POD: “So They Named Me Peppi”

He’s the one-time speaker pro tem, a master of the redistricting process, a former GOP House delegation chair and a current member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. New Orleans' own Peppi Bruneau fields any and all questions in this episode, reflects on his path through Bayou State politics and offers up some surprising thoughts on Bobby …

Political Birthdays & Other Dates Of Note

— Tuesday 08/15: Joe Mapes, Karen Carver Shachat, Megan Regina and Randy Angelle — Wednesday 08/16: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Rep. Dustin Miller, late Hadacol politico Dudley “Coozan Dud” LeBlanc (1894), GOP Chair Roger Villere, Jim Brandt, Frank Besson, Corey Meaux, Coach Raymond Blanco and Judge Tim Kelley — Thursday 08/17: Danny Ford, Catherine Brindley …

ICYMI: Oil Spill Claims Process Nearing An End

After five years, nearly 400,000 claims and more than $9 billion in payment offers, BP’s massive settlement program may be coming to a close within the next five months. “We will have decided all of our determinations by the end of this year,” Pat Juneau, the court-appointed administrator, told LaPolitics last week. While the work related to the …

ICYMI: Trump Has Another Judge to Name 

After a lengthy and public controversy involving her severe alcoholism, U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi finally took her disability retirement recently. That kicked open a door that was already slightly ajar for potential replacements, to be nominated by President Donald Trump. As first reported by LaPolitics in the spring, state Rep. Stephen …

The “So Basically…” News Update 

1.) CORRUPTION ALERT! — What happened: “A. Wayne Lawson, a key witness in the attempted election bribery case against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and a Gonzales business man, failed to turn over his tax returns Monday morning as required by a subpoena from Matassa's defense team.” (The Advocate’s David Mitchell) — So basically… This …

Political Chatter

— Former Gov. Buddy Roemer’s new book, “Scopena: A Memoir of Home,” will be released by UL Press on Sept. 19. LEARN MORE — District Attorney Ricky Babin (23rd JDC) has been elected as the new president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association. His first day is today. — Congressman Cedric Richmond delivered the latest “Weekly Democratic Address.” …

LaHISTORY: Louisiana’s First Senators

For the first four months after it entered statehood, Louisiana didn’t have any representation in the U.S. Senate in Washington. But that changed with the election of Jean Noel Destréhan and Allan B. Magruder. Both men took office on Sept. 3, 1812. (That, of course, means we are less than three weeks away from the 205th anniversary of Louisiana sending …

Barras, Edwards Meeting Wednesday

Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling it Louisiana’s “fiscal cliff,” and it’ll be the prime topic of conversation Wednesday when he meets with House Speaker Taylor Barras. The so-called cliff represents a dramatic drop, scheduled for next year, when temporary taxes collide with sluggish tax revenue for an anticipated $1.5 billion shortfall, although the …

Compromise Caucus A Grand Experiment

Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research is fond of saying, “If you’re in the middle in Louisiana politics then you’re roadkill.” Things do tend to die if they piddle around too much in the middle of Louisiana’s highways, both conventionally and politically paved. It's just too easy to become a target if you’re in the middle of the road. …

Sponsored: The Life of A Congressman On “Break”

Congress breaks for recess each August. For many Members of Congress, the hiatus is anything but a break from their duties. Just ask former long-time Congressman Rodney Alexander who represented 24 of the 64 Louisiana parishes in Washington, D.C. Alexander is now The Picard Group’s senior director of federal affairs and spends much time in …

POD: The Constitutional Boogie

  In this episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast you’ll learn why the people and politics of the 1973 convention and 1974 Constitution remain one of the greatest Louisiana stories told. The lead-off guest will be Bubba Henry, the chairman for the 1973 convention and a former speaker of the House. You will definitely discover something new in …

Political Birthdays & Others Dates Of Note

  — Tuesday 08/08: Late Gov. O.K. Allen (1882), CCA’s David Cresson, Mechelle Evans, Mary Lee Orr, Michelle Ward Ghetti and Kyle Viator — Wednesday 08/09: Rep. Cedric Glover, former Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington and world class fisherman Will Green — Thursday 08/10: Dawn Fontenot — Friday 08/11: Former Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, …

ICYMI: Danahay Running For Mayor

Rep. Mike Danahay wants to ditch his legislative seat in order to become the next mayor of Sulphur. Friends say he has already put a team together and is publicly campaigning. The election isn’t until March 24, 2018, so there’s still time for a field to fill out. Capitol-watchers are going to be keeping close tabs on this race. The possibility of Mayor …

ICYMI: Putting The Badge On The Ballot

Former Rep. Joe Lopinto will remain the interim sheriff as long as the Jefferson Parish Council lets him. That’s the body that will ultimately decide if and when a special election should be called. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the next available date for a special election would be March 24, 2018, with a runoff as needed on April 28. …

Newspaper News, Via LPA

— The Advocate (Baton Rouge), The Courier (Houma), the Daily Comet (Thibodaux), The Daily News (Bogalusa) The St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte) and the Amite Tangi-Digest (Amite) all earned “Newspaper of the Year” honors in their respective divisions at the Mississippi Press Association/ Louisiana Press Association Joint Convention. — Barbara Leader has …

The “So Basically…” News Update

1.) CAMO POLITICS — What happened: “While they are running for state Treasurer, Republicans Neil Riser and Angele Davis stressed Tuesday that they are down to earth Louisiana residents and big fans of the National Rifle Association.”(The Advocate’s Will Sentell) — So basically… Two out of the three leading candidates for treasurer met in a forum and …

Political Chatter For The Week

— A little Twitter scoop for AP ace @MelindaDeslatte today: “Democratic candidate for treasurer Derrick Edwards has started fundraising, filed his first report… Finance report (filed yesterday) shows little cash on hand. Major GOP candidates way ahead in the fundraising competition.)” — And for Advocate journo @WillSentell: “Cost of pay raises at LSU? …

LaHISTORY: Richard Nixon, Jim Brown And Louisiana 

It was on this day (August 9) in 1974 that Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as president of the United States. (Watch that historic recording here.) But did you know that former Louisiana secretary of state and insurance commissioner Jim Brown almost ended up working for Nixon? Here’s a remembrance from Brown’s syndicated newspaper column in April of …

Are Lawmakers Worth What We Pay Them?

Would you become a Louisiana legislator for one year if someone paid you $16,800? Some of you are probably thinking that there’s no amount of money that would convince you to get behind the pawns on the Capitol chess board. There are others, though, who would surely do it for free. But there is an annual salary attached to the gig: $16,800. Lawmakers …

Sponsored: An Update On TOPS

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students faced another round of changes during the 2017 Louisiana legislative session, including a raise in the grade point average requirement. But to the collective relief of families around the state and after significant cutbacks last year, the program was funded once again for the upcoming school year. Signed into …

POD: The Stylist & The Coroner

SEASON 2, EPISODE 14: THE STYLIST & THE CORONER Go to two very different corners of Louisiana politics in this episode with stylist Kelly Kane and East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark.  What colors should a politician wear on TV?  How does death and politics collide on the ballot?  Kane and Clark, in separate interviews, offer up some …

LaHISTORY: A Senator With Two Artificial Arms

In 1876 the ultra-conservative Redeemer Democrats were only one vote away from having control of the Louisiana Senate. As a means to bringing about that majority, the most radical members of that faction targeted for assassination then-Sen. Marshal Harvey Twitchell, a Republican and former Union Army soldier. Twitchell was a carpetbagger from Vermont …

Competition for Higgins

While it might be a while until we start hearing more chatter about 2018’s congressional races, speculation is already stirring in the 3rd Congressional District. That’s where freshman Congressman Clay Higgins of Port Barre may face some opposition. Republican attorney Josh Guillory of Lafayette has been raising money since January and has $46,000 in …

Race For Senate President Starting Early?

One of the more substantive issues looming over the next term of the Louisiana Legislature is who will succeed Senate President John Alario to lead the upper chamber. Alario, R-Westwego, has held the post since 2012 and prior to that was a member of the House since 1972, a span during which he served as speaker twice. That approaching exit will leave a …

Political Birthdays And Other Dates Of Note

— Tuesday 08/01: J Hudson, Sarah Louise Gaudet, Brad Lambert, Caroline Moses Spouse, Rannah Gray and Malcolm Ehrhardt — Wednesday 08/02: Talmadge Singer, Daniel Holliday and Mary Crane St. Romain — Thursday 08/03: Sen. Dan Claitor, Cher Taffaro Nungesser, Sidney Coffee, Roger Bergeron, Trae Welch and Garrett Monti  — Friday 08/04: Former Jefferson …