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Shreveport Times: State revenue could get boost from cost-saving proposals
January 30, 2018 | By Katie Gagliano and Sarah Gamard, LSU Manship News Service

Stokes said the Republicans also are talking about establishing a tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment. The GOP also would rely on the federal tax changes and improved revenue projections to fill the fiscal cliff, she said.

Houma Courier: GOP lawmakers to propose state budget solutions this week
January 29, 2018 | By Katie Gagliano and Sarah Gamard LSU Manship News Service

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, said she has heard several revenue-raising ideas floated among GOP legislators, including a possible two-year renewal of half of the one-cent increase that was added in 2016 as a temporary budget fix.

American Press: GOP leaders playing hardball
January 14, 2018 | By Jim Beam

Reps. Barry Ivey of Central and Julie Stokes of Kenner, two Republican House members, also sponsored a number of bills containing recommendations from all of those reports. Those bills were debated in committees and on the House floor. So for Republican leaders to say they need more details makes no sense whatsoever.

WWL-TV: Rep. Stokes ready for her 'second chance' after beating cancer
January 11, 2018 | By Caresse Jackman

After a nearly six month battle against Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, State Representative Julie Stokes is rejoicing over her victory and celebrating with her family.

The Hayride: Julie Stokes Reveals That She Is Now Cancer Free
January 11, 2018 | By Kevin Boyd

As for “what’s next” for Stokes, who knows. Stokes is not term-limited in 2019, so she can run for reelection if she chooses to do so. She could also decide to run statewide for an office. One thing is for certain, this is not the last we’ll hear from Stokes.

State Rep. Julie Stokes on Tuesday (Jan. 9) announced that she has beaten cancer after a five-month-long battle that brought to an end her hopes of becoming state treasurer.

WGNO: State Rep. Julie Stokes is cancer free
January 9, 2018

She says she got the word from her doctor after undergoing surgery on January 3 and receiving the results from her latest lab tests.

FOX8: Former Treasurer Candidate, and State Rep Julie Stokes talks about 5 Months of Chemo
December 26, 2017 | By Rob Masson

Julie Stokes' prognosis is good, but there are still challenges ahead. She is known as a fighter for women's causes and fiscal responsibility. Now Stokes is wrapping up an even bigger battle.

WWL-TV: State lawmakers disturbed by legislative audit report into Mike Edmonson
December 14, 2017 | By Caresse Jackman

"The hardest part of it for, and I think other legislators will agree is that we're in such dire straights in the state of Louisiana right now. With our budget problems and deficit problems and the fiscal cliff, that to hear of something like this happening. It's just a heartbreak," Rep. Stokes said.

WWL-TV: Legislators upset by State Police issues
December 14, 2017 | By Paul Murphy

Kenner State Representative Julie Stokes said she wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. Attorney decided to prosecute former State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, who was the subject of much of the audit.

Driftwood: Dreamers and Doers: Fall 2017 Edition of Silver & Blue
December 3, 2017

And just when you thought you knew all you needed to know about Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes, (B.S., ’92), chosen as the 2017 Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumna honor, Stokes opens up to “Silver & Blue” about the role UNO played in her life at a very critical time following the death of her father.

WWL-TV: Sexual harassment reviews requested for La. government, legislature
November 30, 2017 | By Ashley Rodrigue

"How does that become something that's even tolerable on any level in our government," said State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner.

Houma Today: Get Ready for Another Round of Redistricting
November 1, 2017 | by Keith Magill

Experts from the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works on redistricting nationwide, will speak at the summit. Other confirmed attendees, organizers said, include representatives from the League of Women Voters of Louisiana and the Council for a Better Louisiana. State Reps. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner; and Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, also plan to attend.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana looks to slay its gerrymanders with redistricting summit
November 1, 2017 | Associated Press

Rep. Julie Stokes, who plans to attend the summit, said Louisiana districts have been drawn to be "ultraliberal or ultraconservative," and don't represent where many residents sit ideologically. She sees the January event as a way to learn about "best practices across the country."

The Advocate: In Louisiana treasurer's race, these 2 candidates headed to runoff
October 14, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

In the words of state Rep. Julie Stokes, who dropped out of the treasurer's race in July to undergo treatment for breast cancer, no money means little television advertising, which translates into no buzz.

American Press: Why Are Voters Staying Home?
October 12, 2017 | By Jim Beam

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, was a serious contender until she had to drop out to battle breast cancer. She was my favorite because she is a moderate who has demonstrated a willingness to work with others to reform the state’s budget and tax systems. Stokes put her finger on the problem created by her fellow Republicans in this race.

Daily Comet: Lack of funding fuels lack of interest in state treasurer’s race
October 10, 2017 | By Mark Ballard (The Advocate)

“When you can’t get enough money generated, you can’t get enough air time. And if you can’t get enough air time, you can’t generate public excitement,” said state Rep. Julie Stokes, the Kenner Republican who dropped out of the race in July for health reasons.

American Press: Hopefuls using similar tactics
October 1, 2017 | By Jim Beam

With just under two weeks to go, perhaps the candidates will drop all of the extraneous chatter about taxes and spending and tell us why they are best suited for the treasurer’s job. State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who is flexible and works well with others, was my first choice, but she had to drop out of the race to battle breast cancer.

WAFB-TV: La. treasurer candidates launch TV ads; analyst calls them 'flimsy' on duties of office
September 21, 2017 | By Kevin Frey

Election day is slated for Saturday October 14. Julie Stokes was also a candidate in the race, but dropped out after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Times-Picayune: Democrat leads Louisiana treasurer race, but party doesn't back him; here's why
September 15, 2017 | By Julia O'Donoghue

Earlier in 2017, many Democratic insiders were getting behind Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who had more moderate stances than Riser and Schroder on the fiscal issues that the treasurer handles. Stokes quit the race in July, however, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Times-Picayune: Louisiana to picks its treasurer this fall (Yes, that's an elected position)
September 12, 2017 | By Julia O'Donoghue

The race was also upended when state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, dropped out after a cancer diagnosis. Stokes was considered a major contender for the position. She had been running as a centrist on fiscal issues, even trying to appeal to Democrats because the party didn't have a major candidate in the race. She was from vote-rich Jefferson Parish and was thought to be more appealing to New Orleans voters.

New Orleans City Business: People this Week: New hires, promotions, awards
August 31, 2017 | Staff Reports

State Rep. Julie Stokes has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 University of New Orleans’ Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award.

Louisiana Weekly: La. Treasurer's Race is down to two candidates
August 28, 2017 | By Christopher Tidmore

Despite the fact that Rep. John Schroder has run for the office for almost a year, consolidating “Tea Party” support, and Rep. Neil Riser has made appeals as the only North Louisiana contender, Davis seems to have successfully captured the mainstream GOP support that previous frontrunner Rep. Julie Stokes once enjoyed. Stokes dropped out of the race in early July after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The Advocate: Sole Democrat in treasurer race is a long-shot, but is still dictating campaign's dynamics
August 24, 2017 | By Stephanie Grace

One Republican in particular, state Rep. Julie Stokes, appeared well-positioned to attract crossover support. She's from Kenner and has some name identification and connections in New Orleans. She made a high-profile stand against sexist behavior in the Legislature, which raised her profile among female voters. 

American Press: Treasurer is much like banker
August 24, 2017 | By Jim Beam

My favorite treasurer candidate was state Rep. Julie Stokes of Kenner, one of the few GOP moderates in the state House who is willing to compromise. However, she had to drop out of the race to fight breast cancer, a more important battle.

Gambit: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
August 14, 2017

Julie Stokes, a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Orleans (UNO), is the 2017 recipient of UNO's Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award, the university's highest honor. Stokes, a CPA, represents Louisiana's House District 79. Recently she dropped a planned run for state treasurer due to a diagnosis of breast cancer. 

Bayou Buzz: 17 get LABI perfect score 100: Billiot, Connick, Thomas, Miller from N.O. region
August 8, 2017

Representatives Cameron Henry (R-Metairie) and Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) from the New Orleans region, were named “LABI All-Stars” for scoring 90 percent or higher on the legislation selected for the Scorecard analysis.

The Advocate: Rep. Stokes on cancer diagnosis: 'something very productive and good will come from this journey'
July 22, 2017 | By Rebekah Allen

Earlier this month, Stokes set that dream aside as she prepared for her toughest battle yet. One week before qualifying for an election where she was considered a frontrunner, the Kenner Republican was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer which required her to start chemotherapy immediately.

Gambit: I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans this Week 
July 18, 2017

Politicians and others wore pink July 12 in support of state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who announced the week before that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would not run for state treasurer as she had announced earlier.

The Advocate: New Orleans voters could be the wildcard in Louisiana's state treasurer race; here's why
July 17, 2017 | By Stephanie Grace

Better positioned was a lawmaker who will not appear on the ballot, state Rep. Julie Stokes, of Kenner. Before pulling out of the race following a breast cancer diagnosis, Stokes had been making the rounds in New Orleans, and both her proximity and her record in the Legislature could have given her an edge. 

WWL-TV: State Representative Julie Stokes fights back against breast cancer
July 13, 2017 | By Caresse Jackman

Each step Representative Julie Stokes takes towards her MRI appointment feels surreal. Stokes still cannot believe she's been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

WDSU-TV: Louisiana lawmaker humbled by support across state after cancer announcement
July 13, 2017 | By Tammy Estwick

State lawmakers and residents came together on social media to show their support for Stokes, who said the decision to not run was one of the hardest in her career, but she is humbled by the people who have reached out.

The Advocate: Five qualify to run for state treasurer on first day; candidate sign up continues Thursday
July 12, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

Her son, Davis Kelley, work pink to qualifying in honor of Republican Rep. Julie Stokes, who withdrew from the race last week after being diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer.

Baton Rouge Business Report - Daily Report: More candidates jump into Louisiana state treasurer’s race
July 12, 2017 | By Daily Report Staff

A fourth GOP contender, state Rep. Julie Stokes, had planned to run, but she dropped out of the race last week after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer.

U.S. News and World Report: The Latest: GOP Candidates Sign up for La. Treasurer's Race
July 12, 2017 | Associated Press

A fourth GOP contender had planned to run, state Rep. Julie Stokes, but she dropped out of the race last week after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The Advocate: Louisiana rallies around Rep. Julie Stokes with #FightLikeJulie effort after cancer diagnosis
July 12, 2017 | By Elizabeth Crisp

Louisiana residents across the state are wearing pink Wednesday in honor of state Rep. Julie Stokes who last week dropped out of the race for state treasurer and announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Gambit: #FightLikeJulie: Social media goes pink in support of Julie Stokes' breast cancer fight
July 12, 2017 | By Kevin Allman

Last week, state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, announced she would not be running for state treasurer, as she had previously announced, due to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Today her colleagues in the state legislature, as well as supporters and well-wishers around Louisiana, wore pink and sent photos and good thoughts to Stokes on Twitter using the #FightLikeJulie hashtag.

The Times-Picayune: #fightlikejulie takes over Twitter to support Rep. Julie Stokes
July 12, 2017 | By Drew Broach

Louisiana state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, planned to register to run for state treasurer. But after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she folded her campaign. So on the first day of qualifying for the election, her friends took to Twitter with messages of support.

WWL-TV: DuBos: Rep. Stokes' campaign against breast cancer is one all can support
July 11, 2017 | By Clancy DuBos

A buddy of mine texts me every week after my commentary, but never about my comments. He makes jokes about my ties. Today, I’m going to talk, seriously, about my pink tie. I’m wearing it to show my support for state Representative Julie Stokes in her personal fight against breast cancer.

The Advocate: Grace Notes: Right now, the big New Orleans election news is who's out, not who's in July 11, 2017 | By Stephanie Grace

The Kenner Republican has been all-in as a candidate for state treasurer ever since the man who held that job for years, John Kennedy, was elected to the U.S. Senate. But a breast cancer diagnosis changed those plans, and Stokes will now spend the fall in treatment rather than on the campaign trail.

Gambit: I-10: Ten Things to Know in New Orleans this Week
July 11, 2017

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who announced her intent to run for state treasurer earlier this year, sent a letter last week to friends and supporters revealing she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will not run.

The Hayride: BREAKING: Julie Stokes Won’t Run For State Treasurer This Year
July 6, 2017

Qualifying for this fall’s races is next week, so now is decision time for the prospective candidates. And Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) has decided she won’t be one, for a perfectly understandable reason.

WWL-TV: Rep. Julie Stokes diagnosed with breast cancer, bows out of race for state treasurer
July 6, 2017

State Representative Julie Stokes will no longer run for Louisiana State Treasurer after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Advocate: Julie Stokes drops out of state treasurer's race after cancer diagnosis
July 6, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

Just as the low key treasurer’s race was getting underway the Kenner Republican, who had campaigned at a Baton Rouge parade on Monday, said in a text that she withdrew because of the extensive treatment necessary. Stokes faces at least five months of chemotherapy.

Gambit: Rep. Julie Stokes announces breast cancer diagnosis, will not run for state treasurer
July 6, 2017 

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who announced her intent to run for state treasurer earlier this year, has sent a letter to friends and supporters revealing she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will not run.

The Times-Picayune: Julie Stokes quits Louisiana treasurer race after breast cancer diagnosis
July 6, 2017 | By Julia O'Donoghue

Louisiana state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, announced Thursday (July 6) she is dropping out of the state treasurer's race because of a recent breast cancer diagnosis. Stokes, who had been raising money for the campaign for several months, made her decision public through a letter on her campaign website.

Fox8: Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes diagnosed with cancer, bows out of state treasurer race
July 6, 2017 | By Ryan Naquin

Kenner Representative Julie Stokes-R will no longer seek the position of State Treasurer after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A spokesman with her office said Stokes will undergo chemotherapy treatments for the next five months.

The Advocate: Voters may not think much about the job, but state treasurer candidates working to change that
July 4, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

Stokes, who reported having $529,334 in hand on June 13 , sees the task as more in line with what a certified public accountant does for businesses: study the problems, then offer realistic solutions. She’s a CPA who chairs a task force trying to streamline a convoluted sales tax that, when combined with local levies, on average are the highest in the nation.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana to pay $15 million for solar tax credits stalled since 2015
June 29, 2017 

Lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed in their recently ended legislative session to pay as much as $5 million annually for three years for verified tax credits claimed for solar systems that were bought and installed through 2015. They said it was an expense Louisiana should cover despite tight state finances. "We need to do right by the taxpayers [who] didn't have enough warning on this issue," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner.

WWL-TV: Louisiana governor expands law backed by Steve Gleason
June 21, 2017 

Edwards' office announced Tuesday he had signed the expansion proposal by Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican.

The Advocate: Grace Notes: Once more, state House leaves Gov. John Bel Edwards to play the disappointed dad
June 9, 2017 | By Stephanie Grace

Typical was state Rep. Julie Stokes, and Kenner Republican and candidate for state treasurer, who decried the "total dysfunction" and retweeted an Advocate editorial calling for lawmakers to forego daily pay during the unnecessary special session.

Associated Press: As Budget Deal Collapses, Lawmakers Head to Special Session
June 9, 2017 | By Melinda Deslatte

"Petty partisan politics have failed the people of the state today, and it's time that we grow up and work on solving the people's problems," said Stokes, who voted to bring up the Senate budget proposal.

The Times-Picayune: No budget as Louisiana Legislature adjourns in meltdown
June 9, 2017 | By Julia O'Donoghue

Both Republican and Democratic members were upset by the House's meltdown. "I'm disgusted," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who sided with Leger and wanted to vote on the budget. "Grow up and start working on solving the people's problems."

Associated Press: House Spurns Attempt to Unlock Louisiana Budget Restrictions
June 2, 2017 | By Melinda Deslatte

Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican who voted against the bill, and Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat who voted for it, applauded Shadoin for forcing the debate. They said it reveals that lawmakers who have talked about how their hands are tied in budgeting also don't want to do anything to correct that.

Associated Press: Senators Vote to Expand Louisiana Experimental Treatment Law
May 31, 2017 

The expansion proposal by Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes heads next to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. It is championed by beloved former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has ALS and uses similar technology to speak.

The Advocate: Tax swap in works: Voters could choose flat rate, lose tax break
May 31, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

Stokes’ House Bill 673 would align sales tax exemptions offered by state and local governments. Currently, parishes tax numerous transactions that the state exempts, a practice that Stokes’ bill seeks to end to simplify the sales tax system.

KTBS-TV: Interesting twist in Louisiana Treasurer's race
May 25, 2017 | By Jeff Beimfohr

“Where we are right now should not be the big question,” Stokes told KTBS-3 News, “how we move from this to the future and get out of this mess—that’s the question.”

The Advocate: Income tax measure would go on ballot in October
May 24, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

Stokes’ measures – the first major tax bills to win approval in the House during the regular session – are modeled on one of the recommendations of a task force that spent 2016 studying the tax system.

The Associated Press: The Latest: Lawmaker Delays Vote on Louisiana Gas Tax Hike
May 24, 2017 

Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, said in a statement that "partisanship and election posturing are clouding the real debate" over crumbling roads and bridges in Louisiana.

The Times-Picayune: Gradual increase in Louisiana gas tax might attract support, sponsor says
May 24, 2017 | By Julie O' Donoghue

"It's short-sighted and denies the fact that our crumbling roads and bridges are costing taxpayers thousands of dollars a year and time away from their families," said Stokes, who is running for state treasurer. "We have a totally preventable crisis on the horizon, and the time is now for real leadership and an end to the political maneuvering."

Associated Press: Louisiana Law Allowing Experimental Treatment Could Expand
May 24, 2017 

The expansion proposed by Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes is championed by beloved former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has ALS and uses similar technology to speak.

The Associated Press: GOP Lawmaker: Partisanship Clouding Louisiana Gas Tax Debate
May 24, 2017 | By Melinda Deslatte

Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, said "partisanship and election posturing are clouding the real debate" over proper funding for Louisiana's infrastructure and transportation systems.

LA Politics Weekly: Personalities emerge in quiet treasurer’s race
May 24, 2017 | By Jeremy Alford

Stokes, for example, introduced herself to the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as a candidate with “humble” roots. She talked about having a blue-collar father and a stay-at-home mother. “We lived in a 1,000 square foot home and I went to public school,” she said.

The Advocate: Gas tax hike comes to life, but rounding up two-thirds of the House is a huge challenge
May 20, 2017 | By Will Sentell

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, said the state clearly has road and bridge troubles.

Associated Press: Louisiana House Spurns First Large Money-Raising Tax Bill
May 16, 2017 | By Melinda Deslatte

But lawmakers chipped away at some of the impact of the bill, carving out favored tax breaks for businesses, even before they jettisoned the entire piece of legislation. Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, then described it as bad tax policy, with different tax breaks applying to different parts of the state sales tax.

The Advocate: House panel creates more tax exemptions, not revenue. Tax bills before House today
May 15, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, the sponsor, said her proposal would be revenue neutral after she amended it in the committee. Stokes’ effort is modeled on one of the recommendations from the tax and budget task force. 

The Advocate: Bill to protect funding for Inspector General's office advances, after multiple attempts to defund state investigator
May 15, 2017 | By Rebekah Allen

"Do you think it's proper for the government watch dog to have to ask for its funding from the government? The answer categorically is no," Stokes said.

Rare Disease Report: Ex NFL Player (and ALS Patient) Wants ALS Patients to Have Earlier Access to Hi Tech Equipment
May 14, 2017 | By James Radke

Last week, Gleason attended a Louisiana state congress meeting to support House Bill 179 by Representative Julie Stokes that would bypass the FDA waiting period requirement of perhaps 7 years for new devices to be approved as part of Louisiana's "Right to Try Act."

USA Today Network: Steve Gleason wants to share his wheels
May 11, 2017 | By Greg Hilburn

That's why Gleason came to the Capitol this week to support House Bill 179 by Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, that would bypass the FDA waiting period requirement of perhaps seven years for new devices to be approved as part of Louisiana's "Right to Try Act."

The Advocate: New ways to raise money in Louisiana, reshape income tax code moving to House now
May 8, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

Stokes noted that The Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit ranks Louisiana as having the country’s worst sales tax system because of this type of complexity.

BayouBuzz: Pinsonat: Senator Kennedy the key to Louisiana Treasurer Race election
May 5, 2017

To date, the candidates appear to be Rep. John Schroder, Sen. Neil Riser, former Commissioner of Administration Angelle Davis and Rep. Julie Stokes. 

The Advocate: Bill that attempted to narrow wage gap by increasing wage transparency killed in House committee
May 3, 2017 | By Rebekah Allen & Mark Ballard

Rep. Julie Stokes, R- Kenner, said it was time for the committee, which has shot down equal pay legislation year after year, to address what she said is a real problem with wage discrimination in the state.

BayouBuzz: Stokes, Schroder with most cash on hand in Louisiana Treasurer Race
May 1, 2017 | By Lou Gehrig Burnett

Gambit: As 2017 legislative session begins, Baton Rouge lawmakers already appear divided along partisan lines
April 10, 2017 | By Sam Karlin

“If we can get to a place where the people in this building are having an informed, logical dialogue … we’ll be in good shape,” said State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner. “I’m not so sure the partisan politics won’t tear apart that process.”

The Times-Picayune: John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Legislature appear as divided as ever headed into 2017 session
April 8, 2017 | By Julie O'Donoghue

"You have two totally different opinions of reality walking into this session," said state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, a certified public accountant who sits on the Louisiana House committee that oversees taxes. "I think there is a shot at us doing nothing."

Gambit: Number of women in Louisiana state legislature still low, survey says
April 6, 2017 | By Sarah Gamard

For Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, the low percentage of women lawmakers is not what concerns her when it comes to bills pertaining to women’s issues, but rather the dividing party lines. “Somehow, we’ve let all women’s issues be marginalized into partisan issues.”

The Times-Picayune: Netflix, Spotify, other streaming services would be taxed under John Bel Edwards' proposal
April 6, 2017 | By Julie O'Donoghue

This means the sales tax would be applied to stuff such as having an insurance assessor come out as estimate damage to your car or home after a hurricane or flood, according to Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who has spent over a year studying the state sales tax. Louisiana already has some of the highest insurance rates in the country. "I think Louisiana has plenty of insurance issues without picking up new dirt," Stokes said.

The Advocate: House Republicans offer a 'no,' without a plan, Gov. Edwards says of tax reform proposal
April 1, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who has chaired a commission studying ways to simplify the cumbersome sales tax system – rated as the worst in the country by the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation – is proposing legislation to end the current patchwork system, in which local and state governments exempt different activities from sales tax.

The Advocate: Here's how Louisiana plans to revamp nation's highest, most convoluted sales tax
March 25, 2017 | By Tyler Bridges

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who has spent countless hours learning the intricacies of the sales tax system, is planning to introduce a bill that would create uniform sales tax rates across the board. “What we have now is the most convoluted system that has ever existed in the United States,” Stokes said.

Associated Press: Even Louisiana's government auditor is hurting for money
March 21, 2017 

"I want to be efficient on everything, but when I see us cutting good government and watchdogs, it always brings up a red flag to me," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who is running for state treasurer.

WWL-TV: Fight continues over state's age requirement for strippers
March 3, 2017 | By Caresse Jackman

"As far as the constitutionality, I mean, we restrict the age at which you can have a beer. We restrict the age at which you can buy a lottery ticket. We even have restrictions on the age of tanning. So, I think that certainly to engage in this type of activity seems appropriate to me to protect our young women," Stokes said.

FOX8: Governor calls for full investigation into State Police travel
February 21, 2017 | By Kimberly Curth

"You know, it's just that right now our state finances are more strapped than I think most people realize, just it's so bad and it hurts this process so much when news like this comes out you know? Because it just shows the public that we can't be trusted with their assets, so I think it's very important that we look as deep into it as we can," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner.

The Advocate: Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes announces run for state treasurer’s post
February 10, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

“Our state, citizens, and taxpayers deserve more than political rhetoric and theater,” Stokes said in her announcement. “I’m a nerd when it comes to studying fiscal policies and finding sound financial strategies. It’s my vocation, my hobby and passion and it makes me uniquely qualified for the office of Treasurer.”

The Times-Picayune: Rep. Julie Stokes running for Louisiana treasurer
February 10, 2017 | By Drew Broach

A certified public accountant, Stokes touted her backing of fiscal and spending reforms in state government. "As a Christian, CPA and common sense conservative, I will be a state treasurer who will not only point out the problems, but I will take the lead in providing accurate objective information to the public that will lead to workable solutions," she said.

BayouBuzz: Rep. Julie Stokes will run for Louisiana Treasurer to replace John Kennedy
February 10, 2017 

State Representative from Jefferson Parish, Julie Stokes, has announced she will be running for State Treasurer of Louisiana to replace John Kennedy, who has recently been elected to the US Senate.

Tax Foundation: 2016 Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform
February 1, 2017

Stokes has worked to forge consensus around fundamental tax system changes, including a unified sales tax base between state and local governments.

The Advocate: Political Horizons: Voter suspicion fuels lack of will to restructure government finances
January 29, 2017 | By Mark Ballard

And Republican legislative leaders want to cut spending before attacking the politically dicey restructuring of the state’s fiscal framework. “Both sides have dug in,” said state Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican.

The Louisiana Weekly: Race to Fill La. Treasurer’s Office gets crowded
January 17, 2017 | By Christopher Tidmore

His most outspoken likely Republican opponent so far is Republican Rep. Julie Stokes. The Kenner CPA has become the favorite of both Jefferson Parish politicians, and many LABI advocates around the state. Plus, she enjoys prominent Democratic crossover support thanks to her work on Women’s Rights issues—particularly from her close friend New Orleans Democratic Rep. Helena Moreno.

The Times-Picayune: Only in Louisiana: 2016 peculiar news from our state
December 30, 2016

Though filed as what's known around the state's Capitol as a "joke amendment," the move wasn't funny for a host of legislators -- including state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who said on the floor of the House that she had "never been more repulsed to be part of" the House.

Fox8: Amazon tax shift has Louisiana shoppers considering change
December 26, 2016 | By Ryan Naquin

"The line has a less than one percent compliance rate," Kenner Representative Julie Stokes said. "People talk about purchases made online sales tax as being a new tax, but in essence it's on your Louisiana tax return now. If you're not putting it on your tax return now, you're actually breaking the law."

The Advocate: Smiley Anders: Dear 2016, we'd rather drink weed killer than go through that again
December 25, 2016 | By Smily Anders

“Looking out over this body, I’ve never been so repulsed to be a part of it. It has got to stop. That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting.” — state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, reacting to the “joke” by Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, who amended a House bill regulating strip clubs to specify that dancers be “between 21 and 28 years of age and shall be no more than 160 pounds in weight.”

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana treasurer election will happen in October
December 14, 2016

Elected in 2013, Stokes is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversee new taxes and tax policy. A certified public accountant who has a background in auditing, Stokes has focused on tax and budget issues and introduced several bills over the past two years to overhaul Louisiana's tax system.

The Hayride: Who Will Replace John Kennedy At Treasurer? A Bunch Of Legislators Are Gearing Up To Try
December 15, 2016 

State Rep. Julie Stokes: The Jefferson Parish Republican has to be considered the potential front-runner because she will have a stronghold in the state’s most populous parish.

LA Politics Weekly: Another Edwin Edwards book in the works; state treasurer’s race gets underway
December 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Alford

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, has started raising money and brought in a six-figure haul at an event last week.

Acadiana Business: Race for Louisiana treasurer revs up
December 12, 2016 | By Jeremy Alford

Also from the House, Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, recently held a fundraiser in New Orleans to test the waters and could make her final decision soon.

Fox8: Women's caucus members lash out over measure to limit stripper age, weight
May 18, 2016 | By Rob Masson

Stokes, took to the House floor to lash out against an amendment to a minimum age bill for strippers. The amendment by Rep. Kenneth Havard, R-Jackson, set new age and weight limits for strippers.

Tenth Amendment Center: New Louisiana Law Strengthening Right to Try Act Now in Effect
August 3, 2016 | By Mike Maharrey

Last year, the Louisiana legislature passed, and the governor signed,“Right to Try” legislation giving terminally ill patients access to medicines not yet given final approval for use by the FDA. Earlier this year, Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) introduced a bill to improve the new law.

CBS News: Under-21 exotic dancers sue Louisiana for right to bear breasts and butts
September 27, 2016 

“I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly,” Stokes said. “It has got to stop. That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting.”

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes named to women's leadership program
August 3, 2016 

Louisiana state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, was recently selected to join the Class of 2017 Governing Institute's Women in Government Leadership Program. The program brings together outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, provide leadership development, and to mentor the next generation of women leaders to run for office.

Gambit: Louisiana: the state of women, part 1
August 1, 2016 

"I hear derogatory comments toward women in this place regularly," Stokes said from the House well. "I hear and see women get treated differently than men, and I'll tell you what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it right now 'cause it has got to stop."

The Advocate: Complicated tax measure advances from Louisiana House committee, would raise $113M to plug budget holes
June 15, 2016 | By Tyler Bridges

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, and a certified public accountant, said HB38 would only cause confusion among those taxpayers who itemize and needlessly complicate the state tax system during the two years it’s on the books.

WWL-TV: NOLA lawmaker elevates women's issues after stripper joke
June 5, 2016 | By Greg Hilburn

Havard quickly withdrew the amendment when it drew the ire of women in the House like Moreno, Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, and Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, but declined to apologize, saying it was a joke.

attn: Julie Stokes Is Every Sexist Politician's Worst Nightmare
May 21, 2016 | By Lucy Tiven

Louisiana state Rep. Julie Stokes (R) opened up about the outrageous sexism women face among fellow elected officials during a debate over a bill about strippers on Wednesday, Mic reported.

Global News: Louisiana lawmaker proposes age, weight limits for strippers
May 20, 2016 | By By Tania Kohut

“I can’t even believe the behaviour in here,” said Rep. Julie Stokes to the House after Havard’s comments.

People: Louisiana Legislator Defends His Amendment Banning Strippers Older Than 28, Heavier Than 160 Lbs., Claims It Was a Joke
May 20, 2016 | By Tina McAfee

Republican Reps. Nancy Landry and Julie Stokes both took the floor to condemn Havard’s “disgusting” remarks and other incidents of sexism in the House, with Stokes saying, “Looking over this body, I’ve never been more repulsed to be a part of it,” according to The Washington Post.

The Daily Dot: A Louisiana representative actually proposed weight and age limits for strippers
May 19, 2016 | By Mary Emily O'Hara

Rep. Julie Stokes, also a Republican, told the newspaper that she’s tired of regularly encountering shameless misogyny at the statehouse.

UPI: Louisiana lawmaker proposes -- and withdraws -- weight limit for strip club dancers
May 19, 2016 | By Ben Hooper

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, ended the ensuing chuckling in the chamber by calling the amendment an example of sexism in the male-dominated legislature.

Fox8: Lawmakers toss dollar bills over exotic dancer age limit
May 19, 2016 | By Ryan Naquin

"It's not just Representative Havard. It's just the point. If that's acceptable on camera and publicly posted on the website, what's going on when the cameras aren't on?" Stokes said.

The Advocate: Rep. Kenny Havard said he will not apologize for stripper age, weight joke, says political correctness is ruining country
May 19, 2016 | By Rebekah Allen

“The fact that (Havard) thought it was going to be acceptable, the fact that he looked at our culture here, thought this will be fine, people will laugh,” Stokes said. “The culture underlying all of that has to be broken for him to think he’s going to get away with all of that, and that’s really the problem.”

The Times-Picayune: Sexist stripper amendment reveals House's good old boy attitude: Editorial
May 19, 2016 | Times-Picayune Editorial Board

Then Kenner Republican Rep. Julie Stokes made a powerful impromptu speech that should have shamed Rep. Havard and anyone else who regarded the amendment as a laughing matter.

INQUISITR: Louisiana Lawmaker Tried To Add Senate Bill Which Included Age And Weight Limit For Strippers
May 19, 2016 | By Danny Cox

The stripper bill was brought into discussion by state Rep. Kenneth Harvard, R-Jackson, and it did not please many others in the House. Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, said that she has “never been more repulsed to be a part” of the Legislature after hearing the proposal.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana needs a law banning stupid after stripper 'joke'
May 19, 2016 | By J.R. Ball

Julie Stokes, a state representative from Kenner, took the House mic to blast Havard's "joke amendment," declaring it typical of the misogyny far too common in the testosterone-dominated Legislature.

Salon: “Disrespectful and disgusting”: Sexist politicians remind women that their looks still define them
May 19, 2016 | By Mary Elizabeth Williams 

Stokes, meanwhile, told her colleagues that "I can't even believe the behavior. I hear derogatory comments about women, I see women get treated differently than men. That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting."

The Advocate: Stephanie Grace: Louisiana stripper 'joke' seems like part of Donald Trump’s America; we don't have to tolerate it
May 19, 2016 | By Stephanie Grace

Stokes is a CPA who’s emerged as a thoughtful, open-minded thinker on how to tackle Louisiana’s budget situation. Landry is earning strong reviews for her stewardship of the Education Committee, which oversees its share of contentious legislation. Yet both clearly get how easy it is for boys being boys to cut women down to size.

YAHOO!: Louisiana Lawmaker Has Perfect Response to Sexist Bill to Limit Strippers' Age and Weight
May 19, 2016 | By Mathew Rodriguez

"I refuse the spirit of everything that I've heard, and I just can't even believe the behavior in here," Stokes said to her colleagues. "I think we need to call an end to this."

The Washington Post: Louisiana lawmaker proposes weight limits for strippers as ‘joke,’ is bad at jokes
May 19, 2016 | By Elahe Izadi

"I refuse the spirit of everything that I've heard. I just can't even believe the behavior in here," Stokes said. "We need to call an end to this. I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly. I hear and see women getting treated differently than men, and you know what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it."

The Telegraph: Louisiana politician adds 'joke' amendment on age and weight for strippers
May 19, 2016 | By Robert Talt

That was not enough for Julie Stokes, another Republican, who launched a scathing condemnation of the alleged misogynistic attitudes in the legislature.

WWL-TV: Bill to raise stripper age passes, after outrage over joke
May 19, 2016 | By Jack Richards

Then Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, unleashed righteous fury, as she stormed to the podium in the well of the chamber.

Huffington Post: Lawmaker Briefly Proposes Regulation To Ensure Strippers Are Young And Trim
May 19, 2016 | By Kim Bellware

Not all of Havard’s statehouse colleagues were amused. Rep. Julie Stokes (R) said she had “never been more repulsed to be part of the House of Representatives.”

The Times-Picayune: Lawmaker blasted over 'disgusting' joke about weight, age requirements for strippers
May 18, 2016 | By Kevin Litten

Although there was scattered laughter around the House chamber as members began to view it on their computer screens, state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, was livid. She took to the floor of the House to slam Havard's amendment, holding it up as an example of the mistreatment of women in the Legislature, which is dominated by men.

Governing: In Louisiana, 'Tax Exclusion' Loophole Costs State Hundreds of Millions
April 19, 2016 | By Tyler Bridges

"Tax exclusions set up a preferred class of tax break," said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, who has been pressing to reform the sales tax system. "You don't want to have that just because somebody has a better lobbyist."

The Advocate: Louisiana sales tax system now ranks worse than last place
April 5, 2016 | By Tyler Bridges

“They would rank us 70th if they could, maybe 80th,” said Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, probably the Legislature’s most knowledgeable member on tax issues.

The Advertiser: Bills to rein in, alter TOPS program
March 3, 2016 | By Sam Karlin

“So I’d rather see us incentivize them to stay in school and pass and then not to get into it if you’re not serious about it,” Stokes said. “Don’t just go to school if it’s free and you can go party a little bit. It’s going to revert to a loan if you’re not responsible with it.”

WRKF: Representative Stokes Sorts the Confusion
February 23, 2016 | By Wallis Watkins

While there was plenty of grumbling about Neil Abramson’s selection to chair House Ways and Means, the real force in the committee has turned out to be its Vice Chair, Julie Stokes.

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: The budget crisis: A knack for numbers
February 3, 2016 | By Stephanie Riegel

Stokes has made fiscal reform her personal crusade for no other reason, really, than because she believes it’s the right thing to do. She has earned the respect of Olivier and his colleagues on C100 and is now their warm-up act, opening the budget presentations they’ve been doing around the state as they try to gain support for true fiscal reform from the business community.

The Advocate: Louisiana politicians eye ‘unlocking’ funds to help deal with budget crisis, but some say that won’t go far
January 5, 2016 | By Mark Ballard

But it’s not that easy, says Republican Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner accountant whose lunch hours have been filled with briefing business associations and political clubs about the budget crisis the state is facing when the new governor and new Legislature enter office in January.

KTBS-TV: SPD makes first arrest under new 'revenge porn' law
November 9, 2015 | By Meredith Hillgartner

Proposed by Representative Julie Stokes, House Bill 489 passed legislation this past Spring.

KNOE-TV: Revenge porn bill signed; Illegal to post nude images without consent
June 25, 2015 

Rep. Julie Stokes said, “With this legislation, we’re sending a loud and
clear message that we will not tolerate the nonconsensual distribution of personal or private images in Louisiana. This type of behavior represents a total disregard for an individual’s right to privacy and this legislation will hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”

The Times-Picayune: Bobby Jindal signs revenge porn bill, making it illegal to post nude photos without consent
June 25, 2015 | By Emily Lane

"This type of behavior represents a total disregard for an individual's right to privacy and this legislation will hold perpetrators accountable for their actions," Stokes said in the release issued Thursday.

The Times-Picayune: Legislator says film tax credit bill was rushed, will offer legislation to limit last-minute bills
June 16, 2015 | By Kevin Litten

Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, says she is planning legislation aimed at curbing last-minute bill changes over frustrations with how film tax credit bill was handled in the final minutes of the spring legislative session.

The Advocate: Legislature: Sharing explicit images without permission -- ‘revenge porn’ -- will soon be a crime
June 6, 2015 

House Bill 489, sponsored by state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, seeks to make it illegal to distribute — without permission and to cause emotional distress — explicit images of someone older than 17, even if that person originally agreed to be photographed.

WRKF: Cigarette Tax Hike Modified, But Advances
April 28, 2015 | By Sue Lincoln

“As a legislature, we have very few choices on how to solve this budget problem — which is created largely by dedications,” Stokes stated.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana's budget is a fiscal mess: How did we get here?
April 9, 2015 | By Julie O'Donoghue 

State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, and state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, believe some corporate entities in Louisiana aren't paying their fair share in taxes.

Associated Press: Loopholes allow many Louisiana companies to skip taxes, says revenue chief
April 8, 2015  

Stokes, a certified public accountant, said strategies that some larger businesses can use to avoid paying taxes create an unequitable system.

KTBS-TV: Governor Jindal announces legislation to protect individuals from nonconsensual disclosure of private images
April 6, 2015 | By Clay Kirby

Representative Julie Stokes said, "The nonconsensual distribution of private images is a violation of personal privacy and is a severe form of bullying that can be extremely damaging to its victims. This proposed law will help ensure that perpetrators are being held accountable for their actions and also send the message that this type of behavior is not tolerated in Louisiana. Now is the time to pass legislation to ensure Louisiana is doing all that it can to help protect individuals from future privacy abuse."

The Advocate: Bad timing: Scandals, criticism erupt around Louisiana’s film credit program
March 4, 2015 | By Gordon Russell

“Audits should be conducted in a way that’s consistent, by quality people, and the state needs to be a party to those engagements,” Stokes said. “For me, it’s about accountability, trying to eliminate fraud. We’re trying to bring as much good government into this program as we can.”

New Orleans CityBusiness: Announcing the 2014 class of ‘Women of the Year'
August 28, 2014 | By Greg LaRose

Fifty honorees for the 2014 class of CityBusiness “Women of the Year” have been chosen, and they will be the guests of honor at an event highlighting their professional and community achievements.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana bill to create human trafficking courts passes committee: Snapshot
March 27, 2014 | By Lauren McGaughy

The bill: House Bill 569 is sponsored by state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner and supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The legislation would allow district court judges to vote on whether they'd like to create specialized human trafficking court divisions. Judges within these divisions would be trained in services available to victims of human traffickers, many of whom are initially idenitified as prostitutes.

The Times-Picayune: Bobby Jindal-backed trafficking bill also cracks down on prostitution
March 11, 2014 | By Lauren McGaughy

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, has also filed a separate trafficking bill that would allow local courts to train judges and staff to work specifically on human trafficking cases. During the Tuesday press conference, Stokes said her bill would help judges distinguish a victim of sex trafficking from "a person perpetrating a crime."

The Times-Picayune: Bill halting Louisiana public hospital privatization tabled
May 14, 2013 | By Sheila V. Kumar

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, suggested Barrow sponsor legislation to require the private-public partnerships report to the Legislature on how hospital policy has changed since LSU relinquished control of the hospital system.

The Times-Picayune: Jefferson Parish President John Young, DA Paul Connick Jr. endorse Julie Stokes
February 28, 2013 | By Drew Broach

Julie Stokes announced endorsements Thursday from Jefferson Parish President John Young and District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. in her campaign for the 79th House District seat from west Metairie and north Kenner. The election is Saturday.

The Times-Picayune: Special state House election in west Metairie, north Kenner
February 14, 2013 | By Drew Broach

"My objective is to be a careful, thoughtful legislator, to hear both sides and to be fair," she said. "The most important thing is that we need to listen to the needs of Louisiana."

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana Rep. Tony Ligi's resignation to take effect at end of year
December 14, 2012 | By Jeff Adelson

Other likely contenders include Jack Rizzuto of Metairie, who came in third in the 2007 race for the seat, and Julie Stokes of Kenner, an accountant, "life coach" and a leader in the Chateau Estates Civic Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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