Wesley Muller

Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots to 1997 when, at age 13, he built a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. Since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune and worked on staff at WAFB/CBS, the Sun Herald and the Enterprise-Journal, winning awards from the SPJ, Associated Press, Mississippi Press Association and McClatchy. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Muller is a New Orleans native, Jesuit High School alumnus, University of New Orleans alumnus and a U.S. Army veteran and former paratrooper. He lives in Southeast Louisiana with his two sons and wife.

Black Caucus chair confident in Gov. Edwards’ handling of Ronald Greene’s death

Black Caucus leader confident in Gov. Edwards’ handling of Ronald Greene death

By: - February 7, 2022

The new head of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus reassured the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday that the caucus remains in full support of Gov. John Bel Edwards after an Associated Press report alleged Edwards misled the public about the death of Ronald Greene. “I think the governor has done everything he possibly can to […]

State senators kill 5 maps that favored Black candidates for Congress

Louisiana senators kill 5 maps that would have favored Black candidates for Congress

By: - February 4, 2022

The chance Black Louisiana voters will see their votes for Congress reflect their share of the state’s population grew slimmer Friday after a state Senate committee killed five maps that proposed adding a second majority-Black district. Several similar proposals remain in the Senate and House of Representatives that have yet to be considered.  With a […]

Republicans in Legislature resist congressional maps with 2 Black districts

Democrats pitch second majority-minority district in Congress for Louisiana; Republicans resist

By: - February 3, 2022

A state Senate committee stopped short of advancing any maps of revised district lines for Louisiana’s seats in Congress, choosing Thursday to defer multiple options submitted this week.  Nonetheless, members of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee studied six proposed versions – five submitted by Democrats and one from a Republican. Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton […]

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Senators pick 2 nominees for Louisiana Ethics Board

By: - February 3, 2022

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday settled on two candidates to serve on Louisiana’s Board of Ethics, while its counterpart in the House has not yet decided from a list of 10 nominees.  The Senate committee chose Camille Bryant of New Orleans and William Grimley of Baton Rouge, each of whom would serve […]

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Louisiana Legislature starts working on new political maps

By: , , and - February 2, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature opened its special session on political redistricting Tuesday with 22 proposals for reworking boundaries for the state’s seats in Congress, the state Senate, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Public Service Commission and on the state Supreme Court. More proposals are in the works for the Louisiana House of Representatives. Dozens of […]

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Panel reviewing how Louisiana courts are funded needs more time for recommendations

By: - February 1, 2022

A legislative commission studying ways to fund Louisiana’s criminal justice system without burdening defendants with fees and fines postponed its approval of a report that leaves a crucial item unaddressed. On Friday commission members received a 21-page draft report compiled by staff and had hoped to review and vote on its recommendations Monday. Some members […]

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Court rules against unvaccinated students at Louisiana medical school

By: - January 31, 2022

Three students who sued a Monroe medical school over its coronavirus vaccine mandate lost their motion to hold the college in contempt. The ruling, issued Friday, means a settlement from October will remain in place.  Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis and Kirsten Willis Hall initially sued the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says he’ll take questions on Ronald Greene death

By: - January 31, 2022

In a statement Monday afternoon, the governor’s office said that text message informed Edwards of the death of an unnamed individual. It was not until September 2020 when Edwards first learned of the “serious allegations against Louisiana State Police surrounding the arrest and death of Mr. Ronald Greene,” the statement said.

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Derek Chauvin trial expert calls Hammond police use of force among ‘most abusive’ he’s seen

By: - January 27, 2022

Council members have renewed talk of calling on Mayor Pete Panepinto to fire Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, who was a sergeant at the time and one of the officers in the video.

Louisiana utility regulators rescind contract given to suspended lawyer

Louisiana utility regulators rescind contract given to suspended lawyer

By: - January 25, 2022

The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Tuesday rescinded a state contract it awarded to a consultant with ties to one of the commissioners who approved the deal last month. In a 3-2 vote, the Public Service Commission reversed its Dec. 14 decision to hire Scott McQuaig as a consultant on electric vehicle charging stations. The commission […]

GOP lawmakers reluctant to add majority-minority districts in Louisiana

GOP lawmakers reluctant to add majority-minority districts in Louisiana

By: - January 21, 2022

State lawmakers tasked with redrawing political boundaries to reflect the latest Census figures made the final stop Thursday of their statewide redistricting roadshow in Baton Rouge. Although the data show a population increase of Black residents in urban areas and decreases of white residents in rural areas, Republican lawmakers voiced skepticism and probed for ways […]

Portable voting trailers in Terrebonne Parish

Louisiana’s Voting System Commission weighs paper ballot option

By: - January 20, 2022

Louisiana’s Voting System Commission met Wednesday to learn about new certification standards for voting machines, part of its assigned task to upgrade the state’s outdated equipment. A group of residents that has closely followed the commission — while peddling false information about the 2020 presidential election — continued to pressure the commission to reject voting […]