politics

WRKF
3:02 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Repealing Unconstitutional Law

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:45 pm

It might seem obvious…when the U.S. Supreme Court rules a state law “unconstitutional”, then the state repeals that law. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor has been trying to get one of those old laws off the books for several years now, but prior attempts never made it past the first hurdle—the Senate Education Committee. This time his repeal bill, SB 70, has made it to the Senate floor, and it’s eligible for debate there as early as today.

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Politics
10:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Notes From The State Legislature's Regular Session

Lawmakers are considering whether the state should start paying Emergency Medical Service workers the same monthly supplement that local law enforcement officers and firefighters receive.

A Senate judiciary panel agreed without objection Tuesday to a constitutional amendment that would add full-time EMS workers to the list to receive a $500 monthly paycheck from the state on top of their local salaries.

The proposal would cost at least $3.7 million a year and likely more, depending on how many EMS workers qualified, according to legislative fiscal analysts.

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Latest News
6:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards Is Running For Congress

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.
CHERYL GERBER AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:27 pm

Edwin Edwards, the 86-year-old ex-con and former Louisiana governor, is seeking public office again.

Today, Edwards announced he was running for the state's 6th Congressional District.

The Times Picayune reports:

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Edwin Edwards Running For Congress

Former Louisiana governor is back in a campaign.

Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana who served eight years in federal prison for corruption is now running for Congress. The 86-year-old Edwards wants to represent the Louisiana 6th District in the House of Representatives.

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The Lens
4:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

An Unusual Coalition Opposes Sky-High Incarceration Rates

An unusual coalition of organizations are hoping to ease sentencing requirements for some crimes, either keeping convicts from seeing the inside of a prison cell, or lessening the time they spend in one.
Digital Archaeology CoDiFi via Flickr

Many lawmakers around the nation have adopted the “get tough on crime” slogan in the last 25 years. But Louisiana took it to heart, perhaps more so than anywhere else.

Without question, Louisiana leads the country in the percentage of its residents imprisoned. The rate is twice as high as the national average. In fact, the state’s figures are close to the worst in the world, inviting comparisons to countries like North Korea.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Getting That Settlement Paid Could Take an Act of the Legislature

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:44 am

Each session, lawmakers file appropriations bills, trying to get the state to pay what courts have ruled is owed to plaintiffs.

This session, one of the 26 “Appropriations/Judgment” bills is authored by Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet, on behalf of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association. The amount due that group is $3,722,315.00.

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Le Show
1:44 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Le Show For March 16, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings us What the Frack, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Inspector's General, Let's Follow the Dollar, News of the Atom, Apologies of the Week, and more.  

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Politics
12:43 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman Re-Elected

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a press conference last year. Gusman defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election as sheriff.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has defeated challenger Charles Foti to win re-election.

The race centered on the conditions at the city's jail. The U.S. Justice Department has said the Orleans Parish Prison is a chaotic, dangerous facility that is understaffed.

Gusman says the jail is close to being transformed and he told voters he wanted to see the problems fixed. Foti also vowed to fix the issues.

The sheriff has authority over roughly 2,000 inmates and more than 700 employees.

Politics
7:43 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.
CHERYL GERBER AP

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New Orleans Voters Will Decide Runoff Elections This Saturday

UNO political science professor Ed Chervenak reviews the runoffs on Saturday's ballot.

Voters in New Orleans are heading to the polls Saturday to decide several citywide offices. Runoffs will decide two council seats, the sheriff, the coroner and a request for funds from the Audubon Nature Institute.

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