LOWDOWN: The Officially Official Side Of The Legislature

Think the Legislature has a tough time voting on taxes?

Try the official state jelly. (That decision was so tough lawmakers picked two.)

There's an "official" designation for boudin and milk and tomatoes — and much, much more — all of which required actual legislative debates and votes.

Waste of time or time well spent?

Decide for yourself in this week's LaPolitics Lowdown!

Tuesday’s Takeaways

Here’s all you need to know about what happened Tuesday in Louisiana politics: 1.) It was cold. Interstates were shut down. People who

Political History: “Long Live the Kingfish!”

Wednesday marks the 90th anniversary (Jan. 17, 1928) of a gubernatorial primary that forever changed politics in Louisiana. The tide

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 01/16: Peggy Cromer and Kyle Gautreau — Wednesday 01/17: Former Congressman Don Cazayoux, political pro Bud Courson and Sid

The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talked about President Donald Trump’s alleged statement and reporter etiquette on Fox News: “Whether he said it or

Political Chatter

— Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell: Louisiana could save millions if it converts to “energy efficient, environmentally friendly”

LOWDOWN: The Dogs of Louisiana Politics

That dog won't hunt. (We hear this quote in the Capitol quite a bit.) This is a real dog and pony show. (Attorney General Jeff Landry has

LOWDOWN: Cooking With The Chairman

In the latest episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown we travel to southwest Louisiana to learn how to cook the perfect hunting camp appetizer

SPONSORED: That Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Package

Building bridges may be Washington D.C.’s greatest undertaking of 2018 – both literally and figuratively. “Infrastructure – the nation

#HBD Trackers!

— Tuesday 01/09: Late President Richard Milhous Nixon (1913), LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford, Kevin Roig, Kelli Spillers

The Beltway Beat

— Who’s the richest elected official from Louisiana serving on Capitol Hill today? According to a review of federal disclosure information,

Political Chatter

— Via Rep. Julie Stokes: “Last night, I received a phone call from my doctor confirming lab results. As a result of my surgery on January

Regents Has a New Chair, New Member

After this week’s meeting, the Louisiana Board of Regents, which oversees public higher education, has a whole new look. Former district

Schroder Still Focused on “Checkbook”

When Treasurer John Schroder was running for the statewide-elected office he was sworn into last month, he promised voters a website where

Landrieu’s Very Shaky Start

It was exactly two decades ago this month (January 2017) when Louisiana found itself sending a new U.S. senator to Washington for only the

Another Year, Another Shot

The coming year will provide voters with new opportunities to get involved in government, not only in their polling locations but also at

The LaPolitics Christmas Card

SPONSORED: Christmas On The Hill

Christmas spirit and good cheer may abound this time of year. There are beautiful trees of gargantuan proportions tinseled and trimmed, and

LOWDOWN: The Officially Official Side Of The Legislature

Think the Legislature has a tough time voting on taxes? Try the official state jelly. (That decision was so tough lawmakers picked

Broadwater Resigns From House

Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican from Hammond, has resigned from the House to spend more time with his family and to focus on his law

SPONSORED: First Lady, In Holiday Mode

First Lady Donna Edwards brings more than her beloved holiday décor to Baton Rouge. She also brings a familial tradition and a taste of her

Governor Surprises House GOP Retreat

Members of the House Republican Delegation gathered in New Orleans today for a policy retreat, but they haven't been meeting alone. Gov.

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Garret Graves on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Army Corps of Engineers: “I’ll be very candid. This nomination was

Political Chatter

— [Hello. You have exactly three months until the start of the 2018 regular session. This message will self destruct in 20 seconds...]  —

LOWDOWN: The Bird & Carter Caucuses

They say birds of a feather flock together. But what about featherless legislators with bird-like names? Also, how many Carters does

SPONSORED: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Despite the horrors of the day, the attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941) shaped both the generation who survived it and their descendants