John Alario

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Don’t be surprised to hear Louisiana Republican Party insiders singing along cheerfully with REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”, as they look ahead to the 2019 statewide elections.

“Huey started it, and Edwin Edwards continued it: a chicken in every pot, a car in every drive, “Every Man A King” – the welfare mentality in Louisiana, and we haven’t kicked that habit since. Their time is ending.”

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To the uninitiated, this final day of the session may look like one long cocktail party, with knots of people conversing quietly here and there, as both the House and Senate take lengthy recesses. But those clusters of conversation are actually conference committees, working to resolve differences over the contents of bills.

I sat down with the man who knows the most about conference committees – John Alario. Having served as Speaker twice and Senate President twice, he says there is a strategy to picking the three conferees from each chamber.

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“There isn’t a whole lot looks like that’s going to get accomplished in this session.”

Senate President John Alario admits he’s feeling pessimistic as we head into the final nine days of this fiscal session, and what happens today may tell the tale of the session’s success or failure.


Sue Lincoln

“They’re willing, apparently, to leave here without funding the government. Then why should we fund any other part of it?”

Franklin Representative Sam Jones is referring to the Republican House leadership. He is one of the House Democrats who blocked HB 3, the capital outlay funding bill, Wednesday evening.


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With the bang of the gavel and a call of “The Senate will come to order. Mr Secretary, open the machines for roll call,” thus began the final day of the special session.


The Art of the Barter

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Both the full House and Senate convened yesterday afternoon, but their business was brief, and more procedural than substantive.


 $1,600,000,000.

“We need to appreciate what we’re saying when we say those words,” LSU economist Jim Richardson admonishes, as Louisiana is standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff.

“We simply do not have enough,” Richardson states.