June 12, 2018 — Issue No. 148

By Sarah Gamard (Sarah@LaPolitics.com), Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com),

& Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com)



Monday summit brought together House & Senate leaders


A not-quite-historic effort from the not-exactly-bendable Legislature


But seriously, the presence of an early dialogue  probably bodes well for Special No. 3 


The AP’s Melinda Deslatte shredded Monday’s news cycle, at least in terms of The Thing that’s happening next week at That Place downtown because You-Know-Who wants The Other Elected Ones to generate a bunch of That Stuff That Doesn’t Grow On Trees.

Deslatte’s best headline of the day probably drop-kicked more than a few from the Capitol class back into reality. So if you need a reminder as well that there isn’t much of a break from one pesky session to the next, wrap your eyeballs around this read-me-now header:

Louisiana lawmakers holding tax talks ahead of next session

Here’s a summary of Miss D’s words

— WHO?: “Senate President John Alario said House and Senate leaders, along with other lawmakers, were meeting Monday to try to broker a tax compromise. Alario said he expects additional meetings ahead of the special session opening next week.”

— WHAT: “Ahead of a third special session this year, Louisiana lawmakers are restarting talks about a possible sales tax deal that could lessen budget cuts that hit state services in three weeks… The hope, the Republican Senate leader said, is to open the special session with the parameters of a deal in hand.”

— WHEN?: “(Gov. John Bel) Edwards has called a third special session, a 10-day gathering to start next Monday… Only sales taxes can be considered.”

— WHY?: “Louisiana is expected to bring in $648 million less in the budget year starting July 1, a shortfall tied to the loss of temporary taxes. Gov. John Bel Edwards called special sessions in February and May aimed at filling the shortfall. Both collapsed without closing the gap, the latest session ending with angry words and recriminations about who was to blame for the failure. ‘It’s absolutely important that we move past all that,’ Alario said.”

— WHERE?: “Tax negotiations are expected to pick up where they left off when time expired June 4, centered on the expiration of a 1 percent sales tax hike that would drop the state sales tax rate to 4 percent in July. The Senate agreed to renew one-half of the expiring tax, to have a 4.5 percent sales tax rate on July 1. That bill would have fully financed the budget that passed and avoided steep cuts.”

— HOW?: “Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Democrat, said the talks between the House and Senate are aimed at trying to determine what hurdles exist to reaching an agreement, particularly among two-thirds of House members.”

— FOLLOWUP 1: @MelindaDeslatte tweets… “Louisiana lawmakers have shielded their upcoming budget from chopping block, as they sit on millions in fund balance”

— FOLLOWUP 2: @MelindaDeslatte tweets… “In addition to a budget with no cuts, legislative agencies appear to be sitting on millions of dollars in unspent fund balances, according to audits”

— FOLLOWUP 3: @MelindaDeslatte tweets… “It’s hard to determine exactly how much money the Legislature has at any given time, because the treasurer’s office says the House, Senate and other legislative offices don’t keep their funds in accounts with the state treasury”

— FOLLOWUP 4: @MelindaDeslatte tweets… “Senate President John Alario says if lawmakers don’t close gaps in other agencies, he expects the legislative budget to be reworked to share in cuts”


Still playing catchup on The Special Session of Our Discontent? Here’s a primer…

— GATES OPEN: June 18 at 4 p.m.

— GATES CLOSE: June 27 at 6 p.m.

— WHAT’S THE CALL, Y’ALL?: There are seven items, with two to pay attention to: sales taxes and sales tax exemptions. This means we’ll see a rehash of the fifth penny debate. It also means lawmakers may revisit exemptions for business utilities, as well as machinery, manufacturing and equipment. (For more on that, see Jeremy Alford’s opinion column below).

— JBE TURNS BACK GOP: The majority party’s legislative delegation sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday asking for the call to include Medicaid-related and spending cap issue. The governator said no way.

— HOW’S IT GONNA START?: Once again, the governor may not open the session with an in-person speech at the Capitol. The Edwards Administration is still floating ideas about the best approach, but tells LaPolitics that a decision will be announced at some point today.

Anyway, it’s time to wake up and catch up. Legislative stuff is happening. Here are some more headlines:

KSLA: “’It would be a disaster’: DCFS secretary reacts to possibility of Louisiana ending SNAP”

The News Star: “Deja vu? Gov. Edwards calls Special Session VII”

The AP: “Cue the blame game as Louisiana legislature's second special session fails”

The Advocate: “’Too many broken promises': TOPS dilemma may force Louisiana students to look out of state”

The Times-Pic: “For these state programs and services, Louisiana's fiscal cliff is getting closer”

The Advocate: “This subset of Louisiana lawmakers will decide key sales tax renewal's fate in special session”

The LSU Manship School News Service: “Rep. Alan Seabaugh: 'Caucus of no' or principled anti-tax warrior?”


You’re Invited!

Please join us for a fundraiser on Thursday, June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the former Capital One Tower in Lake Charles (1 Lakeshore Dr., First Floor Atrium) to support the written account of Louisiana's 1973 Constitutional Convention.

The book is based on a manuscript penned by Convention Chairman E.L. "Bubba" Henry and written with LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford. The forthcoming book will be published by CC73, a nonprofit organization overseen by former delegates who are sharing their own stories. You’ll get to meet original delegates, including Bubba and Retired 14th Judicial District Judge A.J. Planchard.

We’re hoping you can help us out with a donation. Anyone who contributes to the nonprofit over the next few months will be listed as an "Honorary Co-Author" in the book. But you’ll need to act fast. All dollars remaining after the publishing of the book later this fall — the working title is "CC73" — in concert with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to create a university-level program to study state constitutional law.

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Sasol Reaches 600 New Hires, Plans Start-Up

Sasol is delivering on its commitment to hire local for its new, full-time U.S. manufacturing positions. The organization has hired 600 of the more than 700 direct jobs the company expects to hire for its new $11.13 billion ethane cracker and derivatives project under construction adjacent to its existing facility near Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. Eighty-five percent of those hired to date are Louisiana residents.

These new, quality jobs have an average salary of $80,000 and are in addition to the more than 450 full-time positions that support Sasol’s existing operations near Westlake. This will bring Sasol’s employment to over 1,150 in Southwest Louisiana by 2019. That is in addition to the 1,500 contractors who will support the facility on a daily basis once operational.

“We are thrilled to be delivering on our Louisiana First commitment with these outcomes, outcomes we attribute to strong partnerships at the local and state level,” said Mike Kane, vice president of Sasol North American Operations Lake Charles West Plant.  

Sasol still expects to startup the first three units at the end of this year, with the remaining four units starting up in 2019.

Visit www.SasolNorthAmerica.com for more information about the project.


LaPolitics: I understand that you are currently working on a book about your career in politics. Can you tell us about this and give us a little preview of what we will see in the book?

Former Congressman Billy Tauzin: “A lot of the book will talk about how things got so dysfunctional and how get get back to a functioning Congress, but it will also contain memoirs. I’ve been writing for Facebook on a lot of subjects, covering 35 years of public office, from the days I served in the Legislature as a floor leader for Edwin Edwards to the days I served in Congress, as a member of the leadership of both parties for 25 years. So there is a lot of great stories about a lot of events and a lot of things that happened — many of them humorous, many of them sort of inside stores of some important national events.”

LaPolitics: We’re a couple of months away from the midterm elections, what are your expectations?

Tauzin: “Well, it’s very difficult to predict at this early stage in the game. The one thing I have learned is that in the last several weeks, prior to November elections in the midterm, is that waves develop. It’s either going to be a blue wave or a red wave. I don’t think there is going to be too much in-between. Somebody really is going to be surprised. The polls are now showing a very closely contested national race. History tells us that in the midterms, the party in power generally loses seats. But the polls are now showing, in the generic ballot at least, that it is a close contest. Anybody that makes a prediction today is either Nostradamus or a fool.”

LaPolitics: The big story in the news this week is President Donald Trump going to Singapore to meet with the North Koreans. You’re a former member of Congress who was there during the 80s and 90s with the Soviets and it was a new era of foreign policy. What do you make of all of this?

Tauzin: “Well, I visited the Berlin Wall after Ronald Reagan encouraged Gorbachev to take the wall down. I’ve been on the Great Wall of China. It’s a part of my history. The one thing I do know is that these are major historical events when they happen. This is one. Anybody who is tuned in to gossipy stories this week instead of paying attention to what is happening in Singapore is making a big mistake. This is historic. It will be incredibly dramatic. If it leads to a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the war that never ended, that would be a situation where the whole world would be better off. It could be a prelude if we eventually have the same opportunities with Iran. So this is about world peace, this is about whether we have nuclear war or not. This is serious stuff.”

LaPolitics: Bringing it back to Louisiana - you served in the Legislature, what is your opinion on the current situation around the fiscal cliff, the budget and sales taxes?

Tauzin: “Let me start by saying thank God that we have a Constitution that requires a balanced budget. I wish we had one nationally - we wouldn't be in such debt. The requirement forces conservatives and liberals to find common ground and come together. They almost did. I watched the Senate session, where the Senate literally came together and concluded by closing that gap and producing what could a balanced budget for our state. The House disagreed. The disagreement is small, it’s rather minor when you think about it in the larger consequences of not following the constitution and not balancing the budget. I was there when Ronald Reagan first proposed a balanced budget on taxes and spending and closing that gap in Washington. I was there when we produced a balanced budget in the Clinton years and actually had a surplus. It takes courage on both sides, liberals and conservatives. Most importantly, it takes coming up with a plan that nobody really likes. If it’s liked by one side or the other, it can’t pass. It’s going to be a plan that both sides find some disagreement with but are willing to come together to satisfy the requirements of the constitution and their duties as state senators and representatives to close that gap.”

LaPolitics: You ran for governor in 1987. We’re a little over a year out from the next governor’s election. What’s essential to building a campaign early and do any contenders stand out to you?

Tauzin: “It’s a little early. But if you want to watch somebody, watch Steve Scalise as a potential contender. Obviously, the governor is going to run for re-election and he still has very high public approval ratings, so he will not be an easy target for an opponent. But if you thought of who would be an amazingly strong opponent right now, that would be Steve Scalise. He’s got his eyes set on being Speaker or at least being close the Speaker in the House, assuming that the Republicans maintain the majority. If they do not maintain control, then you have to watch. Maybe Steve Scalise wants to come home. We’ll have to wait and see.”

LaPolitics: As a follow up - what do you think is a better job, being governor of Louisiana or a member of Congress?

Tauzin: “I loved my service in the state Legislature. It was not partisan then at all. It was if you were with the governor or not. I loved my service in Congress, because at least while I was there, we got along. We could be friends and still disagree and debate one another. That’s gone now. I guess I missed the opportunity to serve Louisiana as governor. I really wanted that opportunity and I’ll always regret that I blew that chance.”



How A Podcast Gets Made: 11 Tips

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 taking a little break from political profiles and history lessons to provide some do-it-yourself advice on a multimedia must: making your own podcast.

We know you’ve thought about it. So LaPolitics podcast extraordinaire and host Jeremy Alford made a whole video to give you an exclusive look on making podcast magic (along with a preview of next Tuesday’s episode). Here’s some of the tips he gives in the video:

— Tip #1: Find a quiet space. (The Capitol is always empty on Saturdays, except during a special session.)

— Tip #2: Beer helps. It’s not required. However, we do recommend LaPolitics’ Sine Die Ale.

— Tip #3: Pick some catchy opening music. Stay on theme!

— Tip #4: Interview a guest. It’s better than just talking to yourself.

— Tip #5: Add production value where you can. You know, like music and Nintendo noises and other stuff for ear holes.

— Tip #6: Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.

— Tip #7: Made a mistake? No biggie. Just keep going!

— Tip #8: Use music to generate excitement! (We record to one song and one song only. No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative. It gets the people going.)

— Tip #9: Tell us something about yourself. Jeremy gives some examples, using furniture.

— Tip #10: Say something about something. (This is probably the most complicated and integral step in the podcasting process.)

— Tip #11: Don’t have a catch phrase? Maybe you should.

Watch, enjoy and let us know what else you want to see by emailing news@lapolitics.com!


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 this week? Our guest is Sen. Ronnie Johns, who pays us a visit to recap the regular session’s riverboat push that he led before explaining the secret to really good Lebanese food.

We begin the episode on Johns’ potential bid to replace term-limited John Alario as Senate president. “Of all the candidates mentioned, I probably have more legislative experience than anybody else,” Johns says during the conversation, referring to his eight years in the Senate and twelve years in the House. “I really would like that opportunity to mold the Senate for my last four years into a body that would be one of reason, one of working together.”

Johns also muses on Senate turnover approaching the 2019 legislative races and how newcomers could change the dynamics of the upper chamber. He then talks about his frustrations over increasing partisanship in the Legislature, as well as the Senate’s changing relationship with the governor. “There’s definitely been a lot more independence, particularly in the last year, two years,” Johns says. “You’re going to see a lot more independence in the next term. I have no doubt about that.”

Plus we take a trip in the way-back machine to grab an audio blast from the past, courtesy of former Congressman Cleo Fields. (Spoiler: Steve Urkel makes a cameo.)


What’s The Legislature Cooking?

Can you smell it from where you are?

Because we can smell it in Baton Rouge already.

Many were taken by surprise when the smoky aromas wafted their way, especially since the Legislature just put away its pots and pans last week. That was when the Looziana Legislature failed to do as much as boil water during its regular session — if we can continue discussing politics in culinary terms for a bit.

Now legislators are waiting on a seventh special session to convene Monday, June 18. As in this coming Monday. (Yeah! I know, right? It’ll actually be the third special session of this calendar year, so get ready for an influx of “third time’s the charm” references by reporters.)

If you care deeply about state government, don’t get worked up. And don’t sweat that turnaround, either. While some lawmakers have been catching up on their sleep or honey-do lists or fishing or work, others have been in the Capitol testing policy recipes for the policymaking gathering to come, hereinafter referred to as The Special Session of Our Discontent.

That’s what we’re starting to smell in Baton Rouge. Noses haven't detected a full-course meal yet, but good stuff is being cooked up and fried and sautéed and boiled. All those elected chefs in the Legislature just need to figure out how to toss it together without giving everyone food poisoning, or otherwise ruining the entire meal for 4.6 million residents.

This past Monday found Senate President John Alario — the upper chamber’s executive chef — meeting with leaders of the House and Senate, according to the Associated Press. Late-starting dialogues have doomed the Legislature to failure more than once this term, so the fact that things were cooking at the Capitol this early bodes well for Baton Rouge’s political trinity (known to apathetic heathens as the governor, Senate and House).

But what, exactly, is going to be on the table for The Special Session of Our Discontent? To answer that menu question, we need to dial back to the recently-adjourned second special session of the year, hereinafter referred to as The Special Session That Barely Happened.

Those closing moments of The Special Session That Barely Happened sent many business lobbyists into a tailspin. They were left wondering what would could be in — or out — of the final versions of the sales tax bills that were nearly rushed through the House as lawmakers inched toward sine die.

While nothing came of the votes taken that night, or of the centerpiece sales tax proposal that will eventually be acted upon, those nerve-wrecking minutes are keeping business and industry on the nervous side as The Special Session of Our Discontent sneaks up on us.

“They’ll come back for more,” said Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

In a separate interview, Louisiana Chemical Association President Greg Bowser said, “It doesn’t seem that the Legislature wants to raise taxes on individuals. So that means that business is always at risk.”

The figureheads from LABI and LCA aren’t alone. Reps and voices from the business lobby’s alphabet-soup groups are grumbling about the same while canceling vacation plans and sharpening their government-relations tools. There is a growing acceptance that options are limited and that eyes are turning in the direction of where Louisiana commerce lives.

By now you may have guessed where this is going. Yup. Business and industry appears to be the most likely candidate for the main course during The Special Session of Our Discontent.

There’s only so many dishes the Legislature can cook up to stave off the hunger pangs associated with deep budget cuts. To balance the administration’s budget for the next fiscal year, Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked lawmakers to generate about $500 million in new revenue.

A full penny from the state’s current five-penny sales tax expires on July 1, and lawmakers are trying to find a compromise between keeping the entire penny on the books (unlikely) and letting all of that cash float away. It’s worth noting here that there are exemptions for business and industry built into the sales tax structure.

“Either you’re going to have to do some portion of the fifth penny or the entire fifth penny,” Bowser said in an interview with LaPolitics’ Sarah Gamard, “or you’re going to have to clean existing sales taxes. And cleaning of the sales taxes means business taxes increase. That’s the only two options that gives you income beginning July 1.”

Waguespack, in a similar interview, predicted that the MM&E (manufacturing machinery and equipment) sales tax break may go untouched this go-round because legislators have indicated they don’t want to revisit it in another session. “We don’t expect them doing that again,” Waguespack said, since it would make the Bayou State “uncompetitive.”

Bowser, whose organization also opposes taxing MM&E, seems to be preparing for the worst and suggested there could be several business-related vehicles under consideration. “I would not rule it out,” he said of the MM&E option. “We’re going to go into the session as if everything is on the table. We’re going to talk to legislators about not (taxing MM&E). Hopefully, we can prevail.”

Every faction of the Capitol class probably feels the same. But we all know there are no winners and no losers when you’re making the political equivalent of boudin. Then again, while no one ever wants to see it being made, a sizable portion of Louisiana’s 4.6 million residents enjoy an occasional link of boudin. Just needs to be cooked up right.


Louisiana’s Only African-American Governor

Ninety-two years prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, a black man sat in the governor’s chair as Louisiana’s chief-executive. But many don’t know his story.

The name Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback is mostly a foot-note in Louisiana history textbooks, largely overlooked among the colorful characters and enormous egos of the Bayou State’s bygone governors.

Pinchback was born on a plantation in Georgia in 1837, the son of the estate’s owner and one of his female slaves. Pinchback, his mother and siblings were set free by his father and lived in relative comfort on one of his plantations in Mississippi. But when his father died, the family fled to Ohio, fearful of being forced back into slavery.

Having to support his family, Pinchback worked as a steward aboard riverboats on the Mississippi River. During this time he developed a penchant for gambling, learning the finer points of games from the various travelers along the river. Throughout his life, Pinchback would be known as a skilled card player who also enjoyed an afternoon at the track.

At the height of the Civil War in 1862, Pinchback traveled to Union-held New Orleans, where he volunteered to recruit African-American troops and lead them in an Army regiment. While he rose to the rank of captain, he eventually resigned over what he viewed as gross discrimination in the military.

Returning to New Orleans, Pinchback became the leader of the Fourth Ward Republican Club and won election to the 1867 constitutional convention, where he authored several resolutions fully integrating schools and public accommodations.

The following year, he won election to the state Senate and became Senate president within a year.

When Lt. Gov. Oscar Dunn (also a black officeholder) died in 1871, then-Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth appointed Pinchback to take Dunn’s place. It was an odd choice. Warmoth and Pinchback were political rivals and openly clashed. According to historian Jack McGuire, they were attending separate events in New York when Pinchback rushed back to Louisiana in attempt to sign legislation as “acting governor” that Warmoth had refused to approve. Warmoth had the lieutenant governor’s train delayed so he could arrive home first.

Not long after that, the House impeached Warmoth in December of 1871. Under the laws at the time, the governor was suspended from office until a verdict was handed down by the Senate. Over Warmoth’s protests, Pinchback took the oath of office. When Warmoth tried to lock Pinchback out of the governor’s office, he had the door broken down.

Because there was just a month left in the term, the Senate refused to convene for a trial. So Pinchback served the remainder of the time and carried out the general gubernatorial duties. He was elected to the U.S. Senate after leaving office, but was refused his seat over an election dispute.

In his later years, Pinchback worked as an attorney on the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case and helped establish Southern University. He died in 1921 at age 84.

He would remain the only African-American governor in U.S. history until 1990.

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Here are the headlines subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly received in the issue that was published five days ago:

— The business lobby’s thinking on the sales tax question

— LCA prez sees Walt Leger bill as a starting point

— Special session call expected Friday

— GOP has requests

— Start date of June 17 or 18 likely

— Staffers prepping governor’s opening speech

— Twenty-five years of Burkenroad Reports

— Very serious veto action

— How the conference committee process works, based on HB 27

John Alario critiques the House & hearts JBE

Joe Biden biding time in NOLA

— Doctor may be eyeing challenge to Page Cortez

— All-American considering BR Senate seat

— A few other updates on legislative races

— Some noteworthy Field Notes

— Our regular “They Said It!” feature

— Plus more!

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The Multiplier Effect

Last year, the chemical industry directly employed 29,109 people in Louisiana. Interestingly, that number severely understates the impact of the industry in Louisiana’s job market. That’s because, for every job created in the industry, 8.3 jobs are created elsewhere in the state – it’s a multiplier effect. Therefore, the industry actually supported more than 267,600 jobs in Louisiana.

From the mom and pop restaurant whose customers come from the plant down the street to suppliers of the industry – the chemical industry creates jobs wherever it plants roots.

For example, of the 2,975 workers employed in 2017 at ExxonMobil’s three chemical plants in East Baton Rouge Parish, half – 1,493 – were full-time professionals working for industry suppliers and vendors. These workers are not counted as chemical employees by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they depend on the industry for their paychecks and livelihoods.

ExxonMobil is not unique. The practice of using highly skilled professionals for technology upgrades, general maintenance and other daily work at these facilities is the norm and results in hundreds of thousands of jobs for our local communities.

With all of these factors considered, it’s important that Louisiana residents recognize the impact of the chemical industry on the prosperity of our state and work towards supporting this economic driver. To learn more, click here.


— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise isn’t running for governor? He broke the news this morning when he sat down with the POLITICO Playbook writers in D.C. for a live-streamed conversation. Here’s the video.

— And here’s the print briefing on the Scalise event via The Advocate’s Bryn Stole: "Rep. Steve Scalise rules out 2019 challenge to Gov. John Bel Edwards." And an even briefer briefing on Twitter (@brynstole): .@SteveScalise, asked if there’s a chance he’d run for governor of Louisiana at Politico event this a.m., says point-blank “no.”

— LR3 Consulting & Public Relations President Lionel Rainey III and his team won 76 percent of the vote in the Arkansas Senate race with first-time Republican candidate Breanne Davis last month.

— Louisiana scored $323 million in new Army Corps projects.

— ICYMI: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy sat down with POLITICO, too, for a healthcare podcast. He talks about his ongoing feud with Jimmy Kimmel… and other important policy stuff.

— Rep. Paul Hollis: “During this Special Session, expect me to be predictable. I'll fight for common sense legislation that addresses the deficit without burdening taxpayers.”

Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why can't you trust atoms? They make up everything!”

— Chesapeake Group President Eric Sundstrom’s OTHER BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “Why are dogs like phones? Because they have collar IDs!”

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— Tuesday 06/12: Rep. Ted JamesCamm MortonEvan BoudreauxDarryl Malek-Wiley and Eric Asher

— Wednesday 06/13: Todd Parker and Donnie Jarreau

— Thursday 06/14: Sen. Regina Barrow, former Congressman Billy Tauzin and Berry Burnside Balfour

— Friday 06/15: Marie Centanni and Kerry St. Pe 

— Saturday 06/16: Robin McAndrew

— Sunday 06/17: Rep. Scott Simon, Sen. Conrad AppelJosh TurnerLori LeBlanc and Katherine Carver

— Monday 06/18: Rep. Jimmy Harris and Mike Thompson


— Charlie Davis and Ellen Theresa Wray Davis celebrate 13 years of marriage this week! Congratulations!


— Congratulations to Candy Maness, whose great nephew was born on Saturday at 3:34 a.m. He’s 8 lbs, 12 oz and 21 inches. Welcome to the world!

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The Tuesday Tracker Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates By JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS February 19, 2019

POD: Donelon, Disco & the Dividends of Defeat

https://soundcloud.com/lapolitics/donelon-disco-the-dividends-of-defeat  In the latest episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast,

Issue 1,193

Issue 1,193 - February 14, 2019 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Dollars & Question Marks Abraham’s ante, Gumbo coming

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ROLL CALL St. Tammany emerges at center of gubernatorial campaign… John Gallagher talks 2019 municipal races… A look back at the

Issue 1192

Issue 1192 - February 7, 2019 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Keeping Their Powder Dry GOP wants to see movement in

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February 5, 2019 — Issue No. 174 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch

Son of a Preacher Man: Bob Mann Speaks

https://soundcloud.com/lapolitics/son-of-a-preacher-man-bob-mann-speaks For our latest episode of The LaPolitics

Issue 1191 – Washington Mardi Gras

By Jeremy Alford and Mitch Rabalais WMG 2019! A Candidate Invasion, Party-vators & 3,000 Politicos You may have fun back

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The Tuesday Tracker,Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates January 29, 2019 - Issue No. 173 By Jeremy Alford