Seatbelt Defeated, But Issue Lives On

The Senate Judiciary A Committee deferred legislation Tuesday morning that would have instituted a major change in the guidelines for lawsuits related to a motor-vehicle accident. SB148 by Sen. Sharon Hewitt would have revised the current law and allowed courts to consider a defendant’s seatbelt use when awarding damages.  Under the existing statue, juries are […]

Parishwide Push for St. George a No-Go

The Senate Local and Municipal Affairs Committee defeated legislation Thursday that would have increased the size of the electorate for the fall St. George election in East Baton Rouge Parish. SB63 by Local and Municipal Affairs Chairwoman Yvonne Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, would have changed the referendum’s current guidelines and made the election parishwide, instead of […]

Inside the Rails

HD15/HOFFMANN/OPEN: Local businessman Drake Graves has become the first candidate to officially enter the race. Community leaders have been encouraging Susan Hoffman, the outgoing representative’s wife, to consider the run, but friends say she isn’t necessarily leaning one way or the other. Truth is, Mrs. Hoffman may be overqualified for the job. She recently retired […]

Field Notes

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon will be in Lake Charles this afternoon for an announcement on economic development with Gov. John Bel Edwards.  President Donald Trump will be holding a fundraiser in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 14, co-hosted by longtime political donors Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro. Earlier in the day, the president […]

They Said It

“The best secrets are the ones you never talk about.” —Rep. Johnny Guinn “The Chinese say if you sit by the bank of the river long enough, you’ll see the dead bodies of your enemies come floating by, and I did it.” —Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, on longevity, on WVLA “If I would have known […]

Issue 1203

By JEREMY ALFORD & MITCH RABALAIS | May 2, 2019 | Issue 1203 | News@LaPolitics.com | @LaPoliticsNow | LaPolitics.com Double Trouble Kennedy to join Landry on LCCM In a move that will only bolster the reach and resources of the Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has decided to become a […]

Double Trouble

Kennedy to join Landry on LCCM In a move that will only bolster the reach and resources of the Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has decided to become a board member and leading voice for the group, right alongside Attorney General Jeff Landry.  The group was formed in 2006, back […]

Bishop Wades Into Terrebonne’s Turmoil

In a lengthy statement being circulated to reporters and politicos down the bayou, House Natural Resources Chair Stuart Bishop state he was “deeply concerned about the highly unusual and unnecessary actions recently undertaken by state officials in Terrebonne Parish.” What’s going on exactly? Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove, who previously held the gavel controlled by […]

Senators Debating Title for Former Senators

If there’s anything senators like discussing more than politics, it’s themselves. That became evident this week when the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee debated a resolution to create a special designation for former senators.  SR 45 by Sen. Yvonne Colomb would bestow the title of “Senator Retired, District No.” to former members, but only those […]

Reynolds May Challenge Nungesser

 Just one day after he took to Facebook to publicly acknowledge that he is considering a bid for lieutenant governor this fall, former Democratic Caucus Chair Gene Reynolds told LaPolitics that he should have a clear resolution on the race within a matter of days. “I need to make a final decision within the next […]