Politics

  Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

Probe into racist photo on Gov. Northam’s yearbook page inconclusive

Here are the Hempstead County, Ark., election results

Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

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Gas tax hike dead in state legislature

AUDIT: State board did not report suspended, expired medical practitioner’s licenses

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Smith Co. sheriff Larry Smith announces bid for re-election

Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

Lawsuit claims Boeing SC supervisors lied about bird strike to plane, then fired flight line worker

  Louisiana governor addresses national cybersecurity summit in Shreveport

I-20 corridor in Louisiana now one of fastest-growing cybersecurity regions in the nation, he says

Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.

Shreveport mayor, 3 other NWLA politicians face ethics fines

All 4 elected officials are asking the Ethics Board to waive their fines

#MakeSocksGreatAgain: La. lieutenant governor sports Trump socks during president’s visit to Louisiana

President Donald Trump toured Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish Tuesday, May 14, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was sure to show off his choice of socks to the president.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

Senate advances bill to establish legal marriage age in Louisiana

Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

President Trump praises oil and gas industry workers during visit to Louisiana

Louisiana House to debate whether to abolish death penalty

Could inspection stickers be a thing of the past?

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

Senate kills bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from taxes, ratify equal rights amendment

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill Wednesday, May 8 that would have allowed voters to decide if feminine hygiene products and diapers should be exempt from state sales tax.

Few issues settled at Louisiana legislative session midpoint

Expectations remain intact that legislators will head home without a special session.

Attorney calls for the removal or resignation of state representative amid sexual misconduct allegations

Munford attorney Jeff Ward, a long-time republican, is working on getting sworn affidavits from three women who have accused State Representative David Byrd (R) of sexual misconduct.

Proposed LSU Shreveport-Louisiana Tech merger tabled for now

“The votes simply were not there to advance the legislation,” said Rep. Cedric Glover.

State budget advances with increased teacher pay raises, no per-pupil bump

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the first iteration of the state operating budget without objection Monday, May 6.

Pres. Trump to tour Cameron LNG next week

President Donald Trump is expected to tour Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish on May 14, according to a news release from Sen. Bill Cassidy’s office.

Bossier voters shoot down two School District tax proposals

34% of Bossier voters go to the polls

Polls now closed for Bossier tax election

The early voting numbers are even more impressive when compared to the early vote total from previous years.

Election results: LA, TX polls close

Here are results of elections held Saturday in Texas, Louisiana

Bill to allow medical marijuana to be inhaled moves forward in La. House

Medical marijuana patients testified that smoking medical marijuana is more effective than other methods.

Email sent in support of CPSB millage vote not authorized

An email circulated in support of an upcoming millage election was not authorized by Caddo Parish School Board officials.

Medical marijuana inhalers could become treatment option for Louisiana’s sickest patients

The Louisiana House’s health committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 1 that would loosen regulations on the state’s medical marijuana program so certain patients could use medical marijuana inhalers.

State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

  Large contribution to Perkins’ campaign draws Ethics Board’s attention

Nearly five months after being elected mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkins is still dealing with matters related to the financing of his campaign.

Louisiana mother rallies for national paid leave program

Anna Akins is in Washington, D.C. urging Congress to put in place policies supporting paid family leave and affordable child care nationwide. She is very frustrated the country does not have a national paid family leave program.

Bill to ban cell phone use while driving advances

The House Transportation Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday, April 29 that would ban drivers from holding their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Minimum wage hike, equal pay legislation advance in Louisiana legislature

The Senate’s labor committee advanced a bill Thursday, April 25 that would allow voters to decide whether the state should adopt a $9 per hour minimum wage.

Bill to raise smoking age to 21 advances in Louisiana House

The House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill Wednesday, April 24 that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 in Louisiana.

Louisiana House passes bill to reduce auto insurance rates

With a 69-30 vote, House Bill 372 advances again as it passes the House. The vote came after nearly 2 hours of questioning and testimony on the House floor.

Sports betting legalization bill clears first hurdle

A Senate judiciary committee approved a bill Tuesday, April 23 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legalized in their parishes during the October election.

  Assessing Adrian Perkins’ first 100 Days as Shreveport mayor (Part II)

It's already been an eventful term for newly-elected Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins. And we're only a little more than 100 days into his term in office.

House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was one of six powerful committee leaders making their case on a conference call Monday with other House Democrats late in the day that they are effectively investigating Trump-related matters ranging from potential obstruction to his personal and business taxes.

APNewsBreak: Police: Louisiana gov’s office break-in, arrest

Louisiana State police: Man arrested, accused of trespassing last week at Governor's Mansion and damaging property

  Adrian Perkins assesses first 100 days as Shreveport mayor

The new mayor of Shreveport just recently observed his 100th day in office, earlier this month.Those first days are often used a symbolic measure of a newly-elected official and what we may be able to expect in the future.

Committee approves tax break for diapers, tampons

The Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs approved a bill Monday, April 22 that would allow Louisiana voters to decide if diapers and feminine hygiene products should be exempt from state sales tax collections.

  Shreveport’s mayor calls city insurance controversy a ‘misunderstanding’

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins insists the city is fully insured for all of its $815 million in assets. But some city leaders cautioned that the city is massively underinsured by hundreds of thousands of dollars because of changes made by the mayor.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

  Mueller report release spirals into political gamesmanship

After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller— but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say.

McAuliffe not running for president

McAuliffe, a Democrat, made the announcement in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night.

House committee rejects K-12 budget, removing per pupil funding boost

The House Education Committee returned the state’s K-12 budget to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Tuesday, April 16, recommending BESE redo its calculation to remove a per-pupil funding increase for Louisiana students.

La. billboard restrictions shot down after lengthy committee debate

After three hours of debate, the House transportation committee killed a bill that would have placed a cap on billboards at the current number, around 7,000.

Louisiana bill to help lower auto insurance costs advances to house floor

If Randy Guillot's trucking company were located a few hundred miles anywhere else, he'd be saving a lot of money on insurance.

New bill would create crime of aggressive driving in Louisiana

A new bill filed in the Louisiana House of Representatives by Rep. Samuel Jenkins (D-Dist. 2), who represents Bossier and Caddo Parishes, would make it a crime to drive aggressively.

Bill would restore sales tax holidays lawmakers accidentally suspended

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Monday, April 15 that would restore Louisiana’s three sales tax holidays, which lawmakers accidentally suspended during a scurry to fix the budget last special session.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

House Democrats cheer wins of 1st 100 days, ponder stumbles

As the Democratic freshmen lawmakers round the first 100 days of their new majority in the House, they're taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a front line of resistance to President Donald Trump.

  Anticipation builds minimum wage could finally rise in Louisiana

As this year’s legislative session gets underway in Baton Rouge, anticipation is building that this could finally be the year to see an increase in the minimum wage.

Budget battle simmers as lawmakers recognize additional tax revenue

The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) formally recognized $110 million in additional revenue Wednesday, April 10 for this year’s budget, easing tensions and effectively ending a battle between Republicans and Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration.

  Sanders relaunches ‘Medicare for All’ with Dems divided

The bill's reintroduction promises to shine a light on Democratic presidential candidates' disparate visions for the long term future of American health care.

TOPS expected to be fully funded this year; governor asks students to stay in La.

More than 1,200 students from colleges in the UL system celebrated funding stability for higher education at the capitol Wednesday.

  Truth in labeling bill aims to help Louisiana dairy farmers

Louisiana's struggling milk industry is getting some help in the form of a bill filed for this year's legislative session in Baton Rouge that just got underway this week.

Governor talks optimistic future for La. as session kicks off

Lawmakers convened Monday, April 8 at noon inside the state capitol to begin the 2019 regular legislative session.

Biden: I’ll be more mindful of respecting personal space

Former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that his tendency toward physical displays of affection and encouragement has made some women uncomfortable, and he promised to be “much more mindful” of respecting personal space.

AG blasts governor after 30k kicked off Medicaid

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued a statement criticizing Governor John Bel Edwards after 30,500 people were removed from Medicaid.

30K removed from Louisiana Medicaid rolls, deemed ineligible

More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been booted from the Medicaid program.

  Timeline of turmoil: How Virginia’s ongoing political scandals developed

A minute-by-minute timeline of the political controversies that have put the commonwealth in the national spotlight.

Fairfax says he’s willing to testify under oath, releases polygraph test results

Fairfax's accusers Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson conducted interviews on 'CBS This Morning' saying his response has been 'disgraceful.'

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

Retired DeSoto sheriff says he’ll seek the Louisiana Senate District 38 post

Election will be held in October with qualifying in August

Judge Jeff Thompson wins seat on court of appeal

Thompson replaces Judge Henry Brown, who retired in October of last year

Judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions.

  Exclusive: Newly sworn in Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Donald Washington

Exclusive interview with new Director of U.S. Marshals Service.

Former Western LA U.S. Attorney sworn in to lead U.S. Marshals Service

A former U.S. attorney completed an improbable journey from that as a native of a small east Texas town to the head of the oldest law enforcement agency in the entire country.

  Bossier, Webster voters to decide seat on appellate court bench

A district judge and a prosecutor are seeking the 2nd Circuit Court post in the election Saturday

  Debate over what is considered milk and how to label it heats up

If you walk through the dairy aisle, there’s quite the variety: two percent, whole milk, almond, and soy milk. Those last two are now in question as the battle over what is considered “milk” is heating up.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.