Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In six weeks, the group in charge of the aquifer that serves as Baton Rouge's water supply is due to present a report to the state; what they'll turn over remains to be seen.
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."
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
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.
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.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Now that the wicked weather has passed, Louisiana this week shifts focus to the financial storm threatening to swamp TOPS, the popular grants that keep public colleges and universities nearly free for students with modest academic achievements.
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.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Nicholls State University President Bruce Murphy, like the heads of several public colleges in Louisiana, faces something of conundrum: Is he going to have to use tuition students pay for their education to cover overhead expenses for state government?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sent a caustic letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, accusing him of spitefully vetoing a top-priority drainage project in Jefferson to send a message to conservative foes in the Legislature.
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.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017
State employees are receiving pay raises, many for the first time in a decade, as part of a new compensation system being rolled out by the state Civil Service Commission over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year's budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on nearly $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation, dollars that can't be spent while the lawsuits remain unresolved.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
The new bipartisan panel of legislators setting out to evaluate the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students' future will hold its first meeting at the Capitol on Sept. 6.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Louisiana Family Forum, the powerful religiously based lobbyists, released its legislative scorecard Friday, ranking the state’s 144 legislators.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
J. Kenneth Leithman, a core member of the group of "Young Turks" who modernized the operations of the Louisiana House of Representatives in the early 1970s, died Monday, July 10. He was 86.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
During a recent day on the job, Louisiana probation and parole officer Scott Tubbs searched for a prostitute addicted to drugs, urged a paralyzed former gang member to ease up on pain pills, and checked in on a man who had killed his father with a…
The Louisiana Democratic Party is dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from its yearly fundraising event — becoming the latest state party to shift away from honoring the two slave-owning presidents.
Louisiana residents across the state are wearing pink Wednesday in honor of state Rep. Julie Stokes who last week dropped out of the race for state treasurer and announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
New Orleans' crime became a congressional issue this week during the confirmation hearing of the man nominated to lead the FBI, with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy describing the situation as a huge battle that the city is losing.
Monday, July 10, 2017
The state Legislature didn't raise revenue during the most recent session, prompting the state Department of Health to get about 14 percent less state funding than officials had requested.
One by one, the four Confederate-era monuments came down in New Orleans, removed because of outrage by those who saw reminders of slavery and white supremacy chiseled in their stone faces. But at least one Louisiana lawmaker who argued earlier thi…
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.
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.
Friday, June 30, 2017
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.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is facing the first of several key decisions centered on a single question: Should he try to gain more leverage over the Legislature by selectively punishing several of the lawmakers who thwarted his initiatives on the budget…
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Louisiana Legislature paid lip service this summer to improving services for the elderly and physically disabled -- but it did almost nothing to actually change a system that disproportionately institutionalizes the state's most vulnerable peo…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne waxed poetic Monday about legislators finally getting down to doing in overtime what they should have done in the regular session.
Friday, June 16, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise faced an "imminent risk of death" after a high-velocity rifle shot struck his left hip, his doctor said Friday, leaving him "as critical as you can be" when he arrived at the hospital this week.
Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill promoted as a way to make colleges and universities more efficient, a measure the governor called duplicative.
In approving the Senate’s version of the budget last week, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Louisiana House dealt the chamber’s conservative leadership its first major defeat since it took power 18 months ago.
The governor and legislators are about equally to blame for having to come back in special session to pass a state operating budget, at least that’s one of the more interesting findings in John Couvillon’s Friday poll of an overwhelmingly white an…
Louisiana lawmakers wrapped up their fourth special session in less than two years on Friday with a nearly $29 billion budget plan for the coming year but little to address a looming $1.2 billion shortfall that they face after that.
Today in The Rundown: Congressional Baseball Game serves as tribute to Scalise; state budget bill may be on the horizon; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics today.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
With many supporters calling it an "historic achievement" for Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed 10 bills into law overhauling the state's criminal justice system, with an eye on shedding the state's undesired title of the world's incarcerati…
The Louisiana Legislature is potentially one step away from having a final budget plan, after a breakdown between the House and Senate sent lawmakers into a special session to finish negotiations.
Today in The Rundown: House approves budget plan favored by the Senate and governor; updates on Steve Scalise following shooting, including President Trump's hospital visit; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
With a majority of Louisiana's GOP-controlled House voting against the chamber's conservative leaders, the Legislature appears close to approving a budget that will use all of the $29 billion expected to be available in the coming year.
Today in The Rundown: The special session nears its midway point with House taking up bill and no compromise reached; Gas tax could be years from reconsideration; New Orleans claims victory in session; and everything else you need to know in Louis…