Govt + Politics

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry says governor’s face-mask mandate can’t be enforced

BY: - July 16, 2020

Two days after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order that shuts down bars and mandates face coverings went into effect, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has often clashed with Edwards,  issued an official opinion that the governor’s order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with criminal or financial sanctions.” In a […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]

Technical issues plaguing revenue department as Louisianians apply for aid

BY: - July 15, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Revenue says in a press release that between midnight and 7 a.m. 14,000 residents applied for money set aside for front-line workers who stayed on the job during the pandemic.  But since then a “network connectivity issue has affected all applications on the Louisiana Taxpayer Access Point portal, including the frontline […]

Vice President Mike Pence

White House leans on Louisiana to reopen schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Louisiana State University campus Tuesday to meet with the state’s top leaders to discuss reopening schools next month. Pence’s message was clear: the White House wants Louisiana to fully open all its schools despite the state’s high rate of COVID-19 cases. Pence arrived on Air Force […]

Louisiana’s front-line workers can apply for $250 COVID-19 rebates Wednesday

BY: - July 14, 2020

During the recently concluded special session, Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill introduced by Rep. Sam Jenkins (D-Shreveport) that allows essential employees who kept working through the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for  $250 in aid.  The application process, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has announced, begins Wednesday. Louisianians who earn less than $50,000 annually and who worked […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

State plans to supply schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment

BY: - July 14, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley told the Louisiana House Education Committee Monday that in addition to creating health and safety guidelines for reopening schools that the Louisiana Department of Education has also added information about supplying schools with cleaning supplies and how they should use them. School employees must be provided adequate access to hygienic […]

Key senators predict victory in battle with Trump over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates

BY: - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that would […]

Health equity task force to create dashboard to provide COVID-19 data

BY: - July 12, 2020

The Louisiana Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force is creating a dashboard that will allow Louisiana residents to access information related to racial inequities in the state’s health care system. That dashboard, which was discussed at a Friday afternoon meeting of the task force, is meant for residents, policymakers and community leaders and will, its members […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana Bars must close and face masks must be worn

BY: - July 11, 2020

Baton Rouge — On one of the worst days in Louisiana’s fight with the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Saturday to announce an order shutting down all bars and mandating citizens to wear face coverings. The new restrictions will take effect at 12:01 Monday morning. Edwards, a Democrat, had previously declined to […]

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Baton Rouge Tuesday to discuss Louisiana’s COVID-19 response

BY: - July 10, 2020

Louisiana, especially the Baton Rouge area, has seen a disturbing spike in COVID-19 cases, which has caused the federal government to make the capital city one of three cities nationwide where it’s adding 5,000 COVID-19 tests a day.  Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the federal government’s coronavirus task force, will travel to Baton Rouge […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy

Sen. Bill Cassidy encourages Louisianians to wear masks and keep their distance

BY: - July 10, 2020

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy posted a COVID-19 update on his campaign website Friday that calls for Louisianians to wear masks to help slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus and decrease the number of people getting sick. Cassidy is a gastroenterologist who worked and taught at the charity hospital in Baton Rouge and co-founded […]

Two huge COVID-19 surges make Louisiana an outlier in the U.S.

BY: - July 10, 2020

In April, the United States COVID-19 outbreak greatly affected a handful of states including New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts and Louisiana. Now in July, the United States COVID-19 outbreak is affecting a different group of states including Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Texas. But it’s also affecting Louisiana – again. Most states with COVID-19 surges […]