Kickoff speeches often telegraph the themes that a candidate plans to emphasize during a campaign, and Desirée Charbonnet's Monday night announcement did that, and more.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
In the midst of devastation, New Orleans had an election in 2006. With voters dispersed around the country and post-Katrina conditions in the city, the state's chief elections officer amazingly orchestrated the mayoral and council voting in a way …
As the state struggles to pay its bills, lawmakers are considering whether to change the name of the state’s boarding school for gifted children — a move that could cost nearly $200,000, according to school officials. Legislators should reject thi…
Monday, May 22, 2017
When the Jefferson Chamber gathered for a preview of the current legislative session in March, one of the targets of the day was an oldie but goodie: rampant statutory and constitutional dedications.
Monday, May 22, 2017
As a former New Orleans resident of 30-plus years, I would like to share my views on the recent controversy concerning the removal of statues in New Orleans. I call them statues because that is what they are.
If you’re going to use it, you should be willing to pay more for it. It’s what I call a “user tax,” and it’s the reason I favor not only the proposed 17-cent increase in the sales tax on gasoline but also an additional 3-cent local gasoline tax de…
In Mitch Landrieu's own words, he said,- if he were African American, how would he explain to his young daughter who Robert E. Lee was and what did he do? Using this logic, if he were a Native American, how would he explain who Jackson and Bienvil…
Monday, May 22, 2017
Regarding the recent Cal Thomas column, "Stop the insults, Mr President": Well done, Mr. Thomas, with wise observations about the Comey firing, and excellent advice to President Trump. Regrettably, however, you have not taken Trump's true measure.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
With a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawsuit brought by a New Orleans-area levee board appears to be at an end, but the legal issues involving the coast don’t end there.
Joan Baez’s “Forever Young” just came on the radio, and I thought how sadly we have moved in the wrong direction: “May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you grow up…
I am saddened that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, probably motivated by his own “lost cause” of not joining a Hillary Clinton administration, is busy pulling down historic monuments.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
In a key vote, the state House is looking at a significant increase in the tax on motor fuels. But it’s not as if the 17-cents-a-gallon increase proposed is really that much of a hike, given that the last time that tax went up was 28 years ago.
The bitter debate at the State Capitol over Confederate statuary is threatening another old monument: the Democratic Party in Louisiana.
Last week the Louisiana Legislature’s House of Representatives witnessed the beginnings of Washington-style divisive behavior in its membership. Shame on members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus for instigating it.
The last time New Orleans held a mayoral election that featured neither an incumbent nor an overwhelming favorite, the field was big and brawling.
Anyone who knows much about me is keenly aware of how much I love my alma mater, McKinley High School. I owe so much to the teachers, administrators and my classmates. I learned more about life there than any book could ever teach me.
With the removal of Robert E. Lee’s likeness from its prominent perch at the center of Lee Circle, New Orleans now has four fewer public monuments linked to the Confederacy.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Last month I participated in the inspiring climate march in Washington D.C. While President Donald Trump has embarked on efforts to roll back the country’s most important climate-change policies, clean energy quietly reached another milestone — wi…
Happy festival season. Locals and tourist alike are traveling to New Orleans to experience the amazing food, music and culture we all know and love. But all of that is in danger if we don’t act to restore our quickly vanishing coast.
Nearly two years after the whole Confederate monument drama started, P.G.T Beauregard is down and Robert E. Lee is right behind him.
Lower taxes that encourage business investment are economical, not, as The Advocate’s recent editorial called Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit “wasteful.”My firm, Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, on behalf of the Louisiana …
A sense of crisis would engulf a Legislature in a normal state with a situation like this: “The highest sales tax rates in the land, credit downgrades, critical infrastructure needs, and sliding tax climate rankings don’t provide the best optics t…
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Edward Pratt's April 8th column titled "Take time to notice good things" reminds me that though I gave up the classroom years ago, part of me will always be a teacher. I am reminded that life in the classroom was not a "crystal stair," but current…
As legislators from different political parties, we often disagree on what’s best for Louisiana. But one issue represents a strong exception to that rule: criminal justice reform.
So let me get this straight. A proponent of the death penalty co-sponsors a bill to abolish it, then casts the deciding vote to make sure it doesn't become law, and then says he did it all because he's frustrated that more people aren't being put …
A weekend of tough negotiations has produced a compromise package of bills that represent a constructive effort to tackle Louisiana's bloated prison population.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
As this school year comes to a close in Livingston Parish, I felt moved to make a comment about the people of this community. I have been a school social worker in this parish for the past 21 years.
With the state budget swimming in red ink, and no coherent plan afloat in the Legislature to resolve the crisis, Louisiana’s lawmakers nevertheless found time this week to weigh in on how local governments should handle Confederate monuments.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Legislature is partying like it's 1861, with pro-slavery apologias that made no sense then and less now, and a pointless new debate over Confederate monuments.
In “Louisiana Black Caucus condemns 'disgusting' vote by House to block removal of New Orleans monuments,” State Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., the bill’s sponsor, “said he believes in secession and that the Civil War was not fought by the Confederacy t…
One of the many striking aspects of Monday's emotional debate over House Bill 71, which would prevent localities from removing Confederate-themed and other military monuments on public ground without a referendum, was how one-sided it was.
Hard times for the state and its budget are forcing a long-overdue reassessment of the corporate tax giveaways that have cost the state hundreds of millions, if not billions over time.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Historically, Louisianians rated Governors on teacher pay and higher education. This rating adds efforts to improve the quality of teachers and funding of colleges. The record of governors ebbs and flows with revenue. There is no educational roman…
Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy based his successful 2014 challenge to Democrat Mary Landrieu on a simple, endlessly repeated premise: Landrieu may have brought home the bacon to Louisiana, but she was too willing to vote with her own party's pr…
A friend recently asked me why he hadn't seen many recent letters from me to The Advocate. I told him that there is just too much to write about. From the top, we have elected a president who has no idea of how to govern except by fiat, misdirect…