Rabalais’ Political History: Wade O. Martin & the creation of the modern SOS office

In 1956, an epic power struggle between two political giants forever changed the scope of statewide elected offices in Louisiana. The tug-of-war pitted then-Gov. Earl K. Long, who always liked a good fight, against Wade O. Martin, the bookish, bespectacled, bow tie-wearing secretary of state. According to Earl K. Long: The Saga of Uncle Earl […]

WATCH THE WHIP: Is Scalise the preferred speaker candidate?

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on August 16, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! 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 […]

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: When Time Is On Your Side

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY When Time Is On Your Side Uncle Harry’s 32-year streak & the longevity of statewide elected service Before term limits started sending politicians home, some folks viewed elected office in Louisiana as a lifetime ticket to security. That was particularly true at the turn of the century, as in 1900, not 2000. If […]

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 […]