LaPolitics: Con-Con legislatively dead, but politically alive

    No bills or resolutions have been introduced for the regular session to address the issue of another constitutional convention, a perennial topic at the Capitol. Even if a proposal did surface, passage would still be a long shot.

    On the political side, however, the issue remains very much alive. Advocacy groups and business associations are expected to take up outreach campaigns this summer and a well-funded activist group intends to make the matter a campaign topic.

    The Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority and Associated Builders and Contractors, for example, have asked candidates to discuss the issue in questionnaires.

    Constitutional Coalition 2020, founded by businessman Lane Grigsby, has even gained commitments from newly-elected state Reps. Chris Turner, Ryan Bourriaque and Mike Johnson, who all voiced support for a “People’s Constitutional Convention,” as consultant Kyle Ruckert calls it.

    “It’s something that I am definitely interested in looking in to,” Turner says.

    —Minority Whip Steve Scalise held a zydeco jam session in his Capitol Hill office Wednesday morning with Grammy nominee Sean Ardoin. Scalise played his washboard, which has made appearances at Washington Mardi Gras in the past.

    —LSU Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, April 16.

    —Louisiana Chemical Association President Greg Bowser has been inducted into LSU’s Hall of Distinction. Bowser was one of only four Tiger alumni chosen for this honor in 2019.

    They said it: “Now, I know we’re not used to hearing the word ‘surplus’ around here very often, but I have checked with economists and it turns out surpluses are actually better than deficits.”—Gov. John Bel Edwards, on the new financial outlook, in the State of the State address 

    Jeremy Alford publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at Follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook. He can be reached at  

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