Paul Braun

Capitol Reporter

Paul Braun is WRKF's reporter for Capitol Access, our series of reporting on state politics, government, and the people shaping Louisiana's state policy.

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Louisiana voters encountered long lines and tightly packed crowds when they made their way to the polls Friday on the first day of early in-person voting for the Nov. 3 presidential elections.

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Louisiana state lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a supplemental spending plan that will send $85 million to the state’s bankrupt unemployment insurance trust fund and earmarked $22 million for pet projects in lawmakers' home districts.


Hurricane Delta has weakened to a Category 2 Hurricane as it nears the coast of Southwest Louisiana, but forecasters and Gov. John Bel Edwards are urging people not to let their guards down.

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A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ staff is in self-isolation after testing positive for the COVID-19, according to a news release issued by the governor.

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Today, the Louisiana Workforce Commission will start receiving money from the federal government to shore up the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and keep weekly benefits flowing.

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Another measure aimed at limiting Gov. John Bel Edwards’ authority to impose and enforce coronavirus restrictions advanced in the Louisiana Legislature on Monday.

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The Republican-controlled Louisiana House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved several measures aimed at limiting Gov. John Bel Edwards power during times of emergency, including a resolution that would repeal Edwards’ public health emergency for the coronavirus.

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Louisiana will no longer accept new applications from small businesses for the state’s coronavirus relief fund, State Treasurer John Shroder announced Tuesday.

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The Louisiana Legislature met briefly Monday to officially kick off the second special session of the year.

But as Paul Braun reports, the real work starts today. 

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

The coronavirus has injected uncertainty into so many aspects of our daily lives. Voting is no exception.