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February 5, 2019 — Issue No. 174 By Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com) &  Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com) ROLL CALL Gubernatorial campaigns are heating up… John Bel Edwards defends his record… Eddie Rispone goes on the offensive… Ralph Abraham seeks counsel… John Fleming & Sharon Hewitt are waiting in the wings… Bob Mann is on the POD…Clancy DuBos talks Jefferson and Crescent City politics… […]

Son of a Preacher Man: Bob Mann Speaks

For our latest episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast, longtime Bayou State politico and LSU professor Bob Mann sat down for an in-depth interview about his career in newsrooms, on Capitol Hill and in the classroom.  In an entertaining and revealing discussion, Mann spoke about his early political experiences (as a Republican, no less) and the path […]

Issue 1191 – Washington Mardi Gras

By Jeremy Alford and Mitch Rabalais WMG 2019! A Candidate Invasion, Party-vators & 3,000 Politicos You may have fun back home at local Mardi Gras shindigs, but you’re probably not having full-bars-in- the-elevators fun. “They’re called party-vators,” said a laughing Laura MacDiarmid Ferrell, who manages government and public affairs for Cheniere Energy, which held its […]

WMG 2019!

A Candidate Invasion, Party-vators & 3,000 Politicos You may have fun back home at local Mardi Gras shindigs, but you’re probably not having full-bars-in- the-elevators fun. “They’re called party-vators,” said a laughing Laura MacDiarmid Ferrell, who manages government and public affairs for Cheniere Energy, which held its annual get-together at the Newseum Wednesday evening. For […]

Landry Hosts Trump Hotel Event

While he didn’t have any bars located in elevators, Attorney General Jeff Landry did have a well- attended fundraiser at the Trump Hotel Wednesday evening. U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and John Kennedy, along with Minority Whip Steve Scalise, praised Landry in remarks to the crowd, with more than one speaker using the word “fearless.” For […]

Pharmacies Create Marijuana Association

A new trade association has been established in Baton Rouge to “advocate and support Louisiana’s new medical marijuana and plant based industry.” The Louisiana Association of Therapeutic Alternatives , or LATA, was formed by the nine marijuana pharmacies that are licensed to do business in Louisiana. “We needed to speak with one voice and work […]

Mann: No Predictions

Bob Mann, LSU professor and former political communications pro, said that he is shying away from making big forecasts in 2019 governor’s race. “I learned last time not to make any predictions,”he said during an interview for next week’s LaPolitics Report podcast. “I’ve never been happier to be wrong about something than I was about […]

The Most Expensive Ever?

By Sheridan Wall & Lauren Heffker – LSU Manship School News Service A growing number of Louisiana politicos, from pundits to donors, believe that the 2019 race for governor will be one of the most expensive ever waged on Louisiana soil. But how much will all that money matter? It matters a lot, said consultant […]

Delegation Download

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy will introduce legislation to use the forfeiture funds confiscated from drug cartels to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s office says that the Bayou State’s junior senator will be introducing a whole set of immigration bills within the next few days. — […]

Field Notes!

— Speaker Taylor Barras, Appropriations Chair Cameron Henry and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto will be having a bourbon tasting fundraiser tomorrow at the President Donald Trump’s downtown hotel. — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has been invited as the Republican speaker for Washington’s annual white-tie Gridiron dinner. — The Cook Political Report is out with […]