ISSUE 1,148

THE RUNDOWN At least six legislative instruments being drafted for a Constitution overhaul… And JBE weighed in on the matter earlier today… The half-penny deal on the table… Understanding Scalise’s $5 million haul… The Lopinto-Fortunato show… Big updates on four House and Senate races… John Grisham raised money for John Bel… Ivey out for chair, […]

Political Chatter

— Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “How do you catch a unicorn? Unique up on it!” (P.S. Happy Mardi Gras!) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family spent yesterday celebrating First Lady Donna Edwards’ birthday, tweeting this awww-worthy picture the morning of. The governor spent this morning at a press conference with the Louisiana Primary Care Association and Southeast […]

POD: Liz & The Supremes

In our 48th episode of the LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill a few weeks after she gave oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Murrill went to the big leagues to argue McCoy v. Louisiana. That’s the one where the Louisiana lawyer, attempting to dodge the death penalty, told the […]

ISSUE 1,147

THE RUNDOWN “Slightly more probable than not” that JBE calls special… Do or die date comes next week… Penny chatter… Graves leads delegation in money… Higgins’ new fundraiser… Locals like Charles Henry for the House… Hollis targeting sewer systems… There are 61 bills so far filed for the regular… JBE to stay out of special […]

Congressmen Show Hands, Graves Wins The Pot

The standout from the 2017 federal reporting period was Congressman Garret Graves, whose $1.4 million in the bank leads Louisiana’s congressional delegation. He even outpaced Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has $1 million in the bank following a year where prayers were sent his way from around the world. Graves also raised more money than […]

More Bills… They Keep Coming

As of Thursday evening there were 61 instruments filed for the regular session that convenes March 12, including 17 bills in the Senate, 43 in the House and a single resolution in the lower chamber. That solitary non-binding measure, or HCR1, belongs to Rep. Paul Hollis. It would create the Sanitary Sewer Systems Overflows Commission, […]

A Very Looziana SOTU (and Other Chatter)

— In case you missed it last night, the Bayou State owned the first five minutes… — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got one of the top shoutouts of tonight’s State of the Union when Prez Donald Trump called him the “Legend from Louisiana.” Scalise also received his own standing ovation. — But this was the takeaway line […]

Everything is Fine…and Other Chatter

— The three-day government shutdown has ended. And there’s plenty of blame to go around, according to an NBC News survey. — Gov. John Bel Edwards has released his budget. To quote Commissioner Gordon, it’s the budget our political class probably deserves, but it’s not the one we need right now. So they’ll keep hunting. — Washington Mardi Gras is […]

The Beltway Beat

— Who’s the richest elected official from Louisiana serving on Capitol Hill today? According to a review of federal disclosure information, GoBankingRates.com estimates it’s Congressman Ralph Abraham, with a net worth of $12 million.(Make sure to mix that into your next chit-chat about the 2019 race for governor.) READ THE REVIEW — Congressman Steve Scalise… PRESS RELEASE: “House […]

Political Chatter

— Via Rep. Julie Stokes: “Last night, I received a phone call from my doctor confirming lab results. As a result of my surgery on January 3rd, I can now say that I am 100% Cancer Free!” — Neil Buckingham, formerly with Shell Oil Company’s legal and government relations departments for nearly four decades, officially joined Hood […]