After a long vetting process, President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Peter Strasser, a partner at the Chaffe McCall law firm and a former longtime federal prosecutor, to be the next U.S. attorney for Louisiana’s Eastern District.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Greg Guidry is the White House's choice to fill a vacant federal judgeship in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, two sources with knowledge of the appointment proce…
Monday, June 18, 2018
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…
Friday, June 15, 2018
WASHINGTON — An overhaul of federal disaster policy, including provisions that could provide relief to people still rebuilding after the 2016 Louisiana floods, is winding its way through the U.S. Senate.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Nationals Park, Washington — You couldn’t script the beginning of the ballgame any better for Steve Scalise.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
WASHINGTON — Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason is a step closer to wearing the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress, after the U.S. Senate unanimously endorsed the award Thursday.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
WASHINGTON — Few surveying the blood- and bullet-strewn Virginia ballfield where Steve Scalise was shot a year ago would’ve expected the Jefferson Parish Republican to be where he is now.
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.
Monday, June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting $14 million toward building the long-planned Comite River Diversion Canal, the agency announced Monday, along with millions more for infrastructure projects and dredging in Louisiana.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Former City Councilman Oliver Thomas’ arrest on traffic violations after a car crash earlier this month continues to have reverberations on the New Orleans City Council.
During her last year in office, Stacy Head often made no secret of how glad she would be when she no longer had to deal with the politics of the New Orleans City Council.
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.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Orleans Parish school district will run Cypress Academy in-house for the next two school years if no group charters it, according to a letter responding to parents’ demands.
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.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Former Covington Mayor Candace Watkins is running once again for the office she held from 2003 to 2011.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Faced with the risk of another failed special session, Gov. John Bel Edwards changed his approach with lawmakers and urged more in-your-face contact by the people whose state-financed programs are at risk of the chopping block.
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 24, 2018
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter‘s nomination for a New Orleans federal court judgeship cleared a Senate committee Thursday, overcoming vociferous Democratic criticism.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu was honored Sunday in Boston for his leadership in removing Confederate monuments in New Orleans, The Associated Press reported.
One day before interim Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Marcie Edwards’ contract ends, it’s still not clear who will replace her.
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.
Career diplomat and Louisiana native Maxwell J. Hamilton went home recently to answer this question: Louisiana depends on foreign trade, so why did voters elect Trump?
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
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
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
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
Take ‘Em Down NOLA, a group that has pushed for the removal of Confederate symbolism in the city, is blasting Cantrell for not bringing those who supported the removal of four statues last year to the table to discuss what to do with the monuments.
New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell wrapped up her transition Thursday by presenting a hefty report from dozens of committees that met in recent months to make policy recommendations to the incoming mayor.
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, May 03, 2018
As five of its seven members attended their final meeting, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday revamped its policy on credit-card use, a change Councilman Jason Williams said could prevent future missteps.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The Jefferson Parish Council has moved closer to joining dozens of other governments and agencies nationwide that are suing opioid manufacturers in an attempt to recoup some of the costs of dealing with the nation's addiction crisis.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Slidell voters chose state Rep. Greg Cromer as the city’s next mayor Saturday over Kevin Davis, the former three-term St. Tammany Parish president who was long thought to have the edge and who led the four-person primary last month.
Voters on the west bank of Jefferson Parish on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a new property tax that will fund critical maintenance work on the federal levees that protect the area from flooding.
Two-term incumbent Gregory Carroll beat back a spirited challenge from political newcomer David Weathersby in the runoff for Kenner City Council District 1, taking 51 percent of the vote in Saturday's runoff.
As he stood before the St. John the Baptist Parish Council on Tuesday night, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, Louisiana's state health officer, made a statement some residents had been waiting years to hear.
On April 19, 1960, the Eisenhower administration escalated its criticism of Cuban strongman Fidel Castro, Jimmie Davis cruised to victory in the Louisiana governor’s race — and an unlikely political dynasty was born when a young New Orleans lawyer…
Friday, April 27, 2018
Emails, Christmas cards, birthday greetings and other notes obtained by The Advocate offer the first glimpse of Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's on-the-clock exchanges with Dawn Ross, a longtime employee who recently sued him for sexual…
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.