Govt + Politics

State, local leaders ask Biden for direct aid in COVID-19 relief

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan mayors from Detroit and Miami who met at the White House on Friday with President Joe Biden emerged saying they back his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and urged it be passed. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, defended the need for $350 billion in the Biden plan for states and localities, which has […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

CDC says double masking significantly reduces coronavirus exposure

BY: - February 12, 2021

New CDC research suggests that double masking and wearing a tightly fitted mask significantly reduces coronavirus exposure, however Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said statewide recommendations will likely stay the same. “The governor is going to, of course, continue to strongly encourage people to wear masks, follow mask mandates and wear masks that fit […]

Some Trump voters split from the GOP to launch wannabe ‘Patriot Parties’

BY: - February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump may have stepped back for now from the idea of creating a new political party, but that hasn’t stopped diehard Trump fans disillusioned with the Republican Party from creating Patriot Parties of their own all across the country. Onetime Trump voters in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio […]

Louisiana officials defend oil and gas industry, criticize President Biden’s order pausing offshore drilling

BY: - February 11, 2021

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation and officials from the state’s executive branch lined up Wednesday alongside parish-level politicians and oil and gas lobbyists to express concern with or outright condemn a Jan. 20 executive order from President Joe Biden pausing offshore drilling. The president’s executive order, issued in the hours after he was sworn into […]

Cassidy blasts Trump legal team’s ‘terrible’ performance, supports impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

 WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was one of six GOP senators who voted Tuesday to uphold the Senate’s authority to hold an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, taking Republicans aback by reversing the position he took in a vote last month. Speaking to reporters Tuesday evening, Cassidy also contrasted the “focused, […]

Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccinations surpass total cases since start of pandemic

BY: - February 9, 2021

More Louisianans have been vaccinated for COVID-19 than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began 11 months ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “There’s a lot of different metrics to try to measure your progress, but that’s one I think is meaningful,” Edwards said. As of […]

Feds boost state vaccine shipments to 11 million doses next week

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — States will see another increase in the COVID-19 vaccine doses they receive, with the Biden administration announcing Tuesday that the federal government will distribute 11 million doses next week. That’s an increase from 10.5 million doses this week, and 8.6 million during the week President Joe Biden took office last month. Those increases were […]

Louisiana rental assistance program to launch ‘shortly,’ state housing group says

BY: - February 9, 2021

The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress at the end of 2020 extended rental assistance to people struggling to stay in their homes during the economic crisis and allocated $309 million to Louisiana, but none of it has yet reached struggling renters and property owners. The money will be distributed by the Louisiana Housing Corporation, […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

People gather together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a gradual federal […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9T relief package despite GOP push for less

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who […]

The term ‘Cancer Alley’ has a long history in Louisiana — and even a history before Louisiana

BY: - February 5, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said he took offense to President Joe Biden using the term “Cancer Alley” to describe an 85-mile stretch along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans that has 150 chemical plants and refineries that nearby residents have long blamed for a variety of illnesses. Cassidy called the president’s remark […]