partisanship

Sue Lincoln

“We’re probably in one of the safest times in our state’s history right now, primarily because both the Louisiana Legislature and the U.S. Congress are out of session,” Congressman Garret Graves began, as he spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

“I also want to thank the Governor and the legislature, because I think for the first time in a long time they actually made Congress appear functional,” he added.

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When House Republican Caucus chair Lance Harris squared off with New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson – who is the chair of the state Democratic Party, it was partisan pugilism of the verbal variety.

Harris’ bill to increase parole fees by 50% was the issue.


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“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.


The full House had a lot on the docket Wednesday: capital outlay, the gasoline tax, and more than a dozen tax reform bills. But little of it went as planned.


Former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Florida
Office of Congressman Trey Radel

Former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, a Republican from Florida, recaps a two-year period in which he went from being a popular television anchor to being a congressman to getting convicted for cocaine possession. Radel has put his story about the political process in a book, "Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food."