Ali Reza Payandah is hunkered down in Baton Rouge this summer because of President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, July 08, 2017
It’s unappealingly smug, true, but those photos last week of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying a beach deserted because of a government shutdown surely brought a smile to survivors of Louisiana’s brutal budget battles.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Politics, once a staple along with fishing and Tigers/Saints, has been crossed off the list of acceptable topics at crawfish boils, tailgates and dinners on the grounds.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne waxed poetic Monday about legislators finally getting down to doing in overtime what they should have done in the regular session.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
During floor debate in the final week of the regular legislative session, Democratic Rep. Barbara Norton, of Shreveport, apparently had enough of Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges from Denham Springs.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Talk around the State Capitol is about how little was done by a divisive Louisiana House in the session that ends Thursday.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Over his four decades of public service Bubba Rasberry has been through plenty of state Senate confirmation hearings.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The bitter debate at the State Capitol over Confederate statuary is threatening another old monument: the Democratic Party in Louisiana.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
As part of a nationwide tour promoting efforts to reduce incarcerations, Grammy-award winning singer John Legend showed up at the State Capitol last week to endorse the legislative attempt to overhaul Louisiana’s criminal justice system.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
“They never get it right,” GOP House Majority Leader Lance Harris told the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish last week.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards smiled a lot but wasn’t happy Thursday morning as he schmoozed his way around the lobby outside the public dining room — the town square of the State Capitol.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ narrative last week was “urgency,” as in the Louisiana Legislature needs to stop fiddlin’ around and get down to the burning issue of repairing the way the state taxes and spends.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
The safe bet on the Louisiana legislative session that begins Monday is that by the June 8 adjournment, the budget still will be in shambles.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Louisiana conservatives last week gleefully traded an online posting that claimed Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards paid the 43 women working in his office less than the 23 men employed there.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
If New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno succeeds in her latest attempt to update the state’s domestic violence law, she may very well have to thank a wife-beater for overcoming the gun lobby’s lock on the Louisiana Legislature.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The reelection of the man detractors call “the accidental governor” may be more than 30 months away, but the campaign's outcome will be written over the next four.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The recipe has always been the same. Take a couple of legislators, a few do-gooders and form a blue-ribbon panel on some thorny issue we’d rather avoid. Stir in several meetings, gather a few facts for proof, then issue a vanilla-laden report. Set…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards put down his coffee cup to better poke his finger in punctuation of his contention that a sizable number of Republican representatives lacked courage.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
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 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.