WASHINGTON — Louisiana Republicans in Congress largely stand behind President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy, even as a growing chorus of critics attack the White House’s prosecution decisions that have led to the s…
Monday, June 18, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Lafayette City-Parish Council members fumed Wednesday about what they see as the council’s exclusion from critical discussions affecting the Lafayette Police Department, which falls under council oversight.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Tuesday he won't be running for governor of Louisiana in 2019, ruling himself out as a potential candidate to unseat Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Friday, June 08, 2018
A state grand jury on Friday indicted Iberia Parish Clerk of Court Michael Thibodeaux on 14 corruption-related counts, including racketeering, theft, malfeasance, falsifying public records and perjury.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
WASHINGTON — Steve Scalise has been hitting the campaign trail hard, chasing dollars and votes for Republican colleagues across the country ahead of a difficult November midterm election.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
WASHINGTON — If U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy gets the chance, he's ready with a long wish-list of changes he'd like to make to the American health-care system.
Friday, May 25, 2018
WASHINGTON — Discussions over the future of the National Flood Insurance Program have picked up on Capitol Hill over the past week, the first recent signs of progress toward an overhaul ahead of an approaching July 31 deadline for Congress to rene…
Thursday, May 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — Sugar growers scored a sweet victory on Capitol Hill over big candy and soda manufacturers on Thursday as Louisiana lawmakers and other opponents easily sent a proposal to gut sugar subsidies down to a bitter defeat.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — After weighing the decision for months, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy joined U.S. Senate Democrats in passing a measure Wednesday to restore Obama-era “net neutrality” internet rules aimed at ensuring equal treatment for all web traffic.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Lafayette voters will be making a decision on Nov. 6 whether to approve two new property taxes to help fund the parish courthouse and jail.
WASHINGTON — It'll be vacation cancelled for the U.S. Senate this summer if Louisiana GOP senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy get their way.
Monday, May 14, 2018
For the first time since its birth in the Jim Crow era, a Louisiana law that allows juries to return non-unanimous verdicts in felony trials will go directly before state voters in a referendum, after the state House of Representatives voted 82-15…
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to propose property tax increases on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The ambush attack that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others seriously wounded shocked the country and much of the world.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Once seen as a long-shot darling of liberals, a bill that would allow Louisiana voters to decide whether they want to require unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials now has a real chance of clearing the Legislature, thanks to its surprising …
Friday, May 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's long-awaited plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, will attempt to boost private competition and increase price transparency but drops some of Trump’s earlier pledges to strong-arm the pharmaceutica…
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday visited University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette to rally support for keeping it open.
Although he voted for Donald Trump, Marc Straus of Boca Raton, Florida, emerged beaming from the Penthouse Club in New Orleans on Wednesday night after his brief encounter with Stormy Daniels, the president’s Louisiana-bred porn star antagonist.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Louisiana native and adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, will appear at the Penthouse Club in New Orleans at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt of New Orleans is officially getting a promotion to the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — The federal farm bill, a periodic and sprawling reauthorization of an array of government agricultural and rural development programs, is facing a growing battle on Capitol Hill over proposals to stiffen work requirements for food sta…
Saturday, May 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — A raft of changes to federal disaster policy, including a number directly affecting those hit by the 2016 Louisiana floods, are now sitting before the U.S. Senate for the second time in the past six months after clearing the House of …
Friday, May 04, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards says he supports the effort to require that juries must return unanimous verdicts for convictions in Louisiana felony trials, a move that would bring the Bayou State in line with every other state in the nation save Oregon.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — The "jambalaya" served alongside lamb by White House chefs at Tuesday night's state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron didn't resemble what they serve down in Louisiana, guests told The Advocate.
WASHINGTON — With the flourish of a marker across a huge human-sized check, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday signed off on the first major tranche of federal offshore oil revenue earmarked for Gulf states.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
WASHINGTON — French President Emmanuel Macron's long-anticipated visit to Washington has included a number of nods to Louisiana, the U.S. state with perhaps the deepest ties to France and French culture.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Stuart Kyle Duncan to a lifetime New Orleans-based seat on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, overcoming objections from Democrats and liberal groups.
Monday, April 23, 2018
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on May 15 will consider whether to ask voters for property tax increases, which proponents say is the only way to prevent the parish from going belly up.
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will be among the roughly 150 White House guests for a Tuesday night state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron.
Friday, April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to retire at the end of the year touched off speculation, especially in Louisiana political circles, that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise might be a frontrunner to replace him.
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kennedy has placed a pair of the country's biggest banks in his crosshairs over new policies that placed restrictions on gun-selling bank clients in the wake of a deadly Florida school shooting.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter’s long and outspoken advocacy for outlawing abortion made her one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial picks for a federal district court judgeship. Kyle Duncan’s record of battling all the way to the Supreme Co…
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins more than quadrupled the cash in his campaign war chest during the first three months of 2018, raising substantial donations after posting anemic fundraising figures last year.
Monday, April 16, 2018
More than 100 Louisiana-based banks could be freed from a range of federal regulations if Congress passes a major rollback of banking rules put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, who was badly wounded by a gunman at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago, was undergoing a planned follow-up surgery on Monday.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — Among the bluntest questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a congressional hearing Tuesday came from Louisiana's Sen. John Kennedy, who took shots at the company's privacy protections in his brief, 5-minute window.
Monday, April 09, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is consolidating three Acadiana offices into a building it recently purchased on Dulles Drive in Lafayette, despite some local opposition.
Friday, April 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making a handful of tweaks to the National Flood Insurance Program to inject more private money into the government-dominated flood insurance market.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — The federal government will be sending more than $1.2 billion in grant money to pay for flood-control and prevention projects in the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced Thursday.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
WASHINGTON — Among the items tucked into the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion federal budget deal passed by Congress on March 22 are several provisions that will directly affect Louisiana.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A district attorney’s office that can prosecute only murder cases. State judges suing the parish governing authority. A prisoner wresting a gun from a guard in a courthouse hallway.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — The sudden and mysterious death of whole tracts of a marsh grass along the Louisiana coast have raised alarm among scientists and prompted fears of speeding erosion of the state's already shrinking coast.
WASHINGTON — The hallways of the U.S. Capitol, the White House and federal agency headquarters are lined with paintings of presidents, major lawmakers, past committee chairs and Cabinet secretaries.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Emergency dispatchers may soon be able to help save lives over the phone with the advancement Tuesday of one senator’s life-or-death bill.
A bill to overhaul the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was narrowly rejected Tuesday by a state Senate committee after the plan sparked heavy criticism from leaders of LSU and others.
A bid to let voters in East Baton Rouge and four other parishes enact their own gas tax narrowly failed Tuesday in a Louisiana House committee.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers have jettisoned legislation to ban employers from requiring their workers to sign contracts that keep them from filing sexual harassment lawsuits in civil court.
Louisiana senators refused Monday to eliminate gender-specific terms from state marriage laws in response to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, amid opposition to the law changes from Christian conservatives.