POD: Politics According to Alton

He’s a staple of Capitol life and an influencer in Louisiana politics. He’s lobbyist Alton Ashy of Advanced Strategies, and he’s our guest this week. A close ally of Gov. John Bel Edwards and regarded as the leading government relations pro for the state’s video gaming industry, Ashy discusses industry trends and where this term […]

The Governator’s Vetoapocalypse

What a difference two years make. Especially when it comes to Gov. John Bel Edwards and his veto pen. While the governor’s first six sessions came and went with just 11 vetoes, the last three have so far generated 12 vetoes, not counting line item nixes in budgets. That’s a significant bump for the former […]

LaPolitics’ Legislative Watchlist

— SD23/CORTEZ/INCUMBENT: Politicos and local boosters are encouraging Dr. Ken Odinet, the Lafayette coroner and son of a former rep from St. Bernard Parish, to consider the seat. — SD16/CLAITOR/OPEN: George Bevan, a former first-team All American on the late 1960s LSU Tigers football team, may be eyeing a run. A co-founder at Bernhard Capital, […]

They Said It!

“Hey, you know what you never forget? You never forget your seventh special session of the term.” —Rep. Thomas Carmody, shortly after the governor announced he would be calling legislators back to Baton Rouge “I think we’re all smart people in here — for the most part.” —Carmody, speaking to the House “I told them […]

Legislative Watchlist – May 24

—HD 74/SIMON/OPEN: As LaPolitics hinted at earlier this month, Larry Frieman, chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Republican Executive Committee, has officially announced his candidacy. So far he’s the only candidate we’re tracking in this House district. View all of the races we’re tracking on LaPolitics’ Legislative Watchlist page.

Legislative Watchlist

— HD90/CROMER/SPECIAL: As LaPolitics hinted earlier this month, John Raymond, a Slidell pastor and one-time Survivor contestant, made it official this week and he will be a candidate. Others on the watchlist include Slidell Memorial Hospital CEO Bruce Clement, who just lost Slidell’s mayoral contest, and Slidell’s outgoing Mayor Freddy Drennan. — HD27/HAZEL/TERM: Previously reported […]