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Biden pledges to accept election result; Trump hedges

BY: - September 30, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots. Those comments were in response to a question at the first presidential debate from debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris […]

Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate

BY: - September 29, 2020

The two men vying to become the next president offered a stark contrast to voters on face mask requirements and on how soon state economies should reopen amid the pandemic, just two of many areas where they squabbled during Tuesday’s contentious and often chaotic first debate. The exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice […]

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Louisiana Republicans want power during health emergencies, but haven’t agreed on how much

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature’s Republican leadership came into their month-long special session this week in part to wrestle more control over the COVID-19 health crisis from the Democratic governor. But there isn’t consensus among them over how much of that power they actually want. Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, presented […]

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Louisiana legislators postpone revenue estimating deadline to squeeze out another of unemployment benefits

BY: - September 29, 2020

Louisiana’s lawmakers are faced with a nearly-depleted unemployment trust fund and laws that trigger automatic tax hikes to replenish the fund. They’re also staring at a looming statutory deadline to estimate next year’s revenue. Faced with that dilemma, state legislators on Tuesday chose to move that statutory deadline to buy themselves more time and to maintain […]

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Senate bill seeks to reduce governor’s power on election plans

BY: - September 29, 2020

A bill filed Monday by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, seeks to remove the governor’s veto authority on any future emergency election plans approved by the Louisiana Legislature. Current state statute provides that the Secretary of State submits an emergency election plan to the Legislature. The Legislature then votes on it, and if it passes, the […]

Louisiana Lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to ‘Defund the Police’

BY: - September 29, 2020

State Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, has proposed legislation to withhold state construction dollars from higher education institutions and local governments who try to “defund the police”. If it became law, local governments and higher education institutions would be required to submit their law enforcement budgets to the Legislature’s joint budget committee by Nov. 30 each […]

White police chief in videotaped beating of Black man was never investigated for his role in attack

BY: - September 29, 2020

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Edwin Bergeron’s brother is on the civil service board. Although they share the same last name, they are not related. HAMMOND — Police Department internal affairs documents show Chief Edwin Bergeron was never investigated for the 2017 beating of Kentdrick Ratliff, undermining statements made by […]

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Louisiana legislators want ‘a seat at the table’ when it comes to COVID-19 response

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is looking for more of a say over the state’s emergency response as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on into its seventh month. Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol in Baton Rouge Monday evening (Sept. 28) for a special legislative session they organized without any input from Gov. John Bel Edwards.  House Speaker […]

Former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster enters hospice

BY: - September 28, 2020

Former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster, 90, has entered hospice care, according to multiple news reports.  Jeremy Alford, the publisher of LaPoliticsWeekly, tweeted Monday that Foster, the 53rd governor of the state, was a terminal patient and that members of his family “extend their continued gratitude for the prayers & well wishes.” Shortly thereafter, Gov. John […]

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

BY: - September 26, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations.  “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

BY: - September 26, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your […]

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Louisiana governor, Legislature want to avoid unemployment program changes

BY: - September 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana’s legislative leadership are looking for ways to avoid the consequences of draining the state’s unemployment trust fund, which is set to run out of money Oct. 5. Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, used a procedural vote to block official recognition of the unemployment […]