TSI: Crawfish Clemency Edition

“What better way to celebrate our culture and heritage than to grant Clyde his freedom before he ended up on a tray in a restaurant or a backyard boil.” —Lt. Gov Billy Nungesser, on pardoning a crawfish, in The News-Star “Turkeys shouldn’t be the only animals to get a second chance.” —Nungesser, on pardoning a […]

The Tuesday Tracker, Sponsored by Harris, DeVille & Associates

   By Jeremy Alford & Mitch Rabalais    |    March 12, 2019    |    Issue 178    |    News@LaPolitics.com    |    @LaPoliticsNow    |    LaPolitics.com    Your Roll Call Guesstimating what a second term would look like for John Bel Edwards… Mike Strain wades into a sticky, icky, icky controversy… […]

Issue 1195

By   JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS Issue 1,195                                                     02.28.19 SELLING THE SALES TAX Centralized collections a priority for small business  The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of […]

Selling the Sales Tax

The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business is lining up behind a constitutional amendment that would — over time and without definitive directives — create a centralized sales tax collection system in the Bayou State. While some details of the plan remain murky, the amendment’s purpose is clear. Rather than retailers and […]

All Eyes on Acadiana

With Acadiana on the gubernatorial map as a swing region, the Republican frontrunners are making major investments in the region and working on their Cajun accents. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards, meanwhile, would simply do well to hold what he received in the 2015 primary — he did particularly well in the western edge of […]

Cormier Takes Over at PJAL

The executive board of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana has selected Guy Cormier as its new executive director, effective March 1, 2019. He replaces the retiring Roland Dartez following more than 18 years of local government experience, including a stint as St. Martin Parish president. LaPolitics recently visited with Cormier to delve into his […]

Inside the Rails

—HD20/PLYANT/OPEN: Rep. Steve Plyant surprised many in Capitoland Wednesday when he announced his intentions to retire and not seek a third term in the House. Sen. Neil Riser says that he intends to run for the seat and join the ranks of lawmakers from the upper chamber heading across Memorial Hall. Catahoula Parish Police Juror […]

Field Notes

—The AP: “Louisiana’s U.S. senators have stalled nominees for jobs at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The senators are trying to force the agency to release long-stalled legal guidance that could help Louisiana flood victims.”  —Questions have been raised in Jefferson Parish after multiple candidates were accused of breaking JP’s ordinance preventing […]

They Said It (Higgins Edition)

“I’ve arrested several thousand men and you remind me of many of them” —Congressman Clay Higgins, to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, in The News-Star  “I didn’t know who you were until today, really.” —Higgins, to Cohen, on CNN  “”Where are these boxes? Where are these treasures of evidence?” —Higgins, on boxes Cohen brought to […]

They Said It

“This thing is a dumpster fire.” —U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, on LDH’s Medicaid spending, in The News-Star  “Every single penny in funding is sacred.” —Kennedy, on Medicaid dollars, in The Advocate  “I’m not saying he’s a ‘bunny boiler,’ but he’s a little unbalanced.” —Kennedy, on Michael Cohen, on CNN  “It was just the Senator being […]