Not The Fall, But The Sudden Stop At The Bottom

Jan 2, 2018
Sue Lincoln

"This is now becoming not an exercise on paper, and a 'what-if?' – it's about to become reality."


Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was referring to the fiscal cliff, during the most recent Revenue Estimating Conference meeting. Dardenne then asked the Office of Planning and Budget’s Manfred Dix for an analysis of the ripple effect of cutting a billion dollars from the state budget.

Roseau Cane Update

Jan 1, 2018
visitpasadena.org / LSU AgCenter

While you oooh and ahhh over the intricate use of flowers and plants ornamenting today's Rose Parade floats in Pasadena, California, Louisiana officials continue to fret about the die off of a necessary marshland plant — Roseau cane.


"We've now got observations of the invasive scale in 13 parishes," reports Jim Pahl with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

2017 Review: Less Trauma, Same Drama

Dec 29, 2017
Marit Vatne

How to summarize the year 2017 in state politics? Somewhat less trauma, but much of the same drama.

For the second year in a row, we had back-to-back-to-back legislative sessions, with Senate President John Alario repeating what became a familiar prediction: "There isn't a whole lot looks like that's going to get accomplished in this session."

District Fairness Questions Are Not New

Dec 28, 2017
JMC Analytics

Starting in early 2018, state policymakers will be looking ahead to the 2021 redistricting process. While many are focused on a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision over alleged partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, longtime Louisiana politicians admit the concerns that case raises are not new to the Bayou State.

Policy Prediction: How To Draw Lines

Dec 27, 2017

I think I can confidently predict one political policy hot topic for the coming year: redistricting.

Also known as "reapportionment," it's come up no less than four times in meetings this past month alone.

2019 Governor's Race: Hats Going In The Ring

Dec 26, 2017
Sue Lincoln

In addition to fiscal cliff issues dominating legislative discussions this spring and congressional elections this fall, what's on the political horizon for 2018?

There's about to be a governor's race, and so candidates are going to have to announce, start campaigning this year, start raising money this year," says Gannett reporter Greg Hilburn.

Where The Jobs Are

Dec 25, 2017

(Just because it’s Christmas, here’s an “evergreen” Capitol Access.)

Whether it’s refundable tax credits, a decade's worth of property tax forgiveness, or cash up front, Louisiana is making deals with industry. In fact, state Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson has a video out about it.

Wish List For State Police

Dec 22, 2017
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During his year-end press conference this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards was asked about the legislative auditor's report on former State Police commander Mike Edmonson. The governor says he's not convinced Edmonson's use of the residence at the state police compound was improper.

Governor Optimistic, Despite Challenges

Dec 21, 2017
Sue Lincoln

Unsurprisingly, Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered a positive review of 2017 during his year-end press conference Wednesday.

"Despite the challenges that lie ahead, I remain extremely optimistic about the future of our great state," he said, while standing in front of one of the mansion's Christmas trees.

If You Don't Recognize Your Child...

Dec 20, 2017
courtesy: Chris Broadwater

State Representative Chris Broadwater, vice chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, has tendered his resignation from the Louisiana House, effective March 1.


"My decision was not influenced by anything inside the body, or the politics of it. Nor was it affected by things externally — by any scandal or anything else," the Hammond Republican states.