ISSUE 1185

LaPOLITICS WEEKLY By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Issue 1,185 — December 6, 2018 AND THEN THERE WERE THREE Doc prescribes himself for #LaGov 2019, just as JBE gains “secret squirrel” traction If you are not yet a candidate for governor, and if you’re not a member of the congressional leadership, then you are drawing […]

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE

Doc prescribes himself for #LaGov 2019, just as JBE gains “secret squirrel” traction If you are not yet a candidate for governor, and if you’re not a member of the congressional leadership, then you are drawing dangerously close to a line of demarcation where throwing all of your campaign money into a pile and lighting […]

THE PEEKABOO EFFECT

Concrete stances, commitment to place matter Inside Capitoland there are number of movers and shakers who (it seems) want to support Gov. John Bel Edwards in his quest for a second term, but don’t want everyone knowing about it. If the firsthand observations noted in this item become a trend, they could collectively be the […]

#LaGOV POST-SCRIPTS

— Eddie Rispone is said to still be shopping around for an on-the-ground manager, but he has settled on a few more major hires. The general consultant, as planned, will be Vertical Strategies, with Jordan Gehrke playing lead; churning out media content will be Something Else Strategies; Tony Fabrizio is handling polling; and Targeted Victory […]

ENTER JNK, STAGE RIGHT

He’s back, and standing behind Ardoin U.S. Sen. John Kennedy will not be on a ballot in 2019, but you should probably know he’s going to be all over the ballot in spirit. And that kingmaker spirit begins immediately with the Kyle Ardoin’s bid to remain secretary of state. Kennedy cut a radio spot in […]

A FULL COURT PRES

Friends rallying JNK COS to consider treasurer When you’re a midterm incumbent facing re-election in less than a year and you openly ponder a run for another office, that running tap of speculation about an open seat is hard to shut off. Such is the case with Treasurer John Schroder, who refused to rule out […]

#WAYS2BMEAN

Con-Con Author May Recess After carving out a policy niche for most of his three terms at the Capitol, it appears that Ways and Means Chair Neil Abramson may be taking a breather from the constitutional convention issue. “Will 2019 be ripe for a convention bill? I don’t think so. Not next year,” Abramson said […]

1Q & 1A

Mike Johnson & his study buddies LaPolitics: We know you can’t reveal too much, but what’s going to be at the top of the agenda for you as the newly-elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee when the new term starts in January? Congressman Mike Johnson: Well, I summarized everything in what we called our […]

LaPOLITICS’ LEGISLATIVE WATCHLIST

— HD89/FALCONER/LIKELY OPEN: With Rep. Reid Falconer fixing his glare to the Senate, Republican Richard Nelson has stepped up, announced for the seat and is working events in the district and in Baton Rouge. He’s a consultant from Mandeville who has degrees in biological engineering (earned in three years) and law. — SD36/GATTI/INCUMBENT: Sen. Ryan […]

FIELD NOTES!

— Majority Whip Steve Scalise was courtside last night for the New Orleans Pelicans’ win over the Dallas Mavericks in the Smoothie King Center. During the game, he caught up with Fox Sports’ Jennifer Hale to talk about his new book, recovery, basketball and former President George H.W. Bush. — CPRA Director Johnny Bradberry has […]