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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. Among his recognitions are 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. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

AG Landry’s beef with Zuckerberg over election grants sent back to trial court

By: - June 29, 2022

The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court ruling to reverse the dismissal of a lawsuit that Attorney General Jeff Landry filed against a nonprofit organization that tried to donate money to election officials across the state to pay for tents, water, signs and other basic supplies they needed to hold the 2020 presidential […]

Governor Edwards and the Legislative Black Caucus

Gov. Edwards finishes bill signings, vetoes for the 2022 session

By: - June 28, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed his last batch of bills from the 2022 legislative session into law and used his veto pen on six proposals Monday.  The governor announced this week his signing of bills related to infrastructure, education, criminal law and civil liability, among others. He also rejected measures on elections, charter schools and […]

U.S Supreme Court

Supreme Court blocks judge from drawing Louisiana’s congressional map

By: - June 28, 2022

Just one day before a federal judge planned to enact a new congressional map with two majority-Black districts in Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of her ruling. It means the map that will be used for this fall’s elections is the version Republican legislative leaders created that the judge ruled was racially […]

A row of solar panels

Louisiana’s new solar farm rules don’t apply to most existing solar farms

By: - June 28, 2022

A new law enacted to prevent “orphan” solar energy farms in Louisiana contains a carve-out that exempts most of the current solar farm projects in the state.   House Bill 655, sponsored by Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafyatette, establishes decommissioning regulations for utility-scale solar projects, requiring companies to pay permitting fees and purchase a bond payable to […]

Adopted people in Louisiana will soon have access to birth certificates

Adopted people in Louisiana will soon have access to birth certificates

By: - June 23, 2022

Adopted people born in Louisiana will soon be able to obtain copies of their original birth certificates when they reach age 24 thanks to new legislation Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law. House Bill 450, sponsored by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature, though Owen […]

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

By: - June 23, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill to protect police whistleblowers from retaliation. House Bill 745, by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, received unanimous support in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal underwent amendments that weakened it from its original version.  Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops The final […]

Federal judge vacancies present ticking clock for Democrats

‘It’s basically a race’: 3 courts consider future of Louisiana’s congressional districts

By: - June 22, 2022

The legal battle to determine the boundaries of Louisiana’s congressional districts is now taking place simultaneously at all three levels of the federal judiciary, and the parties involved are fighting on multiple fronts. The decision comes down to whether Black voters will hold a majority in one or two of the state’s six U.S. House […]

New road fee hits hybrid and electric car owners in Louisiana

New road fee hits hybrid and electric car owners in Louisiana

By: - June 22, 2022

Hybrid and electric vehicle owners in Louisiana will soon have to pay an annual road fee to cover the state’s shrinking fuel tax revenue as automotive manufacturers continue phasing out the internal combustion engine. The new fees are $60 for each hybrid and $110 for each electric vehicle registered in the state. Electric and hybrid […]

Lawmakers bank on single redistricting proposal as court deadline looms

Lawmakers bank on single redistricting proposal as court deadline looms

By: - June 17, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature advanced a single redistricting bill Friday that might comply with a federal court order to add a second majority-Black district to the state’s congressional map. Lawmakers have just three days left to pass a map that complies with the Voting Rights Act.  The Senate redistricting committee moved Senate Bill 3, filed by […]

Republicans in Legislature resist congressional maps with 2 Black districts

GOP lawmakers invoke ‘precedent’ to stall on 2nd Black congressional district

By: - June 17, 2022

A proposed Louisiana congressional map with two majority Black districts failed to advance Thursday from a state Senate committee after Republicans insisted on honoring a procedural tradition of letting the bill lay over for 24 hours.  The time element is critical because the Legislature faces a federal judge’s Monday deadline to approve such a map […]

Speaker gives Louisiana House day off while asking judge for more redistricting time

Speaker gives Louisiana House day off while asking judge for more redistricting time

By: - June 15, 2022

Update: Judge Shelly Dick denied the request of legislative leaders for more time to submit new congressional districts. The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives is giving members the day off Thursday despite complaints he will take to a federal judge that there’s not enough time to redraw Louisiana’s congressional districts to meet a […]

Special session might see few changes to GOP-drawn maps

Special session might see few changes to GOP-drawn maps

By: - June 14, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers will convene Wednesday for what amounts to a court-ordered special session to redraw the state’s congressional districts. But Republican lawmakers, who adopted the map in February that retained just one majority-Black district, could well stick with that composition and let the case progress — perhaps up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices have already […]