Will Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry finally begin to play nice? If Edwards rejects political posturing and agrees to Landry’s recent budget requests, that would be a great first step.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The stench emanating from the environs of Louisiana’s Governor’s Mansion doesn’t come from its backyard chicken coops. Repeatedly promising on the campaign trail that he “will not let you down” on ethics matters, Gov. John Bel Edwards risks violat…
Saturday, September 10, 2016
While it's fashionable to blame protection of individual liberty or curtailment of abusive practices as reasons why the Comite River Diversion Canal remains on the drawing boards, lack of political skill and will actually explain this situation.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Louisiana’s policymakers continue to do the wrong thing by viewing the state's corrections system as a jobs machine for constituents rather than focusing on efficiency.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
President Barack Obama finally came to Baton Rouge last week, prodded by this newspaper and other, mainly Republican, critics. Meanwhile, Louisiana's elected Democrats did their best to cover for his hypocrisy on presidential crisis visits.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
This time, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services needs to get it right.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
This week, students begin returning to Louisiana institutions of higher education, with some paying part of their tuition for the first time. That's because this year’s state budget only partially funded the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students…
Saturday, August 06, 2016
When Gov. John Bel Edwards stands in front of the schoolhouse door to block lower-income children from exercising educational choice, he does it with bravado.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Baton Rouge’s Metro Council needs to forget the imposition of a residency requirement for city police officers and to look at other policies to improve relations between the community and law enforcement.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
This month, Baton Rouge area residents suffered civic agony when a local black man was shot to death during a struggle with police, apparently inspiring a deranged black gunman from Missouri to exact a twisted form of revenge by killing three area…
Monday, July 11, 2016
Sunday, July 03, 2016
Another budget completed, another round of cheeping from Louisiana’s education Chicken Littles. Only this year, those with anything close to genuine grievance stayed silent, while others replaced them with overwrought and meritless complaints.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Now that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ efforts to retain Louisiana’s oversized government have been somewhat stymied, he can respond as a statesman or a politician.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
This past regular session of the Louisiana Legislature was notable for the absence of a troublesome bill, featured in recent legislative sessions, that dealt with how science is taught in public schools. The bill involves issues that may surface t…
Saturday, June 11, 2016
During the 2016 regular session, in the service of Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Senate earned its sobriquet as the “graveyard of reform.” But on the issue of state spending, the House of Representatives may have the last laugh at …
Saturday, June 04, 2016
Forcibly invited this week by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards to another special session, the Republican-led Legislature should decline his proposal to retain oversized state government and embrace budget and fiscal reform, instead.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
No doubt state Rep. Kenny Havard shouldn’t give up his part-time day job for a career in comedy. Yet the reaction by some fellow state leaders to his ill-conceived and unapologetic joke also displayed some cluelessness as well.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
My, what a difference a couple of years can make for Democrats in Louisiana’s House of Representatives, for whom the litmus test for legislation depends largely on whether their party occupies the Governor’s Mansion.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
As budgetary quicksand threatens to swallow Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards and special interests are focusing, instead, on a business-hampering “equal pay” problem that does not exist.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards enjoyed the thought of being called “The Sun King” after the French King Louis XIV, who provided Louisiana with its name. But it’s Louis’ great-grandson, Louis XVI, and wife Marie Antoinette whom current Gov. John Bel Edw…
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The recent veto by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal of “religious liberty” legislation has put a similar Louisiana bill, HB 597 by state Rep. Mike Johnson, in the spotlight. The Louisiana Legislature should reject Johnson’s bill, which would prohibit disc…
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Special session encore or retreat? Revolution or status quo in government? End of a political era or business as usual? Whatever happens during the Legislature’s regular session could reverberate for years to come.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Give Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards credit; he tried to not waste Louisiana’s budget deficit crisis to advance his mission of growing Louisiana’s government. He attained only marginal success, thanks to an unusual occurrence: The Legislature sho…
Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, March 07, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Whether considered a hostage-taker or bumbler on the basis of statements he made leading up to a special legislative session to address a current-year budget deficit, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards showed enormous political ineptitude.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Since the special session agenda call issued by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards pursues an ideological agenda rather than remaking Louisiana’s fiscal structure, it forces legislators to defer true reform.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Want to see a picture of Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards? Just look in a dictionary next to the word “arrogant.”
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards does not seem destined to turn into an all-star governor, but he does have a quality that mirrors some of the best position players in football or baseball: selective amnesia.
Monday, February 01, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget-busting expansion of Medicaid could cost taxpayers more than previously thought, if not deprive people with serious disabilities of the help they need.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A group of New Orleans schoolchildren received a visit from “Santa Claus” prior to Christmas. Let’s hope a Grinch doesn’t steal their gift in the upcoming year.
While some denigrate outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tenure in office, a review of his record reveals many more policy successes than misses.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Expect Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards to holler gloom and doom in his inaugural address Monday to try to obscure the truth about Louisiana’s bloated government.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Although it might not have intended to do so, the Republican-controlled state Senate Finance Committee may have put Democrat Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards in a troublesome position on the issue of Medicaid expansion.