“We’ll Do It In Conference”: How It Works, Using HB 27 As An Example

As the clock ticked down on the special session Monday night, all attention turned toward three conference committees tasked with hashing out compromises on HB 1, HB 18 and HB 27. The passage of all three bills was essential to obtaining a consensus on the budget and revenue in the governor’s call while avoiding a […]

Biden Biding Time (In NOLA)

When former Vice President Joe Biden rolled through New Orleans this week, he hung out with Congressman Cedric Richmond, Sen. Troy Carter, Rep. Joe Bouie and Mayor LaToya Cantrell. As for the big-time politicos who didn’t get to hang with VP Joe Cool, there are perfectly good explanations, but we’ll get into that momentarily. Biden […]

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: John Breaux’s Last-Minute Win Over Henson Moore

U.S. Sen. Russell B. Long’s announcement that he would retire after 36 years in the upper chamber was unexpected, as he had been building his war chest and campaigning for next year’s re-election. But what was more unexpected was the nasty race that unfolded in the contest to succeed him. Congressman Henson Moore, a Baton […]

Whip Planning Aggressive Fall Campaign

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will maintain a robust national campaign schedule this fall while stumping for Republican congressional candidates, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to phone it in back in Louisiana. Jason Hebert of The Political Firm, who serves as a consultant to Scalise’s campaign, said the whip will leverage his nearly […]

Hewitt Staying Mum

Sen. Sharon Hewitt has been mentioned as a possible candidate for re-election as well as Senate president, secretary of state and governor.  A first-term Republican from Slidell, Hewitt has chiseled a scrappy brand for herself in short order, and partly on the shoulders of a terse and well-publicized exchange with Gov. John Bel Edwards. She’s […]

EWE Backing Con-Con

In a speech to the Crowley Rotary last week, former Gov. Edwin Edwards voiced his support for the ongoing efforts to call another constitutional convention. The remarks surprised some, given his lack of clarity on the issue and his status as the political godfather of the current Constitution that was ratified in 1974. In an […]

David Duke On The Big Screen

David Duke, the former Klan wizard and perhaps Louisiana’s most infamous politico, will soon be featured as a character in a movie (based on a true story) from director Spike Lee and comedian Jordan Peele.  The film, BLACKkKLANSMAN, recounts the successful infiltration of the KKK by African-American and Jewish police officers in the 1970s. Actor […]

The Senator Who Ran For Governor (And Won)

Newton Crain Blanchard owns the distinction of being the only U.S. senator to be relocated by Louisiana voters to a governorship, in 1904. Others have tried unsuccessfully, most recently former U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the 2015 governor’s race. But voters haven’t agreed to such a transfer in 114 years. As the 2019 gubernatorial election […]

They Said It

“We had a gentleman’s disagreement and settled it with our hands.”  —Rep. Stuart Bishop, on his altercation with Sen. Norby Chabert  “The next time it will be dueling guns.” —Bishop “It’s something you never want to have to live with. But when you do it, you have to own it.” —Sen. Norby Chabert, on his […]

Rabalais’ Political History: When a constitutional convention became a full-scale riot

By 1866, Louisiana had been devastated by the ravages of the Civil War. Almost 3,000 of the state’s citizens had been killed in the conflict, with bloody battles waged in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville and the Red River region. Because occupation by Union troops had suspended the functions of state government, new elections had been held […]