Warren Riley, who led the New Orleans Police Department in a tumultuous half-decade following the department's descent into chaos during and after Hurricane Katrina, said Tuesday that he is a candidate for director of homeland security in incoming…
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Stuart Kyle Duncan to a lifetime New Orleans-based seat on the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, overcoming objections from Democrats and liberal groups.
Monday, April 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will be among the roughly 150 White House guests for a Tuesday night state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
House Speaker Taylor Barras is pushing the Legislature to approve a 30-year, no-bid extension to Harrah’s exclusive contract to operate a casino in New Orleans with the promise that the casino will invest $350 million and create new jobs and addit…
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Slidell voters will be deciding between two known quantities when they elect their next mayor Saturday: Kevin Davis, who served three terms as St. Tammany Parish president, and Greg Cromer, a current state legislator and former City Council member.
Friday, April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to retire at the end of the year touched off speculation, especially in Louisiana political circles, that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise might be a frontrunner to replace him.
Friday, April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kennedy has placed a pair of the country's biggest banks in his crosshairs over new policies that placed restrictions on gun-selling bank clients in the wake of a deadly Florida school shooting.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — Wendy Vitter’s long and outspoken advocacy for outlawing abortion made her one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial picks for a federal district court judgeship. Kyle Duncan’s record of battling all the way to the Supreme Co…
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins more than quadrupled the cash in his campaign war chest during the first three months of 2018, raising substantial donations after posting anemic fundraising figures last year.
Monday, April 16, 2018
More than 100 Louisiana-based banks could be freed from a range of federal regulations if Congress passes a major rollback of banking rules put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, who was badly wounded by a gunman at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago, was undergoing a planned follow-up surgery on Monday.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Kenner has only one race heading to a runoff on April 28, but it's a surprisingly intense one: a faceoff between two-term incumbent Gregory Carroll and political newcomer David Weathersby in City Council District 1.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
The runoff between two experienced officials vying to be the next mayor of Slidell highlights the April 28 ballot in the New Orleans area. Elsewhere, a Kenner City Council race, a west bank levee millage and a trio of security districts in Orleans…
Thursday, April 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise pulled in $3 million in political contributions in the first three months on 2018, according to Scalise campaign officials, a record-breaking haul for a lawmaker in Scalise's position.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement Wednesday that he will retire could put Louisiana’s Steve Scalise in the middle of a heated race to take over the speakership.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Claiming he's accomplished a "heckuva lot," House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election and will retire next year, injecting another layer of uncertainty as Republicans face worries over losing the…
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — Among the bluntest questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a congressional hearing Tuesday came from Louisiana's Sen. John Kennedy, who took shots at the company's privacy protections in his brief, 5-minute window.
St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran was moved out of University Medical Center’s intensive care unit Tuesday, a week after he was thrown off a motorcycle that he was teaching his daughter how to drive, officials said.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated Scott Patrick Illing to serve as the next U.S. marshal for the federal Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday.
Monday, April 09, 2018
Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere is asking the city's lawyers to draft a city charter amendment to put before voters in the fall that would let him run for another term in office.
After tamping down such speculation late last month, Louisiana's Steve Scalise continues to be talked up as a candidate to be the next speaker of the house, Politico reports.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell seems to be having a little trouble letting go of her last election, even though it's been five months since her decisive victory.
Friday, April 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making a handful of tweaks to the National Flood Insurance Program to inject more private money into the government-dominated flood insurance market.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — The federal government will be sending more than $1.2 billion in grant money to pay for flood-control and prevention projects in the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced Thursday.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Conditions in New Orleans jails have remained so deplorable for so long that it is time for a formal system of citizen oversight of the city's lockup, a Loyola University law professor argues in a new essay.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Slidell's incoming City Council could have ended up being mostly newcomers, with term limits forcing many members to step aside and creating the possibility for seismic turnover in this spring's municipal elections.
WASHINGTON — Among the items tucked into the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion federal budget deal passed by Congress on March 22 are several provisions that will directly affect Louisiana.
Friday, March 30, 2018
When the new Kenner City Council convenes for its first meeting in July, it will look far different from four years ago. Four or five of the seven members will be new, and even though Mayor Ben Zahn just won re-election, he has been in office for …
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — The sudden and mysterious death of whole tracts of a marsh grass along the Louisiana coast have raised alarm among scientists and prompted fears of speeding erosion of the state's already shrinking coast.
WASHINGTON — The hallways of the U.S. Capitol, the White House and federal agency headquarters are lined with paintings of presidents, major lawmakers, past committee chairs and Cabinet secretaries.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Emergency dispatchers may soon be able to help save lives over the phone with the advancement Tuesday of one senator’s life-or-death bill.
A bill to overhaul the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students was narrowly rejected Tuesday by a state Senate committee after the plan sparked heavy criticism from leaders of LSU and others.
A bid to let voters in East Baton Rouge and four other parishes enact their own gas tax narrowly failed Tuesday in a Louisiana House committee.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be honored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his leadership in removing four Confederate-era monuments from their pedestals in New Orleans, the organization said Tuesday.
Today in The Rundown: A big announcement expected today from the AG's office; booze bills up for consideration in the Capitol; occupational licensing roll-back attempt up for debate this week; and more news in Louisiana politics today.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers have jettisoned legislation to ban employers from requiring their workers to sign contracts that keep them from filing sexual harassment lawsuits in civil court.
Louisiana senators refused Monday to eliminate gender-specific terms from state marriage laws in response to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, amid opposition to the law changes from Christian conservatives.
Beer, wine and hard liquor could be delivered to homes under legislation that advanced Monday by a state Senate committee.
WASHINGTON — Comments by a Nevada congressman on Monday touched off the latest round of speculation that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan might hang up his gavel and retire, with Louisiana's Steve Scalise a possible successor.
An effort to raise the age of retirement and include a 401(k)-style component to the pension plan for many newly hired rank-and-file state workers took its first step Monday when a state Senate panel backed the legislation.
Louisiana's social services agency is improving efforts to keep food stamp rolls current and shrink improper payments, but still has paid out benefits after recipients have died, according to an audit released Monday.
An effort to roll back the number of occupations that require government-issued licenses in Louisiana is getting a boost in the State House this week, as hearings on occupational licensing legislation begin.
Flooded homeowners and businesses who could take advantage of recently passed federal tax relief won’t have to pay more in state taxes after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Monday legislation that forgave whatever taxes the state was owed.
Bulletproof backpacks would be allowed in Louisiana public schools under a bill that breezed through a Senate committee Monday.
The group Take 'Em Down NOLA marched through the streets of New Orleans on Sunday, again advocating for the removal of more monuments to slave owners and Confederate officials, according to a report.