Don’t look now, but Medicaid expansion could be a big issue in the next governor’s race. Just like last time.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
There’s a saying for what a group of Republican officials from 20 states, including Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, just did by pursuing a lawsuit that has now plunged the entire American health care system into uncertainty. Actually, ther…
In a weekend story, The Advocate’s Bryn Stole outlined the Louisiana delegation’s generally reduced prospects for influence in the new Congress. Among the unavoidable conclusions: Steve Scalise, who will go from majority to minority whip, will bec…
Saturday, December 15, 2018
When it comes to local tax elections, the State Bond Commission has a well-defined role. To quote from the commission’s website, it is supposed to review applications for “compliance with Constitutional and statutory requirements and feasibility, …
Friday, December 14, 2018
With Democrats poised to take control of the House of Representatives following last month’s electoral blowout, it was inevitable that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans, the only Democrat to represent Louisiana in Washington, would emerge w…
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Steve Scalise, as partisan a Republican as you’re likely to find in Washington, would surely never contradict the stated but unsupported suspicion by many of his colleagues that online search engines such as Google introduce liberal political bias…
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
On big national issues and more localized ones, Louisiana’s two senators tend to march in lockstep. That’s not a big surprise. Both are Republicans, and Washington’s a party line sort of place these days.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Challenging an incumbent for reelection is not for the risk-averse. And as of this week, we can add Treasurer John Schroder to that category, along with Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Kathleen Blanco isn’t remembered as one of the more compelling public speakers to serve as Louisiana governor, but a stranger dropping into the annual Council for a Better Louisiana meeting last week might have guessed otherwise.
It’s pretty complicated trying to keep track of all the Democrats who may or may not be running for president against Donald Trump in 2020. So here’s one handy tip: The Landrieu watch begins with the Biden watch.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Friday, December 07, 2018
Louisianans, it turns out, won’t get to vote on whether U.S. Sen. John Kennedy stays in Washington or returns to Baton Rouge as governor.
Thursday, December 06, 2018
With a few exceptions, secretaries of state are so low-profile that most voters would be pressed to come up with their names. That was surely true of the last person elected to the post in Louisiana, Tom Schedler, at least until his sexual harassm…
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
At various times during his quarter of a century in office, former U.S. Sen. David Vitter was described many ways: A rising star, a thorn in the side of fellow Republicans, lead player in a Washington sex scandal, a comeback kid, the most powerful…
Monday, December 03, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have ourselves a governor’s race. Or more likely, we don’t, at least not much of one.
So what was that, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s months-long flirtation with a gubernatorial run not even halfway into his first U.S. Senate term, other than a great big tease?
Saturday, December 01, 2018
One sign that partisanship has poisoned Washington, D.C., is that matters that once drew across-the-board support now create standstills, or standoffs.
Friday, November 30, 2018
With a new mayor and an unusually assertive City Council, there’s often a who’s-in-charge vibe around New Orleans City Hall these days.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
When President Donald Trump started tweeting recently about rapidly dropping oil prices — never mind all that ugliness with Saudi Arabia — he hoped his supporters would start celebrating.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
There was one genuine concern hanging over Tuesday morning’s meeting of the state Revenue Estimating Conference. It involved whether a recent drop in oil prices would undercut the good-news figures economists came up with before the newest data was in.
Monday, November 26, 2018
The 2018 elections are finally — mostly — settled. And we all know what that means: It’s time to start talking about 2020. And indeed, some prominent politicians are beginning to say out loud what everyone knows they’ve been thinking all along, th…
Once the newly elected Congress reconvenes in January, all eyes are going to be on House Democrats, whose big Election Night earlier this month positions them to take over control of the chamber and lead every committee. Among other things, that m…
Saturday, November 17, 2018
With the Senate still in Republican hands, the House soon to be run by Democrats and the 2020 presidential election season about to kick off in earnest, the general consensus is the next Congress won’t be able to get much of anything done. Based o…
Friday, November 16, 2018
We’ve had plenty of politicians, even presidents, who’ve served under clouds. But a court-appointed Zulu King? That’s too much.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Louisiana’s looming gubernatorial race came into sharper focus this week when Attorney Jeff Landry said he would not be a candidate in 2019, but instead run for reelection to his current job. Yet the bigger news came not from Baton Rouge but Washi…
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Nobody appears to relish the idea of going head to head with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards more than Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has battled with the administration over health care, the death penalty, LGBTQ rights and more.
It looks like newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is going to keep at least one election season promise. After watching his party lose its House majority in a slow-motion but ultimately decisive defeat, he reiterated his pledge to stay in Was…
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The writers for HBO’s satirical show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” might want to get a weekend place in Louisiana. They’ve certainly figured out that there’s plenty of good material here.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Enjoy the Thanksgiving break, Louisiana voters. Maybe try to talk about something other than politics over dinner, if your family dynamics allow for that. Then watch the Saints (hopefully) make a second meal of the Atlanta Falcons on national television.
There’s no longer any suspense over what role U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise will play in the next Congress. With control now firmly in Democratic hands, the current majority whip will not be eligible to move up to majority leader or even House speaker, …
Thursday, November 08, 2018
The first question after every big election is who’s up and who’s down — or to borrow a term from my Gambit colleague Clancy DuBos, “Da Winnas and Da Loozas.” An equally compelling level of analysis is less about who than about what.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
As expected, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had an early night. And as expected, he probably won’t get a great night’s sleep.
Hopefully most people in Louisianans aren’t having too much trouble voting today, or didn’t if they decided to cast their ballots early.
Monday, November 05, 2018
No matter what voters in all those states with hotly contested elections in other states decide Tuesday, the larger political world will look different once the votes are counted.
Saturday, November 03, 2018
With the 2018 election season down to its final days, some of Louisiana’s six incumbents in Congress are making a big last push. They’re not knocking on every door and chasing each possible vote in their own districts, though. Instead, they’re foc…
Friday, November 02, 2018
Here’s the thing that got me about the newly released list of priests who’ve been credibly accused of sexual abuse.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
The secret to plausible deniability is right there in the beginning of the short phrase. Anyone can deny anything. The key is to make the denial plausible.
Sometimes old political operatives don’t fade away, they just move on to a different state. Such is the case with the crew that once tried to mold ex-Gov. Bobby Jindal into national material, according to The Kansas City Star.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
There’s lots of talk about sports betting these days. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court recently legalized the practice nationwide, and Mississippi has, as usual, been more aggressive than Louisiana in pursuing this new, potentially lucrative …
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy hasn’t yet said that he’ll be a candidate for governor next fall, but some of his fellow Republicans aren’t waiting to line up for him — or against.
Monday, October 29, 2018
I’m betting that most Americans of good will are heartsick at the past week’s news. First came the rash of bombs sent to high-profile Democrats and CNN, which thankfully did not go off, although it’s not clear whether that was by design or incompe…
Support for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana was a winning issue for Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2015. It was a such a no-brainer that Edwards, the race’s lone Democrat, was joined by his three major Republicans in promising to implement this section …
Saturday, October 27, 2018
With so much going wrong in politics, so many issues on which the two sides are not only at odds but utterly unwilling to even acknowledge potential common ground, criminal justice reform stands out as a rare exception.