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The Rundown: An unprecedented statewide runoff… Turnout looks bleak… Treasurer’s race only thing on ballot in 56 parishes… Learn where the other contests are… DSCC members wonder if an endorsement is needed… Tough results for two Louisiana congressmen… Another special legislative election in New Orleans… Subcommittee to begin review of dedicated funds… Getting to know […]

WELCOME TO THE RUNOFF

Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s team conducted a quick review of three and a half decades worth of statewide elections and still couldn’t find a turnout lower than what voters produced this past weekend. (That would be a turnout of 13.6 percent, or 405,682 voters, based on the first constitutional amendment.) So if you’re looking […]

Will Edwards Get Reconsideration?

The Louisiana Republican Party finally endorsed former Rep. John Schroder this weekend, but the Democratic Party didn’t make any such moves for Derrick Edwards, who started the race for treasurer as the only Dem in the field and will end it the same way. But there are members of the Democratic State Central Committee, which […]

Tough Night For Higgins, Richmond 

Congressmen Clay Higgins and Cedric Richmond separately got involved in some high-profile races in the primary and both of them walked away with heavy losses, or at least some quizzical looks. In Higgins’ case, he campaigned with and ultimately endorsed Sen. Neil Riser for treasurer and former Rep. Lenar Whitney for the Public Service Commission. […]

Another House Special Election

If this term of the Louisiana Legislature hasn’t already set a record for special elections, it will soon. Rep. Helena Moreno’s commanding City Council win over the weekend was proof of that. It means one of her opponents, Rep. Joe Bouie, will be stuck in Baton Rouge a little longer, and that a special election […]

Dedicated Funds Get Another Look

Starting tomorrow lawmakers will be putting hundreds of dedicated funds underneath the proverbial microscope to kick off proceedings for the new Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee. (It’s a subcommittee of Joint Budget, thanks to a bill from the last regular session.) Members of the subcommittee will be reviewing around 50 funds at a time, in the […]

Who Is Ken Brass?

The newest legislator-elect in Louisiana is Ken Brass, who turned a vice chairmanship on the St. James Parish Council into a 57 percent primary win over three opponents this past weekend. Brass, 40, is an electrical engineer at BASF and his House District 58 is home to some of the largest chemical plants in the […]

There Are 100 Days Until Washington Mardi Gras

It starts on Jan. 27, 2018. And if you don’t have your tickets lined up and your arrangements made, you are running out of time. Organizers expect next year’s Washington Mardi Gras bash to be the biggest yet. (It’s also a mile marker; the coming celebration will be the 70th for the Mystic Krewe of […]

Field Notes

— Via The AP’s Melinda Deslatte: “House Speaker Taylor Barras met with Gov. John Bel Edwards this morning, another talk about the $1B-plus budget gap. No decisions made.” — In House District 77, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness has received the endorsement of Rep. Alan Seabaugh. Maness faces Covington City Councilman Mark Wright in […]

They Said It

“I guess they found the one guy stupid enough to think he could pull this off.” —Dominick Impastato, on election night, after beating Sen. Danny Martiny for a Jefferson Parish Council seat  “I don’t like traffic cameras. In fact, I hate them. But that doesn’t mean I can break the speed limit and run red […]