Today in The Rundown: Wendy Vitter's judicial nomination set for a vote; Louisiana has a role in national abortion debate; St. George tensions flair; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
Days until the session must end: 21
Days until election day: 147
SCOOP: On the heels of this week's news that Louisiana is yet again at the bottom of U.S. News & World Report's "Best States" rankings, the Republican Governors Association has launched a new ad laying the blame at the feet of Gov. John Bel Edwards. http://bit.ly/2JHitzN
ICYMI: Edwards' administration says the "Best States" ranking is flawed and not tied to his leadership. Areas that he's focused on, including fiscal stability and health care, saw modest increases in this year's ranking compared to last year's. http://bit.ly/2JDRZPC
Abortion: With anti-abortion legislation gaining attention across the country, the Louisiana Legislature continues to pursue further restrictions to keep the state in line with the nation's strictest regulations. http://bit.ly/2JKfPcv
Congress: More than a year after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Wendy Vitter to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench, the U.S. Senate appears poised to take a final vote today. http://bit.ly/2JkU8jZ
Misconduct: During a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday, senators condemned the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board' handling of sexual assault allegations against therapists. http://bit.ly/2JIQS1h
Ethics: Nearly a decade after the state Legislature, guided by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, approved what was touted as the "gold standard" in ethics reform, gaps remain. http://bit.ly/2JGqxAV
St. George: Long-simmering tensions over a proposed new city in East Baton Rouge Parish boiled over into the state Senate Wednesday, with the Louisiana Democratic Party chair decrying “racial implications” behind the effort. http://bit.ly/2JItOzE
At the Capitol
- House comes in at 2 p.m. and the Senate convenes at 9 a.m.
- State Bond Commission meets at 8 a.m. in Room A-B.
- Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers meets at 11 a.m. in the LaSalle Building.
- Labor and Industrial Relations meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5.
- Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs meets at 9 a.m. in Room 6.
- Judiciary meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1.
- Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3.
- Finance meets at 1 p.m. in Room A-B.
- Local and Municipal Affairs meets upon adjournment in Room F.
- Natural Resources meets upon adjournment in Room A-B.
- Transportation, Highways and Public Works meets upon adjournment in Room E.
- 3 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards has his regular media availability in the State Capitol press room.
Happening in Washington, D.C.
- At 8:30 a.m. (central) U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy will join a bipartisan group of lawmakers in announcing plans for addressing "surprise medical bills." (Watch online: http://bit.ly/2JGFAdW)
- At around 11 a.m. (central), the U.S. Senate is set to vote on the confirmation of Wendy Vitter's nomination to a New Orleans-based district court vacancy. (Watch online: http://bit.ly/USSenFloor)
Here is the roll call vote on advancing Wendy Vitter's judicial nomination: https://t.co/D3V5tZPRJaNo Democrats voted in favor.Collins was only Republican who voted against.Didn't vote: Booker (D-NJ), Cruz (R-TX), Hirono (D-HI), Warren (D-MA). #lasen #lagov https://t.co/Wg6TFSo8tn— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) May 16, 2019
Now @LouisianaGov is speaking at an economic development announcement at the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier. This is a partnership with Bossier Parish Community College and Cybnit Solutions. #lagov #lalege pic.twitter.com/9Ko8uVbofF— Christina Stephens 👩🏻💻 (@CEStephens) May 15, 2019
Thank you, Rep. Robert Johnson, Rep. @smithpath and Rep. Sam Jenkins for joining our teachers to learn more about them and their students and talk about raising teacher pay! #TeacherPayLA #LaGov #LaLege #LaEd pic.twitter.com/totQJj7Ki7— DFER Louisiana (@DFERLouisiana) May 15, 2019
To clarify on 2 members not in thread here: I didn't include quotes from Abraham & Graves brief intros because it passed quickly. For the record, here's what POTUS said: "Ralph Abraham. Great job, Ralph. And Garret Graves. Thank you very much. Thank you, Garret." #lagov #lalege https://t.co/qJFD4qtkHV— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) May 15, 2019
#ThankYou to the State House of Representatives! We appreciate your getting #NewOrleans & the State of #Louisiana her #FairShare! Our Orleans Delegation works hard for us every day and we appreciate your work! #CityOfYes #LaLege #NewOrleans Day! pic.twitter.com/geMhvNyEO2— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) May 15, 2019
After nearly 12 hrs of travel with @realDonaldTrump yesterday, I can tell you that the commander in chief genuinely loves and appreciates the people and rich culture of LA. I think he would've liked to stay several more days if his busy schedule would allow it! #KeepAmericaGreat pic.twitter.com/8IGnIfLJVw— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) May 15, 2019
Elizabeth Crisp is The Advocate’s Washington, D.C. correspondent
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