Govt + Politics

2 BB gun suspensions, 2 lawsuits filed against the Jefferson Parish School Board

BY: - December 15, 2020

The father of a Grand Isle 6th grader sued the Jefferson Parish School Board Monday, claiming that the board’s decision to suspend the 11-year-old for possession of a BB gun while he was logged on a virtual class followed a series of lies from school system officials and multiple violations of the school board’s written […]

Gov. Edwards creates new environmental task force to study Atchafalaya Basin

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed an executive order creating the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration and Enhancement (ARBRE) Task Force in an effort to address long-standing environmental issues in the basin and raise public awareness of those issues. “The irony of the Atchafalaya Basin is that while it is suffering from an abundance of […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

LA attorney general vows to help musician Lauren Daigle in dispute with New Orleans mayor

BY: - December 14, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken sides in the dispute between Christian musician Lauren Daigle and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, vowing in an open letter Monday to protect Daigle’s legal rights. The dispute stems from an illegally-held music concert in November, in which Daigle participated. The Nov. 7 concert, titled “Let Us Worship” […]

FCC grants Louisiana $342 million to expand high speed internet in rural communities

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy celebrated the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to award Louisiana $342 million to expand broadband internet access in the state, but Louisiana’s superintendent of education and a lawmaker whose district has spotty access called the FCC grant a good first step but not the solution to the […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas suit that tried to overturn election results

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according to the […]

COMMENTARY

In the case of Ka’Mauri Harrison, it’s the Jefferson Parish School Board versus everybody with sense

BY: - December 11, 2020

The most powerful elected officials in Louisiana rushed to defend 9-year-old Ka’Mauri Harrison when the Jefferson Parish School System suspended him for inadvertently making a BB gun visible as he virtually took a test assigned by his 4th-grade teacher. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and every Louisiana lawmaker who voted on […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

State trooper arrested in connection with brutality investigation

BY: - December 10, 2020

The Louisiana State Police has arrested one of its own troopers, the son of the agency’s second-in-command after an investigation into a 2019 incident in Ouachita Parish. Jacob Brown, 30, was booked Thursday and faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. Brown is the son of State Police Assistant Superintendent and Chief […]

With Rep. Mike Johnson leading, half of U.S. House Republicans back Texas suit claiming election ‘irregularities’

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than 100 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday backed a long-shot Texas lawsuit that seeks to delay the certification of presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground states that President-elect Joe Biden won. In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led 105 of […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

States just one step away from COVID-19 vaccine rollout after federal panel OK

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Thursday gave the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, completing the next-to-last regulatory step before states begin a massive national vaccination effort. The Food and Drug Administration still must give its approval on the Pfizer vaccine’s emergency use, but the agency is […]

Louisiana joins anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook

BY: - December 9, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined with 48 other state attorneys general Wednesday in an anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company has continuously destroyed or bought out competitors to maintain a monopoly in the social media sphere.  The lawsuit accuses Facebook of illegally acquiring competitors, such as Instagram and What’s App in a predatory […]

Attorney General Jeff Landry inserts Louisiana into voter-fraud conspiracy lawsuit

BY: - December 9, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined with nine other Republican state attorneys general in a voter-fraud conspiracy lawsuit — that cites no actual evidence nor any specific allegations of voter fraud on Nov. 3 — in a last-minute attempt to overturn the presidential election results in Pennsylvania. “As I have repeatedly said, only the […]

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON—The House on Wednesday voted to pass a stopgap spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and giving a group of bipartisan lawmakers another week to negotiate a coronavirus relief package.   In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on the stalled […]