Monday, January 23, 2017
A state senator and one-time candidate for Baton Rouge mayor has taken issue with the process Louisiana is using to divvy up the nearly $1.6 billion in flood recovery aid the state has received from Congress, and now he's seeking an official opini…
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards began raising money for his re-election campaign only eight days after taking the oath of office in January 2016 and ended the year having collected about $3 million, according to his fundraisers.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards put down his coffee cup to better poke his finger in punctuation of his contention that a sizable number of Republican representatives lacked courage.
Nearly half of the August flood victims surveyed by the state after they got help from Louisiana's house repair program said they didn't return home after the work was done, even though the goal of the effort was to get people back under their own roofs.
At least 10 correctional employees helped renovate the private home of Burl Cain, the storied former warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, and one of them did so mostly while on the clock at his regular state job over a period of 2…
Friday, January 20, 2017
State Sen. Troy Brown walked briskly into the Ascension Parish Jail at 5:40 p.m. Friday to begin serving a 38-hour jail term for domestic abuse battery.
The task force overseeing how the state will spend federal money for the recovery from last year's catastrophic floods has signed off on a plan that could help nearly 36,000 homeowners rebuild.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Edging up to the limit of money the state can borrow, the Bond Commission on Thursday effectively postponed financing more than $1 billion worth construction projects.
Visitors to U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's office — and even a few callers— got a very Louisiana surprise on Thursday.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The late Rev. T. J. Jemsion Sr., a longtime civil rights leader, will be among five people inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame on March 11, officials of the organization announced Thursday.
The leader of Louisiana's House Republican delegation offered his proposal Thursday for slashing $304 million in state spending, to close a midyear deficit without needing the special legislative session Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to call.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards and others from Louisiana in Italy on an anti-human trafficking mission met Pope Francis on Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Donald Trump's pick to be the next federal Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, offered few clues during his confirmation hearing Wednesday as to what the incoming administration's plans for the federal Affordable Care Act will mean for…
Even with the $50 billion worth of coastal restoration projects being proposed, Louisiana still can expect to lose an area about the size of Delaware, the chief author of report told an oversight committee Wednesday.
Louisiana received a rare bit of good news about the state budget on Wednesday, although not enough to prevent looming cuts that will be needed to shore up the state's finances in the coming months.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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.
In a series of friendly questions, U. S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge allowed U. S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos to rebut criticism that she is hostile to public education.
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
Donald Trump supporters can cheer on the president-elect from Baton Rouge when he takes the oath of office.
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.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The Legislature last year passed a law intended to shield the state's financially beleaguered public defense system from more budget cuts as many poor defendants in New Orleans and elsewhere languish in jails without legal representation.
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.
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
The executive director of the Louisiana State Police Commission abruptly resigned Thursday, convinced the commission's board was about to fire her for helping to facilitate an investigation into illegal campaign contributions by board members and …
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…
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
An LSU professor, a former elementary teacher, a retired chemical engineer, a recruiter for a teacher placement organization, and an administrator of an early childhood network in Pointe Coupee Parish are all vying to serve on the East Baton Rouge…
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.
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.
U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy said he thinks the state should ban public officials and their family members from receiving flood recovery rebuilding contracts financed with federal disaster aid.
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond called on the U.S. Senate panel vetting President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General during a confirmation hearing Wednesday to vote against Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' appointment to the nation's top law enfo…
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.