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Louisiana lawmakers OK funding to draw insurers to state

Feb. 03, 2023 15:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $45 million funding bill to address soaring homeowner insurance rates in hurricane-battered Louisiana was overwhelmingly approved by Louisiana lawmakers Friday and sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature. The Senate approved the House-passed bill...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 26, 2023 01:39 AM EST

The Advocate. January 24, 2023. Editorial: A big-dollar tax exemption raises question for governor candidates A sentence of praise for the local officials involved is pretty standard in these things, but it’s worth noting one line from Jonathan Morgan, a manager at...

Louisiana governor calls for a special session on insurance

Jan. 22, 2023 18:35 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday called for a special legislative session to address the state's property insurance crisis. The gathering is set to begin Jan. 30 and end no later than Feb. 5. Louisiana continues to be plagued by...

Dora Jean Edwards, mother of Louisiana governor, dies at 87

Jan. 20, 2023 14:21 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dora Jean Edwards, the mother of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, has died, the governor announced in a Friday morning statement. The governor's office said she was 87. “She was the matriarch of our family and, along with my late father...

Fourth Republican joins Louisiana gubernatorial race

Jan. 18, 2023 12:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Rep. Richard Nelson launched his campaign for Louisiana governor on Wednesday, joining a swelling list of prominent Republicans who are running to lead the state. Nelson, of Mandeville, joins Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Treasurer John Schroder...

'Ongoing' talks about possible special session in Louisiana

Jan. 17, 2023 18:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana continues to be plagued by insurance woes, with insurers leaving or going out of business in the hurricane-stricken state, some lawmakers say a special legislative session to address the crisis is imminent. Discussions between Gov. John Bel...

GOP state Sen. Hewitt enters Louisiana governor's race

Jan. 13, 2023 11:39 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Sen. Sharon Hewitt announced Friday that she is running to become Louisiana's governor, making her the third Republican to enter this year's race. Hewitt, an engineer and a former oil and gas executive, was first elected to the legislature in 2015. She...

Louisiana state treasurer says he will run for governor

Jan. 09, 2023 19:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder announced Monday that he is running for governor. Louisiana’s current Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, is unable to run this year due to term limits, creating a huge opportunity for the GOP to capture the...

Sen. John Kennedy tells supporters he won't run for governor

Jan. 04, 2023 19:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After much anticipation, Louisiana's U.S. Sen. John Kennedy told supporters he will not run for governor in October. Kennedy, a Republican, had long indicated an interest in running for governor, but he made it official Wednesday afternoon, in an email to...

Louisiana superintendent urges schools to remove TikTok

Jan. 03, 2023 14:19 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education chief urged public schools and systems Tuesday to remove TikTok from public devices amid concerns about security and the privacy of users’ data. Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley is the latest state official to urge...