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).

The House Versus the Senate

“Every year we send a lean thoroughbred race horse to the Senate in the form of a budget, and they send back a dairy cow. Full of milk and a

Stuff Jeremy Didn’t Know Yesterday Morning…

Between a book project on the 1973 constitutional convention, a series of history segments produced by LaPolitics, committee meetings and

Rabalais’ Political History: Mayor Maestri’s Lunch With Franklin Roosevelt

While this week marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, it is also the annual commemoration of a less heralded event in

Alford’s Opinion Column: At Sixes & Sevens

Here it comes — the Legislature’s sixth special session since being sworn in 29 months ago. And you know what? Don’t bet against a seventh

Political Chatter: Macron, Mulvaney & Girl Scouts

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards are in Washington, D.C. That’s our governor in the picture above, standing on the

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: French Folks, Beltway Cajuns & Pompeo

French Folks, Beltway Cajuns & Pompeo The governor isn’t the only one getting face-time with French President Emmanuel Macron tonight.


— Tuesday 04/24: Rep. Malinda Brumfield-White, Ian Paul Auzenne and Darren Gauthier — Wednesday 04/25: Sen. Neil Riser, Miss Eva Kemp,

#LA: Data Security and Craft Brewing with Cary Koch

  Episode 4 of the Hashtag Louisiana podcast has it all - geniuses, politicians, lobbyists and all us regular folks trying to keep our

WEEKLY: They Said It

“If we as legislators ever had a place to print money, it’s in capital outlay.” —Ways and Means Vice Chair Jim Morris, in The Advocate  

WEEKLY: Constitutional Coalition Has Partners

It was reported in the March 22 issue of LaPolitics Weekly that businessman and donor Lane Grigsby was forming Constitutional Coalition 2020

WEEKLY: Constitutional Convention Poll & CABL

The LaPolitics office at the Capitol received an unidentified robo poll that focused largely on the need to hold a constitutional convention

LOWDOWN: Julie Emerson On The Meaning Of Place

This episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown continues with a four-part series we produced with Covalent Logic and the Public Affairs Research

SPONSORED: Festival International 2018 Is Here

  Next week is the start of the largest international music and arts festival in the United States: Festival


— Tuesday 04/17: Shelly Dupre — Wednesday 04/18: Rep. Sam Jones, Rep. Jerome “Nature Boy” Zeringue, former Rep. Roy Burrell, Carl Redman

GAMARD’S BELTWAY BEAT: From Raids & Airstrikes To Sanctions & ‘Slimeballs’

Former FBI Director James Comey’s reemergence may accrue the same headline-making exposure he achieved last summer. This time around he’s


— Constitutional Coalition 2020 has a website. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFO — Former Chesapeake executive Paul Pratt has launched a new

ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN: Cracking The Congressional Code

Louisiana voters will send six representatives to Congress during the November general elections and, if needed, the December runoffs. Those

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: Steve, JBJ & The Lanes To Leadership

Long before U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was thrust into the developing race for speaker, and prior to subsequently endorsing his

PLACE YOUR BETS! Handicapping HB 1 & Adjournment

Running The Numbers Since this regular session feels like a gamble anyway, and since there has been an avalanche of gaming bills

They Said It: Lucky Dogs & Ric Flair

"Do you make Lucky Dogs out of swine?" —Rep. Greg Cromer, to Rep. Kirk Talbot, who co-owns the company with his family and who was

WEEKLY: GOP Chair Targets Agency Heads

The last bill that House GOP Delegation Chair Lance Harris filed for the regular session seeks to add "new layers of transparency" to the

WEEKLY: Higgins Has Money, And A Posse

Congressman Clay Higgins has more than $211,000 in his campaign kitty after the first quarter of 2018, during which he collected $217,000 in

LOWDOWN: Ted James On Failure, Assumptions & Compassion

This episode of The LaPolitics Lowdown kicks off a four-part series we produced with Covalent Logic and the Public Affairs Research

SPONSORED: Building Homes And Providing Hope

  On Thursday, April 26, the annual Village of Hope Gala will to be held at Le Pavillon in Lafayette and includes a four-course

Election Trend: Voters Hate Tax Referendums  

Many political observers were surprised to see the defeat of several routine tax measures on the March 24 ballots, leaving some to wonder if