Louisiana Politics

Louisiana’s First Lady receives nod from Vanity Fair on Best Dressed list

Louisiana’s First Lady earned top honors for her sense of style and her husband turned to social media to express his approval.

Hundreds of newly-passed laws take effect in Louisiana

The next time you drive your car, bake a cake, or buy a gun, be aware of new laws that took effect Thursday. Nearly 250 of them took effect August 1 after making their way through the state legislature earlier this year.

Holden announces more new staff members

More new staff members that will be working with Mayor Kip Holden have been announced. Twenty-four hours after naming a new Chief of Police, he announced three more people who will fill high-level positions in city government.

Mayor Holden appoints assistant chief administrative officer, 2 department heads

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden announced today that Juvenile Services Director Gail Grover has been promoted to Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. Grover replaces Gwen Hamilton, who is retiring.

Change to Louisiana Safe Haven Law extends cutoff age to 60 days

Effective August 1, a parent can use the Louisiana Safe Haven law to relinquish a baby up until they are 60 days old. Previously the age limit was 30 days.

New law banning use of social media while driving goes into effect

A new law banning the use of social media while driving goes into effect today. Although most agree it’s a good way to prevent people from engaging in dangerous behaviors while driving, many are curious how it will be enforced. 

Questions raised about Sorrento Councilman and $77,500

Recently Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert received a phone call to inform him that a work crew had commenced to cut a section out of Main St., the small town’s primary thoroughfare.

State Treasurer Kennedy considering running for governor in 2015 election

State Treasurer John Kennedy might be the next person to throw his name in the race for governor. Kennedy told the Baton Rouge Press Club today that he's seriously considering it.

New police chief expected to be announced this week

Mayor Kip Holden said he's expecting to name the city's new police chief later this week. BRPD has been without a permanent leader since Dewayne White lost his job in February.

First Louisiana woman elected to U.S. House dies at 97

The first woman from Louisiana elected to the U.S. House, Congresswoman and Ambassador Lindy Boggs has passed away.

Cassidy, Davis introduce bipartisan bill to improve mental health services

 Congressmen Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA), which helps state and local governments and universities develop suicide prevention programs.

Louisiana takes national award for innovative Geaux Vote mobile app

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler received the accolades of his peers across the country over the weekend by first by accepting the 2013 NASS IDEAS Award during the National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Anchorage, A

Group needs just 2,000 more signatures to put Watson incorporation on the ballot

Bob Watts and the Neighbors in Action group are halfway to their goal of 4,000 signatures; they need that many Hancock’s on a petition they are circulating to attempt to turn the town into the city of Watson.

Louisiana students begin internship in Scalise’s DC Office

Congressman Steve Scalise welcomes three new interns to the office: Mitchell Shea, Rachel Southall, and Samuel C. P. Ingalls.

Nearly 30,000 low-income Louisianans apply to register to vote

Nearly 30,000 low-income Louisianans have recently applied to register to vote at public agency offices, according to a new report released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).