CAPITOL GAINS: At Home with Clay

 “This is what America wants to see.” That was the promise from a beer-toting Congressman Clay Higgins in this episode of Capitol Gains. And, yeah, it’s indeed a must-see video!  With three guns (at least) and five dogs nearby, the man known as the Cajun John Wayne filled up an ice chest, lit the […]

Budget Timeline Ahead Of Schedule (Technically)

Despite the unprecedented eviction notices the Edwards Administration sent to nursing home patients, in concert with the other notes in this year’s gloom-and-doom symphony, this year’s budget process is technically weeks ahead of schedule.  The final legislative action taken on the budget this year came on Thursday, March 17, compared to June 16 in 2017 […]

AFP’s “Taker’s Dozen” Campaign

ATTENTION LEGISLATORS: If you voted in favor of taxes or fees this year, or against licensing reforms or the unanimous jury bill, the Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity has a file on you. Or, as the architects of the upcoming “accountability campaign” like to say, it’s a dossier — of your anti-conservative votes this […]

ISSUE 1,160

THE RUNDOWN Walt Leger on SOS: “Timing might be right”… Also eyeing the post are A.G. Crowe, John Young and Reneé Free… Lane Grigsby wants con-con in special session call… Administration: “No chance”… Mike Walsworth may run for House… Senate kicking budget into gear… JBE fielding national interviews… Taylor Barras boosters present an alternative storyline… […]

The Final Stretch

Budget to move as regular session winds down With lawmakers expected to adjourn their regular session over the next seven to 10 days, the action inside the Capitol has reached a frenetic pace. The House worked on legislation well into the evening before breaking and then reconvening this morning, less than 12 hours later. The […]

Barras Boosters: Speaker Getting Pinned

Speaker Taylor Barras is telling allies that he’s ready to end the regular session on Friday, May 18, if all critical bills have been passed. He believes it’s possible, representatives say, but the speaker is also stopping short of assigning a date in case a compromise committee explodes or an extra 24 to 48 hours […]

REC Staying On Bench Until June

According to Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the Revenue Estimating Conference will meet next during the second week of June. Should things get a little sideways in the Capitol between now and then, resulting in lawmakers still serving in a special session beyond June 4, Dardenne suspected that the REC would still meet to review […]

SOS EXPANSION: Add Leger, Crowe, Young & Free

Hinting at a move that could change the dynamics of the developing race for secretary of state, Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger told LaPolitics of his own candidacy this afternoon, “It seems like the timing may be right.”  Leger was heavily encouraged by his core donors to run for New Orleans mayor last year, but […]

Craig Greene Can Find The Green

Freshman Public Service Commissioner Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge physician, has raised more than $1 million over the past 20 months, according to his campaign’s public reports and interviews with this fundraising team. It’s an eye-opening, look-at-me kind of haul from a young politico who prognosticators believe has a bright elected future. To put that […]

Con-Con Fails, Another Push Begins  

One day after Rep. Neil Abramson’s constitutional convention legislation failed in the House by a 52-47 vote, an organization involved with the effort released a statement saying it will work to have a similar bill introduced in the approaching special session.  Lane Grigsby, the founder of Constitutional Coalition 2020, said momentum continues to build. “As […]