ISSUE 1,173

August 30, 2018 Good evening from Capitoland, where an old-fashioned, late-breaking political news story pushed the Weekly’s distribution to…. let me look… roughly two hours until midnight. To shorten a longish story, there was a background conversation with a source that preceded a text message, which contained an email address — along with some words and […]


The Louisiana Lottery is about to have some competition. The Mississippi Legislature voted this afternoon to create a lottery there. Gov. Phil Bryant, who called the a special session to consider the issue, has indicated that he will sign the bill, meaning Alabama would be the sole Southern state without a lottery. Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte): […]

Gamard: PAC Shoots With “Shooter”

Rep. Blake Miguez — if you’re unfamiliar with his gun-fueled background, hit up Google now — is the featured political player in a new digital ad that’s being released this week as part of the Louisiana Republican Judiciary PAC’s new outreach campaign. In particular, the PAC will be targeting conservatives to support a constitutional amendment […]


— Meg Casper, everyone’s favorite secretary of state communications pro, has a new gig over at the Board of Regents. The turf isn’t new for Casper, who previously worked for the Regents after a career in broadcast news. — Gov. John Bel Edwards is quoted in… Sports Illustrated? The publication profiled DeVonta Smith, an athlete […]


Get the Tuesday Tracker in your inbox every week.  Sign up for free. Previous issues are archived here. August 14, 2018 — Issue No. 154 By Sarah Gamard (, Jeremy Alford (, & Mitch Rabalais ( (Printable PDF) THE POLITICAL ABC’s (Alario, Barras & Comedy) Seven answers & one joke each, directly from the gavel masters It […]

THE MITCH LANDRIEU CASE STUDY: Clocking the moves, from city hall to national mall

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ain’t ruling out a run for president. Then again, Mitch Landrieu ain’t ruling it in, either. So he’s basically a legitimate maybe-candidate to oppose President Donald Trump in 2020. (Right?) It’s not completely insane. Nationally, the Dems have always had strong mayors on their bench, and presidents of the […]


SD26/PERRY/SPECIAL: Rep. Bob Hensgens faces two opponents on the Nov. 6 ballot for the Senate seat left open by Judge-elect Jonathan Perry. Both qualified on the final day of the signup period last month. The other candidates are Jerry Gaspard, a Republican from Abbeville, and Jean Menard, a Democrat from Church Point. View all of […]


The AP: “Louisiana officials have blocked two of the nation’s largest banks from involvement in a $600 million road financing plan because they have policies restricting gun sales by their commercial customers. In a narrow 7-6 vote, the State Bond Commission refused to allow Citigroup and Bank of America to participate in the interstate highway […]

RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY: The Bossier Rep Who Stuck With Nixon Until The Bitter End

On the morning of Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon climbed onto the presidential helicopter, waved goodbye and flew away from the White House after resigning in disgrace. In the intervening 44 years, journalists and historians have written countless accounts of the Watergate break-in, the subsequent cover-up and the scandal that doomed Nixon’s presidency. Frequently overlooked […]


— The Republican Women of Bossier, Women’s Republican Club of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Republican Party and Bossier Parish Republican Executive Committee are putting on a secretary of state candidate panel with Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud, former Sen. A.G. Crowe, Rep. Rick Edmonds and Rep. Julie Stokes at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Shane’s […]