Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted their Christmas festivities at the Governor’s Mansion today. — The First Lady’s also celebrating National Cookie Day with this tantalizing snapshot from the Mansion… — JBE’S CHRISTMAS-PACKED WEEK: Gov. Edwards road-tripped to Natchitoches this weekend to speak at the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Meeting at Northwestern State’s campus, and made time […]

Alford: Cybersecurity a Burgeoning Issue

Hang around the process long enough and you’ll recognize the same phrases being parroted in each and every regular session of the Louisiana Legislature. Reduce unfunded accrued liability. Protect the TOPS scholarship program. Save the coast. Cut taxes. Control spending. Mold a better health care delivery system. Be smart on crime. Just to name a […]

From the LaRC: Huey’s Been Drinking Again

We thought you’d enjoy this… The Louisiana Research Collection scored this great photograph of Huey P. Long, captured in August 1933 at the “Yes, We Have No Cabanas” debutante charity event at the Bath Club in Sands Point in Long Island. There’s the Kingfish in the middle of the group: The image was provided by Jack […]

TUESDAY TRACKER – ISSUE 122 – NOVEMBER 14, 2017

By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Sarah Gamard (Sarah@LaPolitics.com)  November 14, 2017 — Issue No. 122 GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT Another election season winds down, another dispatch from Press Row The heat is on if you are one of the following: — A consultant who needs a last-minute paycheck — A campaign staffer who’s wondering […]

POD: Our Ex-Cop-Gone-Congressman

Next month will mark Congressman Clay Higgins’ first full year of serving in U.S. House. We talked to Higgins on the pod back in the spring, when he was probably the least-known member of the Louisiana delegation who made the biggest splash with an unpredictable victory during the 2016 cycle. The ex-cop-gone-congressman is also an […]

They Said It

These were first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Nov. 9, 2017. Wish you had read it then? Subscribe now! “I had a 4.0 at my graduation — that was my blood-alcohol level, not my GPA.” —James Carville, to the Alexandria Rotary Club, in The Town Talk “I often get asked if I’m raising my […]

BREAKING: Sexual Harassment Claims Precede Resignation In Governor’s Office

Over the past week sources have confirmed to LaPolitics that sexual allegations were going to be leveled against one of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ key staffers and that potential litigation against the state and the executive branch employee could follow. UPDATE: The staffer told The Advocate earlier this week that he is innocent of sexual harassment […]

BREAKING: Sexual Harassment Claims Precede Resignation In Governor’s Office

Over the past week sources have confirmed to LaPolitics that sexual allegations were going to be leveled against one of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ key staffers and that potential litigation against the state and the executive branch employee could follow. LaPolitics made a related public records request this morning and by the afternoon Deputy Chief […]

They Said It

These were first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Nov. 2 and Oct. 26, 2017. Wish you had read it then? Subscribe now! “The university turned me into a total right-winger.” —John Binder, the Louisiana-based fashion critic for Breitbart News, on Southeastern in Hammond, in The New York Times “Cutting taxes is easy. If you […]

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 11/14: Austin Stukins — Wednesday 11/15: Ryan Berni, Andy Kopplin, Matt Dardenne, Aaron Eggleston and Pam Bounds — Thursday 11/16: Rep. Barry Ivey, Stafford Wood and Emory Belton — Friday 11/17: Deanna Narveson and Emalie Boyce — Saturday 11/18: Sen. Bret Allain, Rep. Kirk Talbot, Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson, former Rep. Roy Burrell, Greg Ellison, Marsanne Golsby and Edward Wisham — Sunday 11/19: Randy Hayden, Taunton Melville and Katie Corkern — Monday 11/20: Scott Angelle, Scott McKnight and Smiley Anders