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  • December 07, 2023 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    2023 election results were sweeping in both the executive and legislative branches. For the first time since 2015, Republicans have secured all statewide offices.

    • Governor-elect - Jeff Landry
    • Lt. Governor (Incumbent) - Bill Nungesser
    • Secretary of State - Nancy Landry
    • Treasurer - John Fleming
    • Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry (Incumbent) - Mike Strain
    • Commissioner of Insurance - Tim Temple

    Inauguration Day – Monday, January 8, 2024

  • October 18, 2023 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    Republican Senator Cameron Henry all but sealed the deal this week after his main opponent for the top upper chamber spot, Senator Mike Reese, R-Leesville, endorsed him for Senate President. Probably more important, Landry’s team made it clear that the governor-elect favored Henry over Reese, and senators aren’t looking to cross the new gov on this important pick. 

    The selection of who would succeed Senator Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, as Senate president has been closely watched by political insiders because the president is typically the second most powerful elected official in state government after the governor. The new Senate president will take over in January following a formal vote by senators when the new Legislature and governor take office.

    Henry, 48, is seen as being slightly more conservative than Reese, a trucking company owner and commercial real estate developer who is well liked and respected by the delegation. But Reese faced the disadvantage of being closely associated over the past four years with Cortez, a political foe of Landry’s from political spats over the years in the Acadiana region and, later, in state politics.

    Henry got his start in politics as an aide to then-state Rep. Steve Scalise and has remained close with Scalise during his time as a Republican leader in Washington.

    He ran to be House speaker in 2015 after winning re-election to a second term in the House, but lost to then-state Rep. Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia.

    As a “consolation” prize, former Speaker Barras named Henry as chair of the House Appropriations Committee, which writes the House's version of the state budget. 

    The Senate president determines which senators chair the various legislative committees as well as all of the other committee assignments. That gives senators plenty of reasons to be on Henry’s good side, even if they disagree with him on certain issues. The Senate president is also the spokesman for the upper chamber and its chief negotiator with the governor.

    In the House chamber, which state representative might replace term-limited House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, remains unclear. A number of House members are vying for the top House spot (all Republicans) include Reps. Phillip DeVillier of Eunice, Beau Beaullieu of New Iberia, Jack McFarland of Jonesboro, Paula Davis of Baton Rouge, Daryl Deshotel of Hessmer and Neil Riser of Columbia.

    *As a side note, if your organization covers any of the areas of the Senate and House top spot contenders, you and your board should make every effort to build a relationship with these legislators.

  • October 18, 2023 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Good news for nonprofits… There is now a House companion bill to the Streamlining Federal Grants Act (S. 2286/H.R. 5934).

    The bipartisan bill was introduced today by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA) with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as lead cosponsor. Here’s their news releasebill summary, and legislative text


    The Streamlining Federal Grants Act (S. 2286/H.R. 5934) and the Benefits to Charitable Nonprofits, National Council of Nonprofits, updated Oct. 12, 2023.


    Just to show the power of advocacy, Laura Pierce of the Nonprofit Association of Washington sent a thank you letter to Rep. Glusenkamp Perez and within 4 minutes got this response:

    “The Nonprofit Association of WA is the entity that got this whole introduction process moving after our August meeting, so thank YOU for flagging the bill for us.”

  • October 18, 2023 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    House Hearings: The House is barely in session, but Republican Committee Chairs are proceeding with hearings into the Labor Department’s Overtime Proposed Rule and other activities. The first of these is likely innocuous but the second could be worth watching:

    Evaluating the Proposed Rule: Please use the link below to build public comments on the Overtime Proposed Rule. Public comments on the Overtime Proposed Rule are due by Nov. 7, 2023

  • October 18, 2023 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    There were four Louisiana constitutional amendments on this year's ballot in the October 14th primary election, and all four amendments passed.

    Amendment 1 passed by 73%. This amendment will prohibit the use of funds and resources from a foreign government or a nongovernmental source for the conduct of elections unless provided for in the election code and subject to restrictions provided by general law.

    Amendment 2 passed by 80%. This amendment will harden the constitutional right to worship in a church or place of worship. It will ensure that any restriction placed on the freedom to worship in a church or other place of worship would be required to face the highest bar of judicial review.

    Amendment 3 passed by 57%. This amendment will require a minimum of 25% of any money designated as nonrecurring state revenue be applied toward the balance of the unfunded accrued liability of the state retirement systems.

    Amendment 4 passed by 66%. This amendment restricts Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions for certain nonprofit organizations. It will force organizations to pay taxes if they're a public safety of health danger. It's a three-strike and you're out policy. All violations have to be code enforcement related, like poor living conditions, hazards on the properties and safety.

    Four additional constitutional amendments will be on the ballot for the November 18th election. Click here to read each proposed amendment. 

  • October 18, 2023 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Candidates who have run-off races on Saturday, November 18th will have to do some serious GOTV (Get Out The Vote) work to do since the Governor’s race was decided this past weekend. 

    Turnout in this past weekend's primary election was lower than in any gubernatorial contest in more than a decade. The showing was nearly as low as the historically lukewarm turnout in 2011, when former Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal cruised to re-election after no well-organized opponent challenged him.

    About 36% of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters cast ballots in the primary. Democrats suffered due to particularly anemic numbers in blue strongholds such as Orleans Parish, where turnout was just 27%. Wilson received 26% of votes cast statewide while none of the four other major candidates for governor reached 10% of the vote. 

    With a statewide voter turnout of 35.8%, Attorney General Jeff Landry secured his position as the next Governor of Louisiana in the October 14th primary election. Landry emerged victorious among a field of 14 other candidates with 52% of the vote.  Most anticipated a runoff that Landry would easily have won against Democrat Shawn Wilson, but now Governor-elect Landry can focus the next 60 days on his transition ahead of the January 8th Inauguration.
    Shortly after 8 p.m., as election returns began to come in, it was apparent that Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser had secured his re-election with 66% of the vote. However, the races for Secretary of State, Attorney General, and State Treasurer are set to proceed to runoffs on Saturday, November 18th.
    Below is a breakdown of the runoff candidates:
    Secretary of State

    Republican Nancy Landry (19%) faces Democrat "Gwen" Collins-Greenup 19% (knocking out term-limited House Speaker Clay Schexnayder who garnered 15% and Public Service Commissioner Mike Francis with 18% of the vote.
    Attorney General

    Republican Liz Murrill, who led with 45%, heads into a run-off with Democrat Lindsey Cheek who captured 23% of the vote.

    State Representative John Stefanski finished 3rd with 17%

    Republican John Fleming, who received 44% of the vote, now faces Democrat Dustin Granger who came in second with 32% of the vote. 

    State Representative Scott McKnight finished third with 24%

    Senate and House Races

    Incumbents in the Louisiana Legislature had a mostly successful night, with only Senator Robert Mills from Shreveport and State Representative Jonathan Goudeau from Lafayette losing their re-election bids. Six House incumbents are headed for runoffs on November 18th.
    Eight Senate incumbents won re-election, and eight House members successfully “moved up” and will be sworn in as “Senator” on January 8th, 2024 including Representatives Bob Owens, Rick Edmonds, Valarie Hodges, Greg Miller, Blake Miguez, Alan Seabaugh, Thomas Pressly and Bill Wheat. Jean-Paul Coussan was elected without opposition and an additional House member is guaranteed to transfer to the Senate in the Jenkins v. Glover matchup.
    Only two races will be in a runoff in the Senate
    both being same-party contests--resulting in a Senate partisan makeup of 28 Republicans and 11 Democrats (a supermajority). 

    SD 21: Robert Allain 44% vs. “Bo” LaGrange 31% in Senator Brett Allain’s St Mary-based Senate seat

    SD 39: “Sam” Jenkins 34% vs. Cedric Glover 26% for Senator Greg Tarver’s seat in Shreveport

    Numerous House races will go to a runoff:

    • HD 4: Joy Walters vs. Jasime Green (Democrats) (Shreveport)
    • HD 18: INCUMBENT State Representative Jeremy Lacombe vs. Tammi Fabre (Republicans) (West Baton Rouge)
    • HD 21: INCUMBENT State Representative C. Travis Johnson vs. Jamie Davis Jr (Democrats) (Concordia)
    • HD 23: Tammy Savoie vs. Shaun Mena (Democrats) (NOLA)
    • HD 53: Jessica Domangue vs. Dirk Guidry (Republicans) (Terrebonne)
    • HD 57: Sylvia Taylor vs. "Russ" Wise (Independent) (River Parishes)
    • HD 63: INCUMBENT State Representative Barbara Carpenter vs. Chauna Banks (Democrats) (North Baton Rouge)
    • HD 64: Kellee Dickerson vs. Kellie Alford (Republicans) (Livingston)
    • HD 65: Brandon Ivey vs. Lauren Ventrella (Republicans) (Central)
    • HD 66: Emiley Chevert vs. Richie Edmonds (Republicans) (East Baton Rouge)
    • HD 68: Republican Dixon McMakin vs. Democrat Belinda Davis (East Baton Rouge)
    • HD 70: INCUMBENT Republican State Representative Barbara Freiberg vs. Democrat "Steve" Myers (East Baton Rouge)
    • HD 74: Peter Egan vs. Buffie Singletary (Republicans) (Northshore)
    • HD 75: Republican John Wyble vs. Democrat Kelvin May (Northshore)
    • HD 89: Kim Carver vs. Josh Allison (Republicans) (Northshore)
    • HD 90: INCUMBENT State Representative Mary DuBuisson vs. Brian Glorioso (Republicans) (Northshore)
    • HD 103: Mike Bayham vs. "Richie" Lewis (Republicans) (St. Bernard)
    • HD 105: Republican Jacob Braud vs. INCUMBENT Democrat State Representative Mack Cormier (Plaquemines)
    These election results reflect the shifting political landscape in Louisiana. As the runoffs approach, we encourage you to stay informed and engaged in the democratic process.

    Sources: Haynie & Associates and

  • October 03, 2023 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Early voting, which ends Saturday, and absentee participation, which will run a bit longer, are underway for Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary election cycle.

    Enthusiasm for the ballot ebbs and flows depending on the region of the state. Joel Watson, the deputy secretary of state for outreach, said the top performing parishes, through the first two days of early voting, which commended Saturday, were:

    1.) East Baton Rouge: 11,753 voters

    2.) Jefferson: 8,696 voters

    3.) St. Tammany: 8,309 voters

    4.) Orleans: 5,857 voters

    5.) Lafayette: 5,568 voters

    Dr. Edward Chervenak, director of the Survey Research Center at the University of New Orleans, noted similar engagement on day one of early voting as compared to the cycle hosting the last race for governor.

    The first day of early voting on Saturday saw 81,538 ballots cast. That’s 4,479 more than were cast on the first day of early voting four years ago.

    "There were 8,290 more registered voters in the state compared to four years ago, so the rate of early voter turnout for the first day in 2023 was really no different from the first day in 2019," Chervenak said.

    John Couvillon
     of JMC Analytics and Polling said Monday, the second day of early voting, included a "turn to the right." 

    In total, 118,194 people voted early, Couvillon reported. That vote was 72 percent/25.5 percent White/Black and 43.5 percent/42 percent Republican/Democrat. 
    In the 2019 primary, Couvillon said day two numbers had 122,148 people voting early. That 2019 vote was 73 percent/24 percent White/Black and 44 percent/42 percent Republican/Democrat.

    Source: LA Politics

  • October 01, 2023 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    Statewide Early Voting Statistical Report 

    FOR Election Date 10/14/2023

    Begin Date 1/1/1900 AND End Date 9/30/2023 

    81,538 – early voting total as of 9/30/23

    57,489 – white

    21,908 – black

    2,141 - other

    36,328 – Democrat

    33,649 - Republican

    The total early voting number in the 2019 gubernatorial campaign was 386,468. 


    Oct. 14, 2023 - Gubernatorial/Municipal Primary Election

    Early voting is Sept. 30 through Oct. 7 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 1) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • September 26, 2023 12:33 PM | Anonymous
    The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has published a very helpful one-page document with information on statewide elected officials' job duties and responsibilities to better help voters understand each role. 

    This one-page publication provides information on the job duties and responsibilities for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commissioner of Insurance. It also indicates line of succession to the Governor. 

  • September 26, 2023 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    The new fiscal year (FY) begins on October 1, 2023, and Congress has so far enacted none of the 12 appropriations bills setting discretionary spending levels. Lawmakers have until midnight on the final day of the fiscal year – September 30 – to enact legislation to fund the programs covered by the appropriations process, or the government will shut down. A continuing resolution (CR) to allow lawmakers more time to complete work on spending bills is likely to be considered. A shutdown in FY 2024 would affect all federal activities covered by discretionary appropriations, as opposed to the most recent FY 2019 shutdown that began in late 2018 and extended into early 2019 that affected only departments and agencies covered by the seven appropriations bills that Congress had not yet enacted.

    The comprehensive Q&A list answers each of the following questions: 

    What is a government shutdown? 

    What services are affected in a shutdown and how? 

    Is the government preparing for a shutdown? 

    How would federal employees be affected? 

    How and why do mandatory programs continue during a shutdown? 

    How many times has the government shut down? 

    Does a government shutdown save money? 

    How can Congress avoid a shutdown? 

    What is a Continuing Resolution? 

    How often does Congress pass CRs? 

    What are the disadvantages of using CRs? 

    How is Congress addressing funding? 

    How does a shutdown differ from a default? 

    How does a shutdown differ from “sequestration” or “sequester”? 

    Source: Committee for a Responsible Federal Government

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