Story written with Tryfon Boukouvidis. The article details the collapse of the year’s first special legislative session. The session ended without a resolution to the state’s budget problems, and legislators warned the insistent bickering between parties would make it difficult to come together on big issues in the regular session.
Story written with Sarah Gamard. The article details tensions in the Louisiana House after hours-long budget negotiations fell through and the legislative special session threatened to end without a solution to the state’s $1 billion budget shortfall.
A quick-turn news story about Panda Express co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng’s visit to LSU’s campus. Cherng toured the Panda Express location in LSU’s Student Union. The CEO was in Baton Rouge for the annual Raising Cane’s Operators Conference after Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska. The article was originally published in The Daily Reveille and later picked up by The Advocate.
An article I wrote about two politicians’ efforts to rename the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts after former state Rep. Jimmy Long of Natchitoches. Long, who died in a car accident in August 2016, was the elder brother of Sen. Gerald long, pictured above left. The renaming proposal provoked an outcry from alumni and was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation in the 2017 session.
An in-depth article I wrote on House Bill 27, an effort by Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, to remove the phrase “of opposite sex” from the state’s definition of a household member to bring equality to the state’s domestic violence statutes. Under the bill, same-sex victims of domestic violence could receive increased protections and offenders could receive sentence enhancements.