ISSUE 1183

[PAID ADVERTISEMENT] GOBBLE ALERT!: Next week promises to be a relaxing and likely cold Thanksgiving break. As longtime subscribers know, that also means a break for us, so there will be no Tracker or LW next week. From our families in Abita Springs, Port Allen and Shreveport, to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!  BY JEREMY ALFORD, MITCH […]


By term’s end, voters in nearly half of Louisiana’s 64 parishes will have voted twice to elect representatives for the same legislative districts.   Since taking office in 2016, and over the course of 10 legislative sessions, the House alone has somehow managed to produce a 21 percent turnover rate — before the next regular election cycle ever took […]

Graves May Take Interest In #LaLege Seat

How’s that for a headline? But no, Congressman Garret Graves is not a future member of the Louisiana Legislature. His name, however, has been surfacing on occasion in relation to the open seat in Senate District 30, which is being vacated by Sen. John Smith of Leesville.There have been suggestions that Graves might support a […]

Checking In With The #LaGov Field

— JBE: The re-election campaign of Gov. John Bel Edwards held a “young professionals and business leaders reception” Tuesday night that was hosted by a large list of more than 120 people. Many names you’ll likely recognize… — Gator Landry: After hiring the same fundraising consultant as announced candidate and businessman Eddie Rispone (LaPolitics Weekly, Issue 1,180, Oct. […]


— HD12/SHADOIN/SPECIAL: Businessman Chris Turner, a well-known Republican in the Ruston area who owns local pharmacy, but isn’t a pharmacist, will make a decision soon. He’s said to be seriously considering a bid. Other mentioned as possibilities in our previous reporting include contractor Ayres Bradford; Bill Elmore, who previously ran for mayor; Cary Brown, who […]

RABALAIS READS: Bridges’ Rise & Fall

‘A sobering and poignant account  of one of Louisiana’s darkest political actors’ F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that there are no second acts in American lives.It’s obvious that Fitzgerald knew next to nothing about the politics of Louisiana, which seems to have a Lazarus or two in each congressional district. Politicians on a comeback often […]

Field Notes!

— Both of the candidates in the runoff for secretary of state, Kyle Ardoin and Gwen Collins-Greenup, have won the endorsement of their respective state parties. According to The News-Star, Gov. John Bel Edwards has pledged to stay out of the contest. Sources also tell LaPolitics that Turkey Creek Heather Cloud has thrown her support behind […]

RABALAIS READS: Fawer’s Bronx To The Bayou

‘A singular voice that refuses to get lost in the noisy clutter of most legal-eagle bookshelves’ If you’re looking for a book filled with captivating courtroom drama, you might be tempted to dive into the ever-expanding bibliography of JBE-fundraiser John Grisham. But I’d hope you would at least take a look through the non-fiction selections, […]

They Said It!: Kennedy Edition

“They must have been smoking some of Willie’s dope.”         —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift supporting                           Democrats, in The Advocate“They threw the money in the dirt.”         —Kennedy, on an audit into LDH’s handling of Medicaid, on WVLA “Everyone involved […]

They Said It!: Regular Edition

“Another one of Sen. Kennedy’s baseless soundbites brought about by having too much free time in Washington.”         —Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo, responding to  Kennedy’s remarks, on WVLA “Here’s the photo we have been waiting for….@KimKardashian and @LouisianaGov.”         —Times-Pic Capitol Ace Julia O’Donoghue, on the governor’s Los Angeles […]