Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ long-awaited tax overhaul plan should do three big things or be dead on arrival.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
New Orleans appears poised to remove three monuments that have defined the city’s profile after a federal appellate court panel swept away legal objections to moving them. In late 2015, City Council members declared the monuments to be public nuis…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
The conclusion of the Louisiana Legislature’s special session last week merely set the stage for a regular session of dueling fiscal philosophies to come.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Now that Louisiana’s Republican-run Legislature has gotten Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to cry uncle, it needn’t break his arm.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Unless the final version of Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan takes a more scientific and less politicized approach than its current draft, legislators must reject it.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Maybe Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards made a mistake in his youth. Instead of attending West Point for an Army commission, he should have studied at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
If you agree with the agenda of Medicaid reformers taking power in Washington, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards and his intemperate chief health bureaucrat say you're the bad guy.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
The old story about the Three Wise Monkeys perhaps explains why state Sen. Eric LaFleur passed on a U.S. Senate run and might pass on a state treasurer candidacy later this year.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
The financial shell game that defines Louisiana’s foray into Medicaid expansion intensifies today, ringing in another fiscally unhappy New Year for the state’s citizens.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
As 2016 ends, we should reflect upon the blessings we have received during the year. I am grateful that my wife, who has lived 45 years with the effects of muscular dystrophy, has survived another year, thanks to help from dedicated health care pr…
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 03, 2016
If you needed confirmation that Gov. John Bel Edwards embraces attitudes about education that work against progress, look no farther than remarks he made recently to a pair of special interest groups he counts as allies.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
To bolster its flagging belief system, Louisiana’s political left, even more enthusiastically than its national brethren, joined in the collective liberal meltdown after elections earlier this month swept Republicans to national power.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Imagine that. Cut the budget for government entitlement programs, and state agencies find ways to meet priorities without taking more from taxpayers. That’s the lesson delivered by some Louisiana universities reacting to decreased Taylor Opportuni…
Saturday, November 12, 2016
The Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy has partnered with Gov. John Bel Edwards to make permanent a bloated Louisiana state government.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his legislative allies said if they could pick more from our pockets, this wouldn’t happen. And because of his decision to expand Medicaid, it only will get worse.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
When the chattering class and politicians chastise Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for asserting the independence of his post, they show ignorance of the Louisiana Constitution and its statutes as well as disdain for the rule of law.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle is frustrating his competitors for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District seat, and he might eventually create a headache for Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, too.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Elections have consequences, as demonstrated by a recent Board of Elementary and Secondary Education decision pitting forces that put children first against those primarily interested in serving political expedience.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Chalk up two policy wins for Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry over Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards. A third victory on another policy difference might prove elusive, though.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
Although LSU properly remained neutral over a controversial speakers who recently visited the university, reactions by some on campus point to an iron-fisted totalitarian spirit in a touchy-feely glove.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
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 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.