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 […]

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Ralph Abraham went duck hunting with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue this past weekend, in a couple of different blinds in Morehouse and Richland. (See photo above.) — This morning’s POLITICO PLAYBOOK: “Ben Howard, part of the White House leg affairs team, is coming back to the Capitol to work as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) floor director.” Scalise: “Members trust […]

The Beltway Beat

— Dan Fagan in The Advocate: Is U.S. Sen. John Kennedy really anti-abortion? We get the “real answer” tomorrow, when the Senate holds a hearing for Kyle Duncan, President Donald Trump’spick for the New Orleans 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. OP-ED — Congressman Garret Graves’ FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act was signed into law last week. Graves: “The process is filled with uncertainty, […]

Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., today with Rep. Tanner Magee, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections deputy assistant secretary Natalie LaBorde and Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre for a Pew Charitable Trusts event on criminal justice reform. HEAR WHAT THEY SAID or READ THE PRESS RELEASE — Gov. Edwards was also at the White House this afternoon to talk criminal justice reform with Reed Cordish, […]


Get the Tuesday Tracker in your inbox every week.  Sign up for free. Previous issues are archived here. November 28, 2017 — Issue No. 123 By Jeremy Alford ( & Sarah Gamard ( HUEY’S BEEN DRINKING AGAIN We thought you’d enjoy this… The Louisiana Research Collection scored this great photograph of Huey P. Long, captured in August […]

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Steve Scalise honored his security detail saviors from the Congressional Baseball game practice shooting at the United States Capitol Police Medal of Honor Ceremony. WATCH or READ — After that, Scalise talked recovery and gun control with Kasie Hunt on MSNBC. WATCH — MORE ON MOORE: “Louisiana’s two Republican U.S. senators responded with alarm Monday amid mounting sexual assault allegations and growing denunciations […]

Tough Night For Higgins, Richmond

This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe now! Congressmen Clay Higgins and Cedric Richmond separately got involved in some high-profile races in the primary and both of them walked away with heavy losses, or at least some quizzical looks. In Higgins’ […]

The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “If you try to design a more irrational immigration program than the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, you couldn’t do it. It’s stupid. It’s nonsense on a stick.” READ or WATCH — Congressman Steve Scalise: “Right now, America’s dead last in the industrialized world because we have the highest tax rate. That needs to change. Let’s […]

The Beltway Beat

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health Secretary Rebekah Gee were at the White House last week to talk opioids with Trump. EDWARDS: The president’s [public health emergency] declaration will put more tools at our disposal, and will allow us to help more Louisianans who’ve fallen victim to opioid abuse. This is going to take time, and my administration and […]

LaHistory: War Of The Worlds

Yesterday marked the 79th anniversary (Oct. 30, 1938) of the infamous “War of the Worlds” live broadcast, when actor Orson Welles sent America into an overnight frenzy when listeners mistook the reading of H.G. Wells’ fiction for a real-life alien attack. It turns out that the broadcast had ties to Louisiana — beyond just the flood of […]