SPONSORED: First Lady, In Holiday Mode

First Lady Donna Edwards brings more than her beloved holiday décor to Baton Rouge. She also brings a familial tradition and a taste of her hometown, as seen in the details of the season, both big and small. The First Lady took out some time recently to catch up with The Picard Group, and to […]

Governor Surprises House GOP Retreat

Members of the House Republican Delegation gathered in New Orleans today for a policy retreat, but they haven’t been meeting alone. Gov. John Bel Edwards made a surprise visit to the retreat this morning, where he addressed conservative lawmakers and fielded questions from a few of them. Those in attendance said the governor expressed support for […]

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Garret Graves on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Army Corps of Engineers: “I’ll be very candid. This nomination was a mistake.” (CQ Roll Call) — NPR, on U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “This week, one senator quoted the singer Meat Loaf during a committee hearing. That set off an all-out Meat Loafquotation battle among the lawmakers.” — This […]

Political Chatter

— [Hello. You have exactly three months until the start of the 2018 regular session. This message will self destruct in 20 seconds…]  — A new report from 24-7 Wall Street suggests that Louisiana is the worst-run state in the U.S. — Rep. Franklin Foil was sworn in earlier today as a new Naval appellate court judge, during a ceremony […]

LOWDOWN: The Bird & Carter Caucuses

They say birds of a feather flock together. But what about featherless legislators with bird-like names? Also, how many Carters does it take to pass a bill? The answers can be found in our latest LaPolitics Lowdown video… (If you’re looking for a way to start learning the names of Louisiana lawmakers, then this episode […]

SPONSORED: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Despite the horrors of the day, the attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941) shaped both the generation who survived it and their descendants for years to come. Emma Guillory of Lafayette knows this. Her grandfather, Birchman “BJ” Breaux of Lafayette was a Pearl Harbor survivor. His experiences that day and in the war that […]

#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 12/05: Former Congressman Rodney Alexander, Baton Rouge Councilman Buddy Amoroso and Charles Landry — Wednesday 12/06: Sen. Dale Erdey, Rep. Dodie Horton, Luke “Boss Hog” Letlow, Liz Murrill, Ginny Martinez and Brinkley Maginnis — Thursday 12/07: Amy Jones and Blake Cooper — Friday 12/08: Former Rep. Brett Geymann and Cayman Clevenger — Saturday 12/09: Rep. Rodney Lyons, former Sen. Jody Amedee, Jolan Jolivette, David Zoller, Erin Buchanan Mills and Lara Sonnier Venable — Sunday 12/10: Butch Plauche — […]

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 […]

Political Chatter

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted their Christmas festivities at the Governor’s Mansion today. — The First Lady’s also celebrating National Cookie Day with this tantalizing snapshot from the Mansion… — JBE’S CHRISTMAS-PACKED WEEK: Gov. Edwards road-tripped to Natchitoches this weekend to speak at the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Meeting at Northwestern State’s campus, and made time […]