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 video to prove it. In the video, the narrator asks, “Is there a secret deal to raise your taxes?” WATCH IT (Want more? Check out the next section below.)

— Sen. Rick Ward has a web video too, this one on the issue of a fiscal transparency site. WATCH IT

— Cornerstone Government Affairs announced last week the addition of former Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach as a senior advisor to the firm. “We could not be happier to have someone with the reputation, skill set and relationships that Randy has,” Cornerstone managing director Campbell Kaufman said. Cornerstone’s Baton Rouge office also includes Gabrielle Kees, Nial Patel and Paul Rainwater.

— Treasurer John Schroder's annual Wally Pontiff Tailgate is slated for next Tuesday. INVITE

— What happened today in LaPolitics’ Capitol office? We recorded interviews with Senate President John Alario and The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp. Why? You’ll learn next week…

— The Louisiana Board of Regents has four finalists for the position of commissioner of higher education: Robert Donley (former CEO of the Board of Regents in Iowa), Kim Hunter Reed (director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education), Cathy Sandeen (chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges) and Paul D. Turman (System vice president for academic affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents).

— LABI President Stephen Waguespack: “The Louisiana Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, declaring what many thought was, quite frankly, already well established: that charter schools are indeed public schools. As a result, the court affirmed that the state education funding formula (known as the MFP) can be used to educate public school students attending public charter schools. The ruling is a huge relief to the thousands of students choosing to attend local public charter schools across Louisiana and a tremendous burden off the backs of those parents doing everything they can to put their children in a learning environment that meets their needs.” MORE

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? Because they lactose.” (Read: Lack-toes)

Julia O’Donoghue: Louisiana riverboat gambling changes advance in Legislature

Greg Hilburn: Jackpot? Gambling bills flying out of committees like dice on craps table

Melinda Deslatte: Senators back bill for 'reckless disregard' hazing lawsuits

— Rep. Robert Johnson is the new chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Johnson: "Despite years of notice about the looming fiscal cliff and billions of dollars worth of ideas to fix the problem backed by a bipartisan tax group, those leading House Republicans have focused solely on setting up a Republican run for Governor in 2019. Our caucus is focused on solutions."

— Once-local politico Jason Emert is returning to his Lafayette stomping grounds for a campaign fundraiser on March 26 at the Pamplona Tapas Bar. The twist? He’s running for Congress in Tennessee.

— His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, came our way to celebrate New Orleans-Monaco history with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the city’s tricentennial. Monaco, by the way, is a little country inside France.

— Speaking of Landrieu, he’s got a new book about the Confederate monuments that he removed from his city’s streets last spring. Here’s his interview that aired last night on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.

— It’s National Agriculture Day! Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain: "The state’s agriculture producers are stewards of the land and they are at the mercy of Mother Nature. So when you can - buy fresh and buy local."

— Louisiana high school graduates now earn a $500 one-time scholarship if they complete the the Jobs for America’s Graduates Louisiana program.

— Louisiana Clean Fuels will host a “Propane Safety Class” on March 21, a “Natural Gas Safety Class” on March 22 and a "Clean Fuels Day at the Capitol" on March 26.

— Full Frontal with Samantha Bee featured the fake subpoena lawsuit against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in a new episode (watch at 2:13).

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

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WEEKLY: Senate Isn’t Only Chamber Facing Change

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WEEKLY: Know Your Congressional Districts

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Alford: A Memorandum From The Other Side

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PolitiSigns, Adam Chapman & An Industry Update

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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


— 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


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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


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


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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