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7:17 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Scalise Wins House Leadership Election For Whip

Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is the new House Whip.

He won the post in an election yesterday, when Kevin McCarthy — his California colleague — was selected as the new House Majority Leader.

The 48-year-old Scalise has been in the House since 2008, and is considered a conservative leader.

He said on his website that he will be the 27th Majority Whip and the first Republican Majority Whip from Louisiana in the history of the House of Representatives.

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8:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Levee Board Meeting On Lawsuit To Force Wetlands Repair

The levee board suing 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force repairs of wetlands damaged over the years by production will be discussing the lawsuit Thursday.

It comes after Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation that blocks the board from pursuing that plan.

He says the lawsuit runs counter to the state’s master plan for coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will have a closed-door session to discuss the lawsuit.

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7:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

GOP House Members Voting Today On Scalise For Whip

Steve Scalise.
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Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson will be finding out later today if he’ll take over the number-three spot in House GOP leadership.

He’s asking his colleagues to elect him House Whip.

In that position, he’d be in charge of wrangling votes from fellow Republicans on legislation the party supports.

Two other Congressmen are running for the post — one from Illinois, the other from Indiana.

The shakeup comes after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia seat earlier this month to a Tea Party challenger.

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4:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core

Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:47 pm

Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards.  


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6:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Insight: Super PACs Have Arrived in Louisiana Politics

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:46 pm

 

The race for Senate is just starting to heat up. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign started running a new TV ad recently.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is challenging Landrieu for her seat, released his first ad this week. 


Each cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to air. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Jeremy Alford, publisher of LaPolitics.com, wrote this week about how the floodgates for campaign fundraising are opening up in Louisiana. 

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4:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Payday Loan Reform Advocates Appeal to Federal Government

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:48 pm

Efforts to get payday loan reform in Louisiana failed in the state legislature during the recently concluded session. The advocacy group Together Louisiana has since sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking for safeguards to be enacted nationally.

Together Louisiana wants the bureau to implement new rules that would prohibit issuing payday loans to borrowers already in debt or unable to afford repayment, and increase the reporting requirements on payday loan transactions.

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12:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:55 pm

Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday. 

Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.  

Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

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Politics
10:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Congressman Scalise Running For House Whip

Congressman Steve Scalise.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Jefferson is seeking the number three leadership position in the House majority reorganization.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Scalise will be running for the post of House majority whip.

It comes as Republicans handle the fall-out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing his Virginia seat to tea party candidate David Brat.

Scalise has served in the House since 2008. He’s facing opposition for the whip job from an Ohio congressman.

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10:37 am
Thu June 12, 2014

City Drops Charity Hospital Renovation

The old Charity Hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The plan to renovate Charity Hospital appears to be dead.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the soaring construction estimate along with a lack of state money caused him to abandon the concept.

He says the city can’t afford the project.

In a statement, the mayor said he could not “in good faith” ask the city to assume a $200 million debt when that money could be used for long-overdue street repairs.

He says he will now invest FEMA and capital funding into City Hall and the Civil District Court buildings to make them more efficient and safe.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Federal Water Projects Bill Funds Levees And Flood Gates

The Morganza flood control structure, part of the "Morganza to the Gulf" project funded by the Water Resources Development Act.
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Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to levees and flood control gates in Louisiana.

Obama singled out two of the bill's main negotiators for praise — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago.

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