LOWDOWN VIDEO: Louisiana Takes a Gamble

Learn about the most controversial gambling (or is it gaming?) vote ever taken on the House floor. Plus the intersection of politics and voodoo and the unbelievable story of the birth of the Louisiana Lottery. Check it out:

Issue 1,071.1

INSIDE: OJJ secretary to resign… Second special will address first special… Draft call circulating… Task force will keep governor waiting… Corporate tax collections go net positive… Higgins looking at 3CD… Orleans SB elections could be expensive… In Senate race, just like Trump… A historic baby… Plus much more… EARLY EDITION: We’ll also be publishing a […]

Issue 1071.2

(As of 4 p.m. 05/12/16) After more than three hours of debate on the House floor today, representatives voted 69-26 to allow the state attorney general and Justice Department to have an independent budget that would exist in a standalone appropriations bill. It is the first time Capitol observers can remember any statewide elected official […]

Second Special Approaches

New details emerging for next session A source close to Gov. John Bel Edwards said his current thinking has him considering a second special session that would start the evening of June 6, just moments after the ongoing regular session adjourns at 6 p.m. That would allow for the initial reading in of bills as night falls on […]

No Help From The Task Force

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request to the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy to deliver special session recommendations by May 15 is unlikely to be fulfilled in any meaningful way by the end of the week. The task force does meet on Friday, but those close to the process don’t expect a full menu […]

OJJ Secretary To Resign

Three months after being reappointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, and roughly a week after being questioned by senators about conditions at a Jefferson Parish youth prison, Dr. Mary L. Livers, the deputy secretary of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, is expected to step down very soon, sources tell LaPolitics. In recent days there […]

In Senate Race, Just Like Trump

“Go Trump!” Those were the first two words offered up by former legislator and ATC commissioner Troy Hebert at last week’s U.S. Senate candidate forum hosted by the Louisiana Chemical Association. Not only was it the first time that the eight major contenders appeared on a single stage, but it also offered up an overview […]

Corporate Tax Collections Now Net Positive

After months of stories in the press about how Louisiana is paying out more in credits and exemptions than it is collecting in corporate franchise and income taxes, collections have finally hit a cumulative net positive and are expected to finish out the fiscal year that way. As of the end of April, collections are […]

Higgins Looking At 3rd District

The developing race in the 3rd Congressional District may soon have a John Wayne candidate. Lafayette Deputy Marshal Captain Clay Higgins — he of CrimeStoppers YouTube fame — will make a formal announcement on Wednesday and sources close to the gunslinger contend it will be for Congress, and not the U.S. Senate, as widely reported last week. […]

Orleans SB Elections: Most Expensive Ever? 

With Orleans Parish schools likely reverting back to local control, political players are expecting this fall’s school board elections to be the most expensive ever waged there — and maybe the most expensive in state history. Legislation passed by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson gives control back to the Orleans Parish School Board starting in 2018, […]