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July 17, 2018 — Issue No. 150

By Sarah Gamard (Sarah@LaPolitics.com), Jeremy Alford (JJA@LaPolitics.com),

& Mitch Rabalais (Mitch@LaPolitics.com)

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A MEMORANDUM FROM THE OTHER SIDE

We hope this edition of The Tracker finds you rested and peaceful. If not, hurry and catch up. Because we at LaPolitics have emerged from our three-week publishing break refreshed like a newly-baptized preacher. We’re ready to get back to work and are enthusiastic as ever about LTTT 7.17.18 ouisiana politics — although we’re still kinda wondering what the heck happened at the Capitol over the past six months.

The important thing to acknowledge right now is that we made it to The Other Side. Presumably, hopefully, the Legislature has finalized its session-palooza for the year. Sine die was delivered June 24, and since then the legislative buzz out of the Capitol has been quiet. Which is a good thing. No one from the House or Senate sounds eager to return.

The weeks following the last session found me roaming around the American West while finalizing chapters for my forthcoming book with former House Speaker Bubba Henry. From Lake Tahoe and Anaheim to Santa Fe, I went in search of rugged terrain and the frontier spirit. I managed to find Vegas-style accommodations and Mickey Mouse instead, but the intent was there.

I haven’t yet checked in at LaPolitics HQ in the Capitol, but I’m told there are a couple cases of our 25th anniversary Sine Die Ale remaining. You’ll see cans on ice again in Grand Isle during the first week of August for CCA’s annual legislative fishing tournament. Otherwise, drop in, pop a top and grab a limited edition koozie. We’re back in business, folks.

As for what’s ahead, elections are the name of the game. The 2018-2019 extended cycle (two cycles, really, that are about to collide) will be the hottest action around, especially with the Legislature expected to chill until re-election bids are decided next fall. The congressional and local races slated for the next few months may end up being a snooze, save the surprises and twists that usually surface. But 2019, with statewide and legislative elections, will be a hoot — and our coverage is ongoing.

In the coming days and weeks you’ll also see a return of the original LaPolitics programming you depend on for your political entertainment and Banana Republic updates. Podcasts, videos and much more are coming.

Finally, it’s good to be home, y’all, and even better to once again be sharing with you the best (and the worst) political news Louisiana has to offer. I’ll see you around soon. Be good.


A Message From Harris, DeVille & Associates

Tax Deferral, Not Tax Exemption

Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) incentivizes companies to invest in the state and provides jobs and economic input to our local communities. In turn, under the current rules, Louisiana invests in these companies by providing full property tax exemptions for one five-year term and the option to renew for up to three additional years with up to an 80 percent exemption.

According to noted economist Dr. Loren Scott, when those contracts run out, heavy ITEP-parishes will experience an increase of newly taxable chemical properties. During the next four years, for example, Iberville Parish will see nearly $4.3 billion in chemical industry investments come onto the tax rolls. Cameron Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish will each see bumps of more than $1.8 billion per parish. In total, parishes across Louisiana will receive tax revenues from nearly $14.6 billion in chemical industry investments during this time.  

Providing incentives like ITEP helps businesses choose Louisiana. While they are receiving the benefit of ITEP, these companies are employing our neighbors, eating at our restaurants and contracting with Louisiana-based small businesses. Once the ITEP contract is over, local communities will see a rise in tax revenue that helps to support services like teacher salaries, law enforcement and public transportation.

That is why, according to Dr. Scott, the program could actually be called a tax deferral program instead of a tax exemption program.


SIGNS OF THE TIMES

An Industry Update On Campaign Signage

Nothing declares election season is underway in Louisiana like campaign signs. And they're starting to sprout up everywhere, from country byways to busy city intersections. For a touch more perspective, we had a quick email exchange with Adam Chapman of Politisigns.com recently to see what's brewing on the sign front...

LaPolitics: With races underway everywhere from Eunice to Slidell, for offices ranging from city council to Congress, the 2018 fall campaign season must be a busy one for Politisigns and its frame-renting service, right? What's new?

Chapman: "We're now headquartered in downtown Baton Rouge. I'm excited to be even closer to the heart of Louisiana politics, and I look forward to our continued growth."

LaPolitics: Any new trends to point to, in terms of what kinds of signs candidates are using this cycle?

Chapman: "Large signage continues to provide candidates with powerful brand visibility, but campaign teams and consultants all over the state are starting to understand the high cost of time and money wasted on construction and transportation of traditional political sign frames."

LaPolitics: We had you discuss this on a podcast recently, but the business model you have for these frames, that's the heart of your company. How does it help set you apart from other companies?

Chapman: "Exactly. With Politicians there's no reason to buy, build or store sign hardware ever again."

LaPolitics: What's the most popular frame size being used by campaigns right now?

Chapman: "Our rental service offers strong, sturdy, easy-to-install sign frames that take the headache out of the old process. That said, the 4x8 remains our most popular frame, but we are seeing more candidates combine various sizes and formats to better serve their target locations."


ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN

Assumptions Are Dangerous In Governor’s Race

With 2018’s session-palooza out of the way (hopefully), Gov. John Bel Edwards can begin focusing on re-election. He’s not on the ballot until next fall, but for all practical purposes Edwards has been in campaign mode since his last bid ended in 2015. Such is the non-stop nature of modern elections, and such are the fundraising requirements for any serious candidate.

Pretty soon you’ll begin to see key staffers fall back from their roles in the Edwards Administration, on the government side, to assume positions in the re-election campaign. Reminders about what the governor believes he has accomplished and still has left to do will become rather pointed. You may even see more outreach from Edwards’ campaign or one of its affiliated committees or partners sooner than later.

Given the activity to come and the basic fact that Edwards, a Deep South Democrat, is indeed the incumbent, it’s surprising to hear some Republicans refer to the race that will host his re-election bid as if it were an open seat. The party’s banner-wavers are lining up to run like there’s a term- or retirement-related vacancy and so far successful clear-the-field tactics have been difficult to identify.

Even if you truly believe Edwards’ election was a fluke — the result of him facing a wounded opponent in the runoff — and that opportunities for policy achievements this term have come and gone, you’d still be a fool to count the governor out. HIs first year fundraising haul broke recent gubernatorial records, national Democrats will be standing firmly by his side and Edwards, quite frankly, is a tenacious street fighter. He was born with fire in his belly.

That said, Edwards’ supporters should prepare for the fight of their lives. Boosters who were onboard for round one may not return for the sequel, as is sometimes the case. More importantly, there’s still the political equivalent to an eternity (well, not really) left to play out in this term. Time equals exposure and exposure equals risk, however minimal, for the Edwards campaign. Like their counterparts in D.C., national Republicans are also going to show up armed to the teeth with resources. They’ve got some fire in the belly, too.

All of these burning stomachs should make us wonder why there hasn’t been more of a public effort on the GOP side to coalesce around a single candidate. There are a few acceptable reasons. For starters, the biggest names hanging around the race without appearing to run belong to men — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Congressman Ralph Abraham — who don’t exactly cotton to ultimatums and forceful directives. John Kennedy and Ralph Abraham are going to do what John Kennedy and Ralph Abraham want to do, and not a moment sooner than they’re ready.

For both Kennedy and Abraham, running for governor is a free shot, meaning they could keep their federal gigs even if they appear on the state ballot next year and lose. That has left some to assume that the men are in unless otherwise publicly stated, but that can make for an uncomfortable assumption. By not flinching roughly a year from qualifying, Kennedy and Abraham, should they decide not to run, are keeping other credible candidates on the bench as the clock runs down.

While keeping high-profile names in the developing media coverage of the governor’s race is a solid public relations move, it does little to serve the party’s election aims. (Or perhaps it will eventually. After all, plying Louisiana politics is akin to chess, not checkers. Maybe there’s a broader strategy.)

Secondly, the exits from public life taken by former Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter during the last term of state government left the Louisiana Republican Party without its two, sometimes warring figureheads. Plenty of folks could have stepped up in the meantime to plug the leadership gap, which may be part of the problem. There are just too many darn Republicans in lead offices. On the other hand, it's a true group effort at the GOP these days.

The governor's race, which is slowly crawling out of its infancy, likewise has too many wildcards. Stephen Waguespack, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; state Sens. Bret Allain and Sharon Hewitt; state House Majority Leader Lance Harris; and Attorney General Jeff Landry, among others, have all been mentioned as potential contenders by the state’s leading political reporters.

Of course, when it comes to elections in Louisiana, the law of the land is actually the law of jungle — as in our unique jungle primary system. All of the candidates will be tossed in the same primary ring, regardless of party, and the two top vote-getters will advance to the runoff. Like it did in 2015, this system offers some benefits to Edwards if he remains the only legitimate Democrat in the race. His current hold on the electorate, should it stay undivided, is enough to get him to the followup ballot.

Not to be excluded from the conversation is the Louisiana Democratic Party, which has some work to do as well. Registration statistics are proof enough that the party is changing in the Bayou State, but diehard activists seem split over which direction the donkey train should be pointed. Without stripping the situation of its nuance and complexities, there are at least two lines of thought — a more progressive party that is urban-centric or a more centrist party that won’t neglect rural Democrats.

Edwards’ brand fits more snuggly into the latter, although his political team hasn’t made any aggressive appeals to install changes at the state party. If the team does want to try to force some adjustments, not that there have been any indications, it’ll happen soon.

The primary election for governor is slated for Oct. 12, 2019, with a runoff as needed scheduled for Nov. 13, 2019.


A CONVERSATION WITH BOB LIVINGSTON

“Republicans Are Going To Keep Control”

LaPolitics staff writer Mitch Rabalais: You were in the House leadership during Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton. What is your take on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election?

Former Congressman Bob Livingston: “Well, other than the fact that they’re both special counsels, I’m not sure that there is a lot of commonality. Ken Starr set out to investigate Whitewater back at the inception of the Clinton Administration and then it just went on and on and on and turned into other issues, ultimately came out to whether or not “is” is and stuff on a blue dress. Mueller’s investigation started out from the beginning on collusion allegedly between the Russians and the Trump Administration. To the best of my knowledge, there has been absolutely no evidence of any such collusion to this date. There has got to be some type of justification for the special investigator’s continuance but I haven't figured out what it is. In the Clinton situation, there were a lot of allegations of violations of law which kept the special counsel going. In this case, other than indictments against (former Trump campaign chairman PaulManafort and others, which don't really relate to collusion with the Russians and the Trump Administration — in fact, don’t relate to Trump whatsoever. I just don’t think there is much to it. I hope it comes to a conclusion as soon as possible. I don't care what the conclusion is, I just think it should be ended.”

MR: What are your expectations for the midterm elections this fall? 

BL: "I think the hype about the ‘blue wave’ is way overblown. The Democrats don’t have any issues to rely on and the most affirmative thing they have had, other than resistance to the Trump Administration, is about two years ago when they told people where to go to the bathroom. I just don’t see that they have any issues. The economy is doing great, our foreign policy is much better than it was under Obama. Where are the ideas on where the Democrats are going to improve life for Americans? They are just not there. So I think the Republicans are going to keep control of both the House and the Senate.”

MR: You’ve been in a House leadership race before. After the midterms, what do you think will happen in the race to succeed Paul Ryan as speaker of the House? Does Kevin McCarthy have a clear shot or will another candidate emerge?

BL: “Well, I can’t predict what would happen and I probably shouldn't even try. But if the race were today, I’m absolutely convinced that McCarthy would win. Frankly, I think that Paul Ryan should have stepped down after he decided that he was not going to run. I think that leaving it open has not helped the Republican caucus in passing legislation. It’s kind of an open question as to what the leadership is going to look like. If McCarthy can tie down all the votes with the Freedom Caucus and everything else, then he probably has got it. If he can’t get the votes, and I suspect that after the elections it will be less certain that he will have all the votes, then the race is open for somebody else. I think Steve Scalise is well positioned to take the job if McCarthy falters, but I sill would have to say that McCarthy is probably an odds-on favorite.”

MR: Bringing it back to Louisiana, we have two members of the state’s congressional delegation, John Kennedy and Ralph Abraham, who have publicly said that they are looking at running for governor in 2019. You ran for governor in 1987. What goes into making the decision to run for governor, especially when you are a member of Congress and have ongoing duties in Washington?

BL: “Well, first of all, because of Louisiana’s schedule for elections, it’s a free shot. So you’re really probably going to have more House members think about it than otherwise think about it if they had to give up their seats. In this case, the congressional elections are this year and the gubernatorial election for Louisiana is next year, and they don't have to give up their seats. They can keep running and if they lose, they come back to Congress. That’s exactly what happened for me. I enjoyed Congress, I enjoyed the whole time I was there. I just thought because I was successful at running for Congress that I could probably be successful in running for governor. It didn’t turn out that way. I think it was because I didn’t have my heart in it. I had not had any statewide experience and I probably wasn't well prepared to run. We did pretty well though, and I wound up third behind Edwin Edwards and Buddy Roemer. There were nine candidates in the race. Two of them, Roemer and Billy Tauzin, were also in the House of Representatives with me. Roemer had minimal experience in the state Legislature and Tauzin had a lot. They really wanted to be governor and perhaps harder than I did. So, that’s a decision for each member of Congress to make. In terms of Ralph Abraham, I think that he has made up his mind and he wants to go. As far as John Kennedy, I never quite understood why a U.S. senator wants to be governor. I can understand why a House member might, but that’s a decision that each member has to make.”

MR: As a follow up, what do you think is a better job, being a member of Congress or being governor of Louisiana?

BL: “For me, it would be being a member of Congress. I have to say that while I wanted to be governor, had I thought it out more clearly ahead of time, I probably would not have run. I enjoyed my time in Congress more than I might have as governor. But that’s up to each individual. Just because a person can run for governor doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to be a good governor. All I can say is, I think I would have been a good governor but I was quite content to be a member of Congress.”


RABALAIS’ POLITICAL HISTORY

Louisiana’s First Congresswoman

On October 16, 1972, the political orbits in both Louisiana and Washington, D.C. were shocked by the sudden disappearance of then-House Majority Leader Hale Boggs.

Boggs had been campaigning for a colleague’s re-election in Alaska when his plane went missing. Military efforts to find the aircraft were unsuccessful after a 39-day search.

While the search had been ongoing, voters in Boggs’ New Orleans-based district still overwhelmingly re-elected him posthumously. This triggered a special election, although a waiting period had to be observed until the congressman was declared legally dead.

When the qualifying to succeed Boggs opened up, his wife Lindy jumped into the race with the full support of Louisiana’s Democratic Party establishment. Having a deceased member’s wife fill a seat had been a common practice for decades. For instance, Rose McConnell Long filled out the rest of the Kingfish’s term in the U.S. Senate after his assassination in 1935.

However, Lindy Boggs was a political player in her own right and made it clear that she would not be a mere stand-in. Over the course of her marriage, Lindy had personally run Hale’s campaigns and managed his office. She had also chaired the inaugural committees for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, campaigned for Democratic candidates around the country, and led the Democratic Wives’ Forum and the Women’s National Democratic Club.

“She’s the only widow I know who is really qualified — damn qualified — to take over,” said Congressman F. Edward Hebert, who was chairman of the Armed Services Committee at the time.

In the special election, Lindy Boggs early defeated her opposition by a 4-1 margin. Her victory marked the first time that Louisiana voters had ever elected a woman to Congress.

Upon her arrival in the lower chamber, Boggs was assigned a seat on the the House Banking and Currency Committee. According to her memoir, Washington Through a Purple Veil, she had found it difficult to do business with banks as a newly single woman, and was unable to get a loan or credit card. As a member of the committee governing financial regulations, she set out to change this.

When a bill came before the committee that prohibited banks from discriminating against customers based off of age or race, Boggs attached an amendment. Denying credit on the basis “sex or marital status” would be outlawed. The bill passed overwhelmingly, and women were able to take out loans, mortgages and credit cards in their own names — for the first time in American history.

"It wasn't that it was Lindy Boggs making the difference," she later recalled. "It was the fact that there was a woman at the right place at the right time to make a difference.”


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WHAT YOU MISSED IN LaPOLITICS WEEKLY

Here are the headlines subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly received in our last issue:

— How their options whittled down to a single bill

— What’s left on the table

— Why one-tenth of a penny could make or break session

— And some other things that make this special session especially stressful

John Neely Kennedy’s $250K haul

Gene Mills on the pod

— Your full-time job that pays $16,800 per year

— Our look at the who’s safe (and who’s less safe) for congressional re-election

— Turnover in the Senate won't distract parties from the House

— Crucial numbers in a (cool) graphic

Jeff Hall's possible bid for mayor

— Field Notes

— They Said It

— Plus more!

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A Message From Harris, DeVille & Associates

Ochsner Helps Teens Learn About Healthcare Jobs

HDA client Ochsner Health System is in the 12th year of its summer program STAR, short for Science, Technology, Academics and Research. The program is tuition-free for students interested in pursuing education and careers in science and medicine. Over the course of four weeks, high school students participate in hands on training, talk to health care professionals working in the field and develop their soft skills.

In addition to showing kids the vast options of career paths in healthcare, the program will play a part in tackling the lack of diversity in medical programs across the U.S.

The program was featured in an article written by the New Orleans Times-Picayune this past week. To view the article, click here.


POLITICAL CHATTER

— Special Assistant to the Governor Micah Cormier (@micahjcormier): “@LouisianaGov and @Coach_EdOrgeron spent the afternoon together in NOLA and a random person walked up and says “Hello Governor” and then looks over at Coach O and says “Hello Lt. Governor @BillyNungesser” Proves in LA, politics is a sport!”

— Sen. Beth Mizell has been elected chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Rep. Beryl Amedée are vice chairs. Here’s the full list of new officers.

— Fifty-four GOP incumbents, none from Louisiana, are getting outraised by Democratic challengers. “That’s a high for the 2018 cycle,” tweeted National Journal reporter Ally Mutnick (@allymutnick). Here’s the full list.

— Congressman Ralph Abraham will qualify for re-election tomorrow.

— USA Today Network’s Greg Hilburn explored the secrets held in the Louisiana State Archives and lived to tell the tale.

The Advocate: Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco received an award from the New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge for “her work at racial reconciliation and her contributions to bettering the state.” Former Gov. Edwin Edwards attended and spoke at the ceremony.

— Gov. John Bel Edwards and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain are visiting a sugarcane farm in Plaquemine this Thursday.

— The LABI Free Enterprise Awards nomination process is open through Oct. 15.

Beau Evans for the Times-Pic: Two finalists for New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board executive director

— Congressional Aide Michael Willis’ BAD JOKE OF THE WEEK: “What kind of shorts do clouds wear? Thunderwear!”

Sarah Crawford for the Shreveport Times: “Vultures are hazard at Barksdale Air Force Base. Let the pyrotechnic screamers begin.”

— ICYMI from Chris Finch for Fox 8: Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said Friday that he did not order his troopers to take the taxpayer-paid Las Vegas route on a trip for a San Diego police conference in 2016. But they did discuss it. News reports say Edmonson, who retired after the scandal, also said he thought the troopers driving was more cost effective.

Kevin Litten for the Times-Pic: New Orleans City Council has approved a $29 million proposal to “demolish the former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue to make way for a new Drive Shack golf-oriented entertainment facility.”

— Louisiana has handed over its title for highest sales tax in the country to Tennessee. Julia O'Donoghue writes for the Times-Pic that it’s thanks not only to last month’s state sales tax compromise that closed the session-palooza, but also the reduction in local sales tax rates.

— PAR recently welcomed its new development director, Stacey Emick Howell.

The Advocate: President Donald Trump has picked retired U.S. Marshals Service veteran Bill Brown Jr. for U.S. Marshal for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District of Louisiana.

Jim Brown’s latest column: “A Supreme Court nominee from Louisiana? Fat chance!”


GAMARD’S BELTWAY BEAT

Hellish Helsinki: What Your Congressmen Said

If you need a refresher: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met behind closed doors in Helsinki, Finland to discuss international issues such as Syria. Afterwards, the two powers held press conference.

Prompted by reporters, Trump initially did not provide a concrete answer on whether he sided with Putin or members of his own government regarding alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election (“President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” he said) and Putin did not definitively deny having compromising evidence against Trump or his family. This all comes shortly after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for allegedly hacking Democratic Party computers and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

If you ask some members of the Trump’s base, yesterday didn’t look good. But loyal voters have been dissatisfied before, such as when the president reportedly referred to Haiti and other nations as “sh**hole countries.”

Today’s reaction feels a little more nuanced — particularly when it comes to Republican congressmen who tend to back their chief executive.

For example, Trump yesterday stood his ground that there was “no collusion at all,” though later clarified that he agreed with U.S. intelligence that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election. This came after members of Congress, including most of the Louisiana delegation, outwardly made clear they believed in Russian interference following the summit. Congressman Garret Graves was one of them. “Multiple investigations have concluded that Russia did meddle in U.S. elections,” Graves said via press release. “I strongly disagree with some of the president’s remarks today.”

Graves and others appear to have nudged Trump into claiming today that he misspoke. It's whittled down to one sentence from yesterday, when Trump was asked about alleged interference: “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.” He told the press today that he meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.” This seemed to satisfy a number of congressmen, including some from Louisiana.

Still, many called on the president to be tough before Trump walked back. “It was a mistake for President Obama to give Putin more flexibility and treat him as a non-threat,” U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy tweeted yesterday afternoon. “President Trump should not make the same mistake.”

Congressman Mike Johnson did not make clear whether he agreed or disagreed with the president’s actions in his statement: "While meeting with our adversaries to advance our priorities is in the best interests of the American people, these conversations should reflect the nature of those relationships,” he said. “Putin should never be embraced as a friend.”

Others paint this week’s episode as one rooted in partisanship. “The Left still cannot get over the fact that Donald Trump is the President, and that’s why they’re desperate to keep pushing this bogus collusion narrative,” tweeted Congressman Ralph Abraham yesterday afternoon.

Congressman Clay Higgins did not address the president’s behavior during the press conference and said in a statement that he “won’t speculate on what was said privately.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who tweeted the day of the conference that the president “went into this meeting with Putin from a position of American strength” and “won’t choke like President Obama did.” After the conference, Scalise released a statement saying that he supports the president’s “strong actions” against Russia, namely the sanctions imposed earlier this year.

“There were some remarks that confused things,” U.S. Sen. John Kennedy told the Shreveport Times. “The President clarified those in a press conference today.”

Lone Democrat and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond in a Tuesday interview called Trump’s attempts at revision “unbelievable.” Richmond also called the Russian president a “thug,” according to the Times-Picayune. Richmond’s chaired caucus, meanwhile, posted a meme on Facebook of a picture of rapper Cardi B with a caption criticizing the president’s actions in Helsinki. It included the hashtag “#TreasonSummit.”

As Trump is gearing up to be the 2020 GOP nominee, many saw yesterday’s press conference as an unwelcome tipping point. But Trump remains confident. “I don’t think the people out in the country buy it (the Mueller probe),” he told Fox News shortly after the conference. “I thought that President Putin was very, very strong.”

Also From Washington…

Higgins is pushing a resolution, set for a vote tomorrow, to show support U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in the shadow of the ongoing debate over illegal immigration. Scalise is a co-sponsor. Kennedy and Texas Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz have their own resolution similar to Higgins’, which they plan to bring up in the upper chamber this week.

Those aren’t the only ICE-related proposals coming from Louisiana, especially after the growing “Abolish ICE” dialogue championed by Democrats. POLITICO reported this week that the majority whip suggested that Democrats should take a vote to actually abolish ICE, which regardless of a yes or no vote would presumably damage the minority party ahead of the midterms. The proposal was reportedly denied by the speaker, who feared Democrats would instead choose not vote to on the item at all.

Meanwhile, The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire at the end of this month, so Kennedy and Scalise are working on a six-month “emergency reauthorization” to cover the rest of the storm season. Graves is meeting with stakeholders next week for the Comite and West Shore flood control projects and Scalise is pushing a resolution to oppose a carbon tax as “detrimental” to the economy. Richmond’s caucus today condemned the Trump administration for its “postponement” on an Obama-era rule addressing racial bias in education and Cassidy last week chaired a Senate Finance Committee hearing on parental paid leave reform, one of First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s signature projects during her father’s term.


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#HBD TRACKERS!

— Tuesday 07/17: Keith Courville and Anthony Sanchez

— Wednesday 07/18: Rep. Tony Bacala, Margo DuBos and John DeSantis

— Thursday 07/19: Former Congressman Jerry Huckaby, David Tatman, Andrew Bautsch, Katelin Walker, Rachel Farmer, Keith Gates, Ron Faucheux and Del Moon

— Friday 07/20: Norma Jane Sabiston

— Saturday 07/21: Sharon Fugler

— Sunday 07/22: James T. Hannan

— Monday 07/23: Kayla Briggs


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