Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senators Urge Speed On Medicaid Contract

Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills said he and his committee are pushing state officials to make a decision soon on how to move forward with Louisiana’s massive Medicaid processing contract.  “We want a decision by September, not something at the last minute in December,” said Mills, R-Parks.  Right now Molina Information Systems has […]

SENATE 2016: Super PAC Overview


A few of the home-brewed super PACs created in Louisiana to support candidates in the fall U.S. Senate race experienced a very bumpy second quarter of fundraising this year. That may allow other super PACs backed by national organizations, from outside of Louisiana, to steal some of the political thunder in the coming months. Super […]

Federal Races Crammed With Candidates

Fed Races Crammed With Candidates

On the Nov. 8 ballot in Louisiana there will be 63 different candidates running in seven federal races for the U.S House and Senate, meaning voters will have plenty of names to choose from — possibly more than any other time in recent history. In the U.S. Senate race alone 24 candidates qualified last week […]

Super PAC Bows Out Of Senate Race


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


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

Another Ballot Test For Edwards

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 […]