CORRECTION (LaPolitics Weekly 10.12.18)

In a “Field Notes” brief from yesterday’s LaPolitics Weekly, we erroneously reported that the Plaquemines Parish Council voted 4-3 to remove themselves from coastal restoration litigation aimed at the oil and gas industry. In fact, the Council’s vote was 4-3 against withdrawing. As of now, the parish’s 21 suits against 68 individual companies still stand.

Issue 1,178

WHAT’S UP DOC? Rispone has spoken, Ralph has not October 11, 2018 — Issue 1,178 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Let’s start with what we know. And this evening, apparently, we only know five things: 1.) JBE will be a heavyweight in 2019’s ballot-topper, which is fortunate. Because fighting will be unavoidable.  2.)  In […]

WHAT’S UP DOC?

Rispone has spoken, Ralph has not Let’s start with what we know. And this evening, apparently, we only know five things: 1.) JBE will be a heavyweight in 2019’s ballot-topper, which is fortunate. Because fighting will be unavoidable.  2.)  In the ring already is Eddie Rispone. His official entrance this week prompted two different reactions […]

The Not-So-Dirty Rice Connection

Both Edwin Edwards and Ralph Abraham know how to pilot a plane. As for politics, their navigating styles couldn’t be more different. But there is one more comparison to draw that’s timely and notable.  Edwards was once a congressman who was eyeing a run for governor. Abraham, of course, is a congressman now eyeing you-know-what. […]

Senators Get the Ward Wave  

Sen. Rick Ward has been dropping into Senate districts across the state to provide friendly waves and hellos to his colleagues. The in-person visits are notable as the term winds down and the body looks toward the election of a new president in 2020. “I want to make sure we have a cohesive group of […]

The Whip Is The GOP’s Rainmaker

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been breaking Capitol Hill fundraising records this election cycle and filling his war chest at a rate that most candidates can only dream of.  According to the Whip’s re-election campaign, Scalise has raised more than $15 million this cycle, bringing in $4.8 million during the third quarter alone. By […]

Bye Bye TV

For the first time in history, spending on online ads has topped the landmark figure of $100 billion. According to a study commissioned by Bloomberg, digital ad sales now constitute over half of the American advertising market. Bloomberg’s findings show that spending on traditional TV media, both nationally and locally, has dramatically decreased over the […]

Field Notes

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and a delegation of officials from the state’s executive branch will be traveling to Israel later this month as part of an economic development trip. In addition to meeting with business and industry executives, Edwards also has a sit-down scheduled with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The delegation is expected to […]

They Said It 

“You know when the hottest political story going is the voting machines, there’s a problem.” —An unnamed Capitol insider, commenting on the oh-so-quiet nature of the current election cycle “This is it.” —Eddie Rispone, declaring his candidacy for governor in 2019, to the AP  “Nobody cares about this position or about this election.” —Pollster Bernie […]

TUESDAY TRACKER (For Oct. 2!)

October 2, 2018 — Issue No. 159 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com)  IT AIN’T OVER Toozday reminders that nothing ever truly dies in Looziana politics  Hey there, Trackers! We missed y’all last week. The 09.25.18 issue had to be postponed due to an extended trip north to Shreveport. We checked in with the […]