Political History: “Long Live the Kingfish!”

Wednesday marks the 90th anniversary (Jan. 17, 1928) of a gubernatorial primary that forever changed politics in Louisiana. The tide truly turned when Public Service Commissioner Huey P. Long of Shreveport defeated Congressman Riley Joe Wilson and incumbent Gov.Oramel Simpson to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Carrying 47 parishes and 44 percent of the vote, Long effectively captured the […]

Landrieu’s Very Shaky Start

It was exactly two decades ago this month (January 2017) when Louisiana found itself sending a new U.S. senator to Washington for only the second time in nearly 30 years. But a close election, in concert with an investigation and a formal Senate inquiry, threatened to end Mary Landrieu’s tenure before it ever began. Her opponent […]

A Message Sponsored by The Picard Group

BEST WISHES FOR NEW HOUSE & SENATE TERMS Congratulations to our newly elected members of the Louisiana Legislature. We at The Picard Group wish you well in your future of public service of our state! SENATE Sharon Hewitt Troy Brown JP Morrell Wesley Bishop Karen Carter Peterson Bodi White John Alario Conrad Appel Danny Martiny […]

Tracking The Legislative Races

Outright winners are in RED. Runoff participants are in BLUE. Latest updates: The first incumbent of the night to lose is Rep. Stephen Ortego, who has been defeated by newcomer Julie Emerson in House District 39 by 247 votes. A second incumbent goes down tonight as Rep. Nick Lorusso is edged out by Stephanie Hilferty in HD94 (56-44). […]

A MESSAGE SPONSORED BY THE LSU ALMUNI ASSOCIATION Thank you, Louisiana Legislature, for prioritizing higher education! The citizens of Louisiana are counting on you to be visionaries and to increase the investment in our universities.


PRESS RELEASE: Vitter Opposes Jindal On Inventory Tax

Vitter Announces Strong Opposition To Jindal Inventory Tax Proposal, Outlines Alternative Approach BATON ROUGE, LA – As he participated in two gubernatorial forums today before business groups, David Vitter announced his strong opposition to Governor Jindal’s inventory tax proposal, contained in the governor’s recently submitted budget. Under the Jindal proposal, the refundable portion of the […]

Open Letter March 30, 2015 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Continues to Fail Lake Charles Veterans  Exactly one week ago today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) announced good news for Acadiana area Veterans when they shared details about progress on the long awaited Lafayette VA Clinic.  As gratified as I was to learn […]


Be Afraid of the Dark: How dark money affects elections

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We’re Just Having a Grand Old Party

By Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Ten years ago, the Republican Party was divided and defeated, written off in Louisiana. Republicans now hold all nine statewide elected offices and have majorities on the Supreme Court, the PSC and BESE, and in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature. We’ve passed statewide school choice, […]

Democratic Party Here to Stay

By State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party Too much ink has been spilled over the past few weeks about the state of the Democratic Party in the deep South, with some suggesting that national Democrats should write off the region we call home — a place where millions of Americans […]