“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.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The findings of a lot of the polls this gubernatorial campaign season are scattered all over the place.
Louisiana’s gubernatorial campaign is at that stage in the movie when we know the shark is out there, but we still haven’t seen it on the screen.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Louisiana was one of the last states to give up the fight and start issuing same-sex marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court decision a couple months ago that overturned this state’s constitutional definition of marriage as being betwee…
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
At least one entry in the “Boring But Important” category has to be the Herculean effort the Jindal administration has put into keeping the influential New York credit rating agencies from downgrading Louisiana’s finances.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The campaign for the GOP presidential nomination recently presented one of its most entertaining episodes of the season as Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to tar his opponents with an epithet: “Greece.”
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The narrative by Louisiana lawmakers has been that a package of bills, now laws, provided the big money needed to start upgrading the state’s woeful roads and bridges.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Like many courthouse officials around Louisiana, St. James Parish Justice of the Peace Trina J. Moll had a chaotic week because of same-sex marriage.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
In literally the final minutes of the session, legislators passed a state operating budget balanced, in large part, by rollbacks of tax breaks and a significant tax increase on cigarettes.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In many ways, the state budget the Senate undoubtedly will pass Monday — with final passage likely later this week — is a remarkable feat for the Louisiana Legislature.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Senate Judiciary B Committee is where socially conservative legislation goes to die, if proponents of those issues are to be believed.