Inside The Rails

—SD31/LONG/OPEN: Three Republicans are running for this open seat in the state’s northwestern corner. Retired Natchitoches Parish Clerk Louie Bernard has been running since last year. Two first-time candidates, Alexandria attorney Trey Flynn and Douglas Brown, a Marine veteran and local farmer, are in the race as well. Despite earlier chatter linking him to the seat, […]

Field Notes

 —The News-Star: “The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed President Trump’s controversial nomination of Wendy Vitter to the federal bench in Louisiana on a 52-45 vote. Vitter, who is married to former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., secured a lifetime appointment as U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.”  —For Mother’s Day […]

They Said It!

“You’ve been saying that word your whole lives. Me, I heard it for the first time 20 minutes ago.” —President Donald Trump, on the correct way to pronounce Calcasieu, in The News-Star “Louisiana, a state I love very much and based on the votes I should love it.” —Trump, on his support in the Bayou […]

Issue 1204

By JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS | May 9, 2019 | Issue 1204 | News@LaPolitics.com | @LaPoliticsNow | LaPolitics.com Keeping the Faith How the GOP #LaGov candidates are getting their church on While the Lord may rest on the week’s seventh day, gubernatorial candidates do not. Instead the men vying for the Bayou State’s top job […]

Keeping the Faith

How the GOP #LaGov candidates are getting their church on While the Lord may rest on the week’s seventh day, gubernatorial candidates do not. Instead the men vying for the Bayou State’s top job are visiting congregations and introducing themselves to the voters in the pews.  As most politicos remember, former Gov. Bobby Jindal seemly perfected […]

Is the End Near

To the delight of his colleagues, Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry suggested today that we may not see a repeat of the contentious budget debates in this session that have otherwise plagued this term. “It’s one of the easiest budget processes we’ve gone through in the four years I’ve been here,” Henry said. That revelation came […]

Flipping the Families First PAC

When Gov. John Bel Edwards was elected in 2015, he had the Louisiana Families First PAC, then run by former Sen. Ben Nevers, to thank for part of his success. In the following years, however, the PAC sat dormant until it was eventually dissolved, signaling an end for the outfit. Or at least that’s what […]

JBE, AG Nearing Showdown Over Bill

The full Senate has given approval to legislation backed by Attorney General Jeff Landry  to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. SB 173 by Sen. Fred Mills has become a major issue for Landry, who is one of 20 GOP officials from across the country challenging the Affordable Care Act. Gov. John […]

PAST IS PROLOGUE: John Slidell & The Polk Presidency

Nearly two centuries before a controversial presidential election was investigated for alleged interference and words like “collusion” became part of the political lexicon, one Louisiana congressman used his own creative method to ensure that his preferred candidate resided in the White House. In the 1844 presidential election, Gov. James K. Polk of Tennessee faced off against U.S. […]

Q&A: Kim Hunter Reed

LaPolitics: With colleges and universities getting ready to hold commencement exercises, what is the message that you have for graduates? Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed: When we think about talent development, we must go beyond traditional-aged students.  We think about returning adults, veterans, single moms, foster youth, homeless youth, and justice-involved individuals.  Our goal […]