Executive

Sharon Weston Broome

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome removes name from anti-abortion letter

BY: - August 17, 2020

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome asked that her name be removed from a letter sent by several Democrats to national party leaders Friday urging them to avoid making the right to an abortion a part of the party’s platform. The letter requests that the Democratic National Committee acknowledge that Americans have “differing views” […]

FEMA makes Louisiana one of first states to get unemployment aid

BY: - August 17, 2020

According to an Saturday, Aug. 15 press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Louisiana to receive its portion of the $44 billion in aid that President Donald Trump has redirected to unemployment assistance. Gaynor has also approved Arizona, Iowa and New Mexico. The president announced four pandemic-related executive […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Edwards Urges Democratic Party To Soften Abortion Stance

BY: - August 15, 2020

Update: East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has had her name removed from the letter to the Democratic National Committee asking her political party to change its stance on abortion. Original Story:  Gov. John Bel Edwards and several other Louisiana Democratic officials who oppose abortion have asked their national party leaders to avoid making […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana has sent out 69,000 ‘frontline worker’ payments

BY: - August 15, 2020

Louisiana has sent out $250 payments to 69,000 “frontline” workers since the middle of July. The state has spent $17 million of the $50 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside for this program, said Kimberly Robinson, the head of the state department of revenue.  The state only has enough money to assist about 200,000 workers. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Three things you need to know about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak this week

BY: - August 14, 2020

White people have surpassed Black people in number of COVID-19 deaths The number of white people dying from COVID-19 has surpassed Black victims. Louisiana has seen 2,081 people who are white die from the virus and 2,054 people who are Black die from the virus, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Health. […]

COMMENTARY

DEBERRY: Did the ‘hardworking Louisianians’ that politicians praise up and decide to become less so?

BY: - August 13, 2020

You’d be hard pressed to find a politician who hasn’t described the people he or she represents as hardworking.  That modifier is such a part of the political lexicon that it’s rarely noticed.  It’s similar in that regard to the way that every governor claims to lead  “the great state of…whatever.” In political speech, everybody […]

John Bel Edwards

Trump’s order, mystery illness and COVID-19 numbers on governor’s agenda

BY: - August 11, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Tuesday and discussed Louisiana’s coronavirus situation, a new illness killing children and President Donald Trump’s executive order, among other things. Here are summaries of three main takeaways from the conference:  Louisiana’s coronavirus situation has been steadily improving Numbers of new cases and hospitalizations have been on a […]

ACLU sues Louisiana over its process regarding early release of prisoners

BY: - August 10, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says the state’s government is illegally withholding information about its process regarding the early release of prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic. The advocacy organization is suing Louisiana’s Department of Corrections for documents related to a review panel that decided which inmates could end their sentences early because of […]

John Bel Edwards

Four things you may have missed about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak this week

BY: - August 7, 2020

There’s an avalanche of news about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak every week and we know it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a few interesting news that might have slipped through the cracks this week:  LSU planning around fans in Tiger Stadium this fall Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has had “very good discussions” with LSU […]

Louisiana Governor open to temporary smoking ban in casinos

BY: - August 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards is open to the idea of temporarily banning smoking in Louisiana casinos and video poker outlets in order to protect against COVID-19 spread, though the governor still has to talk to state gambling regulators about such a move. “First impression, it seems to make some sense,” Edwards said about a temporary […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor extends Phase 2 amid ‘early signs’ of improvement in COVID-19 battle

BY: - August 4, 2020

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that he has ordered a three-week extension of Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions in an effort to continue what newly-released data shows is a declining trend of COVID-19 cases across the state. Edwards made the announcement during an afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Capitol and said the […]

Lawsuit accuses Louisiana of insufficient emergency plans for upcoming elections

BY: - August 4, 2020

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the state of Louisiana Monday, accusing state officials of a “failure to ensure all eligible voters can vote safely in the upcoming elections amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”  Specifically, the Legal Defense Fund challenges the state’s restrictions on eligibility for mail-in ballots and its reduction in the […]