DOCTOR’S ORDERS: Abraham would prescribe limited convention

In yet another signal that Congressman Ralph Abraham will be on the ballot in 2018 and probably 2019, the veterinarian-turned-physician told LaPolitics this week that his potential bid for governor would be anchored by a vow to rewrite key sections of Louisiana’s guiding charter. “If I decide to run for governor, my top priority would […]

Rabalais: Slidell Mayoral Race (Plus Others) Is Anybody’s Game

In terms of the March 24 elections, no other city-wide race quite matches the dynamics of Slidell’s mayoral contest, which locals describe as wide open with four candidates slugging it out.  From the perch of Baton Rouge, a lot of attention has been placed on Rep. Greg Cromer and Kevin Davis, the former St. Tammany […]

They Said It – March 8

“One hump would be fine.” —Senate President John Alario, when asked if he would prefer a unicameral legislature “I hope that will happen.” —Gov. John Bel Edwards, on whether he will meet with Rep. Alan Seabaugh after the lawmaker accused the governor of telling a “bald-faced lie” to the Legislature “I won’t accuse my parents […]

Alford: Why LaPOLITICS Needs Your Help

A Personal Appeal from Jeremy Alford You may have heard about a fundraiser scheduled for next week (on Tuesday, March 27) for CC73, a nonprofit organization that’s overseeing the publishing of a book about the 1973 constitutional convention. It’s arguably the greatest untold story from Louisiana political history, involving one of the greatest generations of […]

Rabalais: Hale Boggs Runs Afoul of Hoover and the FBI

In the spring of 1971, Congressman Hale Boggs of New Orleans, then the House majority leader, was making moves on Capitol Hill. A well respected member of Congress, Boggs had served in the Democratic leadership since 1962. Notably, he had helped guide President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs through the House and even served on […]

Waiting on HB2

Louisiana’s annual construction bill is expected to be read into the House later today, kicking off a process that is just as riddled with unanswered questions as the state’s operating budget. Drafted by the Edwards Administration, hopes for new brick-and-mortar projects are being kept in check. Still, lawmakers are tracking local projects that have been […]

Political Chatter

— Rep. Jay Morris is stepping up and speaking out about his concerns about a proposed constitutional convention. And he has a slick web video to prove it. In the video, the narrator asks, “Is there a secret deal to raise your taxes?” WATCH IT (Want more? Check out the next section below.) — Sen. […]

AS SEEN ON TWITTER: Lawmakers Split On Convention

— Rep. Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3): Beware of a new constitution. All those pushing for it are aiming at the middle class. Noticeably no one pushing for it is saying what a new constitution should contain. That should be the first warning sign…As my friend Senator Bob Kostelka used to say..the answer is money…now what is […]

Alford: Looking for a Little Womentum

I was sitting inside Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge 11 years ago this week, holding my newborn daughter, Zoe, while watching then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco on television announce that she would not seek a second term. Like most others tracking election hopes at the time, I wasn’t surprised by the news. Blanco had been battered by […]

Gamard’s Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has had a busy week. He sent several messages across federal agencies, including one asking for healthcare payment reform from Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, another asking U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study the “most effective anti-opioid addiction education,” and a third outlining […]