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It seems every time Louisiana holds a major election voters are asked to entertain a slew of proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

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It seems every time Louisiana holds a major election voters are asked to entertain a slew of proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

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If voter turnout during the first couple of days of early voting is any indication, Gov. John Bel Edwards has a problem on his hands.

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Timing isn’t the only factor worth considering in politics, but if you get it wrong, you’ll discover the misstep sooner rather than later — usually in a very public way, with the missed opportunity and unmissable regret on display for all to see, hear and feel. The difference between victory…

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Every gubernatorial election has a turning point, when things get just weird enough to justify the price of admission. As many of you surely know, that turning point is happening right now.

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The locker room chatter in and around the gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Ralph Abraham can be summed up in five words: “Not Ready for Prime Time.”

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Can Ralph Abraham or Eddie Rispone make enough headway over the next month to stop Gov. John Bel Edwards from winning re-election in the Oct. 12 primary?

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Reporters, talking heads, columnists, editors and producers are slowly taking more of an interest in Louisiana’s race for governor, based on a recent analysis from LaPolitics.com of state and national news published between May 30 and Aug. 29, 2019.

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The Pelican Institute recently held a constitutional convention forum in Baton Rouge. A few bigwigs showed up, ranging from mega-donors and politicians to out-of-state academics and lobbyists. The policy issue remains all the rage, even though we’re unlikely to see a gathering on the scale o…

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No matter what kind of politician you might be, regardless of your war chest or name recognition, winning in the first round is the easiest way to go, aside from escaping opposition altogether.

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The two big Republicans running for governor have about two weeks to get their houses in order or Gov. John Bel Edwards is going to run away with the race.

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It’s no big secret that the Louisiana Legislature has been undergoing significant changes over the last few election cycles, and that both the House and Senate have been in a constant state of transition. Few political observers, however, recognize that the transition will conclude with the …

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Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes’ handling of a couple of child custody cases when he was a district court judge in Livingston Parish almost 20 years ago prompted The (Baton Rouge) Advocate to take a deep dive into why Hughes’ actions were kept secret from the public.

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Lobbyists, candidates, incumbents and consultants have been on pins and needles this week. They’re ready for qualifying to come and go, for the sign-up process for elections brings with it some certainty.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has quashed any doubts that he would actually spend a sizable share of the more than $10 million of his own money that he’s already pumped into his campaign for governor.

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All credit goes to state Rep. Sam Jones, who probably stole it from someone else before I stole it from him and made it a staple of LaPolitics’ annual election reporting.

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It’s getting close to redistricting time for legislators in Louisiana. By federal law, all election districts must be reapportioned every 10 years to reflect the latest census figures. But should legislators, who have a vested interest in how the redistricting lines are drawn, actually do th…

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It’s getting close to redistricting time for legislators in Louisiana. By federal law, all election districts must be reapportioned every 10 years to reflect the latest census figures. But should legislators, who have a vested interest in how the redistricting lines are drawn, actually do th…

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Down here in south Louisiana, where politics and football are too easily labeled as theater and where forgotten pirates and fallen pastors maintain high regards, the weather is a staple character of life.

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Last week’s Louisiana Supreme Court ruling curtailing immunity for judges sent shock waves through legal circles, particularly the judiciary. And rightfully so.

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On one side of the ballot, prognosticators and at least one poll are predicting that young voters will cast a long shadow over next year’s top tier federal elections, when President Donald Trump will stand for re-election. Closer to home, reporters and consultants have identified an unmistak…

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Editor’s Note: This column, which earned Sam Hanna Jr. a first place award for best regular column in the Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, was first published the week of April 2, 2018.

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Huey Long would have been right in the middle of the current presidential election if he were still alive. He began a legacy of a long list of Louisiana politicians who had national aspirations. Later governors John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Bobby Jindal all fell by the ways…

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Louisiana’s business voice, LABI, as well as the Louisiana Insurance Department each took a huge hit in the waning days of the recent legislative session. LABI, with the full support of Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, pegged legislation to supposedly reduce insurance rates in the state a…

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Just when it appeared the regular legislative session would come to a close last week amid little fanfare, along came what’s been dubbed the largest highway construction bill in a generation.

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We should have known, back during the first week of April, that this was going to be different kind of regular session.

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Whether school teachers and support personnel get a one-time or permanent pay raise appears to be the primary wedge dividing the House and Senate as the 2019 regular legislative session winds down.

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Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise says he is still struggling over whether to forgive the man wo shot him two years ago. “I’ve never, internally, formally forgiven the shooter from the baseball shooting,” he said. “It’s something I’ve struggled with as a Catholic.”

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President Donald Trump’s promise of new I-10 bridge sort of stole the show when he visited Lake Charles last week. But several other stories, smaller in scope but just as politically interesting, have also bubbled up in the wake of Trump’s most recent swing through Louisiana.

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Roughly three years ago, newly minted Gov. John Bel Edwards, a populist Democrat, convinced a Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature to approve a new one-cent sales tax to pull the state out of a fiscal ditch.

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House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry turned heads last week when he pushed the state budget bill through the lower chamber and sent it to the Senate for further consideration. Legislatively, it was a notable feat, but what Henry suggested about the politics of the session was somethin…

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If there’s anything senators like discussing more than politics, it’s themselves. That became evident last week when the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee debated a resolution to create a special designation for former senators.

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It has been nearly a year since I was sitting across from Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, interviewing him for an episode of “Capitol Gains,” when he said something that genuinely surprised me. The show is our online video series over at LaPolitics.com, and Nungesser, a Republican, was doing his b…

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There are two words that can be uttered inside the Capitol’s marbled walls that are capable of instantly capture the attention of any of its inhabitants: John Alario.

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