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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 30, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 28, 2022. Editorial: When lawmakers thumb their noses at the law The Louisiana Legislature makes laws, so one would presume that its leaders do not consider themselves above the law. You wouldn’t know it from the bad faith they...

Arizona, Louisiana among states grappling over abortion bans

Jun. 30, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general says a total abortion ban that has been on the books since before statehood can be enforced and Louisiana's attorney general is warning doctors against performing abortions even while a ban there is temporarily blocked, as states grapple with...

Justices nix 2nd mostly Black district in Louisiana for 2022

Jun. 28, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana’s November congressional elections will be held using a...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

Jun. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office. Edwards says that he does not currently have symptoms and will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for...

Louisiana Gov. Edwards vetoes 17 recently passed bills

Jun. 20, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday vetoed 17 recently passed bills, including legislation that would toughen criminal sentences and ban government entities from denying building entry based on a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status. In total, the Democrat...

Louisiana session ends: No new map with a 2nd Black district

Jun. 18, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended a special session Saturday saying they were unable to agree on a new congressional map that includes a second majority Black district as ordered by a federal judge, prompting an angry blast from the governor. U.S. District Judge...

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to delay mostly Black district

Jun. 17, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

Louisiana’s secretary of state and attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to put a hold on a federal judge’s order for the state to create a second majority Black congressional district by Monday. Judge Shelly Dick’s ruling “throws the election process into...

Judge denies extension for Louisiana redistricting deadline

Jun. 16, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A request by Louisiana legislative leaders to extend the deadline of completing a new congressional map — that must include a second majority-Black district — was rejected by a federal judge Thursday. During the morning hearing, U.S. District Judge Shelly...

Heat, storms, cause fish kills in south, central Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heat and storms are contributing to “a rash of fish kills” in south and central Louisiana, and more are likely, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday. “While fish kills are shocking to experience and can appear...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 15, 2022. Editorial: Legislators may feel they’re in bondage, but it’s their fault Nobody even had time to unpack, aggrieved Louisiana legislators complain, before Gov. John Bel Edwards — and, most relevantly, a U.S. District Court judge —...