They Said It At The Capitol

This year’s session-palooza lumbered into view on Feb. 13 brimming with proof that love and politics don’t always mix so well. “To your spouses and significant others who will spend yet another Valentine’s Day without you, I am sorry,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told lawmakers on the opening day of the first special session of […]

How The Legislature Got From There To Here

Many lawmakers entered the Memorial Day weekend not thinking about backyard barbecues or dreaming about seaside resorts. Thoughts instead gravitated towards one question: “What in the hell is going on?” With the regular session scheduled to end soon, as in next week, they weren’t the only ones. Others tracking the process — and even those […]

Personalities Emerge In Quiet Treasurer’s Race

It’s completely possible that whoever does win the expected runoff this fall for state treasurer will spend less than $1 million during the primary. That translates into an affordable victory for some lucky Louisiana politician. Few voters are probably even aware that a race for treasurer is being waged. Maybe it’s because U.S. Sen. John […]

Will Lawmakers Ever Leave Baton Rouge?

The governors who preceded John Bel Edwards were no strangers to special sessions. Mike Foster, for example, called seven special sessions over the span of eight years. Kathleen Blanco conducted four of them during her single four-year term. And Bobby Jindal called three during his eight years in the Mansion.  Edwards, in comparison, has called […]

Money Forces Political Tides To Rise

“Before the BP settlement, this whole master plan was an academic exercise.” Those were the words Gov. John Bel Edwards shared during a recent meeting with coastal stakeholders. For their part, the local levee board members, advocates, legislators and state officials who were in attendance knew exactly what the governor was attempting to communicate. After […]

Louisiana’s Everlasting Sales Tax Debate

If the Louisiana Legislature wants to take the public’s temperature on the popularity of sales taxes, the elections held in 46 parishes this past weekend offer a quick and dirty read. Voters defeated 80 percent of the ballot initiatives on Saturday that promoted either renewals, rededications or increases. Only two parishes — Natchitoches and Richland […]

Distrust Reigns Supreme At Capitol

Many in the state House of Representatives don’t trust Gov. John Bel Edwards’ vision for Louisiana, which probably doesn’t come as a shock to his administration. That’s because the governor, in turn, is highly skeptical about what might come out of the House during the ongoing regular session. And he’s not shy about voicing those […]

The Intersection Of Governing And Politics

An ill omen was seen on the House floor last week when Gov. John Bel Edwards, during his session-opening speech, had to gently encourage lawmakers to applaud when he announced that the state would be embarking on a mission of fiscal reform this spring. The landscape developed even rougher edges when, not long after, Democratic […]

Chatter About Constitutional Convention Grows

The Louisiana Constitution that was approved by voters in 1974 has been amended 186 times since its inception. And it’s still nowhere close to being a perfect document. In fact, barely a year goes by where a lawmaker doesn’t file legislation to start the process for another convention — and the Legislature always responds by […]

Populist Label Applied To Governor

Gov. John Bel Edwards doesn’t have the ability to grease the skids at the Capitol like his predecessors. He won’t be able to throw around cash during the spring session to help lawmakers with pet projects. And he won’t be able to remove disagreeable representatives from influential committees due to Republican rule in the House. […]