WASHINGTON — Lafayette attorney Michael Juneau will take a lifelong seat as a federal district judge in Louisiana after the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on Thursday.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Friday, October 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — All eyes in the U.S. Capitol were focused Friday on a handful of undecided senators who could tip the balance on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put the final touch on new federal legislation designed to clear a number of bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles that were making it difficult for 2016 Louisiana flood victims to receive federal aid.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
WASHINGTON — The fight on Capitol Hill over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the handling of sexual assault allegations against him, has brought out plenty of partisan insults and name calling.
WASHINGTON — Prominent Lafayette lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Donald Washington is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Marshals Service, the White House announced.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
WASHINGTON — Top-ranking senators have no plans to show the American public the results of the FBI’s week-long probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Friday, September 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Friday he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he believes the judge's denials of sexual assault allegations laid out in a committee hearing a day earlier.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — An overhaul of federal disaster policies, including provisions directly affecting homeowners and local governments hit by the 2016 Louisiana floods, easily cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has built a reputation as a bruising questioner in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, derailing at least one potential federal judge and grilling others with pointed questions.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond blasted President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, telling members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh would be a threat to civil rights if confirmed to the court.
Lafayette Consolidated Government employees are on track to receive a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for the first time in three years, barring a veto by Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Mayor-President Joel Robideaux’s plan to split Lafayette’s publicly owned utilities system and fiber network hit the skids Thursday, with City-Parish Council members axing proposed salaries for two new directors.
WASHINGTON — Current Lafayette federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Summerhays was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a lifetime federal district court judgeship on Thursday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — Attorney Barry Ashe is headed for a lifelong job as a federal district judge in New Orleans after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to the post on Tuesday.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
The convictions of two high-profile associates of President Donald Trump this week jolted the White House, sending shock waves across the country, but members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation issued a collective shrug in response to the bo…
Sunday, August 19, 2018
A former sheriff from north Louisiana who pleaded guilty in 1999 to felony charges of misspending public money and mistreating inmates has been named by Gov. John Bel Edwards to a state commission that makes sure used car dealers comply with the law.
At the time of his plea, Jeff Britt, the former sheriff of Tensas Parish, was facing federal civil rights charges for allegedly beating two handcuffed inmates and lying about it to the FBI. He separately faced state charges related to the alleged misappropriation of money.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Conservative anger over corporate firearms policies knocked a pair of banking heavyweights out of the running to underwrite some of Louisiana’s highway bonds, and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is gunning for more action.
Charles Lancaster Jr., a former longtime state legislator from Metairie who colleagues said was feisty and fervently Republican but never mean-spirited during 32 years in the state House, died early Friday of a heart attack, according to his famil…
Monday, August 13, 2018
Louisiana’s members of Congress are reviewing potential legislation to roll back tariffs on imported newsprint that have hiked operating costs for U.S. newspapers, with both of the state’s U.S. senators expressing alarm over the tariffs to the U.S…
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Federal authorities arrested an upstate New York man accused of leaving menacing voicemails on the office phones of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and another congressman.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Louisiana is taking a stab at reining in all those unwanted phone solicitations with a new law that goes into effect Wednesday.
The National Flood Insurance Program, which writes policies for around a half-million Louisiana residents, will keep operating without a lapse through the end of hurricane season after the U.S. Senate voted to extend its authorization Tuesday.
Friday, July 27, 2018
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Friday released highly anticipated revisions to proposed charter amendments that would split the council into separate bodies representing the parish and the city.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A special election will be held in November to fill a newly-vacant Louisiana state Senate seat.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — The fight over the National Flood Insurance Program will come down to the wire as U.S. senators head into the weekend wrangling over an extension with a Tuesday deadline looming.
A 15th Judicial District judge on Thursday denied Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope’s longshot motion to dismiss the criminal indictment against him.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise endorsed an effort by right-wing Republicans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux has named five trustees, including himself, to helm a new entity broadly focused on building the local tech economy.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Lafayette city dwellers who want their own city council made their voices heard this week, following a series of town hall meetings the previous week in which a proposal to split the City-Parish Council was met with skepticism and suspicion.
Monday, July 23, 2018
WASHINGTON — Steve Scalise’s conservative political views haven’t shifted over the past year. But the size of his megaphone has grown dramatically.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are eyeing yet another temporary extension of the National Flood Insurance Program as a deadline to avoid a lapse looms at the end of July.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Confusion and conflict reigned last week as Lafayette City-Parish Council members struggled to explain proposed fundamental local governance changes to skeptical constituents at a series of town hall meetings.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming is up for a position as assistant Commerce Department secretary overseeing the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana's GOP lawmakers led the charge on Capitol Hill to express support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and score political points over a handful of Democrats who've called for dismantling the agency.
Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard on Wednesday apologized for failing to notify City-Parish Council members of his plans to withdraw from a partnership with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — Louisiana's Republicans in Congress blamed Russia for attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections but largely avoided direct criticism of President Donald Trump for remarks made during a joint news conference with Russian…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy found bipartisan agreement on offering working Americans paid family leave at a Wednesday subcommittee hearing he chaired, with conservatives and liberals chiming in favor of doing something.
The first formal debate about splitting the Lafayette City-Parish Council into two bodies turned personal within minutes.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh heads into confirmation hearings, it will be relatively familiar territory.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and current personal lawyer for President Trump, thrust himself into Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District primary on Monday with an endorsement for Josh Guillory, who faces long odds against first-te…
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
President Donald Trump has endorsed U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins in his re-election bid, a day after a report about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's connection to Higgins' opponent's campaign.
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…
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Lafayette City-Parish Council members fumed Wednesday about what they see as the council’s exclusion from critical discussions affecting the Lafayette Police Department, which falls under council oversight.
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.
Friday, June 08, 2018
A state grand jury on Friday indicted Iberia Parish Clerk of Court Michael Thibodeaux on 14 corruption-related counts, including racketeering, theft, malfeasance, falsifying public records and perjury.
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.
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.