Louisiana Family Forum, the powerful religiously based lobbyists, released its legislative scorecard Friday, ranking the state’s 144 legislators.
Friday, July 21, 2017
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.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
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.
People crowded around Steve Scalise to shake his hand and clap him on the back when the Republican congressman visited the State Capitol in Baton Rouge several weeks ago.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., witnessed the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Traditionally, it's been Louisiana's Democrats and liberal social justice advocates who have pushed for reforms in the state's criminal justice system — asking for more lenient drug sentences, programs to rehabilitate criminals and softer penaltie…
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging a move to charge state employee smokers a surcharge on their health insurance policies.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Covington Republican Rep. John Schroder is resigning from the Louisiana House to focus on his bid for state treasurer.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Terry Cordick will serve as interim Lafayette city-parish public works director pending a decision on a permanent replacement for retiring Director Tom Carroll, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana's first-term Republican senator, wants a more robust replacement for Obamacare, one that lives up to Donald Trump’s campaign promise to replace it with a law that covers more people at a lower cost.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Louisiana will receive another $51.4 million in federal flood recovery dollars raising the state's total allocation to about $1.7 billion, according the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
When news broke this year that a group of high-ranking state troopers had charged the state for a lavish excursion they took to Las Vegas while driving to a law enforcement conference in California, Louisiana State Police brass condemned the "side…
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has begun interviewing candidates to become the next Louisiana State Police superintendent, a powerful position that came open two months ago when Col. Mike Edmonson retired amid a controversy involving a grou…
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Taxes for Airbnb and other short-term leases in New Orleans would go to the city rather than the state under legislation advanced Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Weighing in on a race for a state senate seat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond on Monday endorsed state Rep. Ed Price over fellow Democrat Warren Harang III.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The future of parks, road work and drainage projects in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish could be grim after the failure of two tax renewals on the April 29 ballot.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' successful run for governor came to many as a surprise in 2015, and a liberal-leaning Texas political magazine says his win is worth considering as the national Democratic Party mulls the direction in which it's heading.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The state House has agreed to a $29 billion spending plan for the coming year that would fully-fund TOPS scholarships but doesn't fund the state agencies that oversee health and social services to the levels that leaders say is needed to fund critical programs.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Annoyed, perhaps, at a steady drumbeat of news stories pointing out that he has yet to fill hundreds of appointed positions, President Donald Trump has put out word that he wants nominees – soon – for many of the federal jobs he has yet to fill.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Voters on Saturday rejected a Lafayette Parish School Board proposal for an extra half penny in sales tax for the next 10 years to fund a major school improvement plan to eliminate more than half of the 420 temporary classrooms in the district.