If you’re one to dip into the mystic, then you may already know the tendrils of Chinese astrology have crafted quite a promise for our next round of 12 merry months. The calendar year of 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which is supposedly prime time for investors (we’re looking at you, Donor Class) […]

GAVEL 2020: The Hustle In The House

If you’re a political professional, you simply can’t allow one of the 2020 legislate leadership races to publicly become a priority. Inside the rails, decision-makers have traditionally preferred quieter races, but the Year of the Pig has other things in mind. Here’s a recap of the developing money race: Rep. Stuart Bishop officially running for […]


Sen. Sharon Hewitt told LaPolitics that she will make a final decision (and announcement) about running for governor within the next few weeks. Hewitt, an engineer by trade, said it’s all about heart — and numbers.“We’re still looking at all of the data to see if there is a path to victory,” she said.  She’s […]

FOLLOWUP: The Deal With The Dean

We pondered in a recent LaPolitics item (12.20.18/“Oh, Dean, Where Art Though”) who might emerge next term as dean of the House, which is assigned to the body’s longest serving member, who in turn gets to say he or she holds the title while occasionally chairing the committee of the whole.  “As of now it’s […]


After playing more local than ever in 2018, LABI is transitioning into the Pig Cycle of 2019 by repositioning key staffers and adding new resources to its political operations. The most noticeable change comes courtesy of data guru John Diez, who’s making his lance free again by trading in his title as political director for […]

WATCHLIST: Maness & Harris Out, Sheriff Britt Maybe

SD11/DONAHUE/OPEN: While former Rep. Tim Burns is taking a look at returning to Baton Rouge, Rep. Reid Falconer has made it official and entered the contest. Former Louisiana Republican Party Executive Director and radio host Jeff Crouere says that he is still considering the race, while retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness will be staying […]


President Donald Trump will be in New Orleans Monday to appear at the American Farm Bureau’s centennial celebration.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will be speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club during their weekly Monday luncheon.  Both of Louisiana’s U.S. senators, Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, are partnering with three other colleagues to co-sponsor the […]

THEY SAID IT: Kennedy Edition

“That’s a fact. You can write that down and take it home to mama.” —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on the necessity for a border wall, on Fox Business “Barriers work. Duh.” —Kennedy, on the practicality of a border wall, on Fox Business “For 15-20 years we’ve had a bi-partisan refusal up here by both big […]


“In 2019, it is my intention not to have a single special session of the Legislature. This should be doable.” —Gov. John Bel Edwards, on the Legislature in 2019, at the Press Club  “I don’t know much about marijuana.” —Gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, on cannabis, in The Advocate  “She’s not licensed!” —Rispone, on having his […]

WHERE DAT? (Part One of Two)

How Trent Lott, NASA & the Need for Profits Collided to Move the Saints to Mississippi By the time that the National Football League ended its season in January 2001, Tom Benson, the rags-to- riches car dealer who owned the New Orleans Saints, was coming to grips with the fact that he had a serious […]