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Regional disparities mark Lottery’s success

While the Louisiana Lottery Corporation is transferring a record amount of money to the state, its retail and sales growth in north Louisiana might appear sluggish when compared to its booming popularity in the southern part of the state. In the Shreveport region, sales have dropped by $6 million over the past four years and […]

Legislative Staff Also Get Pay Bump

Just one week after public employees at six state agencies received their pay raises, legislative officials tell LaPolitics that most of the staff for the House and Senate has also received salary adjustments. Brenda Hodge, Senate communications officer, said the increases took effect Sept. 1. In the Senate, the adjustment is 4 percent for full-time […]

Vitter Won’t Salute General

(PAID SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) You don’t come onto Sen. David Vitter’s home turf, throw around some criticisms and then dare him to contact you. That’s what former Army general Wesley Clark learned this week when he conducted a mini-tour of Louisiana in defense… (Read more)

GOP Legislator Deciding on U.S. Senate Run

Calling the GOP side of the U.S. Senate race still open, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, said he will decide by the end of this month* if he will become a candidate. “I would be crazy not to look at it,” he said, noting that he continues getting calls asking him to run. “We need a […]

How Vulnerable is Buddy Caldwell?

When Attorney General Buddy Caldwell squeezed former A.G. Charles Foti out of the 2007 runoff and went on to become Louisiana’s top attorney, he taught everyone that there’s nothing permanent about being an incumbent. Now there’s a slowly growing field of candidates who may be hoping to teach him the same lesson. Democrats see the […]

Riser To Post Big Numbers

(PAID SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) With the first official reporting deadline approaching in the 5th Congressional District race, a campaign aide to Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, told LaPolitics that they plan to report more than.. (Read more)

Is 6th District Holy Grail for Perkins?

As reported by LaPolitics more than a month ago, Tony Perkins, the former state representative and director of the D.C.-based Family Research Council, could completely shift the dynamics of the developing 6th Congressional District race by entering the fray. But up until now, Perkins hasn’t publicly discussed his intentions. In an interview last week, he […]

Political Consultant Scores Role on Reality Show

Move over Edwin Edwards. Democratic consultant Michael Beychok, along with a small cast of others, has landed a reality show with Esquire Network, a new cable channel from NBCUniversal. It has a working title of “Horseplayers.” Beychok, a Baton Rouge native, grabbed national headlines last year by showing he was as good at handicapping politics as […]

Emailed Borderline Bribe Precedes Loss of License

In making his transition from puncher to promoter, James Johnson of Shreveport thought it might help his situation to offer the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission a “large donation” to help move the licensing process along. In writing. In an email. Based on records obtained by LaPolitics, the borderline bribe was made known to the […]