Several hundred Louisiana residents are expected to travel to the nation's capital this week to watch as Republican Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday and becomes the nation's 45th president.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Republicans in the Louisiana House are aiming to offer actual proposals next month that would cut spending if the Legislature, as expected, goes into a special session to eliminate a budget shortfall.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler asked Tuesday President-elect Donald Trump to undo a recent federal decision that designates elections systems in all 50 states as “critical infrastructure.”
Monday, January 16, 2017
The battle to become Louisiana's next state treasurer is starting to take shape, as veteran political operatives begin to line up on teams.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
As the third-ranking member of the U.S. House, Majority Whip Steve Scalise spent the past year flexing his political fundraising muscle – bringing in a nearly $16 million haul for himself and other Republicans during a crucial period that saw the …
At his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Dr. Ben Carson, the soon-to-be head of the federal agency that will provide the most money for repairing flood-damaged homes, got an earful on foot-dragging and Louisiana politics.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Embattled state Sen. Troy Brown apologized for abusing his wife but said in a prepared statement Friday that he would fight any effort to expel him from the Louisiana Senate.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is footing the bill for his week-long trip to Italy, the Governor's Office clarified on Friday.
In something of a political Hail Mary, the chairman of the state House Transportation Committee said he plans to file legislation that would dramatically boost state aid for roads and bridges without increasing Louisiana's gasoline tax.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature is expected to be called into a special session next month to shore up a $313 million hole in the state budget that ends June 30.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards will meet with Pope Frances in Italy in the coming week as part of a trip there to promote anti-human trafficking efforts.
Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion Thursday by having a handful of the 378,000 people receiving the insurance coverage describe the medical care they've received, even as Republicans in Congress work to d…
Thursday, January 12, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received.
The catastrophic floods that swept Louisiana last year — and the federal funding set aside to aid the state's recovery — became a topic during Thursday's confirmation hearing for Housing & Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson.
The day after state Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to domestic abuse battery, much of the talk among legislators was about how to react.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Schools buses in Louisiana will get their polluting diesel engines replaced with new motors that run on cleaner burning alternative fuels as a result of the multi-billion settlement Volkswagen agreed to Wednesday for cheating on air emissions test…
Louisiana lawmakers appear to be heading toward another special session next month to try to shore up the state budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards indicated on Wednesday.
Louisiana's bid to re-energize its career education program got a $2 million boost Wednesday to expand the effort.
As President-elect Donald J. Trump called on Congress to pick up the pace in repealing the Affordable Care Act, supporters pleaded Wednesday to keep the controversial federal health care program called Obamacare.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday state budget problems mean it would be "very difficult" to win legislative approval for a $700 million tax and fee hike for roads and bridges.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Louisiana's junior U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy took part in the high-profile confirmation hearing of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, lobbing mostly softball questions at his fellow Republican about his views on law enforcement, th…
U.S. House and Senate Republicans will take part in the annual Republican Issues Retreat in Philadelphia in two weeks, and U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Jefferson Republican who is the chamber's 3rd-highest ranking member, is slated to…
Monday, January 09, 2017
President Barack Obama is leaving office with an approval rating higher than President Ronald Reagan and the National Urban League has given his administration an overall rating of “Excellent” for the achievements during his eight years in office.
Louisiana leaders are weighing three options for how the state will distribute funds to help homeowners affected by catastrophic floods that swept the state last year.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal has penned a column that puts him at odds with his successor, Gov. John Bel Edwards, over the future of Medicaid expansion and the thousands of Louisiana residents at risk of losing health care coverage.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
While a special panel named by Gov. John Bel Edwards has called for $700 million a year in tax and fee hikes for work on the state's roads and bridges, there are three key questions on whether any such plan will become reality.
Just two years into his first term, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has risen from back-bencher to the senior senator from Louisiana — a distinction that, depending on whom you ask, can be significant or somewhat dubious.
Somewhat like Brigadoon, the village of Broadway musical fame that reemerges for a short time every century or so, you have to drive down a misty road off the main highway to reach the once-idyllic town of Saint Joseph.
Friday, January 06, 2017
Half of Louisiana's Congressional delegation previously served in the state Legislature — a statistic that directly mirrors the national figure.
State leaders are moving forward with a plan that would direct about $1.3 billion to help homeowners rebuild from historic floods that swept Louisiana last year.
In its final report, a task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards said a yearly $700 million tax and fee hike for roads and bridges is needed because "nibbling around the edges" will not solve transportation problems that have sparked complaints st…
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is putting the finishing touches on its plan for $1.2 billion the state will receive from Congress to aid its recovery from catastrophic floods, with the bulk of that money going to help restore thousands of h…
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
State officials may oppose renewing the lucrative tax breaks, but they’re recommending that Gov. John Bel Edwards do just that.
Gov. John Bel Edwards tapped 15 people over the holidays to fill vacancies for Louisiana's college management boards, many of them contributors to the governor's campaign fund.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Republicans in Congress on Tuesday abruptly backed away from an effort to gut an independent panel on congressional ethics after facing a stinging backlash from constituents, Democrats and even President-elect Donald Trump.
Congress convened for its 115th session on Tuesday, with three new Louisiana Republicans taking the oath of office for the first time.
Monday, January 02, 2017
When the state launched the Shelter at Home program just weeks after catastrophic flooding swept south Louisiana, the temporary home repair effort was hailed by leaders as a unique way to get thousands of people displaced by the floods back into t…
Saturday, December 31, 2016
VILLE PLATTE — The practice of putting people "on ice" began so long ago in Evangeline Parish that no one still wearing a badge can recall its origin. But over the years, the so-called investigative holds became as much a part of policing here as …
Friday, December 30, 2016
SAINT JOSEPH – Within minutes of being sworn in Friday as mayor, Elvadus Fields was informed by state health officials that nearly 22 percent of the homes in this small northeast Louisiana town have unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water.
Crowley Rep. Jack Montoucet was tapped Friday to head the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The son of longtime Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III has been booked in St. Tammany Parish on counts of possessing counterfeit money and damaging a hotel room where he was staying.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Despite the massive flooding that struck south Louisiana in August, prospects for a decades-old project aimed at protecting homes in the future remain as murky as ever.
Friday, December 23, 2016
More than $1.2 billion to help flood victims was awarded Friday by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Health officials are gathering samples from every one of the 500 homes in St. Joseph to determine how widespread the lead problem is in the northeast Louisiana town’s drinking water, the state’s doctor said Thursday.