Gamard’s Beltway Beat

Congress is in recess this week, but plenty has happened since we went on hiatus for the Gras. As folks down in Louisiana reveled in and recovered from Carnival Season, our delegates in D.C. whirled through Russian indictments, gun policy, budget deals and border security compromise. Several immigration bills are dying in the upper chamber, […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: Another Shutdown?

It’s a good thing our congressional delegation got their Carnival fill at the 65th Parish a couple of weeks ago, because pending votes on the Hill could make the rest of this month a little less relaxing. Not unlike our statehouse at home, U.S. lawmakers have struggled to agree on a federal budget. Congress has […]

NEW POD: Hashtag Louisiana

Welcome to Hashtag Louisiana, your monthly podcast guide to the intersection of social media, business, and politics in the Pelican State. This first episode is all about our namesake: the hashtag. We discuss its history, some practical advice and a few great examples of hashtags in the wild. Then gear up for some Washington Mardi […]

Democratic Group Wants More Elected Women in Louisiana

Emerge America, a national organization whose sole purpose is getting Democratic women elected into public office, has spread its roots to Louisiana. Twenty-five women, several of whom have already gotten their feet wet in past local elections, are part of the state chapter’s inaugural class. Emerge Louisiana Executive Director Melanie Oubre told LaPolitics reporter Sarah Gamard that class members have […]

The Beltway Beat: Shutdown Edition

— Marriage Advice: Don’t use C-SPAN to tell your wife that you bought a new vehicle. — TODAY’S POLITICO PLAYBOOK: As the Senate was voting yesterday, we headed up to the third floor of the capitol to sit down with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Scalise was recently discharged from the hospital, where he had another post-shooting surgery. Monday was his […]

The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talked about President Donald Trump’s alleged statement and reporter etiquette on Fox News: “Whether he said it or not, that’s not the issue. What about the higher problem of what do we do about border security and DACA?… To go out and kind of report it is going to undermine trust. Not just for this issue, […]

Political Chatter

— Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell: Louisiana could save millions if it converts to “energy efficient, environmentally friendly” streetlights. — New Orleans Councilman-elect Jay Banks had a Debt Retirement Fundraiser scheduled for this evening in New Orleans. Gov. John Bel Edwards is listed as the “honorary chairman.” — Congressional aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK, COLD WEATHER EDITION: “How do […]

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Garret Graves on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Army Corps of Engineers: “I’ll be very candid. This nomination was a mistake.” (CQ Roll Call) — NPR, on U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “This week, one senator quoted the singer Meat Loaf during a committee hearing. That set off an all-out Meat Loafquotation battle among the lawmakers.” — This […]

Political Chatter

— [Hello. You have exactly three months until the start of the 2018 regular session. This message will self destruct in 20 seconds…]  — A new report from 24-7 Wall Street suggests that Louisiana is the worst-run state in the U.S. — Rep. Franklin Foil was sworn in earlier today as a new Naval appellate court judge, during a ceremony […]

Remarks from Mary Landrieu

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was presented with the Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend by the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business. The ceremony took place at the New Orleans Marriott, where Landrieu was introduced as “the most successful woman” in the history of Louisiana government. Here are a few excerpts […]