Politics

Coverage of politics from the Louisiana statehouse in Baton Rouge and beyond.

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The looming fiscal cliff has dominated talks between lawmakers and the administration, but there is a regular (non-fiscal) legislative session starting in less than two months. What’s on the governor’s agenda for that?

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Before snow, ice and frigid temps effectively shut down the state, the Riverboat Gaming Task Force met to finalize their economic development recommendations for the industry. There are two.

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Even though all the permits are now in place, opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline are continuing to battle the project, filing another lawsuit in state court on Monday.

 

“You would think that when the word of the approval permits comes down we would all be discouraged. But in fact, I think it has lit a fire under us,” said the Louisiana Bucket Brigade's Ann Rolfes.

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Louisiana's Select Committee on Women and Children heard potent testimony Friday, on the problem of sexual harassment within state government workplaces.

 

"I’m always afraid."

 

Dr. Patricia Lanier is one of three female professors within University of Louisiana at Lafayette's School of Business who said they've been battling the problem for over a year.

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2018 marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, but today we are honoring his life and work.

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“The TOPS program serves the citizens of Louisiana very, very well,” state Senator Blade Morrish of Jennings told the task force he chairs. “That being said, I think the current program, which was developed a little over 20 years ago, is an antiquated program that’s in the 20th century and not in the 21st century.”

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By one measure, you could say business is booming for Louisiana’s colleges and universities.

“LSU is experiencing right now a 28-percent increase in terms of students who are seeking admission next year, in-state. It’s more than 50-percent increase for out-of-state students,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told the Baton Rouge Press Club this week.

Sue Lincoln

You remember Citizens Insurance, don’t you? So how fares the state’s property insurer of last resort?

"We’re projected to be about 39,900 policies at the end of 2018; $7.5 billion in exposure," Citizens' CEO Richard Newberry told the legislature's Joint Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

Sue Lincoln

When Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, the main topic was no surprise: he talked about the fiscal cliff, and his proposal to fix it.

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A task force looking at dividing crimes into classes is close to drafting its final recommendations.

“I think we could propose having Class D be a zero-to-10-year class; Class E be a zero-to-five-year class,” suggests Scott Nettles, an attorney from Livingston.

But the Felony Class System Task Force is also looking to see if this will help solve the problem of calculating actual prison time.

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