ISSUE 1,142

THE RUNDOWN:  Surplus numbers being brought to REC… Committees to stay busy today… At the Mansion with the First Lady… Timeline for gubernatorial candidates grows tighter… New updates on a handful of contenders… The word from the GOP retreat… Angles to watch in House and Senate races… Joint Budget is at it again… Fight brewing […]

A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

Capitol players will find surplus dollars in their stockings State officials will definitely have something to toast to this evening during the annual legislative Christmas party. That’s because the much-ballyhooed fiscal cliff — advertised up until now as $1.1 billion — is about to look just a touch less menacing. After Gov. John Bel Edwards, […]

A Busy Day In B.R.

If you have any business remaining at the Capitol this month, or need to catch a legislator while they’re in Baton Rouge, today may be your last shot for 2017. The Appropriations and Finance committees are meeting at 1 p.m. to review an Office of Group Benefits contract. Then it’s the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs […]

GOV-19: When Should Candidates Announce?

If you’re thinking about running for governor, don’t lose sight of the larger timeline. Because it’s slowly slipping away. Using the 2015 governor’s race as a guide, candidates should start surfacing in earnest soon. Back in December 2013 (roughly two years before the last gubernatorial runoff), the contenders were making quite a bit of noise. […]

GOV-19: The Challengers

— Attorney General Jeff Landry: At times it seems like the media does more to make Landry a candidate than he does. Nonetheless, Landry won the day on Twitter Wednesday when he wrote, “Ralph Abraham would make a great governor; sure we could count on his pro-life record!” For those reading between the lines, it […]

GOP Retreat Review 

Revenue Secretary Kim Robinson was speaking to GOP lawmakers at their New Orleans policy retreat on Wednesday when an unexpected and unannounced visitor entered the room. It was Gov. John Bel Edwards, who immediately crossed the room to sit next to House GOP Chair Lance Harris and Speaker Taylor Barras. Edwards had not been asked […]

Legislative Watchlist Updates

— HD10/REYNOLDS/INCUMBENT: Rep. Gene Reynolds took to Facebook recently to make sure no one was getting the wrong idea. “Well, this past week I was asked by several people, including the media, ‘Are you running for the House in 2020?’ The answer is yes.” So there you go. — HD4/GLOVER/INCUMBENT: The next election for Shreveport […]

Joint Budget Drama, Part 4

Like sands through an hourglass, so are the meetings of the Joint Budget Committee. It happens again at 1:30 p.m., in House Committee Room 5. That’s when members will consider for a fourth time $15 billion in Medicaid managed-care contracts. The item was added to the agenda late yesterday. Administration officials say there was only […]

Fight Brewing Over Corps Choice

According to a story published this week by CQ, Congressman Garret Graves is less than impressed when it comes to R.D. James, who is the president’s choice to lead the Army Corps of Engineers. Louisiana’s senators don’t sound like they’re in a rush to champion the nominee, either. CQ obtained an email written by Graves […]

Field Notes

— Doug Jones’ defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race this week has a few Louisiana ties. Baton Rouge consultants Trey Ourso and Michael Beychok of Ourso Beychok produced direct mail in the race, mostly aimed at Moore. While it may have gone overlooked back home, the Louisiana duo was being thrown bouquets […]