Issue 1197

By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais    |    March 21, 2019    |    Issue 1197    |    |    @LaPoliticsNow    |  T H E    L E A D    S T O R Y   :   T I P   o f   t h […]

Third Party Gets Muddy, Positioned to Play Big in #LAGOV

Truth in Politics is at it again, taking aim at incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards, only this time around the 501(c)4 has ditched its digital-heavy approach in place of a $400,000 statewide television buy that made the three major gubernatorial campaigns wake up and shout Thursday morning. The move — big and noisy during an […]

RGA Guesstimate: $8M

Operatives for the Republican Governors Association tell LaPolitics that Gov. John Bel Edwards will be its “top target” this fall, not that the GOP has many other options. Edwards is the nation’s only Democratic governor up for re-election in 2019.  Some politicos, based on their private conversations, expect the RGA to spend upwards of $8 […]

2019: Year of the Broke Lobbyists

For the month of March alone, as of this week at least, state representatives and senators have placed 71 fundraisers on the legislative calendar. The money-grabbing events are all part of a pre-session ritual where deference is granted to the Law Almighty, which has declared any policymaking gathering of the Legislature to be free of […]

House Chairs on Top Issues, Legislation at a Glance

DEATH PENALTY: Criminal Justice Chair Sherman Mack said debates over the death penalty will be his committee’s biggest issue this session. Abolishing the death penalty is on the table, but Mack said another measure will be filed to allow the state to keep the source of lethal injection drugs confidential. “That bill would do away […]

Big Session Stories May Not Be About Session

When there’s not much to talk about, people will still find something to talk about, according to Greg Hilburn, the veteran political reporter for the USA Today Network of Louisiana Newspapers. That line of thought, of course, applies to the upcoming regular session and how some journalists may be forced to cover the happening. “I […]

Inside the Rails

HD46/HUVAL/INCUMBENT: Local insiders believe that votes on tax bills will haunt Rep. Mike Huval at the polls in October and three candidates have already emerged to challenge his bid for a third term. Oilfield consultant Keith Baudin, a Republican, has officially entered the race, jumpstarting his campaign with nearly $90,000 of his personal funds. Another […]

CC73 Book Set For Summer Release; Brief Hiatus for Alford

Some of you participated in Louisiana’s 1973-74 Constitutional Convention, and many of you assisted in underwriting our efforts to publish its official story in book form. Whether it was the former or the latter, we thank you, and we have some exciting news to share! THE LAST CONSTITUTION will be put through its final editing […]

Field Notes

Baton Rouge’s annual Gridiron Show is set for this weekend. Tickets are still available and for the first time ever, can be purchased online through their new website.  The AP: “Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking lawmakers to spend $19 million more this year on higher education than was budgeted, to fill gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, help […]

They Said It!

“I’m so happy we are able to meet today to remind us it is an election year.” —Senate President John Alario, on disagreements at Joint Budget, in The Times-Pic “What do you want to do, screw the city?” —New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, on an Advocate report on the city’s Sewage and Water Board, in […]