How Much Did Your Lawmaker Get?

Below are the original source documents released by the House and Senate for our “Capitol Cash” series. They detail every payment received directly and indirectly by legislators in 2012.  — House Compensation Report — House Reimbursements, Other Payments and Money Returned to the State — Senate Compensation Report (Page 1) — Senate Compensation Report (Page 2) — Senate Reimbursements and […]

Political Shorts: Ed Money & Nonprofits

Board of Regents Retreat Cost More than $5,000 – Officials say spouses did not attend two-night stay at plantation… Next Higher Ed Budgets Being Crafted – Standstill budgets and an overall decrease may be in the cards for LSU System… Nonprofit Heads Moving On – Capitol regulars kicking off new careers…

Regents’ Plantation Retreat Exceeded $5,000

The Board of Regents spent more than $5,000 on a two-night retreat at Nottoway Plantation for members and staff, not including mileage reimbursements. No spouses attended, officials tell LaPolitics. See the documents we obtained through a public records request by clicking here: Expenses for BoR Retreat in Oct 2013

IN BRIEF: Higher ed funding and exiting directors

Next Higher Ed Budgets Being Crafted The LSU Board of Supervisors is expected to review its 2014-2015 budget request Friday, which proposes a decrease in funding of $71.2 million, or 6 percent, for the entire system as its public hospitals are removed from the books. That equates to goose eggs for E.A. Conway and Huey […]

Democrats Work for Runoff Spot

But split field, low turnout threaten shutout Democrats believe they eventually can win the open 5th Congressional District seat in a runoff, but first one of their candidates has to make the cut in the primary, which is no sure thing. Like the Republicans, Democrats have three elected officials in the 14-candidate field: Monroe Mayor […]

Mayo Out to Overcome Rivals, Apathy

The four-term mayor of the district’s largest city is seen by many as the Democrats’ early frontrunner to make the cut, especially if the outcome were based on geography alone. But the hastened call of the special election caught Mayor Jamie Mayo, like most other candidates, short on preparation and fundraising. “It’s not what I’m […]

Johnson Runs for His Opening

Rep. Robert Johnson could be the most electable Democrat in the runoff, based on internal polling, but his path there is a very tight one. “His opening is just a crack,” said one supporter. The registration numbers show the challenge. There are 126,000 black Democrats to 110,000 white Democrats, many of whom will be voting […]

How Vulnerable is Buddy Caldwell?

When Attorney General Buddy Caldwell squeezed former A.G. Charles Foti out of the 2007 runoff and went on to become Louisiana’s top attorney, he taught everyone that there’s nothing permanent about being an incumbent. Now there’s a slowly growing field of candidates who may be hoping to teach him the same lesson. Democrats see the […]

Fleming Still Among the Wealthiest in Congress

Roll Call has once again released its list of the 50 richest members of Congress. And in keeping with previous showings, Congressman John Fleming, R-Shreveport, remains the only member of Louisiana’s delegation in the rankings, coming in at No. 33. His reported net worth is $10.78 million, with $12.5 million in assets. In addition to […]