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 […]

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 folks to keep their powder dry,” said one political operative in a conversation that’s being mirrored […]

LABI’s Got A Brand New Bag

If you think you know the election operations of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, think again. Yes, the heart and soul of LABI’s election arm still resides with its four regional PACs, all of which achieved so-called “Big PAC Status” for the year, which means larger donations. But now there’s also a front-end […]

CROSS TO BEAR Doc in Production

Strategic Partners & Media has entered into the interview phase of what could be a feature-length documentary on John Maginnis’ Cross to Bear, which recounts the unforgettable 1991 governor’s race between Edwin Edwards and David Duke. SPM partner John Loe started organizing his shooting schedule last month.  Loe and SPM, a Maryland-based media firm, also […]

No Stopping for Scalise

Congressman Steve Scalise has gone from being the majority whip to the minority whip, but the aggressive politico from Jefferson Parish hasn’t missed a step.  In an interview with LaPolitics during Washington Mardi Gras last week, Scalise said his team has already targeted at least 18 U.S. House districts they believe can be flipped back […]