Issue 1,193

Issue 1,193 – February 14, 2019 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Dollars & Question Marks Abraham’s ante, Gumbo coming to a boil Gov. John Bel Edwards might have the title, not to mention a well-armed, supportive super PAC. And businessman Eddie Rispone might have the (personal) money. But Congressman Ralph Abraham is the one […]

Dollars and Question Marks

Abraham’s ante, Gumbo coming to a boil Gov. John Bel Edwards might have the title, not to mention a well-armed, supportive super PAC. And businessman Eddie Rispone might have the (personal) money. But Congressman Ralph Abraham is the one getting all of the attention, particularly with a key campaign finance document due to the Ethics […]

Local Officials Oppose Tax Collections

With the Legislature’s regular session less than two months away, the LMA, Police Jury Association, School Boards Association, District Attorneys’ Association and Sheriffs Association are preparing to oppose bills that would move sales tax collecting authority to the state government from parishes and municipalities.  “It is no secret that there will be legislation proposing state […]

That Special Feeling

Four of the seven special elections slated for next Saturday have only two candidates running, which means that new pack of legislators will be elected on Feb. 23.  Here is the rundown:  — In HD12, the seat vacated by former Rep. Rob Shadoin in the Ruston area, there is a head-to-head matchup between two Republicans, […]

Fleming Announcement Coming “Very Soon”

Insiders close to former Congressman John Fleming said that they expect him to make a final decision on wether or not he will be entering the race for governor over the next week.  After weeks of speculation that included rumors of an imminent announcement, the Minden resident will be taking a few days off from […]

Inside the Rails

— SD3/MORRELL/OPEN: Rep. Joe Bouie is now officially in the race, joining Rep. John Bagneris. While some early speculation had centered on Rep. Jimmy Harris, it appears that he won’t be a candidate.  — SD28/LAFLEUR/OPEN: Former Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud intends to run and Republicans are hopeful that she will be their sole entry […]

Field Notes!

—The Ethics Board will hear HD66 candidate Morgan Lamandre’s appeal of the controversial ruling on considering childcare as a campaign expense at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. The meeting will be held on the first floor of the LaSalle Building.  —The Advocate’s Capitol ace, Elizabeth Crisp, will be moving to Washington, D.C. as the paper’s new correspondent […]

They Said It!

“I’m not against big. I’m against dumb.” —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on financial regulations, via Twitter  “I need at least a day. We need to find out the nuggets.” —Kennedy, on the spending bill, on Fox News  “I play poker with friends, but I still cut the cards.” —Kennedy, on the spending bill, on KALB […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored by Harris, DeVille & Associates

ROLL CALL St. Tammany emerges at center of gubernatorial campaign… John Gallagher talks 2019 municipal races… A look back at the legendary Ed Steimel…Steve Scalise and Eddie Rispone have been spotted…Staff shifts over at the Pelican Institute…Billy Nungesser is filling his war chest… Scalise and Cedric Richmond are working overtime… THE COUNTDOWN 11 days until […]

Issue 1192

Issue 1192 – February 7, 2019 By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais Keeping Their Powder Dry GOP wants to see movement in governor’s race While Democratic boosters in Louisiana are eager to double down on the candidacy of Gov. John Bel Edwards, Republican donors and conservative-minded associations are taking a wait-and-see approach. “We’re advising our […]