Stuff You Need to Know…and Other Stuff You Don’t

Top Capitol Story: The Revenue Estimating Conference is going to meet on Thursday at 7:30 a.m., so don’t stay out too late tomorrow night. Will the fiscal cliff number go up or down? Let us know what you think by shooting predictions to news@LaPolitics.com.

— There’s a drive to raise a Russian fish for its eggs in Natchitoches Parish. So there’s that.

— Speaking of Mother Russia, the Russia-Facebook scandal has nothing to do with fish but it did finally receive the Greg Hilburn treatment. (LaPolitics Weekly will have a followup story on this issue Thursday.)

— A species of snake native to north Looziana (Greg Hilburn is a native too) has become endangered.

Melinda Deslatte is worried about legislative hide-and-seek. In terms of the item above, she’s likely glad that snakes haven't appeared on Press Row. Yet. Because sometimes they do. (And by snakes we mean snakes, not sneaky Capitol types.)

— Whip Steve Scalise is campaigning for speaker, just in case

— Sen. John Milkovich got Gilled this weekend.

— There was way too much talk about animal husbandry during last night’s post-Capitol gatherings.

Tom Casey was remembered at the top of a Mark Ballard column that likewise raised questions about local governments.

— Congressman Mike Johnson is playing nice.

— High Times magazine wrote about Rep. Dodie Horton. Seriously.

— There was a sobering debate yesterday about bulletproof backpacks.

— Compromisers don't make great heroes, according to Walter Isaacson.

— “It concerns me that we would slant our laws in favor of an insurer.”

Helena said goodbye.

The clock is running out in Baton Rouge.

— Capitol press corps dean Jim Beam gets asked a lot about Baton Rouge when he's home in Lake Charles.

— Rep. Royce Duplessis officially became the newest member of the House today.

— The Senate rejected Sen. Troy Carter’s bill to ban assault weapon sales to those under the age of 21. The Citizens for Louisiana Job Creators PAC, which tends to promote Attorney General Jeff Landry, labeled the bill as a “gun grab.”

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

Another win for Lafayette and UL Lafayette! After closing 40 years ago, UL Lafayette’s lab school is another step closer to being

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

A MEMORANDUM FROM THE OTHER SIDE We hope this edition of The Tracker finds you rested and peaceful. If not, hurry and catch up. Because we

PolitiSigns, Adam Chapman & An Industry Update

Nothing declares election season is underway in Louisiana like campaign signs. And they're starting to sprout up everywhere, from country

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

POLITICAL CHATTER

— 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

#HBD TRACKERS!

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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

PRE-SINE DIE Q&A WITH SEN. BRET ALLAIN

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

   

“Members, It Is 12 a.m.”

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