for CC73, a

Rabalais: Hale Boggs Runs Afoul of Hoover and the FBI

In the spring of 1971, Congressman Hale Boggs of New Orleans, then the House majority leader, was making moves on Capitol Hill. A well

Waiting on HB2

Louisiana’s annual construction bill is expected to be read into the House later today, kicking off a process that is just as riddled with

Political Chatter

— Rep. Jay Morris is stepping up and speaking out about his concerns about a proposed constitutional convention. And he has a slick web

AS SEEN ON TWITTER: Lawmakers Split On Convention

— Rep. Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3): Beware of a new constitution. All those pushing for it are aiming at the middle class. Noticeably no one

Alford: Looking for a Little Womentum

I was sitting inside Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge 11 years ago this week, holding my newborn daughter, Zoe, while watching then-Gov.

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has had a busy week. He sent several messages across federal agencies, including one asking for healthcare payment


— Tuesday 03/20: Rep. Sherman Mack, John Williams, Tony Perkins, late Gov. Oramel H. Simpson (1870) and Blake Corley — Wednesday 03/21:

LOWDOWN: Our Jailhouse Politicians

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POD: New Kids on the Block

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SPONSORED: The Picard Group Welcomes Hunter Hall

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What’s Up With Session Stuff and What It Means for Politics and Stuff

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A Conversation With Wildlife & Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet

Jeremy Alford: I do want to talk fees with you, but I have to ask…  Do you miss it (serving in the Legislature) at all? Secretary Jack

Political Chatter

— The five managed care organizations (MCOs) that are contracted with the state to provide Medicaid benefits and services have created a new

Alford: The Pace Of Things To Come

What happens when you take a Louisiana Legislature that’s earning a reputation for disfunction and tell its members that they have just nine

Rabalais: Plaquemines Parish’s “Little War of 1943”

On June 1, 1943, the Sheriff of Plaquemines Parish, Louis Dauterive, died suddenly. Instead of an orderly transition amid a period of

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is one of the lawmakers sponsoring a “school safety and mental health” bill that directs federal dollars for


— Tuesday 03/13: Former Congressman Joseph Cao, Rep. Valarie Hodges, Donald Hodge, Jessica Starns Debetaz and Phil Ranier — Wednesday

LOWDOWN: Louisiana’s Talented Politicians

We’ve finally reached the talent portion of The LaPolitics Lowdown. Which is fortunate. Because, believe us, you do not want to see all of

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Funding for Louisiana’s public-private hospital partnerships is in question, and it could have a dramatic effect on healthcare in Louisiana.

A Conversation With House Clerk Butch Speer

Jeremy Alford: So… Now what? House Clerk Butch Speer: Well, it’s true that legislatures all over the country — but this one in particular,

Rabalais: Rodrigue’s Reluctant Legacy

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