Election 2023

Shawn Wilson

Shawn Wilson retires from DOTD; no word yet on governor’s race

BY: - February 15, 2023

The person who has emerged as the most likely Democrat to run for Louisiana governor announced he is retiring from his state job, but so far there’s been no word from outgoing Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson on whether he will enter the race. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that Wilson is leaving his post […]

Treasurer John Schroder talks with supporters after launching his campaign for Louisiana governor

Schroder ends the mystery and enters governor’s race

BY: - February 10, 2023

MANDEVILLE – Long considered a probable candidate, Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder made his intentions public Thursday night and announced he is running for governor. He joins a field that so far includes three other Republican contenders. Before a large crowd of supporters at the Fleur de Lis Event Center, Schroder shared his campaign platform on […]

Former Congressman John Fleming

Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming likely to enter treasurer’s race

BY: - February 8, 2023

Former Congressman John Fleming, R-Minden, looks likely to enter the Louisiana treasurer’s race, he said in an interview Wednesday morning. Fleming has already commissioned a statewide poll on candidacy and is fundraising for a potential campaign. He has also hired two members of a potential campaign team, though he isn’t quite ready to make an […]

Attorney General Jeff Landry stands behind a sign that says "protecting innocence." Behind him stand two women, Representative Julie Emerson and Senator Heather Cloud

Attorney general, legislators call for restricting minors’ access to library materials

BY: - February 7, 2023

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has called for legislation to restrict what children and teens can check out from public libraries. He released a report Tuesday on what he considers sexually explicit materials available to minors at libraries.  Landry is also a candidate for governor who has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Louisiana.  […]

portraits of Shawn Wilson and Garret Graves

What potential Louisiana governor candidates are saying

BY: - January 30, 2023

Two major candidates who might join the Louisiana governor’s race said they still aren’t ready to announce whether they are launching a campaign yet. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, said he hasn’t made up his mind yet over whether he will run for governor. Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson, a Democrat, said he will […]

Sen. Sharon Hewitt sitting in committee room

‘Underdog’ Sharon Hewitt, former engineer, hopes her path leads to governor’s office

BY: - January 29, 2023

Sharon Hewitt said the impact she made with her local parent-teacher association in Slidell inspired her to enter politics in 2015, but she was far from just another mother active in her children’s school. In an interview with the Illuminator, Hewitt said her unique background makes her the best choice for Louisiana’s next governor. Born […]

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 night 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  […]

U.S. Capitol

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 […]

Liz Murrill

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, […]