partisanship

Congress Isn't What It Used To Be

Dec 8, 2017
Sue Lincoln

What's wrong with Congress?

"It's become the blame game," says former U.S. Senator John Breaux.

When he joined former congressmen Billy Tauzin and Rodney Alexander at the Council for a Better Louisiana's annual luncheon Thursday, they discussed the differences in D.C., then and now.

Partisanship: Graves Isn’t Partying About It

Aug 8, 2017
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.

Parole Fee Bill Prompts Verbal Battle

May 29, 2017
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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.


WTF*? (*Where's The Funding?)

May 26, 2017
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.


Inching Forward and Pushing Back

May 25, 2017

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."