#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 04/17: Shelly Dupre — Wednesday 04/18: Rep. Sam Jones, Rep. Jerome “Nature Boy” Zeringue, former Rep. Roy Burrell, Carl Redman and Kathy Stuart — Thursday 04/19: Pho expert Mary Elise Schlesinger and Stewart Cathey — Friday 04/20: Rep. Thomas Carmody, former Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Ryan Heck and Geoffrey Green — Saturday 04/21: […]

POLITICAL CHATTER

— Constitutional Coalition 2020 has a website. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFO — Former Chesapeake executive Paul Pratt has launched a new full-service lobbying firm, Pratt & Associates. The firm’s first client is Gateway Development Consortium’s billion-dollar Cross Bayou Point Project in Shreveport. Via the press release: “Success for my clients is rooted in my longstanding relationships […]

PLACE YOUR BETS! Handicapping HB 1 & Adjournment

Running The Numbers Since this regular session feels like a gamble anyway, and since there has been an avalanche of gaming bills introduced, we decided to calculate the odds — Vegas-style — on the budget making it out of the House and on the year’s final legislative adjournment falling exactly on June 4, 2018. Here […]

They Said It: Lucky Dogs & Ric Flair

“Do you make Lucky Dogs out of swine?” —Rep. Greg Cromer, to Rep. Kirk Talbot, who co-owns the company with his family and who was presenting legislation on feral hogs “I didn’t stop. I ran the red light. I had to get out of dodge.” —Rep. John Bagneris, recounting his experience seeing wild hogs in […]

Political Chatter: Medicaid, McAuliffe, Gambit

— Sen. Karen Carter Peterson made it office yesterday. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 True Blue Gala on Friday, May 18, in Baton Rouge. TICKETS  — TREND WATCH: Oregon becomes second state with net neutrality law  — Here’s the big push from Gov. John Bel Edwards today… […]

POLITICAL CHATTER

— Danny Wilson, the chief lobbyist for AT&T, will celebrate 45 years of service with the company tomorrow. Now that’s a milestone. — The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet Thursday to, among other things, consider endorsing the fee restricting plan in HB 687 by Rep. Jerome Zeringue, which would generate $10 million annually for […]

Political Chatter: Lawsuits and Egg Hunts

— Easter is around the corner. Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards celebrated at the governor’s mansion on Monday. Reporter Greg Hilburn gave us an eggscellent Twitter tour of the festivities: a train, an egg hunt, some real and not-so-real rabbits. — Former Louisiana Supreme Court Deputy Judicial Administrator J. Richard Williams […]

WOMENTUM: Will 2019 shrink the Legislature’s gender gap?

Of the 144 state legislative races LaPolitics is tracking ahead of the 2019 cycle (we’ve published reports on 47 contests so far and more are coming), there are at least 25 districts — 17 in the House and eight in the Senate — that include women candidates for open seats (9) and those occupied by […]

They Said It – March 8

“One hump would be fine.” —Senate President John Alario, when asked if he would prefer a unicameral legislature “I hope that will happen.” —Gov. John Bel Edwards, on whether he will meet with Rep. Alan Seabaugh after the lawmaker accused the governor of telling a “bald-faced lie” to the Legislature “I won’t accuse my parents […]

Political Chatter

— Rep. Jay Morris is stepping up and speaking out about his concerns about a proposed constitutional convention. And he has a slick web video to prove it. In the video, the narrator asks, “Is there a secret deal to raise your taxes?” WATCH IT (Want more? Check out the next section below.) — Sen. […]