Election 2023

The Guardian or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Washington Mardi Gras: The swamp becomes crowded

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Washington Hilton lobby was wall-to-wall with Louisiana elected officials, lobbyists, and business leaders Thursday afternoon as more Washington Mardi Gras attendees arrived ahead of the first official nighttime event of the week’s festivities. The Hilton’s ground floor bar – renamed the “65th Parish” for the next few days in honor of Louisiana  […]

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From one swamp to another: Welcome to Washington Mardi Gras

BY: - January 26, 2023

Ahead of a state special session on insurance next week, many of Louisiana’s elected officials, business leaders and state lobbyists decamped to Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Mardi Gras. The politically-fueled celebration  this week features dozens of corporate parties, business group luncheons and candidate fundraisers. While official events don’t get underway until Thursday, hundreds […]

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Louisiana Democratic chair Katie Bernhardt says she’s ‘committed to uniting behind one candidate’ for governor

BY: - January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Democratic Party chair Katie Bernhardt didn’t rule out running for governor herself in an interview Wednesday, but also said she was “committed to uniting behind one [Democratic] candidate.” She specifically mentioned she would be willing to get behind Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, should he jump into the governor’s race. Speaking in […]

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Secretary of State Ardoin pushes for U.S. citizenship check on jury duty notices

BY: - January 25, 2023

Parish court officials in Louisiana could be required to ask residents to verify their United States citizenship if state lawmakers approve a proposal heading their way. The State Board of Election Officials voted Tuesday to recommend that clerks of court ask about someone’s citizenship status when they send out a jury duty notice. The board […]

A sign directors voters to a polling place at Edward Hynes Charter School in New Orleans' Lakeview neighborhood

Sex offenders could be banned as election commissioners

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Louisiana Legislature could consider a proposal to ban sex offenders from working as election commissioners. While voters who are sex offenders must cast absentee ballots if their precinct is located at a school, there currently is no such prohibition in place for polling precinct workers. The State Board of Election Commissioners issued an official […]

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Solicitor General Liz Murrill jumps into attorney general’s race

BY: - January 23, 2023

Liz Murrill announced her candidacy for Louisiana attorney general Monday with a campaign video released online. She is currently the state’s solicitor general, the top litigator in the attorney general’s office. “Louisiana elects a new AG in 2023,” a voiceover in the advertisement said. “Let’s go with our best advocate, the one protecting our families, […]

LABI will feature governor candidates at annual meeting

BY: - January 19, 2023

The state’s top business lobby will feature four of the declared Republican candidates for governor as speakers for its annual meeting in March. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced Thursday its confirmed speakers for the March 2 event are state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Rep. Richard Nelson and […]

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Richard Nelson seeks the middle of the road to become Louisiana governor

BY: - January 19, 2023

It was during a two-month stint in Afghanistan with the U.S. State Department in 2012 that Richard Nelson said he first pondered a run for political office. His inspiration? George Washington’s Farewell Address at the end of his presidency, which he read during his spare time. In the letter Washington addressed to citizens of the […]

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Garret Graves doesn’t know whether he’s running for governor yet

BY: - January 18, 2023

U.S. House Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, declined to say Wednesday morning whether he’s running for Louisiana governor, despite pervasive rumors  over the weekend that he is getting into the race. “I don’t know,” Graves said when asked directly if he was going to run for governor. He then said he doesn’t know when he […]

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State Sen. Sharon Hewitt announces bid for Louisiana governor

BY: - January 13, 2023

Louisiana State Sen. Sharon Hewitt announced Friday that she will run for governor, joining Treasurer John Schroder and Attorney General Jeff Landry in the race. A successful campaign would make Hewitt the second female governor of Louisiana and the first female Republican governor. The late Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, served as governor from 2004 to […]

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Louisiana governor’s race 2023: What Landry vs. Schroder might look like

BY: - January 10, 2023

Two statewide elected officials appear headed for a showdown in the Louisiana governor’s race this fall, as Treasurer John Schroder told supporters Monday he will qualify to run. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser also announced he would bypass the election and will instead run to keep his current seat. The declarations come after U.S. Sen. John […]

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John Kennedy opts against governor’s race: What’s next?

BY: - January 5, 2023

A lukewarm flirtation from U.S. Sen. John Kennedy with a possible run for Louisiana governor turned cold Wednesday when he announced he would forgo the race. Jeremy Alford with LaPolitics Weekly first reported on the email Kennedy sent to supporters declaring his intention to stay in Washington, D.C. “I have looked hard into my heart […]