ArkLaTex Politics

  WATCH: Sen. Hughes lays out bill to remove racist language from deeds

  Early voting for April 24 election begins April 10 in Louisiana

Tax reform, marijuana, guns, and construction projects on state legislature’s agenda

  Political expert explains proposed gun bills expected to be filed in upcoming legislative session

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

Governor’s veto overridden, gender-confirming treatments for minors now banned in Ark.

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  Louisiana leaders discuss the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport

La. lawmaker files bill making it potentially illegal to teach about racism & sexism

Local hospitals respond to governor’s medical conscientious objections law

Gov. Hutchinson signs “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

  AG Jeff Landry holds news conference on lawsuit against Biden administration

Carter and Peterson to face off in runoff for 2nd Congressional seat

Bill to restore Ark. flag to 1913 design introduced in the House

A bill has been introduced in the Arkansas legislature that would revert the state’s flag back to the design adopted in 1913.

Arkansas abortion bill would require rape, incest reports

Opponents of the reporting requirement say it could further traumatize rape and incest victims.

MARCH 20 ELECTION: What to know before you head to the polls

Saturday, March 20 is Election Day in Louisiana, and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has some reminders for voters before they head to the polls.

  House committee approves bill protecting renters

A bill that can protect renters from living in deplorable conditions passed a House committee on Wednesday.

Special elections bill approved by state Senate

Arkansas lawmakers approve conscientious objections for doctors

  Louisiana AG sues Biden administration for Keystone XL pipeline cancellation

Fifteen candidates vie for Cedric Richmond’s old congressional seat

Arkansas virus cases drop, lawmakers change emergency powers

What to know before you head to the polls

  WATCH: KSLA News 12 interviews Bossier City’s mayoral candidates

Watch live interviews with Mayor Lo Walker and challenger Tommy Chandler

  Lawmaker wants to do away with concealed carry permits in La.

In Louisiana, if you don’t have a felony and you’re over the age of 21, you can take a concealed carry course and pay for a concealed carry permit. But one Louisiana representative says there’s a better way to exercise that right.

Gov. Hutchinson signs near-total abortion bill, SB6

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed SB6, a near-total abortion bill, into state law on Tuesday.

LIVE DEBATE: Candidates for BESE District 4 will face off ahead of March 20 election in La.

Voters in most northwest Louisiana parishes will head to the polls Saturday, March 20 to vote for a new member for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), among a number of other things.

MARCH 20 ELECTION: Who’s on the ballot in northwest La.

Voters will head to the polls in Louisiana on Saturday, March 20.

Sen. Boozman announces re-election bid, will seek third term in 2022

Arkansas’ senior senator said Saturday that he will be seeking another term in office next year.

Gov. Abbott visits Tyler to stump for social media bill; ‘Conservative speech will not be canceled’

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference with Senator Bryan Hughes on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation.

  ‘Congress needs to reassert itself’ Sen. Cassidy, Republicans look to rein in executive power after Keystone cutoff

Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to reverse some of President Joe Biden’s early actions aimed at mitigating climate change. One push is coming from Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who wants to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

  33 La. lawmakers sign letter asking Gov. Edwards to end mask mandate and business restrictions

“With access to vaccinations on the rise, hospitalizations on the decline, and a variety of better treatment options, now is time to end the mandates,” said Edmonds.

La. secretary of state withdraws request for new voting machines

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has announced he’s no longer requesting the replacement of the state’s more than 30-year-old voting machines.

Gov. Hutchinson signs “Stand Your Ground Bill”

Supporters of the bill say it will help people protect themselves in a dangerous situation, while opponents said it would create a dangerous precedent.

Alcohol home delivery bill signed into law

A bill that would allow home deliveries of beer, wine and other spirits in the Natural State is now a law.

Abortion bill, SB6, approved in state House

A bill that would seek to ban abortions in Arkansas unless they are to save the life of the mother received approval Wednesday from the Arkansas House.

  Proposed bill would allow concealed carry in Louisiana without a permit

Should you have to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Louisiana? Currently, you do, but one lawmaker is looking to get rid of the permitting process to allow for easier concealed carry in the state.

  Sen. Cassidy: “I am such at peace with that vote”

Sen. Cassidy was reelected to a new six-year term in November of 2020.

Sen. Bill Cassidy to face higher prop taxes after review

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy will have his Baton Rouge home reassessed to bring it up to a higher value, East Baton Rouge Tax Assessor Brian Wilson said Tuesday, Feb. 23.

La. Lawmakers nearing compromise on ‘qualified immunity’ change

Lawmakers are nearing a compromise that would limit ‘qualified immunity’ for law enforcement, a policy that makes it nearly impossible to sue a policeman who’s hurt someone, even if that officer broke the law.

  Some Republicans criticize the censure of Sen. Cassidy; state GOP chairman denies there is a rift

GOP strategist Jim Farwell says the La. GOP has always prospered as a center-right party that included people who are very conservative and those that are mainstream conservatives.

Scalise visits Mar-A-Lago for private meeting with former President Trump

Congressional Republicans are still trying to decide what role Donald Trump will play in the future of the party.

  Arkansas attorney general hopeful campaigns in Texarkana

“I’m going to focus my attention ... on protecting Arkansans, making sure Arkansans don’t have to deal with identity theft issues”

Arkansas panel rejects ban on ’1619 Project’ in schools

The House Education Committee on Tuesday rejected the proposal, one of several attempts in Republican states to limit how race is taught.

La. senators split on constitutionality of impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate voted 56-44 that Trump is subject to impeachment hearings.

Griffin dropping out of Arkansas governor’s race

In a Monday morning news release, Griffin said he would leave the governor’s race, saying he “can do more for Arkansas in a different capacity.”

What’s on the ballot for Louisiana’s March election?

Louisiana is just weeks away from a special election. On Saturday, March 20, Louisianians will head to the polls to fill vacant seats, elect new public officials or re-elect current officials for a new term.

NAACP national office steps in after allegations of fraudulent voting in Shreveport branch presidential election surface

The national office of the NAACP is stepping in after allegations surfaced about people voting in the election for the Shreveport chapter president who may not have been eligible.

Republican group targets Gohmert, Cruz with Tyler billboards

If you’re looking for a sign that Sen. Ted Cruz or U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert should resign from office, you may have seen it on Loop 323 in Tyler.

  Caddo Parish commissioner announces he’s running for mayor of Shreveport in 2022

Caddo Parish Commissioner Jim Taliaferro announced Wednesday, Jan. 27 that he’ll be running for mayor of Shreveport in 2022.

  Sanders as Arkansas governor would be good for Texarkana area, close friends say

Daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee is among 3 seeking the GOP nomination

Candidate qualifying begins in Louisiana congressional races

Five candidates each have registered to run for Louisiana’s two vacant U.S. House seats as qualifying for the March 20 election wrapped up its first day.

Julia Letlow qualifies for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

Luke Letlow was elected to the 5th Congressional District in December 2020. However, before he could be sworn in, he died from COVID-19.

Scalise pens op-ed in WSJ: ‘Politics has no place for violence’

Scalise says the man who shot him in 2017 and the Capitol Hill rioters were all "radicalized by extreme rhetoric."

  City Council postpones Mayor Perkins’ $206 million bond proposal

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, City Council voted to postpone a proposal that would call a special election in Shreveport.

Shreveport area Republican leaders address future of party

The chaos in Washington, D.C. has shifted the balance of power in Congress.

Most La. congressmen voted to overturn election results after chaos on Capitol Hill

Five out of seven Louisiana lawmakers voted against certifying some states’ Electoral College votes overnight following a chaotic protest that ended in the deaths of four people.

Gov. Edwards sets dates for 3 special elections

Governor John Bel Edwards has announced dates for three special elections in March and April.