At his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Dr. Ben Carson, the soon-to-be head of the federal agency that will provide the most money for repairing flood-damaged homes, got an earful on foot-dragging and Louisiana politics.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Somewhat like Brigadoon, the village of Broadway musical fame that reemerges for a short time every century or so, you have to drive down a misty road off the main highway to reach the once-idyllic town of Saint Joseph.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
During the U.S. Senate campaign Democrats tried to paint John N. Kennedy as a partner of the fiscally challenged Bobby Jindal. After all, the argument ran, it was Kennedy’s signature at the bottom of all the checks that lined the path to Louisiana…
Saturday, December 10, 2016
In one of the boldest moves of his eight years as governor, Bobby Jindal essentially privatized the state agency that handled taxpayer-funded health insurance for a quarter million state government workers, teachers, judges, retirees and their families.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
After about a year of flooding, police shootings, murdered whores, and a comeback bid by a famous anti-Semite, Louisiana’s fairly boring U.S. Senate campaign, which will be decided Saturday, has come down to Swedish bunny massages and wearing a th…
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Foster Campbell rode a horse at sunrise in a commercial during his unsuccessful 2007 gubernatorial campaign.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
One of those political intrigue programs that the British Broadcasting Corp. does so well began with a wing-nut looking in the mirror and contemplating during his morning shave.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
You might be forgiven for missing the U.S. Senate race’s biggest rollout of television commercials – what with checking your smartphone and fast-forwarding through DVR’d programs.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
A tight election, a little more than month away, can mean only one thing to Louisiana Republicans: Road Trip!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
With three physicians in the U.S. House and one in the Senate, Louisiana has twice as many doctors in Congress as California — a state with almost nine times more people and 47 more congressmen.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Marguerite Knight Erwin seemed nervous talking about how the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, which she chairs, and two other groups came to trim the number of U.S. Senate candidates invited to participate in this week’s forum at Nicholls State University.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Congressman John Fleming last week scratched his chin for a moment, wondering who Rahm Emanuel was paraphrasing when the president’s then-chief of staff said, “You never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Sunday, August 21, 2016
“Obviously this disaster changes everything,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Thursday while talking about the impact of heavy rains that turned into historic flooding last weekend.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The moment David Duke tweeted that he had posted on Facebook a YouTube video announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, serenity ended at the Secretary of State’s office, where candidates had to officially qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
If anything good comes out of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, it has to be that the national attention opened conversation across Baton Rouge’s racial divide.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted to trim a tax break the wealthy enjoy to fully fund TOPS, but Louisiana House Republicans denied him.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
After 40 some-odd years on autopilot, members of an obscure board that routinely rubber-stamps the nation’s most generous corporate subsidies found Robert Adley’s grabbing the wheel something of a shock.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
“Nerves are raw” was how House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris explained the confrontation during the first hours of the second special session.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
The big issue that loomed over the legislative session, which ends at 6 p.m. Monday, is a state budget that Gov. John Bel Edwards last week called a “big mess.”
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Legislators are quietly going about changing their procedures in hopes of stopping the madness that afflicts the last minutes of, seemingly, every legislative session.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
For years the Louisiana House’s right-wingers have yapped at the wheels of the way things have been done in this state for generations.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
A coup was in the air when a handful of Republican representatives marched into House Speaker Taylor Barras’ office on March 14, the beginning of the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
It helps to keep post-traumatic stress disorder in the back of your mind when wondering why the Louisiana Legislature is so slow to get started this session.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The sharpness in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ voice at the close of the special session last week and the frustration that welled in the eyes of Senate President John Alario can be traced back to the “Gang of No.”
Monday, March 14, 2016
State Senate President John Alario complained of an upset stomach last week.
Monday, March 07, 2016
Welfare moms running down the streets of Louisiana cities waving checks pilfered from Medicaid could be the iconic image of this 25-day special session of the Louisiana Legislature.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Regardless of whatever his day job happened to be at any given time, Jay Dardenne always had an entertaining sideline, giving talks to various groups about Louisiana history.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Richard Lipsey pushed back from his lunch at a forum last week, took the audience mic and asked panelist Cameron Henry, who probably is the most influential leader in the Louisiana House, just why fellow Republicans refuse to cut Democratic Gov. J…
Saturday, January 30, 2016
During the first 72 hours of his term, Gov. John Bel Edwards became the first governor in modern Louisiana history to have his choice for House speaker rejected, visited with the president of the United States and addressed a powerful group that e…
Monday, January 18, 2016
Throughout a 2000 movie called “The Contender,” actor Jeff Bridges, playing the U.S. President, impressed visitors by impulsively ordering improbable sandwiches from the White House kitchen.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Like the politician he is, State Treasurer John N. Kennedy deflected questions about his interest in running for the U.S. Senate next year by saying Louisiana is tired of political campaigns.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
It used to be easy to spot racism in the Deep South: burning crosses, fire hoses, swimming pools filled in rather than integrated.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
When Roger Villere, head of the Louisiana Republican Party, attached Nick Saban to Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, his goal probably was to give voters an image that would color how they processed the state’s second-highest official crossing party lines to…
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Regardless of how the election turns out, the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat John Bel Edwards exceeded all expectations, particularly in a state headed in a Republican trajectory.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
People love those reality shows in which some expert enters a restaurant, tells the owner to “do it my way” and revitalizes the business.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Like the rusted oil drums and toxic ponds from drilling activities years ago, the legacy lawsuit controversy, long thought to have been settled, is emerging again in this year’s contest for governor.