TUESDAY TRACKER – ISSUE 145 – MAY 22, 2018

Get the Tuesday Tracker in your inbox every week.  Sign up for free. Previous issues are archived here. May 22, 2018 — Issue No. 145 By Sarah Gamard (Sarah@LaPolitics.com), Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com), & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com) WELCOME BACK, CAMPERS! JBE pushing “tax cut,” urging voters to target Legislature… Lawmakers already predicting another special session… Speaker: Governor “set […]

JBE, Mitch & The Donald

This story was originally published in LaPolitics Weekly on May 18, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! Not quite the three amigos, their political fates could be linked (in small but notable ways) Gov. John Bel Edwards is talking up his access to President Donald […]

ISSUE 1,162

THE RUNDOWN Prepare for 27 days of political reckoning… A closer look at the Capitol’s main warring factions… Conservatives eyeing $350M to $500M in new revenue… First big vote of special session goes against JBE… Lance Harris has the sales tax bill on the move… Negotiations criticized… Bruce Greenstein returning to the Bayou State… Edwards, […]

They Said It!

“I’m beginning to feel like I’m a special session specialist.” —Rep. Robert Johnson, his career options “I realized why Louisiana is shaped like a boot, because we are the ‘kick-the-can’ state.” —Rep. Barry Ivey, speaking in Ways & Means “I think kicking the can is an understatement. I think we’re putting off the inevitable.” —Rep. […]

Field Notes!

— There’s still a vacancy on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee as this tax-writing special session gets underway. Well, there were two openings, but one has been filled by Rep. John Stefanski. They other seat may remain empty until the start of the next legislative year. — Senate Natural Resources Chair Norby Chabert […]

MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION

As lawmakers & the administration go through the motions, the stage is being set for a 27-day period of political reckoning The course can still be corrected over the next couple of days, and the Capitol is certainly capable of producing last-minute Christmas morning miracles, but this latest policymaking experiment is already starting to look […]

JBE, Mitch & The Donald

Not quite the three amigos, their political fates could be linked (in small but notable ways) Gov. John Bel Edwards is talking up his access to President Donald Trump. At the same time, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is emerging as an anti-Trump voice on the national scene, while mounting what many view as […]