WATCH THE WHIP Is Scalise the preferred speaker candidate?

If Republicans can get their act together and maintain a majority in the U.S. House next term, then the Louisiana superstar in its leadership should be promoted to the rank of speaker. At least that was the suggestion from a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of GOP voters that was released Wednesday. The survey made waves […]

WEEKLY: An Unusual Race In HD90

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 9, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! With the elevation of former Rep. Greg Cromer to the top spot in Slidell’s city hall, a special election has been called in House District 90. Less than […]

WEEKLY: A Flurry of Secretary of State Campaign Hires

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 2, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! You ain’t nobody in Louisiana politics until somebody works for you. And there are plenty of people being hired by the major candidates for secretary of state. Let’s […]

JOHN BEL’S JINGLE: The Cash That Counts

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ re-election efforts will now have to contend with aggressive Democratic gubernatorial campaigns in Kentucky and Mississippi for national money next year. While Edwards had the party spotlight to himself three years ago, he will likely now have to share it with two candidates looking to repeat his success in their own […]

An Unusual Race In HD 90

With the elevation of former Rep. Greg Cromer to the top spot in Slidell’s city hall, a special election has been called in House District 90. Less than a month after qualifying, however, drama has already gripped the contest and an unconventional candidate is making waves. There are four contenders vying to succeed Cromer. Three […]

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: The Consultant Who Could “Garontee” A Win

Justin Wilson will always be remembered for his spicy Cajun cooking, trademark red suspenders and the collection of funny anecdotes he told audiences over years of public television broadcasts. The beloved personality had the unique talent to tell a tale just as easily as he could stir roux on his LPB set. Often, Wilson’s jokes […]

SOS: A Flurry Of Campaign Hires

You ain’t nobody in Louisiana politics until somebody works for you. And there are plenty of people being hired by the major candidates for secretary of state. Let’s take a look… Julie’s Jobs Rep. Julie Stokes, the perceived frontrunner in the race, has signed The Political Firm’s consultants Jason Hebert and Scott Hobbs. They’ve run […]

Stuff Judge Perry Can’t Do

Sen. Jonathan Perry is still Sen. Jonathan Perry, although he’ll soon be 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Perry. And if you ask J.P. directly, he’ll tell you what Sen. Jonathan Perry can do and what Judge Jonathan Perry won’t be able to do. For starters, there will be no endorsement from Perry in […]

POLITICAL HISTORY: The Conspiracist Vs. The Crooner

By 1973, Orleans Parish District Attorney Jim Garrison was a well-known figure outside of his jurisdiction, due largely to the legal and political rabbit hole he followed down, down, down and further down in the wake of the assassination of late President John F. Kennedy. By that fall, trapped in the shadow of a trial […]

REVIEW: Livingston Memoir A Candid Account

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on July 19, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! In the genre of political memoirs, readers are often given glowing accounts that favor personal successes over harsh realities, which is unfortunate in an written record that could […]