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Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a Category 2

BY: - October 8, 2020

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “Warning and watches across much of […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 until Nov. 6

BY: - October 8, 2020

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan, which means there will be a statewide mask mandate and restrictions on bars for at least another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “All the mitigation measures that […]

Virtual learning doesn’t stop discriminatory discipline, attorney says

BY: - October 8, 2020

When Ku’Mauri Harrison’s little brother tripped over BB gun while Ku’Mauri was taking a test in his virtual classroom, he set off a series of events that led to Ku’Mauri’s suspension from Woodmere Elementary School in Jefferson Parish, general outrage from the public and an appearance before a friendly Louisiana House Education Committee that moved […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

BY: - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls. In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Hurricane Delta moves toward Louisiana

BY: - October 7, 2020

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has predicted Hurricane Delta to make landfall in South Louisiana Friday as a Category 3 storm. Although Delta reached Category 4 strength on Tuesday, it weakened as it struck the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Wednesday morning and was later downgraded to a Category 2 in the afternoon. Nevertheless, […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Louisiana House will consider law to protect pastor who violated COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

The Louisiana House will take up legislation that would protect a pastor who defied state regulations by holding church services during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday (Oct. 7)  to send a bill aimed at clearing Pentecostal Pastor Tony Spell of charges he faces for […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

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Multiple tax-cut bills pass the Louisiana House Tuesday

BY: - October 7, 2020

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed several tax bills Tuesday including one that gives $157 million in tax breaks to oil companies, another that establishes a state sales-tax holiday and a third that offers a modest income tax credit to residents who pay for tutoring for college students taking classes online. House Bill 29, filed […]

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As Hurricane Delta bears down on Louisiana, debate over governor’s authority continues

BY: - October 6, 2020

As Louisiana prepares for Hurricane Delta to make landfall later this week, the Louisiana Legislature is still pursuing measures to strip the governor of his authority to manage such disasters over the long term. Lawmakers continued to move proposals that would shift power over emergencies from the governor to the legislature Tuesday, though they have […]

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 […]