Politics

It's time to start casting ballots, Louisiana.

The 2020 Democratic platform is 91 pages. Its section on reproductive rights — less than a page.

But that one page represents the culmination of the party’s shift from luke warm on abortion access to full-throated support of the full range of reproductive rights over the last decade.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that he will not sign off on Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s emergency plan for this fall’s presidential election because it doesn’t do enough to ensure robust participation while protecting voters from the coronavirus.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards and higher education leaders in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, according to a report from WBRZ.

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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $30 billion state budget and supplemental spending bills that utilize nearly $1 billion in federal funds to make up for revenues lost because of the coronavirus, sparing most state agencies and programs from deep cuts.

Update Saturday, May 9. 5:00 a.m.: A representative of Sen. Kennedy is disputing The Hill's report. She said the senator made the statement in question about various bills for state and local funding, not stimulus checks.  The Hill later updated its story to say there had been a "misunderstanding about the question."  WWNO/WRKF has changed its headline and story to reflect that. 

Few states are facing a tougher economic climate than Louisiana, which has been devastated by both the coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting oil market.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced a measure Wednesday that would undercut the statewide stay-at-home order Gov. John Bel Edwards put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Louisiana lawmakers considered a wide range of bills in the first full day of committee hearings since they returned to the capitol.

Here's what stood out.

State Rep. Reggie Bagala, who represented portions of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, died Thursday after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

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The Louisiana Legislature met briefly on the last day bills could be introduced for the 2020 Regular Session.

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