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COVID-19, Laura and Delta: Louisiana juggles ongoing and upcoming crises

BY: - October 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards prefaced a Tuesday afternoon press conference by saying he’d talk a bit about Laura, a bit about COVID-19 and a lot about Hurricane Delta, providing a stark reminder that Louisiana is recovering from one disaster while still experiencing another and bracing itself for one yet to come.  Edwards said Louisiana’s 2020 […]

Bill that would shield the eviction records of people who can’t pay rent during pandemic stalls in committee

BY: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana Senate committee deferred action on a bill that would seal the records of tenants evicted for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Regina Barrow, a Democrat from Baton Rouge who introduced the bill, said the measure would only apply to evictions due to nonpayment during COVID-19. Opponents of the bill, including the Apartment […]

Nation’s voting machines remain vulnerable to hacking

BY: - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

Lawmakers vote to give $157 million to oil companies and bypass school boards

BY: - October 6, 2020

A Louisiana House of Representatives Committee narrowly passed a bill Monday that muddies the state’s corporate tax exemption laws by creating a potential loophole that could allow companies to bypass some local entities when seeking property tax credits. Furthermore, in a separate bill, the same lawmakers voted to give away $157 million in additional tax credits […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

Trump, still infected with coronavirus, returns to White House

BY: - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Monday night departed Walter Reed National Military Hospital, where he had been treated for COVID-19, and arrived at the White House via the Marine One helicopter a short time later. According to the press pool, Trump emerged from Walter Reed and briefly stopped at the top of the hospital steps before […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Lawmakers want to stop fire marshal from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions 

BY: - October 5, 2020

The House Commerce Committee advanced a resolution that suspends the state’s fire marshal authority to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on businesses –including bars and restaurants. It’s the latest attempt by the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature to take the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic away from Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. “When the governor decided in […]

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Louisiana House will consider anti-‘Defund the police’ bills

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Louisiana House will consider two proposals aimed at making it more difficult for local governments and public higher education institutions to “defund the police” — a movement to shift government funding from law enforcement agencies to other services like mental health treatment, early childhood education and addiction programs.  State Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandra, proposed […]

Oct. 5 is the last day for Louisianians to register in person for November elections

BY: - October 5, 2020

Louisianians who plan to vote in next month’s presidential election must register by today in order to cast a ballot. Louisianians who prefer to register online have until Oct. 13 to do so. According to the Louisiana secretary of state’s website, residents who want to register in person can go to the registrar of voters […]

Family of Black man killed by Lafayette police complain of information ‘kept under the rug’

BY: - October 5, 2020

The family of Trayford Pellerin, the 31-year-old Black man who was fatally shot 10 times by Lafayette police on Aug. 21, spoke to the public in a virtual town hall Thursday hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. They shared new details about Pellerin’s mental health and the status of the family’s lawsuit against the city. […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

BY: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — […]

What if Donald Trump can’t stay on the ticket for November’s election?

BY: - October 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s diagnosis with COVID-19 just a month before Election Day raises the question of what happens in the unlikely case a nominee is unable to continue as a candidate for the presidency. The answer is murky at best, and complicated, with little precedent to follow.  Trump arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical […]