Perhaps feeling that voters are reaching the end of their tolerance for dysfunctional government, Louisiana House members of both parties gathered Thursday to talk about how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.”
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge orthopedic surgeon making his first bid for public office, won Saturday’s election to the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
New Iberia residents on Saturday will choose whether to give themselves something people in most similar-size cities take for granted: a police department.
After trying dozens of ways to get her elderly parents out of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico over the past three weeks, Zelideth Jimenez Ceasar had all but given up hope.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Louisiana legislators are gearing up for another attempt at unlocking parts of the state budget that have been dedicated to pet causes over the years and largely protected from cuts.
Monday, October 09, 2017
Polls indicate that roughly a quarter of the state’s registered voters are heading into Saturday’s election not only undecided but unsure who the candidates for state treasurer are.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
Local law enforcement officials are bracing for the release of the first group of inmates – about 1,400 convicts – under the new criminal justice system that was passed and signed into law earlier this year.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
WASHINGTON — Several Louisiana lawmakers and interest groups are sounding the alarm over major changes to the National Flood Insurance Program included in the Trump administration's request for emergency hurricane relief money.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
With 10 days until Election Day, two Republican candidates released separate polls Wednesday each showing themselves in a runoff with the lone Democrat.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017
Appearing together Monday at a forum for the first time in the campaign, the three Republican candidates for the Public Service Commission took digs at each other while trying to define conservatism.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Conservative Christian legal warrior Kyle Duncan and Chief U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt were nominated Thursday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As he tries to find support for a tax plan, Gov. John Bel Edwards described himself as "almost agnostic" about which approach Louisiana should take, as long as it gives the state long-term financial stability.
Louisiana joined a growing list of state and local governments Wednesday by taking legal action claiming drug manufacturers purposely escalated an opioid crisis that has led to thousands of overdose deaths in the state.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the man in charge of elections in Louisiana, now asks a simple question when meeting local officials: “How many of you know there’s an election on Oct. 14?”
Saturday, September 23, 2017
It was an idea from one state treasurer that dominated budget negotiations for months only to be quietly sidelined earlier this year by the concerns of another state treasurer and likely will be resurrected by the person elected next state treasur…
Friday, September 22, 2017
A week after the death of an 18-year-old LSU fraternity pledge, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards demanded Friday that the state’s public colleges and universities review all hazing and substance abuse policies.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Though the candidates generally agreed on most issues, they differed Thursday on the role the Public Service Commission should play in attracting jobs to Louisiana.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Elbert Guillory, the former state senator, congressional candidate and Republican raconteur, was reprimanded by the Louisiana Supreme Court for neglecting the case of a woman seeking help for her handicapped son.
A state panel of educators, advocates and others is about to reopen a hot button issue – whether Louisiana is over-testing its public school students.
Monday, September 18, 2017
With a dozen days to go before voting begins statewide, the three main Republicans running for state treasurer still are regional candidates who have made little headway in other parts of Louisiana – at least when it comes to raising money.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
For years, Ron Henson was the one left behind at the Treasury Department when John N. Kennedy went politicking.
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana's Robert Travis Scott began wading into the group’s analysis of this election’s constitutional amendments thinking all three were the most boring ever placed on a Louisiana ballot.
Friday, September 15, 2017
A Louisiana lawmaker will pay a $37,000 fine to the state treasury over three years, under an agreement approved Friday in which he acknowledges misspending the dollars from his campaign account to "fund a gambling habit."
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hoping to nudge a long-stalled flood prevention project, Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to meet with the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next week.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The private operator of the state-owned, safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana is violating its contract, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, which has started a legal process that could lead to the ouster of the hospital manager.
More steps may be needed to slow drivers around two accident-prone construction sites near Lafayette, Louisiana's transportation chief said Tuesday.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Louisiana's Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million over a five-year period for laboratory services and tests that shouldn't have been covered, according to an audit released Monday.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
In fawning media coverage that included images of him handing checks to everyday people, John Kennedy transformed “unclaimed property” from an accounting process into the most recognizable task a state treasurer does.
President Donald Trump sounded like he was running for the Louisiana Legislature when he told Republican leaders last week: “We're going to reduce taxes for companies, and those companies are going to produce jobs.”
Friday, September 08, 2017
Two years have passed since Louisiana legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes but contracting a company to grow the plants is proving more difficult than expected.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Al Scramuzza’s “Seafood City, Very Pretty” television commercials hawking crawfish became a thread in the cultural fabric for New Orleanians of a certain age.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The state’s strategy for keeping peace at Louisiana’s only facility caring for the intellectually disabled received a crippling blow in a legal action held behind closed courtroom doors.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Greg Albrecht fields a lot of stupid questions as the Louisiana Legislature’s economist, but his voice takes on a special patience when talking sales tax holidays.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
New Orleans lawyer Derrick Edwards may be leading the polls in the treasurer’s race, but the state Democratic Party leaders are withholding their endorsement of him.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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…
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.