Politics

Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Senator Landrieu Says Lawmakers Scrambling To End Shutdown

Senator Mary Landrieu.
Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

US Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, in a telephone interview from Capitol Hill.

Louisiana’s Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu says talks are under way in the nation’s capital to end the partial government shutdown. Those behind-the-scenes discussions aren’t getting much traction.

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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Le Show For Oct. 6, 2013

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer tackles the tough topic of the “New Iraq,” sharing the statistics of the most recent deaths this year.

In Bad Banks news, the British watchdog group Financial Conduct Authority has found that some small businesses have been defrauded by leading banks.

In the Apologies of the Week, Senator Ted Cruise apologizes to veterans, Beanie Baby creator H. Ty. Warner, students at Ole Miss University, Houston police, North Wales police, Chef Bourdon, and the retailer Hobby Lobby.

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Museums
1:39 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Fed. Government Shutdown Prompts WWII Museum Invitation To Veterans

The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown.

Museum chief executive Gordon H. Mueller notes in an emailed statement that the museum — an independent nonprofit operation — is not subject to the federal government shutdown.

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Le Show
1:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Le Show For Sept. 29, 2013

Harry Shearer.

Today on Le Show, Harry Shearer takes the university town of Oxford, England by storm. The on air personality pokes fun at the academics on Oxford’s campus characterizing them as brains by day, drunks by night. Shearer turns his attention to the Libor Scandal comparing the likeliness of prosecution to that of JP Morgan officials. In U.S. news, the public in the Bonneville area have been warned not to eat the fish from the dam due to contaminants in the fish.

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Politics
11:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Analysis: La. Budget Needs $200M From Tax Amnesty

As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe.

Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance this year's budget or face deep cuts in the state's health care programs.

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Politics
8:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

The Lens: Jindal's Use Of Rainy Day Fund May Leave Next Governor Dry

Governor Bobby Jindal vowed not to raise taxes, of any type. Instead, he has maintained the budget with spending cuts, meaning deep cuts in areas like higher education and health care.

Tyler Bridges — a reporter at The Lens, New Orleans’ investigative newsroom — has been looking into another way the governor has been able to balance the budget. Bridges says Jindal has largely drained public funds for economic development, taking hundreds of millions from the Rainy Day fund and the so-called "mega-development" fund.

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State Legislature
8:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

State Legislature Continues Its Session This Week

The Louisiana State Capitol building.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

The Louisiana state legislature continues its session this week. Kelly Connelly from our partner WRKF brings us this update from Baton Rouge.

On Friday the Senate Finance Committee continued to comb through the budget, and discovered there’s a lot left to fund this session.

To get a summary, Senator Fred Mills asked Legislative Fiscal Officer John Carpenter to detail the five top worries that keep him up at night.

His first answer:

“That I won’t have a job after the session is over.”

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Driver's Licenses
4:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

Louisiana drivers would be able to add the message "I'm a Cajun" on their licenses, under a bill making its way through the statehouse. Here, shrimp fisherman Merlin Boudreaux holds up part of his catch in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, La.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:15 pm

A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

It would cost $5 to add the message; the money would go toward "scholarships distributed by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, a program promoting French language and culture in the state," reports NOLA.com.

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Politics
11:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Jindal's Address to Legislature Live at 1 p.m.

Gov. Bobby Jindal
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Gov. Bobby Jindal will address the state legislature today at 1 p.m.

The governor is expected to talk about his tax proposals, including the elimination of the state income tax and an increase in sales taxes to make up the difference. His proposals have run into strong opposition from the public and from the legislature.

You can watch a live video of the address on LPB's website.

Politics
7:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Pushing 3 Bills in State Legislature

Mayor Landrieu says firefighters pensions must be changed.

The Louisiana legislature is starting a two-month session today in Baton Rouge. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has three proposals for changes he says the city needs.

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