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Politics
5:34 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vitter Slings Mud After Katrina Belittled

Even days after Katrina passed, parts of New Orleans and surrounding areas were still underwater.
Credit Lieutenant Commander Mark Moran / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Senator David Vitter made his opinion of Senator Harry Reid clear this morning via twitter. "Sadly," Vitter wrote, "Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents."

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Politics
5:16 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Laws Impact Voting, Sex Offenders, School Vouchers

One of the state laws going into effect Jan. 1 provides tax rebates for donations to organizations that will pay private and parochial school tuition for students from low and moderate-income families wanting to escape under-performing public schools. The rebates come into play barely a month after a state judge ruled a similar voucher program couldn’t be paid for through the formula for funding public schools.

Louisianians will also be able to check boxes on their tax forms to designate resources to fighting fraud in the state’s food stamp program.

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Tenure on Trial
8:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Teacher Tenure, Compensation Act Headed To Court

Another major part of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform package faces a court challenge Monday in Baton Rouge.

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Politics
11:02 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Jindal Calls for 'End of Birth-Control Politics'

In a Wall Street Journal opinion column, Gov. Bobby Jindal says birth control pills should be available over-the-counter.  

If women were allowed to get birth control without a prescription, Jindal argues, employers with moral objections would not have to pay for it and Democrats could no longer accuse Republicans of being against contraception.  

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Affordable Care Act
3:44 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Jindal Presses Obama to Talk Medicaid with GOP Governors

Jindal, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, wrote to the president Thursday after a request from the Louisiana governor and 10 others went unanswered.

Republican governors, including Jindal, want flexibility on expanded eligibility criteria for Medicaid recipients, according to The Hill.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Official Use of Private Email Prompts Call for Records Law Revisions

Top Jindal administration officers used personal email accounts to come up with a media strategy around cuts to Medicaid.

LSU Mass Communications Professor Craig Freeman says the new revelations point to a need for Louisiana to update its public records laws.

"We haven’t really, effectively updated public records laws in probably 30 years. But we’re essentially using a 1960’s remedy for a new millennium problem," Freeman said.

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Elections 2012
9:46 am
Mon December 10, 2012

'Pro-Life', 'Pro-Gun' Judge Heads to Supreme Court

Republican appeals court judge Jeff Hughes is moving up to Louisiana's highest court.

Hughes was the winner Saturday of a runoff election for an open seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court representing the eight-parish Baton Rouge region.

The seat is vacant because Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball is retiring at the end of January.

Hughes, a former state District Court judge from Livingston Parish, defeated one of his colleagues for the position: John Michael Guidry, a Democrat and former lawmaker from Baton Rouge.

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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Boustany Defeats Landry for Congressional Seat

Tea party support wasn't enough to return Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry to Congress for a second term after Louisiana lost a U.S. House seat in redistricting.

His fellow GOP congressman, Charles Boustany, easily defeated Landry in Saturday's runoff election after the two men were forced into the same district.

Boustany, a retired doctor from Lafayette, will represent the 3rd District covering southwest Louisiana and Acadiana next year. It will be his fifth term.

Both men ran as conservative Republicans opposed to the policies of President Barack Obama.

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On the Ballot
3:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Next Justice to Help Decide Legislative Battles

Judge John Guidry (right) and Judge Jeff Hughes face off in a runoff election Dec. 8, 2012.
Credit Composite photo

Baton Rouge area voters will pick the next state Supreme Court justice in a runoff election Saturday. 

John Pierre, professor and vice chancellor at the Southern University Law Center, says the new justice will likely help decide the biggest battles of the past legislative session. The fight over private school vouchers is just one of them. 

 


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Official Corruption
9:17 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in 2009.
Molly Riley Reuters /Landov

The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says:

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