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Governor John Bel Edwards took Attorney General Jeff Landry to court Monday, asking Judge Don Johnson to order the A.G. to do his job. “The judge basically said that this procedural device, a writ of mandamus, is not available to the Governor in this case,” Matthew Block, the governor's executive counsel, said of the ruling against the governor’s case.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has had enough of Attorney General Jeff Landry’s obstructionism, and now he’s taking Landry to court. “It is not his place in the architecture of our government – the framework of our government – to replace my priorities with his own,” the Governor said in a press conference following a face-to-face meeting with Landry.

New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Shreveport followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell. Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for The Advocate , discusses the dynamics at play.

For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students. But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man. Under federal anti-discrimination laws , employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Dollar is working to change that....

She knew she didn’t have the votes going into Tuesday’s Civil Law committee meeting, but Representative Karen St. Germain of Pierre Part still wanted proponents of her anti-discrimination bill to have their say. “We’re here to do something for the public, and the public means everyone,” St. Germain told her fellow lawmakers. “This is a fairness bill.”

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