Govt + Politics

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

BY: - September 26, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations.  “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said […]

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Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

BY: - September 26, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your […]

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Louisiana governor, Legislature want to avoid unemployment program changes

BY: - September 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana’s legislative leadership are looking for ways to avoid the consequences of draining the state’s unemployment trust fund, which is set to run out of money Oct. 5. Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, used a procedural vote to block official recognition of the unemployment […]

Trump reportedly ready to tap Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court

BY: - September 26, 2020

President Donald Trump plans to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to several media reports. Barrett, 48, is a judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Ill. She was appointed to the position by Trump […]

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New Orleans allows go-cups amid Phase 2 restrictions

BY: - September 25, 2020

In the latest easing of Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday that restaurants may resume serving alcoholic drinks via drive-through, takeout and curbside pickup options between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The new guideline took effect at 5 p.m. on Friday and applied to all restaurants within Orleans Parish, according […]

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Louisiana Republicans vie to take over state’s COVID-19 response

BY: - September 25, 2020

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has recently traveled to multiple college campuses in the South and praised the leadership of campus or state officials who she says have been helping keep the public safe. On Monday, Birx visited Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and on Tuesday she […]

Louisiana’s census response rate is next-to-last with one week left

BY: - September 25, 2020

With less than a week to go before this year’s scheduled Sept. 30 end of counting for the 2020 Census, about 91.8 percent have been counted. Even so, in the ranking of state response rates, Louisiana’s has fallen from third lowest more than a week ago to second lowest now. Louisiana’s overall response rate to […]

White House coronavirus advisor said Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions ‘saved people’s lives’

BY: - September 23, 2020

Days before the Louisiana Legislature convenes a special session where Republican lawmakers plan to discuss taking away the emergency powers that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has used to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions “saved people’s lives.” “It is […]

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Louisiana police reform task force looks to NOPD for training model

BY: - September 23, 2020

Members of the legislative Police Training and De-escalation Task Force met with two New Orleans Police officers on Tuesday to discuss a training program that requires officers to intervene when witnessing a colleague’s misconduct. The program recently received backing from Georgetown University’s law school and is being considered for statewide adoption.  NOPD Deputy Chief Paul […]

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Shutdown averted: U.S. House passes deal on stopgap funding

BY: - September 22, 2020

House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday night to pass a three-month funding stopgap, averting a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic and a short time before the November elections. In a 359-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 8337, which extends federal government funding until Dec. 11, when lawmakers would have […]

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Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at Georgia immigrant facility

BY: - September 22, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility “were […]

Lafayette used cybersurveillance on activists and nonprofits amid strange warning of ‘terrorism’

BY: - September 22, 2020

In the days leading up to Lafayette’s largest protests against the fatal shooting of Trayford Pellerin by police, authorities used a cybersurveillance agency to keep tabs on community activists and nonprofit groups that had public-awareness or political-related events scheduled that weekend, according to documents obtained by the Louisiana Illuminator.  On Aug. 28, email messages sent […]