Govt + Politics

Biden reinstates bird protections gutted under Trump

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Interior Department on Monday revoked a Trump administration policy that would have undercut a century-old law protecting migratory birds. The move strengthens federal regulators’ authority to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a 1918 law that allows the government to prosecute polluters whose actions are responsible for the deaths of about 1,100 protected bird […]

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, […]

United Nations condemns Cancer Alley pollution

United Nations experts condemn pollution of Cancer Alley as environmental racism

BY: - March 5, 2021

A group of United Nations Human Rights experts has raised “serious concerns” about the continued industrialization of the region of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley,” calling the permitted development of petrochemical facilities and ongoing pollution of St. James Parish a form of environmental racism against the mostly-Black community. The group of 14 U.N. Human Rights […]

Edwards announces new statewide rental assistance program

BY: - March 5, 2021

Louisiana renters and landlords who are struggling financially can now apply for rental assistance from the state’s newest rental assistance program. On Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the launch of the state’s latest new program, funded by the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 that allocated $309 million to […]

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Senate imposes limits on aid for state, local governments in COVID relief bill

BY: - March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, after drafting a number of revisions that, among other changes, tweak the aid intended for state and local governments. The legislation approved in the House outlines $350 billion in direct aid to state, local governments, territories […]

Shalanda Young

OMB deputy nominee Shalanda Young praised for bipartisan work

BY: - March 4, 2021

Shalanda Young went through another confirmation hearing as the nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, as House leaders and caucuses are pushing the Biden administration to nominate her instead to lead the agency.  “This position requires someone with a history of looking beyond partisanship,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R- Louisiana) said […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

AG Jeff Landry loses public records lawsuit against Advocate reporter

BY: and - March 4, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry lost his fight Thursday to withhold a public record from Andrea Gallo, a reporter at the Advocate | Times-Picayune, who was seeking details about sexual harassment allegations at the Louisiana Department of Justice. Judge Timothy Kelley of the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge said he would release a document detailing […]

AG Jeff Landry signs onto $100M settlement offer from Freeport -McMoran for its damage to Louisiana’s coast

BY: - March 4, 2021

A lawsuit pursuing financial restitution for damages by a petrochemical company to Louisiana’s natural storm buffer moved forward Thursday, when the state’s attorney general signed onto a $100 million settlement agreement. For years, parishes have been pursuing lawsuits against oil and gas companies for ripping up the state’s wetlands, furthering the state’s coastal land loss […]

Shalanda Young

Shalanda Young, Biden’s deputy budget nominee, to testify before Senate committee Thursday

BY: - March 4, 2021

Shalanda Young, a native of the Baton Rouge area nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, will have a confirmation hearing Thursday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She will be introduced to the committee by another Baton Rouge […]

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

BY: - March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” They argue […]

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 3, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill.  Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority […]

Sec. of State cancels bidding for new voting machines, says fellow Republicans ‘spread misinformation’

BY: - March 3, 2021

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin canceled open bidding for new voting machines for the state after interested suppliers and some of his fellow Republicans complained — unfairly, he said — about the proposal process. His announcement Wednesday marks the second time since 2018 the secretary of state’s office has had to delay a 10-year […]