National Popular Vote Compact Loses Big-Time On House Floor

We’re told the final vote was 65-30, though what’s showing now is 64-29.

Two Republicans who voted it out of committee, Taylor Barras and Johnny Berthelot, flipped on it. Barras is counted as absent for the vote, while Berthelot voted against.

The educational effort in advance of the vote (some of which we participated in, though it’s hard to say we made any kind of difference) clearly had an effect on it. We don’t see any Republicans on the “Yes” list…

Neil Abramson (D-New Orleans)
James Armes (D-Leesville)
Jeff Arnold (D-New Orleans)
Austin Badon (D-New Orleans)
Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge)
Robert Billiot (D-Westwego)
Jared Brossett (D-New Orleans)
Roy Burrell (D-Shreveport)
Kenny Cox (D-Natchitoches)
Herbert Dixon (D-Alexandria)
John (Bel) Edwards (D-Amite)
A.B. Franklin (D-Lake Charles)
Randal Gaines (D-LaPlace)
Dalton Honore (D-Baton Rouge)
Marcus Hunter (D-Monroe)
Girod Jackson (D-New Orleans)
Ted James (D-Baton Rouge)
Patrick Jefferson (D-Homer)
Robert Johnson (D-Marksville)
Terry Landry (D-New Iberia)
Bernard LeBas (D-Ville Platte)
Walt Leger (D-New Orleans)
Jack Montoucet (D-Crowley)
Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans)
Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette)
Ed Price (D-Gonzales)
Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge)
Karen St. Germain (D-Plaquemine)
Alfred Williams (D-Baton Rouge)

18 of the 29 are Legislative Black Caucus folks. Four members of that caucus were absent for the vote (Wesley Bishop, Ledricka Thierry, Katrina Jackson and Barbara Norton). Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) was the only one voting against it out of the LBC.

Other Democrats who voted against it included…

Mike Danahay (D-Lake Charles)
Jim Fannin (D-Jonesboro)
Jerry Gisclair (D-Larose)
Sam Jones (D-Franklin)
Stephen Ortego (D-Carencro)
Gene Reynolds (D-Minden)
Major Thibaut (D-New Roads)

In other words, a complete and thorough beatdown. One would think the NPV people wouldn’t take another bit at this apple in Louisiana, but who knows?

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