In the old days, the warden would give a released convict a handshake and bus fare. These days, state Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, expects Louisiana taxpayers to give some newly minted ex-cons the keys to a new place.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Saturday, April 07, 2018
The golden rule should apply when evaluating how Louisiana uses video recordings of child care centers: he who has the gold makes the rule.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
A statesman uses a budget to help people with disabilities. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards does it backward.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
As recent events make clear, Louisiana public schools have a lot of work to do in improving instruction about Second Amendment issues.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Was it ineptitude or political cunning by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards that blew up the recently concluded legislative special session?
Saturday, March 03, 2018
A state board you’ve probably never heard of might start changing its ways — after helping to dig taxpayers into a hole several billion bucks deep.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
As the Louisiana Legislature churns through a special session debating state fiscal reform, flying underneath the radar is desperately needed reform dealing with property taxation.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Louisiana enjoys some spectacular February traditions: Carnival parades roll, baseball and softball begin, mudbugs become commonplace cuisine ... and, of course, the governor calls the Legislature into special session.
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Why does Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards now favor work requirements for able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients after having opposed it last year? Because voters and taxpayers are catching on to the Medicaid expansion shell game he has played on t…
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Public school students have the right to express political opinions at school functions as long as they're not disruptive. But they don’t have the right to make the public provide school functions as venues for that expression without consequences.
Friday, December 29, 2017
How many times must Rep. Cedric Richmond have to vote against his constituents’ self-interests before they find him too tiresome to reelect?
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Incompetence or part of the permanent campaign? Maybe a bit of both prompted Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to try turning lemons into lemonade.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
For his job, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards defeated Republican former Sen. David Vitter. Two years later, it appears Edwards has found a way to add insult to injury against the politician he sent into retirement.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
While most Louisianans will win from looming federal income tax reform, perhaps the biggest winner will be Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Last week, Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy emitted the strongest signals yet that Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards should be looking over his shoulder for 2019.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
In his first campaign for chief executive, Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke of working together to fix state problems. That he has turned to promoting needless conflict in governance, spiting the law and Constitution in the proce…
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday produced a new mayor and city council for New Orleans. But expect the same old lack of political courage to address a shortsighted, short-term rental policy.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Louisiana's concealed-carry firearms law puts churchgoers at elevated risk, which, as recent events sadly illustrate, needs to change.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Although public health issues usually get lots of news coverage, a crisis threatening the physical and emotional well-being of thousands of Louisiana residents has gotten little attention. The latest statistics from the national Centers for Diseas…
Saturday, October 21, 2017
A Louisiana university’s attempt to suffocate free speech proved Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wrong. The state does need legislation to help protect free speech on Louisiana college and university campuses.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
On the Second Amendment, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains principled. But he and other Louisiana Republicans in Congress have needlessly abandoned free-market principles regarding the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
How Congress recently handled disaster relief shows why things need to change. Louisiana’s U.S. senators didn't distinguish themselves in the process.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The past two Orleans Parish coroner contests, having turned into dog and pony shows, illustrate why Louisianans should rethink having a plethora of parish elected executives.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The third time may be the charm to replace a state hospital operator, in a political drama Byzantine even by Louisiana standards.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Louisiana's governor and Legislature can put the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students on firm financial footing — but only by ignoring the politics that have thwarted previous efforts to control its spending.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
That Louisiana’s top elected official plays politics is natural and part of the political system. That in doing so he puts people’s lives at risk is unwelcome, and the excuses he makes for that are unbecoming.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Want another reminder about misplaced priorities in Louisiana? It seems higher education officials and some elected officials spend time trying to limit educational opportunities for the state’s high school student-athletes — apparently guided by …
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Louisiana can do better than letting the poor rot in jails, their misfortune exploited by questionable judicial decisions and profiteering bail bondsmen and their defenses impaired by prosecutors looking to boost receipts.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux set an example to keep in mind as Baton Rouge leaders search for a new police chief. It's an idea that voters in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans should also consider as they make some key decisions at…
Saturday, July 29, 2017
It’s bad enough that Louisiana state policymakers allow the Louisiana nursing home industry to fleece the taxpayer. Worse will be if elected officials aid and abet the facilities in allowing callous treatment of clients.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
If Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler wants to avoid playing the very politics he accuses others of doing, he should adopt a more helpful attitude in fighting voter fraud.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
In New Orleans, step outside your door — if you have shelter since the city’s housing grows less affordable every day — and you have a poorer chance of coming back alive than in almost any major city in the world. But at least you won’t have to ba…
Saturday, July 08, 2017
The U.S. Senate bill addresses the threat Medicaid’s unchecked growth poses to meeting other state priorities without crushing tax increases. It would mandate measures to encourage efficiency and improved care to a program that now, through its op…
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
To improve the lives of vulnerable citizens, the Baton Rouge Metro Council should snuff out smoking in almost all commercial places and spaces.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards aptly described the Louisiana Legislature’s inability to produce budgets on time as “an epic failure in leadership” — his.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
At the beginning of June, even if it discomfited out-of-touch elites, Louisianans received great news about energy.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
If Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards has any chance to win re-election, Republicans-in-name-only such as state Senate President John Alario and state Rep. Rob Shadoin must continue to have his back.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
By hanging out with Republican Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Louisiana last week, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards received affirmation that he actually matters. He doesn’t find that reassurance from the Louisiana Legislature, which …
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Recently, The Advocate ran a series of articles outlining how Louisiana’s nursing home lobby had stymied proposed reforms that could have saved Louisiana's taxpayers as much as $130 million next year. The changes would also have helped the elderly…
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The journalists from "60 Minutes" failed to ask Orleans Public Defenders’ employees the most important question of all: Why didn’t they do this 20 years ago?