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.”

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.

#HBD TRACKERS!

— 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

#HBD TRACKERS!

— 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

POLITICAL CHATTER

— 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