LaPolitics Weekly: THEY SAID IT

“I didn’t write the Constitution. I’m just trying to follow it.” —Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry, during HB 1 floor debate “I’m trying to read it for you so you can understand it.” —Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger, responding to Henry “I didn’t write it.” —Speaker Taylor Barras, to Rep. Katrina Jackson, who was questioning certain […]

Major Moves In SOS Race: Free announces, Werner out & JNK wades in

Like he did during last year’s special election for state treasurer, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is picking sides again in the special election for secretary of state — by endorsing no one in particular and critiquing one person specifically. At the same time, the developing race has picked up its second announced contender, Attorney General […]

FISCAL CLIFFHANGER: A Political Melodrama Told In Three Acts

FISCAL CLIFFHANGER A POLITICAL MELODRAMA TOLD IN THREE ACTS How a failed sales tax bill set the special session’s tone, bridged a deep partisan divide and lit a badly-needed fire underneath Louisiana’s Capitol… Plus new revelations about the Senate’s growing independence, glimpses into where the governor is losing ground and answers to the lower chamber’s […]

ISSUE 1,161

THE RUNDOWN John Bel and Trump are homies… Mitch and Trump aren’t… Then there’s JBE and Mitch… The 106th First Lady’s Luncheon… Havard could be next… Budget timeline ahead of schedule… The tale of the tape on vetoes… And a politically honest assessment of a budget veto… Checking the special session’s chokepoints (again)… AFP targeting […]

Veto Chatter Grips Capitol

Will Gov. John Bel Edwards veto the regular session budget? The take around the Capitol is split, but the governor has been pulled into orbit of the building’s veto chatter this week. Which is surprising, since Edwards hasn’t made any real political bones by axing legislation. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal didn’t mess around when it […]