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Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for […]

Louisiana Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

Senate GOP filibuster blocks commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, with 35 House Republicans joining […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

Not one usable vaccine so far out of Baltimore plant with multi-million-dollar federal contract

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Angry U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday had one key question as they grilled executives of a Maryland biotech manufacturer forced to dump 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine: Has there been one usable vaccine dose produced as a result of the $271 million paid to date by the U.S. government? […]

New law keeps some industrial pollution accidents hidden from the public

Gov. Edwards wants feds to end suspension against oil and gas leases in Gulf

BY: - May 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Congress to lift the pause on oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico at a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing Thursday. “If this pause turns into something longer than the word ‘pause’ suggests, we know that it will have a tremendously adverse impact on […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

AG Jeff Landry sues U.S. Treasury over Rescue Plan mandate

BY: - May 4, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday that he joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, arguing against a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibits states from using federal pandemic relief money to cut taxes. Landry joined the lawsuit with two other Republican attorneys general from Mississippi and Texas. The filing […]

LSU should have considered firing

U.S. Senator makes surprise appearance at Louisiana House

BY: - May 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy made a surprise appearance on the floor of the Louisiana House Tuesday afternoon and encouraged state lawmakers to take advantage of green energy opportunities. Cassidy gave brief remarks to the House lawmakers at the request of House Speaker Clay Schexnayder. The Republican senator from Baton Rouge said Louisiana would soon receive […]

Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana among states gaining U.S. House seats

BY: - April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade.  For six states, the […]

Troy Carter elected to U.S. Congress

BY: and - April 24, 2021

Louisiana State Sen. Troy Carter won Saturday’s runoff election for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating opponent state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s unofficial results, with 100% of precincts reporting, Carter won with 55 percent of the vote to Carter Peterson’s 45 percent. Saturday’s special election to fill the seat […]

U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — For the second time, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, sending the historic bill to the Senate on a party-line vote. “We look forward to a swift vote in the Senate on this essential legislation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), said ahead […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without permit

Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a student who died in […]

LSU should have considered firing

Senator Cassidy: LSU should have considered firing admins but fault rises ‘to the top’

BY: - March 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, responded to questions about LSU’s sexual misconduct scandal during his weekly press conference call Tuesday, saying the university needs to “root out any culture that would tolerate sexual harassment” and should have considered firing those who had the responsibility and authority to act but failed to do so. Asked […]