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Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.

COMMENTARY
New Orleans City Council

Let’s continue to move toward virtual public meeting and courtroom access

By: - March 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe, given how we’ve all grown accustomed to conducting business virtually over the past two years, that there are still governmental entities that have not kept pace with the times and made the non-threatening leap into video conferencing.

COMMENTARY
Right-wing protestors in Maricopa County, Arizona

Cost, manpower are bigger concerns for Louisiana election officials than voter fraud

By: - March 4, 2022

Local election officials say any system that depends on paper brings with it a host of logistical and supply chain concerns.

Voters exit a precinct at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Lawmakers want more time to inspect options for Louisiana voting machines

By: - February 23, 2022

The state plans to move on from the computerized counting devices it has used since the early 2000s to a system that scans paper ballots.

graduation mortar board

Hurricanes, COVID contribute to decrease in Louisiana TOPS scholarship qualifiers

By: - February 23, 2022

The number of Louisiana high school graduates who qualified for the state's free college tuition program hit a five-year low.

COMMENTARY
State Representative Barry Ivey

In Louisiana’s ‘Animal House,’ Ivey says what needed to be said

By: - February 18, 2022

In summary, Ivey’s message to lawmakers who had just tabled his attempt to add a minority district to the Louisiana Supreme Court was that “lazy” and “stupid” is no way for the Legislature to go through life.

Casino

Gaming regulators: Diamond Jacks casino owner must transfer license to new operator or else

By: - February 17, 2022

Louisiana’s gambling regulator has given the owner of Diamond Jacks riverboat casino in Bossier City 60 days to work out a deal to sell the site – or have its state gaming license revoked.

Brass Louisiana relief map

Republicans hold sway as Louisiana Legislature nears end of redistricting session

By: and - February 16, 2022

Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature are optimistic their special redistricting session will end before the weekend as GOP-backed maps continue to advance from both chambers.

Barry Ivey

Republican bill adds minority seat to Louisiana Supreme Court

By: - February 14, 2022

Rep. Barry Ivey’s bill would create a new minority district that starts north of Baton Rouge and moves up the Mississippi River, then heads west at the Arkansas state line to include Shreveport. 

John Bel Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Redistricting bills without new minority districts ‘very problematic’

By: - February 14, 2022

Bills and amendments Democratic lawmakers have proposed include additional minority districts, which Edwards said shows it can be done.

COMMENTARY
Louisiana Senate committee redistricting hearing

Lawsuits, not fair representation, steer Louisiana’s redistricting

By: - February 11, 2022

For Louisiana redistricting in 2022, it appears lawsuits were a foregone conclusion ever before demographers put the first pen to map.

Louisiana silhouette over classroom

BESE stays at 2 minority seats in House-approved redistricting map

By: - February 8, 2022

The eight elected seats on the state school board would continue to have two districts with a majority of minority residents under a redistricting map approved Tuesday in the Louisiana House of Representatives, despite efforts from Black lawmakers to add a third.

Louisiana House of Representatives chamber

Louisiana House redistricting map keeps minority seats at status quo     

By: - February 7, 2022

A redistricting proposal from Republican leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives keeps the number of majority-minority districts in the chamber at 29 out of 105, despite calls from voting rights advocates to add more representation for the state’s increasing Black population.