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Louisiana legislators side with attorney general over dispute with governor

Chandra Lye Nov. 27, 2016, 10:48pm

BATON ROUGE — Fifteen members of the Louisiana Legislature have filed a petition regarding litigation between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Louisiana attorney general attacks Advocate in editorial

Joe Dyton Nov. 27, 2016, 1:22pm

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry recently submitted an editorial to The Advocate in reaction to the publication’s critique of how he’s handling state policy.

La. governor takes hunting vacation with lawyer retained by state to sue oil industry

Hanna Nakano Nov. 2, 2016, 11:50am

Edwards joined major campaign donor Taylor Townsend on a four-day hunting trip to Colorado, renewing questions about the appropriateness of their relationship.

Louisiana state leaders bash governor for pay-to-play scheme

Mary Anne Kress Oct. 28, 2016, 10:20am

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Republican Party last month accused Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards of cronyism and a pay-to-play scheme involving lawyer T. Taylor Townsend.

Graves: Edwards' targeting of oil, gas industry is about politics, greed, not justice

Karen Kidd Sep. 29, 2016, 4:08pm

A Republican Louisiana congressman lodged a stinging rebuke at the state's Democrat governor for his attempts to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, saying it's more about buying Mercedes than obtaining justice.

Sue or Get Out of the Way

Stephen Waguespack, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Sep. 27, 2016, 10:04am

On September 21, 2016, a letter was signed and sent by Governor John Bel Edwards to multiple coastal parishes in the state of Louisiana to “encourage” them to sue oil and gas companies in their parishes, as well as those that previously operated in the area. 

Edwards using new litigation to deflect pay-to-play controversy, oil and gas industry statement says

Karen Kidd Sep. 23, 2016, 5:22pm

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to double down on coastal litigation against the oil and gas industry is an attempt to distract from his own questionable actions in existing cases, according to a recent industry statement.

Public policy consultant blasts Edwards' choices in litigation over coastal land loss

Tara Mapes Sep. 22, 2016, 1:40pm

BATON ROUGE – For the better part of 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards and his efforts to get the oil and natural gas industries to pay for the restoration of Louisiana’s coast have been under scrutiny. Not because of his endeavor to protect Louisiana land, but because of whom he is choosing to litigate the cases against the oil and gas industries.

Attorney General Jeff Landry sets himself up as John Bel Edwards’ political foe

Rebecca Campbell Jun. 12, 2016, 5:26pm

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards have been causing headlines in the Capitol on several issues ranging from budgets and lawsuits to gay rights and immigration policing.

Landrieu happy to see legislation spawned by WTC redevelopment on governor's desk

Karen Kidd Jun. 9, 2016, 3:13pm

NEW ORLEANS – The office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pleased that the state legislature passed onto the governor legislation aimed at preventing the type of litigation that now embroils the city's former World Trade Center, a spokesman said.

Conflict mounts between Louisiana AG and governor over budget

Katelyn Kivel Jun. 8, 2016, 2:49pm

BATON ROUGE – The election of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in traditionally Republican Louisiana in 2015 has, predictably, created a fractious and contentious environment in the state’s government. The latest battle has been over the role of the offices of the attorney general and inspector general, and what funding those offices should receive.

Louisiana repeals foreign-born voter registration law

Sean Fowler Jun. 7, 2016, 3:43pm

BATON ROUGE – A Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lawsuit against the state of Louisiana will not go to court, as the state has repealed a law that was called discriminatory by many.

State Senate steps in to send oil spill recovery funds to central office

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 5, 2016, 7:30pm

BATON ROUGE — After some controversy over how to distribute the first of the Deep Horizon oil spill recovery payments, the Louisiana Senate took action last week to reroute $7 million from the state attorney general’s office to the governor’s coastal office.

Louisiana governor's push for settlement with oil and gas industry raises some eyebrows

Tannara Yelland Jun. 5, 2016, 1:23pm

BATON ROUGE – As Gov. John Bel Edwards attempts to force a settlement with oil and gas companies that would see those companies funding the restoration of the state’s coastline, some in the state are skeptical of the move.

Coastal litigation unnecessary, “sue-and-settle” tactics inappropriate

Don Briggs President, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association May 31, 2016, 2:25pm

Lawsuits certainly have a way of getting everyone’s attention, especially here in Louisiana.

ACLU: Edwards rescinded the Marriage and Conscience Act, now there’s nothing to litigate

Sharon Brooks Hodge Apr. 16, 2016, 4:22pm

BATON ROUGE – This week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards rescinded his predecessor’s controversial executive order protecting religious freedom, a move that effectively ends a lawsuit that LGBT activists filed last June.

Lawsuit over Louisiana state employee health benefits moving forward

Michael Carroll Apr. 7, 2016, 4:34pm

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit filed by state workers and retirees alleging that former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state’s Office of Group Benefits (OGB) made illegal changes to employee health plans is finally about to get a hearing after a round of court appeals by defendants.

Governor's office: Edwards set example for rest of the nation by dropping Common Core suit

Karen Kidd Feb. 25, 2016, 11:19am

BATON ROUGE – The rest of the country could learn a lesson from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to end a lawsuit filed by his Republican predecessor against Common Core, a spokeswoman for the governor said.

New state officials faced with lawsuits left behind by Jindal

Emma Gallimore Jan. 28, 2016, 9:43am

New Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is under pressure to address the three high-profile lawsuits left behind by Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.