POLITICAL CHATTER

  • The Louisiana Lottery is about to have some competition. The Mississippi Legislature voted this afternoon to create a lottery there. Gov. Phil Bryant, who called the a special session to consider the issue, has indicated that he will sign the bill, meaning Alabama would be the sole Southern state without a lottery.
  • Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte): “Supporters say it will take about a year to get Mississippi's lottery up and running.”
  • Greg Hilburn for the News-Star: “Gov. John Bel Edwards said he won't seek any new taxes when the Legislature meets next year and doesn't anticipate calling any Special Sessions outside of the regular meeting.”
  • TOMORROW: The Task Force on Coordination of Medicaid Fraud Detection & Prevention Initiatives meets at 9 a.m in House Committee Room 4. Waivers and a “request for random sample” of Medicaid eligibility cases are on the agenda.
  • ALSO TOMORROW: The BREC Task Force meets at 10 a.m. in House Committee Room 1.
  • THURSDAY: The Legislative Audit Advisory Council meets at 9:30 a.m. in House Committee Room 1. Agenda item: “Reliability of Medicaid Provider Data.”
  • Wags on LABI’s Scorecard: “For the most part, they’re not headline-grabbing. They don’t often prompt large rallies on the steps of the Capitol. They rarely make their way onto your Facebook feed. Yet many of the issues our team tackles at the Legislature have one thing in common: they profoundly impact our members’ ability to create jobs.”
  • ICYMI: Louisiana Family Forum Founder and President Gene Mills spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday.
  • Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte): “Mills says he won’t be endorsing a specific candidate in the Secretary of State’s race, but says he’s been friends with @RickEdmondsLA (Rep. Rick Edmonds) and @AGForLA (former Sen. A.G. Crowe), among other candidates.”
  • Julia O'Donoghue (@JSODonoghue): “@lafamilyforum is backing the unanimous juries measure on the November ballot, will work to educate members on the issue, according to Gene Mills.”
  • By the way, LFF released its own scorecard.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s op-ed in The Washington Examiner: “Last week's announcement from the Trump administration, on the EPA’s new Affordable Clean Energy Plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, is another welcome addition to President Trump’s list of promises fulfilled that benefit American workers.”
  • U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is calling on U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to release billions in retirement benefits to state programs: “Billions of retirement dollars have not been cashed or claimed. This is a tremendous amount of money that needs to be reunited with the rightful owners… States do a very good job of returning money to people. If we give this money to states, they will find the rightful owners.”
  • Treasurer John Schroder is backing Kennedy: “In my eight months as state treasurer, I’ve learned that the most exciting aspect of my job is giving people back their unclaimed property.”
  • ACLU National Political Director Faiz Shakir: “Send your message to Senator Kennedy right now: No confirmation hearing should even begin without the full examination of Kavanaugh's policy record.” Here’s more.
  • Congressman Mike Johnson’s district just got $3 million in grants for new buses and “modernized water infrastructure.”
  • Congressman Ralph Abraham on the developing trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico: “It’s a relationship that is critically important to our state’s economy. I’m encouraged by news that we might have an even better trade deal in the works, and I’m looking forward to learning more details.”
  • Scalise: “President Trump’s renegotiated trade deal with Mexico will be a huge victory for American workers and will send a strong message to other countries around the world that we will be happy to enter trade deals that benefit both countries equally.”

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