SECOND CHANCE POLITICS

— Former Ball Mayor Roy Hebron won his old job back Tuesday evening despite a 2011 guilty plea to charges related to FEMA fraud. — Former Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson, who maintains his innocence despite a 2013 conviction, is headed to a runoff for his former seat. — Former Waterproof Mayor Bobby Higginbotham’s comeback bid […]

NOTABLE NICKNAMES

From 1993 to 2014 LaPolitics Weekly has enjoyed bringing you the best (and by “best” we mean funny, strange or uncommon) nicknames from Louisiana’s local and statewide ballots. In this, our 25th year, we shall do it once more… Dig these: — “Noonie Man” Batiste, 2nd Congressional District — “Woots” Wells, Morganza mayor — “Jackie […]

BOOK REVIEW: A REAL CLIFFHANGER

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday Tracker, we teased a review of Tyler Bridges’ updated and revised book, The Rise and Fall of David Duke. Due to Election Day coverage, I’m holding off on publishing my review until next week’s issue. The story behind the story is really interesting. University Press first published The […]

THEY SAID IT!

“I think there’s a lot of us scratching our heads trying to see what happened there.” —Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk, on the race for secretary of state, to the AP “I’ll make this commitment: I won’t use the office’s resources for campaigning — instead, we can allocate those resources to #MakeStickersAvailableAgain” —Rep. […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored By Harris, DeVille & Associates By MITCH RABALAIS (mitch@lapolitics.com) & JEREMY ALFORD (jja@lapolitics.com) “I understand that in one election ZaSu Pitts, Charlie Chaplin and Babe Ruth all voted for you.  You’ve got some fantastic electors in your parish.” —William F. Buckley asking Judge Leander Perez a question during their 1968 debate on “Firing Line” […]

ISSUE 1181

LaPolitics Weekly — November 1, 2018 — Issue 1,181 By Jeremy Alford, Mitch Rabalais & Mary Burleigh THE HIDDEN HAND OF LOCAL ELECTIONS Digging that early turnout boost? Then thank your city and parish officials. (As well as a few other folks.) Capitoland’s echo chamber has been filled with theories this week about the momentous […]

THE HIDDEN HAND OF LOCAL ELECTIONS

Digging that early turnout boost? Then thank your city and parish officials. (As well as a few other folks.) Capitoland’s echo chamber has been filled with theories this week about the momentous spike in early voting. Nearly all of the reads, including the recent analyses published by Louisiana’s old-world dailies, attributed the 10 percent early […]

TEMPLE SHOOTS…

But will he score? According to sources connected to his developing statewide bid, Temptan president Tim Temple of DeRidder will soon officially announce the formation of a campaign for insurance commissioner. Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has held the post for a dozen years, and by all indications he will seek another term. In his […]

ELECTION RUMOR DU JOUR:

Bowser for Baton Rouge? You know him from the football field. You know him from the Capitol’s killing fields. But what about the next field for Red Stick mayor? Yeah, you heard that right. Political influencers in the Capital Region have been keeping rumors about Louisiana Chemical Association President Greg Bowser making a run for […]

HOUSE’S FISCAL DESIRES HAVEN’T YET FIZZLED

We’ve heard about the potential teacher pay raise, we’ve noticed the rumblings concerning the gas tax and we’re all ready for the possibility of another budget fight that boils down to principles rather than pennies. But they won’t be the only semi-semi-regular policy issues to resurface during next year’s regular session. During an interview with […]