Super PAC Bows Out Of Senate Race

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A super PAC, or political action committee, that was formed to support the U.S. Senate candidacy of Treasurer John Kennedy has been disbanded and its money has been transferred to a national conservative advocacy group that could end up playing an out-front role in the developing race scheduled for this fall. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

Media Campaigns Target Lawmakers

The governor isn’t the only one trying to influence the votes of lawmakers in the ongoing second special session that ends on June 23. The Louisiana Manufacturers Political Action Committee has purchased more than 3,000 radio spots over the next two weeks that urge voters to contact lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards to ask […]

JBE To Lawmakers: Come On Over

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Lawmakers might still be a little sore at Gov. John Bel Edwards for calling a second special session just 30 minutes after the ongoing regular session ends Monday evening. The governor, however, may gain a few more points back for what he has planned when the first night of that second special session comes to a […]

LINGERING LAWMAKERS: Days In Session An All-Time Record

Days In Session An All-Time High

Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, shows the strain of listening to endless testimony and debate during the ongoing regular session, which, in concert with this year’s two special session, will be the longest running in the state’s history. Credit: Justin DiCharia. When the 2016 Louisiana Legislature, beginning its second special session Monday, withdraws on June 23 from […]

Barras Plan Sends $45M To Hospitals

Barras Plan: Money For Hospitals, TOPS

Contacted for an interview Saturday evening, House Speaker Taylor Barras said he plans on kicking off Sunday’s budget negotiations with a proposal to direct $45 million to the state’s safety-net hospitals and somewhere between $15 million and $20 million to the TOPS scholarship program. The big political takeaway for conservatives in the House is that the plan could […]

Possible (Maybe) Deal Coming Together 

This was originally sent to paying subscribers of LaPolitics Weekly on Friday, March 4, at 7:20 p.m. Wish you would have seen it then? Subscribe now! Yet again, it’s all about the penny The House leadership, including House Speaker Taylor Barras, is continuing to develop a plan at this hour that could potentially address the […]

Governor Says Vote Coming, Questions House Leadership

JBE To Lawmakers: Come On Over

JBE askes for alcohol vote Friday afternoon… Blames House for lack of progress… LABI offers up sales tax suggestion…  In a press conference with reporters Friday Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has asked the House to vote on legislation this afternoon to increases the alcohol tax. He also placed some of the blame for […]

Amendment Directs Money To Group With Ties To Lawmaker’s Family

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The House on Friday approved an amendment by Rep. Marcus Hunter that would send proceeds from an automobile rental tax to a Monroe nonprofit with connections to Hunter’s father, former Rep. Willie Hunter Jr. The amendment was attached without objection to House Bill 39 by Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, which would renew a state tax on automobile rentals. The bill was […]

DEVELOPING: Deal coming together on penny

2:37 p.m.  The House of Representatives voted 76-27 Thursday to approve a one-cent increase to the state’s 4-cent sales tax. It is the linchpin in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ special session plan and now moves to the Senate for further consideration. The administration’s decision not to fight Republicans on an 18-month expiration date and an […]

The Fight To Boost The Penny

(The following story was originally sent to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers at 7:46 a.m. Since then, Rep. Stokes did not appear at the fiscal note review committee and it was adjourned. Wish you would have learned about this developing story hours ago? Subscribe now!) In a late-developing twist to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to add one penny […]