GAMARD’S BELTWAY BEAT: From Raids & Airstrikes To Sanctions & ‘Slimeballs’

Former FBI Director James Comey’s reemergence may accrue the same headline-making exposure he achieved last summer. This time around he’s back in the news for his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” which comes out today. It criticizes the president in ways that his previous tell-alls of private interactions with his then-superior did not. Comey, in […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: Raids, Trade Wars and Spendthrifts

Let’s start in New York: The FBI raided President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room yesterday, searching in part for information related to Louisiana native and former politico Stephanie Clifford, also known as adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges the president had an affair with her during his marriage and paid […]


— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has been making rounds to talk about his opioid abuse legislation in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington. His Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act is now law. He tweeted yesterday, “We’re working with the Trump administration to streamline approvals of crucial projects to restore and preserve Louisiana’s coasts.” Here’s the […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat: White House Turnover and the Spending Bill

Here’s the big news from the White House… John Bolton is President Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, following Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s resignation. Bolton has recently argued in favor of a preemptive military strike on North Korea, one of a handful of his hawkish stances causing international apprehension over the former United Nations ambassador’s […]


Get the Tuesday Tracker in your inbox every week.  Sign up for free. Previous issues are archived here. March 20, 2018 — Issue No. 136 By Jeremy Alford (, Sarah Gamard ( & Mitch Rabalais ( WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP A Personal Appeal from Jeremy Alford You may have heard about a fundraiser scheduled for […]

AS SEEN ON TWITTER: Lawmakers Split On Convention

— Rep. Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3): Beware of a new constitution. All those pushing for it are aiming at the middle class. Noticeably no one pushing for it is saying what a new constitution should contain. That should be the first warning sign…As my friend Senator Bob Kostelka used to say..the answer is money…now what is […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has had a busy week. He sent several messages across federal agencies, including one asking for healthcare payment reform from Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, another asking U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study the “most effective anti-opioid addiction education,” and a third outlining […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is one of the lawmakers sponsoring a “school safety and mental health” bill that directs federal dollars for “school counselors, alarm systems, security cameras and crisis intervention training.” Here’s Cassidy defending his legislation to expedite natural gas exports (it passed Senate committee) and his veteran transplant surgery legislation (that one […]

Place Your Bets

Rep. Major Thibaut’s HB 245 would not only legalize sports betting, following a policy trend that’s sweeping the nation, but also table games at horse race tracks. If it passes, Louisianians would be able to legally bet on the Saints or the Pelicans — or even hockey, boxing, tennis, wrestling or jai alai — at […]

New Government Entity Would Review Government Entities

In what could be the most ironic bill filed for the regular session (it’s still early and there are still bills to review), HB 664 by Rep. Rick Edmonds would create the Government Review Commission, which would mandate that agencies be evaluated and, possibly, terminated if the review goes sideways. So, is Edmonds trying to […]