John Bel Edwards

Wallis Watkins

Today is the day 13-year-old John Miller Edwards gets his most pressing questions answered.

“We’re having lunch and we’re taking the kids so that they can all meet,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards says of his son’s number one request made the night he was elected.

The Jindal family is hosting the Edwards family for a meal and a tour of the entire Governor’s Mansion today.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the residence portion of the Mansion for the first time,” Edwards says, with a grin.

Stocking the Cabinet

Dec 17, 2015
Wallis Watkins

Governor-Elect John ‘Bel’ Edwards announced eight new leaders for his administration on Wednesday. 


Wallis Watkins

Industrial leaders in the Houma-Thibodaux area heard from Governor-elect John Bel Edwards Tuesday. He began the luncheon speech by advising them the state budget crisis is not going to be easily fixed.

“The relatively easy stuff was done years ago. The low-hanging fruit’s been picked,” Edwards said.

He also warned them some of their business tax breaks could be going away.

“We may need to achieve some savings by reducing or eliminating tax expenditures that we then reallocate to higher priority items like higher education.”

Sue Lincoln

Before November 24th, nearly every political expert agreed: John Bel Edwards couldn’t win.

“He’s a Democrat running in a state and a time where nobody believes a Democrat can win statewide,” Edwards’ campaign strategist Jared Arsement said was what they were told, over and over,

He was among the campaign insiders who gathered with political experts at LSU last week, for a debriefing on how Edwards won – and David Vitter lost – the Louisiana governorship. Mary Patricia Wray with the Edwards campaign admitted it was a seemingly impossible task.

“One of the first polls that we ever ran showed the Governor-elect at, I think, seven or eight percent name recognition. And we of course all sat around and said, ‘Well this great. We have so much room to grow’,” Wray recounted with a laugh. “But the same poll that told us nobody knew who we were also showed us that we had a very narrow, but a very clear path to winning.”

Sue Lincoln

“We have to do things differently. And I need your help,” Governor-elect John Bel Edwards told the Council for a Better Louisiana annual meeting Wednesday, giving every indication he’s fully focused on the job of governing, and the challenges he faces.


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