Lawmakers Working On Scholarship Reforms

After The Advocate reported that lawmakers were giving away Tulane scholarships to relatives of elected officials they know, many are responding to the subsequent criticism by developing reform bills for the 2014 regular session. Some, like Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, want to end the program altogether and have Tulane start paying taxes. The scholarships […]

The Shutdown and the Senate Race

With the federal government fully opened again, for now, political observers are gauging the effects of the two-week impasse on the still-developing U.S. Senate race. One poll, from the Democratic-leaning firm PPP, states that Congressman Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, by supporting the conservative Republican position, hurt his election prospects against Sen. Mary Landrieu. Forty-seven […]

Political Shorts: Ed Money & Nonprofits

Board of Regents Retreat Cost More than $5,000 – Officials say spouses did not attend two-night stay at plantation… Next Higher Ed Budgets Being Crafted – Standstill budgets and an overall decrease may be in the cards for LSU System… Nonprofit Heads Moving On – Capitol regulars kicking off new careers…

Second Opinions from the Mainline Parties

Weighing in on federal issues that are dominating headlines, leaders from both of Louisiana’s major parties wrote the following guest columns exclusively for, with the Republican Party focusing on health care and the Democratic Party focusing on what comes next after the government shutdown. The Political Aftermath of Obamacare By Jason Doré, executive director […]

The Surprise Candidate: Outsider Makes Splash in 5th District

READ FIRST BY SUBSCRIBERS, THIS STORY APPEARED IN LaPOLITICS WEEKLY OCT. 2 Just 60 days after former Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, announced he was resigning, early voting begins Saturday to choose his successor. While the six elected officials—three Republicans and three Democrats—were considered the early contenders in the field of 14, a self-financed outsider candidate, […]

Is 6th District Holy Grail for Perkins?

As reported by LaPolitics more than a month ago, Tony Perkins, the former state representative and director of the D.C.-based Family Research Council, could completely shift the dynamics of the developing 6th Congressional District race by entering the fray. But up until now, Perkins hasn’t publicly discussed his intentions. In an interview recently, he told […]