August 4, 2023


Good news developing for Louisiana! For the second consecutive year, the La. Department of Education (LDOE) has reported an increase in LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) results, this time reflecting the progress made during the 2022-2023 school year.

The LDOE reports a two-point increase in the percentage of students deemed “proficient” based on the test scores. While the increase in scores are encouraging, they have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels, nor State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley’s targeted goal of proficiency everywhere.

Meanwhile, Louisiana public schools are now required by law to display the national motto "In God We Trust" on printed posters inside classrooms.

“Our national motto declares who we are to the world as a nation and when (President Dwight) Eisenhower made that our official motto, I believe it was because of all the horrors of war that he had seen,” said State Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton).

“It’s a positive message in this world that throws so many negative things at our children,” Horton continued.

Louisiana children deserve every opportunity possible to thrive, and an education which honors our national creed & heritage! 

Abortion proponents assert that women will be in danger without abortion access, but this is a blatantly false. Mothers can receive the life-saving medical care without surgically or chemically ending the life of a child.

In an interview with Live Action, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an obstetrician-gynecologist and board member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), strongly refuted the notion that abortion is "medically necessary" to save a woman's life, stating, "Nothing could be further from the truth."

Further, the Federalist reports that over 1,000 OB-GYNs and healthcare experts, based on their extensive experience, have concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save a woman's life.

Dr C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, once said, “In my 38 years of pediatric surgery, I never once had to choose between the life of the mother, or the life of a child. We always treated both. In the treatment of the mother, if we unintentionally caused the demise of a child…that was known as a “medical-miscarriage!”

To be distinguished from chemical and surgical treatments whose sole intent is to end the life of a child.  Real healthcare always respects and cares for both lives!


It will be the last qualifying period for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, who surprised many with his decision to not seek re-election. For his exit, Ardoin’s staff expects a quiet, three-day (Aug. 8-10) affair — there aren’t any rumors floating around about elaborate campaign stunts and the qualifying surprises will probably be few.

The newest news coming out of next week could partly belong to the attorney general’s race, where Democrats are making another last-minute push to recruit New Orleans attorney Lindsey Cheek. Dems have actually been pushing Cheek to enter the race for several months, and expectations are mounting as qualifying nears.

Also hoping Louisiana will elect its first woman attorney general is Solicitor General Liz Murrill, who now has the endorsement of both the state GOP and the Republican Attorneys General Association. House and Governmental Affairs Chair John Stefanski, a fellow Republican, and attorney Marty Maley, an independent, are expected to qualify as well.

At the top of the ballot, in the race for governor, there isn’t much to report that you haven’t heard, aside from rumors about this candidate or another opting not to qualify. So far it seems everyone who said they will qualify for the big contest will put pen to paper next week.

"There are usually, in qualifying, some unexpected moments," said Joel Watson, Ardoin’s deputy secretary of state for outreach, "like in 2020, when (late Rep.) Steve Carter decided to run for mayor."

Some legislative incumbents, are bracing for challenges they’re just now hearing about.

Read more about the qualifying period at La Politics.

"The qualifying period for candidates is Aug. 8-10. Local and municipal candidates qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours). Federal and state candidates qualify at the Louisiana State Archives located at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Qualifying fees must be paid in the form of cash; certified or cashier's check on a state or national bank or credit union; U.S. postal money order; or money order issued by a state or national bank or credit union and must be accompanied by the qualifying form."


Friends, don’t forget to reserve your Sponsorship for LFF’s Silver Anniversary Gala! Each year, we celebrate legislators who vote pro-life and pro-family throughout the legislative session. LFF’s Legislative Awards Ceremony is the premier fall political event in Louisiana. More information can be found here.

In His Service,

Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum

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