Is Obamacare losing steam as political issue in Louisiana?

Associated Press photo by CHARLES DHARAPAK -- A new book, 'The President's Devotional,' reveals the Bible verses and prayers President Barack Obama reads.

Five years after it was signed into law by Democratic President Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act — better known as “Obamacare” — still stirs plenty of political passion, both in Congress and in the campaign to succeed Obama. If anything, the partisan strife over the health care law has been re-energized by a conservative legal attack on Obamacare that was argued in March before the U.S.… Continue reading →

Louisiana House committee poised to hear tax bills

Now it’s the Louisiana House’s turn. On Monday and Tuesday, the House tax-writing committee — Ways and Means — is planning to vote on measures that could raise hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to help close the state’s massive $1.6 billion budget deficit. House leaders scheduled the action at Ways and Means after a Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure involving the business inventory tax that would save the state some… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidates all tout commitment to transparency during PAR forum

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- John Bel Edwards, left, chats with moderator Robert Travis Scott, President of PAR, center, as Jay Dardenne, right shakes hands with a well wisher, prior to the start. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana hosted the four major candidates for governor in a forum at the Crowne Plaza. The candidates are: Scott Angelle, Public Service Commissioner (R), Jay Dardenne, Lt. Governor (R), John Bel Edwards, State Representative (D) and David Vitter, U.S. Senator (R) who was not in attendance and had his answers to the questions prerecorded and shown on a projection screen.

The four major candidates running for Louisiana governor this year say, if elected, their administrations would be more open than Gov. Bobby Jindal’s has been. Jindal, who can’t seek re-election because of a term limit, also campaigned on a transparency platform in 2007, but Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, all Republicans, and Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards each said Thursday that they would make even bigger strides to… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Budget plan still 'a lot of moving parts,' TOPS continues to be a priority

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers media questions in an informal setting in his office Thursday.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal threatened to veto the entire state budget if it relies on what he views as a “tax increase” — including one that depends on a temporary suspension of some tax credits. “I’ve told the Legislature that I will veto the budget if it is balanced using revenues from tax increases,” he told reporters during a briefing in his State Capitol office Thursday. The remarks are among his firmest statements yet in the fight… Continue reading →