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Wesley Muller

Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana’s constitutional amendment results

By: - November 4, 2020

The following table contains the unofficial election results of seven Louisiana constitutional amendments as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, all but one precinct had reported its vote tallies. An additional constitutional amendment regarding sports wagering is specific to each voter’s home parish, the results of which can be found on the Louisiana Secretary […]

Letlow and Harris head to runoff for 5th District congressional seat, but recount may happen

By: - November 4, 2020

Republicans Luke Letlow and state Rep. Lance Harris advanced to a runoff election for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office. That election, which will determine the area’s next representative in Washington, will be held Dec. 5.  Letlow clinched 33 percent of the vote in […]

Trump clinches Louisiana while national result remains uncertain

By: - November 3, 2020

While national counts remain incomplete, President Donald Trump has clinched Louisiana’s eight Electoral College votes, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press. Louisiana has not supported a Democrat for president since 1996 when Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote in the state. Nationally, unofficial results remained uncertain as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

In Alton Sterling protest case, Supreme Court vacates Fifth Circuit ruling

By: - November 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said a Baton Rouge police officer can sue a protest leader for the actions of another protester during demonstrations in Baton Rouge in 2016.  That unidentified protester struck the officer with a “piece of concrete or a similar rock-like object” […]

Election generators cause argument between New Orleans mayor and sec. of state

By: - November 2, 2020

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spent Sunday accusing one another of failing to make sure all the city’s polling places will have power Tuesday, but by Sunday night it appeared that all the city’s voters will be able to vote at polling sites that have power. Cantrell announced […]

House speaker says petition requires governor to end COVID-19 restrictions

By: - October 30, 2020

Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday filed a motion in an East Baton Rouge Court Thursday arguing that once Louisiana House members affixed enough signatures on a petition ending Gov. John Bel Edwards’  public health emergency and delivered it to him, the governor was mandated by law to declare the emergency over.  That petition was […]

326,000 remain in dark two days after Hurricane Zeta

By: - October 30, 2020

Two days after Hurricane Zeta hit the state with 110 mph winds, an estimated 326,000 customers in Louisiana remained without electricity Friday morning, down from a peak outage of more than half a million. A large percentage of those outages are in Jefferson Parish, where about 72 percent remained without power, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Polling places may be relocated due to Zeta

By: - October 29, 2020

State and local officials are working to figure out how much damage Hurricane Zeta caused to polling locations across Southeast Louisiana and if any need to be relocated ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.  The Category 2 storm made landfall in Cocodrie, an unincorporated fishing village in Terrebonne Parish about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. […]

Louisiana State Police chief retires amid scandals

By: - October 27, 2020

The head of Louisiana State Police, Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves, will retire at the end of this week. The 30-year veteran will leave an agency that has been embroiled in scandals for several years.  The governor said he plans to name Reeves’ successor in the coming days. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

To preserve COVID-19 emergency powers, Gov. Edwards goes to court

By: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards filed a motion in court Monday against the Louisiana House of Representatives in response to a petition signed by House Republicans who are determined to overturn the governor’s public health emergency declaration.The state’s COVID-19 Phase 3 restrictions remain “in full force and effect,” Edwards said, despite statements from Attorney General Jeff […]

Voters exit a precinct at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Governor vetoes bill that sought to prohibit election grant money

By: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local election officials from using nonprofit grant money to pay for election-related expenses.  House Bill 51, introduced by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sought to prohibit registrars of voters and clerks of court from accepting grant money from private individuals […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Gov. Edwards is sent a bill that creates a new way of crafting emergency election plans and doesn’t diminish his power

By: - October 23, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Friday that changes the way the state adopts an emergency election plan and allows for some extra accommodations for early voting during such emergencies. Senate Bill 20, introduced by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, allows the secretary of state to present multiple versions of an emergency election plan to a […]