Health Policy

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” […]

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 legislative auditor shoots down conspiracy theory concerning duplicate COVID-19 cases

BY: - August 8, 2020

Last month, the Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office made Facebook posts suggesting that their COVID-19 numbers weren’t bad as state officials were making them out to be  because the lists of infected people that officials in those parishes had been given included some of […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

BY: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana sees largest daily spike in coronavirus cases since April

BY: - July 2, 2020

Louisiana reported its largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in three months Wednesday (July 1), with more than 2,000 tests for coronavirus coming back positive.  “This disease is coming back, and it’s coming back with a vengeance, and we better start getting serious,” said Jimmy Guidry, the state health officer. Not all of the cases […]

Will Louisiana require you to wear a face mask?

BY: - July 1, 2020

Following a steady rise in coronavirus cases, a new mandate requiring residents to wear face masks in public takes effect Wednesday in Jefferson Parish. Although positive tests for COVID-19 have been found in all 64 parishes, a statewide face mask mandate does not appear to be immediately forthcoming. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng issued […]