The League of Women Voters of Lafayette is calling on local government leaders to make early voting more accessible to residents, citing problems early voters encountered when trying to cast ballots in last fall's election at the parish’s sole ear…
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, his staff and cabinet officers climbed out the governor's fourth floor office in the State Capitol Monday to watch the solar eclipse. They then adjourned for a cabinet meeting.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
For the first time in nine years, Louisiana lawmakers tapped the brakes in June and left higher education’s finances alone as they were approving the state budget.
Wearing loose-fitting purple and gold clothing for a steamy morning of schlepping his daughter’s belongings into her dorm, proud father Steven Procopio settled down Wednesday to jambalaya at an LSU Honors College picnic.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism over his comments on deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Republicans representing Louisiana in Washington condemned racism and violence while largely sid…
Louisiana's elected officials in Washington condemned white supremacy and racism again on Wednesday in the wake of deadly violence at a rally of neo-Nazis, Klu Klux Klansmen and other racists in Charlottesville, Viriginia, over the weekend.
Monday, August 14, 2017
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy says a sweeping proposal to overhaul health care he's co-sponsoring with two Republican colleagues is "about the only game left in town" to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Arguing that the government regulators of private monopolies had created their own monopoly through their permitting system, Louisiana legislators overwhelmingly passed a new law that opened up the hauling of hazardous waste to all comers.
When the century was new and U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy was still state treasurer, he used one of the powers available in that post and touched off a war among the highest ranks of Louisiana’s last Democratic majority government.
Friday, August 04, 2017
State employees are receiving pay raises, many for the first time in a decade, as part of a new compensation system being rolled out by the state Civil Service Commission over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year's budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on nearly $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation, dollars that can't be spent while the lawsuits remain unresolved.
Monday, July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police Department opened an internal investigation into why its elite tactical team was initially directed to respond to the wrong location when a gunman opened fire last month at a GOP congressional baseball practice…
Monday, July 31, 2017
WASHINGTON — Republican, Democratic and even bipartisan plans for reshaping parts of the Obama health care law are proliferating in Congress. But they have iffy prospects at best, and there were no signs Monday that GOP leaders have chosen a fresh…
Sunday, July 30, 2017
As candidates for state treasurer campaign, the main topic of conversation is one not in the job description: how to fix the state’s longtime fiscal dysfunction.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
An apparent hit-and-run sparked a police chase Saturday afternoon that culminated in a standoff and a traffic jam on I-49 near Sunset.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The best debut video in what otherwise is a boring election season has to be Public Service Commission candidate Craig Greene talking about checking if a cow is pregnant.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Louisiana Family Forum, the powerful religiously based lobbyists, released its legislative scorecard Friday, ranking the state’s 144 legislators.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A debt collection office created by Louisiana lawmakers to go after delinquent accounts has drawn $92 million in payments since it began its work three years ago, the state's revenue secretary said Thursday.
Louisiana may need to again take out a short-term loan for as much as a half-billion dollars to keep cash flowing to agencies and bills on track for payment.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
In the upcoming election, Gov. John Bel Edwards isn’t backing the interim commissioner he picked and praised six weeks ago.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Ali Reza Payandah is hunkered down in Baton Rouge this summer because of President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The four announced candidates for the state treasurer’s race officially submitted the papers and paid the fees Wednesday to get their name on the Oct. 14 ballot.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The health insurer for a quarter million state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents backed off a plan to charge smokers $600 more for coverage.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
It’s unappealingly smug, true, but those photos last week of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying a beach deserted because of a government shutdown surely brought a smile to survivors of Louisiana’s brutal budget battles.
Friday, July 07, 2017
As a pugnacious sheriff's deputy, Clay Higgins developed a loyal social media following with thumbs-hooked-in-gun-belt anti-crime videos in which he leaned menacingly toward the camera in his Mountie-style hat and warned the criminals of Louisiana…
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — As a pugnacious sheriff's deputy, Clay Higgins developed a loyal social media following with thumbs-hooked-in-gun-belt anti-crime videos in which he leaned menacingly toward the camera in his Mountie-style hat and warned the …
Thursday, July 06, 2017
PHOENIX (AP) — A protester's reported comment about last month's shooting that critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise led to his arrest on a threat charge Thursday.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
As the harsh feelings from 2017 sessions of the Louisiana Legislature recede, state Rep. Gene Reynolds, chief of the House Democratic members, said Wednesday he’s not going to step down after all.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana congressman is apologizing for the "unintended pain" caused by a video of his visit to a gas chamber at a Nazi concentration camp.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
Louisiana joined about two dozen states in refusing to turn over personal information about voters for President Donald Trump's election fraud investigation.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Louisiana would be uniquely penalized in the calculation of federal spending on state Medicaid programs under the Senate GOP's proposed health law rewrite, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
As enough Republican senators lined up against the GOP health care bill Tuesday for leadership to postpone the vote, Louisiana’s two U.S. senators remained noncommittal.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Lafayette city-parish government is reaching out to the public for ideas on how to find more money for road work, drainage projects and a long list of other unmet needs in areas beyond the city limits.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Politics, once a staple along with fishing and Tigers/Saints, has been crossed off the list of acceptable topics at crawfish boils, tailgates and dinners on the grounds.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Phillip Newton said Monday he first began to notice a dramatic increase in violence by the once rare, now almost daily, emergency code blasting over radios and intercoms.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards joined a bipartisan group of governors finding fault with the U.S. House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017 that is now being considered by the U.S. Senate.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A day after he was shot in the hip by a lone gunman who fired into a crowd of Republican lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday evening after undergoing another lengthy third surgery, this one aimed at repairing…
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" but "he's going to be OK, we hope," offering the assessment as a shaken U.S. House gaveled back into session a day after the sho…
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the most powerful Louisianian in Congress in decades, was badly wounded early Wednesday at a Republican baseball practice by an Illinois gunman who apparently was carrying a partisan grudge.
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the most powerful figure from Louisiana in Congress in decades, was badly wounded early Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice by an Illinois gunman who apparently was carrying a partisan grudge.
When Steve Scalise served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, two of his three roommates were Democrats. At night, the four of them attended legislative receptions together — and even fundraisers for one another — ignoring the partisan divide.
On Wednesday afternoon, the hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is being treated said that the House Majority Whip remains in "critical condition."
When it comes to the U.S. Congress, a politically split institution located in an increasingly divided town, baseball is one of the few, surefire ways to make friends fast.