Friday, December 02, 2016
Wendy Vitter, wife of outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, is reported to be under “serious consideration” by Louisiana's congressional delegation to become the next U.S. attorney in New Orleans.
Lawyers for Louisiana's governor and attorney general submitted their closing arguments Friday to a judge trying to decide whether Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT-rights protection order is unconstitutional.
As they head into the final stretch of the U.S. Senate runoff, Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy are sitting comfortably on cash coffers that will likely mean a continued constant stream of television and radio ads right up to Dec. 10.
Friday, December 02, 2016
It's been two months since the St. Tammany Parish Council approved issuance of a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bond issue that likely will result in a toll hike for the more than 50-year-old bridge, but tension over the issue remains high.
After two embarrassing scandals involving stolen or missing money, Louisiana correctional officials are ending a longstanding policy that allowed employee organizations to raise money on prison grounds at state-sponsored events like the Angola Pri…
The committee tasked with directing the state's recovery from historic floods that left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed throughout Louisiana has agreed to programs that aim to benefit small business and renters affected by the floods.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Big changes could be ahead for health care under President-elect Donald Trump's administration, and hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents could feel the impact.
After nine months on the job, Louisiana voters hold a favorable opinion of the job that Gov. John Bel Edwards has been doing, a new poll shows.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy holds a comfortable 14-point margin over his Democratic opponent Foster Campbell 10 days out from the election, according to a statewide poll released Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
The New Orleans City Council gave final approval Thursday to rules regulating short-term rentals in the city, after shooting down last-minute efforts to make the regulations more restrictive.
The man behind litigation stalling the redevelopment of the city’s World Trade Center building has made good on his threat to revive his lawsuit, filing notice of a long-shot appeal that will nonetheless once again delay plans to turn the long-vac…
Louisiana residents hoping to witness the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump should probably start planning their trips early.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed Thursday that state aid for roads and bridges increase by $700 million per year, and that raising the state gasoline tax is the "most reliable" way to do so.
After more than a year of delay, during which time utility companies made up their own tariffs, state regulators finally tweaked definitions, detailed some procedures and spelled out the way Louisiana’s solar industry could realize its long-touted…
The leader of the U.S. Senate bid a six-minute farewell to Louisiana's outgoing U.S. Sen. David Vitter from the chamber's floor Thursday morning.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A package of ordinances legalizing and regulating short-term rentals in New Orleans appears poised for approval by the City Council on Thursday, though it remained unclear Wednesday whether there will be last-minute tweaks to the plan.
The president of CBS News defended his network's coverage of this year's extraordinary presidential race during a luncheon in New Orleans on Wednesday and said journalists must recommit themselves to shoe-leather reporting in an era when fake news…
When the votes were tallied Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans had become chairman-elect of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, giving him an important role in shaping the political agenda for black Americans at a time of …
Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington, D.C. to continue lobbying for more federal funds to aid the recovery from catastrophic floods that swept the state this year.
A state grand jury issued a report Wednesday accusing former St. Bernard Parish Hospital leader Wayne Landry and a former hospital board member, Jim DiFatta, of conspiring to wrest control of the $70 million facility from the Parish Council while …
Attorney General Jeff Landry has been the state's top lawyer for less than a year, but he's already rising the ranks among his peers from other states.
A pair of volunteer firefighting companies in Marrero spent more than $154,000 in taxpayer money on improper expenditures including groceries, restaurant meals, get-well flowers, medical prescriptions and gift certificates, according to new report…
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
A super PAC supporting Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is airing an unlikely television ad on the highly-charged issue of abortion.
"It won't be easy" could have been the theme Tuesday as a pair of consultants presented various plans to raise $9.3 billion to rebuild all of New Orleans' streets in the next three decades.
The owner of Federal City in Algiers failed to tell Vista Louisiana that part of a 65-acre site the company was chosen to redevelop is contaminated with lead and asbestos, Vista alleged in court documents Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, is running for chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying he wants to strengthen the caucus’ role in Congress, advance criminal justice reform and protect voting rights.
After making appearances on network news programs and receiving supportive messages from a long roster of celebrities, Louisiana Democrat Foster Campbell has reported collecting $2.5 million in campaign donations between Oct. 20 and Nov. 20 -- mor…
A vendor of drug-test kits who is awaiting sentencing in federal court for bribing the longtime head of Mississippi’s corrections department was the point man on a similar contract with Louisiana’s prison system for years.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is slated to take part in a bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform in Washington, D.C. this week.
Monday, November 28, 2016
New Orleans Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's proposed leadership makeover would harm the Congressional Black Caucus, Politico magazine reported Monday.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell said he and Republican President-elect Donald Trump agree on a lot of issues – both are for term limits and against international trade agreements.
The Kenner City Council will swear in its newest member, Tom Willmott, during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Near the end of her 2005 trade mission to Cuba, then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco received word that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro wanted to meet with her.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be in Louisiana this weekend to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy.
Stephen Moret, the head of LSU's major fundraising arm and a former key adviser to then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, is leaving Louisiana for Virginia.
A $700 million yearly hike in state transportation spending would be a practical way to tackle Louisiana's road and bridge problems, state Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said Monday.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu will head to Duke University on Monday to discuss his role in revitalizing New Orleans, a lecture that kicks off a university program that aims in part to address the challenges of local governance.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump has said he will punish American cities that fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to detain and deport undocumented immigrants, a stance that sets up a potential clash with local officials in …
A pair of Belle Chasse Republicans, Kirk Lepine and Amos Cormier III, are facing off in the runoff for Plaquemines Parish president, which will be decided Dec. 10.
It's potentially bad news for railroads but better news for private citizens living in St. John the Baptist Parish who fail to keep their property tidy.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Airbnb and other short-term rental websites would be legally required to share data with New Orleans officials about how often they’re renting out homes in the city under a set of revisions Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration is proposing to reg…
The scandal that has engulfed Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni this fall isn't the first time that a series of racy text messages has left Yenni facing questions about whether he has misrepresented himself to others.
New Orleans voters will decide in two weeks whether to extend a property tax that pays for almost a third of the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage operations.
Candidates and campaigns throughout the state — including the top-of-the-ticket race for the open U.S. Senate seat — are getting their supporters to the polls during the early voting period that begins Saturday.
The two candidates in Kenner's mayoral runoff on Dec. 10 said they are sticking to the same core messages that allowed them to emerge from a field of five during the primary earlier this month.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
New Orleans voters will once again decide in a few days whether to approve a small increase in property taxes to fund the settlement of a decades-old lawsuit with the city's firefighters.
The New Orleans City Council has voted to end penalties for developers who build charging stations for electric cars on parking lots — a move in line with an October recommendation by the City Planning Commission.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Shuttling between two sets of offices on the 14th floor of Trump Tower as afternoon turned to evening on Nov. 8, Election Day, one thought was nagging at the back of Jay Connaughton’s mind: