House & Senate Survey Results

LaPolitics spent the past two days conducting 32 on-the-record interviews with state legislators. We interviewed 23 representatives and nine senators; or 18 Republicans and 14 Democrats; or 28 men and four women. Full results are below. We made only two requests of each legislator: 1.) In one sentence define the current mood of the Louisiana Legislature. 2.) […]

YOU’VE GOT MAIL: Lawmakers taking hits in their mailboxes

Rebuild Louisiana began sending out direct mail in legislative districts across the state last week in a “continual effort to educate the public about the ongoing issues surrounding the looming fiscal cliff.” The mailers use splashy headlines about the cuts-heavy budget recently passed by the House. Here’s an example of a piece that went out […]

THIS COULD BE YOU: Louisiana officials are unsure what happens without a budget, but Illinois lawmakers have a good idea — and it ain’t pretty

You could say legislators in Illinois really dropped the ball when they failed to pass an operating budget for their state prior to the 2016 fiscal year. Editorial writers from the Land of Lincoln, meanwhile, said a whole lot more, even citing political malpractice in Springfield, when inaction again gripped the Illinois General Assembly not […]

Field Notes – April 26

  — Governing Magazine: “Nine percent of workers age 16 and up in Louisiana earned $7.25 or less in 2010. That demographic has dwindled down, and hit an all-time low last year at 3.6 percent.” — The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice advanced HB 602 by Rep. Blake Miguez to allow conceal carry […]


— 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: […]


— 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… […]


— 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 […]