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Across the country, more and more women are running for elected office - at the local, state and national level. But in the south, women’s representation lags behind the rest of the country.

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Louisiana plants more soybean per acre than any other row crop in the state. Last month, China introduced a tariff on American soybeans, making them 25% more expensive for Chinese buyers. The move was a response to tariffs announced by President Trump on Chinese goods. How will the soybean tariff impact Louisiana farmers? 

Wallis Watkins

Election season is officially underway, as qualifying for the fall election ended Friday, July 20. Voters in Louisiana will head to the polls Nov. 6 to choose the state’s six members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of State in Louisiana. 

Wallis Watkins

Friday was the last day for candidates in Louisiana to get their name on the ballot for fall elections. The only statewide race in November will have nine candidates vying for the job of Secretary of State, responsible for overseeing elections throughout Louisiana.

State Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge) qualified for the race Friday, saying he’s ready to build transparency and integrity into the office.

Wallis Watkins

It took multiple special sessions, but the Louisiana Legislature avoided the fiscal cliff. With a budget crisis behind them, Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Advocate, says lawmakers, including the Governor, will focus their attention on other issues, like an upcoming election. 

Grace discusses which policy issues may or may not get traction in an election year with Capitol Access Reporter Wallis Watkins.

Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced, "the state of Louisiana no longer holds the title of incarceration capital of the nation."

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Louisiana could soon be collecting sales tax from online retailers, thanks to a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court.

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In 2016, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law saying 17 year olds would no longer be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Instead, they’d be considered juveniles.

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As the Legislature was wrapping up sales-tax negotiations Sunday, the debate over long-term structural tax reform in Louisiana showed little sign of slowing down. 

Wallis Watkins

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday that threw a curveball into tax negotiations inside the Louisiana Capitol. 

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