Govt + Politics

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 — […]

DEBERRY: Louisiana voters may not get a chance to trust the post office with their ballots

BY: - August 20, 2020

It quickly becomes clear when talking with Mary Frances Berry about voting that the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights doesn’t do talking points.  Four years ago, as we spoke about her book on the lingering practice of vote-buying — she calls it “Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich” — Berry […]

LA election plan

After heated exchange, House committee approves emergency election plan

BY: - August 19, 2020

A state legislative committee on Wednesday approved Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan despite drawing criticism from the governor, many Louisiana residents and a Republican lawmaker for the voting barriers the plan creates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee, comprised of mostly Republicans, passed the plan in a 8-6 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Courts may decide Louisiana’s election plan; COVID-19 numbers dip to recent low

BY: - August 19, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Edwards said he is refusing to sign Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan, meaning Louisiana is heading to November without a viable plan for residents concerned about infection to vote during the pandemic. Also, for the second consecutive day, Louisiana’s daily COVID-19 case count was below […]

Postmaster pauses major changes at U.S. Postal Service until after election

BY: - August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall. DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes, […]

Governor Edwards wins in one federal court, takes the stand in another

BY: - August 18, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards took the stand in a federal court hearing Monday to defend the restrictions on bars that he enacted in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier Monday, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against a separate group of bar owners who, making an identical argument […]

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 […]