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Louisiana Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

BY: - September 8, 2021

A California company is one step closer to opening a casino in Slidell thanks to a decision by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Wednesday to approve the relocation of a Bossier City riverboat casino to the company’s proposed site in St. Tammany Parish. In a unanimous vote, the Gaming Board approved the relocation requested […]

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Louisiana’s Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

BY: - July 15, 2021

After holding just two organizational meetings since it was founded this year in response to baseless allegations of voter fraud, the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting was suspended on Thursday. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin made the announcement in a news release, thanking the members for their service and saying he needs to […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

Gov. Edwards vetoes La. Legislature’s bill opposing election grants — again

BY: - June 8, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bill Monday that would have prohibited state and local election officials from receiving grants or donations from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), was Republican lawmakers’ second attempt in as many legislative sessions to prohibit local officials […]

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

BY: - May 24, 2021

Early voting begins Friday, May 28, for the state Senate District 7 special primary election for the seat that was left vacant when U.S. Rep. Troy Carter was elected to Congress. Early voting will begin Friday and continue for an entire week through Saturday, June 5. The polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Legislature passes second attempt to prohibit election donations

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses — a measure that Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed last year. House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), is the second attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Louisiana Supreme Court could gain 2 more seats

BY: - May 19, 2021

A bill that would change the number of Louisiana Supreme Court justices from seven to nine and require that each district be equal in population cleared a House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 163, co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick McMath (R-Covington) and Sen. Jimmy Harris (D-New Orleans), is a proposed constitutional amendment that […]

Governor vetoes election grants bill — again

House passes second version of vetoed elections bill

BY: - May 5, 2021

For the second consecutive legislative session, on Tuesday the Louisiana House passed an elections bill that would prohibit state and local officials from receiving money from private or nonprofit organizations to help defray election-related expenses. Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sponsored last year’s legislation, which Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed, and is sponsoring this year’s bill, […]

Louisiana Senate passes voting machines bill

BY: - April 29, 2021

The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would create a new voting commission to oversee the Louisiana secretary of state’s purchases of voting machines. Senate Bill 221, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, would establish the Voting System Commission within the Louisiana Department of State “for the purpose of independently reviewing any proposals […]

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 […]

Voting machine bill passes Senate committee

Voting machine bill advances after residents pushing conspiracies descend on Senate committee

BY: - April 20, 2021

A bill that proposes a new method of procuring Louisiana’s voting machine systems and strips the Louisiana Secretary of State of some autonomy cleared its first major hurdle on Tuesday, advancing out of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee with unanimous approval following hours of conspiracy-riddled testimony from a group of mostly Shreveport residents. Senate […]

West Monroe has never elected a Black person to its board; Justice Department steps in

BY: - April 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of West Monroe have settled a voting rights lawsuit after federal officials realized that no Black candidate has ever been elected to the city’s Board of Aldermen despite 30% of the electorate being Black. The city has agreed to change its at-large method of electing its Board […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

AG Jeff Landry gets dubious ‘Black Hole Award’ for ‘outright contempt’ of government transparency

BY: - March 15, 2021

The Society of Professional Journalists is giving its annual “Black Hole Award” to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for his attempt to block a public records request by filing a lawsuit against the reporter who made the request, according to a SPJ press release Monday. The journalism organization gives that dubious distinction to government institutions or […]