Why JBE Won’t Thump Trump

Discussed at length during the National Governors Association’s recent meeting in Santa Fe was a plan to win back statehouses and unseat GOP officials by rallying voters against President Donald Trump. Even Republican governors, who share their party with the sitting president, expect to lose seats this election cycle, so naturally Democratic governors embraced the […]

ACLU Monitoring Officials On Social Media

Bruce Hamilton, a staff attorney for the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told LaPolitics that of the dozen or so complaints that his organization has received this year about government officials supposedly “abusing” social media platforms, at least five of them involve Congressman Clay Higgins. LaPolitics became aware that the ACLU was […]


— Longtime political journalist, editor, commentator and newsroom hero Clancy DuBos and Louisiana Weekly publisher Renette Dejoie-Hall have been named this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” winners, the highest honor bestowed by the New Orleans Press Club. — House Speaker Taylor Barras was elected chair of the Southern Legislative Conference. His duties including preparing for the […]

Landry Calls Governor A “Crafty” Obstacle

The latest in the weeklong back-and-forth between Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards over the death penalty is a letter from Landry: “You make the unremarkable observation that other methods of execution ‘are not allowed by Louisiana law,’” it reads. “While this is true, you avoid the simple truth that the law […]


— Not dead last! Louisiana is outpacing the national rate of economic growth, Sam Karlin reports for The Advocate (see the photo above, which Karlin shared with his story). Meanwhile, Melinda Deslatte writes for the AP that Louisiana’s job market “slackened” in June, as unemployment rose and employer payrolls fell. — Greg Hilburn gives us […]


Get the Tuesday Tracker in your inbox every week.  Sign up for free. Previous issues are archived here. July 17, 2018 — Issue No. 150 By Sarah Gamard (Sarah@LaPolitics.com), Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com), & Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com) (Printable PDF) A MEMORANDUM FROM THE OTHER SIDE We hope this edition of The Tracker finds you rested and peaceful. If […]

WEEKLY: Autonomy Is The Black Caucus’ New Buzzword

This story was originally published for Weekly subscribers on June 14, 2018. Wish you had read it then? Become a part of our elite community by subscribing today! It has been a stand up and take notice kind of year for the Legislative Black Caucus, although its political successes have largely been overshadowed. It’s members walked […]


   “It’s ridiculous to argue over one-tenth of a penny.”    That’s Sen. Eric LaFleur’s opinion. But like the rest of the upper chamber, he’s stuck waiting as the House does precisely that.    At this point, members are beginning to feel they’re on a sales tax carousel: Like last session, they’re struggling to pass […]

Autonomy is the Black Caucus’ New Buzzword

It has been a stand up and take notice kind of year for the Legislative Black Caucus, although its political successes have largely been overshadowed. It’s members walked away as political winners from this year’s nightmare sessions so far and the caucus this calendar year has influenced policy as much as or probably more than […]


— Special Assistant to the Governor Micah Cormier (@micahjcormier): “@LouisianaGov and @Coach_EdOrgeron spent the afternoon together in NOLA and a random person walked up and says “Hello Governor” and then looks over at Coach O and says “Hello Lt. Governor @BillyNungesser” Proves in LA, politics is a sport!” — Sen. Beth Mizell has been elected […]