politics

Latest News
5:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

No Ban On Cellphones For Louisiana Drivers

A proposal to prevent drivers from using handheld cellphones stalled in the House.
Ed Brown

Louisiana drivers will not face new restrictions on using handheld cellphones while driving. An effort to require drivers to use hands-free devices stalled Monday in the House Transportation Committee.

Republican Rep. Mike Huval of Breaux Bridge voluntarily shelved his proposal after criticism that the cellphone ban was too broad.

Louisiana has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. Reducing the risk of accidents by limiting cellphone use while driving could help to lower those costs.

Latest News
5:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Complaint Filed Against Pro-Vitter Super PAC

Campaign finance reform groups are questioning the operations of a super PAC formed by supporters of Senator David Vitter
United States Congress

Two groups that advocate for campaign finance reform are raising questions about the operations of a super PAC formed by backers of Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter.

The Advocate reports the groups — Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, — have asked the Federal Elections Commission to look into the possible solicitation of illegal campaign contributions.

Read more
WRKF
3:03 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource?

Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.

“There seems to be no effective safeguard in law to protect our children’s information from the whim and will of BESE and LDE,” said Sara Wood of Mandeville.

She was talking about data privacy. Seven bills have been filed this session, each trying to prohibit how much individual information about Louisiana students is shared—and with whom.

Read more
Le Show
1:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Le Show For March 23, 2014

Harry Shearer

On this edition of Le Show, Harry Shearer brings you AC370, News of AfPAC, Just Say So, News of the Olympic Movement, What the Frack?, News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more!

Read more
Latest News
3:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Relief Bill Into Law

Homeowners living in flood-prone areas will get relief from skyrocketing flood insurance rates, under the new law.
Gary Nichols U.S. Navy

President Barack Obama has signed a new law that will give hundreds of thousands of homeowners living in flood-prone areas relief from big jumps in insurance costs.

Lawmakers from both parties supported the measure in response to angry homeowners who faced sharp premium hikes after an overhaul of the government's flood insurance program two years ago.

Latest News
7:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Senator Landrieu Among Those Banned From Russia

Senator Mary Landrieu.
Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu has tangled with the Russian government in the past.

The Russian government has not released its reason for banning Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu and eight other officials from the country. But there are at least two possibilities: orphans and energy.

Read more
WRKF
6:09 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Insight: On Ethics, Things Have Changed, Dilligence Needed to Keep it That Way

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:48 pm

This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.

PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.

The discussion comes in light of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted of racketeering, announcing a Congressional run and Gov. Bobby Jindal touting his record on ethics reform.


Read more
WRKF
3:02 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core

Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.

But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads?

Read more
Latest News
3:35 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Orleans Property Tax Increase Passes House Committee

Homeowners in New Orleans may soon face an increase in property taxes to shore up police and fire services.
Bart Eversen Flickr

Police and fire protection in New Orleans may soon get a boost from a proposed property tax increase.

A constitutional amendment to raise ad valorem taxes in Orleans Parish passed through a state House committee without objection today. For the city, the increase would bring in an additional revenue of nearly $6 million in 2015 to beef up police and fire services.

For homeowners, the increases would amount to an extra $30 per year in taxes on a $200,000 house.

WRKF
3:03 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House

Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), center, and Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills, right.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:38 pm

A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.

Read more

Pages