Govt + Politics

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Despite positive trends, Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its reopening plan

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its coronavirus reopening plan until at least Sept. 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.  That means nonessential businesses (such as amusement parks and playgrounds and concert halls) and bars without a food service permit will remain closed indefinitely and essential businesses must continue operating under the current […]

Election Plan Kyle Ardoin

Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana residents who have accused Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin of disregarding their safety by not creating an emergency election plan that will allow them to safely vote will have their day in federal court Sept. 8. Ardoin, a Republican,  presented an emergency election plan last week that Republican-led […]

Veterans and rural residents have a greater dependence on the mail

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with […]

Steve Scalise

‘This is personal to me’: Scalise calls for more law and order on opening night of RNC

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise made a case for Donald Trump as a law and order president who will bolster law enforcement, in remarks Monday at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. Scalise, the House minority whip and second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was one of the prime-time speakers in […]

House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago. In a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrats pressed DeJoy over an internal report made public over the weekend […]

Hurricanes Marco and  Laura to tag team a state already staggering from COVID-19

BY: - August 23, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents across the southern half of the state Sunday to get prepared for an unprecedented “one, two punch” from separate hurricanes spinning toward the Gulf Coast. As the governor spoke Sunday evening, wind gusts from Hurricane Marco, a Category 1 storm, were already being felt in the coastal areas near […]

House passes bill to boost post office funding by $25 billion, block service changes

BY: - August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill  257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and […]

Postmaster general says delivering election mail on time is his ‘sacred duty’ and main priority

BY: - August 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic but said the agency is fully capable of […]

LSU Student Union

All Louisiana Universities Expected To Share Coronavirus Case Information

BY: - August 20, 2020

All Louisiana higher education institutions are expected to start sharing the number of coronavirus cases among students and staff on their campuses. The announcement came Wednesday, a day after a higher education official said most public universities in the state wouldn’t be sharing such information. “We do believe that the information pertaining to these institutions […]

Election Plan Kyle Ardoin

Republican-friendly election plan breezes past Senate committee

BY: - August 20, 2020

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan passed through a second legislative committee on Thursday, as most expected it would. Ardoin, a Republican, said he wrote the plan specifically so that it would appease Republican lawmakers who make up the majority of the Louisiana Legislature and whose votes are needed to approve […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Additional unemployment benefits to come next week, Gov. Edwards said

BY: - August 20, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held his second of two weekly press conferences at the Louisiana State Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of a few of the many topics the governor discussed. Two named storms may make landfall by next week Louisianans who remain worried about the new threat posed by the novel coronavirus […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - August 20, 2020

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, has been vocal about the need for Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing during the pandemic. But health officials say wearing a face mask — which prevents the spread of droplets from the mouth and nose — […]