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Andrew Bautsch is the new executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party. He was most recently with Causeway Solutions.

— Former Rep. Nick Lorusso has been named chief deputy of the Louisiana Insurance Department, which includes a role as legislative liaison, and Denise Dunckel has been tapped as deputy commissioner of public affairs.

— Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry is throwing it down on Facebook.

Melinda Deslatte: Next step: Will Louisiana lawmakers agree on budget cuts?

— LaPolitics: Attention Turns To Next Special Session, REC & Budget

@WillSentell: “Asked if he is running for governor (John) Kennedy said, ‘I don’t know yet.’”

Kevin Litten: “Why Mitch Landrieu's D.C. Gridiron speech is getting attention…”

Greg Hilburn: “Speaker Taylor Barras 'strongly disagrees' he guaranteed deal…

— The Baton Rouge based political consulting firm of Ourso Beychok has won two Reed Awards. Ourso Beychok won the overall category for “Best Villain in a Direct Mail Piece” and the direct mail category for “Best Mail Piece for Independent Expenditure Campaign – Special Election.” Both categories were won by a mailer entitled “Hush Puppies” the firm produced for Highway 31 PAC in the 2017 U.S. Senate Race in Alabama.

— Tax Foundation: “New Tariff Plan Could Cost States $9 Billion… 5 percent of the cost increase from the proposed tariffs would hit Louisiana businesses…” READ THE ANALYSIS   

— Order PAR’s guide to the Legislature here

— The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Terry Doughty to be U.S. district judge for the Western District.

WSJ: “Trump administration joins states in push to expand online sales tax collection…” 

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Did you know koala bears aren't part of the bear family? They don't have the right koalafications!”

— GOP Chair Louis Gurvich: “As a result of the Governor’s leadership failure, Louisianans will not receive the benefit of the widely supported Louisiana Checkbook (a reform that would require detailed summaries of all state expenditures, which passed the House 104 to 0), or much needed Medicaid reforms, and students and parents will not know what amount of aid, if any, will be available to them under the TOPS program this Fall.”

— Treasurer John Schroder: “This special session was prematurely called and was a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.  This is very disappointing that the Governor and the Legislature couldn't reach an agreement during the session on how to achieve financial stability.  If we ever want to right-size government, we have to get serious about implementing true spending reforms and stop relying on temporary revenue measures to plug the budget.”

— Louisiana Budget Project: “The Louisiana Legislature had one job: to stabilize the state's revenue structure so that working families, college students, Medicaid recipients and business owners could be assured that the services they need will still be available on July 1. The failure to accomplish this does not diminish the importance of resolving Louisiana's chronic budget shortfalls; it only makes the task more urgent.”

— In this video, Sen. JP Morrell shares the story of a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy who saved the life of a local De La Salle High School of New Orleans student after a hit-and-run accident. The deputy relied on life-saving training he received through Stop the Bleed NOLA, a partnership between University Medical Center New Orleans, LSU, Tulane and the Spirit of Charity Foundation. Morrell: “It’s very important in trying times like this in the state of Louisiana, as we discuss the budget and our priorities, to remember that our hospitals are a key partner in saving lives throughout our community.”

JBE and Congressman Cedric Richmond made an appearance at Saturday’s Louisiana State Democratic Central Committee meeting in Baton Rouge. The committee endorsed Richmond for reelection. Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Sen. Karen Carter Peterson: “Because we worked together, we were able to have a productive day.”

— Baton Rouge media consultant Roy Fletcher, Penn and Schoen Survey Research and Marius Penczner have collectively won three Campaign & Elections Magazine national awards for their work with the Advancing Convenience and Fuel Retailing Association. They scored “Best 2017 Public Affairs Campaign,” “Best Public Affairs Radio Ad” and “Best 2017 Public Affairs Campaign TV Ad.”

— River port pilot with Crescent River Port Pilots Eric Short has been appointed as an alternate pilot associations representative to the Pilotage Fee Commission.

— What the governor’s office wants you to read in The Advocate: “Lost in Baton Rouge tax debate: How much more would taxpayers pay under the proposals?”

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

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— 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

These days, it seems there’s always either a politician going to prison or getting out of prison. As the saying goes, half the state is

POD: New Kids on the Block

In this week’s episode of the LaPOLITICS Report, we talk to members of the Louisiana Republican Party about the future of the GOP and the

SPONSORED: The Picard Group Welcomes Hunter Hall

We are proud to announce that Hunter Hall has joined the federal affairs team at The Picard Group. Hunter brings a wealth of knowledge on

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

1.) The news: Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking Speaker Taylor Barras and President John Alario to pass a resolution that sets an early or

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

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— 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

SPONSORED: Public-private hospital partnerships and their utmost importance to our state

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

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY Before George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog made Louisiana’s “I Voted” sticker a hot item, the late artist’s iconic

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— Andrew Bautsch is the new executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party. He was most recently with Causeway Solutions. — Former

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has introduced the Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act, named after a synthetic drug found in heroin: “We are at war

#HBD Trackers!

— Tuesday 03/06: Lauren Hebert Lee, Greg Meriwether and Jackie Tisdell — Wednesday 03/07: Julie Adams — Thursday 03/08: Former U.S. Sen.