Louisiana Politics

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WWL Newsroom
February 03, 2020 - 4:21 pm
Assignments for two key House committees are in and Democrats have increased their representation relative to last year thanks to the bipartisan coalition that elected Speaker Clay Schexnayder
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Huey Long
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WWL Newsroom
January 20, 2020 - 4:52 pm
A new legislature was sworn in in Baton Rouge last week, and for the first time in nearly a century, Louisiana finds itself without a member of the Long family serving in public office. The political dynasty began with Governor Huey Long, the left-wing populist who pushed a massive public works...
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State Capitol
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WWL Newsroom
January 02, 2020 - 9:44 am
Jeff Palermo | WWL First News Governor John Bel Edwards’ re-election was the big political story in 2019. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says with the state no longer dealing with budget deficits, the major story in 2020 will be how much money the state will actually spend. He says the...
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Scoot
November 18, 2019 - 12:05 pm
The election is over, and perhaps the most important result is all those damn political commercials are gone! We, the citizens, endured months of relentless political ads that tested the limits of human tolerance for ugly deception. But the important thing is this - we survived - even if we are a...
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Scoot
October 14, 2019 - 5:26 pm
The anticipated run-off between incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards – a Democrat – and Republican challenger businessman Eddie Rispone will seem more like a full-contact spectator’s sport than an election. In the election over the weekend, Governor John Bel Edwards received 46.6% of the vote and...
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Scoot
October 10, 2019 - 1:20 pm
During the debate of the three gubernatorial candidates last night in Shreveport, Republican candidate Ralph Abraham confirmed something I have talked about on my radio talk show on WWL. At one point in the debate with Governor John Bel Edwards, Republican Eddie Rispone and Republican Ralph Abraham...
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State of Louisiana
Thomas Perumean
August 07, 2019 - 6:34 am
Troy Brown, the former District Two senator, has qualified to run for the seat he previously occupied. Brown plead no-contest to a pair of domestic violence charges back in February 2017 and then resigned from office. Now the Democrat is back, looking to unseat fellow Democrat Ed Price from the...
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Darrin Klimek
Newell Normand
June 07, 2019 - 10:14 am
Parents, who harass referees at high school games or children’s sporting events, face new penalties for bad behavior - including up to 90 days in jail and mandatory community service, because of a new bill passed in the legislature. Is that necessary? We create a lot of these “feel good” laws and...
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liveslow
June 05, 2019 - 11:04 am
There’s long been a debate as to whether life imitates art or art imitates life. I mention that because I often find quotes from movies that succinctly sum up what’s going on in real life. One of my favorites comes from No Country for Old Men as spoken by Tommy Lee Jones. “If it ain’t a mess it’ll...
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Newell Normand
May 21, 2019 - 8:55 am
Once again, Louisiana has the second-highest auto insurance rates in the country. To try and understand what’s driving this, I spoke with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. “Part of that is the fact that we are a poorer state than almost every other state,” Donelon said. “The percentage...
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