Elderly Affairs Proposal Racing Clock

Despite legislative logjams and a wary administration, the battle for the proposed department of elderly affairs isn’t over yet. But Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, will have to scramble to move his package of bills through the process with only a few days remaining in the session. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee passed his constitutional […]

Lawmakers Further Cut Contract-Cutting Bill

A bill that would direct more money to higher education through contract reductions won approval on the Senate floor Tuesday, but concurrence is still needed in the House as lawmakers stray further away from the legislation’s original intent. Even if a version of Treasurer John Kennedy’s HB 142, sponsored by Rep. Dee Richard, I-Thibodaux, is sent to […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: John Georges

Whether he’s making a move to save a fabled New Orleans restaurant like Galatoire’s, buying Saints tickets to keep games on television or rebuilding his church after Hurricane Katrina, John Georges is a man who stays in the headlines. So it wasn’t a complete shock when he purchased The Advocate last year as his hometown […]

John Georges for Governor?

In the latest “LaPolitics Newsmaker” to be published Wednesday, John Georges, The Advocate’s new publisher, talks politics and more in a question-and-answer session. And that includes speculation that he might run for governor next year. “(New Orleans Mayor) Mitch (Landrieu) can wait until 2015 (to announce a gubernatorial campaign). I can wait until 2015. I […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Joel Robideaux

As someone who had no party affiliation until 2011, state Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, said he can easily find fault with both Democrats and Republicans. Maybe that’s why he seems to so easily find middle ground from which to negotiate on major issues like taxes and the budget. First elected 10 years ago, Robideaux has […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Scott Angelle

The way Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle of Breaux Bridge tells it, he learned everything he needed to know about life and politics from his father J. Burton Angelle, a former state lawmaker who served as wildlife and fisheries secretary under former Gov. Edwin Edwards.  He said his small town upbringing alongside eight siblings also […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Chas Roemer

Charles Elson Roemer IV carries the name of his father, as well as two others before him in their patriarchal line. But like his father—former Gov. “Buddy” Roemer—he goes by something else: “Chas.” He has also followed in his father’s footsteps elsewhere, first through the famous Yard of Harvard University and then into the infamous […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Joe May

Dr. Joe May is the outgoing president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Next month he takes his final Bayou State bow and heads for a place he calls home—the Dallas County Community College District, where his education career started 35 years ago as a teacher. He said teaching at a community college […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Bernie Pinsonat

Bernie Pinsonat got into polling because he’s good at golf. Or at least that’s the reasoning he offers up. The well-known pollster said former U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston gave him his first job in politics—on the green. As a representative for Johnston’s office, Pinsonat travelled the state and worked up an institutional knowledge on […]

LaPolitics Newsmaker: Garret Graves

Garret Graves is chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and serves as the top coastal advisor to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Trusted by lawmakers, Graves is known for his fast manner of speech, like his boss, and his institutional knowledge of coastal issues. Whenever there’s a national media story produced about Louisiana’s coast, you […]